Friday, January 28, 2011

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

more snow!

Outside of Everett's class there was a little doo dad that hung on a hook.  One of those wooden art pieces with a snowman that has a sign that says "Let it Snow".  I told Everett's teacher that perhaps she should take it down.....she laughed and did.  Once again we will be shoveling up a storm tomorrow...almost certain.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

tea cup

wow.  hysterical.
found here.

Friday, January 21, 2011

words from woody

Woody is so right.  Got to fail to grow...just have to if one wants to change and discover. I wish I could send this to someone I used to know....


Wednesday, January 19, 2011

the full plate's soup swap idea

I was invited to do a soup great!  I made 6 quarts of Hamburger Soup (recipe to follow) and I now have 6 assorted soups in my freezer!  Eila of The Full Plate blog hosted.  Eila's directions went like this:
  •  Invite 10 people over;
  • Each person is to bring six quarts of freezer-friendly homemade soup, packed in six one-quart containers;
  •  Place everyone’s 6 soup containers on the dining room table;
  • Once everyone’s there, each person can give a quick description of their soup;
  •  Draw numbers to determine the order of soup selection;
  • Then, one at a time, have each guest choose one quart of soup;
  • When you've gone through one round, draw numbers again (so nobody gets last choice each time); keep going for five more rounds, until all the soups are selected;
  • Send each person home with six delicious quarts of soup which they store in their freezer and enjoy in the coming month or two.

I would love to host another....once my 6 quarts is gobbled up and my freezer has more room!  Soon....

Hamburger Soup

This is Andrew's Mom's soup recipe .
It's hearty and so delicious. 
Oh and oh so easy!!!

1 T. butter                                                                     
¾ - 1 lb. ground beef                                                          
3 small or 2 medium sliced yellow onions                        
1/3 c. barley                                        
1 large can tomatoes 
3 carrots, sliced 
3 celery stalks, sliced
3 potatoes, cut up
1 qt. water             
½ t. pepper
1 T. salt
¼ - ½ t. Worcestershire sauce 
½ - 1 t. A-1 sauce

Brown meat in butter, crumbling frequently to break up.
Add onions and cook 5 min.
Add barley, tomatoes, water and salt; cover and simmer gently 2 hrs.
Add vegetables, A-1 sauce, Worcestershire sauce and pepper; simmer 1 hr. more. 

Enjoy with crusty bread!

Makes approx 3 quarts

Monday, January 17, 2011

soup swap

Soup swap this eve.  Gotta run.  Details to come!

Friday, January 14, 2011

Thursday, January 13, 2011

avocado egg in the hole

Does this look amazingly yummy or what!??!?!  Saw this on A Cup of Jo.  It's origin is OH JOY.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

more snow!

Oh I just love this photo of these two taking off in the fresh snow.  Whimsy & enchantment at it's best.  They are made here.  Enjoy the snow tomorrow...another doozie!

Monday, January 10, 2011


 More snow on the way this week!  Perhaps another snow day.  
I have always loved cutting out snowflakes...
great snowy day project to do with Everett...then tape all over windows!

photo from garden mama

Friday, January 7, 2011

furious vulvas

One of my most favorite restaurants in Fairfield County is Bloodroot.  It is a very special place unlike any other in this part of the world. The organic, vegetarian, seasonal and delicious soups, salads, main courses, breads and desserts are all so yummy.  I went with my dear friend Jessica yesterday for a bowl of chickpea, potato and tomato soup and an open-faced avocado sandwich with sundried tomatoes, garlic and olive oil on toasted rye bread.  Perfect.  On my way out I noticed these chocolates made by a former employee of the restaurant...the name made me look again.  Furious Vulvas...12 bittersweet chocolate vulvas with hawaiian pink sea salt and pink peppercorns made for Noel, one of the owners of Bloodroot..oh did I mention it is a feminist restaurant.  Bought a box and boy (or should I say girl) are they special.  Hot with a bit of spice and perfectly salty.....just in time for Valentine's Day.
Check them out here.

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

iggy peck architect

Everett was given the book Iggy Peck Architect by Andrea Beaty.  What a fantastic book for children and adults.   The illustrations are beyond great.  Iggy is a boy that is crazy about building...his teacher squashes his passion for creating until she needs his imagination to get out of a predicament.  A lesson for us adults to PLEASE support childrens' ideas even when we think they are absurd!   Find Iggy here.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

my boy is 5!

Everett is five years old today! 
I love you my spud!

Monday, January 3, 2011

happy 2011!

Happy New Year!  First Monday of the year..fresh start.  Love this photo found here.