Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Labour and Wait

What a wonderful name for a store! I want to stencil that above the door of our home. Anyhow, they make "timeless, functional objects for everyday use."

Cutest Bathing Suit Ever

From a cute Australian site, Baby Goes Retro... and I just found out that Australian $s are about half of ours... woot! I can't wait until next summer for G to wear this!

Friday, October 24, 2008

Blue Art Studio

These posters are fantastic! Is there such a condition as chairaphile?

Taro Gomi

I love these coloring books, and want to do them myself!

"Lion from the Lamb"

Excellent piece by Krauthammer at the Washington Post (as usual).

"Today's economic crisis, like every other in our history, will in time pass. But the barbarians will still be at the gates. Whom do you want on the parapet? I'm for the guy who can tell the lion from the lamb."

Speaking of museum theory...

I have been reading Museums and American Intellectual Life, 1876-1926, by Steven Conn. (I picked it up at the Cliveden House gift shop). It's fascinating and thoughtful. It makes more sense of the difference b/w the Mutter Museum (1858) and the Wagner Free Institute of Science (1886) for me.

NMAI Mitsitam Cafe

Though the museum itself is somewhat disappointing (they have adopted the use of the word "survivance" to describe the goal of the museum, if that tells you anything), the Mitsitam cafe is really wonderful. They have many things labeled for GF folks, and the staff is very obliging when asked to check on other ingredients. I had the smoked trout salad on watercress with the roasted root vegetables with yucca. Mmmm... Here's a recipe (courtesy of the Times) for the Mitsitam wild rice salad.

NEW Ocean's Hall MNH

Today G and BC and I went to the new Ocean's Hall at the Natural History Museum. I loved it! I can't wait to go back and read more. We kind of just wandered through it today, looking at all the amazing models, real dead things (a 15 ft long Giant Squid!), and live fish and coral.

100 Push-Ups

My husband is doing this, and is on week six. I am thinking about starting...


This is funny! and cute.

Roasted Pumpkin Salad Recipe

This recipe was brought to my attention by MP and I plan on making it on Sunday for church supper. I can't wait! (It's from 101 Cookbooks)

**Okay, I just tried this tonight and I have to say, with apologies to 101 Cookbooks, that the dressing that they have you put on this salad is terrible. It's bland and adds nothing to the dish in terms of coherence. It's not tart or fresh tasting, and the sunflower seeds add nuttiness to an already very nutty (wild rice!) dish. I am working on a new one. I'll post it when I have it!**

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Dairy Free Substitutions

GoDairy-Free.org has a very helpful list of DF substitution options for cooking and baking.

Fusion Interiors

Well, beyond the bland title, the book, Fusion Interiors, is really cool. It's a look at photographs of things that inspire the textile designs for Andrew Martin, by Martin Waller. He says in the preface, "For me design has been about reflecting different cultures and communicating a passion for the peoples that made them. While many designers want to say something new, I want to say something old - to capture a flavour of an antique land and somehow bottle it. It's a homage to the many generations from different lands who have bequeathed a legacy of design." Not only are the photographs inspiring, but the way that he interprets the many and varied "ethnic" designs is just wonderful. Nothing looks too much like you are decorating with a trip that you took once. It is interpreted.

Fat Ladies & Fish Pie

Well, as J and I have been delighted with the Two Fat Ladies and are even more thoroughly enamored with the British than ever, we thought we would try our hand at a fish pie. I didn't get the Fat Ladies' cookbooks from the library in time, so I made up my own recipe--and it turned out quite well! As one of the Fat Ladies says, "I don't know anybody who doesn't like a good fish pie." Now we don't either. (The recipe is made for Dairy Free folks, but it can easily be switched to non-DF).

4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) Earth Balance "butter"
1 large fennel bulb, trimmed, halved, thinly sliced crosswise
2 small leeks, CLEANED and sliced
2 medium onions chopped
2 tablespoons all purpose flour
1 1/2 cups chicken broth
1/2 cup sherry
1/2 containter of Tofutti Better Than Sour Cream
1 1/2 pounds haddock fillets, cut into 1-inch cubes (haddock is increadibly mild and wonderfully flaky)
1 6-ounce package baby spinach (at least)

3 1/2 cups warm mashed potatoes

How To:
Preheat broiler to low.

Melt butter in heavy large saucepan over medium heat. Add fennel, onions and leeks. Cover; cook until tender, stirring occasionally, about 8 minutes.

Sprinkle with flour, salt, and pepper. sauté 2 minutes.

Add broth, sherry, and Tofutti Sour Cream; bring to boil, stirring often (allow mixture to reduce some). Add fish. Cover; simmer over medium heat until fish is almost cooked through, about 3 minutes.

In a seperate pan sautee spinach lightly in olive oil.

Grease a 11x7x2-inch baking dish, and spread out the sauteed spinach on the bottom. Transfer fish mixture to baking dish. Patting down the mixture to make sure that it created a firm base for the mashed potatoes. Spoon mashed potatoes over, covering completely. Broil until filling bubbles at edges and potatoes are brown in spots. Serve.

"Pleasantly Sogged"

I found this recipe of a "sogged" kale, toast, and egg breakfast on the blog Orangette. J and I tried it on Sunday morning. It is delicious!

I changed it a bit, and thought it was (maybe) better this way!
Instead of onion, I only used three medium sized garlic cloves.
I added about a tablespoon and a half of the Kirkland Organic No-Salt Seasoning while sauteing the garlic.
Instead of the 3-4 C of stock I used 2 C of (not homemade!) chicken stock.

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Apple picking!

My husband, daughter and some friends and I went apple picking last weekend. J and I spent the whole evening cooking! Enjoying the fruits of the fall, we cooked butternut squash apple curry soup, apple pie with a crumb topping (J even managed an awesome dairy-free and flaky! pie crust), and four loaves of banana bread.

Dairy-Free, pantry friendly Lasagne (TASTES GREAT!)

My daugther has an allergy to dairy products, so I have been trying to make the classics so that she doesn't grow up weird! But I want them to taste like the real thing. So far I am really happy with my lasagna. I will post more successful recipes as they come.

1 Box of whole wheat lasagna noodles (I like Hodgson Mills)
1 lb pork sausage
1 lb ground beef
3 cloves garlic (crushed)
1 C. vermouth
1 24 oz can chopped tomatoes (hands down the best I have ever tasted are Muir Glen Organic--the Fire Roasted ones), liquid poured out
1 jar of your favorite pasta sauce
1 container of Tofutti sour cream (on the warm side of room temperature, so that it is soft)
2 t dried basil
2 t. oregano
1 t. nutmeg
1 generous C. chopped mushrooms (I use rehydrated Manitou Trading Co Mushrooms)

How to:
Preheat the oven to 375

Cook noodles al dente, remove from water and set aside.

Cook sausage and beef together with spices and crushed garlic, when almost done pour in 1 C. vermouth and add the chopped mushrooms and simmer until the juices have reduced.

In a 9x12 pan spread a thin layer of tomato sauce, place a layer of noodles, then a layer of tomatoes, a layer of Tofutti sour cream, then a layer of the meat mixture, then a thin layer of sauce. Repeat this until everything is used up.

Cover with aluminum foil and bake for 45 Minutes, uncover and bake for 15 more. Let sit at least 5 minutes before cutting.


Kat Macleod

I love this illustrator! Kat Macleod does illustrations for the likes of RealSimple magazine.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Baby name visualizer

Wednesday, October 08, 2008


(for her age group)!!!!!

For the next baby? (what baby?)

Tocqueville Forum at Georgetown University

Some great upcoming events:
"Bioethics, Technology and the Human Person: Prospects for the Future of American Democracy"
October 11, 2008, 9:00-11:00 a.m.
Peter Lawler, Dana Professor of Government, Berry College
Gilbert C. Meilaender, Phyllis & Richard Duesenberg Chair in Christian Ethics, Valparaiso University
William Saletan, Slate.com
Location: Philodemic Room, Healy Hall
Continental Breakfast will be served at 9:00 a.m., Presentations to begin at 9:30 a.m.

"Philosophy and the Common Good: What Tocqueville Might Have Taught Heidegger and Strauss"
November 6, 2008, 5:00-6:30 p.m.
Ralph C. Hancock, Professor of Political Science, Brigham Young University
Location: Philodemic Room, Healy Hall
(Made possible through the generous support of the Earhart Foundation)
"2008 Presidential Election and the Future of the American Republic"
November 20, 2008, 7:00-9:00pm
James W. Ceaser, Professor of Politics, University of Virginia and co-author of Red over Blue: The 2004 Elections and American Politics
William Kristol, Editor, The Weekly Standard and columnist, The New York Times
Michael Kazin, Professor of History, Georgetown University and author of A Godly Hero: The Life of William Jennings Bryan
Wilfred M. McClay, SunTrust Bank Chair of Excellence in Humanities, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
Camille Paglia, University Professor of Humanities and Media Studies at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia
Location: Georgetown University Hotel Conference Center Ballroom
"Education for Ordered Liberty: The Founders' Conception of Civic Life"
December 3, 2008, 7:00-9:00 p.m.
Daniel N. Robinson, Philosophy Faculty, Oxford University; Distinguished Research Professor, Emeritus, Georgetown University
Location: ICC Auditorium

"Natural Rights and the American Constitutional Experience"
January 30-31, 2009
Invited speakers include:
Michael Novak, George Frederick Jewett Scholar in Religion, Philosophy, and Public Policy, AEI
Randy E. Barnett, Carmack Waterhouse Professor of Legal Theory, Georgetown University Law Center
Michael W. McConnell, Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit and Presidential Professor, University of Utah, S.J. Quinney College of Law
Brian Tierney, Bowmar Professor in Humanistic Studies, Emeritus, Cornell University
Robert Kraynak, Professor of Political Science, Colgate University
Christopher Wolfe, Co-Director, McInerny Center for Thomistic Studies
Location: TBD
(Made possible through the generous support of the Bradley Foundation)

Application Commentary

I've been reading the NIV Application Commentary along with the other books that we are reading this session for Women's Bible Study, and I really am profiting from it. I also have the NIV commentary on Esther. The commentaries are very accessible, w/o being simplistic. They divide the chapters up into three main sections: Original Meaning, Bridging Contexts, and Contemporary Significance.

Giorgio Morandi

The Met sent out their monthly email update, and they are hosting an exhibit of Giorgio Morandi's work. I love it! I had never heard of him before. Here's a link to the ArtCyclopedia on Morandi.

Rag dolls

These are so cute! But I can't remember where I found them!


Yes, really, Target has wallpaper now. And it's cool!

Things I've been working on...

Leif Erikson Day--October 9


For Immediate Release
Office of the Press Secretary
October 4, 2007

Leif Erikson Day, 2007

A Proclamation by the President of the United States of America

On Leif Erikson Day, we commemorate the enduring legacy of a brave explorer and honor the significant contributions of Nordic Americans who continue to enrich our culture and our way of life.

Leif Erikson, a son of Iceland and grandson of Norway, led a determined crew across the Atlantic more than 1,000 years ago and became one of the first Europeans known to reach North America. The courage of these pioneers helped open the world to new exploration and important discoveries. Today, Nordic Americans help strengthen our country, and their determination and optimism make America a more hopeful land. Our Nation continues to benefit from strong ties with Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden, and we are grateful for their continued friendship.

To honor Leif Erikson and to celebrate our citizens of Nordic American heritage, the Congress, by joint resolution (Public Law 88-566) approved on September 2, 1964, has authorized the President to proclaim October 9 of each year as "Leif Erikson Day."

NOW, THEREFORE, I, GEORGE W. BUSH, President of the United States of America, do hereby proclaim October 9, 2007, as Leif Erikson Day. I call upon all Americans to observe this day with appropriate ceremonies, activities, and programs to honor our rich Nordic-American heritage.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this fourth day of October, in the year of our Lord two thousand seven, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-second.


ps. Duluth, Minnesota has a statue of Leif Erikson and full size replica of his boat!

Color Stripes

The Remodelista

Another great blog sent to me recently: The Remodelista.

Keep Calm

These are great prints, etc. of vintage (mostly WWII) British propaganda and advertising posters! Really fantastic!


I love Toast. One more reason to live in the UK someday!