Friday, June 9, 2017

Giardino Di Vasi... The Potted Garden...

My potted garden is thriving... Tomatoes and herbs along with Roses and Hydrangea,  Lavenders and sages.  Lovely and fragrant.  I have so many tomatoes on the vines which are healthy and relatively pest free,  for now anyway.  The few English Roses that I brought with me in the move are happy here at the new place .  Although they all live in pots, they are pretty,  happy and blooming... which makes me happy... I have ordered another favorite that I did not bring with me... 
The Generous Gardener should be here in a week or so. 



Monday, May 8, 2017

Fai Da Te Per Primavera... A Springtime DIY...

When one of our unusual winter storms blew trees down, Mark and Tami found themselves with lots of firewood as well as plenty of trees to slice up into chargers.  When they asked if I wanted some I of course said "yessss"!  I didn't have a plan,  but,  out of nowhere I decided that these chargers needed to be embellished... and so I did!  I had all of the flowers in the potted garden and just started playing... the result made me very happy.  Glueing  with modge podge then using shellack to seal the flowers gave me the look that I was looking for.  In the end,  the flowers are more muted than they were when I started,  but I like it just the same...  I've made four but plan to make more.



Wednesday, April 26, 2017

In Cucina... In The Kitchen...

 Being in the kitchen makes me happy.   Making old recipes,  family recipes,  and creating new recipes...  I had not made Tarallini Pugliesi before,  but after  my last trip to Italy I knew that I would be making them soon.  Nobody in the family seems to make them because all they have to do is go to the nearest Panificio and buy a bag full... I do not have that luxury.  I have tried a few different recipes ,  the last one is pretty good... still searching,  but in the meantime,  these were fun to make.   I've especially enjoyed making more  Laminated Doughs lately,  Homemade Brioche and Puff Pastry made into delicious dessert,  breakfast treats,  or savory appetizers makes those items even better.  



Monday, April 10, 2017

In Cucina... In The Kitchen...

My kitchen is so much smaller than my previous one... but it's OK.  The main obstacle is only having one oven,  so timing is so important if I am baking an entree,  and bread or focaccia... It doesn't stop me from doing what I love most ,  and I have been doing a lot of cooking and baking.   Whether for a special get together,  a special request from Priscilla (Beef Wellington) or just because...


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