My husband was out of town the other night. Usually when he’s away, I make something easy for dinner, like pasta with olive oil and parmesan. This time I had already planned tacos, so I made tacos. I spread the table with all the various bowls and plates: salsa, avocado, shredded cheddar, sautéed onions and … Continue reading Real indicators of how well you know someone
I think we got about 15 inches in Blacksburg, Virginia. Our daughter and I made her birthday cake (tiramisu) and dinner rolls for her birthday dinner while the snow came down. Continue reading We got some snow
We’re having a bit of a pie crisis. Our daughter had her heart set on a strawberry rhubarb pie, which we made last year and it was everyone’s favorite. This year, I’ve been to 6 grocery stores and cannot find rhubarb anywhere. The Krogers say they haven’t been able to get it. The Food Lions … Continue reading How do I make mini apple crumble pies?
A friend asked recently what it is about gardening that I love so much, and with such intensity. What is so compelling? What do I get out of it? When we moved into our house, it was surrounded by nothing but mowed grass. A vast expanse of green blades, all the same height, all the same … Continue reading Welcome back, little critters
We wanted to prepare a feast on the spring equinox to mark the final cold breath of winter. We hadn’t planned a meal or shopped for it, our kids were sick, and with a looming snowstorm (that resulted in 2-3 inches of snow on our garden), the weather was decidedly not spring-like on the first day … Continue reading Celebrating spring with snow, seeds, and a green feast
I’ve officially given up on resisting winter. It is day four of spring, 3 new inches of wet, sticky snow have fallen since 2pm, and it’s still coming down. I’m leaning into it now. I’m all in. I’ve got a blanket on my lap. I’ve drunk afternoon tea and afternoon coffee. I’ve positioned myself towards … Continue reading Snow, Boggle, and my new diary