Category Archives: Daily Delights

A Little Catch-Up

Please forgive my absence here on short for molybdenum.  It’s been a busy few months!  That’s not a great excuse for not writing, but I intend to make up for it by enlightening you on what exactly I’ve been up to…

So let’s see, this is what happened in MAY 2013:

1.) My last Handmade Market in NC.  The traffic wasn’t as great as the holiday market, but the enthusiasm was plentiful!

2.) The BIG move back home to Colorado!  That meant completing our North Carolina “bucket list” and saying goodbye to our wonderful friends there.  We enjoyed farm dinners, barbeques, and finally made it to the Outer Banks.

3.) My unforgettable bachelorette party

Happenings in JUNE 2013:

1.) Trip to Idaho.

JULY 2013

1.) Prepared for our wedding (Party favors, centerpieces, guest sign-in piece, flowers, programs)

2.) Got married!  (Wedding day photos courtesy of the amazing Amanda Kopp http://www.amandakopp.com)

3.) Went on a “Minimoon.”  Took a little road trip, starting in Crested Butte, CO ending in Driggs, ID.  Hikes, a 14er, camping, and love.

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AUGUST 2013

1.) Westernaires Alumni rides.  Dusted off my cowgirl boots and revisited my riding days.

2.) Farm Dinner at Ollin Farms (thanks to my cousin, Erika!)

And SEPTEMBER 2013

1.) Moved into our new home in Fort Collins, CO

So here we are in October.  So far the biggest news is we adopted a puppy (finally)!  His name is Vincent.

Thanks for tuning in!  Please keep your eyes peeled for a look at some of my new creations, as I prepare for the next craft show, the SUGAR PLUM BAZAAR, November 31-December 1!

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Back in the saddle again

What with a 6-month stint in Tanzania and an unforgettable sojourn in France, it’s kind of hard to beat a year like 2011.  As it turns out though, 2012 has also proven itself noteworthy.

Last year, Brian and I kept a blog that covered many of our observations and experiences while living in Tanzania, East Africa.  I enjoyed writing it so much at the time and have missed it since, that now, with a whole other–exciting for different reasons–year almost behind me, I thought it’d be a good time to dust off my keyboard and once again enter the blogosphere.

The main purpose of this new assignment is provide a fluid account of the happenings of my business, SCaVenGeR deSigNs, which took flight earlier this year, as well as to relay some interesting “scavenger” stories.  I don’t have an official website yet, so this will help fulfill that role too for the time being.

This year has been full of new gardening adventures, more travels, and ♥love♥ abound, so this blog will also serve the purpose of capturing (and sharing) some of the more banal, yet inspiring aspects of my quaint little life.

So whether you’re here to peruse my product line, get an update on my life, or browse for inspiration, I hope you enjoy short for molybdenum.

p.s.  I actually started this a while ago, so get ready for some retroactive posts!

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When life gives you lemons…

North Carolina has been sweltering hot.  I mean like record-breaking hot this past week.  Also, our garden has been producing tomatoes like crazy.

So when life gives you consecutive 105 degrees Fahrenheit days and a surplus of tomatoes, what do you do?  Make sun-dried tomatoes of course!

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HOW TO MAKE SUN-DRIED TOMATOES

  1. Wash cherry or roma tomatoes (varieties with fewer seeds work best, but any type will do)
  2. Cut each tomato in half and lay halves seed-side-up on baking sheet(s)
  3. Sprinkle with kosher or sea salt
  4. Make a tent out of cheesecloth over tomatoes to keep bugs out
  5. Let dry completely* in direct sunlight (may take more than one day, in which case bring inside overnight to prevent dew from re-hydrating your mates!)
  6. You can preserve them as is, or in olive oil, kept in the fridge!
  7. Enjoy!

* The end product must be perfectly dry but not crispy, with no inner moisture in order to avoid bacteria growth.

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Making sausage bread with my beautiful Italian grandmother

After years of separation from one of my favorite Grandma Lucy specialties, I organized a day to get together with her and recreate the sausage bread I remember loving so much as a kid.

Although the details on how to make it were a little fuzzy for 93-year-old Lucy, my genius father had the presence of mind to write down her recipe years ago.  We dusted it off, and set to work creating our old favorite.  (Thanks Brian Miller for the photos)!

The final product

Buon Appetito!

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They’re hee-re

Carol Anne, the tomatoes have arrived.

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Eggpl–no, Zucchini Parmesan

My Grandma Lucy has an outstanding Eggplant Parmesan recipe, so I finally decided to try my hand at it.  Well, with one little modification: I used zucchini in eggplant’s stead.  And I’ve got to say, it was still reeeal good.

A surplus of zucchini

A surplus of zucchini

Her original recipe goes as follows (verbatim):

  • Eggplants–wash
  • Eggs
  • Olive oil
  • Bertolli jar sauce with wine!
  • Mutsarella cheese
  • Grated Romano cheese

Slice approx. 1/4″ thick or if preferred, a little thicker.  In a 12″ skillet, cover bottom of pan with olive oil.  Dip sliced eggplant in bowl of 4 or more beaten eggs.  Put into eggs garlic powder, garlic salt, and black pepper.  Also add either milk or water.  Brown eggplant and put in a strainer to let some of the oil drip into bowl under strainer.  When all the eggplants are cooked, let them drain for a while.  In the meantime, either in the same skillet (after it is cleaned) cover the bottom of skillet with sauce, then make layers of eggplant.  On top of each layer, put slices of Mutsarella cheese, spread sauce over layer and throw grated Romano over all that.  Cover with a lid and cook until Mutsarella is melted!

Then there’s this adorable drawing that shows you how to lay the sliced eggplant and “Mutsarella” into the pan:

Like so

Well, my version turned out like this, and it was delicious!

For another killer Lucy original, check out this entry to see the master (and her apprentice) at work.

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