More things to draw from the garden. Castroville California is the artichoke capitol of the world. This area supplies most of our spring artichokes and this one is a perfect shape. Choose round firm artichokes with the leaves tightly closed. To cook: snip the thorny tips off of each leaf with a pair of kitchen shears. Cut the stem to about 1/2 inch and then steam for 45 minutes. I eat mine either hot or cold with lemon juice and olive oil. For added flavor add lemon wedges to the steam water and tuck garlic cloves into some of the leaves. Enjoy! I am having this one for lunch. Yum!
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
tulip fields in Skagit Valley, Washington, in April
Every April there is a tulip festival in the Skagit Valley, Washington. It was going on this weekend while I was in Seattle. We didn't go this year but we have in year's past. The tulips are blooming everywhere in Seattle and they are beautiful and come in so many colors. Just a walk down the street will offer up hundred of colors and varieties. Brad has yellow orange and red ones blooming right outside their back deck. This pink one is my fave.
Sunday, April 26, 2009
Reina is now 19+ months and is an absolute joy to play with. We had lots of fun playing with blocks, reading books, singing and dancing, discovering the treasures in "Nana's" purse, lots of walks in the neighborhood that was bursting with spring flowers......hundreds of tulips!. We went to the park and out to breakfast and we won't tell what we did while Mommy and Daddy were at the wedding Saturday night. i enjoyed every minute of my time with this precious child and her Mommy and Daddy
Saturday, April 25, 2009
Thursday, April 23, 2009
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
Saturday, April 18, 2009
Thursday, April 16, 2009
Today Ella and her Kindergarten class went south to Carlsbad where they have absolutely beautiful flower fields. The ranunculus are grown primarily for their tubers but when in full bloom the 50 acres of color is breathtaking. We all took a ride in a tractor drawn wagon and got lost in a sweet pea maze. After the kids got back on the bus I sat in the "artist's garden" with my sketchbook. It was a fabulous day. Thank you for inviting me, Ella!
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
More tools from my pantry. I absolutely must have good cook's tools (as we categorized them at Williams-Sonoma.) I was very fortunate to work in this store for 6 years. That and attending the Cordon Bleu School of Cooking in Paris made it essential to have more than one pepper mill. I have one for black pepper (Terricherry is the best), one for white pepper ( sketch a couple of days ago) and one for pink pepper. I tell Ella that the pepper that grows on our local pepper trees is good for adding to soups....that's the pink pepper variety and I grind that one in the maple mill at the left. I also have nutmeg grinders which will no doubt appear soon. Who knows what else I will find in my pantry to sketch. (The splatter of black & yellow came from flicking my waterbrush over the finished entry. I think it is just fun.
Saturday, April 11, 2009
Thursday, April 9, 2009
Pride of Madeira in many shades, on the grounds of the Montage Resort in Laguna Beach. I am so lucky that my Yoga studio is across the Pacific Coast Highway from this gorgeous spot and after a session of practice I can top it off with a walk through the grounds and down to the beach.
Wednesday, April 8, 2009
Saturday, April 4, 2009
Part of the Japanese garden at the Huntington is the bamboo forest. You can stroll through acres of this lovely bamboo and never see any other part of the gardens. The colors are beautiful: so many blues and greens.
Thursday, April 2, 2009
Wednesday, April 1, 2009
Happy April.....spring is here and Easter is around the corner. This quilt is called duck and ducklings, apropos for April. There are not very many pieces in this quilt but I Think it is charming. and yes I made 2 of them...the fabrics are slightly different but they read the same. This was made 3 years ago for the Easter holiday.