Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Abundance and Balance

In this abundant season, thank goodness for healthy leftovers. Served warm the night before, this broccoli rabe, purple onion, mushroom, tomato and caper saute was a luscious cold salad for lunch the next day. Keeping healthy food close at hand is more critical than ever as our calendars fill.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Erin Go Bragh

Yep, I know -- wrong holiday. Yep, I know -- too many photos of juice. I'm only sharing this because, with a passel of company in our home last week, my glass selection had dwindled to the point that I was digging out free vessels my husband had earned from his consumption at Taco Mac. Who am I kidding, nothing matches in this household anyway . . .  except the things in the china cabinet which shall not be touched . . . because we break things. But I digresse. I'm sharing the photo because the green in the Guinness glass made me giggle. If you bear with me I promise I'll get around to referencing the more timely holiday, at least obliquely.

This time of year, at least in Georgia, the most lovely green in nature abounds -- the kind shot through with a rare flame of tangerine, gold or scarlet. This last breath of freshness set off by the foil of a fiery hue makes this my favorite time of year. For my daughter's 17th birthday celebration, we took advantage of the gorgeous season and enjoyed a four mile hike at Sawnee Mountain with a few of her friends. Here are some of my photos:

The quiet, ancient depth and magic of the wooded mountainside fed my soul somehow.

Magic: it's easy to imagine fairies gamboling across their plush carpet.


This bona fide abandoned gold mine (!) is bound to be haunted.

Spooky. -- There's your oblique holiday reference!

The season is fleeting so I'm going out to grab a little more of it.

Thursday, October 9, 2014


Dad came for a visit last week and we revved up the juicer. He's always been a good sport about my culinary adventures. The shade of this juice makes me think it was a sunny fennel, orange and ginger concoction. I poured these two for Dad and Andres. As I was serving them, Andres asked, "Do you have umbrellas for those?" I surprised myself a little when I said, "Why, yes -- yes I do,"

Having been an adult for a long time, I have a lot of stuff. While I have no recollection of the reason I have tiny umbrellas, I'm shocked I remembered in that moment that I had them but what is more surprising is that I knew where they were.  Service with a smile!

Monday, September 15, 2014

My Late-Summer Narnia Moment

As I was paying the bills this morning, some movement outside caught my attention and I was grateful to have a couple of minutes to watch this young lady. She was a pretty large animal, actually. I grabbed the camera and began snapping away, albeit badly since I was rushing through it. I knew my magical moments with her were numbered. Right away she heard the shutter of the lens and looked right at me for a couple of minutes:

This photo does not do the connection justice. With my shaky, nervous photography, I didn't catch the intensity of her gaze. She seriously stared right into my eyes through the window for a couple of minutes. I put down the camera and met her gaze. She wasn't angry or frightened. She was curious. After a while, she remembered her little one:

Regretfully, I got no good photos of the little dappled baby. Everything moved very quickly from the time he or she entered the scene. I snapped away, but my camera preferred to focus upon the dirt on the outside of the window instead of the magical garden wonderland.

Still, it was a lovely way to start the day.