Wednesday, July 27, 2011

homemade ice cream

Parker is off at the pool with her friends, Jeremy is meeting a friend for coffee and my work day is finished so I'm relaxing at home…the air is perfectly 70 and sunny with low humidity and I've decided to make peach basil ice cream.  Yum.  I may just eat an ear of corn for dinner (you say i've eaten dinner) and then enjoy a bowl of ice cream!  The peaches are from our farm share and the basil from Parker's garden and the recipe from here (when I decided I wanted to put peaches and basil in the ice cream maker a search on the internet yielded this recipe). 

p.s. the ice cream turned out perfectly! the bowl above was made by Marlene, my can find her work here. have a nice night!!

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Pistacia Vera

The way to my heart is through pretty little French cookies.  
Thanks, Marlene for the perfect birthday gift!

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Parker's Lunch

I've been able to adjust my schedule this summer so I arrive to the studio really early in the morning…work for a bunch of hours and head home to have lunch with Parker..usually around 1ish.  Today, I came home and she was sauteing vegetables for lunch…mostly from the farm share and a few first harvests from her garden.  She has had tons of basil (we've made so much pesto!) and just this week her first tomatoes began arriving.  She's so excited to see the literal fruits of her labor.  She's such a good gardener and a terrific chef!  I'm loving this summer.

Parker's lunch recipe:
Saute the following in a pan with olive oil in the order listed:

1 onion, diced
1 handful of green beans, chopped
1 handful of cherry tomatoes, sliced in half
4 stalks of swiss chard, chopped or roughly torn
9 leaves of basil, sliced or roughly torn
Olive oil and salt to your liking.
Serve over rice.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011


Let's be honest - I rarely sit down and click through all the links on the sidebar of this blog.  I guess I don't leave much time in the day to read through all these things that once interested me.  Lately, I've spent more time looking up recipes that Parker and I can cook together than I do reading about whatever it is everyone's writing about.  It's our current stage in life and really, I love it.  There are many interesting things in that list but, those links are likely all going to disappear and be replaced with a more updated list of two or three things that interest me at any given moment...a more relevant rotating list (on that note..if anyone wants to trade bags for a blog re-design, please get in touch).

But, this morning, while waiting for an appointment to arrive I was clicking through links and reading SwissMiss and how she just launched an adorably fun new site called Tattly.  A site dedicated to temporary tattoos!  We always tend to end up with Hello Kitty temporary tattoos because frankly, most other options are just ugly and dumb (rhinestone butterflies just aren't our thing).

I just purchased the "You're Late" watch and can't wait to get it!  Parker is obsessed with knowing the time and is never ever late so I think she'll find this funny! And it's designed by one of my favorites, Julia Rothman.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Workingman Collective

If you are in, or have reason to be in, Washington DC please stop by Hemphill Fine Arts to see the current exhibition by Workingman Collective.  I collaborated with two of my favorite people for this exhibition and built a set of frame backpacks for their installation.  They are based on one of the first frame packs patented in the US.  I am so happy with how the packs turned out and with the things I forced myself to learn about construction while I was re-creating/re-designing these - and with the conversation that re-ignited old friendships, in new ways, while working on this.  We used a cranberry waxed canvas that was color matched with the most beautiful powder-coated swing I've ever seen.  The swing holds plants that pull VOC's from the air and are tended to daily with water collected from a custom built rain barrel collection system installed by Workingman Collective in the alley behind the gallery.  You can read more about the exhibition here.

 For the duration of the exhibition, Workingman Collective is holding a series of Wednesday lunches: in the gallery, around the table and under the train.  Bring your lunch and share a conversation.  There is one today at 1pm.  Details can be found on their facebook page here, or my emailing the gallery directly.