Jun 09

Forgot to share this picture of our new friend who lives in between the slats between the garage side door and screen door. I think I found the species on line —Bold Jumper—s/he’s about the size of my thumb. Best for him/her if there is no jumping in my direction. Just saying. 

our own Charlotte…or Charles


Finding the right time (in between storms) to cut the grass has been a challenge. I’m going to give it a go tonight.

We still are working with the landscaper who seeded the lawn…we’ve got a lovely carpet of weeds out there. I’m not naming name, but if it isn’t fixed soon, I’m going all out social media assault on their asses. 

our very own “Field of Weeds”


Garden is coming along. Eggplant has 2 or 3 tiny eggplants on them. (They came like that from the nursery…but they didn’t fall off. So, I get credit for that, right?) Tomato plants are just about to bloom, and bloom big time. Lettuce is firm and perky. And none of it has fallen prey to critters. Although I did have a dream that the ground hog tunneled over to the beds. 

eggplanttini


The boys have settled in. They are loving the yard, and we’re just cuddling on each other the other day.

Bentley and Dasher–cuddle pups.

AAAAND, guess who is going to South Africa? Us, with the BGMC in June, 2018. Details to come.


Jun 05

Blueberry Buckle Take Two

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I love blueberries and hope to have a bunch of blueberry bushes in the back yard…baby steps however. 

I made Alton Brown’s Blueberry Buckle and, although I was gifting it  (Carole was the lucky Guinea pig—a tiny expression of thanks for watching our boys while we had a crazy week at chorus), it wasn’t what I was envisioning. Although it tasted fine, it wasn’t high enough (not being negative, mind you, just wanting it to match the vision vision in my head.) It may have had something to do with the pan. The recipe calls for a 9×9 pan. My closest square pan is 10×10 and I could adjust the recipe, bit …. I do love a square coffee cake. But based on the last version and what probably ends up being the only size pan I don’t have, I tried a spring-form pan. This version is really high. Maybe too high? I don’t know. I’ve got to live with it for a while. 

I also put my personal touches on the recipe adding the juice and zest of a lemon to brighten thins up. 

Going to be perfect with coffee and the French Open. Do you know why it’s called a “buckle,” by the way? I read on-line, it gets its name for how the crumb topping buckles in the oven. 

Blueberry Buckle

Sunday Morning Coffeee with Blueberry Buckle


I have to say the addition of the lemon zest really brightens this recipe

Here’s what I did:

Blueberry Buckle

½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature

2 cups all-purpose flour

1½ teaspoons baking powder

½ teaspoon salt

¾ cup sugar

1 large egg

Zest and juice of one lemon

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

½ cup milk

5 cups wild or cultivated fresh blueberries

Streusel Topping

1 cup all-purpose flour

¼ cup packed light-brown sugar

1 tsp. ground cinnamon

1 tsp. ground ginger

¼ tsp. salt

6 tbsp. unsalted butter, room temperature

Pre-Heat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 9″ springform baking pan with baking spray (alternatively you can butter and flour your pan), Set aside. 

In a medium bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder and salt; set aside. 

In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream butter and sugar on medium speed until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Turn off and scrape down the sides of the bowl. Reduce mixer speed to low, and add egg, vanilla, lemon juice, and zest, beating until fully combined. 

Add reserved flour mixture in 3 additions, alternating with the milk, a little of each at a time, starting and ending with the flour mixture. Gently fold in blueberries. Pour batter into prepared pan and gently smooth out to the edges with an offset spatula. 

Streusel Topping:

In the bowl of a food processor (or you can do this by hand using a pastry cutter or your hands), combine flour, sugar, cinnamon and salt. Process until only small pea-sized pieces of butter  remain visible. Using your hands, squeeze together most of the mixture to form large clumps. (The topping can be frozen in an airtight container for up to 6 months. This recipe makes a very generous amount of topping. But I loved it a little over the top! )

Sprinkle streusel topping over cake. Bake until cake tester comes out batter-free, 60 to 70 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack to cool for 10 minutes. Remove from pan; cool for 15 minutes before serving. Makes 1 9-inch.

Enjoy!

 

Jun 04

We have achieved a major milestone for me at this house—a vegetable garden. At home, I grew up with a garden…even at 8 Grove street, my dad tilled a small patch of ground to make things grow. I have that gene and finally, have the space to make things grow. 

Vegetable Raised Bed 1

Raised Beds

In my raised beds I have: Tomatoes (3 heirloom varieties) , herbs, peppers, zucchini, eggplant, cucumbers, hot peppers (habanero and ghost peppers—really for Michael’s boss), bell peppers, 3 different lettuces, and some mini watermelons.

Gardener’s Socks

I actually did wear sneakers. 

Citronella Plant


The next few pictures show Michael’s talent…crafting some potted plants. 

Potted Plants

Geraniums from the former owners—so nice.

Dinner

And finally, dinner. A wonderful frilled salmon with a garlic/dill olive oil dressing, served over grilled asparagus and brown butter basted potatoes. 

Jun 01

It’s been a day or two since my last post. I thought I would catch you up.

Over the long Memorial Day weekend we were busy. We finally finished moving out of McKone street on Saturday (at 8pm).

Sunday was a sprint to get most of the house ready because we invited people over for a cookout…did we really? Yup. We wanted to start living in the house and for us, that includes company. Michael did an amazing job on clearing out all those boxes of clothing and he got all the closets organized. They are beautiful. (But I already FaceBooked those details, didn’t I).

I made my first strawberry/rhubarb pie which was yummy. I’d make it again.
Photo May 29, 2 15 20 PM

Monday was a glorious rainy day. I love a rainy day. I finished emptying kitchen cabinet boxes. And we had more company…I love that people are willing the schlep out to East Bridgewater.

Rainy Day

Rainy Day



Then it was back to work…my first commute alone to the office and I forgot to change out of my dog-walking slippers/crocs! I got to wear them all day. No one made comments. I just wonder what they thought. LOL
Photo May 31, 10 26 27 AM

And to end this post, some of the lovely perennials around the property.

Luckily we have Carole who tells me what’s what, not only in EB but in our gardens

Spider Wart

Spider Wart




I’m used to purple irises, I wonder what this variety is.

Iris

Iris




And finally…a rhododendron…Michael doesn’t love them, but when they’re blooming, that color is lovely

rhododendron

rhododendron



May 29

I love all of the house plants in the house and Michael’s deft hand at displaying them. They bring an important (for both of us) element inside–something alive. 

Little Miss Kim Lilacs


I’m not certain of the name of this one, but, but I love the prehistoric leaves that reach out from the vines. 


May 28

I love posting here, asking “what kind of flower is this, question…and not that I don’t believe him, but Michael says it’s a type of hydrangea. When the wind picks up, it carries this amazing fragrance into the house. I am tempted to cut them, but I suspect they’ll last longer on the bushes, flanking our side door.  Or will it promote more flowers? Michael saw a humming bird near them the other day…so #namethatflower. 


This afternoon, between runs to McKone Street, my boys were hot and stressed…so we laid in the grass in the back yard…it was cool, and there was this breeze! And these views.  



May 28

Morning

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We are going to live in this sunroom. It’s morning after a late night Bar Mitzvah and we have to journey back to McKone street for our final clean out/clean up. It’s supposed to get hot so we’re letting the cross breeze go through the house and cool things as much as it will.

Waiting for the (giant, because my biscuit cutter have gone missing and I had to use a cup–but I’m not complaining. Who doesn’t love a giant biscuit?) biscuits to finish baking, we are enjoying the mining. 

Michael lovin’ on Dasher

Dasher enjoying the morning sun

Giant biscuits


Still working on this recipe, using my home made yogurt instead of buttermilk. These rose beautifully, but fell a little. May need a higher temp. I’ll eat them though–a little butter and some orange marmalade…yes, indeed. 

mmm…warm buscuits with marmalade!

May 27

Things are falling in place. You all know how important this room is to me and with my favorite things in place, it is becoming home. 

Some other random thoughts:

  1. I have a lot of knitting books. The EB Library Knitting Annex?
  2. I have a lot of cookbooks…see #1 above
  3. I love walking in the grass in my backyard in bare feet!
May 26


Michael set up the Sun Room. It’s such a lovely room…you’re sort of outside, but away from the mosquitoes (yeah…living by wetlands, bound to have ’em). It has sliding screen doors on 3 sides giving an amazing cross breeze. We’re going to enjoy that room a lot this summer! 

May 26

Hello Lovelies! Trying a few new things to reactivate and (actually) use my blog. I want to invite you to follow along with us on our adventures in East Bridgewater. So I plan on posting more often, showing you what we’re up to.

This morning I went out early to make sure and water the new grass seed. This was done because a new septic system was installed on the property. It seems our life is going to connect with the Massachusetts Conservation Commission from time to time. They were to inspect the installation of the system and (for some reason) make grass was planted and cared for. I found him wandering around our yard. He explained that he was inspecting the grass and “would have hoped for a little more growth before issuing a certificate of conformity.” Since we had lived in the house exactly one day, I explained that I was hoping the seeds planted would sprout too…After one watering this was the result, a nice little green halo.

Photo May 24, 10 05 12 AM

Watering it has become an adventure, for sure. There is only one water spigot on the side of the house and we needed a 150 hose. The KINKS in the hose drove me to distraction and it kinked so badly that it broke…so we had water squirting out of the hose at one end and out of the sprinkler at the other. We will need a new hose.

The boxes are overwhelming me a bit. So we could have a little something fresh inside, I went out and cut some wild flowers. I want to try and remember to do that more often.

flowers

Ok, that’s it for now. Stay tuned for more postings about our adventures in EB!

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