Monday, April 26, 2010

the good, the bad, and the fooding

i'm still knitting away at coraline, here and there on weekends - and honestly, how much stockinette do you want to see every week? not much. i know it. so instead?

let's talk about foodstuffs.

my garden, i'm happy to say, is sprouting despite the unusual chilly socal april.



the radishes are almost 3" now, and the beets and mesclun are well on their way. i was despairing of my herbs and tomatoes, but i've noticed a few little green bits here and there just this weekend so yay!

outside of the garden, we've also been experimenting in the kitchen. we have a nice new panini press which honestly has revolutionized our late, quick dinners. throw some random cheese and veggies on a roll and toast it all up pretty! we are very guilty of eating too many frozen goods - it's rare that i'm home before 7:30pm so time to cook is slim - and this has been a lifesaver.


making pizza

we are trying the homemade pizza thing. blue moon always helps.

making pizza

i would consider this one a tentative hit. it's quite clear that you do not need an entire package of tj's fresh wheat dough for a two-person meal, and that i need to hold back a bit on the sauce despite my undying love for crazy saucy pizzas. but the fresh garlic and sesame seed crust? awesome.

the bunnies? they approve of their carrot tops but not of this inane post.


some day life will get more creative and less hectic, right? right.

Sunday, April 11, 2010

just a little bit of time

i didn't mean to be away so long; the last month has been a bit overwhelming to say the least, what with the learning curve of a new job and a sick bunny (cole, twice). but life is starting to even out a bit. i've decided to be patient with myself at work and cole is feeling great at the moment. to keep myself sane through all this craziness, i've been taking lots of long walks on the beach -




taking advantage of the tulips and daffodils in season at the farmer's market -


and finally buying a proper teapot at claudia's urging.


of course there's been a little knitting, but not nearly as much as i'd like. last weekend i finally sucked it up and cast on the icord for the first coraline sleeve. i was dreading picking up 47 stitches to start the arm but it was totally worth it!



it makes for a beautiful cuff, don't you agree?

finally, i've been spending quite a bit of time out back on the patio, starting our summer garden.





shrinky-dinks make awesome garden labels!

we're slowly transitioning the patio from winter storage to livable quarters and i think it's coming together quite nicely -


(those little lanterns are actually solar - part of ikea's solig line, which i love love love!)

(the bunnies love the yard work too!)