Sunday, June 12, 2011

wild flowers at home

The black-eyed Susans are just beginning to bloom. These two are the first I've found and they're right below my bedroom balcony. (As seen from above.)

As you can see the daisies are fading. Luckily the Queen Anne's lace is beginning, so I'm not short of fluffy white flowers for my black vase.

I'll be disappearing from the blog for a few weeks, as I'm about to begin working sixty hours a week. I expect I'll spend Sundays either frantically cooking enough for a week or staring out at the trees wondering what happened.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

peach ice cream

I felt inspired to get out my ice cream freezer and make some ice cream last week. The peaches were from Georgia by way of my local produce stand, but it's not freestone season yet, so I had to use clings.

I added sugar, and ran them in the blender.

Then, following to the recipe I adapted from one of my mother's 1940s cookbooks, I slowly added the peach-sugar mixture to the milk, not the other way around. I have no idea why.

Then into the freezer canister.

And put the whole contraption together...

and into the freezer. You can see I don't lack for storebought ice cream.

After stirring randomly for about two hours I had the best ice cream I've tasted in a long time.

I will be making more.

Saturday, June 4, 2011

natural landscaping

Of a sort.

I planted the hostas. I left the yarrow where it came up.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

fleeting beauty

I can't identify these yellow flowers in my "Wildflowers of Kentucky" (which isn't restricted to natives, but includes Stuff That Grows Here.) I didn't think they would last well indoors, and they don't.

Less than twelve hours from above to below:

But they're pretty enough to make the frequent clean up worthwhile.