Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Tuttorosso tomatoes, soup recipe & sweeps

Last week I got a box in the mail with three big cans of Tuttorosso tomatoes. They have new packaging and even sent some of the labels in the box, which were cool to see.

I asked the Twitterverse what I should make with the tomatoes and one of the answers was Mike Trippe's Lentil and Tomato Soup.

I've never made it before, in fact I've never made anything with lentils. This soup is hearty, tasty and EASY to make. Perfect with an egg salad sandwich.

A big thank you to Mike Trippe for sharing the recipe with me and allowing me to repost it here! It makes a lot too! I cut the recipe in half for Aaron and I and there was still enough for lunch leftovers and some to go in the freezer.

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Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Pottery class #2

Look who I talked into pottery classes! Tina is joining me in wheel throwing classes at Genesee Center for the Arts and Education on Monday nights. She centered like a pro. We had fun and rounded out the evening with clay on our hair, glasses and iPhones.

Monday, April 28, 2014

Garden weather & greenhouse floor

A bit of warm weather gave us a chance to get out in the garden. I cleaned out the square foot garden beds and admired the progress the rhubarb and garlic is making. Check out my new garden tools that were in my Easter basket. I have broken two garden shovels so let's hope this one hangs in there.

I was super excited because Aaron installed a stone paver floor in my greenhouse while I pulled weeds.

I think it looks great and it will help hold in heat at night as the pavers absorb the sunlight during the day. Now I just need to see some seedlings pop up!

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Worldwide Pinhole Photography Day

Today is Worldwide Pinhole Photography Day and I'm taking some shots with my new wood pinhole camera with a roll of Kodak T-Max film.

Be sure to check out this great blog post on 1000Words about pinhole photography and this gorgeous Kodak Picture of the Day pinhole shot.

I did some reading online but when it came to taking the pictures I didn't do any mathmatical computations and winged it instead. I hope I get at least one decent image! Stay tuned.

Saturday, April 26, 2014

New Rochester shop & new airplant holder

I have been very excited about a new shop in the South Wedge featuring second hand furniture and decor along with locally crafted artisian items. I even spent some time standing outside Abode in the rain peering through the windows when it was closed.

This weekend Aaron and I got a chance to stop by when it was open and I wasn't disapointed. They have lots of well curated pieces artfully displayed in their shop. Turns out Aaron knew one of the owners from his classes at RIT!

The entire shopping experience was elevated by the presence of Lucy the Shop Dog. They post pics of her occasionally on their Instagram feed. You can like their Facebook page too.

I ended up taking one one of these awesome air plant hanging ceramic pods made by a Genesee Center for the Arst and Education artist in residence, Katie Carey. It is twice the fun with the cool shadow it casts on my kitchen wall!

Friday, April 25, 2014

Stewie and Starbucks

I don't know if its the treats from his Meow box or what but Stewie has been in fine form lately. *wink*, *yawn*, *smooch*

He kind of reminds me of the sassy cat in the Starbucks Frappuccino animation. Which I love by the way.

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Stewie get his MeowBox

After many months of watching enviously as Oscar and Hugo rooted through and enjoyed Bark Boxes (with the exception of one month when his biggest fan sent him a hand crafted cat box) Stewie is signed up for his very own Meowbox!

He was immediately intrigued by the feather attached to the tissue paper and the handwritten greeting to him on the inside of the lid. It came with toys, treats, food samples and cat grass for me to grow for him. He is loving the Cloud 9 treats and I can't wait to grow the grass for him. We have one happy cat in the house.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Cutest Scarves

Two of my Easter jars held scarves from Fahsye. One has bikes on it and the other has anchors. Two of my favorite motfis... perfect for snazzing up outfits this spring.

Pretty soon I'll be able to dress head to toe in anchors.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Pug Amigurumi

Aaron really outdid himself with my Easter basket this year. Not only was there a pail with candy and other goodies.. there were a dozen mason jars hid in the yard each with a goodie inside!

Two of the jars held these adorable amigurumi he had custom made by Cranberries Knot! The resemblance is uncanny!

Monday, April 21, 2014

Hoagie vs. Sub

While home in PA for Easter I told my mom I had a craving for a hoagie.

When I say hoagie this may come to mind... Adam Sandler and the Lunch Lady singing "Hoagies and grinders, hoagies and grinders. Navy beans, navy beans, navy beans. Meatloaf sandwich!"

I feel a hoagie is different from a sub, although online sources suggest that it's just a regional terminology difference. It seems that "subs" came first... as an Italian sandwich. Then the term "hoagie" came from the Philadelphia region where sandwiches from Hog Island aka Hoggies aka Hoagies... were introduced.

I really have no proof that a hoagie is not the same as a sub... or a grinder or a hero for that matter. The biggest difference is that the hoagies I grew up with had soft rolls instead of the hard crust rolls on subs that I've experienced in Rochester. I still stand by my hoagie/sub distinction statement.

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Happy Easter from Pug Bunnies

Happy Easter!

"Are we on? Is it time?" - Hugo

Tah-dah! Pug bunnies are back again.

They have complete outifts this year.

Nevermind they graze like cattle.

Or maybe they are looking for the eggs they hid. Happy Easter from the Pug bunnies!

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Indigo Blue Easter Eggs

This year I dyed my Easter eggs with an indigo dye. Each egg had a sticker on it I cut with my cricut when I dyed it leaving behind a stenciled initial.

My fingers are blue like a smurf but it was worth it.

I love the deep rich blue color!

Friday, April 18, 2014

Pugs Greet Spring

I call this photo series... Pugs Greet Spring.

Or rather they smell it.

It was a long winter for the pugs.

They were pretty happy to romp around my grandmother's yard.

Pugs love spring!

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Easter Photo Projects

My friend Patricia made everyone at the office these grassy hair photo gifts. I thought it was so cool! She would have had to start them awhile ago to have the grass long enough.

It's one of the Easter/Spring projects from the Kodak Tips and Projects Center.

I made a few of the projects for Easter too, like the photo egg masks...

and oh hey who is the guy in this photo egg holder project?!

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Pickled Eggs and Beets for Easter

I made batch of pickled eggs and beets tonight for Easter. They are family Easter tradition... from growing up in Pennsylvania Dutch country.

There are a lot of recipes out there but this very simple one is how we have always made them.

Boil 1 cup of apple cider vinegar with 1 cup of beet juice, 3/4 cup of brown sugar and 1 teaspoon of salt. Pour it over a half dozen hard boiled eggs and a half dozen small beets in a quart jar then put them in the fridge.

That's all!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Easter Egg Prep

It's Easter egg decorating time. I am serious about my egg coloring. I blow the guts out of the eggs so they last longer. I even have this handy dandy egg blower. Gone are the days of aching cheeks. I can empty a dozen eggs in under ten minutes.

And you only need to drill one hole.

I even have a little egg driller.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Dinner nook

Although it's our breakfast nook, we have been using it for our dinners. After we eat we hang out with the pugs. Oscar likes to look at pug pictures on Instagram.

Hugo likes to have a little chat.

Anyhoo, for dinner tonight I made one of my go-to recipes. Remember Martha Stewart's Blueprint magazine? This recipe is from one of those issues... Herb-Crusted Salmon. It think it's the mustard that makes it.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Starting Seeds for Garden 2014

Today was wonderfully warm and I finally had a chance to plant my veggie and flower seeds!

I used strips of newspaper and my little wooden PotMaker to make newspaper pots for the flower seeds.

So handy.

Here they are... all ready to go.

I stashed them all away in the toasty warm greenhouse. I also planted some posts of herbs. The garlic is already coming up in my garlic planter. Big plans for Garden 2014!