Friday, September 21, 2012

In the kitchen there has been...

Freshly made pasta, just dry after an hour or so...
 Smoothies made from bananas, blueberries and black cherry juice...
 Our first ripe habaneros...
 Passion fruit from our ridiculously fast growing vine; very sour, a bit sweet and the seeds are crunchy...
 And anahime chilies, fresh picked and ready for drying….
I love all the different colors, textures and timing that fresh foods bring… 


                                                                                                                 Cheers ~ Marica

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Hot weather and homemade pasta making...

The other day I had a list of so many things to do; so much, my head was feeling overwhelmed and as the day progressed the thermometer outside read what the air felt like -- over a hundred degrees… After guilt and frustrations had built to the point where I realized I truly wasn't getting anywhere worth while, I dropped it all and made pasta...
 I've only made pasta a couple of times before and it is something I want to experiment with more...
 I've found I can't always push myself when I think I need to, that there has to be some compatibility with other factors that I am not sure I even understand. This was one of those days, and as I kneaded and rolled the dough into stretchy thin sheets I felt the unison of something working. I guess it was a pasta day...
 It was thrilling to hang ribbon after ribbon on the string I'd strung up to dry it on…
 I warned the kids to please, please, please not run into the chairs that hosted the string, that held the pasta. That would be too crushing...
 It was a beautiful sight, I must say. The strands hung so purposefully across the room...
Dropping it all and doing what works is something I just have to keep re-realizing!!!

                                                           Happy Thursday to all of you ~ Marica


P.S. I used the Joy of Cookings basic pasta recipe.



Sunday, September 9, 2012

The irony of a blog is...

That when you are truly involved up to your ears in doings, there is little time to post… 
Luckily there is always time to catch up and look back over the last few weeks…
One very lovely pocket of time was spent up in the mountains camping… 
 It was a spontaneous, last minute, fabulous bit of fun…
With Campfires…And all the smoky smelling clothes to match...
A friend of ours brought this deer suit... 
 Which looked like it had been made solely for the purpose of this little girl to wear it...
We even got an unexpected visit by horses…
 Truly grand creatures they are...

                                                   Hope everyone is well ~ Marica