Archive | June 2009

Vacation

We survived vacation in North Carolina and returned safely on Sunday.  The first evening (Sunday) was spent unpacking and getting settled.  We used Monday to go to the store and then took the kids to do some ‘gem mining’ and putt-putt golf just to get them out of the house and moving around.

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On Tuesday we headed to Cherokee, NC.  We stopped in the visitor center there, which is a great location on the water and is staffed with very friendly, helpful people.

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We went gem mining again and found the Oconaluftee Islands Park to have our picnic …

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the Fun Factory to appease both small and big kids (but when can you appease a teenager? – tell me…!)

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On Wednesday, we went horseback riding and then visited the water park area in Cherokee (near the Cherokee Coney and Cream Ice Cream Shop – mmMMMmmm!)  The horseback riding was very traumatic and Bug screamed and screamed, so they took us back while the others continued on…

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Thursday took us to Asheville.  Everyone went to visit the antique car museum/sculpture garden, but then we split up.  Bug and I went to the North Carolina Arboretum to see the bonsai and quilt gardens.  Everyone else went to the Biltmore.  I’d been there and never care to go back.  They now agree with me (told you so!)

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Enough for now… 🙂

Summer, finally…

My last class for the summer was today – whew!  It has been a whirlwind of classes…  only grades left to assign and calculate.

We’ve gotten some green beans out of the garden and the squash are doing some serious blooming.  The blackberries are formed their nice little green orbs.  The CSA boxes are started to have more variety than just lettuces – I get tired of lettuce easily and have been looking forward to the changes.

CSA box: week 5 contained carrots, cabbage, cauliflower, eggs, sirloin steak, red romaine (or swiss chard?), radishes, butter lettuce, peas

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We used everything but a bit of the butter lettuce which is still in the fridge.  I made cabbage au gratin (new recipe) from the UK extension office using 1/2 head of cabbage and some green onions added in – this one is a keeper!  We steamed the cauliflower and the peas.  DH loved the peas.  I gave away the radishes and we froze the steaks.  I made a spinach provolone frittata (new recipe) from the Mixing Bowl site using several eggs.  It was rated good by me, but not by DH.  I also used some of the eggs to make a chocolate cheesecake for a friend’s birthday.

CSA box: week 6 contained peaches, radishes, green onions, white onion, basil, mint, dill, swiss chard (or red romaine?), eggs, chicken breast, peas, red potatoes, zucchini, yellow squash

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I made a skillet fried chicken breast to use up the chicken (rating = ok).  We steamed the peas (again a hit according to DH) tonight.  I used the last carrot from the last box, along with the big onion, the basil, and our own oregano to make pasta prima vera tonight.

I have been working slowly on the sock from the Cookie A book.  It is a nice, but complex pattern (Bex), but I modified it by going toe up and may leave the large diamond areas to just adorn the cuff/leg area.

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