Hello, and welcome to Spring!

We had CRAZYGOOD weather this weekend, which finally gave me the kick in the pants I needed to cook/take pictures again. Those winter doldrums are no joke, and my whole existence turned into a daily grind just to make it through. But here I am on the other side, and no worse for wear!

So here you go — a little spring cleaning from the past month or so, and a wrap-up of recent goings-on in our neck of the woods.

Pasta e ceci from Rachael Eats. We had this weekly for a spell and while I love it beyond any other soup I made over the winter, I’m looking forward to something less filling.

Shirley Corriher’s Touch of Grace biscuits with butter & fig jam. Made a damned fine breakfast, but not as good as scrambled eggs and morels will be in a few weeks.

French “peasant” beets from Food52.

He really wanted my attention.

More pictures after the jump.

Inspired by the gorgeous weather, I tried my hand at a few new things:

Shaped bokeh


Terrariums (terraria?), because two things Ringwood has in abundance are moss and stones. And because our new dining room table was screaming out for some decoration, for it is large:

Phase 1 is complete! Now onto Operation: Drapes and Light Fixture (that don’t make my eyes bleed). Also, wallpaper.

My breakfast for nearly every morning of the past week: Goat’s milk yogurt, fresh papaya and honey.

When I tired of the papaya/yogurt combo, I made breakfast fried rice. The brown sugar-glazed ham was perfect with the soy and sesame flavors.

Did someone say “ham?” We distinctly heard “ham.” (And this is why they aren’t allowed in the kitchen.)


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