Saturday, September 28, 2013
I like the idea of making soap, but not the idea of caustic chemicals... So , I "made " soap the easy, non scary way, by simply buying soap base and adding pretty petals and essential oils. It was easy to do and I liked using my own combinations of favorite fragrances... like, Lavender and Thyme. Marigold, Honey, and Oatmeal was my inspiration from a favorite magazine. Using baking molds that I already had was handy. Instant gratification... that's me!
Thursday, September 26, 2013
I really prefer breads to be simple, and classic... no add ins... but, i decided this time, to add in some pitted black olives because I like the rustic look, and because we really love olives around here...
Tuesday, September 24, 2013
Sunday, September 22, 2013
Possibly my favorite time of year... although I would love to have cooler weather and lots of color, it's a little early and we just don't get lots of that here... Sadly, the Pumpkins are pretty much a failure this year... I have very few and have begun removing the uncooperative plants... Next year I will start them very early!
Monday, September 16, 2013
Saturday, September 14, 2013
Thankfully, Eggplants are easier for me to grow than pumpkins. They are so pretty, and we all love to eat them... the white ones are really beautiful, but we've decided that they don't taste as good as the purple ones. Been preparing them in the usual ways, grilled, alone or with fresh mozzarella or fresh ricotta, on top of just picked tomato, and arugula... and, the traditional way that Mom taught me... thin layers wrapped around an herb, cheese filling, topped with a light tomato sauce and baked...everyone's favorite. It's so satisfying to step into the garden and plan a meal around what is ready to harvest, combining two of my favorite pastimes.