The state of the garden

It’s a sad story. Our garden progress thus far this spring has been almost non-existent. The weather has been absolutely abysmal — persistently cold (like in the 50s during the day, 30′s at night), windy and rainy, not like any April I’ve seen in quite some time. By this time last year, we had a […]



Friday Shenanigans

Japanese Maple in the ground… Some boxwoods on deck (or next to?) to replace these: I call them “evergreen vomit.” Anyone else have these in their yard? HATE! Some salvia for the herb garden. Hope it perks back up soon… Approved evergreen… Some starts from my mom’s garden. I love some of their names… Jack […]



Welcome to the Jungle!

With all the money we’ve spent so far on the house, it was refreshing that the improvements we made this weekend were mostly free. The karma to being free as we discovered was that they were instead insanely labor intensive. Our biggest project by far was spending nearly all of Saturday tackling our jungle yard. […]



April Showers Bring May Flowers…and Flower Thieves?

A snapped these while out with Clive on Saturday. Gorgeous doesn’t begin to describe them! Sometimes I find myself looking looking directly into each flower, because the beauty seems infinite. But apparently someone else thought so too, because just after midnight last night, someone came and scooped up a good third of the poppies, one […]



Scenes from Our Weekend: Weekend at Kohler’s

We finally made it down to see my in-laws in Springfield this weekend. Such a welcome break after the crazy semester I’ve had. I snapped a few pics on Sunday, but I’m not sure they quite capture how beautiful their property is. First up (above) are my mother-in-law’s beautiful chime’s. I think these are Flox? […]



Scenes From Our Weekend

The weather was almost summer-like this weekend, which in Missouri seems to be as close as you can ever get to Spring. To think that just over a week ago we had snow is mind boggling, but we definitely wanted to capitalize on the brief glimpse of spring while it was here. On Saturday we […]



Pan-Roasted Pheasant with Carrot Purée and Watercress Salad

Every Valentine’s Day, Neil and I make the effort to try something completely new. Something way out of left field. A new ingredient or genre, something that we can learn and experience for the first time together. Last year, we mastered our sushi-making technique. This year, someone else had an idea for us, and it […]



A Word about Habanero Peppers

“Habaneros are like green peppers harvested from a garden on the sun.” – Neil



Kitchen Cookbook Staple: Too Many Tomatoes, Squash, Beans, and Other Good Things…

Too Many Tomatoes, Squash, Beans and Other Good Things is definitely not applicable to my garden this year but it would have really come in handy last year when I was covered in tomatoes and grew tired of canning and eating fresh tomato sauce. I know, the absurdity of such thoughts in light of how […]



A Mini-Break at the Lake

I know we’re still in the middle of recapping our Montana trip, but we spent some time at a friend’s lake house this weekend and I thought I’d interlude with a few pics so that two weeks from now I’m not just getting around to it. Oh the woes of so many things to do […]