six super ripe bananas

six super ripe bananas

we had an abundance of spotty brown bananas and now i have banana bread to spare.

it's a banana bread family!

it's a banana bread family!

i think these mini loaf pans are technically my mom’s, but they’ve been in my possession for quite a while now. they make the cutest little loaves of bread! i should really utilize these during the holidays.

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ready for the oven

ready for the oven

last week we were invited to a birthday party that was a dessert potluck. i decided to try something new, which is always risky when baking for others.

i love how the powdered sugar highlights the fleur-de-lis

i love how the powdered sugar highlights the fleur-de-lis

it turned out perfectly! it was rich and moist and chocolatey. i found two recipes for this cake. i used this one, but this one (scroll down a bit to find it once you click through) looks good too! i used Maker’s Mark, but any whiskey will do. just make sure it is a good tasting one since it really does flavor the cake.


tea time

06Mar09

reading


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i guess the birds haven’t eaten all of them afterall! i’m impressed that they are sprouting despite being on top of the soil, not under it.


yesterday i sowed my second batch of seeds. the spinach and chard were put into containers instead of the ground. it’s too much work to get the ground ready. plus it is still quite muddy. the poppies were the easiest to sow. just mix with a cup of soil and sprinkle!

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while i was out i brought the cats with me. brain started going outside about a month ago and is fairly comfortable with it. she goes out by herself and is just fine. pinky was wary of the outdoors and ended up hiding under the deck after getting spooked one afternoon. she has turned the corner though and now is more interested in going out than brain! as i type this she is sitting by the back door waiting for someone to let her out.

pinky blending in

pinky blending in

kitty butts on an adventure!

kitty butts on an adventure!

since this is our first year in this house we are discovering all sorts of new plants coming up. none of the bulbs or seeds that i planted have come up yet, but other bulbs have begun sprouting. it is so nice to see everything come to life. the first daffodil is about to bloom!

about to burst!

about to burst!

other than the daffodils we don’t know what the bulbs are that have sprouted. anyone recognize these?

there are a lot of these little guys

there are a lot of these little guys

a bunch of these as well

a bunch of these as well

the previous tenants left behind some pots which i cleaned out to use for the spinach and chard. i discovered some bulbs in them as well. i’m guessing these are tulips?

tulips?

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if you look closely you'll see a tiny spider inside the leaf

i’m crossing my fingers that my transplanted bulbs do well and that my seeds come up. we’ve had some heavy rain that exposed the peas i sowed. i’ve seen birds eating them. oh well. at least they’re going to a good cause. i’m really hopeful that the poppies come up. they are gorgeous. this mix is supposed to be 18-36″ tall! i also really hope that some of these unknown bulbs turn out to be iris. they are one of my favorite flowers.


the capelet

28Feb09

here’s a silk capelet i made last week:

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it is made with ivory hammered silk. i had a lot of fun making it. i did a narrow rolled hem on the tulle trim before i pleated it all by hand. i made the binding myself and i made the thread loop on the closure. most of these techniques i hadn’t done since my advanced couture sewing class, which was a few years ago. i purchased that button a few years ago and had been waiting to use on the right project. it is a beaded vintage button from the 1920’s. there’s more info at my etsy shop, if you’re interested!


dr. horrible…

28Feb09

a couple of weeks ago i was doing dishes and listening to terry gross interview joss whedon on npr. i loved buffy the vampire slayer, so naturally i was happy to listen to the interview. i’ve watched both episodes of his new show, dollhouse, and so far i like it. it’s no buffy, but really the first few episodes of buffy weren’t that great either. anyway, terry was extolling the resume of joss whedon when she played a clip from his internet mini-musical Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog. it was neil patrick harris singing about his freeze ray. for the rest of the week that 30 second sample was stuck in my head. finally i broke down and downloaded the whole thing from itunes. it has three acts and in total is about 45 mintues long. and it is FABULOUS!!!

here’s act one, part one from you tube. if you like this i highly suggest buying the whole thing from itunes. the quality is much better.