Wednesday, December 22, 2010
Monday, December 20, 2010
Friday, December 10, 2010
One thing I loved about shopping for groceries for Thanksgiving meal was going from place to place to gather our items-- to the farmer's market for cheese, to the indoor market for vegetables and to pick up the turkey, to the butcher shop for sausage, to the bakery for bread, and to the wine shop for wine. While this may seem like a lot of shops, the specialized nature of each makes the quality of the items excellent (except for the celery...I've never seen such sad looking celery...but it was about 20 degrees out so maybe that was a contributing factor).For the full gluttonous confessional food tour, click HERE.
Monday, December 6, 2010
Click HERE for the full tour. Thank you Kelly and Yann for opening up your home to us!
Wednesday, November 24, 2010
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
Wednesday, November 10, 2010
All this to say, I decided that I wanted to make a camera strap cover. We are going on a trip soon, and since I will have my camera on me everywhere we go, I didn't want to advertise I HAVE A CANON to everyone within eyesight. So I took some fabric I had on hand, and went to work. It was just some leftover fabric so I wasn't totally concerned with exact measurements. I've finally learned that I shouldn't use my "good" fabric on the first attempt without any sort of tutorial or pattern. I'm pleased to say it actually turned out pretty well and I learned a few things for the next one.
Here is my camera strap before:
And camera strap after!
To see the photo tutorial and general instructions, click here.
P.S. If you are more into the having of things rather than the making of things, there is someone by the name of SheyB who makes and sells camera strap covers online. Super cute stuff!
Friday, November 5, 2010
Thanks to everyone for entering. And don't worry, if you didn't win, we will have another giveaway soon! In the meantime, head on over to our shop. Those of you who entered the giveaway will receive a bonus gift with your purchase before November 15th. When you check out leave me a note that says GIVE1. Have a great weekend everybody! I'll be back next week with a LoveDog Ranch post.
Thursday, November 4, 2010
Wednesday, November 3, 2010
How do you win? Go to http://www.bluejaysnbumblebees.com/ and click on the SHOP tab at the top. Peruse our shop at your leisure then come back and leave a comment on this post with the name of your favorite product (or products) in our shop. One commenter will be chosen at random to WIN*! Good luck! Now go check out our shop!
Also, a sincere thank you to my friends who have known about this “secret” project and have been full of support and enthusiasm. Love you guys.
*Contest closes on 11/3 at 11:59PM Pacific. One entry per person. Winner will be announced 11/5. Anyone can enter but the prize will be mailed to U.S. addresses only.
Wednesday, October 27, 2010
Wednesday, October 13, 2010
I know I promised recipes, BUT I am currently in the middle of a health detox so I doubt you want to replicate any of my experimental recipes. I won’t get into the complicated details of my self-inflicted torture, but I will say that just removing salt from the diet necessitates some creative thinking. Lots of garlic, herbs, and fresh veggies are my world right now. And luckily the bounty from our garden means free delicious goodness every day.
Back at you next week!
P.S. I intend to make myself a delicious blackberry birthday pie when this thing is over.
Friday, September 17, 2010
We arrived home to fall in the Pacific Northwest. While it’s a bit sad to say farewell to a great summer, the change of season and shorter daylight hours means that new recipes, projects, and crafts will be coming soon.
Thursday, September 16, 2010
We flew through Montana and Idaho and were back in Washington. Near Snoqualmie Pass we saw some traffic notices on the light boards. Evidently I-90 was closed due to blasting. So close, and yet so far... The road was closed for 45 minutes so Jasper and Justin went on a walk, and I read for a while. Finally the road was re-opened and we were on the home stretch.
A mile from home Jasper started howling. It's good to be home.
Final tripometer: 7,052 miles.
See pictures from Day 18 here.
Wednesday, September 15, 2010
From Cody, the road winds through some beautiful canyons. I don’t think I was prepared for such an extreme change of scenery after the yellow fields along the interstate. We stopped at the Buffalo Bill Reservoir so that Jasper could take a swim before we entered the park. The reservoir is huge and it was really deep where she was swimming. She had a blast. Justin put her back on leash and we were walking up the beach when Miss Jasper had a run-in with her mortal enemy: a rattlesnake. Luckily Justin saw it in time and pulled her back, but the snake gave us a good rattle (hahaha).
Once in the park we passed through some burned forest and came upon Yellowstone Lake. The minute we were in sulfur range Jasper’s nose was going nuts, sniff sniff sniffing out the window like I’ve never seen. We saw our first herd of bison in a meadow (Jasper doesn’t like bison either, turns out) and then stopped at West Thumb Geyser Basin to walk around. Some amazing pools there. There is one called the Abyss pool and it was spectacular—clear blue water and it truly looks like an abyss.
Tuesday, September 14, 2010
I know, amazing.
See photos from day 16 here.
Monday, September 13, 2010
I promise, tomorrow's post is much more interesting. (I know because I am writing this from the future!)
Saturday, September 11, 2010
Friday, September 10, 2010
Connie and Rob drove north with us a ways, through intermittent rain showers, before we stopped for an early lunch and they decided to head on back to Colebrook. We said our farewells and see you soons and Justin, Jasper, and I continued on toward Montreal.
Thursday, September 9, 2010
Last day in New Hampshire. Delicious breakfast with Connie and Rob at the Beehive (awesome eggs benedict). Got an oil change for the trusty Subaru, and took a quick trip down to Lancaster. Back to the Beehive for taco Tuesday and a movie. It's great to stay with people who love to eat as much as we do. We're packing up tonight and will be hitting the road early tomorrow morning, northbound to Montreal. Its a bummer to leave, but it's been a great trip so far. Every time we come out we try to scheme up ways we can stay. I'll be a potter and Justin will be the town glassblower. I'll stay home and preserve all of our garden's food, we'll live minimally and work only as much as we need to. I'll write the next great American novel by the light of the fire with snowdrifts outside, while a crisp nor'easter blows 40 below outside our cozy cabin...
We'll have to iron out the details of all that but it sounds entirely plausible, right?
Wednesday, September 8, 2010
Woke up to sunshine at the Beehive. Checked the weather and it looked like it would hold so we shuttled the canoe and kayaks to Canaan, VT (or is it West Stewartstown, NH...depends what side of the river you put in on). It was a nice smooth paddle down the CT river, with a little head wind and alternating sunshine and shade. We had a picnic stop on a sandbar, and then paddled the rest of the way. In all about 3 hours on the river. Home for dinner tonight, with Hylie and Mario joining us.
See photos from day 10 & 11 here.
Tomorrow is our last full day in New Hampshire before we hit the road again. Not sure yet how we'll spend it, but any day on vacation is a nice one.
Tuesday, September 7, 2010
Saturday, September 4, 2010
We got up early/late this morning. Early, if you consider that with Jasper's whining we probably never went to sleep, and late because sleep deprivation is not really a motivator to get up and at 'em. Sunrise was beautiful and quiet at the campground. We packed up the Subaru more bushy-tailed than bright-eyed and drove down to the beach to see where we ended up--coming in after dark we didn't really know what was there. The beach was totally empty and peaceful. We drove to the camp office and paid our dues--$22.75 for an out-of-stater. We took highway 104A/104/104B north to I-81 toward Watertown and then onto Highway 11. We passed by a surprising number of small colleges and universities this morning. There are still a lot of farm lands, mostly corn and hay. We passed some signs on farms that said "NO WIND TURBINES" and it seemed strange to be opposed to a wind farm. Until we came upon some, and realized the juxtaposition to the farm lands is significant. When we saw them crossing Wyoming they seemed to make sense, open land, lots of wind, and little anything else. But in a lovely agricultural area they jut out of the fields and take away from the natural calm.
Everything is very green along Highway 11 and the temperatures were in the mid 80s the whole way. We heard on the radio that Hurricane Earl is making its way to the coast but it hasn't given us any weather yet. We crossed the state line on the bridge from NY to Vermont around 3pm and were on the home stretch. We took 105 most of the way, winding through more tiny towns. Just outside of Island Pond we spotted our first moose! It was that moose time of day and he was just munching on the side of the road. We've finally made our way back into rolling hills. We continued on through farmlands and winding roads, crossed the Connecticut River and hooray, New Hampshire! We drove into Colebrook and up to the Beehive (Connie and Rob's house) around 6:30pm. End mileage: 3,386. Whew.
We unloaded the car, cleaned up for dinner and drove back to Vermont (luckily just across the river) to Hylie and Mario's for family dinner and lots to celebrate: Gloria's 50th birthday, Mindy leaving for her last year of college at Middlebury, Fran & Marc's wedding anniversary, and our arrival. We'll be spending the next few days in full relaxation mode up at the lake cabin on Little Averill so farewell for now!
Pictures from day 7 here
Friday, September 3, 2010
We got back on the road around 9:30/10PM and had an hour drive til the campground. We hit some fog, but nothing too sketchy. We had a hard time finding the campground, but finally did and it was a really nice place. Manicured lawns, clean bathrooms, and super quiet. However, Jasper gave us little or no sleep, growling at the shadows, crickets, etc. It was also quite warm and bright out with the moonlight. At least we got to use our tent...
Thursday, September 2, 2010
Wednesday, September 1, 2010
See the photos of Day 4 here
Tuesday, August 31, 2010
Monday, August 30, 2010
See pictures here