food:: muggy day gardening

Today started with a long list of garden chores & 99% humidity.  Does this count for my daily workout if I was soaked with sweat for an hour of berry picking & repotting of plants? 



Frank’s garden is coming along in smashing good fashion! Thankfully he has made it a tad smaller this year in the hope that we will take better care with the weeding. Good luck with that honey…I’m really not into weeding…


I’m super excited about the crop of old-fashioned white peaches after the disappointment of last year.

Have a beautiful day!

Advertisements

food::annual pasta day

My friend Martha & I try to get at least 1 pasta making day in every fall in an attempt to fill our freezers with fettuccine & pierogi.  This year we recruited Darcy to help.  Frank had to work, so with just 3 of us, we still fit into my tiny kitchen.

That is 8 batches of dough resting.  What were we thinking?!

 

Martha is the KitchenAid queen.  I have given up on rolling the pasta.  As Darcy found out, it is NOT as easy as Martha makes it look.  She gave up within seconds of me taking this shot.  She and I are forever on measuring, mixing, and finishing duty.  We’re letting Martha stay the queen of her rolling domain.

See how pretty Martha makes it?  Yeah, she is a shoo-in for this part of the work. 

I love taking this same photo every year.  All that beautiful pasta drying is one of my favorite sights.  We work hard, but it is so worth it!

This year, we are planning a second pasta day because it never lasts long enough.  Next time, I will not only share more thrilling drying rack photos, but I’ll find links for the dough we use & get them posted for you.  We have done quite a bit of trial & error over the years, so we should have the perfect recipes to share.

Thanks for stopping by!

food:: it’s harvest thyme

just a few snaps of my first go at dehydrating herbs

image image image

Lesson learned:: do not believe the directions

Replace with:: objects in dehydrator may take 6 times the suggested number of hours to dry

food:: pasta day with Martha

New technology is kind of awesome.

Martha brought over her KitchenAid mixer and pasta attachments.

Best noodles ever.

pasta drying rack

pasta drying rack 3

pasta drying rack 2

We just didn’t want to stop at one drying rack, so we brought up the laundry rack too.

food:: i’m a tea girl

Every few years, Frankie tries to get me to like coffee.  It just ain’t happening.  Love the smell, can’t handle the bitterness no matter how much vanilla syrup and sugar I add to it.  No offense coffee people, I just can’t aquire the taste.

But tea?  That’s an entirely different story.

It’s my elixir that sometimes makes me think I could be a superhero and fight crime.

When you live in a thoroughly OCD home like mine, you are always in search of caffeinated perfection.  Frank has all his gizmos and brands and roasts and cups figured out because he has been at the coffee game for like 40 years.

As for me? I’m still in search of my holy grail of tea.  I didn’t start drinking it until about 10 years ago.  I am still finding brewed perfection.  There have been many miserable flops.

Clear glass teapots and small children do not mix.

The cup that sparked in the microwave when I tried to re-heat it.

Rushing to try many new flavors only immediately forgeting the namebrands, never to be enjoyed again.

You get the picture ~ only crap an OCD tea person would give 2 hoots about.

But I digress.  I just wanted to show you a couple of awesome new finds and share some tea inspiration with you.

tea cup

This lovely handmade cup was a Christmas gift from the even lovelier friend, Miss Cortini.  She shares my vision of finding the perfect tea and perfect tea accessories.  While I am normally a tea must be enjoyed in bone-china girl, she totally scored with this one.  The handle is made so you can hold your cuppa and warm your hands.  (The lip of the cup isn’t all spilly or 10x the size of bone china.) 5 stars.  Seriously.  She found it at Clay In Motion’s website ~ handmade in the USA.

As for my new fancy panda charmed tea ball, it’s made in China but I can’t for the life of me find a local or handmade one.

peacock tea pot

My semi-new, I-think-I-posted-it-somewhere, handmade tea pot (and its new infuser) that reminds me of the colors in my Mother’s kitchen when I was a child.  I love Hannah Turner Ceramics in the UK ~ I found her through my facebook page and she was lovely to purchase from.

tea tin

These are just my vintage tea tins that manage to cheer me up, every single day.

And to the finding of tea…I have now found 2, count ‘em 2, amazing little tea shops locally that feel like exclusive oases the moment you walk through their doors.  Score.

My enjoyment of my daily cuppa (or 3) has improved with these ~ I think I am bordering on perfection 🙂

Now, I included some names; but please know that I am not writing sponsored posts and I share only because I like their products ~ I don’t get paid for this $hit y’all.  But if you are on a similar quest for tea perfection, check ’em out because they are tried and true in my book.  I still feel that old-school share and share alike is nice.  It’s like sitting down with me for a cuppa and exchanging recipes & such, because I like you.

food:: my favorite season

fall fires

It’s the most wonderful time of the year.

You needed to sing that line in your head.

Ok, try it again.

It’s the most wonderful time of the year.

I love everything about autumn.  The crunchy leaves, the colors, the sounds of birds migrating overhead, the football games, and the chilly nights wrapped up by a bonfire.

Well, let me clarify that, I love everything about autumn except for the pumpkin spice fake flavored everything.  THAT I can do without.  It must be some new phenomenon, and it’s a bandwagon I will not be jumping on any time soon.  It’s kind of like bacon.  I have eaten bacon for oh, 40-ish years and yes it’s good, but why it suddenly gained super-star status a few years ago is beyond me.  It’s food people, not the Holy Grail.

But I digress.

I did some apple picking and some awesomesauce canning recently.

Fresh picked, organic, locally sourced, tree-hugger approved apples.  I’m getting really super good at embracing my inner hippie.

apples

I have in a sense, bottled and preserved autumn for just a little while longer than the actual season lasts.

applesauce

And I have no doubt when I open a jar of awesomesauce in January I will feel that I have been transported to heaven for a moment.

Maybe that’s what all the bacon hype is about…

Cheers to you lovely friends 🙂

Happy Autumn

food:: frozen or dried herbs?

It’s time to harvest my herbs from the garden and I can’t decide what to do.

Freeze them or dry them?

basil

 We came incredibly close to our first frost this weekend, so I MUST CHOOSE WISELY ASAP.