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Month: July 2015

Currently…July

Ah, JULY…a month filled with summer heat and humidity…a month of no business travel…a month of family vacation time (including unexpected extra days)…in the midst of it all, these are some of the things that filled my days…

The reading I packed for vacation...wishful thinking...

The reading I packed for vacation…wishful thinking…

Reading…not nearly as much as I had hoped with vacation on the calendar this month…out of that big stack of planned vacation reads, only a Kindle read from the library was completed this month…

Watching(on the home screen) evidently a bit of a Brit fix on Netflix: the 3rd season of Death in Paradise; Last Tango in Halifax; Luther; The Bletchley Circle…running a bit behind with the current season of Under the Dome on the DVR…

The gorgeous Gehry designed theater at Bard College...

The gorgeous Gehry designed theater at Bard College…

Watching(on the stage) a spectacular revival of Oklahoma at Bard College on a Friday night as we started family vacation…this was not your “typical” staging of this classic – but this new production was a great twist in telling this story…theater in the round – the audience sitting at tables that became part of the production – chili, cornbread & lemonade served at intermission – the score played by a 6 person band instead of an orchestra…such a fun way to belatedly celebrate Artisan Dad’s birthday as a family!

Knittinga project that has been on my needles since January finally came off the needles over the long holiday weekend – now to get it blocked…a red, white & blue burp cloth was finished for a Yankee Doodle little girl…I had planned to knit a dishcloth during the World Cup final but was too involved in the game to do more than a couple of rows then, ha…a few dishcloths…a new cowl for cooler weather is currently on the needles – although the planned vacation knitting on it didn’t happen…

So thankful to enjoy family vacation time at camp in upstate New York!

So thankful to enjoy family vacation time at camp in upstate New York!

Vacationingwith the family in upstate New York…originally I thought I would only be able to get away for 5 days with them; however, when I got back home work plans changed and so I hopped back in the car to drive back north and enjoy a couple more days with them…more about our adventures at camp in a coming post…

Tidying…July got away from me without dedicated time starting onto the next phase of #konmari…but as I continued to settle into my newly tidied wardrobe, I culled another 3 bags of clothes and shoes for donation…I’ve started some digital tidying…as August arrives, I’m rerouting my journey into the kitchen before diving into the bookcases…

Never too old for camp crafting!

Never too old for camp crafting!

Crafting…of course we had to check out the Arts & Crafts room while on family vacation at camp – painting ceramics was just what I needed!

Cheering…Team USA during the Women’s World Cup – it was especially fun to cheer when Kelley O’Hara was in the game, she is a Fayetteville native…

Always a favorite!

Always a favorite!

Enjoying…a dozen sunflowers from a local farm…glad a Saturday errand run including driving by “my source” for this bit of Kansas sunshine!

Cooking…deconstructed burgers over the holiday weekend: caramelized onions + ground beef were tied together with a jar of my tomato basil jam from last summer…the frozen riced cauliflower from Trader Joe’s is becoming a kitchen staple – such a simple & nutritious backdrop for all sorts of quick meals – hoping that it becomes an always available item at the store…

Fuel for the first drive home from family vacation...

Fuel for the first drive home from family vacation…

Sipping…plenty of fun flavors of infused water…iced coffee – black…

Looking ahead…a FL work trip will include a GA weekend on the frontend…a quick trip to WI to celebrate the kids’ birthdays…

Linking up with Leigh’s monthly “What I’m Into” Roundup. What are you into these days?

 

Tastes like Blue

For today’s Ten on Tuesday, Carole’s prompt is 10 Favorite Blueberry Recipes. I’ll modify this a bit by going with 10 favorite blueberry tastes – some are recipes and some are not.

That time I rented a blueberry bush

That time I rented a blueberry bush

  1. Blueberry Infused Water – This summer, blueberries are making a frequent appearance in the infuser core of my water pitcher – often paired with mint and maybe lemon or cucumbers. So refreshing!
  2. Blueberry Coffee – While normally I’m not a fan of fruit flavored coffee, this is a winner. At home, I toss some ground cinnamon in the French press with the coffee grounds – the cinnamon really enhances the flavor. My favorite is from Door County Coffee and Tea.
  3. Berry Dressing – I discovered this recipe earlier this year and it has been a delightful addition to both salads and assortments of roasted vegetables
  4. Blueberry Butter – A simple crockpot recipe for making blueberry preserves to can
  5. Blueberry Jam – One of the first jams I canned during my first foray into canning in 2009.
  6. Blueberry Beer – For something different, I’ve been known to select the “local” blueberry brew at breweries/restaurants. The last time I did this (in February in Florida) the pint glass included a couple of fresh blueberries.
  7. Blueberry Egg Bake – I discovered this recipe during my 1st Whole 30 adventure and tweaked the recipe a bit – I have come back to it several times – it is a nice make ahead breakfast option for the weekday mornings.
  8. Blueberry French Toast Casserole (in the crockpot) – I think it has been 9 years since I first made this recipe – it is a fun twist on french toast and bonus for breakfast crockpot use.
  9. Blueberry Yogurt Parfaits – A handful of blueberries…a dollop of yogurt (normally plain Greek)…a dash of cinnamon…a bit of granola…maybe some walnuts…a simple meal or snack at anytime
  10. By the handful – Blueberries are a great snack! The sweetest version of this was in 2009 when I rented a blueberry bush in Michigan and came home with 17 pints of berries from “my” bush. While I rented again in 2010, I wasn’t able to make it over to pick the berries so the farm harvested them & cold shipped them to Artisan Mom instead.

What are your favorite blueberry recipes, uses, tastes? 

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