>> Thursday, June 26, 2008



>> Sunday, June 22, 2008

Been testing out some non-bread machine bread recipes grood. Soft, moist, yeasty goodness. I got the recipe for the loaves pictured below here.


Sweet Ride

>> Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Napoleon: What kind of bike do you have?
Pedro: It's a sledgehammer.
Napoleon: Dang! You got shocks, pegs... lucky! You ever take it off any sweet jumps?

Not a sledgehammer and definitely not jump worthy.....but, we did score some pretty sweet bikes on craigslist this past weekend. Joe found a vintage Peugeot in amazing condition for a heck of a deal. He's currently geeking out on bike parts, plotting what his first upgrade will be. And me, I scored a Fuji from an outdoorsy/hippie/starbucks lovin' couple who had just recently moved to Cleveland from Seattle.

Riding around on our shiny 2-wheelers for nearby errands and commutes to school will definitely lessen pricey trips to the gas station. And, while we're at it, we're exercising.

The temperatures only skimmed 60 for today's high...hence the autumn-ish the midst of June.


More eats

>> Sunday, June 15, 2008

We whipped up some turkey burgers and potato wedges the other week when temperatures rose to a very uncomfortable 92. Paired with a tall glass of barley tea, it was a most delightful meal.

Here's what one lady does when temps rise above 95.... Solar Cookies.


Summer Eats

>> Friday, June 13, 2008

Ahhh, summer is finally here. Temperatures are drifting between the upper 70's and lower 80's, farmer markets are in full swing, and smells of grilling float into our apartment. It's gotten warm enough to where we don't have to close the windows at night either. They'll be open 24/7 until late September.

We moved into a new apartment 2 weeks ago. We downsized from a 2 bedroom to a third floor house converted 1 bedroom "attic." Back in the day, when Cleveland was booming in the steel era, everyone had the luxury of having a personal maid. The majority of houses built around the turn of the century are three stories tall, the third floor reserved for the live-in-maid and hence called the "maid's corners". And that my friend, is where Joe and I now reside. We love the smaller space and living with less.

We've decided to grow some edibles this summer. We've got a cozy porch that gets a good amount of afternoon sun, perfect for a tomato plant, cucumber vines, some basil, and rosemary.

From L to R: 3 pots cucumber, rosemary, basil, tomato plant. The long stick with a fro of leaves is our avocado tree, Emilio. We planted an avocado pit last summer and now he's about 2 ft. tall.

I went out to water the plants this morning and found that we have our first tomato growing already. Small, about the size of a semi-squished pea.

On another note.....
I'm learning to sew a bit.


High Tea

>> Monday, June 2, 2008

Joe and I were cordially invited to high tea with our dearest of friends, Tim and Jenna. Quite a delightful event consisting of many different types of my favorite We dressed up and had a quaint charm of a time.

Apricot Cookies
Chive Scones with Ham and Dijon
Cucumber Sandwiches sans crust
Apple Torte
Sun Tea
Pear Ginger White Tea
Mate Tea