Friday, October 30, 2009

PRESTO! I mean, pesto

I had no idea making pest was so easy. Cuisinart + basil from garden + minced garlic from a jar + parmesan + pine nuts = PRESTO! and pesto**

Fresh the documentary

A food documentary will be showing at the Paramount Theater called Fresh. It's about the positive aspects of moving our food culture from factory farming to local producers. Joel Salatin will be there of Polyface Farms and was also featured in The Omnivores Dilemma. It will be showing December 5th and I will be going:)

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Craftiness Update

Bianca had the great opportunity to volulnteer with "Little Helping Hands" at the Child Protective Services Office "The Rainbow Room" which is staffed by volunteers from "Partnerships For Children" They sorted baby formula and dated them with expiration stickers. The Rainbow Room is a place where social workers can go and grab emergency items in a pinch. When a child is removed from a home they are usually removed with MAYBE a few items in a bag. If the item is an infant, the need is even greater of basic supplies until the child can be delivered to a foster home, usually just a few hours later. The Rainbow Room is a neccessity in this crazy world and is completely staffed by volunteers and supplied by donations only!! Bianca and I are very interested in volunteering here regularly and is a good charity for Bianca to organize supply drives when she earns Leadership Hours for Girl Scouts.
The radishes are starting to mature. I don't believe I have ever had a radish until I started growing them. They are kind of peppery and crunchy. There are many radish recipes at if you need ideas beyond the dinner salad.
Darling Daughter and Moonlite in a tender moment.
Pretty Butter Crunch Lettuce that I spared as an ornamental. Lettuce grows great in pots and this one I really like the looks of but I will definitely harvest a few leaves for a BLT.
"Caitlin's Beet". That is the name of the larges beet I have and it is going to my coworker named Caitlin who is uber excited to try her first beet.
David is getting ready for the Christmas At The Caswell function. The Austin Junior Forum runs a craft fair at the historic Caswell house. All handmade items beautifully displayed among antiques. It feels like you are stepping back in time.
Gardening in pink Crocs. They are comfy, airy and you can hose them down when you are done.
It's garlic planting time. Check out this crafty gardeners post about her love of garlic.The Fortex Green Bean reaches almost 9 inches!!

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Craftiness Update

It was time for us to clean out our closets and regain control of our storage situation. It's amazing how much stuff we accumulate over time and just shove in a closet somewhere when we have no further use for it. It was liberating to free old stuff from it's dark, dusty imprisonment and find a new home for it. It's a practice in recycling locally too. The unsold stuff went to Goodwill who employs the traditionally 'Hard to employ' members of our community. Everybody wins from the little girl who benefitted from Biancas fashionista style, the man who looked like he really needed a free pair of boots, the guy who unloaded our car at Goodwill, my pocketbook. We also had a mystery helper just in case there were any uninvited mice to the yard sale.

There is lettuce upon us! This stuff grows great here in the fall. This is loose leaf lettuce mix from my garden. It grows in beds and in pots. I am going to plant some more in places that didn't germinate. It grows fast, 28 days.

Here are two beautiful earring trees made of Cocobolo and the rash that accompanies it when Dave works with this wood in the summer time. His sweat reacts to the rosin in this sawdust and causes contact dermatitis. I call it Coco-bo-loco dermatitis.

Darling daughter went to a Ukranian Egg Decorating event with the Girl Scouts and came home with these lovelies* The Ukranian way with Pysankais thru wax resist and strong dyes. They layer their resist and dyes until they come up with stunning creations.

My darling nephew and I went to East Austin during Austin Museum Day and came across some stunning art work. The first is a mural across from a local cafe the next set is a mosaic mural at an intersection. I am continuously amazed at the passion and talent in this small, eclectic town. Hard to believe it's the capitol of Texas. I would have imagined the capitol of The Lone Star State to be more like Dallas/Ft. Worth with daily cattle drives downtown.