Thursday, March 31, 2011
Tuesday, March 29, 2011
Despite the gray and cold I couldn't be kept inside on Sunday afternoon (after I had my fill of being lazy). I started a fire in our neglected fire pit and worked in the back yard for a while. This too, was kind of a nice change from the heat that we had on Saturday.
I just want to be outside constantly this time of year. By mid summer I'm over it and the heat drives me inside and to ignore my gardens. But for now, I'm obsessed, as I most often am this time of year.
For now I'm glad that it is cold, gray and rainy. If it wasn't so cold I would probably be out there in the rain just admiring my plants and their progress. But for now, I'm pushed back inside, which is a good thing because I have jewelry to make!
I am working, I really am, I just had to share my enthusiasm with you.
Saturday, March 26, 2011
The beautiful tulips were on major sale at Whole Foods, so mom got them and shared. I love how they look in my favorite flea market vase.
I switched the kangaroo paw to a smaller vase along with some Poppy seed pods that I picked at mom's. I'm hoping to dry them and save the seeds.
Wednesday, March 23, 2011
As the Lillies opened and sat in my window I was continually drawn to photograph them. I love the orange flowers in the turquoise vases!
I really wish I could keep fresh flowers in the house at all times! I am thinking about growing more flowers for cutting. Anyone have good reccomendations for North Texas? I know I have luck with Zinnias, and think I may try a few Dahlias this year. I would love to know of some more flowers that are good for continual cutting and easy to grow from seed.
Monday, March 21, 2011
Our plum tree in the back yard was in full bloom with bees buzzing.
The Euphorbia in the front beds is always one of the first things to bloom in my gardens. It is one of my favorite plants and so easy to care for!
A few doors down the Tulip tree was almost done blooming.
Our big agave in front is a tough one, it barely got damaged by all that snow and ice.
My weeping Japanese Maple has had a tall branch that didn't belong (I'm assuming it was from grafting). I cut it off and stuck it in dirt with not much hope that it would root. So far it hasn't wilted and continues to leaf out. Does anyone know if you can actually root a Japanese Maple this way? I'm assuming I should leave it in the pot for a good long while so the roots can develop, like maybe the rest of the year? Might have to move it up to a bigger pot though, this was the only one I had on hand at the time. Fingers crossed that it will take root!
We had a great weekend. Our friend Claire came up from Austin and also participated in the Cowtown Indie Bazaar. The show was well attended and we got to show Claire around Cowtown a bit. Yesterday morning we went to the Modern Art Museum to see the Ed Ruscha exhibit and then to the Cattle Barn Flea Market for some junkin. It was a lot of fun and the weather was just perfect and springy for the first day of spring.
Now I get ready for Fiesta in San Antonio.
Happy Spring everyone!
Thursday, March 17, 2011
I am really excited to be featured in a local online newspaper, the Dallas Examiner. **Hint, read the story to find a discount code to use at the show this weekend or in my Esty shop!
Monday, March 14, 2011
I got the notion to finally attempt to make the salsa at home. I searched around online for recipes, calling it "creamy green salsa", as I don't know a proper name for it. I'm not sure what part of Mexico, or anywhere else it comes from either. Of course Pollo Regio won't give up their recipe! I found recipes that used either Serrano or Jalepeno peppers, mayonaise or Mexican crema and chicken stock to thin it. Sounds odd, I know. Some recipes include avocados. I started throwing stuff into a belnder, starting with 5 or 6 Serrano peppers, mayo and chicken stock. WAY TOO HOT!
I dumped probably half of that out and added avocados, and more of the stock and mayo. It wasn't terrible, but wasn't great either. It wasn't what I was going for. I did figure out that the version I want does not have avocado, because this one started turning brown after sitting on the counter for just a short time. I'm thinking, Serranos (maybe 2), Mexican Crema and Chicken stock are the way to go. I have been meaning to try that out but haven't done it yet. I will let you know if that combo comes up with what I'm craving.
The green salsa attempt led us to recreate this whole meal at home. We made Fideo in place of the Spanish rice. Frank makes this really well and I will try to share a recipe soon.
We roasted a chicken with an Achiote and Orange Juice Rub. Yum!
I'm sorry, I can't find the recipe that I used and I'm bummed about that because this was good.
Friday, March 11, 2011
My awesome mom gets all the credit for this one!
I got this lightweight, beautiful teal Silk Dupioni at Joann on major sale last year. I had had my eye on this fabric for months and knew I wanted a party dress made out of it.
We had a great time!
2: I wanted a slit down the front with a tie at the top and a slip underneath. Complicated (thanks mom). That meant taking the seam out of the back, moving it to the front and figuring out how to add a slip like lining with a scoop neck underneath. It worked, but don't ask me how. Actually I could probably figure it out, or ask mom to tell in more detail if anyone really wanted to know.
3: Took lots of fullness out of the skirt. As drafted, the skirt pieces are really wide at the top for gathering, and pretty straight at the bottom. This was quite comical when we put it together, as it looked like I was smuggling an inner tube under my skirt. I have decided that gathered skirts are not for me! We took out a lot of that fabric and put pleats instead of gathers.
I think those are all the changes, but since we changed the pattern so much I really can't comment on the original pattern. I think I would make View A of this dress, but it isn't high on my list. I love, love, love this dress and will definitely wear it again, given the opportunity.
More pattern info here.
Big thanks to my mom, you are awesome and I will so miss our sewing sessions when you move.
Thursday, March 10, 2011
A sunset view from our house is rare, so when I saw this one I hopped to it, grabbed my camera and ran out in the middle of the street to take these pictures. I needed that moment of beauty and calm in my life. The weather has also been absolutely perfect and I'm soaking up the sun and perfect, just right cool breezes as much as I can.
I have been thinking about my maternal grandparents a lot lately. My Pawpaw is in my mind the most, probably because he was the last grandparent that we lost and lived with my parents for the last few years of his life. Though I was extremely close with Granny my whole life, I feel like I knew Pawpaw best because we had the most time with him. As he got older he had a sort of mantra and would always tell me, "I just hope and pray that everything is going to be alright". That was him showing me, even when he was starting to have dementia and be confused, that he loved me and cared about my well being. It didn't matter if things were going good or bad, that is just what he said. That has stuck with me and I have been repeating it to myself in good times and bad.
I just hope and pray that everything is going to be alright.
I love you Pawpaw, you taught me so many good lessons by being such a loving grandfather.
Friday, March 4, 2011
I chose Simplicity 3835,a Built By Wendy pattern, which turned out to be super easy, with great results. It has a raglan sleeve and came together super fast. I left the elastic out of the sleeves because they weren't loose enough to warrant it on me. I also put little slits in the sides at the hip because it was just big enough and I didn't want it to feel restrictive. I will be posting my review over at Pattern Review soon, so check there if you want more info.
I have another soft cotton in my stash that I plan to make into the 3/4 tie sleeve version of this pattern. It is a plaid though and feels like it should be a fall garment, so it will have to wait. This pattern is out of print, but you can still buy it from Simplicity at the link that I provided above.
Thursday, March 3, 2011
Also, I got a new cookie scoop, which is awesome! It is larger than what I was using for these cookies though, and now I need to get the small version too. This is the OXO medium cookie scoop.
Here is the recipe as written on Saveur's website. I double this and use 1 tablespoon of dough for each cookie. I have frozen the formed dough balls and baked later as well. *When doubling, it helps to note that 12 tbsp = 3/4 cup.
3⁄4 cup flour
3⁄4 tsp. baking powder
3⁄4 tsp. baking soda
3⁄4 tsp. ground cinnamon
1⁄4 tsp. kosher salt
6 tbsp. unsalted butter, softened
6 tbsp. sugar
6 tbsp. light brown sugar
3⁄4 tsp. vanilla extract
3⁄4 cup rolled oats
3⁄4 cup semisweet chocolate chips
1⁄2 cup chopped pecans
1⁄2 cup sweetened flaked coconut (I used unsweetened coconut)
1. Heat oven to 350°. In a bowl, whisk first 5 ingredients; set aside.
2. In a large bowl, beat butter with a hand held mixer until smooth. Add sugars; beat until fluffy. Add egg and vanilla; beat until smooth. Add flour mixture; beat to form a dough. Stir in oats, chocolate, pecans, and coconut. Form dough into 24 balls; divide between 2 parchment-lined baking sheets. Bake until cooked through, 16–18 minutes*. Let cool.
MAKES 24 COOKIES
*I also bake my cookies for only about 8 minutes, I found 16 to be way too long in my oven with 1 Tbsp. size cookies.
Wednesday, March 2, 2011
The daffodils are popping up.
And on the way home I was treated to the most gorgeous sunset.