Monday, June 28, 2010
Saturday, June 26, 2010
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1-2T. jalapenos (again, I use the jar variety)
Put everything into a blender or food processor and puree until smooth. How easy is that???
Thursday, June 24, 2010
Monday, June 21, 2010
Welcome to Summer!
It's the first day of summer. Before the time runs away from me and I'm anticipating fall, I want to take a minute and really APPRECIATE summer. In that spirit, here are ...
My Twenty Favorite Things about Summer
(in no particular order)
1. Peaches (There are hundreds of wonderful things you can do with a real, perfectly ripe peach, but is there anything better than eating one over the kitchen sink?)
2. Summer flowers
4. Tomatoes (real, vine ripened, locally grown ones)
5. Not having to wear a winter coat, especially when I'm taking my little dog Daisy out for her calls of nature
6. Grilling out
7. Fourth of July
8. My neighborhood's annual yard sale
10. Morning walks when it's still cool and everything is fresh
12. Long(er) days
13. Root beer floats
14. Getting to wear flip flops and sandals
15. Cold lemonade and iced tea
17. The smell of honeysuckle
18. The Farmer's Market
19. Sitting on my front porch swing
20. Air conditioning
Take a few minutes today and think about some of your favorites.
Happy Summer to us all!
Saturday, June 19, 2010
After getting Kate on her way, we met a couple of our dear and longtime friends, Wynona and Patricia (sisters too!) and had a great lunch together catching up with each other. Friends can always help ease you over the rough spots can't they? Love and thanks to you two, too!
Finally, we had a quick visit to TJ Maxx (another longtime and good friend) and look at this darling plate I found! Actually I got three--all they had. As a knitter I absolutely could not walk away from them, not to mention they were only $2.00 each!!!
Wednesday, June 9, 2010
My Scarf is finished!!!
Remember the small knitting project I started a couple of weeks ago? I took it with me to Greece and it was handy to work on during the two long flights and a several ferry rides.
I blocked it yesterday and here you see the finished result. I choose this skein of yarn because of the colors. I liked the idea of knitting with a yarn with lots of blue and turquoise because those of colors I think of when I think of Greece.
I'm happy with the finished result and have listed it in my ButtermilkCottage Etsy shop.
Something else I took to Greece with me is the MIMI Bag from my Etsy shop. This bag is new this year and up to this point had not been tried and tested. I used this shoulder tote as my "carry-on" all during the twelve day trip. I can now affirm it's a great travel bag.
I filled it with a hardback book, camera, cosmetics, travel documents, my knitting, three pairs of glasses, snacks, a smaller purse to pull out as needed, and other accumulated stuff. It fit beautifully under the seat in front of me on the plane and ferry. (Don't you just hate having to put bags in those overhead bins?)
It was also lightweight enough to carry on my shoulder when I needed to pull my larger piece of luggage from place to place. So keep this bag in mind if you need a travel bag this summer. I love mine!
Monday, June 7, 2010
"...Home again, home again, jiggity jig..."
I returned home yesterday from a wonderful vacation in Greece. The trip was my daughter's choice, her college graduation gift from me. Actually, I probably would not have chosen Greece, but after experiencing it, I'm SO glad she did. It's a beautiful country, the people are warm and friendly, and the food is incredible. We spent a couple of nights in Athens and did most of the tourist requirements: the Parthenon, the Acropolis, Hadrian's Arch, a traditional Greek dinner with traditional Greek dancers.
Here we are at the Parthenon.
But the real highlights of the trip were our visits to the Greek islands of Mykonos and Santorini, both wonderful, but very different. Mykonos is a white washed island of "sugar cube" buildings trimmed mostly with blue, although you do see some other colors occasionally. We spent a couple of days on the beach, thoroughly relaxing. When that got too tiring, we explored the shops.
After three days on Mykonos, we were off to Santorini.
Santorini is located in the southern Aegean Sea and is what remains of an enormous volcanic explosion. The towns are nestled along the sides of incredibly steep cliffs that look out into the sea. The sights and views are breathtaking and some of the most beautiful I've ever seen.
An added bonus to our trip was that I celebrated my birthday while away. Let me just say it was a momentous one in more ways than just being in Greece... My beautiful daughter Kate treated us to a wonderful dinner at a "Caldera View Restaurant" in the town of Oia called "Ellis." It was an outstanding gourmet meal with an incredible view. You can take a look at it at http://www.ellis-restaurant.gr/
Wonderful as vacations are, I have to say Buttermilk Cottage was calling to me by the end of ours and it is nice to be back home again. Time now to settle back into a routine and get some work done AND enjoy the summer. By the way, I knitted and finished the scarf from my previous post and hope to have some pictures of it next time.
I also finally got around to reading THE STORY OF EDGAR SAWTELLE by David Wroblewski while away. I enjoyed reading it, but now that I've had some time to digest it, I'm not sure how I feel about it. I guess I wanted a more upbeat, coming-of-age story than it turned out to be. I do recommend it though. See what you think...