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Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Knitting & Reading


We've been having some actual snowy weather here in the Southeastern US, which actually gives me a little more time for two of my favorite pastimes; knitting & reading!  This week, I'm working on a baby blanket for my niece's baby.  (Yikes, this means that my brother will be a grandfather, and my mother a great-grandmother, and my grandmother a great-great-grandmother!!)  It's the Project Linus security blanket (free pattern on ravelry here) that I also made for Noah and he still loves it.

 I just started reading "One Thousand Gifts" by Anne Voskamp.  It is beautiful, just like her beautiful blog

*Joining in with the lovely Ginny and her yarn-along.

Read anything good (or knit anything fun) lately?

Peace,
~Michelle

PS Still no camera, photo credit to Adam who e-mailed it to me; thank you Adam :-)

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

A Craft Swap!

Oh, I am so excited about this!  I just signed up for a craft swap at Amanda's lovely blog Sweet Potato Claire. I discovered it through one of my favorite blogs, Heather's Beauty That Moves. This is exactly what I needed right now, a chance to become part of a crafty community.  I actually gave my name and address to Amanda right away; something I've never done before.  Here's where that "Trust" project of mine come into play.  I have a good feeling about this, and am trusting my intuition as well as the good intentions of all involved.  Now, to decide what to make!!

As for this little space if mine, photos will be returning soon.  Unfortunately my camera is broken, specifically the part that connects it to the computer broke-- how annoying!  I'm pretty sure my husband can fix it though, if not I've been hoping for a new camera for years, so maybe now's the time!

Peace,
~Michelle

Saturday, February 1, 2014

2014 : Trust

My word for the year is Trust.  Trust.  Sounds simple, but to me it has always been anything but simple.

Returning to this blog is taking some serious trust.  It was a little nudge from my husband the other day, following months and months of feeling like I was no longer part of the conversation, and missing it terribly.  "You really should blog again."  Simple.  All I need is a little trust.  Trust that the craziness that abounds in the internet won't find it's way here to my tiny corner.  Trust that if it does, I can and will handle it.  Trust in knowing that creating this space that I can invite kindred spirits over for a cup of tea and a visit is worth the risk.  Trust that my family will benefit rather than be hurt from these connections and that they will continue to find joy in reading through our little family's chronicles.  It's amazing to me how much the boys enjoy reading the old posts!  I think I can muster enough trust to provide them with this little window into our history.

Trust.

Here's to 2014, I trust it will be a good year.

Peace,
~Michelle

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Dear Boston

I haven't been to this space in a while, but things here are good & busy. Getting the farm up and running, has me thinking about starting a new blog that fits more with our life here right now.  Frankly, though, I haven't much wanted to come on the internet.  Not having television in our home is wonderfully liberating in many ways, and it often means we are the last to know the news, both good and bad.

Something terrible happened recently, in one of the most special places on earth to me.  Boston.  I grew up just a couple miles north of the city, and have so many memories there that will forever be close to my heart no matter where I live.

There is sad news every day, I realize that, and care very much about the people that we share this small world with no matter where they are.  Since, in our home, we are not inundated with the constant stream of repeating news,  I can usually take a step back a little better, and think about events in my own time, and way.  But this event, these wonderful people who were hurt, many of whom are just beginning their recovery, I can't stop thinking about them, and that special place.

I will be forever grateful to the doctors and nurses in the NICUs at Boston Children's Hospital and Tufts Floating Hospital who  literally saved Joshua & Noah's lives when they were both born prematurely.

Dear Boston, thank you for everything.  I love you, and am so sorry that you were hurt like this.  All I've been thinking about since this happened is jumping on a train and getting up there to wrap my arms around you.  I know you'll come out of this fine, I just really want to give you a hug.  I miss you more than you know, more than I thought I would.  You are all in our prayers.

Peace,
~Michelle


“This will be our reply to violence:
to make music more intensely,
more beautifully,
more devotedly than ever before.” 
~Leonard Bernstein 


 
onefundboston.org

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Weekending







  •  Listening to Dave Brubeck, with gratitude for the many times he came to Berklee and we were able to hear him, watch him, and learn from this humble, funny, gracious genius
  • Chopping and stacking lots, and lots of wood, and realizing that it goes so much quicker when we all work together
  • Giggling at Mabel the hen as she sits upon our recently stacked woodpile outside our dining room, and gets a sneak peek at dinner
  •  Enjoying a nature walk at a favorite trail
  • Remembering the simple joy of making playdough, and letting the boys help themselves to the "cool" kitchen tools
  • Hoping all the sniffles & coughing will end soon, and good sleep will return to the homestead
  • Wishing you a wonderful week ahead...

Joining in with the lovely Amanda  & Dawn Suzette once again

Friday, December 7, 2012

This Moment

 



In Amanda's words, "A Friday ritual.  A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember." Soulemama


Thursday, December 6, 2012

Ten Well Loved Cookbooks

I have a confession to make.  The weight of our cookbook collection was rivaled only by the weight of the piano on our move.  Steve and I both love cookbooks, have been known to read them like novels.  For the past year and a half we could only have a couple of boxes of them with us.  So I had to think about the ones that I not necessarily loved the most, but used the most.  Since we didn't have access to the internet for a while I wanted to have a good range of titles, in case we were craving a certain cuisine, or ended up with an abundance of one particular thing (like tomatoes, or a half a pig!)


These ten books have been with me, in whatever I had for a kitchen during our travels, and are here with me now as we wait for their hundreds of friends to join them on the shelves once our renovation is complete.  Each of these books has been used countless times in my kitchen, and each has dozens of grease marks & various others splatters that prove a cookbook's worth beyond any other measure.  The last 2 are new to me within the last year, and have already achieved this status.

In no particular order:

  • The Joy of Cooking ~ A Classic that no kitchen should be without
  • How to Cook Everything by Mark Bittman ~ As the Washington Post said, "Think of it as a more hip Joy of Cooking"
  • The Best Recipe by the editors of Cooks' Illustrated ~ Now that we're settling in, we can finally start getting Cooks Illustrated again, it doesn't get much better for my left-brained husband than learning the science behind the cooking.  And the food is awesome too! (this link takes you to the New Best Recipe, since ours doesn't seem to be available anymore)
  • Vegan Planet ~ by Robin Robertson ~ Even if you're not a vegan, if you want to add more vegetable dishes to your repertoire, this book is a gem.  If you are a vegan, this is a treasure!
  • Stocking Up 3 by  Carol Hupping ~ Technically a book on preserving, but her seasonal recipes are wonderful, straightforward, and helpful when you are in abundance of one or two particular items.  Did you know you could freeze eggs?
  • Madhur Jaffrey's Indian Cooking ~ We love Indian food, in fact our first date was at an Indian restaurant.  Sadly there are none near our new home.  These recipes, although require many spices, are straightforward enough for anyone to follow.  Nothing like walking into the house when Saag is simmering..
  • Lidia's Italian-American Kitchen by Lidia Matticchio Bastianich ~ I want to grow up to be an Italian grandmother someday and feed everyone I meet this food.  It doesn't get much better.
  • Pretend Soup  and Other Real Recipes by Katzen & Henderson ~Because kids cook too!
  • Make the Bread Buy the Butter by Jennifer Reese ~ Wonderful, mentioned here before.  Jennifer also blogs at The Tipsy Baker.
  • The Homemade Pantry by Alana Chernila ~ I read this from beginning to end while we were in a hotel, kitchenless.  Her photographs,  stories, and anecdotes that go with each recipe are worth it alone, but the recipes are scrumptious!  Alana also blogs at Eating from the Ground Up.



And there you have it.  With these ten cookbooks, you can make just about anything.  Fortunately most libraries have many of these titles on their shelves, so you can get cooking!!

What cookbook(s) do you return to again and again?





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