Saturday, July 30, 2011


When my hubby tells me he's going to make pizza...I get excited!  It's a two day ordeal of him making the dough from scratch, making the sauce from scratch and getting all of the toppings ready.  If you've ever eaten at Tuta Bella in Seattle, you would know what true Italian pizza should taste like, and dC gets as close to it as any human can...rockin' the pizza peel and all.

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perfect pepperoni for the kids

Friday, July 29, 2011

Pajama Picnic

Since I have to go into work late tonight, I've tried to make the day as fun as possible for fC.  He gets really upset when I work late and thinks that I have a bed at work.  So this morning I got up and made us a fruit salad and when the sun began to shine, took us outside for a pajama picnic!  He was so excited to go outside in his jammies and not worry about shoes or a jacket!

We played squirt guns, baseball and picked some carrots from our garden...they weren't very big, but they were super sweet!

Our apples are already getting big enough to fall off of the tree...I always think of apples and September - this summer is weird!

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Almost Finished...

I know it's the middle of the summer, but I have been working on two knitting projects that just so happen to use heavy wool.  But since they are both almost done, it's too tempting to work on them than to put them down! 

One is a wool pea coat that I will be felting when it is finished to give it a sturdy, well, pea coat feel.  The other is a sweater called "Oatmeal Pullover" that I have taken it upon myself to modify into a cardigan!  I've shortened the sleeves, created a non-buttoned button band (if that makes any sense at all) and will be looking in the near future for the perfect sweater pin!  I've never used one, but know that Etsy is probably teaming with great pins.

Finished photos to come soon!!!!

Friday, July 22, 2011

Nona Luna

Giada De Laurentis is one of my favorite food personalities.  I think she is just so cute and I adore her kitchen!!!  So of course any chance I can get I try to catch "Giada at Home" her Food Network show.  Besides coveting her fruit basket (which since the tv show aired went from being a $75 item to $125 due to its popularity!) I also enjoy trying out her recipes.  Her grandmother, endearingly called Nona Luna, wrote down many of her recipes while she was travelling and cooking all around the world.  Capellini al Forno looked absolutely delicious so I had to try it out...and it was!  I changed up the recipe by switching out the smoked mozzarella for regular (since it's not dC's favorite) and added quite a bit less salt.  The recipe calls for 1T, but since there was so much cheese and prosciutto I thought a sprinkling was quite enough!

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Five Years Coming! Month 1

Before Fender was born five years ago I received a Martha Stewart Living magazine in the mail celebrating her 15 years of the magazine.  (I know, I know everyone has their opinion of Martha, but I love her - sorry!)  In it she celebrates by baking a cake a month for a year.  I was intrigued.  I would come across the magazine and think - I should do that!  I tried knitting a sweater a month last year and didn't get past February...but cakes - those are doable!  So since starting a resolution in January tends to flop for me, I'm starting with July!!!

The cakes for July are simple - two pound cakes covered in whipped cream and berries.  One raspberry and one blueberry, trying to fight the rain here in Washington!

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Drum roll please.......

My first post!

Even though Summer has not yet arrived here in Washington, my garden is dertermined to prove us wrong!  Our sweet peas were abundant!  They are so delicious to eat raw and if I was more adventurous, I might shuck them all and serve them for dinner.  The whole family loves them and will be snacking on them for weeks!

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