Monday, January 31, 2011

little bits

somehow we managed a quiet saturday before the storm of a performance at disneyland.

little bits


little bits

little bits i can ride through this week.

Sunday, January 30, 2011


it was a big day for us. especially for e. her violin group was invited to perform at the Carnation Gardens stage at Disneyland. she had to work incredibly hard to go. there was a benchmark piece she had to learn - and to practice (without grumbling). she did it. and her beloved neighbors came out in support. we are so blessed.

it rained. but it didn't matter. she experienced a rare trip through the park before opening. a glimpse of the back-lot. and a late-for-a-school-night stay at the park to ride the teacups (kids-only) under the lights. (her favourite.)

heading backstage




besties (minus 2)



and she deemed it "the best day ever. so far."

Friday, January 28, 2011

happy friday

i mistakenly thought i had a meeting this afternoon (which actually i went to last friday! duh!) so home early. it is a gorgeous january socal day in the 70s (about 25 C my Canadian peeps!). just came in from taking the pup for a stroll. remind me of this when i am complaining in the heat of the summer.

the flowering pears are in bloom.

Happy Friday

happy happy friday!

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Braised Cabbage

We made Molly's Braised Cabbage with Onion, Carrots, and Poached Egg last night. (Scrambled egg whites for the allergy sufferer.)

I actually cooked the cabbage the night before - and reheated it for dinner. As Molly states it does keep very well in an air-tight container.


From Orangette:

Braised Green Cabbage with Onions, Carrots, and Poached Egg
Adapted from All About Braising, by Molly Stevens

1 medium head green cabbage, about 2 pounds
1 large yellow onion, sliced into rough 1/3-inch slices
1 large carrot, sliced into ¼-inch rounds
¼ cup good-quality chicken stock, or water
¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
Coarse salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
1/8 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
poached eggs
Maldon salt, or fleur de sel, to taste

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit, and position a rack in the middle of the oven.

Peel off and discard from the cabbage any bruised or messy outer leaves. Give the cabbage a quick rinse under cool water, and dry it lightly. Cut it into 8 wedges, and trim away some of the woody core, leaving enough to hold each wedge intact. Arrange the wedges in a 9 x 13 baking dish. They may overlap a little, but you want them to lie in a single—if crowded—layer. If they don’t fit nicely into the dish, remove one wedge and set it aside for later use in a quick sauté, salad, or soup.

Scatter the onion and carrot over the cabbage, and pour the stock and oil over the whole mess. Season with a couple pinches of coarse salt, a couple grinds of the pepper mill, and the red pepper flakes. Cover the dish tightly with foil, and slide it into the oven. Cook the vegetables for 1 hour; then remove the dish from the oven and gently turn the cabbage wedges. If the dish seems at all dry, add a couple tablespoons of water. Cover the dish, and return it to the oven to cook until the vegetables are very tender, about an hour more.

When the cabbage is completely tender, remove the foil over the baking dish, turn the oven up to 400 degrees, and continue cooking until the vegetables begin to brown lightly on their edges, another 15 or so minutes.

Serve warm, topped with a poached egg and sprinkled with plenty of good, flaky Maldon salt and freshly ground black pepper.

three for three

field trip

canoga park hs environmental agriculture magnet

canoga park environmental ag magnet

canoga park environmental ag magnet

canoga park environmental ag magnet

canoga park environmental ag magnet

visited one of two LAUSD environmental agriculture magnets. chickens, and pigs, and sheep. oh my! a very interesting program - with a strong sustainability bent. inspired to bring some of these ideas to our school.

days have been very busy with work and homelife. looking forward to a little get-away celebration this weekend. E has been invited to play her violin at Disneyland!

Monday, January 24, 2011

creamy broccoli soup

1 tbsp olive oil
1 med onion, chopped
1/8 tsp crushed red pepper
2 cups turkey broth (It's what I had in the freezer! You could make this vegetarian with veggie broth instead.)
7 cups chopped broccoli
1 large potato, cut into 1/2" pieces
salt and pepper to taste

Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add onion and red pepper and cook until soft. Add broth, broccoli, potato, 2 cups water, salt and pepper and simmer, covered until veggies are very tender. Using immersion blender puree until smooth.

We served with homemade soda bread and cheddar cheese - and had left overs for lunch on Saturday :)

No picture of the soup... but here are my garden helpers

Happy Monday!

Sunday, January 16, 2011

perfect weekend.

yesterday - 5 school gardens built with 1000s of community members
today - sleep in + bike ride + perfect weather

agave bloom

tomorrow - 4 more school gardens and a proclamation

perfect long MLK weekend :: service and relaxation

Monday, January 10, 2011

little red hen.

we lost a chicken over the holidays. thankfully a very dear friend and fellow backyard chicken enthusiast was caring for them. i know she was in a good place in his gentle hands.

i wasn't going to put anything here. but found myself looking back through photos of january 2009 and our first eggs and got sad all over again.

she was an amazing chicken. a confidant. a playmate. more pet than the other two. she is greatly missed.

chicken girl
office help
oh! christmas tree
dare I say, best friends?

Sunday, January 09, 2011

looking back

2010 was a year of change for us. good things. adaptation and growth.

my hope for 2011 is to find rhythm in our days. peace in our surroundings.

it is fun to look back.

looking back


back to school tomorrow!

Saturday, January 08, 2011

Friday, January 07, 2011

burn day


a new year brought in fireside. marshmallows and mead.

Thursday, January 06, 2011

crokinole and tea

we celebrated christmas - post stockings and presents and an amazing traditional feast presented on my grandmother's china - with a round of crokinole and tea. i hadn't played since i was a girl. so much fun. truly canadian.


have you played?

Wednesday, January 05, 2011

"Mistletoe Trail"







the last two weeks...

back from another wonderful sojourn to the woods. the journey has become so familiar. the girls shout out landmarks before we reach them.

out the window (CA)
out the window (CA)
out the window. (CA)

we are so lucky to have this place. no telephone. no television. no internet connection. 5 acres of woods. 15 minute walk to the beach. bliss!


a pile of laundry awaits. i'll share more as the week progresses.

a very a happy 2011.