Saturday, August 28, 2010

Homemade Cinnamon Bread

I always loved cinnamon bread as a kid, the kind that my mom would pick up from the grocery store that had frosting glazed on the top of the loaf. I haven't had it in quite a long time, but my wife had decided to try and make it this week, so I was very excited!
It turned out beautifully, but with one problem. After the dough had risen, she remembered that she forgot the salt in the recipe! (from Pioneer Woman) It still tasted good, but it was definitely missing something. She was bummed, but that didn't stop us from eating the whole loaf in less than three days!

Friday, August 27, 2010

New Tolix Chairs

My wife has been talking/thinking/obsessing about Tolix French cafe chairs for months and months. I really like the look of them as well, and we've dreamed about them in the house we plan to build in the next year or two. They're a little pricey, so we've always held off, but recently the stars aligned. They were on sale at Pottery Barn a couple of weeks ago, and the day I noticed this price reduction was the same day that I sold my kayak on Craigslist, so I said let's just buy them! So we did! And today they arrived! Needless to say my wife is extremely excited.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

colorful blanket

I don't remember if she is knitting or crocheting or what, but her most recent project (albeit one that was started months ago) is pretty amazing to me for a first attempt. It's still a work in progress, but for the first time last night it was far enough along to lay over the both of us on the couch while watching Mad Men. How she has the patience for this, but not the patience to screw on a lid (our kitchen is full of half-tightened jar lids) I have no idea.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

more tomatoes

My wife ended up with a giant bag of tomatoes for $2 at her last farmer's market visit. The catch is that they are all very very ripe and need to be used up immediately. Fine by me! This simple dinner included jus toasted baguette slices, mozzarella slices, cut up tomatoes with olive oil, Nutella and French salt for a bruschetta smorgasbord! After eating a good number of the tomato/mozzarella combination, we followed it up with the Nutella/salt combo. Mix in some fresh fruit and a little wine, and you couldn't ask for a more delightful meal.

Saturday, August 21, 2010

dinner and tartlettes

Tonight's dinner was awesome. Simple noodles covered with roasted tomatoes, both from the farmer's market, and bread "from a little cute man at the farmer's market named Jack. Jack makes his own sourdough bread and has an apple orchard." My wife loves little old men like no other.

She also has been wanting to try and make French fruit tartlets, and she definitely succeeded in making them today. Raspberries and strawberries from the market, topping the pudding-filled crust. The recipe was from The Sono cookbook. Unbelievable. "This takes me back to Paris," she said as she took a bite.

Me too.

Friday, August 20, 2010

wedding ring at random

Occasionally I will just come across my wife's wedding ring laying about somewhere in our apartment- this time it's in the bathroom at the base of this 'vase' of flowers. Sometimes she takes it off while we're cleaning, or she's working out, etc. I'm always amazed that she remembers the random places she puts it.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

tomato and corn pie

Thanks to delicious sweet corn and tomatoes in abundance from my in-laws farm, my wife made tomato and corn pie this week from Smitten Kitchen's recipe. So so good. And so so much to eat! It served up leftovers for my lunch the next couple of days. Another masterpiece.

Monday, August 16, 2010

lost in translation

All her life my wife has made up words for things when the proper term doesn't come to her head immediately. From time to time I may just add a few here to keep track of them all. This week:

caddy = "golf helper"

RV = "camping machine"

Friday, August 13, 2010

window sill flowers

My wife grabbed these flowers from the farmer's market this week. Somewhat of a rag tag bunch, she decided to plop them into little containers for added character.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

ice cream galore

I've said it before, but my wife is going crazy with the homemade ice cream lately. She made salted caramel using Reflets de France, the French salt she brought home from our trip. She says it is definitely her favorite flavor she's made so far. I believe her, as the batch was gone before I was able to snap a photo of it. Quite rich for me, so a small amount was perfect in a sugar cone.

Her latest is a peach flavor, which this time is quite subtle and very refreshing during these dog days of summer. I believe she found this recipe thanks to Martha. This blog is working out for me nicely, as I'm able to sneak ice cream cones (so that I have photos) during my lunch hour away from work, as I work a short walk from our apartment downtown!

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

tiny ketchup

We grilled an extra hot dog the night before, so that my wife could take it to work the next day and have it for lunch. I find out after work the next day that she also packed a tiny jelly jar that she filled with ketchup for her hot dog. She is something else. Her coworker is always astounded by what she brings into work to eat. She also often fills a canning jar with milk to have with her lunch.

Saturday, August 7, 2010

antique fair and farming

My wife and I spent the day with her parents, first to antique fair that was more fun than I thought it would be. Watching people scour over all of the piles of junk was quite entertaining. Don't get me wrong, I enjoy finding hidden gems as much as the next person, but it just wasn't quite the same type of rummaging that you'd find at a Paris flee market, for example. More nick knacks and old toys than furniture or potential decorating pieces. All the same, it was fun to watch and see what my wife was interested in, and what she passed by. We went home with nothing at the end of the day.

Afterward, we plopped down the porch at her parents' farm for a relaxing cocktail, followed by delicious garden variety snacks. My wife cut up mozzarella to be combined with fresh tomatoes, peppers, onions, and sweet corn for homemade salsa and bruschetta.

That evening we took a long walk down the lane through the fields behind the farm. The day was a hot one, but cooled down to the perfect temperature for the stroll.

Monday, August 2, 2010

strawberry vanilla ice cream perfected

My wife has really been into the homemade ice cream making lately, batch after delicious batch. This week she made the best ice cream I've ever eaten taste even better. The frozen strawberry chunks were a little harsh to bite into, so she chopped the strawberries into smaller chunks in the food processor this time. Perfection. So good. And this time she filled these little ice cream containers with her finished product for added fun. She loves it.