Here and There

Friday, January 21, 2011

Granola

This is one of those basic things that I've always wanted to make, but never have.  Until Tuesday.  I adapted Ellie Krieger's Nutty Granola and the main reason I made it was because there was no oil or butter.  I love granola with oil or butter, but I wanted to make a granola that I could eat all the time, not a special granola as a treat.  I think I will be making this regularly.  I loved making it--it was easy, way easier than I thought and it made the house smell good.

Basic Granola
3 cups rolled oats
1/2 cup chopped almonds
1/2 cup chopped pecans
1/2 cup maple syrup
1 tsp. vanilla
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. salt.

Mix all the ingredients in a bowl, bake at 300' for 30 minutes spread out on a sheet pan.

After it had baked for about 25 minutes I added 1/2 cup chopped dried cherries, 1/2 cup chopped dried apricots, 1/4 cup of unsweetened shredded coconut.

Monday, January 17, 2011

trees

Planted a Blenheim Apricot tree and a Fuji Apple tree.  Actually planting trees in our yard is so exciting.  Our house has NO trees on the property.  Now it has two.  Trees that will blossom and bear fruit in season, even better.

I would also like to plant some boysenberries and blueberries this year.  Who knew January was the time to plant these things--I feel like until this year I had NO idea that this 2 week-long bare root tree thing happened.  It's like, they're there and then they're gone in the store.

Now to wait 1-3 years for some return on our fruit investment...

Friday, January 14, 2011

Wanderlust

Always has been me.  Monday I saw a girl driving a big, ancient RV, with sheets covered the windows, sagging in the middle, looking absolutely artisitc.  She spun the wheel and parked, taking up three spaces.  She looked flushed, figuring it out.  My stomach actually hurt a little for wanting to be her in that RV.

Road trips through the desert, winding through the mountains.  Seeing views unfold and parking for the night, I love it.  Now it has this added component though.  It's not solo wanderlust to get away--it's this "wouldn't it be nice" longing to gather my favorites, Gid and the girls and be all together, just us, see a bunch of stuff.  No appointments, no obligations, no plan.  Just a few weeks of no schedule, no calendar and the wide open road.

Ah, on a Spring-like day like today I pine for it!!

Monday, January 10, 2011

A virtual place to collect virtual things...

that i love the looks of, virtually.

The Butterfly Net

Sunday, January 09, 2011

Louis and Serena

Or at least I imagined them to be.  These swans came so close I could have touched their feathers.  Which are so white!

Saturday, January 08, 2011

Nature

This year, my goal is find nature.  All the time, regularly, specially.

Tuesday, January 04, 2011

New Year

Christmas Gimlets

Lily at the Exploratorium.
This morning the sunshine was warm and friendly through the window--like spring.  Not thin and pale like winter.  And I have 2 daffodils blooming in the front.  I should pick them and bring them in because it's too early to enjoy them.  Of course the world doesn't bloom in the winter, we can't be out there to enjoy it.

Reading Moby Dick, and completely delighted by it.  How did I not enjoy this book in college?  So dumb.  It is so good.

Some other holiday media reporting:

Read Chipmunk Seeks Squirrel by David Sedaris when I was sick after Thanksgiving.  I thought it was funny, but the last story about the owl, the hamster and the hippo was actually perfect.  I was amazed by it. 

Saw True Grit in the theater, one of those perfect movie experiences where you sit down and your mind doesn't wander, and you don't even think, you just watch and enjoy the story and leave after its over blissfully aware that for two hours you didn't come up with anything on your own, you just went along for the ride with someone's story and idea.  Very nice.  The movie was great too, I thought.

Also really enjoyed a netflix movie with all the old pals from The State in it, written by Michael Showalter called The Baxter.