Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Beet Report

Sorry, guys, computer problems here.  I'm at the mercy of my router thing-a-mi-gig.  My house is really clean though....

So,thanks for the awesome response to my beet post- I'm here to tell you the results of my little vegetable experiment.  I had to go get new beets because the ones I bought for a mere 50cents turned mushy.  That didn't seem right so I tossed them.  Mistake?  Anyway, here is my complete analysis of the beet.

I find it to be very picture worthy.... that purple color is fabulous (I feel awkward using that word...).  They certainly look delicious.
It inspired me to make a little food art.
 Butter, salt and a little goat cheese as I was instructed by my lovely readers.
Not entirely sure about this....
Done.  Like a watercolor masterpiece.  Or maybe not.

Response:  I admit, I had my hopes up for something sweet and soft and caramelized by its natural sugars - kind of like a sweet potato so I had to get over my initial disappointment.  But, after I gave it a few tries it grew on me... a little.  It tastes like a mixture of broccoli stems and carrots, wouldn't you say?  For me, its VERY much like a vegetable.  And your response is Duh, it is.  But, consider the source.  I, at one point in my illustrious career as a human on this planet, actually used McDonald's french fries as a legitimate example of my daily vegetable intake.  So, I'm growing here, people.  Baby steps. 

Beets:   For now, they are just pretty but if I keep at it, I could see myself including them in a salad or choice:)

Friday, June 25, 2010

Pushy Farmers with Small Beets

The Staffords went to the farmers market with some friends today.  Jason got out early from work because of a company picnic so it was a family outing.  Walked away with some goat cheese, meat, tomatoes, flowers (yay!) and BEETS.  Yes, I said beets.  I saw a cooking show the other day wherein the cook was extolling the virtues of a good beet and I thought to myself right then and there, I WILL try a beet. 

They are small aren't they?  When I said this to the vendor she shoved three in my hand and said 50 cents.  I'm not one to disobey so I sheepishly pulled out my dollar and handed it to her.  I figure its not much of an investment and perhaps I'll find a new favorite.  Now, how do I cook this thing?  Any ideas?

Thanks again for sticking around and for all the comments.  I can't tell you how much I appreciate it.  Have a wonderful weekend! 

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Ikea Wish List

Yesterday, the Mother ship called me to her.  That's Ikea in case you were wondering.  Its a 45 minute drive for me.  Sam loves the car and he had a blast in the room mock ups.  He also made a few friends along the way in his typical fashion.  But I was having a serious mushy brain day and drove around my neighborhood a few times like a bumbling idiot.  I forgot my cell phone the first time, then went towards the wrong interstate.  Its a wonder we even made it!  The worst was when I arrived at Ikea with Sam in tow, got him all situated in a cart and realized that I forgot my wallet.  Well, maybe this was a blessing, now that I think about it.  There was a sale, and those can be dangerous.    

Anyway, they were in the middle of updating their displays.  I always love to walk through and look at how they have everything arranged.  Have you been there?  They've got whole house set ups and they show the square footage.  They specialize in small spaces.  So, there's one that's 300 and some square feet and it looks great.  They cheat though, the walls are paper thin and there aren't any doors.  I forgot to look but I don't think there were closets either.  Still, its impressive what they can stuff in there. 

I came out with a pretty impressive wish list.  A few things are pictured below:
Number one on the list is this chair.   Sam approves.  He told me yesterday as we sat in it, well, I sat and he bounced.  Its amazingly comfortable.
If I got the chair then I'd have to get the ottoman too.   And maybe Id get one for Jason too. 
Then I'd get this lamp to sit next to my new chair for evening reading. 

I love this one but it would be a space hog I think. 
Then I'd spruce everything up with a pillow or two. Haven't decided which one yet. I'd like a throw for my couch but wasn't able to find one there. 
Then I'd get a few of these cute little lamps for my end tables that I have yet to build (I know, I know I'll get to it!).

I could go on but for your sake, I won't.  Anyway.  I love the store because they have so many different styles and best of all, its affordable.  Even though I'm philosophically opposed to giant superstores that ship disposable crap all over the world  I can't help but be drawn in by the prices and the styles.  I'm trying to find a good balance between finding used gems and shiny new stuff.  Its an ongoing battle and I have to constantly remind myself that I need to keep the environment in mind.  So, even though I love this stuff, I may head to the thrift store and try to replicate it.  Its hard to believe, but its not always cheaper to do it this way, when you factor in the materials and time you need to fix it up...

Where do you like to go for home goods? 

Monday, June 21, 2010

Mr. Bear

I've started trying to draw out some of the characters for a children's story I wrote. In the story Mr. Bear is trying to make his famous cookies for the fair but at the last minute he finds out he's out of honey.   Here is Mr. Bear:
 Not quite right yet, but its a start.  Julia- what do you think?

Friday, June 18, 2010

Exciting Delivery

As I was sitting here typing my ridiculous bird blog entry the FedEx man came by.  I, as is only natural, got very excited at the prospect of an unexpected package.  I immediately thought that perhaps Jason bought me something... So I scurried to the door, giddy with anticipation, found the brown box and promptly opened it and this is what stared back at me:

LAME.  Not exciting at all.  I'm sure Jason will be dancing on air though.
This must be TMI day.  Lucky you.

Mom's New Bathroom

Here's a picture of my mother's new bathroom complete with double shower head and sky light.  She had to stop me from bringing in my pillow and some blankets for a nice long stay.  There used to be a tub there and a giant window.  Why mother, you didn't like looking at the neighbors while bathing?  I can't imagine why not!

Giving the Bird the Bird- I bet you think I'm talking about my garden again

In the interest of being honest...

In certain situations that I deem appropriate, I have been known to flip the bird.  It happens less now than it did in my wilder, more volatile years, but it happens.  It's a very deep and primal instinct I have.  And it usually happens before I can take a moment to think about it.  I'm not saying I'm proud of it- in fact, I always, always regret it.  Except when I'm giving the bird to inanimate objects, in which case they always deserve it.

Anyway, the reason I bring this up is because, after a very long bird flipping drought, I let it fly last weekend in defense of my wedding dancing skills.  Frankly, I'd probably make fun of me too if I were to run into myself on the floor.  So, whoever you are, sorry.  I'm a nitwit.

This isn't the first incident wherein my unruly finger was the star of the show.  Once, I found myself stopped behind a bus full of children with faces plastered against the back windows and middle fingers waving in the wind.  My response was less than mature.  (Why, why do I do these things?) Then there was the band of wild college boys on the Frisbee golf course- they needed to learn how to talk to a "lady" (I use the term loosely considering the circumstances) even if she happens to be standing in the middle of a fairway. My point is, my finger is only brought out if provoked.  Not an excuse, I'm just sayin'.  So none of you have to worry that I'll pull out my secret weapon on you... that is as long as you stay on my good side:)  Besides, I've never given it to someone I know....except maybe as a joke. 

Let's blame it on the red hair, shall we? I have a feeling I'm going to be one of those feisty old women in the nursing home that all the nurses whisper and curse about... 

Feel free to put this post in the TMI category and pretend you never saw it... I just don't have anything creative to share this week- come on!  I can't be creative ALL the time!  Plus, I can't in good conscience let everyone believe I'm some sprightly garden gnome as my last few posts might imply. 

Thanks and happy weekend.

P.S. My son never needs to know about this impulse I have, so please, mums the word:)
P.P.S. Man, was this a bad idea or what?


Wednesday, June 9, 2010

The other day I wrestled with my sewing machine to make a few pillows for my couch.  I used flannel plaid fabric.  The color isn't exactly what I envisioned but I figure they will work for now. They are bright and cheery, and divinely cozy.  They just make me want to snuggle.  Jason??? 
Up next-  I need a throw to shield me from the arctic breeze coming from my air conditioning vents.  I guess its true that I can layer and poor, hot, Jason can't take enough clothes off...  but man, it may be summer to you guys but its still winter in the Stafford house. 

Tuesday, June 8, 2010


First, I'd like to say thank you to all the awesomes out there who check in on me from time to time.  I'm sorry I've been away so long.  If you're human, you know what its like.  Sometimes there are highs and sometimes there are lows and for the past few weeks, I've been in a low.  But I'm back now, and I will try not to let it happen again.  You see, I find that when I allow myself to be lazy with my life, that's when I lose my focus, that's when I lose my mojo.  The other night I was sitting around, moping really, and I thought to myself I've got to do something about this!  So I went to the loving arms of my favorite creative blogs, the ones where beautiful women create beautiful art.  And I'll tell you what, I fell in love all over again.  Anna Maria Horner, is an inspiration, truly. Read her blog. You'll see it too.  And, Attic24 is another one.  And Posie Gets Cozy.  They ALL sent me reeling.  Because through them, I saw what I WANT and NEED to be.   I realized that, like them, I want to do everything I do, great and small, with love. 

Its because of this epiphany that I've decided to make a pact with myself.   I will, from now on, love myself and the things I create.  I will create when I can, hopefully I'll create one thing a week, but I'm not making rules.  I will find a way to love the dishes and the vacuuming (hmmm.  this one's going to be hard).  I will show the people around me I care by making efforts to overcome my shyness. 

All we can do is keep trying, right?

What about you?  Anything you've been thinking about lately? 


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