Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Wordless Wednesday

I'm not exactly good at "wordless" but we'll try "mostly quiet" instead. Some images from our recent trip to pick up our 24 organic, freely grazing, local chickens for the year. Film shot with a gorgeous wide-angle lens and a vintage Nikormat SLR soon to be processed and hopefully expand upon the beautiful views.

Barn Friend

Old Friend

The Long Road

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Summer Celebrations: Beers and Baseball - A Free Party Suite


I've got a fun one for you today! A freebie and a reason to celebrate. The reason? There is none - which is the prefect reason to celebrate!

I hesitate to say this but, summer is starting to threaten to wind-down here in the northern hemisphere. The kids are back in school (or close to it) and events like "apple picking" and "turkey trot" have appeared on my calendar. Even more reason to have one last hurrah - a lingering, late night in the yard with friends or a mid-day treat with kids and splashing pools of water.

I've got a suite of invites for any such party - customize as you like and apply to any festivity. Have a birthday party, a baseball game "championship", a home brew tasting, a homemade root beer & floats social, a beer and brats cook-off...whatever you like.

Print out a few invites, pop on a few mailing labels and send away. In the meantime cook up some home brews or treats, slap on some custom labels, turn up the music and enjoy some laughter with friends. Use the labels for easily identifiable beverages, on favor bags or boxes filled with popcorn or peanuts, cracker jacks, or anything else your heart desires.

Heck, throw caution to the wind and put a label on a bottle of soad and another on a bag of peanuts - tie together with twine and pour the peanuts in the soda-pop for a Southern-style treat. Serve with great blues music, better barbecue and a game of horseshoes.


To download and customize your labels click here. Click "File" on the top left of the screen, then "Download Original, then open and instructions are in the file!

A few links for ideas and inspiration:
Caramel Popcorn Balls (on a stick!) from Dine And Dish and Matt Armendariz
Boiled Peanuts from Simply Recipes
Homemade Rootbeer from Nourished Kitchen
Homemade Cracker Jacks from Brown Eyed Baker

Friday, August 5, 2011

Weekend Reads

So many things have been catching my eye all around the web that it's hard to even figure out where to start - but here's a few (and a few more) that I love. So open every tab in your browser and spend a while won't you?

Adore, adore, adore the new Kinfolk Magazine - as soon as I read it I wanted it in print but the online only videos and features makes it a virtual delight as well. It's peaceful, endearing, beautiful and such a wonderful escape.

Completely, hopelessly in love with Schwood sunglasses - with frames made from rare and repurposed woods. The video where they used broken skateboard decks to make a pair of completely beautiful sunglasses won me over...alas the price point is not for my budget but I can admire fervently.

The world's largest stop motion film - the making of is pretty great as well.

This series - commissioned by an Australian travel agency - takes three men on a journey of 11 countries over 44 days, they pieced their experiences together in three very interesting short films: Move, Eat, and Learn. Learn, though maybe not as technically difficult, was my favorite - what's yours?

I won't even begin to lie - the first time I saw Donal Skehan my reaction was a cross between "What?" and "He's so young?" and "Is he really famous?", but I watch a video and let him endear me and then I tried a recipe. These.were.amazing. AMAZING. Fishcakes! Not something I ever thought I would rave about. We made extras and froze them - still as good as fresh. I'm making more of his recipes for sure!

Funny enough, I mentioned the fishcakes to Tami at Running With Tweezers - and one of her recipes is next on my docket. Thai red curry coconut soup. Please. May I?

Ashley from Not Without Salt never fails to impress me - and this gorgeous, gorgeous post on her favorite summer treat of grilled soft cheese, thyme honey and fresh figs didn't let me down. One of my favorite blogs on the web by far.

Jaw dropping simplicity - one ingredient corn pudding!

I love the idea of making a printer-proof file - especially for sensitive files - even better as a means by which to save paper and save the world just a little, so the World Wildlife Fund paperless PDF immediately appealed. Find out more about how to make unprintable PDF documents and download the software here.

√Čadaoin from City of Blackbirds mentioned this AMAZING resource - The Do Lectures -  for lectures all about creativity, ideas, change, food, technology, business - doing. It's pretty fantastic.

Jessica Hische is secretly one of my gurus and this guide to CSS and HTML for non-web designers is just another reason why...even if it is for Wordpress blogs (which I am not), le sigh.

Need some time management help? Got a smart device? How about the 5 best apps for time management? You're welcome.

And now, my friends, I'm off - I've got farms to go to, a weekend to start, and a husband arriving home from a job he loves soon. I'm smitten with this life!

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Simple Pleasures

My husband started his new job yesterday. He came home beaming, excited and full of chatter, which is fine with me, I like a happy partner. While he was away I did a major clutter cleaning. There is something so refreshing about cleaning house to start a new adventure.

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Today though, after a few more chores, I took a break to enjoy some of my favorite pleasures – open windows, baking fresh bread, eating avocados, huge "glasses" of water* and being with my little girl.

*Anyone know where to get an actual glass the is huge for my water? I'm trying to avoid the plastic ones but I adore water and pint glasses are simply too small...hence jars! Just one though.

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Lunch was a sensuous and super filling salad, my very favorite one in fact (very similar to this one but not quite). One avocado diced, one raw ear of corn striped, a handful of fresh picked sungold tomatoes cut in halves - all into a bowl, a squeeze of half a lemon, some salt, some pepper, and drizzle of balsamic cream. Perfection.

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But dessert? Well that was the kicker. Fresh blueberries, a splash of cream and a touch of cranberry honey from the farm we visited not long ago. My daughter declared it "wonderful" and stole my remaining berries but I was happy to share, her delight was filling enough.

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Then, just when I thought I was pretty well blissed out, I got the mail.

And so, despite my best intentions to write something different I am sucumbing to gluttony and using my very short quiet time (oh naps, what will I do when you end!?!) to flip a few pages and take a few breaths. Sometimes I forget to put breathing on the top of my to-do list and sometimes it comes to me anyway...