Archive | September, 2014

White Crane

29 Sep

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Seeing a white crane standing contentedly in the middle of the road while I was driving early in the morning was a good omen for the day. 


Forlorn Without Friends

24 Sep

“I often think that there is nothing so bad as

parting with one’s friends.

One seems so forlorn without them.”

— Jane Austen

My Beet Hearts For You #beets #heart

22 Sep

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Beets that my husband grew in our veggie garden. They were delicious!

Nature has such gorgeous patterns and colors!

Step On Her Bones #bones

20 Sep

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“Step on her bones to climb the ladder.”

— Old Chinese Saying

Champion #champion

18 Sep

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A champion is someone who gets up, even when she can’t.

Police Orange

14 Sep
Where did I get this gorgeous color from?

Where did I get this gorgeous color from?

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Shot near a police station in Madison, Wisconsin.

Beets #beets

12 Sep

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Another veggie we grow in our garden are beets.  

Big beets!

Big beets!


Ordinary Arts #thomasmoore

10 Sep

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“The ordinary arts we practice every day at home are of more importance to the soul than their simplicity might suggest.”

–Thomas Moore

My Favorite Salad #salad #thegreypoupon #WholeFoodsMAD

8 Sep
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Consists of fresh picked arugula from my garden.

Add spinach.

Add spinach.

Add mushrooms.

Add mushrooms.

Add blue cheese. I spend at least $8 on my blue cheese. I got this blue cheese from Whole Foods.

Add blue cheese. I spend at least $8 on my blue cheese. I got this blue cheese from Whole Foods.

Blue cheese added. Yum!

Blue cheese added. Yum!

Add salad dressing that has Grey Poupon mustard in it.

Add salad dressing that has Grey Poupon mustard in it.

Toss the salad.

Toss the salad.

Close up. Yum again!

Close up. Yum again!

The Goldfinch #thegoldfinch

6 Sep
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Cool cover, right?

“The absurd does not liberate; it binds.” 

– Albert Camus from The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

I was number 600-something to receive the library book The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt. When I went to the library the book was there. Turns out the library has a special stash of books that people can check out if they come into the library. So I checked this puppy out. But I found out that the book is one I want to own and I want to take my time reading it. I have also been flagging some special sentences to use in this blog. When I start flagging many pages, I know it’s a book I need to own. I won’t want to take it back to the library every two weeks and re-check it out to myself. It’s 717 pages too! Which is not a problem for me, but I just need to be able to savor it. I don’t want the book to end. I’m on page 144. A couple days ago I ordered a used copy from Amazon and it has already shipped! Today I’m returning the book to the library.

Tomatoes #tomatoes

3 Sep

It’s that time of the year again where I’m going to have “Tomato Talk” with you. This year I decided to plant six plants because last year when I only planted four plants, two of them didn’t do well and I had a sucky tomato harvest. Now that I grow my own tomatoes, I can’t stand to purchase them. A box of cherry tomatoes at the store is $3.99.

With my six plants, I harvest the tomatoes every day or every other day. If I wait too long to harvest, the tomatoes start getting rotty (is “rotty” a word?).

Here is how I freeze tomatoes.

This is a day’s harvest of tomatoes:

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Getting them ready to be washed in a colander:

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I wash them and cut the tops off where they attached to the stem:


I cut the larger tomatoes into quarters or sixths. I leave the cherry tomatoes whole. I don’t take skins or seeds out:

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Then I scoop them into quart-sized freezer bags:

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And off they go into the freezer:

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In the fall and winter we make tomato sauce. We just throw the frozen tomatoes into the pan and cook them, adding whatever we want to supplement the sauce.

Well, time for a Death’s Door Martini!

And time to harvest more tomatoes.

Hope you had a great three-day weekend!



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