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 Advertisements

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…