Friday, December 19, 2014

holiday star ornaments - quick, easy, no sew

ned gave these
to his fifteen favorite grown-ups
at school today.
i think they'd be pretty in white, too.
find the directions here.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

another year on planet earth

ned and i are celebrating our
back-to-back birthdays.
mine was yesterday, his is today.
this little baby is ten.

i could now officially change the name 
of the blog to ten-fifteen-twenty.
but i won't.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

día de los muertos

the book of life is a visual feast.
go see this one on the big screen.
cool fact:
we watched this with our amigo, joaquin.

learn more about the day of the dead
herehere, and here.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Sunday, October 19, 2014

stevie, hanging with haim

read the story here.

Saturday, October 18, 2014


the feel or shape of a surface or substance;
the smoothness, roughness, softness, of something.
right here

Monday, October 13, 2014


an owly treasury
cuddly owlets,
tea & coffee & moscow mules,
cozy knitted sweaters...
come see

and if you have tiny feet
{euro 36 :: us 5-5½}
here's a pair of amazing bryr clog boots
that would match this treasury
and the chilly season to a T.
note: these are regularly $425, on sale for $159.
this is the very last pair.
snap them up!!

Saturday, September 27, 2014

earthly delights csa week 18

our final share of the season

tomorrow is the harvest festival.
see a video of last year's festival here.

Monday, September 22, 2014

listening: clean bandit 'rather be'

this is marian's song.
her jay-um.
just listen & see if you can resist...

Sunday, September 21, 2014

earthly delights csa week 16 & 17

our share, week 16

our share, week 17
in addition to this,
casey let me know that there were
two heaping flats of unclaimed tomatoes
at the end of pick-up.
i went back & got those, as well.

my freezer is filling up with

Thursday, September 18, 2014

watch this

you'll be glad you did
click here to watch on youtube

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

happy birthday, dad!

happy birthday, dad!
i love you so much.

♥ ♥ ♥

want to see what i gave him?

a map of indiana
from the year he was born
{click on it to enlarge}
can you find goshen?
that's where he's from.
find ELKHART county 
at the north of the state.

interesting fact: 
most RVs you see on the road were
manufactured in elkhart county, indiana.

looking for a map of somewhere special?
i found this one here.

Monday, September 15, 2014


lacto-fermented or salt-water pickles.
i had never heard of them
until amanda from our csa
made some a couple weeks ago.
i understand that this is the old-fashioned way.

let me know if you've tried this because
i am almost certain i'm doing it wrong.
read more here and here.

Sunday, September 14, 2014


it's been busy around here,
so naturally, i built a treasury.

pretend with me


Sunday, September 7, 2014

earthly delights csa week 14 & 15

playing catch-up a bit

our share, week 14
{from august 26}
anaheim peppers
jalapeño peppers
rooster spur peppers
ground cherries
summer squash
magic garlic


our share, week 15
{from septemper 2}
this was 'farm hands day'
and i helped to bring in this harvest
anaheim/numex peppers
hot peppers
ground cherries
magic garlic

just 3 more weeks left!

Friday, September 5, 2014


freshly grated
= nutmeg =
wow, it's been a long couple of weeks.
it's time for some etsy treasury therapy
right here

Monday, August 25, 2014

first day

today was the first day of school
for marian & ned
{she's starting 10th grade}

{he's starting 4th grade}

like most good things,
it was bittersweet.

emily, my blue-haired child,
starts next week.
{she's starting 15th grade}

Saturday, August 23, 2014

lisa hannigan {love her}

tiny desk concert

irish pub performance

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

earthly delights csa week 13

our share
rainbow chard
jalapeño peppers
antohi romanian peppers
gernika peppers
summer squash
ailsa craig onion
magic garlic
cucumbers {lots of lemon cukes!}
genovese basil


our hearts are breaking for casey & her family.
her mother, julie, passed away on august 9th.
read all about her awesomeness here.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Monday, August 18, 2014

zucchini crust pizza {gluten free!}

we have lots of zucchini this time of year.
such a blessing.

and thanks to abby,
i just learned how to turn it into pizza crust.
this is a game changer.
the crust is grated zucchini
with most of the water wrung out
with an egg and a 'flour' and spices.

i consider this less of a new recipe
and more of a new skill,
but here's the recipe abby found:
{keep in mind i didn't measure anything & it turned out great}

zucchini crust pizza
2 cups grated zucchini
1 egg
1 T oil
3/4 - 1 cup almond flour 
{↑ you could use any flour}
salt & pepper


preheat oven to 400°

put the grated zucchini in a colander.
salt it & allow to 'sweat' for a bit.
then gather it into a clean towel
and literally wring the water out.

in a large bowl,
combine zucchini, egg, oil, garlic,
almond flour, oregano, s&p.
mix until a 'dough ball' forms.

on a baking sheet lined with parchment,
use your hands
to flatten out the dough ball,
pressing it into the shape you want.
i pressed mine quite thin.

bake it for about 20 minutes,
or until the edges & bottom are golden.
at this point, i flipped mine over
and baked for about 5 more minutes
to get it nice & toasty on both sides.
note: a nice step,
but leave it out if you're pressed for time.

remove it from the oven
and add your toppings.
we used homemade tomato sauce
fresh basil & grated parmesan.
{fresh mozzarella would be incredible}
pop it back in the oven for a few minutes
but keep a close eye so it doesn't burn.
this was so good that
i immediately made a second one.

the 'crust' alone is so delicious:
soft & 'doughy' but with crispy edges.
it is the best gluten-free 'bread' i've eaten.

it could be used as flatbread in any recipe
or served alongside hummus.

next, i'm going to try a sage butter version.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

homemade granola

today, i made a big batch
of really delicious granola.
it's so easy,
and so much more affordable
than even granola from the bulk bins.

i read through these granola recipes:

then adapted the batch to our tastes
and what we had on hand.

my ingredients
4 1/2 cups rolled oats
2 cups chopped pecans
2 cups sliced almonds
2 Tablespoons cinnamon
1 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
couple pinches of salt
3/4 cup brown rice syrup
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup olive oil
2 Tablespoons vanilla
add about halfway through baking:
1/2 cup shredded coconut {sweetened}
1/2 cup shredded coconut {unsweetened}
add at the end of baking
{bake just a few minutes}:
2 cups golden raisins

my method
preheat oven to 250°

in a big roasting pan,
mix dry ingredients,
then add wet ingredients.

bake for 30 minutes to an hour
stirring often {every 10 minutes},
watching for browning,
& testing as you go.
my 'test' is to scoop out a small spoonful,
then allow to cool.
once the granola is crunchy when cool,
it's done.

store in an airtight container.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

earthly delights csa week 12

our share

Monday, August 11, 2014

frozen chocolate peanut butter pie

marian requested this pie
for her birthday last month.
it's the same one i made for her 2 years ago.
super easy & super delicious.

frozen chocolate peanut butter pie
graham cracker crust
6 ounces dark chocolate {plus more for garnish}
2 cups whipping cream
one 8 oz package cream cheese
1 cup peanut butter
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
chopped peanuts
chocolate sauce for garnish
in a small pot, melt together the 6 ounces dark chocolate and 1/2 cup whipping cream.  stir until just melted and no lumps remain, remove from heat.  pour into your crust shell and allow to cool as you make the next layer.
in a mixing bowl, combine 1/4 cup whipping cream, softened cream cheese, peanut butter and brown sugar.  mix until light and fluffy.  add in vanilla and the remaining 1 1/4 cup whipping cream and beat until peaks form.  spoon over the chocolate layer.  cover and freeze for several hours.  
allow your pie to slightly soften before serving.  sprinkle on more chocolate, chopped peanuts and drizzle with chocolate sauce.

Saturday, August 9, 2014


Friday, August 8, 2014

earthly delights csa week 11

our share
a huge, beautiful share,
green beans
summer squash
toothache flower
picked and distributed solely by the interns
so casey could be with her very sick mother.

we are thinking of you, casey.

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