Friday, April 17, 2015

from the studio: 4.17.15

Five for Friday: 5 Spring Developments in the Garden

 We are happy our garden is finally starting to take shape. Here in mid-April, we are already seeing a lot of peas,

the carrots are sprouting,

the strawberry plants are pretty,

baby blueberry blossoms are making an appearance,

and the Swiss chard have also started!

What are you growing in your garden this spring?

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

from the studio: 4.15.15

Now that the weather is nice again, we've been thinking about what we want to do when we go out to finish painting at Dana and Kathleen's. Zach started work on their outhouse last fall, but it got too cold before he could finish (see this post). The new plan is to work a portrait of their kitty, Rose, into the finished piece. 

letter blocks say what

Zach started a new block based on this picture I took of her:

I thought the block was life-sized, but when i picked it up and cradled it in my arms the same way I cradled Rose,

I realized Rose was even smaller than Zach's rendition!

letter blocks say what

Here's the print:

letter blocks say what

A tribute to the sweetest kitty we know.

Monday, April 13, 2015

Magnolia trees by day and night

It's that time of the year where everywhere we look in our neighborhood, majestic magnolia trees are in bloom ...

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Recipe of the Week: Creamy Lemon Rice Soup

basic. simple. quick. delicious. the brightness of lemon rice soup is great to wake up the taste buds as an appetizer or to add to a sandwich for a satisfying lunch. it takes about 10 minutes and minimal skill.

4 c of chicken broth
1 c pre-cooked rice (preferably that bowl that's been in the fridge a few days)
3 eggs
3 juiced lemons
dash of lemon zest

bring the chicken broth and pre-cooked rice to a boil.
in a separate bowl, mix the eggs and the lemon juice. once the broth is boiling, remove from heat.
carefully temper the egg/lemon mixture by stirring the broth into the egg/lemon mixture one ladle-full at a time until the mixture is steaming.
then add the mixture back the to rest of the soup. you may need to add a bit more lemon juice if it is not sour enough for you.
top with a pinch of fresh chopped parsley and add salt and pepper to taste.


Saturday, April 11, 2015

yyaaAWWwwnnn ...

Is it weird that I like taking pictures of our cat yawning? 

happy ccaaatTURDdaayyyyy!

Friday, April 10, 2015

Reds vs. Pirates

yesterday, mindy and i headed off to Cincinnati. we drove straight to Great American Ball Park to see the Reds play the Pirates, for an early afternoon game.  there was threat of rain the whole game, and we did have about an hour long rain delay, but we found a place to sit inside the club and wait it out. when we got there we walked around, bought a hat and a doll in the pro shop, and a beer. we ate some food in the club and sat down to watch the game. we got to see anthony desclafani start for the reds, and aj burnett for the pirates. it was a great back and forth game, one of the best i've been to. votto hit a homerun, hamilton had a couple of stolen bases and a great diving catch in the outfield and best of all the reds won it on a walk-off.

with the afternoon game ending around 4:30, we had plenty of time to find somewhere for dinner. we ate at Bouquet across the river in Covington. it is one of those great farm-and-forage places that mindy and i always seek out. it was a great little spot. comfortable atmosphere, knowledgeable staff, and best of all, a simple local seasonal menu.  nothing fancy really, but everything interestingly pair.  mindy and i had both of the daily special options of lobster risotto with green asparagus, and wild ramp sauce and i had the rack of lamb with fiddleheads white asparagus and morels. a beautful dinner that tasted like the beginning of spring and the end of winter at the same time. and a great end to fun day.

we stayed in covington, ky and woke up the next day to go to ikea in the north suburbs of cincinnati. we've been working on updating parts of our house, so we had a list of stuff that i promised not to get angry installing or building. we came a way with what we needed and didn't blow the budget in the process, even with a few little add-ons like a stuffed moose.

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