Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Back to blogging!

Our daughter was born in May of this year and we fell off the blogging train for a while. Here is a brief sumer recap...

-Megan came in May... I have been nursing which means no wine :(
-Our vegetable garden was a success and failure (see November post)
-We discovered a fabulous magazine called Clean Eating with fabulous recipes and healthy living tips
-We had a landscaping company, Plantscape, come and do our front yard which looks beautiful compared to before. We had gutted it the summer earlier and it had 2 trees and that was it.

In order: Front, corner
Side yard.
Corner of lot, corner of driveway

... really, thats about it. We have been very busy with the 2 kids and have had little time for other things. This coming summer should be wonderful! We should have a bit more time for ourselves and the things we enjoy. We do enjoy our kids, don't get me wrong, but we also have other interests and I look forward to getting back into them and blogging all about it.

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Update and New Eggs

After about a year of convincing Sarah that we could not live without a Big Green Egg, as well as the complete disintegration of our propane (we got it free) grill, we have our Big Green Eggs. One small, one large. The BGE is proclaimed as the worlds best smoker/grill. I'll put it through the paces and report on that lofty claim.

In addition, to fuel my addiction to odd hobbies, Sarah got me a meat grinder and Charcuterie by Ruhlman and Poclyn. She's forgotten what she's gotten into by "Living the Lock Life." It is, after all, me that drive most of the insane things that go on around here. And gifts are, I think, implied permission, aren't they?

As an example, I've come across my new food hero - Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall from the River Cottage. That would be me, if space, Sarah and the town would allow. But they won't, so it isn't. To (over)compensate for that fact, I'll be making sausage and various other charcuterie, smoking things, making bread and pizza, growing our garden, fly fishing and tying. And likely other half-brained attempts at hobbies. If all goes well, I'll elucidate my experiences here.