This Week and At Home... These days the preserving of the season's bounty continues... I've been making herbal vinegars. Here's some dill vinegar--very good for salads. Also a lavender vinegar. (The lavender vinegar will be strained and decanted into its own bottle after a few weeks.) Oh, and making some lavender honey! Just "steep" a somewhat neutral-flavored honey with dried lavender for several weeks, strain off the lavender flowers, and enjoy. Fragrantly yummy!
In the Roman Catholic Church-- This week we have a celebration day linked to the Blessed Virgin Mary as well as many Feast Days of saints. The Feast Day of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, St. Camillus de Lellis, St. Apollinaris of Ravenna, St. Lawrence of Brindisi, and tomorrow the Feast Day of St. Mary Magdalen.
Out & About-- Mid-week I shared about the art of Swedish watercolor painter Lars Lerin, from an art exhibit we went to see during our staycation. I have MORE from our staycation, and will share two fun out & abouts.
On the Menu-- Rosemary from the garden. I made this simple but very, very delicious cheese-filled tortellini with a sauce of browned butter and sage, garnished richly with Parmesan cheese and fresh ground black pepper... YUM!
More On the Menu-- A delicious pre-taste of autumn with a venison stew! We were blessed with the gift of some frozen venison meat from one of our family who hunts. Our stew is based on this Slow Cooker Guinness Beef Stew recipe, but we used venison (a cut of deer meat from the thigh) instead of beef, and used venison-friendly herbs--bay, rosemary and parsley.
Happy and Thankful-- for this lovely little book The Prayers of Jane Austen, which was given to me by my parents for my birthday this past December. Within these pages is a tender revelation of a woman confident in God, who had a strong Christian faith and dedicated prayer life.
In the Garden-- The hydrangea has just come into bloom!
Listening-- The 2017 BBC Proms season is now in full swing--the world's largest and greatest classical music festival! We listen daily via internet.
Watching-- Lost Highway: The Story of Country Music. A three-part series chronicling American country music from its early Bluegrass roots, the pop-influenced country-rock of the 1980's & 1990's, to the younger generation of artists of today who are trying to bring back the rich history of its original sounds. We love the Bluegrass style of country! ** A note about this YouTube link. Sadly, only two of the videos in the series have film and sound. Unfortunately, the second film has video, but no sound. :(
Creating-- I'm between projects at the moment, and so, oddly, this week's inspiration segment has a BIG gap! :/
LUNA-- See our little baby there?! Our little fur-angel likes to snooze on the jumbo floor pillow in my sewing room...
Weekend-- We've been having some warmer temperatures, so I've been making cold drinks. Herbal water has been a great favorite at our house this summer. Here we have water (sparkling water can be used too) flavored with lemon slices and fresh herbs of lemon balm and mint. Served over ice, this is sooo refreshing and invigorating!
How was your week? Wishing you all a LOVE-ly weekend now! :)))