Thursday, August 20, 2009

Babysitter Day!

Every Thursday I get to have a mother's helper come over and, oh, you clever thing, you guessed it - help me. This is so fun for FinnigantheCurious and, need I say, sublime for me. No child in his or her right mind would enjoy working in the yard on a 100 degree day for 5 hours. Certainly not mine. Enter Monk and sometimes Joseph. Today it was Joseph. While they role-played Avatar for hours, I played in the yard and I got so much done! I've been meaning to build a little arbor entrance to my STBBBFO. I've really, really been meaning to hang this marvelous plaque that my mama gave me a few years ago.
I. LOVE. this. plaque. so. much.
I've been saving it until I could create the perfect spot for it and today was the day. Ta da!
Those poles are just some old bean poles that Jackdaddy had put up for me last fall. When I tore down my (poor, tired, underproducing, non-producing, parched) summer garden, I got an idea that I could use those poles to make a wabi-sabi arbor thingee. Right now it looks kinda...oh, gangly. The poles are too skinny and too long, but I'm gonna work that right on out. By the time I get some prayer flags hung up and some crazy woozits on top it will be just fine and dandy. I did my fastashell paint trick on it too. Take some globs of your favorite paint and mix it with some water and it's almost like a stain. I painted that arbor and the garden fence in about, oh, 20 minutes. My kinda paint job, friends. I think it looks so good with Jackdaddy's rocket gate. I love green and orange together. Growing up in the 60's and 70's I used to wear clothes in those colors. I'm over the clothes, but still dig the colors.
Here's the plaque. Could you just die?
I think she bought it from Chinaberry, but it's been awhile.
Have you ever seen the movie, Fairy Tale: A True Story?
Oh, oh, oh. You must. My mama and I love it. We curl up in bed and savor every moment. (Check out the guy at the end of the movie...he's still my dream boy star. Even now, especially now, that he's upper middle-aged and paunchy and balding...I love him still.

Just for kicks I'm throwing in a shot of dinner. FinnigantheCurious and I went to Boggy Creek Farms on Wednesday morning. What a jewel right in the heart of eastside Austin. Go check out that link; it is just the coolest place ever. They sent us home with a recipe for okra pancakes. They call them Hilton's Okra Fritters. If you have a 5-year-old, I suggest you use the word pancake as opposed to fritter. Not that it helped - he's no fool.
Girl, girl, girl (that is a southern, non-gender-specific phrase that means, "Dude, trust me.") they were good.
Here's the recipe:
6 T cornmeal
2 T flour
Salt/pepper to taste
1 egg beaten up
1/2 cup to 1 cup milk (I used almost a cup)
2 T olive oil (plus more for frying)
1 small onion chopped fine like Clive Owen
2 cloves garlic chopped fine like Clive Owen
1 cup okra sliced like dimes
Combine the dry together.
Mix in the egg, milk and olive oil.
Add the veggies and stir to coat them all up good.
Add the dry to the wet. You want to have pancake batter - kinda wetish.
Heat up the olive oil on a cast iron griddle or in a skillet over medium heat.
Drop the stuff by spoonfuls onto the griddle to make circles.
Brown 'em on one side, flip 'em and do the same to the other.
We slathered them with chipotle ailoi, added some rosemary baguettes and goat cheese (yes, there was slathering there too). We sauteed up some beans from the farm and added a salad of their perfect (HOW do they grow these this time of year, I ask?) greens and cucumbers.
Girl, girl, girl.
I can only cook like that on babysitter day, really. Otherwise it's just plain old rack of lamb or souffles or croquembouche.


  1. How wonderful to have some alone time to do what YOU want to do.
    I had forgotten the plaque but am amazed (as usual) at your talent.
    I think I will pass on the fritters, though. You know me: If it is healthy it's not good.
    Anyway, your yard has got to get the AWARD OF THE YEAR for the best renovation ever.
    Love, Merrymerry

  2. LOVEloveLOVE the green and orange! It looks funkyfab!


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