Archive for August, 2009

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This face has so much personality. The mouth, those cheeks!


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I haven’t posted an “our daily bread” post in a while, not because I haven’t been baking bread, but because I’ve been sticking with the recipes I know and like.  My latest loaf was another almost no-knead beer bread from Cook’s Illustrated.  It came out great.  Yum!

Mmmm... Beer Bread

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Back Bay Hawk

This morning while eating breakfast and looking out the kitchen window, I saw something new – a big red-tailed hawk sitting on top of the telephone pole outside!

The Back Bay Hawk

I was able to snap this photo, and one second later it flew away.  Pretty cool to see this big guy (or gal?) in the middle of the city.

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Tom and I were back home in upstate New York to celebrate his father’s 60th birthday this weekend. We took Monday off of work, and as part of the celebrations the whole family spent the afternoon at Saratoga Racetrack.

Jockey on horse 4

I grew up going to the races, and was really happy to be there for the first time in a year or two. Saratoga is a beautiful Victorian racetrack with a lot of charm.

Saratoga sign



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Totally Tomatoes!

I love visiting my local farmer’s market, where Tom and I have a market share with an organic farm. They are starting to get some beautiful heirloom tomatoes.

Delicious heirloom tomatoes


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I was really impressed with the wonderful scenery Tom and I saw when we were on vacation in Oregon and Washington.

Stream and moss

While in Portland, I wanted to buy some yarn that reflected the environment around me so that I could knit a vacation memory. I bought three balls of Aslantrends Bariloche kettled dyed yarn from the Knit Knot Studio in Portland. It’s a great yarn full of greens, blues, browns and grays. I think it is a good reflection of the beautiful colors of nature I saw on vacation.

Aslantrends yarn

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I’ve been an avid reader of Soulemama for a few years now, and today she posted a “behind the scenes” interview that I found really interesting. I think Amanda’s readers connect with her blog as much for the lifestyle she leads as her great writing. She has cute kids who are always doing crafty things in a perfect woodland environment. Don’t we all wish we could live the same way?

I loved that Amanda’s comments made the point that her family life is not about some bucolic perfection, not about the perfected thrifted decor, but about making the life you want and living it right now. The idea that you are the creator of your own perfect environment is something both Tom and I find really inspirational.

Go check out Amanda’s post and I hope you find inspiration, too!

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