Time on my Hands

February 17, 2010

I knew when I quit my job I would have room to breathe and ponder and in general just catch up with the world around me. I feel thankful, but most of all I feel inspired. Remember a few years ago when The Secret came out, and then Oprah trampled down that same road and we all were throwing our needs/wants into the universe wishing and hoping for them to become reality? I’m right back there. Oh yeah, the vision board from 2008 that is on top of my refridgerator is still not complete (my friend E is gasping out loud right now, since she has probably complete 3 or 4 in that time). I’ve pulled it down, and am in the process of deciding what more I want/need. I feel pretty lucky already.

I won’t go into details, but since I started this vision board so many of the things I wanted to do or things I wanted to bring into my life have happened. It’s a little weird. I decided it was okay to add a few material goods (just a few!) that I really wanted, but I haven’t gotten those yet. Like the super spendy Sabina handbag that I’ve been coveting for almost a year now and they likely don’t have in stock anymore at Anthro. Boo.

So when I started this process I created a vision board including my vision for love, my home space, personal/self help stuff and family. I feel like I’ve accomplished quite a bit in the past few years, but I still have a list of things to work on. I still desperately want my own garden, but since I live in a condo I just signed up for the Spring Garden Crew through Seattle Tilth so that I can get my hands in the dirt and learn more about organic gardening. They also have a Comprehensive Organic Gardener course that I’d like to take (depending on my employment status of course).

For now this is my  patio. It is looking a little sad at the moment. I usually find a few accent pots at Anthropologie (big surprise). I love shopping for new plants with a variety of colors. My favorite plant right now is the Hellebores (in my swan planter). A gift from Sean to spruce up my patio a bit. So sweet.

The Japanese Aralia has gone gangbusters and does really well in the NW climate. My rosebushes from last year (seedlings I bought online) haven’t quite taken off yet. One is doing better than the other. We’ll see how it all turns out now that Spring seems to be right around the corner!

So off I go to dream a little and see what else I’d like to add to my vision board. Stay tuned…

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Seattle Tilth Harvest Fair

September 13, 2009

I’ve been so excited to attend and volunteer for Seattle Tilth Harvest Fair. Two of my favorite things in one place, food and gardening. Harvest Fair was this past Saturday at the Good Shepherd Center in Wallingford. I went early to see what vendors were participating and what local restaurants and roving food carts would be there. It was perfect weather for an outdoor festival, 85 degrees and sunny. I was able to reclaim some of my lost freckles! I volunteered to greet people and gently remind them there was a “suggested” donation. I also directed people to the restrooms. It was a very important job.

There are too many pictures to post, so I’ll give you a summary of the event. First, let me say that when you walked into the fair, you were greeted with the delicious smells of food from local restaurants and roving food vendors. There was live music all day and kids everywhere with face paint and decorated hats made out of paper bags. There were goats and chickens and a beekeeper selling honey. Several local farms were there selling organic produce. There were canning classes, winter gardening classes and compost demonstrations in the afternoon. Skillet was there with their super cool airstream trailer selling mouth watering lunch goodies. They are obviously mobile and you can find their scheduled locations on their website. You’ll most likely have to wait in line, but it’s worth it. Two words: bacon jam!  Swansons, my favorite nursery, was at the fair talking to people about native plants and general gardening advice. I learned about Seattle Youth Garden Works, a local organization that educates, empowers and helps find employment for kids ages 14-21 that would otherwise be living on the street or in general may not have had the opportunities or tools to exceed. They sell the produce they grow at the University District Farmer’s Market. Cool, right? Here are some pictures of the day.

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Risotto to celebrate pre-fall

September 6, 2009

I spent the morning/afternoon with a girlfriend shopping downtown, something I don’t attempt often because of the crowds. It was so nice to catch up with her and stroll around the city. The weather was blustery and the minute I stepped out the door to meet her, it was a dogs and cats downpour! Luckily the rain stopped. I think we are firmly planted in pre-fall. I’m not sure if I am excited about it yet. However, I get to start making fall dishes and that makes me happy. I love nesting and spending an afternoon preparing a new dish, the house filled with the smell of home cooking. So, after shopping today I made Risotto with Chard and Prosciutto. The chard was harvested yesterday when I volunteered in the garden at Seattle Tilth.

My boyfriend is out of town this week (I miss him…) and I went to his house this afternoon to watch movies and cook. Also, he just bought a Le Creuset dutch oven, and I thought I would take it for a test drive! Turns out, it works just as well as mine even though it is a different color. Hehe…

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As always, I treated myself to some wine as I cooked. Listen, I will drink the Rose’ until it is officially Fall you guys! This one happens to be my favorite.

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I’d definitely make this recipe again. I would use a scosh less salt and maybe add another green like spinach or arugula to help balance the prosciutto flavor. The day ended with a bit of sunshine. Perfect.

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Seattle Tilth-tastic

September 5, 2009

I made it to a Seattle Tilth garden crew volunteer session this morning. It rained earlier, and it has been one of those pre-fall, blustery, it might rain again kind of days, but warm enough to wear a t-shirt. I love days like this! Perfect gardening weather. I think I should explain a bit more about what Seattle Tilth is about and why I love them. Tilth’s mission is this:

“Seattle Tilth inspires and educates people to garden organically, conserve natural resources, and support local food systems in order to cultivate a healthy urban environment and community”

Next week is the annual Harvest Fair. I’ve been meaning to go for 2 years now and this year I will be volunteering most of the day at the event. I can’t wait. Harvest Fair is a celebration of local food, teaching people about urban gardening, raising urban livestock, eating fresh food and getting together with the community. I think food brings people together and I’m looking forward to learning from all the gardeners and gardener hopefuls (like me)! Also, Tilth has a children’s garden. How cute is that?

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Today, at the Good Shepherd Center location in Wallingford I harvested lemon cucumbers (so, so cute), tomatillos, basil, beans, tomotoes and chard. We also weeded the garden and prepared a bed for cover crops to let the soil rest a bit.

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Here is my bounty from today! I am going to make chicken enchiladas with tomatillo salsa this weekend. M’mmmmmm….

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