1–10 of 14 entries from the month of: May 2014

Garden blooming

May 29th

More 'maters!

Spring Garden

More garden porn. The tomatoes are coming in by the handful these days. I am watering twice a day, now that it is consistently hotter than 100. I keep bringing in baggies of tomatoes and basil to coworkers; I swear this is the perfume of summer, warm tomatoes and basil. I love having those scents on my hands as I work around the garden first thing in the morning.

Spring Garden

Spring Garden

Spring Garden

And oh, my first zucchini! I haven’t ever had any luck with zucchini, but this year this giant beast has righted the ship. I’ve got a bunch of other patty pan squash growing out there too. I see some zucchini chocolate chip bread in my future this weekend.

~K

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Arizona, Flora and Fauna, Heirloom Hacienda
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Fozzie

May 28th

Fozzie!

This is Fozzie Z. Bear. He is staying with us for the week while his parents travel to visit family on the east coast. Fozzie could be Nelson’s smaller, scrappier cousin. He is a sweetheart, even if he refuses to sleep through the night, instead opting to do laps on the patio at 1, 3 and 5 am.

~K

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Community, Heirloom Hacienda
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Summer

May 27th

Spring Garden

Spring Garden

Those little yellow tomatoes? The best thing I’ve ever grown. Paired with tart blackberries — divine.

~K

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Arizona, Domestic Art, Flora and Fauna, Happy Hippie
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The Secret Life of Walter Mitty Clementine Cake

May 23rd

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty Clementine Cake

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty Clementine Cake

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty Clementine Cake

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty Clementine Cake

I mentioned the other day how much I loved the movie, “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty.” There is a clementine cake mentioned in the film — one I’ve tried to reproduce.

Ingredients

Cake:

1 cup butter

1 1/2 cups white sugar

8 egg yolks

3/4 cup milk

3 teaspoons vanilla extract

1 teaspoon cardamom

Juice of one orange

Zest of ½ of one orange

1 cup sour cream

2 cups cake flour

2 teaspoons baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

 

Frosting:

2 cups powdered sugar

1 small can of mandarin oranges, in juice

 

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty Clementine Cake

 

Directions:

Heat oven to 350. Grease large cupcake tins, or a bundt pan. Cream sugar and butter. Add eggs. Slowly add in cake flour, vanilla, cardamom, and remaining ingredients. Bake for 32 minutes (cupcake tins) or 35-40 minutes (bunt pan). While baking, whisk juice from can of mandarins and powdered sugar. Once cakes have cooled, spoon glaze over top, adding a mandarin or two for garnish.

Voila! The daydreaming adventures of where you may end up eating these is up to you. I’m sitting on the beach in Fiji, getting a massage and watching dolphins play in the water. There are a stack of new novels sitting at my side. Nelson is playing in the surf and I’ve got nothing to do but eat magical cake for the rest of the afternoon…

~K

 

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Domestic Art, Recipes
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Oh, Monica

May 22nd

My take on the Monica Lewinski essay in this month's VF

I heard about the Monica Lewinsky essay in Vanity Fair earlier this month, and knew I’d pick up a copy. Monica is 6 years older than me. When she fatefully was interning at the White House, I was in my freshman year of college. I remember when the Starr report hit the web (then, still a novel new communication tool) and how the men at the school newspaper were drooling at the details. I was far too naive to listen to those words being read aloud in public.

I later dressed like Monica for Halloween and have certainly laughed at my fair share of jokes at her expense. I’ve also thoughtfully considered how daunting it would be at age 24 to be seducing and/or seduced by the President of the United States. Would I have had the willpower to walk away from “the world’s most powerful man?” I’ve made my fair share of bad decisions when it comes to dating.

My curiosity was piqued by this essay. What could she possibly have to gain by speaking up now, when another Clinton is headed toward a presidential campaign? How could her story be worth telling?

What I wasn’t expecting to read was her laments on how feminists didn’t stand up for her in the heat of the impeachment debacle, one that would follow her in the blue dress and beret. There was the predictable too — her life has been fairly miserable, the relationship was consenting and oh — by the way? She did not apologize.

I’ve been sitting on this response for a couple days. Who really cares what I have to say about Monica Lewinsky? (All five of you reading, thank you.) But here is why this continuation of a story needs to stop being published: she isn’t contrite, and she should be. She had a sexual relationship with a married man, which she calls consensual. And while I don’t doubt Willy used his influence to beguile women inappropriately, or that he is also in the wrong for participating in such actions when married to someone else, this feminist is loudly saying — NO.

No, Monica, you don’t get me to stand up for you. You embarrassed yourself with a married man. And today, you want us all to feel sorry for you in Vanity Fair because your actions, nearly two decades later, still embarrass us. I don’t feel sorry for you. I have no reason to forgive you — you both agreed to make this bed. But now I highly recommend you take this feminist’s advice and slide into a life of anonymity. Not because it is good for the Clintons, but because it is good for you.

Cut your hair, change your name and maybe move to another country. Start over, away from the shadow of this nonsense. Make a life of yourself that doesn’t link back to one dumb thing you did with one dumb man in your early twenties.

You did the deed, you saved the dress and now you have written the essay. Take that Oxford degree and go abroad. We are never going to stand up for you the way you so desire.

~K

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Garden to table

May 21st

You’ve heard of the farm to table movement. May I present my version of garden to table:

Garden to Table

Garden to Table

Garden to Table

Garden to Table

Garden to Table

Garden to Table

Garden to Table

Garden to Table

Garden to Table

Garden to Table

Garden to Table

Pesto chicken with roasted tomato sauce over steamed veggies. (That tomato sauce is just about the best thing I’ve ever made. I might have sipped some of it the next day, right out of the tupperware.)

Garden dining heaven!

~K

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Book Report

May 20th

Have you read “Where’d you go Bernadette?” How about “The Invention of Wings?” Or perhaps “The Cuckoo’s Calling?”
I’ve enjoyed all of these recently, the first being my favorite. I have sent it to several friends who I thought would also enjoy it. Such a fun, lighthearted summer read.

Books

Also — if you haven’t seen “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty,” five bananas, absoloodle. I loved this movie. The cinematography is fantastic, the story enchanting and the soundtrack was promptly purchased afterward and has been on repeat. I love a good happy story that involves a lot of daydreaming and travel.

Go figure.

What are you reading and watching?

~K

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My tomatoes have osteoporosis

May 19th

Garden to Table

Garden to Table

It has been several years since I gardened this earth, and while I thought things were going smoothly in the bountiful tomato plot, sadly — they are not. I have blossom-end rot, causing all of the larger tomatoes to get mushy bottoms on the vine.

Come to find out, my soil is calcium deficient and I’m growing more than 100 pounds of tomatoes I won’t be able to eat. (Thankfully there are plenty of other, smaller varieties that are still doing fine.)

Next year, the soil gets tested before planting and I will certainly work bone meal into the earth before starting tomatoes.

Lesson painfully learned.

~K

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Best pizza ever

May 15th

My friend Mark has unbelievable focus; in the last few months, he’s perfected homemade pizza by making 300 different versions and combinations of dough, heat and ingredients.

I may be exaggerating a bit, but not by much. When I was in Colorado a few weeks ago, I was lucky enough to be invited over to sample the now infamous fruits of his furious focus.

Denver visit

Denver visit

Denver visit

Denver visit

We ate four pizzas, all with the best crust imaginable. (He didn’t share the recipe, but I know it involved buying flours from Europe, I think.)Denver visit

Denver visit

I love that my super smart friends use their creativity for good. And to feed me.

Also: I now need a pizza stone.

~K

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Colorado, Domestic Art
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May 13th

Sweet elephant from Ellen

That cute little elephant showed up last week, a gift from Ellen. The note of encouragement read, “There are other cactus in the desert.”

(I have awesome friends.)

Regina kismet work

A couple months ago I had the chance to meet Regina in person, while visiting Tucson for work. Like Ellen, I’ve followed Regina online for nearly a decade. It was a delight to see her, and her gorgeous artwork, in real life. I had to buy a couple of her Frida paintings — which were finally framed and hung this weekend with a handcut “Country Road, Take Me Home” piece from my friend Angie.

Again, sweet heavens — I have some talented women in my life.

The garden is growing

The garden is growing

With these bursts of color, and the tomatoes teeming in the garden, the Heirloom Hacienda is feeling like home.

~K

 

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