Tuesday, January 26, 2010

candied citrus

i picked up some weck canning jars at heath to make some onion jam. luckily, there were some extra jars so the next project was candying some orange and lemon peels. i do imagine there will be a repeat performance of these lil' guys with some different spice variations. cardamon has been on the top of my list this season making cameos in peach pie, pear cake, persimmon cake and these here peels.

mushroom foret

bounty from the foray dans le foret des champignons! scottie and i headed up to the hills for some mushroom foraging. we found some delightful chanterelles. i must admit the cleaning was rather arduous, but the results were delicious. they were the highlight in a fettucine pasta with garlic and spinach. cream tied it all together, mmm.

Sunday, January 17, 2010


our beloved family pet has passed.

rest in peace princess peanut
aka nutter butter, prince, pretty, p-nizzle, best-in-show, pp, stinky

...how will d and j attract attention now...? no more peanut popping out of d's motorcycle jacket, hiding in our bag in chinese restaurants, or going to work making bank deliveries with juju. bye bye best in show!

Monday, January 11, 2010

pink wonderland

the hallway: bright pink patchy patchy turned into a red cave. we did quite a number on retexturing this ceiling smooth. if our kids have cloudy lungs, i think we can blame this hallway, but it looks damn good! so many hands were involved in this tiny space...nancy, landon, javi, dwood, juju and of course us'ns!

the bathroom

so the story goes: when willie moved into his grandparents' house, he tore out the bathroom. he pulled everything out but he liked the mint green tub and toilet so he put those back and put in a new bamboo floor. meanwhile, he let javi stay with him while he was tiling the tub area. once that was done, javi was kicked out and mu moved in. during mu's tenure, there was no sink in the bathroom, so once he moved out, the idea was to finish the bathroom-but we decided to just take on the whole house...why not?

il bagno (i don't have pics from the days of yore, just when i moved in and cracked the whip, heehee)

a year ago

renovating the house took about 3 months of weekends, post-work work to get to a good point. we still have some minor projects, but here are some before and afters!

la cucina- when we started prepping the walls, we realized that there were a couple layers of paint over wallpaper, so once we peeled that off, some original stenciling was revealed.