Friday, August 28, 2009

To Market To Market

Today begins the Eat Real Fest in Oakland. D and I are going on a special date to the Foraging and Canning Exchange where I will be trading off these jars of peach jam for (hopefully) something a little more exotic....or something savory. We have enough jam in this house to last us a decade or more!

I used the Perfect Peach Jam recipe in the Ferry Plaza Cookbook. And the recipe says it will take about 1 hour, but it took me about 3. So, I will probably just stick to the Certo recipes from now on (wham, bam, throw in some pectin and boil, thank you mam!). The jam I made is quite delicious, but if you gotta life to lead, maybe this isn't the recipe for you....lucky for me...

There is also an ice cream social tonight (which I wouldn't miss for the world, especially on this particularly hot day). And over the weekend there seems to be tons of cool stuff going on. Depending on how tonight goes, I may try to go for a few hours before work tomorrow.

See you there? Toodles!

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

In a Pinch Notecards

My good friend just got engaged! Yay! So I made her these little notecards until the official "invitation suite" arrives. Because you never know how soon you'll need some joint stationery.

I made 2 (very sophisticated) variations.

I'm probably breaking all kinds of wedding etiquette. Although, I do know you're not supposed to use a joint monogram until after you're married - but that's all I know...and if nobody else knows, who cares?

The envelopes and cards (and inspiration) are from Paper Source. The fabric is from Purl. I might be a little bit obsessed with Paper Source these days. Maybe when I change careers again, I'll be a greeting card designer...*sigh*

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Pretty [Yucky] Cake

See my beautiful cake?

This was a dry, awful, cardboardy, took-one-bite-and-tossed-it-in-the-garbage cake. But boy was it cute. :)

Friday, August 21, 2009


Finally starting something new...

we'll see if I have the momentum to complete it in a timely fashion.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Frogs and Snails...

...and Necktie Onesies... that's what little boys are made of.

(and double-decker bus onesies with matching burp cloths)

My friend is having a new baby soon, so we have to make sure he's well-dressed when he arrives.

Welcome to the world, little man!

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

The NEW New Favorite Thing

Shishito peppers.... yummmm!

They're a Japanese pepper that are generally mild, but about 1/10 are hot. Not too hot, but you'll need a drink of water to cool yourself off.

We like them....a lot. Can you tell?

We tried our hand at making them ourselves. Not too shabby! Just tossed them in some olive oil and cooked them over a hot pan, tossing, and garnishing with gray salt.

I could probably eat these all night. Next time you see them on a menu, I recommend you give them a go. (You can get them at the Alembic in San Francisco if you're really curious)