Wednesday, September 29, 2010

It must be Summer

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I took a little trip with a friend to the last Main Street farmer's market of the season today and enjoyed the hot hot sunshine. I would happily have bought everything.

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And then: dinner.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Spilled wine

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Working hard on a fresh résumé tonight and keeping my eyes and ears open.

Warning: Graphic Images

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There I was perfectly happy enjoying my week of salads for dinners -- until my mom called. She described her comfort food as being something a little more rich and fatty than salad... and then all I could think of was macaroni and cheese. I had to make it and it had to be amazing. I made a Martha Stewart recipe, altered by Smitten Kitchen and then altered by me. I used almost twice the pasta and made about 75% of the sauce called for and it was still unbelievably creamy and rich and really hit the spot (I also added a teaspoon of mustard powder, used skim milk and topped it with a bit of leftover baguette instead of sliced white bread). But after 2 days of leftovers now all I want is salad again.

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(Served with sauteed Swiss chard with pepitas, pine nuts, sesame seeds, and garlic)

Monday, September 27, 2010

Fruit crisp, Autumn breakfast

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There are so many wonderful BC fruits available right now. The local produce markets don't even have enough bins to hold all the peaches, plums, pears, and apples. It is such a great time of year for fresh fruit, but with the weather turning rainy, all I can think of is a nice warm breakfast. And who doesn't want dessert for breakfast?

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Peaches, prune plums, black plums, gala apples, and granny-smith apples (the local ones are so sour! They are how I remember them as a child, I just hadn't noticed that taste was missing until I bit into a fresh BC granny-smith the other day and my whole face puckered up)

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Yes I ate ice-cream for breakfast, so what? I buy good ice-cream and was out of yogurt. You work off breakfast so easily anyway -- frankly I think you should only have ice-cream at breakfast time. Back off!

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Friday, September 24, 2010

Let's pause a moment...

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And look at our plants, shall we? This jade is a very special one to me. It is a slightly grey-ish green colour and is a little wavy and pointed compared to the usual smooth and rounded jade you see everywhere. I rooted this one from a very small clipping earlier this year and it makes me very happy to see how well it's doing. I love encouraging the red tips on jade by leaving it in sunnier spots, I think it is a very pretty accent.

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Thursday, September 23, 2010

The Everyday Bouquet

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I really like making hand-tied bouquets and I like making them for people, which then makes those people happy. I like that.

Nature City

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Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Nice day for a green wedding

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This bridal bouquet was made by the lovely Chrissy Knorr for a wedding this past weekend (one of the good weddings). I love green. Corsages and boutonnieres by me.

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Water City

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The torch, with water.

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Second Beach pool shuts its gates in the winter -- and the seagulls rejoice.

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Sunday, September 19, 2010


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I just invite my friends over for corn on the cob. And it's great.

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Thursday, September 16, 2010

Columbia Flower Market

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It has been over five months since I was away traveling through Europe. Since then, my summer had been busy and flown by with all sorts of fun local activities to take in. There were events and art shows that I couldn't go to simply because of a lack of time. Now I feel very busy again, but I can't say I am having nearly as much fun. The last few weeks have been very work oriented and I cannot wait for this time to pass.

I don't have as many photos from England to share with you as I would like because now that I have flipped through them I can see that most of them are really horrible. Somehow by the end of my trip I forgot how to take photos?

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My very kind Aunt and Uncle, who I stayed with in London for a week, went with me on my first day in the city to take in the Columbia flower market over by brick lane. It was one thing that I knew I wanted to see in London, and it was truly lots of fun. I wish I could have bought some of the pretty plants and flowers that I saw -- but they don't exactly like that when passing through airport customs. We took a break midday for a curry in brick lane, which was fantastic of course.

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Remember spring-time? Well this is what it looked like. Tulips, Hyacinth, Narcissus, Viburnum, Lilac, Peonies (look at the peonies!)

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Purple roses are one of my favorites.

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