Thursday, January 28, 2010

Resolve

One of my top resolutions was to get to one of Austin's farmer's markets every week, all year long. We went last night were not disappointed. Not that we ever are, but I was wondering what the winter harvest would look like. Looked like this:
I made insanely good veggie omelettes for dinner... those deeeelicous eggs, minced beets, chopped portabellas (portobellos) and garlic, spinach, purple onions, and cheese. Um, no, the cheese wasn't from the FM, but it was local stuff from Pure Luck Farm (GAWD that cheese is gooooood). I'm gonna make a cream of cauliflower/turnip/winter squash/sweet potato soup tonight. Can you see my halo shining from where you are?

The first thing I did when I got home from Australia was look in my garden. Well, if I am to be honest, it was the second thing I did. The first thing I did was crack a Real Ale Full Moon Beer and then I walked out to the garden. (Did I tell you how disappointed we were with Australian beer? Booooring.) We were thrilled to find that our broccoli had survived the freeze and there were 3 good heads to pick. FinnigantheCurious and I got out the ole Swiss Army Knife (he loves to cut...being a boy and all) and hacked them off. We then climbed on the trampoline, poured a bowl of blue cheese dressing, and went to town. It makes me all teary to see my boy, who could care less about food (can you imagine?), chowing down on something so wonderful and knowing that we grew it ourselves. I'm telling ya, growing food is one of life's greatest joys...it just is. That and cheese. And beer. And traveling. And coming home.

Pretty darn cool, huh? (Look how tan he is! It's his Malibu Ken look.)

We live on smoothies in the summer, but not so much in the winter. I decided that was just poopy silly so we made some. Check out my Daddy's old blender. I think it's from the 70's, I really do. It just keeps on chuggin'. I kinda wish it would die so I could get a new fancy one, but not really. Only a hausfrau geek like me would take a picture because the orange buttons on the blender looked so great with the purple smoothie and the orange straws. I'm just weird like that. So are you...I know it.


I'll let you know how the soup comes out.
OMG...did I TELL you that I have become allergic to kiwi? Isn't that just the weirdest thing? I had an episode about 3 months ago and had no idea what caused it. Two days before we left Australia the same thing happened, but this episode was bad bad bad. I almost went the ER. We were utterly baffled as to the cause. Well, lo and behold, yesterday I sat down to lunch with the small boy and I cut up a kiwi. I ate a slice, then another, then the burning/swelling started and I realized that was it!! Fortunately, I had some kid Benadryl on hand and I gulped some down. That seemed to head it off at the pass somewhat. I did still have the burning, swollen mouth and throat but none of the other awfulness that I won't gross you out with. Turns out kiwi is one of the Top 10 allergens in the world. See, healthy food 'aint all it's cracked up to be. My mama said that if I had been sitting down to a nice fine lunch of fried chicken and mashed potatoes, such a terrible thing would have never happened to me. She's a wise woman. I was just about to go eat something healthy right now, but, on second thought, I'm just gonna go finish off that round of Pure Luck cheese.

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Happy (belated ) New Year, Y'all!

I'm sorry. I really, really am. I meant to post. I did. But...the wifi was iffy (and pricey), and you know how lazy I am so, when you combine laziness with beaches...well, it just didn't get done. You'd have gotten very bored, very fast with beach shot # 234,588,999 anyway. Trust me, there are easily that many, and I promise to regale you with them at some point, but not now. Now? Now I want to gush about how happy I am to be home! We had an epic adventure in Australia, but I am soooo happy to be home. Yikes, y'all had some cold weather cuz everything is d.e.a.d. Boo hoo and oh well, right? That's the beauty of a new year! Fresh starts all around. I LOVE the new year. I am an endless list maker so resolutions are delicious to me. I make a huge list every year and don't fret one single bit about keeping them all. I just love the process of sitting down and thinking about them and putting them to paper (never on the computer!). I love the anticipation of a "new me" every year. I even love winter, although I hate cold weather. Go figure. I love the coziness of winter...soups, blankets, fireplaces, flannel, baking, list making, birthdays ...yum. So, it was with great joy that I returned to the wabi-sabi house, surveyed my yard and sat down with pen in hand to make my list(s) of what all I would like to accomplish this year. I fear that the 'Vacation Recovery Financial Plan' that has gone into effect is going to hinder my big plans, but so it goes, and I'm OK with this being a little year in the garden. Half of my backyard is all crapped out with cardboard and mulch due to the whole Blackland-Prarie-in-the-making thing anyway so, it's just gonna be awhile until things get pretty again. One thing I am going to do in the spring is take my saved pennies (yes, I have been saving) and buy myself a big ole' gigantic bamboo at The Great Outdoors. It's going to go right by our outdoor shower and I just can't wait! They love the big bamboo down under too. I saw this on a bulletin board at a coffee shop outside of Sydney...(double click on it for a close-up)

I love that big stuff. It's all over the place in Australia. So, that's probably the only big thing for me this spring. Well, that and weeding, and moving things, and redoing the veggie garden, and putting in the last window, and and... you know how it goes.
You know what was weird? Not celebrating the Winter Solstice! I brought our family celebration ring anyway and we lit it in honor of the winter we were missing.
(Doesn't that look downright cozy considering it was summer?)

Summer Solstice sky down under...

And an outtake from our numerous (ahem) attempts at making a Christmas card photo...
So....there ya go! I'm home and I'm so glad you're still here and I can't wait to get out in the yard and do some digging before the next freeze (ugh)!
I hope you had a lovely holiday season and I can't wait to catch up with you. (What did the Mama tomato say to the baby tomato when he was lagging behind? Catch up!)

I'm off to devour some mucho-missed Mexican food. Oh, a word of wisdom: do NOT eat "Mexican" food in Australia. (I use those quotes properly, trust me.) Adios!