Thursday, May 31, 2007

Now that it's sunny...

...I remembered to take a picture of the roof. A few weeks ago, Bryan and Meira disappeared to the garage for a couple of hours, made a trip or two to the hardware store and, by evening, had constructed this lovely roof.

Some enjoyable features:
It slides on rustic runners to keep the wood away from sparks or flame.
There is a storage shelf for the oven tools and marshmallow sticks.
It is so cute!

Saturday, we had our vegetable farmers over for dinner to help plan an open house on their farm. OK, OK, It was mostly an excuse to see Katie and Casey and fire the oven. When the increasingly excellent pizza was consumed, Katie suggested s'mores. We didn't have all the ingredients on hand, but after a quick pantry scrounge, discovered some marshmallows - and that's really what we were after anyway. The even heat of the oven roasted the most delicious, most perfectly browned marshmallows I have ever eaten. And I can't wait for a free weekend to finally try bread. I'll keep you posted...

Stars of the small screen

Yesterday, the girls and I went on a tour of KOIN 6 thanks to my friend, Liz (her husband, Brad was in the climbing accident with my brother, so we bonded in the hospital; this was more fun). She even took us into the studio during the noon news and we got to see what goes into making the show happen (thankfully, we couldn't hear the audio on the gory stories).

The girls had never seen a green screen and after the news, the weather guy and control room guy conspired to wow them with it's secrets (we had fun with a green cape and disembodied heads). Then there was the obligatory photo shoot as evening anchors and a couple of crazy interviews.

"Why, Meira, did your family decide to build an oven in your backyard when you already had one in the house?"

"Well, my mama burned herself on that one..."

Thanks, Liz for this very memorable experience. We'll be reenacting it all summer, I'm sure.

Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Vegetable update

Our refrigerator is overflowing! And our farmers say that this will be one of the smallest shares of the season. We have radishes, kale, collard greens, beets, a huge head of lettuce, a big bag of spinach, spring onions, and we would have had kohlrabi too but Meira ate it before we could get it to the car. So tonight for dinner I cooked up some of the collard greens along with the discarded kohlrabi greens and we ate them with dill-rye bread. Mmmm.

Any suggestions for dinner tomorrow? Volunteers to join us?

Monday, May 21, 2007

Vegetable days are here again

It's Vegetable Eve here in Yamhill County. Our evening prayers tonight were filled with thanks that tomorrow is the first vegetable pick up for our community supported agriculture program. (OK, so Meira also prayed that she would learn to make a better kind of sock, but there's just no telling with that girl). Perhaps tomorrow I'll let you know what was in our basket...and the yummy things we made with them.