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Sunday, October 31, 2010

Saturday, October 30, 2010

a visit to the farm...

farmland.

tractor load.

sowing seeds

watch when you receive sunflowers a few months down the road. they may have been planted by these young farmhands.

a perfect moment.

sowing seeds

we spent the afternoon at our CSA farm. it was a perfect afternoon. and watching these kids plant sunflower seeds into this perfect soil under a perfectly blue sky was, well, perfect.

sowing seeds

Thursday, October 28, 2010

ready. or not.

ready.

the festivities begin tomorrow...

Happy Hallowe'en! (See you Sunday!)

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

these days

i'm not getting things done the way i'd like.
i feel like i left my groove someplace else.
time is slipping by too quickly.

and then it rains. and then the sun comes out. and then this song (or this song, or this one, or this one*) comes on the radio and we all start to dance. and there are pancakes with lemon zest and walnuts. mmmmm.

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and i am so happy. and so grateful.

sewing marathon ahead. see you soon!




*this video kills me. i told d i am going to get an andy samberg tattoo. if he knew how to handle a chainsaw our marriage would be in trouble.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Yum!

Pasta with Butternut Squash, Sage and Pine Nuts... here.

Monday, October 18, 2010

home again home again :: soup's on

we are home. it was a fabulous trip.

it is cold and rainy. the days feel short. darkness arrives early.

i love it.

short days = homework in the dark.

we are in full soup mode.

our favourite winter squash soup recipe includes apples and apple cider vinegar - but with E's newly diagnosed allergy to apples we had to make a few changes.

in progress

here is what I came up with:

Feel's like Winter Winter Squash Soup
about 40 minutes. serves 8.

we used the acorn squash we had on hand from the last of the summer CSA boxes! butternut would be really yummy too.

1/4 cup olive oil
2 acorn squash peeled and diced
1 large onion chopped
3 carrots peeled and diced
1 1/4 pint homemade chicken stock (it's what I had on hand - veg stock would be good too)
1 1/4 teaspoons thyme
1 1/4 teaspoons sage
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
salt and pepper as you like it

Pour olive oil in large pot over medium heat. Add onion sauté until tender, about 10 minutes. Add squash, carrot, and herbs and sauté until squash begins to soften. Add stock; bring to boil. Reduce heat, cover and simmer until squash is very tender, about 20 minutes.

Working carefully, puree soup with immersion blender. Season with salt and pepper. (Can be made 1 day ahead. Chill. Rewarm over medium heat before serving.)

served with a freshly baked loaf of soda bread. yum.

Soup's On!

We are in soup mode over here as well. Must be the cooler weather.

Our favourite winter squash soup recipe includes apples and apple cider vinegar - but with E's newly diagnosed allergy to apples we had to make a few changes.

in progress

Here is what I came up with:

Feel's like Winter Winter Squash Soup
about 40 minutes. serves 8.

We used the acorn squash we had on hand from the last of the summer boxes! Butternut would be really yummy too.

1/4 cup olive oil
2 acorn squash peeled and diced
1 large onion chopped
3 carrots peeled and diced
1 1/4 pint homemade chicken stock (it's what I had on hand - veg stock would be good too)
1 1/4 teaspoons thyme
1 1/4 teaspoons sage
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
salt and pepper as you like it

Pour olive oil in large pot over medium heat. Add onion sauté until tender, about 10 minutes. Add squash, carrot, and herbs and saute until squash begins to soften. Add stock; bring to boil. Reduce heat, cover and simmer until squash is very tender, about 20 minutes.

Working carefully puree soup with immersion blender. Season with salt and pepper. (Can be made 1 day ahead. Chill. Rewarm over medium heat before serving.)

Perfect for after soccer on a grey day - served with a freshly baked loaf of Soda Bread. Yum.

Gratuitous pic of Calvert's Girls Under 7 West Valley Soccer Team - Go Koala Kixx!

the kixx

Sunday, October 10, 2010

sunrise over the pacific

sunrise II



spoiled by sunsets over the pacific thought it would be a real treat to watch the sun rise over the same. i was not disappointed. i am so enjoying the morning light at the beach - so reminiscent of late afternoon light in SoCal. but fresher. if that makes sense.

Saturday, October 09, 2010

north beach (wollongong NSW)

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surf
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I'm going swimming here tomorrow.

{last shot saltwater pool of my dreams - note the ladder - i'm going swimming here tomorrow.}

Thursday, October 07, 2010

par usual

you can find us at the sea...

wollongong
surfers @ wollongong (north beach)
walk at wollongong harbour
wollongong (v is for  victory!  go the mighty dragons!)


we are south of sydney for the week. visiting my dear (14 year old!) nephew in wollongong.


we keep talking about how daddy is waaaaay over on the other side of the water. we wave. and blow kisses. we miss him. xo (and miss moxie too.)

Tuesday, October 05, 2010

down under

view from the zoo
Irwin.
walk at wollongong harbour

it's been four years since we've been here. so very good to be back.