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wine and roses

Until last year, I had been a bit of a Valentine’s Day curmudgeon. I don’t feel that way anymore. In fact, I am so overflowing with love that I am thrilled to have one day when I can say “I love you” 25 times a day instead of 10.

How could you not say “I love you” 25 times to this?
sleeping boy

So, the dozen roses my husband and son gave to me do not seem cheesy, as I once may have thought.
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reflections and resolutions

I love waking up first, pouring the first cup of coffee, and feeling the quiet, especially after many loud and busy days. Soon, I’ll be playing with trains, packing for a work trip, and finishing my script for a presentation that I will deliver on Saturday morning in New York.  For now, though, it is so quiet.

This past week didn’t just deliver Christmas joy. Read More

orange peach jam

So, what’s new? Hmmm.
1. My son is potty trained.  Yeah, just kidding.  We’ve determined that he just isn’t quite ready yet.  He can, however, sing the ABC’s with adorable perfection.  This blows my freaking mind. That whole “it goes so fast” thing really is true.
2. I’m a city commuter now.  My car sits in the driveway and I now hop on a bus, then a train, and then I walk the remaining mile and a half.  I even get a ride home from Awesome Husband and we go pick Anderson up together.  After years of a two hour commute home on the hellish Mass Pike, there are just no words.  It is wonderful.
3. I ran my first 10K last weekend in picturesque Concord.  All money raised went to support the Louisa May Alcott Orchard House. Read More

pickled red onions

Admittedly, I’m obsessed with pickling and canning things lately.  My farmer’s market volunteer gig isn’t helping my cause.   Red onions are in season right now and I keep coming home with them.  They aren’t the worn out, been-stored-too-long versions of onions you see in the grocery store.  The ones I can’t resist are the shiny, fresh, local ones that have such an amazing purple color that I can’t not purchase them.

We eat a lot of onions in this house, but these weren’t meant to be cheapened in a sauté pan or diced up into run-of-the-mill potato salad.  These were meant to be on display.

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cold cucumber dill soup

I have quite a collection of cookbooks, even after a recent purge.  I am sortof a cookbook junkie.  I try to make one new thing per week, but that is usually hard to do.  Full time working mommas don’t often have hours to burn in the kitchen.

Thank goodness for a husband who recently discovered he also likes to cook because he’s really taken the heavy the last few weeks, which have been nutty for me.

This latest recipe is from my beloved Moosewood Cookbook, which is older than I am. Read More

crêpes and lavender

Maybe it was my lavender in bloom?  Or maybe it was knowing that my foodie friend was coming over?  The anticipation of a south end date that same night?  (B&G Oysters by the way – delish!) Or the fact that I absolutely love cooking and tend to want to try new recipes on the weekend?

lavender

I needed a snack to take to an outing at the beach with friends this past weekend and I didn’t want to just throw a bag of chips in the beach bag, so I made crêpes for the first time.   Read More

Mayfair Farm

This weekend, we celebrated Father’s Day and my mother’s 60th birthday. Anderson and I went with his grammy and papa to visit a little slice of heaven today: Mayfair Farm in Harrisville, NH.  This sustainable farm has tons of treasures, such as a greenhouse full of veggies, orchards, strawberries (almost ready to pick!), piglets, cows, sheep, and today’s favorite by far: very free range chickens.  By free range, I mean they run wherever they please – as all chickens should.

new piglets

new piglets

 

We got to explore the whole farm.

We got to explore the whole farm.

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garden prep and compost FAQ

We are probably moving this year.  It is all still a big question mark, but we’re about 90% certain.

I had decided not to try to start seeds indoors this year and not to purchase any seeds at all.  We’ll be selling our home, right?  Why spend the time?

Then spring started to happen.  My dad gave me some of his leftover seeds.  I starting thinking about growing kale the first time, which would be planted now.  In the end, I just couldn’t do it.  I couldn’t not grow things. Read More