Archive for March, 2008

Make Way for Ducklings

Baby Ducks. A sure sign of spring. These little guys (or girls?) only a few days old now will be joining us when we move to our new home. The big boy is curious but he seems to have better things to do. The small boy loves them. He goes over to the box and points and shrieks. I take one out to show him and he continues pointing and shrieking. So I take out another. Maybe he has a favorite? This goes on and I conclude that he will only be happy when he is in the box with them. My husband grew up on farm chores and the tradition will continue. Duck egg omelette anyone?


March 29, 2008 at 10:12 am 2 comments

100th Blog Post!

And a thanks to readers for helping me get to my first big blog milestone. I appreciate all those who read and comment. I have enjoying writing this blog much as I have enjoyed reading the many, many fabulous blogs I’ve found out there. It’s a pleasure meeting you all. Say ‘hi’ if you haven’t already. I’m looking forward to the next 100 posts.

I always find these to be fun…. search engine terms people use to find your blog. I haven’t kept a really good record but here are a few recent ones.

Fat man on a couch

farmer in the dell…what is a dell

meaning of yeast

does sourdough starter change if moved

March 25, 2008 at 12:20 pm 1 comment

Happy Easter!

Lots of Easter preparation on Saturday. A morning jaunt to the farm where we picked up our Vermont maple sugar smoked ham for Easter dinner. The boys had a great time chasing chickens. This picture looks like the small boy is being chased but make no mistake, he was the dominant chaser. Poor chickens.

The afternoon was egg coloring time. My husband boiled the goose eggs for 10-15 minutes. We’ll know in a couple of days if that’s how long it takes to hard boil a goose egg.

The small boy kept trying to sip the egg coloring from the spoons. All that vinegar… blech. I had to restrain my perfectionist artistic tendencies and just let the boys color as they wanted to. Here are their beautiful eggs.

Lots of baking for me. These rolls were made in addition to the Oatmeal Sourdough rolls so that there was a vegan option at the table.

And last but not least… Easter sugar cookies. I wasn’t on top of my game and didn’t find Easter shaped cookie cutters so we just grabbed a glass out of the cupboard and went with the no-frills round cookie. As suggested by some reviewers, I added a bit more vanilla and some lemon zest as well as using half granulated and half powdered sugar. They’re really, really good. (Even better than Alton Brown’s. Sshhhh, pretend I didn’t say that. Sorry Alton, I still love you.) The boys did the decorating on these too.

Happy Easter!

March 23, 2008 at 9:33 am 2 comments

Just Can’t Do It

I’m all for bright. I’m a fan of bold. Vivacious, even, is good.

But I find myself at a threshold I can’t cross. I have to draw the line on chaotic. I really don’t want to discount the great feedback from readers saying “Go for it!” Part of me wants to stay ‘all Chez Moi’ but a little more is saying… stop the madness. My feeling is that the top should really be the standout. If it has to compete with the backing then something is wrong. Soooo…. here’s the new choice. It’s a lovely soft green print in the economical 108″ width. I’m off to the machine quilter next week and by May it will be finished. I’m going to use the other fabric for some decorator accents – pillow or window treatments.

March 22, 2008 at 1:47 pm 3 comments

Getting Ready for the Easter Bunny

I picked up a few goose eggs from the pre-school/farm that the big boy goes to. They should be fun to decorate. Anyone know how long it takes to hard boil a goose egg?

(This gorgeous bowl was made by Melynn Allen of Breathing Easy.)

March 20, 2008 at 1:47 pm 1 comment

Last winter scene (hopefully)

March 18, 2008 at 8:34 am 1 comment

A Trip to the Library is a Contact Sport

With my boys it is anyway. It has all the elements of great competitive drama. There’s physical contact – real mano-a-mano. There’s sweating, grunting, cursing (me anyway, at least not from the boys… yet), and screaming. I never thought I’d say this but the big boy is getting much better on outings. It’s the small boy that’s a train wreck.

At this stage, there are three modes of traveling with the small boy.

1.) Carry him = lots of wiggling, some shrieking and damn, he’s getting heavy

2.) Let him walk and try to hold his hand = often results in the limp body on the floor or at the very least, massive contortions that end up with me clutching scraps of coat

3.) Let him walk solo = a toddler with no sense of danger or appropriate behavior in public

Yup, good times.

March 15, 2008 at 9:44 am Leave a comment

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