Thursday, July 02, 2015

CSA: Week 4

I'm actually a tiny bit disappointed with week four's offerings:
Summer squash (2! tiny! squashes!)
Lettuce
Rainbow chard
Basil
Garlic scapes
Peas
Fresh young onions
Kohlrabi
It's not that this is a BAD basket, it's just not super useful for us.
  • The squash is so little it's pretty useless. We'll probably just grill them with some oil and seasonings for a dinner side one day this week.  Or maybe I'll make some zucchini bread.
  • I will eat the peas and kohlrabi raw with my lunches. Those peas are amazing.
  • We'll use the chard in a frittata with feta and black olives.
  • The lettuce is Dr. BB's domain as per our agreement. Last week we actually used some of the lettuce when we made tacos and that was pretty good. Taco salads on day two used a good chunk of the lettuce.
  • We still have garlic scapes and scallions left from the last week or two. This always happens to us. We never use nearly enough alliums to keep pace with what the farmers give us. We will use a scape or two with our polenta lasagna tonight, but we have absolutely no plans involving those onions at all.
  • I'm probably going to make pesto with the basil and a couple more scapes. Last year I made some basil pesto and it was amazing.
We did okay with the basket last week, but we did not use the scapes, scallions, or parsley.  Things used as seasoning are our nemesis.

Wednesday, July 01, 2015

Small Town Fun

Tomorrow starts the big Fourth of July blowout here in Nowhere, Wisconsin. The tents are set up, the vendors are unloading their goods, and the rides are slowly getting set up.

Folks in nearby towns will come to our town for the one and only time all year. The parade will be hilariously short and earnest.  There will be a "waterski expo" on the tiny lake and someone will inevitably end up falling down in the disgusting water.  Music will blare across the town for the next three nights and drive me a little bit crazy as I'm trying to get work done. And I would be remiss if I didn't mention the car show in which class American vehicles will be honored (last year someone tried to enter a "historic" European car and there was OUTRAGE that such a thing would be allowed on the occasion of this country's independence from our colonial oppressors).
Not the car show, I guess.
I'll probably steer clear of the downtown area tomorrow on the official start day, but on Friday we'll stroll down to the fair after dinner, get a funnel cake and some lemonade, and enjoy hanging out with all the people.
And then we'll walk home and enjoy the fireworks from the comfort of our home because we don't actually enjoy the people all that much, of course.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

A (Half) Year of Guilty Pleasures

Bestest Friend and I just finished a project.  Each day of the month we posted a picture on a pre-determined theme and wrote a little something about it. During the month of June, I'll post a collage of all my photos from the past year.
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Not so many of these, I guess. I'm not surprised by how many of these had to with food or shopping. We all have our weaknesses, I guess.

It still looks delicious: Croissant Time
I can't believe this was the last thing I wrote about for our project: Nugg

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To see Bestest Friend's collages, check out her blog, Too Legit to Quit.

A Year of Contemplate

Bestest Friend and I just finished a project.  Each day of the month we posted a picture on a pre-determined theme and wrote a little something about it. During the month of June, I'll post a collage of all my photos from the past year.
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I pretty much hated this prompt. It was too broad and I never really settled on how to approach it.

But I like to imagine this happening: Coming Alive
This kid was really cute: A Year of Words
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To see Bestest Friend's collages, check out her blog, Too Legit to Quit.

Monday, June 29, 2015

Brownie's Beach

My cousin and I went to Brownie's Beach last week. Calvert County, Maryland has a lot of interesting fossils from various geological eras, particularly the Miocene period.  We went for the sole purpose of getting the biggest shark tooth ever recorded.
Unfortunately, we failed to actually prepare to become professional fossil hunters.  Pretty much we just brought a pail with us.
  
 But we did get find some stuff!
Six and a half hours of work and this is what we ended up with as our haul.  I'm not sure we're going to win any awards for efficiency, but we had fun, a good swim, and got sunburned, so I'm pretty sure we'll chalk it up to a win.

A Year of Music

Bestest Friend and I just finished a project.  Each day of the month we posted a picture on a pre-determined theme and wrote a little something about it. During the month of June, I'll post a collage of all my photos from the past year.
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This is mostly just a series of guitars my husband has now sold. Oh, well, thanks for the memories dobro, Strat, and that acoustic guitar.

If you're ever in Nashville, you have to go: The Bluebird Cafe
My nephew still dances with me: Wagon Wheel
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To see Bestest Friend's collages, check out her blog, Too Legit to Quit.

Sunday, June 28, 2015

A Year of Cooking

Bestest Friend and I just finished a project.  Each day of the month we posted a picture on a pre-determined theme and wrote a little something about it. During the month of June, I'll post a collage of all my photos from the past year.
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I'm actually quite pleased with this collage. It makes it look like I eat healthy foods and play silly games. Or maybe that I'm a twee hipster-wannabe.  Whatever. I guess I can't deny either interpretation.

This iced tea was amazing and I can't wait to make it again soon: Papalo Iced Tea
We still make variations on this recipe at least once a week: Frittata
This recipe turned out like crap and neither of us would eat it, but at least we have a new bowl: An Expensive Meal
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To see Bestest Friend's collages, check out her blog, Too Legit to Quit.
 
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