Some spring cleaning

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.)

  1. Well. I’m loving the pictures. I love the dog pics, how elegant they are. I also want to try that papaya yogurt situation. Mmmm.
    Now, about that chandelier in the dining room. Are you meaning that you want to replace it because when I looked at that picture it was the thing that stood out to me as the best thing in the room(!) beside the painting on the side board, lol! If you are getting rid of it can I have it?!
    Wallpaper sounds great, though, love wall paper.
    And the fried rice looks yummy 🙂 Love me some ham

  2. Well, after years of staring at a wall of smoked glass mirrors and matching chandeliers (yes, plural!), we’re definitely feeling minimal these days. Accessorizing the room will come later, but I’m REALLY wanting to do the DIY version of this light fixture to replace ours. :: swoon ::

    So you’re welcome to them, Ruby! 🙂

    Oh, and the painting is by one of my best friends from high school. He has shows in New Orleans every now and then — you should check him out!

  3. Well that fixture your thinking of making wil be awesome, too.
    And I already love the paintings on his website so I will be checking him out, thanks 🙂
    How much do you think it would be to ship one of those chandeliers to NOLa?