hey lady, what's cookin?

homemade fruit leathers
veggie burger
stir fry

So whatchy'all been up to?

At night I've been working on a few crafty things (mostly little gifts, shhhhh.) and on a website for a friend, which is so mind-numbingly technical until it is done and then all I want to do is strip naked and do cartwheels in the yard, because I'm so proud of myself. But I'm not there yet. I'll let you know when I am. wink.

Having both kids with me during the day means there's not time to get much done in the studio. I can't see the back yard from in here, but I can from the kitchen window. From the kitchen I can see if she is smiling as he sticks the garden hose down the back of her swim suit, exactly WHO spilled the economy size container of bubbles, or if the squeals are of the delight or terror varieties. The terror ones usually revolve around a bug. The boy has a love of all things creepy and crawly. The girl does not. You know how that equation ends.

Anyway, back to the kitchen. Cooking feels creative and helps keep me somewhat sane-ish. Here are a few of the more successful things we made in the last week: A small scoop of vanilla ice cream sandwiched between warm chocolate chip cookies. SO easy. SOOO yummy. Strawberry leathers from this recipe. Ours turned out a little sticky. I didn't spread them thin enough. They were tasty, but I'll try using less sugar next time. Southwest veggie burgers. Brian invented these. Your favorite veggie burger topped with pepper-jack cheese, sliced avocado, and baja sauce. (we have a weakness for that sauce.) These are best with salt and pepper kettle chips and an ice cold beer. Big green salads topped with cold peas, dried cranberries, hardboiled eggs, and a sliced grilled chicken breast. Vegetable stir fry with noodles. On the patio- that's the important part.

Sadly, my wok died. The non-stick coating started coming off in big flakes, which is not the kind of seasoning we enjoy, so I'm looking for a new one. (keep dreamin, Alicia.) One pan meals make me happy.

And guess what?! Blueberry season opened today. Woo hoo! We are going to have to go soon. Maybe Saturday morning. Alright. I'm getting hungry. Time to go start dinner!