11–17 of 17 entries from the month of: August 2012

Growing

August 14th

From the little summer garden that could:

Garden bounty

Garden bounty

I probably should have thought about what I was going to do with all those squash before planting so many seeds. Anyone have a great squash recipe they’d care to share? Or a way they like to preserve squash? I love zucchini bread and sauteed squash. And I’ve already eaten so much of both in the last few weeks, I’m seeing yellow and green.

Inspire me, interwebs.

xo,

k

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Domestic Art, Flora and Fauna, Heirloom Homestead
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Tomato Feta Sandwich: August

August 10th

Remember how Bon Appetit has that “Cook the Cover” contest each month? Last time I participated, it was the apple and porcini stuffed pork loin.

The August is cover caught my eye at an airport and I danced a little jig when I soon saw it in my mailbox. Bread? Cheese? Tomatoes? What’s not to love?

August cover

With a garden bursting at the seams, full of tomatoes and basil, and a full calendar of house guests, I’ve been whipping up these tomato feta sandwiches as an appetizer.

Alma's visit

Alma's visit

{Disclaimer: tomatoes technically not from my garden. Farmer’s market finds.}

Alma's visit

Alma's visit

I like to brush both sides of the bread with a bit of good olive oil and rub them with garlic. Then top and place on the grill at a low heat for 6-8 minutes. They are best served immediately, when everything is toasty. The next batch will get a lot more cheese.

Good work, BA. Please consider squash and pumpkin recipes for Autumn covers. I’ll have a wheelbarrow full come mid-October.

~K

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Domestic Art, Heirloom Homestead, Kitchen Talk
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Lakeside

August 10th

Lakeside

There is a giant roller coaster in Denver called the Cyclone. Built in 1940, it is one of the few wooden roller coaster to remain in the United States.

Lakeside

Lakeside

Lakeside

Surrounded by cotton candy stands, children skipping and a carousel, you’d think you’d jumped back in time. Until you get on the thing and it hurls you at a pace that makes your face hurt. Riding in the front car of the Cyclone is more like a strong storm. Riding in the last car leaves bruises. And a pounding headache. And the intense desire to DO IT AGAIN RIGHT NOW.

Lakeside

The park is charming and a pretty fun way to spend a summer evening, even if I did skip out on the cotton candy.

~K

 

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Colorado
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A Golden Summer

August 9th

With a friend’s CSA basket full from the farmer’s market, and the crab apple trees in town heavy with fruit ready for the picking — I’ve been spending many a warm, starry night on the patio with friends — lingering over meals full of the flavors of summer.

Alma's visit

Alma's visit

Alma's visit

Alma's visit

Alma's visit

Alma's visit

BBQ chicken and salmon, roasted veggies, warm apples served over cold vanilla ice cream, ice cold chardonnay, Miles Davis, and the M of Lookout Mountain shining brightly in the distance.

The first leaves are starting to turn. Autumn, the bar has been set. Let’s see what you can do.

~K

 

 

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Colorado, Heirloom Homestead
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Red Tomatoes and Happy Guests

August 7th

A great thing about moving from the blast of a hot oven (Phoenix) to the cool summer breeze of the Rockies (Golden)* is your calendar is quickly booked with loved ones high tailing it to a more pleasant climate.

I’ve had family and friends come through by the handful this summer. (I think 10 different visitors, at last count.)

Alma's visit

Alma’s visit last week was a blur of activity. Our friendship is one of those rare gems that requires little maintenance. It also helps the girl loves to hike, shop and cook. I thought at one point our ears might fall off from the constant chatter. Or my pocketbook might shrivel up and die from all the “bargains!” I found.

Alma planned her visit during a very good week.  First Red Tomato Day is something celebrated with gusto around these parts. And oh, did we celebrate.

Alma's visit

Alma's visit

Alma's visit

Yeah. That basil is a little holey. So it goes with organic gardening. We like our caterpillars fat and spicy.

Alma's visit

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A few shots from one of several meals we whipped up with ingredients from the garden — including tomatoes, basil, and arugala.

Alma’s pesto recipe is worth sharing:

“It doesn’t matter if you get these amounts precise. Just go for the desired consistency.”

Ingredients:

2 handfuls of washed basil leaves

1/2 cup walnuts

1/4 cup olive oil

1/2 tablespoon diced garlic

1 small container of feta — preferably Athenos feta with basil and tomatoes

dash of pepper, salt

Pulse in the food processor. Serve with toasted bread, pita chips, or barbecued salmon. Try not to lick the bowl.

~K

 

*It is really only a matter of perspective. The few summer days we’ve had here over 100 degrees have been miserable. I’d take Phoenix heat with ample air conditioning over the heat waves in the Rockies where I’m trying to sleep and it is 93 indoors.

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Colorado, Heirloom Homestead, Journal, Recipes
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How about that sew along…

August 6th

Sewing Tutorial for Bianca

Remember when we started this year with a boom and a new sew along? Sue had a great pattern in that one book and the publishers found out I was hosting this project-a-month plan and sent me a giant box of prizes to give away?

Well. Let’s get back on track. Shall we?

Sewing Tutorial for Bianca

While we’ve had some stellar entries over the last few months, I have a feeling this month’s project might take the cake. Surya of SewKnitClick is a gold medal contender in the Swaddle. She whipped up this project and a tutorial to motivate our sew-along. Check out her fab work here. (Thank you, S!)

And why a swaddle blanket? Because if you don’t own anything to swaddle (Nelson just says no to forced cuddles), chances are you know someone who has a babe on the way, has just landed, etc.

Babies: happening since 1 BC.

My girlfriends who are mamas say the keys to a happy infant are: shush, swaddle and swat.

Wait. That’s not right.

Close enough. Take a look at the project. Post your photos here. One winner to be selected and swaddled with a box of prizes. Also, leave a comment if you have a pattern in this book we haven’t covered that you’d like to try!

Sew on,

K

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Fabric-by-Fabric Sew Along, Sew Along
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The Future’s So Bright, I’m Wearing Shades

August 1st

Doggles

Tall Girl is traveling this week. Some place called “The Bay” that she is “so in love with.” Blah blah blah. How can she be so in love with a place that is so far away? I mean, have you seen me?

I hate that damn luggage. Every time it comes out of the closet, she starts being extra sweet to me. There are no amount of t-bone shaped dog treats that will make me feel better about being abandoned. Again.

ABANDONED!!!

I know. I’m a little ridiculous. But have you met Tall Girl? Monkey see, and all.

For example, I growl a tiny bit when she puts these silly doggles on me. But really? They feel awesome when I’m sticking my head out of the car window. No more bugs in my lashes! No more antibiotic drops! No more goop! No more wrestling away from her every single morning when she has to clean my face.

Phew.

Anyway, while she’s away… I do believe there is some trash for me to explore, a few thousand cars driving by on MY street to which I must announce my presence, and perhaps even a nap or four to take.

Smell you later chickens,

WNM

 

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Nelson, Travel
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