Saturday, July 7, 2012

i love m'le

I love Madeleine L'Engle.

In my mind she is like an eccentric old aunt who passed her wisdom onto me.

I carry it always.

And then it delights and surprises me to find that...others might be proprietary about her too!  and she is maybe making a comeback!  The small local bookstore certainly has a wider selection than many!  (OR MAYBE THAT IS CHANGING)

lucky for me, the public library where i grew up stocked even her super out of print first work, Ilsa, and I got to read a musty old copy twice.

blueberry pancakes

best recipe, easy recipe

great off the griddle, great made and saved in the fridge and toasted 3 days later

just. great.

cups Original Bisquick® mix
cup milk
tablespoon sugar
tablespoons lemon juice
teaspoons baking powder
  1. Heat griddle or skillet over medium-high heat or electric griddle to 375°F; grease with butter. (Surface is ready when a few drops of water sprinkled on it dance and disappear.)
  2. Stir all ingredients until blended. Pour by slightly less than 1/4 cupfuls onto hot griddle.
  3. Cook until edges are dry. Turn; cook until golden. 

 Go to the farmers market.
get local blueberries.

 butter butter butter!

in a fit of "ohmahgawsh the toxins are killin' me" i threw out all my nonstick this week.  so grease up that cast iron!


Enjoy with a homemade latte (guzzled down before i remembered it'd make a nice pic)

Oooh also

I'd really like to welcome/shoutout to the person who got here via the search "pretty things are dangerous"... you may be onto something anonymous friend.  But don'tchya just want to touch/taste/play with them anyway!!???


I'd just like to shout out a warm welcome to the person or persons that viewed this blog 8 times from Russia!  Dosvedanya!*  I've read Anna Karenina and Crime and Punishment and I've been about 123 pages into Brothers Karamazov for 5 and 1/2 years....sooo, we can be bff for sure. 

Please come back!!!  You're double the page views I get from the USA! 

*turns out this actually means "goodbye".

Friday, June 15, 2012

bloggin machine

I just finished Divergent.  Good job, Veronica Roth!! (aka my sister's friend!)

Next up: When You Reach Me
and the Jonah Lehrer books (Imagine and Proust was a Neuroscientist).

I need to get on the library waiting list for Bonhoeffer.  I want to read more biographies of inspiring people!

But no pictures of tonight's dinner...that would just be peanut butter crackers while I finished the book... (I washed the brussels sprouts, they just didn't make it into the oven.  oops!)


Just clearin the cobwebs here...

Things I did around home

 I worked at home some... I broke that pretty mug... My sister got me that awesome tray at an awesome store in Montreal.
 I painted those chairs black
I grew a lot of basil (this was last summer)
 I made a lot of pesto with that basil and froze it and used it throughout the winter!
 I baked honey wheat bread a few times...delish
 I went a little crazy at TJ's with my bf
 My wonderful mother came and we organized my entire apartment and closets!!  This was about...4 months ago and they're gone to pot again... sigh.
 This was amazing.  I need to do it again.  I need to post the recipe and how to.  Quick yeast crust.  SO worth it.  Amazing.
We had a memorial day picnic at the lakefront!

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Jogging downtown

 Sometimes I go jogging on my lunch break.... this is what i have seen on some of those days, in the past year....

I went to montreal

 With my sister... we missed my brother... we are the 3 amigos with my brother... and we missed him.  It was our fault.

 We climbed a lot of things.  Awkwardly.  That was the theme of the trip.  Awkward climbing.

Squirrels climb things too.
 We ogled chocolates.

 Gorgeous farmers market, worth the trek to the far side of town

We lived it up in style.

More farmers market.  Colors!



 We ate a LOT of chocolate.

Pretty outside spaces.

Poutine!!  (Fries covered in gravy and cheese curds.  Not my thang, but whatever floats your boat, peeps.)

Thursday, June 7, 2012


Also, I love the library... libraries!!  Free books!!!

I got a kindle, but I can get books from the library!

I've recently read many good books, some kindle some hardback.  And I'm on the waiting list for more good books!

a million miles in a thousand years (donald miller)
devil in the white city (erik larson)
count of monte cristo (dumas)
the art of fielding (chad harbach)

when you reach me  (word on the street is that "wrinkle in time HIGHLY relates" to this book-- color me excited.  i am picking it up from the library tomorrow....or saturday if i don't get up and to work early enough to get to the library before it closes)
divergent (veronica roth)
loving frank
proust was a neuroscientist
wuthering heights

and some others :)

Pretty days = better running, too

Its a beautiful day for a running break by the lake!

When I run...

Sometimes when I run I have good ideas about blog posts and crafts and creative things I will do, with spare time, with spare energy, with getting up early, or staying productively up late...  And then I go inside and shower off sweat and my good ideas.

When I hear the words, "when I run..." I recall a quote from this guy: second quote down.

I'll post a picture later.