Thoughts on a Friday

The Master Potter by Marlene J. Chase He moves amid the potsherds, with patient practiced eye, saves fragments of divinity shattered by outrageous winds. Plying His grand, inscrutable trade, He grinds the useless shards and kneads them into clay. … Read the rest here (p. 32). Advertisements

Hmmm… (and please don’t freak out)

So, last week I discovered this misshapen little pepper in the garden.  An enterprising spider had built its web in the hole created by some other less-beneficial insect.  (I know, I know, a spider isn’t an insect.)  Now how to get the little critter out?  I admit that putting my mouth over the hole and…

Korean stir-fried cucumbers

I’ve only made one other cooked cucumber recipe (although I may have stuck some in a biryani or something, once), and that recipe definitely proved that cooked cucumbers are edible (and delicious), but it was kind of a lot of work if you’re trying to use up a lot of cucumbers… So, Google helped me…

Couscous with zucchini

This is a fabulous summer side dish.  I love couscous when it’s hot out because it cooks so quickly, and with the zucchini cooked in you’ve got your vegetables taken care of, too.  It’s one of those recipes (like carrot soup) that is so tasty that it’s hard to believe the ingredients are so simple….

Herbed floral mayonnaise

I was planning for a tea party and still sailing along on the “try new things” buzz from Cambodia, when I whipped this recipe up.  I was researching tea sandwiches and came across recipes for herbed mayonnaise and floral mayonnaise, so I decided to just pack the herbs and flowers into one spread for the…

Chocolate Mint Smoothie

So now that I’m experimenting with fruit in the blender, I wondered about blending up something chocolate…  I Googled chocolate banana smoothies and came up with several recipes that looked good (like this one). I decided to stick with something simple the first time, and basically made this Dark Chocolate Banana Smoothie, except that I…

Garlic Scape Pesto

Garlic scapes are new to my vocabulary, and a lovely addition to the produce I can harvest from the garden!  The ones pictured above are a little past their prime for cooking, but I used them nonetheless.  I was on the other side of the globe while they were at their peak.  🙂 These seed…

Thankful for…

fresh tomatoes from the garden!  They almost make the 90°+ days worth it.  😉

A smoothie or something

One of the fun things about travel to new places is the food, and Cambodia was no exception.  It was hot, hot, and humid while I was there, and I appreciated the wide variety of fruit drinks available in the comfort of cafés with “air con” such as the refreshing lime ginger juice available at…

Thankful for…

tulips birdsong in the morning vanilla ice cream with fresh strawberries line-dried laundry sunshine

Giving thanks for…

spring blossoms greening grass sprouting seeds spring rains good reads special spaghetti sauce the last of the pumpkin cinnamon rolls sunny afternoon reading outside neighbors to share oregano with the chance to keep learning the chance to chat with a friend and share my brownies people who share the music they make