Friday, September 25, 2009

Wedding Jitters

Tomorrow C. and I are getting married again. This is our wedding invite.

Wedding Party Invite by you.
I'm a wee bit nervous. Even though it's our second time in two years.
Patterns by you.

A visit, A Visit (2. Instalment)

More pictures from Missa, Clover and Lucas' visit. Here's us hanging out at the Park. The trailer they borrowed from Lucas' sister was awesome.

Clover climbs by you.

"Papa wanna make a tunnel!" by you.

More Prairie Dresses by you.
Pockets everywhere by you.

Camp site by you.

Cool camping by you.

There isn't much to do on the Island so mostly we ate, hung out and drunk at scenic places and went shopping at the Dump.

We also took them to the farm I used to live at, where Clover saw goats and I coerced the whole family to pose infront of the farmhouse.

Goats! by you.

Mine Baby! by you.
Farmhouse family by you.
They're totally awesome. It was such a pleasure to meet the lovely and amazing Missa for real, and her family are just sweet and funny. Thanks guys for making the trip all the way up here.

Check Missa's blog for more of their adventures. More photos in my flickr

Sunday, September 20, 2009

A Visit, A Visit (1. Instalment)

So you must have wondered whatever did C. and I show, and how did we entertain, our visitors from the distant land of Californ-i-a. We did what all could Island folk would, obviously: took 'em to the beach. Our favorite one, with a view of Mt. Baker, as well as our very own teeny mountain.

Here the grown-ups sipped beer, watched the mountain, and were entertained by Clover, who in turn, was thoroughly entertained by pebbles being tossed into the ocean.

Baker, Baker by you.

Silly Mama by you.

Bows by you.Sunset with Clover by you.

W_R Mock Up by you.

Where Tiny Fairies live by you.

And what do you think happened then? More photos tomorrow.

Saturday, September 12, 2009

A Visit, A Visit!

Somebodies special are coming today, and since my house isn't really quite so dreamy as it might seem, I am cleaning.

luvins by thriftcandy.

For these guys! (And the elusive Lucas, whom I can't wait to meet.)

It's gonna be such a fun weekend methinks.

Friday, September 4, 2009

Self-portrait With Dill

...or A Portrait of The Artist As a Young Pickler.

Lately I've been taking The Worst outfit photos. I think I either need to find a new photo spot, or some new clothes. Hopefully the former. Maybe today.

I did take these fanciful portraits with a bouquet of dill that Alma gave me.

Yum Dill by you.

Miss Dill  by you.

Dill is ill by you.

In perfect synergy, C. got some pickling cucumbers from another friend.

Garlic Dill Pickles

Makes approximately 8 pints (total yield varies depending on size of cucumbers)

2 overflowing quarts of pickling cucumbers, sliced into fat coins*
4 cups apple cider vinegar
4 cups water
6 tablespoons pickling salt
16 garlic cloves, peeled (2 per jar)**
¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper per jar (2 teaspoons total)
1 teaspoon dill seed per jar (8 teaspoons total)
½ teaspoon black peppercorns per jar (4 teaspoons total)

Wash and slice the cucumbers.

In a large saucepot, combine vinegar, water and salt. Bring to a simmer.

Arrange jars on counter and dole out the spices to each. Pack the cucumber slices firmly into the jars. You don’t want to damage the cukes, but you do want them packed tight.

Pour the brine into the jar, leaving ½ inch headspace.

Wipe rims, apply lids and rings and process in a boiling water bath for 10 minutes.

When 10 minutes are up, promptly remove the jars from the pot and allow them to cool on the countertop. When the jars are cool, check the seals (by pushing/tapping on the lid).

Pickles can be stored in a cool, dry place for up to a year.

Recipe from here. I'm trying it out.