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Saturday, April 5th, 2008

Little Pants

Since Chase proved her mettle out in the yard today I’m thinking she might need more jeans. I get all funny about her clothes. She has good jeans, cute jeans for wearing to the store and what have you. Gardening jeans are something different altogether.

I always wonder if there’s enough craft in the world for everybody. I’m always amazed by the beautiful and creative stuff that people create and wonder when my aha moment will come. I was packing bags for goodwill when it hit me. I wonder if I can turn these big jeans into little jeans. I’ve taken some inspiration from other places. First, t-shirt pants, then big skirt little skirt and finally, big pants little pants.

We’re still purely in the experimental phase. I so want to go wake her up so I can see if the prototype is even close to serviceable but I don’t think in the interest of household sanity I’ll wait until tomorrow morning.

Ben has worked so hard at getting the yard in order and I think that this summer we will finally start to reap the rewards. There are still some bare patches in the grass but ultimately with the fence and the mostly green lawn we are starting to really enjoy ourselves. I took a whole whack of pictures while we were hanging out there today. One day soon I’m going to go looking for a little pail for Chase I think she’d really like to have her own bucket.

I made vegetarian chili using veg protein ground beef. Aside from the fact that the chili was uber spicy nobody knew that it wasn’t made with beef. By nobody, I mean Ben. Of course now that he knows he claims that he knew ‘something’ but if I don’t believe him. It’s not so spicy as to be intolerable but it wouldn’t be a bad thing if the flavors mellowed a bit overnight. One nice thing about using the veg protein was that I got to totally skip the browning the meat part. I used to recipe from Americas Test Kitchen or Cooks Illustrated I don’t know which brand it appears under but it’s a book on casseroles or somesuch. A simple and easy chili, really good to keep in the arsenal.

Incidentally, I reheated last night’s pasta for lunch and it help up fine in the microwave which is always good to know. I think the tomatoes fared so well particularly because they had not been previously cooked. There’s one more serving left and I’d be ok with not being the one to have the pleasure of eating it but that’s not bloody likely. Last night I made my first recipe from the King Arthur Whole Grain Baking Book. I think they were called oatmeal scones. There are only a couple left. They certainly taste whole grainy but in a good way. What I really want to do is to duplicate Starbucks’ raspberry scone and I think I can use this recipe as a base. Top them with some coarse sugar and mmm. Tonight, I think I’ll have another few forkfuls of chili and hit the sack.

Helping daddy fill the big bucket

Helping daddy fill the big bucket

That's a lot of scoopin'

That's a lot of scoopin'

So, now what?

So, now what?

Man, this guy, I tell ya

Man, this guy, I tell ya

Time for a break

Time for a break

Um... I said a bite

Um... I said a bite

Worms!

Worms!

The Teenskie

The Teenskie

Concentrating

Concentrating

Chase is a really good helper

Chase is a really good helper

Radishes

Radishes

More fixing

More fixing

Peas!

Peas!

Whole grain goodness

Whole grain goodness

Resting

Resting

Puttering around the yard

Puttering around the yard

Checking the mail..

Checking the mail..

watering the flowers I ripped out a few minutes ago.

watering the flowers I ripped out a few minutes ago.

Daddy's fence

Daddy's fence

So grown up.

So grown up.

Remember that excavation we did in Cairo?

Remember that excavation we did in Cairo?

That was a big dig

That was a big dig

Wipe, wipe..

Wipe, wipe..

I only drink from big girl cups

I only drink from big girl cups

So proud

So proud

Look at me, I can do it!

Look at me, I can do it!

Silhouettes in my new sandals.

Silhouettes in my new sandals.

Back to work.

Back to work.

   

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