The master suite has been completed. I was a little disappointed that I didn't have a bedskirt but Whitney suggested a fitted white sheet. i was lucky to have one on hand and we swiftly put it on completing this project. This room is so fresh and summery! The bathroom is like a spa with its soft colors. Next project: putting the Zen back into my Japanese garden
Thursday, July 30, 2009
Saturday, July 25, 2009
Today's class was creating texture with writing. Our teacher, Lisa Engelbrecht, is a fantastic calligrapher. Her artwork includes her calligraphy and embellishes her pieces beautifully. On canvas and muslin we created washes with ink; smeared and swished with more ink; did calligraphy with all colors of ink in all directions with so many tools; and added more ink after that. I can't wait to finish these pieces individually and with a collection of mixed media.
Thursday, July 23, 2009
The International Quilt Festival is in Long Beach this weekend with fabulous quilts displayed, tempting vendors and best of all: classes! Today I took a class from Traci Bautista on creating papers and binders and then making them into a journal. We even did the binding in Macrame! Does anyone remember doing that 40 years ago? Here is the result at the end of class. I will finish up the binding and do some embellishing. Then I will be ready to make my first journal entry. Saturday I go back for another class.....so much fun!
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
Today's expression of backyard peaches is sorbet. I also had on hand some beautiful raspberries so this is my version of peach melba:
2 cups fresh peaches, pealed, pitted and diced, shortly rested with 1 tbs sugar and 1 tsp lemon juice
1 cup simple syrup (made from equal parts of sugar and water brought to a boil on the stove until sugar is dissolved and then left to cool)
1 Tbs fresh grated ginger
Puree the peaches and the ginger together, add simple syrup and process in an ice cream maker
1 pint fresh raspberries
sugar to taste (less is better)
In a small saucepan, heat the raspberries with the sugar until the raspberries start to break down. Let cool slightly or serve immediately over sorbet as shown above.
This was a delightful and simple dessert made from the bounty of fresh summer fruit.
I daily pick and prepare peaches from my tree. It is a chore that some days I am not in the mood for but I am so grateful for this "free" harvest and I enjoy trying new ways to share and enjoy them. I wish you all could stop by for your share of my bounty.
Saturday, July 18, 2009
4 ripe peaches, pealed, pitted and sliced or chopped
1 Jalepeno pepper, charred, seeded and chopped fine
1 Anaheim chili, prepared like jalepeno
ginger, fresh grated fine
red onion, chopped and macerated in fresh squeezed lime juice
zest of 1 lime
cayenne pepper to taste
cilantro, chopped fine
Zest the lime, squeeze the lime juice over the chopped red onion and leave to macerate or "cook" the onion. Prepare the peaches, add the peppers, ginger, cayenne and cilantro. Let the flavors blend. I am going to serve this over a nice Halibut steak, grilled. Tomorrow I will reconfigure all of the elements to have fish tacos. Isn't life grand?
Sunday, July 12, 2009
My peaches are ripe. Although they are not as large as previous years they are delicious! This photo is from a couple of years ago. Today's pick was blushed with a deeper red....thus the name "red baron". Remember the blossoms in February?
After picking peaches from my backyard tree I tumbled them out on my counter to wait until I could turn them into a peach crostada. I just had to pick up my pen and watercolors. 8 1/2" by 11"
I would love to decorate my entire house in these colors. (Oh yes, I already have)
After harvesting the peaches; stopping to capture them in watercolor and baking them in a variation of Ina Garten's "summer fruit crostata" here is the result. I am ready to take a bite.....
Saturday, July 11, 2009
This is a favorite summer salad of mine. It's crunchy with the cashews and fresh with the grapes and very satisfying. It is also very high in iron. I used to make it just with the chicken salad alone but I now prefer it over a bed of baby greens dressed with balsamic vinegar and a good olive oil. Here is the recipe:
Chicken breasts (thighs if you want more Iron) cubed
red seedless grapes, halved
mayonnaise, celery salt and celery seed to taste
add right before serving;
roasted and salted cashews
serve over baby greens ( baby spinach for more iron)
This week Whitney and her family moved to Denver. It was a very hot week with no air-conditioning in their "new" house. They moved into a repurposed Lowry air force officers' quarters that is now a townhome in a lovely little neighborhood. This cottonwood tree has been here as long as the buildings and is absolutely beautiful. When the breeze passes through the leaves it provides this rustling sound that is so soothing to listen to. For a break from the lifting and unpacking I would go out to the front lawn, sit in my Adirondack chair that I had shipped along with them and watch Ella and Kate ride their scooters in their new neighborhood. I plan on visiting as often as possible until I can get there too.
I found this chair in Laguna Beach about 10 years ago. It was a Key Lime green. It went through a repaint and became soft yellow but through my eyes I still see it as lime green. It went to Denver with Whitney and her family and sits on the front lawn.
Monday, July 6, 2009
Sweet little Kate sits in my garden with me sharing a smoothie wearing her cute little short cake T-shirt. Kate's last name is "Short". This precious little girl and her family leave for Denver tomorrow. I have been brave but it won't last much longer.
Sunday, July 5, 2009
This morning Ella, Kate & I walked to Acorn Park to play. Along the way we found a butterfly that was dead but it was special to take home. We walked home through some overgrown "tickles" and then Ella picked a desert rose flower along the way. This all made for good subject matter for today's journal entry