Saturday, August 25, 2012

Pizza pizza...

Our weather has finally cooled down enough to be able to turn the oven on. It is hard to spend weeks in a row where the stove top is even too much let alone the blasting intensity of an oven. Tomatoes have been plucked and eaten fresh, but nothing has been baked for quite some time...
 To take full advantage of the now only eighty-degrees outside, 
I pumped up the oven to five-hundred and mixed and rolled us some dough to make pizza...
 This very enthusiastic young monkey was my helper...

He carefully made his own pizza just the way he wanted it...
And there is nothing, as I have mentioned before on this blog, 
quite like homemade pizza, just out of the oven...

                                                         Happy Saturday to Everyone ~ Marica

Friday, August 24, 2012

Playdough Playing...

Well for reasons that can only be reasons, we needed to make playdough...
 I love making playdough; the fun choices of colors that are always 
so much nicer than store bought florescent rainbows...
The ingredients are simple and fun, especially pouring so much salt, it seems like playing already...
And then I ask, what does a twelve year old make with playdough??
Well here is what one twelve-year-old made...
   
            Hope you all have a wonderful weekend ~ Marica

Friday, August 17, 2012

Summertime...

Summer heat has been plaguing our sweet little valley. This is a normal summer affair, but it still tries me none the less. No matter how many years we each live in this area, when the weather peeks at a point like this it is all everyone will talk about; at the store, in the coffee shop, over a cup of tea with a friend. I keep thinking I can reinvent my self to be okay with summer heat; a small price to pay for living in such an otherwise lovely climate. But no, I am still the same rumbling, grumbling whining, fuss making endurer that I always have been. But with all that said, summer brings things that other times of the year just can't strive to offer... I think one of the biggest being fresh, fresh and truly ripe tomatoes...
Oh for the love of it all, tomatoes are something that should be skipped 
in the off season, just like peaches and I guess really almost any real fruit...A ripe truest form of tomato can literally take my breath away, and I 
adore seeing my little one revel in the same absolute enjoyment...
 We didn't end up planting as big of a garden as I had hope this year, but we managed tomatoes, a bunch of chili peppers, some nice weeds and two pumpkins… For some reason everything has been taking its time in ripening, but just this week we are finally getting our first few tasty tomatoes.


                                                 ~ Marica

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Pickles and Chutney...

I love making chutney. I love the spicy-sweet and the constant tasting to make sure the 
flavors are balancing just right… The oh so ripe peaches simmering and simmering...
I love the jars on the counter…
Now on to pickles.  I love how summertime is pickle time… recipe...
This year I tried making spicy pickles too… Mmm the ones that were a tad sweet 
were far better than the ones with no sugar at all. I am seeing a theme here...
Now the final stage… It all fit just perfectly in a basket for my dad's birthday...
Happy Birthday Pops!!!

                                 And Happy August to everyone ~ Marica

Sunday, August 12, 2012

When the weather gets hot...

What is there to do but submerge yourself in water...
 Splash and stay wet...
 This is at least the sixth day in a row where the thermometer is running way too high...
But what can you say, it is summer after all...
What about everywhere else, how's all of your summer weather going?


                                              ~ Marica