Things I’ve seen recently

Chalk drawings at the bus loop:

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Lovely green bugs:

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And, a rather pretty sunset:

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Nice, yeah?

Now, if only Flickr would let me post all my blog photos the same size. You can’t hear it but I’m swearing just now.

Summer does have a couple of upsides

By which I mean 533 gram tomatoes:

Mmmmmm, summer food.

Fistfuls of basil:

Mmmmmm, summer food.

I wish you could taste how amazing they were once they were all cooked up with garlic, salt, pepper, wine, and oregano and then ladled over fresh ravioli. Just.so.good.

In other news, I got some yarn in the mail today. From Lithuania. As one does. It came in a wee box and inside the box, brown paper package, tied up with string.

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I’ll wait while you finish singing the song.

Inside, pretties!:

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It’s been a pretty good week actually.

 

Summer. It just keeps happening really.

I keep dreaming of autumn. Cool days, and nights almost sneaking into frost. Sigh.

But, in real life, it’s hot and humid and not autumn at all. But, I keep dreaming and wishing and hoping. To that end, I’ve been working on some Christmas hamper knitting. I’ve finished three hats so far and have a fourth cast on.

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In other dreaming of autumn news, husband and I tried our hand at sausage making again.

Pork/chicken - spicy maple.

Spicy maple apple pork sausages. We had a couple blow-outs and just **had** to cook them up. So, so good.

Pork/chicken - spicy maple.

Not much else going on really. Just a lot of watering the garden to keep ahead of the head and picking beans and zucchini. So, so many zucchini.

Night Market Shenanigans

A bunch of us went out to Richmond to the Night Market last night. So much fun! And some weird food, not going to lie to you. Me? I’m all in for a rotato:

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But not so much for the Octopus balls. Each wee deep fried ball? Has an octopus in it. Nope, nope, nope:

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Other Night Market things that I can get behind?

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Swords! 2 for 1!

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Silly stickers. Many, many silly stickers.

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And, dessert. Mmmmmmm,

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Oh, and ducks. Many, many ducks. :)

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Further proof of summer

So much fresh veg, it’s getting a bit ridiculous really.

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Sometimes, when it’s very, very hot, the margarita fairy shows up.

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And, like the good heathens we are, we drink them in martini glasses. ‘Cause, classy.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Let’s talk about Christmas, shall we? I have grand knitting plans for this Christmas. A few gifts to be knit but mostly I’m looking at making a fair number of hats and mitts for Christmas hampers that a friend is putting together. To that end, I present you a fair amount of Berocco Vintage Chunky:

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In other much more summer news, the black berries are all coming ready:

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And we’re currently drowning in zucchini and cucumbers:

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Which is not really a terrible problem to have. :)

One more step towards homesteading

We made sausages on the weekend. Home made sausage. Pork, apple, rosemary, leeks, apple cider reduction, and lemon zest.

First sausage making

First sausage making

I’d like to state that the things you stuff the sausage meat into (intestines) are pretty much the worst balloon animals ever.

First sausage making

Then you have to feed a fair number of feet of casings (intestines) onto the sausage horn. A number of jokes were made about 4 foot condoms and such. Not proud but they were quite funny.

First sausage making

First sausage making

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First sausage making

Then, later, we we cooked them up and ate them with some haluski. It was stupid good.

Our first sausages

Next, we’re going to make smoked kielbassa. Mmmmmmmm