More Pandemic Cooking

A couple of weeks ago, I made this Alsatian potato and leek pie. It’s potatoes, leeks, cream, garlic, and Compté cheese, in puff pastry. Paired with a fantastic Trimbach Riesling Cuvée Emile from Alsace and you’d swear you were in Strasbourg… And this week, I tried my hand at bread making for the first time….

Just Because

Spotted in the Target parking lot – yes, if I owned this marvelous machine, I’d park it like a jackass to protect it, too. Spotted at Total Wine and More – a sign of the end times: War, Famine, Pestilence, Death, and the lesser-known fifth Horseman “Hallmark Channel Wine.”

The Project

Last Friday, the weather was gorgeous, so I decided to do a little editing on the bed next to the brick patio. It had become overgrown with monkey grass (liriope) which was pretty unattractive and was harboring snakes (both good and bad kinds). I pulled out all the monkey grass (filling a 34-gallon composting bin…

Pandemic Drinking and Eating

I’ve been working from home since March and will continue at least through the end of the year. The amount of work has been insane, but being at home gives me the opportunity to step away from time-to-time and fire up the grill or try more time-consuming recipes. One of the more ambitious things I…

Summer in the Yard

Not too much going on in the yard this year. The advantage of working from home is that I can water as needed, so things look better. I only took on one small project. My back gate became unhinged (much like a significant minority of the country) so I had to do some repair work….

Rite of Spring

So here’s the annual photo of my clematis. And after four years, my agapanthus is finally blooming and attracting butterflies and humming birds. And if I were able to grow a vegetable garden, this is probably how I’d approach it.

Adventures in Babysitting

Last weekend, I had the opportunity to stay with my friend Lola while her Pop was out of town. We had a great time! The week before, Lola had earned her AKC Canine Good Citizen and Novice Trick Dog certifications – Yay, Lola! A good time was had by all.

Greetings from Sweden!

This year’s vacation was in Europe – Sweden, Denmark, Hamburg, England, and France – then a trans-Atlantic crossing to New York on the Queen Mary 2. That was in September and October; it’s taken me awhile to get the photos all sorted out. It was way over-the-top, so if it turns out to by my…