Tuesday, June 29, 2010
Monday, June 28, 2010
Here's my Pop working hard behind the grill.
When we just couldn't stand the heat any longer, we stripped the babes down and got out our version of a baby pool. Notice the blue painter's tape over the holes in the bottom of the wagon to hold the water in a little longer. Yep, we're engineers.
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Friday, June 18, 2010
I've had fun swimming through my fond memories of you today, and since it is a birthday, remember that one time we made a birthday cake together??? Thank you for being such a wonderful grandmother to me, and now great grandmother to Cora. I love you beyond words and am thankful for your birthday. I hope this day is full of joy and happiness!
Wednesday, June 16, 2010
Now that the temps are heating up outside, the action in my garden is heating up as well. I'm happy to report there are some hopeful signs of at least a modest harvest. The few almost ripe tomatoes and sweet, tiny baby cukes have already got me thinking about what I might grow next year. I'm probably getting a little ahead of myself, but it certainly is fun to watch things grow, especially a little chubby-legged sweetie who now "helps" me pull weeds.
When we first put the garden in, Cora was just on the brink of crawling. Now, she is using the raised boards to teeter around and check out all the vines, blossoms and leaves. I suspect that she'll be walking on her own well before the growing season is over.
I've let her gnaw on some fresh basil and oregano and she's tried to sneak some tomato leaves and marigolds behind my back. Tomorrow I'll let her see what she thinks of the mint.
Since the herbs have taken off so has the interest level of what appears on the table from the kitchen each night. I've let the garden inspire my cooking for past week and I feel like we've eaten better than we have in a long time. I'd been a little bit of cooking rut. In fact, Rob mused one night that I seem to make stir fry a lot these days. Oops.
Some recent stars on the menu have been fresh pesto, mashed potatoes loaded with chives (rode my bike 8 miles out to a friend's house to dig up the potatoes - so creamy and fresh, also snagged some carrots and peas...I'm sure I looked silly riding back to town with jersey pockets full of potatoes and green sprigs sticking up everywhere), grilled butternut squash pasta seasoned with fresh sage and topped with pecorino, grilled sweet potato quesadillas, orzo and garbanzo beans with oregano and goat cheese, and soon I plan on making some lavender sorbet and maybe having a mojito or two garnished with mint. Cora has eaten all of this! I think the girl has good taste in food and I pray she doesn't turn picky.
In the interest of keeping the temps in the house down, We've been trying to use the oven and stove as little as possible and are realizing that the possibilities with the grill are endless. I think soon we'll even try pizza on the grill...probably with fresh basil and mozzarella.
As I mentioned earlier, I've loved watching Cora grow right alongside the garden. She has really almost completely outgrown baby food and wants to eat what's on our plates. Since I'm not freezing any food for her anymore, her storage containers are free for things like pesto. While I'm sad that she is quickly outgrowing so many "baby" things, I do like not firing up the food processor or hand grinder as often and am joyful when she likes the same foods we do.
Over the winter I think we might build a few more small raised beds for extra space. I would like to use our chain link fence in the back as a built in trellis system, but need to check with my neighbor.
Thursday, June 10, 2010
I've posted before about how Daddy puts Cora down for a nap, but here is another variation.
I like the creative use of the rug as a blankie and ottoman as a pillow. Notice that the dog doesn't get too far from all this action too.
Hmm...perhaps I should join in on the nap action next time.
Tuesday, June 8, 2010
Moving on, a couple of weeks ago we noticed a Robin meticulously piecing together a nest in our Blue Atlas Cedar right outside our front window. We had a great view of her gathering materials and weaving them into the nest. We were so excited by the prospect that we might see the whole process from beginning to end.
Each day, we would look for new signs that she might be laying an egg, and one morning, while she was in the nest, she puffed her body up so huge! It definitely looked like she might have been laying. I didn't catch this on camera, but Rob got some other shots of her from in our living room.