Friday, May 27, 2011

Someone please give me back a month of my life

How did the month pass by so quickly?  How did the three weeks that my sister was visiting for fly by?

Well, it wasn't as if we slept through 3 weeks or drank ourselves silly through it - although we did try the latter.  We weren't even just sitting around scratching our butts either!  In fact, we were pretty productive.

We cleaned out my art room so now you can actually walk into it!
We made soaps together - or, more accurately, my sister made soaps mostly on her own after doing one set with me.  She turns out to be super at it!  Sooo, she's taken over my soaping biz (such as it was, or wasn't).  Woohoo!!  I know she'll do well.

My sis also finished off a latch hook rug project that I started 17 years ago...no kidding...I'm pathetic.
Not to be outdone, I finished the pair of socks I was knitting for ds#2:
Together, she and I tried out the tortilla press I bought in Vancouver last fall.
Here they are, flattened out and resting:
My sister fried them up in the Le Creuset pan that I love:
She also helped harvest strawberries, which was not entirely altruistic as she wanted to eat some good, home-grown berries.  ;)
In between working hard, we also enjoyed some great meals courtesy of my talented dh - meals such as this vegetarian Thai sesame noodles with grilled asparagus (yeah, baby, that's our home-grown asparagus!!) marinated with a soy-sesame sauce:
She's now safely back home, despite the crazy mid-west weather trying to foil her plans (yes, we survived the severe thunderstorms and tornadoes, thanks for asking). 

"I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I needed to be." ~ Douglas Adams

23 comments:

Burnt Mill Candles and Soap said...

Glad everyone is ok after the storms. I have always wanted to try and make tortillas. I should keep an eye out for a press.

My strawberry plant made 1 strawberry and it tasted so good! Come on more strawberries! This is my first year attempting to grow stuff so it is exciting. :)

Stace said...

Glad the storms passed you with no ill effects....we're getting them now and having tons of flooding...tornadoes were hitting 4 miles away from our house.
I need to plant some strawberries...I love berries.
Glad to hear you had a great time with your sister...drinking yourself silly occasionally is a good thing...it keeps us from becoming too serious :)

TeresaR said...

Misty, it's super easy to make tortillas! Next year you'll get tons of strawberries...they aren't so productive the first year. :)

Stace, ack...sorry to hear that you're getting the flooding too! Definitely grow some strawberries; perennial plants are the best!

Michelle said...

Glad to see you blogging again! Will you return to fb? I am happy to read that you had a great time with your sister... lots of creative fun :)

TeresaR said...

It's nice to be back to blogging, M! I'm no sure I want to be back on FB; it's nice to not have that to distract me. I have tooooo much going on and not enough time for it all! :} But, we'll see...

Robin said...

Yay! Teresa's back! I'm glad you had a good visit with your sister. [I get to see TWO of mine in two weeks!]

Our berries are ready and we'll be starting jam again this weekend. yum. I'm excited to get back into the 'putting up' season.

TeresaR said...

Thanks, Robin! I really missed reading your blog and am bummed we didn't get to see you this month at the book club. Your jams are terrific! Thanks again for sharing them with us. :)

Name: Holly Bowne said...

It sounds like you had a fantastic time with your sister--and yeah, you guys were so productive I'm feeling pretty pathetic in comparison right now! You and your sister are two of a kind!

The Blonde Duck said...

Looks like you had a ball!

Epicure68 said...

Where the heck did those 3 weeks go and why didn't we drink more? Oh right, we ran out of vodka. :D

It was your great tutelage that helped me make the soaps, which I'm looking forward to turning into a full-time successful business.

Your socks were waay more difficult than completing the latch hook rug, and will you stop outting me for my less than altruistic motives? ;)

Can't wait to see you in just over a month!

TeresaR said...

Holly, thanks but I'm sure you are tons more productive than you give yourself credit for! The fact that you can keep a regular blogging schedule is more than I can handle.

Duckie, we sure did!

Epi, you can teach someone something all you want, but ya gotta have the talent to pick it up (hence your not becoming a mathematician! LOL!). Can't wait to see you either...would you like some whipped cream flavored vodka? ;)

Epicure68 said...

What can I say, you're a good teacher and I'm sure you could've taught me math. Don't bring anything more on your trip than you have to, just your lovely self is present enough for me.

Maureen said...

Wow, your husband sure is a good cook! I'm drooling over the noodles and asparagus! I bet that asparagus is way better than Safeway's too! I hate when I get asparagus that tastes like it has dirt in it! Am I the only one who has that issue? I really need to start going to the farmer's market. Your photos have made me realize that I must have some better asparagus. I'd love some really good strawberries too. Maybe we'll hit the u-pick fields...

The Blonde Duck said...

Corn tortillas are the best!

Amber said...

Generic comment: It all looks and sounds wonderful!!! I can't think of better reasons for "losing" a month. :D

TeresaR said...

Maureen, I've heard someone say that beets taste like dirt before but not asparagus. Interesting! My sis was remarking how hard it is to find a U-Pick place for strawberries where she is, but maybe you'll have more luck.

Duckie, it's true!

Amber, your generic comments are pretty funny!

The Blonde Duck said...

Happy Thursday!

Anne-Marie said...

Glad to hear that you had such a good time with your sister! You two were super productive =) BTW, YUM to homegrown asparagus!

TeresaR said...

Thanks, Duckie!

Anne-Marie, good to see you about in the blog-world! Can't believe you find time to visit being sleep-deprived and all. :)

Alina said...

Teresa, do you guys lose a lot of berries to birds? Our wild birds always find the juiciest ripest ones and take a big bite out of them! My boys love to pick berries (and are willing to choose less red ones without holes) so I hate to cover with bird nets, but just may have to. :( Your visit with your sister sounds just lovely! :D

TeresaR said...

Alina, we lose some to birds, but usually we have 3 beds of strawberries so we still get plenty. We have bird problem with other fruits - apples, peaches, plum - but trees are harder to cover. I do recommend a bird net if you can't put in several more beds of strawberries. There's plenty of other things they can eat this time of year. :)

MyKidsEatSquid said...

Quite a lot of projects. Good for you. I love the new blog design

TeresaR said...

Squid, thanks!