Thankful for…

electricity! a near miss (and the men with chainsaws who came to clean up the mess) cool nights help with the house family stories, old and new gifts from guests homegrown tomatoes water new honeybees

Orzo with chickpeas

This is a modified version of the Couscous with Chickpeas recipe from the 1997 edition of the Joy of Cooking.  It’s a simple and interesting meatless main dish, and I usually eat it cold, so it’s convenient for packed lunches.  There’s not too much over-the-stove time, so it’s a pretty good summer option, too. Ingredients:…

Thankful for…

safe travels road trip sing-alongs with the Statler brothers photo fun with family the scent of dried sweet clover and herbs in the summer attic green tomatoes a little cucumber time for repentance houseguests brothers and sisters

Pasta with pesto and edamame

Just before I made my last batch of garlic scape pesto, I used up the last of the pesto and garlic scape pesto from the year before to make this simple summery dish.  Cleaning out the freezer is important work, right?  😉 I think I originally got the idea for cooking edamame with pasta from…

Thoughts on a Friday

The incarnation of the Father’s freedom calls us beyond admiration to transformation. … To know [Christ] is to be transformed by what one knows. –Brennan Manning in Reflections for Ragamuffins

Jumping guppies!

(Well, this was all true yesterday, but today a squirrel or bird intervened, and the fish are no more…  I’ll have to work on a better system…) Earlier this summer, I constructed a birdbath from a thrifted lamp and a shallow dish.  (I got ideas here, here, here, and here.)  Then one day I came…

Playing catch up

I’ve been adding to the list but haven’t had time to get photos in and publish anything for a few weeks, so, finally, here’s what I’m thankful for lately: dew drops rain blue skies and sunshine nasturtium vines cheery red geraniums nectarines and blueberries a pink hollyhock among the lilies cucumber blossoms wild daisies baby…

New in the morning

I hope you’ll indulge me today.  🙂  I went a little overboard one morning looking at the dewdrops in the garden.  I know it all has to do with cohesion and adhesion and surface tension and more physics than I understand, but they are still marvelous. The book of Job barely makes mention of the…

Are your garlic scapes escaping?

Do you have garlic scapes just begging to be made into pesto?  Hurry before it’s too late! I think of this time in the garden as “forage season” because it’s too early for the big crops like tomatoes and cucumbers and peppers.  Instead, it’s time for gleaning radish greens, garlic scapes, young lambsquarter, and a…

Giving thanks for…

garden-fresh strawberries, rhubarb, and asparagus birdsong in the morning, afternoon, and evening rain breakfast smoothies back porch weather the sweet scent of iris in bloom tomato blossoms a mini-vacation AND a longer stay-cation  😉 a garage-sale microwave and flip-flops

An Easter Salad

My mom asked me to bring this salad for Easter dinner.  The table full of European guests was shocked when the American girl piped up and said she had made it.  😉 Basically, I doubled this recipe from The Armenian Kitchen with a few adjustments made based on what I had on hand, etc. Ingredients:…

Thoughts on a Friday

Real work, whether it involves making babies or poems, hamburger or holiness, is not self-expression, but its very opposite. Real workers, skilled workers, practice negative capability – the suppression of self so that the work can take place on its own. St. John the Baptist’s “I must decrease, but he must increase” is embedded in…