Thursday, July 28, 2011


My sister brought tons...well, pounds and pounds of corn this weekend. She got it fresh picked from a farm near her house. I didn't want any to go to waste so I made a really easy corn chowder for lunch. It was seriously good...nothing compares to sweet, juicy, crisp corn.

This is how I made it...

Corn Chowder

melt 2 tablespoons butter
saute a diced small onion till softened
add 2 tablespoon flour
cook for a minute or so
add 2 cups milk
2 cups corn kernels cut off the cob
a big handful of chives
cook for 8 minutes or so
salt and pepper to taste

I served with bread and a salad of lettuce leaves from the garden...the chives were from our garden too!

Wednesday, July 27, 2011


Monday, July 25, 2011

sand castles

every time we are at the beach Mike builds a very elaborate sand castle with Lily...he calls them fortifications, or sandschloss or seaside defense complexes...such a 7 year old boy at heart!

Sunday, July 24, 2011

birthday with his brothers

like their game faces? ha!

grilled picanya (Brazilian grilled beef), cold beer and his family all around made for a very Happy Birthday

Love you Mike!

Friday, July 22, 2011

birthday present for Miss N

a gift for our sweet, sassy friend whose favorite color is purple!

tunic pattern by Mani Mina

Notus fabric by Daiwabo

Sherbert Pips accent fabric

Thursday, July 21, 2011

most days

you can find us here...

and every day I am so grateful to be able to spend

this precious time


this precious child


this precious place

Wednesday, July 20, 2011


one of our favorite meals this summer

Salmon Cakes

3 packs Salmon (6 oz each pack)
half stalk celery finely chopped
half small onion, grated
1 egg
2 tablespoons mayo (or so...I just use a soup spoon and put in 2 big blobs)
1 large teaspoon Dijon mustard
1 cup breadcrumbs

1 cup whole wheat flour
1 teaspoon smoked paprika
pinch salt
pinch black pepper

Mix all together and then form into patties and dredge in the mixture of flour and smoked paprika, salt and pepper

Fry in a skillet until golden and crispy

Serve with tartar (LOVE mayonnaise) sauce, hot sauce and a green salad....

and of course, an ice cold Corona with lime ;)

Monday, July 18, 2011


on a gray, hot, humid morning

this is the place I most love to be this summer

Our community garden is on Winter Island...not an island, really, but a lovely, quirky peninsula surrounded by the rocky, New England coast...and the best part is, it's only a 15 minute walk from our house!

We've had bumper crops of swiss chard, lettuce of all kinds, sage, dill, chives and parsley and now our plots are on the verge of exploding with cucumbers, tomatoes, eggplant and beans. This is my first year as a vegetable gardener and I am amazed at the quantity of veg two 4' x 4' plots can yield.

simply a miracle for this city girl !