April 29, 2010


I love Glee with all my heart. Gloriously ridiculous.

April 25, 2010

Epic Weekend

Megan's bachelorette party in Atlantic City.
Truly fabulous.

(Photo courtesy of Steph)

April 20, 2010

Week 5: Seedlings

We're half way through week five. Not much to report — they look pretty much the same as last week. The seedling leaves from the squash and zucchini plant got yellowy brown, so I cut them off. They look much happier since I did that. Hopefully that's normal... hmm.

I think it might be time to fertilize, but I'm not sure what kind of fertilizer to buy. Suggestions? Mom, I think I might be game for a worm farm/composter in a few months. What kind do you recommend? Didn't you say there are some that are very small/neat/tidy? Still need something else in the meantime.

Twenty questions!

It's been about two weeks since I placed the sweet potato in the water jar. It now has roots up to three inches long. No sprout yet, but I'm happy to see some action.

I get way too excited about checking on these things every morning.

April 15, 2010

April Birthdays

Happy Birthday Kevin, Lindsay, Allie, Alison, Andres, Scott, Madison, Greg, Kate, BethAnne, Uncle Stephen, Charlotte, Michael, Rick, and Jesse!

I love birthday faces. Ya know, the face someone makes just after their friends and family sing Happy Birthday, and just before they make their wish and blow out the candles. It's often a touch awkward, because someone is yelling to wait for the camera, but there's always a hint of the giddiness of a five-year old. I think Scott's birthday face is particularly cute.

If your birthday is in April and I missed you on this list, please let me know!

On a somewhat related note... though my cake decorating skills are a disaster, this simple chocolate cake recipe is delicious. I used boiling coffee instead of boiling water, to add richness. For icing/filling, I whipped up some heavy cream, and added some cocoa and a tiny pinch of sugar. The sweet cake balances out the bitter chocolate whipped cream. It's my new go-to birthday cake recipe. What is yours?

April 14, 2010

Graphics for Delaware: THE MUSICAL

Here is the promotional poster for the Delaware: The Musical premiere (last night):

I got to work with current UD Visual Communications student Kristin Berry on all of the UD Musical graphics. She came up with the concepts and did the illustrations and I helped with production. Kristin is super talented, fast and fun to work with!

I couldn't help but brag on my favorite fellow St. Louisan, Ladue High School alum, UD Alison Scholar, and UD VC girl!

Delaware: THE MUSICAL!

My friend Avi (and his friend/colleague Drew) created this awesome glee-like musical to promote the University of Delaware. Check it out!

And congratulations, Avi! I really admire your enthusiasm and ability to pull this whole thing together. The way you got so many prospective students, current students, alumni, faculty and staff involved was pretty amazing, too.

I'm proud to be a blue hen : )

April 10, 2010

Week 4: Seedlings

Today is the beginning of week four (day 21 since planting). Look how tall the zucchini and squash are! Check out those roots on the left. I'm trying to stall on transplanting them into pots since I don't have any yet (eep). How much longer can I wait? Also, should I be worried about those yellowish flimsy leaves on the one in the front/center? My instincts tell me that maybe it is getting sunburned since it's rightnextto a very sunny glass window. Plant doctors — any advice? Here is a close-up.

Edit: I think I may have solved it. The tin foil I used to protect the tray from water damage has been reflecting blinding light onto the leaves. Fixed!

I spy a cilantro leaf.

Pepper sprouts are looking happy.

I also thinned things out this week. I always resist that part, but I cleaned house so there is only one squash/zucchini plant per cup, and only two sprouts in all of the other cups (basil, chives, cilantro, parsley, peppers & tomato).

Nothing from the sweet potato yet, but I suspect it might take a couple of weeks. Some people say they sprout right away, others say it can take six weeks. We shall see.

Thanks for following along!

PS Just got a brand new copy of You Grow Girl, which looks like an AWESOME resource so far. Planning to dig into it more this weekend. I also ordered this one, but it's on back-order until May at Amazon. Aboo.

April 7, 2010

Sweet Potato Vine

I'm attempting to grow a sweet potato in water.

I ogled all of the gorgeous window boxes in Philadelphia's Society Hill last summer, and my mom told me that the vine I envied so much was simply a sweet potato vine. They are the most brilliant yellowy-lime green or deep plum.

I'll keep you posted on the progress.
It feels like I'm doing a 3rd grade experiment, and it's glorious.

Oh, and I couldn't resist posting another ranunculus photo.
Forgive me : )

P.S. What is the difference between "root" "grow" and "propagate?" I'm trying to absorb this gardening vocabulary. It's all pretty new to me. I suppose I could Google it, but I like asking you.

Florida VIII

And this is the last of my Florida photo collection.
It's kind of ugly but I like it.

: ) And I'm ready to go back!

April 6, 2010

Ranunculus from Poppy

I bought myself this beautiful little ranunculus from Poppy.
It's the first time they've been in season since I declared them
to be my new favorite.

One cute little stem on my desk has given me so much brightness.

Grandma Peggy, can you tell I miss your garden blogging?

Florida VII

The three of us midwest girls aren't completely familiar with beachy creatures — is this definitely a jellyfish? Anyone know what kind? The morning after it rained, there were hundreds of them all over the beach. They ranged in diameter from about two inches to one & a half feet!

April 5, 2010

Garlic & Kalamata No-Knead Bread

We had some lovely visitors this weekend (Scott's family!), so I decided to make some no-knead bread while they were here.

The previous two times, I made this recipe — a hacked recipe which you should use if you only have 6–8 hours of time to let it rise. It also condones the use of a stock pot if you don't have a dutch oven around. Both times I made it, the dough was extremely soupy from beginning to end — I basically poured the dough into the pot. Though my loaves were just a wee bit flat, it tasted great, had a phenomenally crunchy crust, and I would still recommend this recipe if you have less time.

Also, if you are curious about which flour to use, I used all-purpose flour once and bread-flour the second time and couldn't tell the difference.

This time, I started with the recipe from Smitten Kitchen (and I still used my stock pot). Just before the final two-hour rise, I added 1/2 a cup of halved kalamata olives and about five halved garlic cloves by gently folding them into the dough. Mmmm! The dough was much easier to form into a ball (not a puddle like the previous recipe), and it rose into a large, rounded loaf.

Annnnd let me tell you, it was brilliant, if I do say so myself. Though it probably would've been better if I could've contained myself — I should've left it in the oven for a full 30 minutes in the very end so that it got a bit more browned on top. But! Still. Delicious.

Two years ago I experimented with soup.
Then salads. Now breads. What next?
Ponder ponder. Perhaps grilling?

Florida VI

Does anyone know what this beautiful sea plant is? It was the most lovely plum color. A bunch of it washed up on the beach the day after a storm. I like the wispy ends.

April 4, 2010

Easter Bunny

The Easter Bunny brought me the most delicious dark chocolate & almond covered toffee. Thank you!

I can remember lying awake in my bed, watching the clock until 4am after Easter Sunday when I was a kid, because I ate 6x more chocolate than I ever did on Halloween.

Missing my own family today. I love you all! Hugs from 1,000 miles away : )

Week 3: Seed Sprouting

This weekend marks the beginning of week three — 15 days since planting.

This morning the first parsley sprouts snuck up and out of the soil. And after some very close inspection, I think I see a pepper sprout just about to spring up. That means everything has sprouted! It's alive!!

I think it's time to start hunting for some pots and buckets. I like the way these buckets (from here) are wrapped in burlap for a uniform earthy look, however, I'm not sure all of my containers need to be that deep. Has anyone had luck with Estate sales in the PA/DE region? I'm hoping to find some terracotta pots at a good price.

April 2, 2010