Wednesday, July 01, 2015

So purple

Moment of weakness

I've been real good about being in yarn lockdown - but it was really hard to pass up a 20% off sale with Madelinetosh tosh merino light plus free shipping, especially since I know I've been using up a good chunk of my tosh merino light lately...

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Making progress

It's slow going, but moving along. I really like the colors, and wish I had more of the Fog to stripe into something for myself, maybe paired with something more oatmeal or tan colored?

Garden dinner

We had leftover yogurt/lemon marinated chicken and soft wraps from dinner the other night, and I've been itching to try using more from the garden now that things are sizing up.  I did a little digging around, found the beets were getting to almost ping pong size, took a risk and dug up some potatoes and carrots, and harvested more of the sugar snaps and snow peas.  (I admit, I was inspired after a recent episode of Mary Berry's Absolute Favorites)  I was trying to figure out how to pull it all together, when Brett suggested hummus.  Perfect!

Got two small pots of water boiling.  Into one went the potatoes - and since they were such different sizes I just started with the biggest (cut in half) and the other large ones, and then every so often would add the next smallest - surprisingly I got them all about equal tenderness even though they got added to the pot over about a 10 minute period.

Into the other pot went the beets.

When the potatoes were close to done I put in the carrots.  Pulled them out a little while later and added the pea pods.  Once they cooked for just a minute or two, I drained and separated the peas from the spuds.

I whipped up a dressing from the juice of a lemon, olive oil, a small blop of mayo, and a drizzle of honey, plus salt, pepper, and some snipped parsley and chives, then tossed the still warm potatoes in the dressing.  I loved it, but Brett felt it didn't need the mayo or honey.  He's just lucky we didn't have any dijon mustard!

The hummus was just a can of chickpeas, the juice of a lemon, some tahini, a garlic clove, salt, pepper, a couple dashes of cumin, and a drizzle of olive oil - all whizzed in the food processor with enough of the chickpea liquid to get it smooth.

Yum - what a seriously good dinner!

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Garden veg

We've been watching Mary Berry's Absolute Favorites show, which is inspiring me to get a little creative with the garden veg. Let's see what we can do with spuds, beets, sugar snaps and snow peas, and baby carrots.

Monday, June 15, 2015

No more rain!

Kinda done with all of this...

Creepy little caterpillar

I came across this little guy crawling along the edge of the compost bin while out gardening this weekend.  At first I just thought he was really grubbing - he also has some tiny bits of leaves stuck to him.  Then I realized he was covered in all these little shiny eggs - he didn't photograph well because he kept squirming around, but you can make them out in the picture.

My guess is he's not going to have a great life...nor make it to adulthood in the form of a butterfly or moth.  At some point those eggs are going to hatch, and he'll get eaten alive by something like parasitic wasps.

I don't know if the caterpillar would normally go on to be a bad critter such as a cabbage white butterfly, or something big, beautiful and beneficial.  Let's hope he wasn't going to be something great, and that the eggs are going to hatch lots of little beneficial parasitic wasps that take out caterpillars that want to eat up all the veggies.  Circle of life...