There is nothing like staying at home for real comfort. ~Jane Austen

Friday, July 30, 2010

worknight evenings

When I come home from work, it's great to pass the jasmine by our front door. This time of year the blooms are so fragrant. I like to think they miss me during the day and save all their perfume for when I come home. Silly :P
We've got a few cute little spiders that live in the jasmine.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

one pretty smoothie

So, about 6 months ago my high school pal, Donloree, introduced me to Green Monster Smoothies. Give or take a week, I've been having them almost every day for past 5 months. I LOVE, love, love them! My favorite is the Virgin.

Anyways, this morning I was out of baby spinach, so I threw whatever I had available in the blender. It ended up being 4 ice cubes, 1 TBL of flaxseed, 3/4 cup frozen raspberries, 1 very ripe banana, and 1 cup of vanilla soy milk.

Gorgeous color, sweet and tart taste, a very pretty way to start the day.

Sunday, July 25, 2010

we're getting there!

I have been so bad about blogging the last few weeks! It's been crazy busy at our place (all good things), so now I'm going to try and bring you all up to speed in the next few days. :)

Kip and Craig made our cabinet door! It's made of two planks of wood we removed when we replaced the siding last year. At first we were going to paint it white, but decided to keep just to coat it with a clear lacquer.
Craig redid the plumbing for our new sink...he's awesome.
Kip soldering the connection on the new pipes.
Sheetrock patching over the new plumping.
Yay! Craig and Kip put beadboard over the sheetrock and installed our new sink!! More pictures to come soon!

Sunday, July 18, 2010

babycakes toastie

Yummers is all I have to say!

Apple Cinnamon Toastie from Babycakes by Erin McKenna

1 c. Garbanzo-Fava bean flour
1 1/4 c. evaporated cane juice + more for sprinkling
1/2 c. potato starch
1/4 c. arrowroot
2 1/4 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. xanthan gum
1 tsp. salt
2 TBL ground cinnamon
1/2 c. coconut oil + more for brushing
1/3 c. applesauce
2 TBL vanilla extract
1 1/4 c. hot water
1 c. roasted apples (see recipe below)

Roasted Apples (yields one cup)
1 granny smith+1 pink lady apple, peeled, cored & diced into 1" cubes
1 TBL ground cinnamon
1/4 c. agave nectar
1/8 c. fresh lemon juice

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Line a baking pan w/parchment paper.
In a medium bowl, toss together the apples, cinnamon, agave nectar and lemon juice until the apples are completely coated. Spread the mixture over the prepared baking sheet.
Bake the apples on the center rack for 35 minutes, rotating the sheet 180 degrees after 20 minutes. The apples will be soft. Let the apples stand for 30 minutes, or until completely cool. (The apples can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 1 week).

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. Grease a 7x4x3 inch loaf pan w/oil.
In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, 1 cup of the evaporated cane juice, the potato starch, arrowroot, baking powder, baking soda, xanthan gum, salt, and 1 TBL of the cinnamon. Add the oil, applesauce, vanilla, and 1 cup of the hot water to the dry ingredients. Stir until the batter is smooth, then fold in the roasted apples. Transfer 1/4 cup of the batter to a small bowl, and add the remaining 1/4 cup evaporated cane juice, 1 TBL cinnamon, and 1/4 cup hot water. Stir until creamy.
Pour the apple batter into the prepared loaf pan. Drizzle the batter from the small bowl down the center of the loaf. Use a teaspoon to swirl the topping into the loaf, moving the spoon up and down. Sprinkle the top w/evaporated cane juice. Bake the toastie on the center rack for 30 minutes, remove from the oven, and brush the top with a generous amount of oil. Return to the oven and bake for another 25-30 minutes, until crunchy and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
Let the toastie stand in the pan until completely cooled, then invert onto a board. Turn right side up, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerated until serving.**

**The original recipe calls for the toastie to be served warm, but I have found that it's easier to cut and the texture is better if I refrigerate it for at least a few hours (overnight is best) before serving. It can be reheated for a few minutes in the oven, if you prefer.

Friday, July 16, 2010

sequim lavender festival

The annual Sequim Lavender Festival is this weekend, and I'm sad to miss it this year! All the more reason to make it happen next year. Lavender is one my favorite flowers, especially the "Royal Velvet" variety. There were 8 different farms to visit when we went, and each was worth taking a look at, although Port Williams and Jardin du Soleil were my favorites. The farmers and volunteers give tours and are on hand to give you information on the plants, harvesting, making essential oils, etc. Kip and I went 2 years ago (below photos) for the weekend and camped at the Dungeness Spit Recreation Area. Our the campground is on a bluff overlooking the ocean, and out site was about 25 feet from the edge. It was heaven.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

lil' happy things

Pleasure is spread through the earth
In stray gifts to be claimed by whoever shall find.
~William Wordsworth

Saturday, July 3, 2010


As a kid, I was not a fan of radishes. Thankfully those days are behind me. The photos are of radishes from my CSA box.

Radish Factoids
('cuz you know you'll need them some day):
-The name "radish" comes from the Roman word "radix," one of their words for "root."
-The Chinese grew them as early as 700 B.C. and introduced them to Japan, where they are still very popular vegetable (especially the daikon radish)
-They were grown in England in the 1500s and were touted as a remedy for kidney stones and facial blemishes.

Thursday, July 1, 2010

WC update

While we were in CA last week, my in-laws grouted and installed the toilet. Thanks guys!!