Friday, January 20, 2017
Wednesday, January 18, 2017
Monday, January 16, 2017
Saturday, January 14, 2017
School-Time Bella is different from Vacation Bella. School-Time Bella doesn't have time to cook, not with work and classes. But Vacation Bella makes us things like this salad for our Saturday lunch: grilled chicken, roasted butternut squash, feta cheese, dried cranberries, and crispy fried parsnip strips.
Friday, January 13, 2017
Thursday, January 12, 2017
Wednesday, January 11, 2017
I thought that since the dining table is already a mess of bubble wrap and cardboard slices I'd keep on with posting the paintings for sale in etsy. A big thank you to all who shopped! Just a reminder, these proceeds go to charity--I'm currently giving to a young family who had an unexpectedly complicated childbirth resulting in many unexpected thousands of dollars owed to the hospital.
Monday, January 09, 2017
Wednesday, January 04, 2017
A first taste of wedding photos!
The cake triumphant.
Gingerbread baked at home, iced with citrus-cream cheese buttercream, decorated on the spot with extra flowers, and consumed to the last crumb.
The men! Felix front and center.
That's right, I wore the same dress to both my boys' weddings! It's my traditional dress now. I'll wear it to the girls' weddings too, Lord willing.
I proudly lay claim to FIVE of these young women. From the left: Bella, Daisy, Tia, and Molly, then Clara second from the right.
They didn't see each other until the ceremony.
And then it snowed afterward.
Tuesday, January 03, 2017
Because of the wedding, our Christmas was somewhat catawampus. The boys' contingent stayed in the northeast for the holiday, since the rest of us were heading there right after Christmas, and there was much to do in preparation for the wedding. MUCH to do.
Felix had an outstanding cadre of friends and relations who pitched in at full throttle to realize the winter wonderland visions that had danced in his head regarding his nuptials. I've touched on the prep (pictures will come, I promise), but for now I'll leave it at literal *miles* of twinkle lights and a forest of fir trees.
All that to say, we didn't get around to giving Giles and Tia their Christmas presents from home until the morning after. And that's when we found that Grandpa had sent up a bullhorn. Best ever. Just a day late.
Thursday, December 29, 2016
We are in a winter wonderland for Felix's wedding. I stepped out to run this morning and there was snow everywhere!
Everyone here worked so hard today, transforming the church sanctuary into an evergreen forest with eight fir trees (bless the Christmas tree farm that cut them down and gave them to Felix for free!)
A second crew was busy in the reception space, turning a big blah room into a twinkly enchanted land.
Meanwhile my mother, my cousin Sal, and I prepared the rehearsal dinner. Yesterday I had cooked at Sal's house--a giant vat of beef stew and another of creamed chicken. Those got finished today, and a mountain of cream biscuits got baked, and vast quantities of salad with citrus got prepped.
Just like last time, I forgot that I had to actually go to the rehearsal, and leave my dinner preparations right at the crucial time! Next time I will get it right.
Unbelievable, these precious young men lined up for this occasion.
Oh my, here she comes on her father's arm. She walked down this aisle with Felix in June when they were bridesmaid and groomsman at Giles' wedding. Who could have known?
The view from the evergreens.
Tomorrow is it!
Saturday, December 24, 2016
A small group this year as the boys are already in the Northeast preparing for Felix's wedding. We sat down with the grandparents for Christmas Eve dinner.
Tasting menu of assorted sausages
Mushrooms stuffed with crab and cream cheese
Smoked oysters on crackers
Grapefruit, avocado, and romaine salad
Dark roasted asparagus
Cheese log, grapes
Friday, December 23, 2016
Thursday, December 22, 2016
Wednesday, December 21, 2016
I had a minute to sew! And was determined to use up some of my stack of wools. I made four bags assembly-line style, and this pair of blankets for the car. I like to have something to cover up with if I'm traveling in cold weather.
They're available in my etsy shop and all the sale proceeds will go to a young family hit with unexpected medical expenses due to a premature birth and complications.
Tuesday, December 20, 2016
Felix asked if we could provide his wedding cake--and I agreed, flattered that he apparently thinks I can do anything. Clara and I started baking the layers up to freeze. There are nine.
She went to the kitchen and produced a test cake last week.
"This looks great!" I said. "Where did you get the recipe?"
"Cupboard door," she replied.
It's our beloved gingerbread, which will be trimmed, stacked, frosted, and decked out for the celebration.
Monday, December 19, 2016
Wednesday, December 14, 2016
Tuesday, December 13, 2016
Monday, December 12, 2016
Daisy put together her own Christmas party for five friends. I made the food up for her, but she had it all planned out, including the games she got from her American Girls Handy Book (or something). They ate a lot of little sausages and drank a lot of cocoa, and then there was a LOT of running in the house. So glad she joined 4H and tapped into the motherlode of little girls who love rabbits and chickens just like she does.
Friday, December 09, 2016
A wedding gift for Felix and Molly: this log cabin quilt. I designed an entire house around it!
It's going on the master bed in the stone house.
It has extensive embroidery around three sides, several verses from the last chapter of Hosea, mostly about beautiful gardens.
Those who live in His shadow will again raise grain.