May | A too short weekend at the beach. (Nags Head, NC)
Tuesday, May 31, 2011
Wednesday, May 25, 2011
Tuesday, May 24, 2011
Despite my long To Do List, I managed to have a fantastic weekend that was both productive and relaxing.
Saturday started with empanadas and flan from the Farmers Market and ended with jumbo marshmallows roasted over the fire pit.
(This is flan. Giant flan! Have you ever seen such a thing?!)
(These are marshmallows. Jumbo marshmallows! Have you ever seen such a thing?!)
Sunday started with crullers on the porch and ended with gin & tonics on the patio.
In between, we mowed, trimmed, weeded, planted, swept, and cleaned up the yard. We constructed weights for my art fair tent. We discussed landscaping projects. We played with the dogs. We sat by the fire and chatted. We used the Rolla Roasters for the first time (genius!) and ate marshmallows until we felt sick.
Just how a weekend should be.
Friday, May 20, 2011
The Ballston Arts & Crafts Market is a mere three weeks away and I'm feeling woefully unprepared.
I've been crazy busy lately. Or at least, I am according to the number of things on my overwhelming To Do List. Problem is, the list is so long, I don't know where to start! I've got so many things to do that I feel like I don't have the time to eat. Or sleep. And then when I'm supposed to be sleeping, I can't, because I'm fretting over all the things that need to get done...
(This week's To Do List - notice how many items aren't crossed off?)
So here we go - I've got 21, actually 17 days (we're taking a long weekend at the beach - yikes) to accomplish the following for the market:
DISPLAY TO DO:
- Buy a 10x10 tent/canopy.
- Buy another folding table.
- Build a display system.
- Make tent weights.
- Make a garland to decorate my tent.
- Figure out how to hang my shop banner.
- Make tablecloths to cover the tables.
- Boxes to display small pieces/business cards.
- Test run of display and set-up.
- Figure out how all this crap is going to fit in my car.
ART TO DO:
- Create 8 new art pieces.
- Design and print a new screenprint.
- Have giclee reproductions printed.
- Print additional Hair, Cheese, Zinnia, Onion, and Blueberry prints.
- Cut cardboard backers.
- Package up art.
- Make price tags.
WHAT NOT TO DO:
- Freak out.
Monday, May 16, 2011
I've fallen a bit behind with my documentation of The 12 Project (one of my photography goals for 2011). Here's an update:
January | Busy with my shop and embracing messy hair.
February | We were apart - Larry was on a business trip in Central Asia while I held down the fort at home.
March | A glimpse of Spring? Hiking at Roosevelt Island.
April | Yard work.
Thursday, May 12, 2011
Evidently, my mind lives in an idealized fantasy world where I spend my summers lazing on a hand-quilted picnic blanket while drinking wine and reading a stack of library books that I carried home in my bike basket. HA HA HA. Seriously, I think I've included Have a Picnic on every To Do list I've ever made, and to be honest, our so-called picnics usually involve unwrapping some Chik-Fil-A while sitting at a bird poop-covered picnic table in a crowded park and scarfing the sandwiches as fast as possible because the dogs are being whiny pains in the butt.
I've deliberately left off all the projects I hope to accomplish in the coming months (paint the upstairs, rebuild our trellis, clean out the mudroom, build some furniture) because summer is supposed to be fun.
What's on your summer list?
Edited to add: Forgot to include Drink a good gin & tonic on my list!
Wednesday, May 11, 2011
Back in January, Larry marked a recipe for Catalan Fish Stew with Pimenton Mayonnaise in Food & Wine magazine and it's been on my list of recipes to try ever since. I hadn't intended for it to be one of our international meals, but when I was at the store shopping for ingredients, I realized this recipe was going to cost me a fortune - so I decided to make something special out of it. I grabbed a hunk of Spanish cheese, some crusty bread and a bottle of Spanish wine and decided that tonight was Spanish night.
On the menu:
- Catalan Fish Stew with Pimenton Mayonnaise
- Torta la Serena (cheese) with crusty bread
- Crema Catalana
- Las Rocas Garnacha (red wine)
I hadn't planned on making dessert, but once I got home I couldn't help but google "Catalan dessert recipes" and Crema Catalana popped up. Crema Catalana is the Spanish version of Creme Brulee and I had all the ingredients on hand so I decided to give it a go.
Wop wop, it was a flop. The recipe warned of over-cooking the custard and causing it to break, and I think I may have undercooked it because it was extremely runny. Before serving, I put it under the broiler to create a caramelized crust. After 20 minutes (!!!), the sugar still hadn't caramelized much and the custard itself was boiling and bubbling like molten lava. Oh well.
(Sad news: My beloved Nikon D40 DIED. Did you know that a camera's shutter can wear out? I had to resort to charging up my little point & shoot camera to take these photos.)
Tuesday, May 10, 2011
We've been spending our weekends this spring attempting to clean up our yard after months of neglect and natural disasters followed by a long winter.
The other weekend's yardwork required the use of just about every tool we own, PLUS a trip to Home Depot to purchase more tools. Each tool (both in our yard and in the store) was tested by Larry for its ability to be used as a sword, a gun, and my personal favorite (in his words), a shillelagh. The tools being used as weapons clearly cut down on our productivity in the yard.
Me: Do you have to play with every tool?
Him: Yes! Especially my own!
Monday, May 9, 2011
This weekend I took a last minute trip up to Philadelphia for a wedding. I traveled with my mother via train from DC to Philly and it was a great reminder of how much I love train travel - I'm adding a train trip to my To Do list for the summer!
I have to admit, I have never been a fan of Filthadelphia Philadelphia. The only city I may hate more is its neighbor, Shitsburgh Pittsburgh. That being said, the last time I was in either city was almost 15 years ago when I was looking at colleges. (Needless to say, I did not choose a college in Pennsylvania!) Cities can change a lot in 15 years and I was interested to visit Philly based on the sole fact that it is the home of several Jose Garces restaurants AND Buddakan, home of the dip sum donut.
Unfortunately, I was only in Philadelphia for seven hours - we went up and back the same day, so I didn't have a chance to check out the restaurant scene. Guess I'll have to go back to get my hands on some of those donuts!
I didn't bring my big camera with me - so here's a photo essay of the trip via iPhone:
*Not pictured: Being stuck on the DC metro at 1:30 am due to track work and sharing a metro car with a drunk sorority girl who puked on a) a stack of newspapers, b) the floor of the metro, which is carpeted...ew!, and c) her own feet. She then slid off her seat and into the pile of her own barf. Gag! I do not miss riding the metro late at night!
P.S. Philadelphians and Pittsburghers - if any of you read my blog, let me know what makes your cities worth visiting! I am willing to give your cities a second chance!