Wednesday, August 27, 2014

A Few Summer Favorites

I'm going to say it right here, right now: I don't really like summer. Sure it's got some good parts, such as less rain, more ice cream, and delicious fruits and vegetables, but I am not a huge fan.  
In lieu of all this whining, I want to stop my whining and show you some of 
my favorite things.

Tomatoes are my most favorite summer vegetable, and we have been getting lots at home, thanks to our CSA box through Pitchfork and Crow & the farm my family works at, Fordyce Farm. 
Tomatoes, plain, sweet and juicy, pop the moment I put the delicious orbs into my mouth. On salads,  pasta, and many other ways, tomatoes can stay with me all summer long, please. 
Photo: Carissima Keatley

My favorite fruit during the summer is officially the wonderful berry known as the Blueberry. This berry is so versatile, but, like the tomato, I prefer them simple, eating them by themselves (sometimes straight from the container!)
Photo: cups + spoonfuls blog

 My favorite summer cold treat (other than frozen blueberries) would be 
Talenti Gelato in Sicilian Pistachio. Oh my gosh, this stuff is addicting and delicious. If I'm not careful, I'll eat the entire thing in one sitting.
 If you're looking for the closest thing to real Italian gelato, this comes the closest I've ever tried. 
Photo: Dixie Dining Blog

Sisters who let you photograph them truly rock. My sister, for example, is very photogenic and absolutely gorgeous, so of course I had to take some photos of her. I opted for a summery/comfy/vintage shoot, and I love how they have turned out!
Photo: Carissima Keatley

Photo: Carissima Keatley

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Craziness of Life

The craziest weeks at work have ended, and-for this week only-the hot weather has calmed down to an almost chilly 75 degrees. It's been just cool enough that I actually brought my tights out (it's been in the mid-to-high 90's/low 100's the last couple of weeks)!

My latest project has been hand quilting my bestie Shelly's Doctor Who quilt, which is coming along slowly but surely. I'm really looking forward to finishing it (I'm sure she is, too, as it's been 3 years since I started this endeavor). I love the "new" form of hand quilting, or Utility Stitching, which utilizes embroidery-like stitches, perle cotton, and lovely Big Stitch Needles from Colonial Needles. It's fun and SUPER addicting!

I've been playing around with my hair as it's been growing out, and I really like the fact it can actually hold things like ribbons and scarves. Hooray!

Josephine has been keeping me company, which I am very happy to have. Of course, she's always expecting me to rub her belly, or scratch her bum, but that's a cats life!