Tuesday, July 29, 2014

This and that

The days keep slipping by with nary a blog post in sight! Sorry! Three hour camp is killing me, which I assume can only get more challenging when they downgrade to NO camp for the month of August. 

We recently celebrated my dad's 81st birthday. He wanted the kids to be involved, so we all went out to dinner and everyone wrote him a poem. It was really sweet to hear everyone's kind and funny words about this funny father of mine. Then everyone came back to our house to participate in the playing of Wii sports and Just Dance. Not the typical 81 year old party activity, but then again, I don't have a typical 81 year old for a father. 

We spent a wonderful day on the beach in the water (it happened to be the same day all of those people were struck by lightening in Venice Beach in that tragedy.) We were in Malibu and you'd never even know there was a storm brewing mere miles away. 

In other news, I completely neglected my kombucha scoby when I went away to farm camp (I need to upload those photos to share!). Luckily, my friend Karen, the scoby whisperer, came over and encouraged me to continue fermenting and look what I unveiled last week! My scoby went from this ugly brown color (see gross scoby lying in water) to this vibrant, translucent scoby in forefront of photo. I've been loving my ginger kombucha, ramping up for my AIP diet in September (more on that soon)

In the meantime, it's been nothing but good eats over here. Monday is pasta night and while the kids get some sort of quinoa pasta the grown ups get zucchini pasta. Below, it's served with bacon and figs and parsley, inspired by this recipe.

This is my attempt at a skillet cookie (super big cookie baked in a pan). The kids LOVED it. I used this recipe, but if I made it again, I'd reduce the sugar by at least 1/4 of a cup. 

I finally finished cutting my pattern pieces for my Anise Collete jacket. It was an exhausting process. Today, I'll be ironing and then I'll finally start sewing the darn thing. Maybe I should change the name of my blog to the Slow Seamstress. That's how I'm feeling these days. 


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