Sorry E. I haven’t updated the blog in forever. Here you go for some recent past!
It’s been a fun few months. I’ll be back to post more recipes and items as we take pictures!
Last week we were invited to my grandfather’s 85th birthday party in Connecticut. My brothers and sister were there which makes it the first time since February 2008 that we were all in the same place. Crazy. Also, It seemed as though all of my mother’s family were there too. Including 14 of her 15 cousins and lots of their kids and grand kids. All but one of my cousins were there as well. He is in Nairobi by the way. What follows is a whole bunch of Pictures of the festivities:
The arrival for Family Pictures
Maiah and Her Progeny
Pictures from Lunch Not impressed with the Thai food, seems like they
spent more time coming up with a clever name than recipes…Thai One On
Nearly everyone got in on the Hooping Action. Totally fun.
Fun With Siblings at the Party: Chins up Ladies.
Somewhere over the rainbow
My Wife’s best Pictures are Candid
Should Have gotten more Pictures of her with family
Can’t Catch Me!
Dang it! It got me.
Gotta Watch those waves, they’ll get you!
Fun with Dads
Next Stop Portugal, A Family tradition with her very cute cousin
Still found time to swim in the pool. What fun!
Cousins Being Cute!
These were taken at William’s Beach Park a small man-made beach in Mystic CT.
It was E’s first Experience swimming in Salt water and a good precursor to the ocean
Helping a new friend at the beach
Fun with Uncle B
The Eastward Views from my Uncle’s house
The view facing West
Goodnight Sail Boat
The summer is upon us – full swing. We have a total of 6 fruit trees, a large strawberry bed, raspberry canes (that will really start producing next summer – my bad!), an asparagus bed on its second year, an asparagus bed on its first year, herbs, tomatoes, jalapeños, beans, lettuce, rhubarb (who knew rhubarb was so amazing? I planted another 2 plants that you’ll see below because I loved the one from last year so much!).
And here’s the front yard
We added another huge space for gardening in the front yard (perennials and annuals, edibles and non-edibles in addition to the spaces that we had last year. Our annual bed of lettuce *self seeding* came back this year (third year running) and we have planted 6 fruit trees and 2 grape vines. I’ll have to take a picture of everything once I get the yard cleaned up! That’s not happening today though – I have the first batch of jam (for the year – strawberry – no pectin) canning right now and I”m going to take a break!
Every year, E’s school puts on a variety of performances. The main Spanish performance is in December, but all the programs participate in the end of year Bash! All the Spanish Kindergartens did a beach theme – here is our littlest dressed up for “la playa”!
Here’s another fun trip to the zoo… Scary place, right!?!
E is getting to be an excellent cook!
After a much needed break from blogging I’m back! (In case you’re wondering, I planned to get back to the blog every week of my absence and it just never happened. There was work stuff, home stuff, summer work stuff, family stuff, and most of all garden stuff. But I’m back. Finally)
I have 2 dishes for you – Lovely, wonderful dishes that celebrate spring in all her glory. I go out every morning with my lovely basket (from Goodwill) and fabulous knife (Thanks Elizabeth – I sing songs about that knife and I don’t know what I would do without it!) and figure out what I will pick. Is there enough lettuce in the perennialized lettuce bed to make a salad for lunch? Is there enough pak choi to stir fry? Ohhh – should I pick strawberries for a snack?! *****, something is eating my swiss chard. Grrrr!
Along the way, I inspect every food plant. This week, the jalapenos produced the first baby pepper. The basil was looking a little yellow so I added some compost for nutrients. The walking onions get used just about every day. We gave away sage and mint to Ms. Theresa (our neighbor) today in exchange for the promise of summer beans.
Back to the Food. A primer on eating radishes. Even if you are SURE your don’t like radishes, try these. Spring radishes are wonderful, with a sweet earthy flavor and just a touch of bite.
Kale – you know you are crazy when your kid drops the kale chip on the floor and you call out “Pick it up, pick it up!”