This Week... Herbal tea... soothing for a sore throat...I've been under the weather this week, down with a cold. Last week was so busy here that I wasn't able to write my usual end of week post--just completely ran out of time and energy. And so today, I thought I'd do a combo deal of happenings/scenes from last week and this week.
In the Roman Catholic Church-- LOTS of Feast Days the past two weeks! Feast Day for Saint Bernard of Clairvaux, Pope Saint Piux X, The Queenship of The Blessed Virgin Mary, Saint Rose of Lima (above), Saint Bartholomew, Saint Louix IX of France, Saint Joseph Calasanz, Saint Monica, Saint Augustine, Feast Day of the Passion/Martyrdom of Saint John the Baptist (below-detail from a dramatic painting by Pierre-Cecile Puvis de Channes.)
On the Menu-- Black Bean Burgers. I used this recipe for inspiration, though I added more spices. I like these burgers naked (without roll) and topped with a chipotle-mayo dressing. But they are equally delicious on a good brioche roll with a slice of cheddar cheese.
From the Garden-- We harvested our carrots last week. They were short, stubby, nobbly and not much to write home about! The looked very little like the long, lovely, elegant white, gold and red heriloom carrots on the seed packet. But... they tasted FANTASTIC! And I saved the carrot tops to make pesto.
Carrot Top Pesto with Parsley and Lemon --makes about 3/4 cup
1 1/2 cups fresh carrot top leaves, roughly chopped
1/2 cup flat leaf parsley, packed
2 heaped tablespoons pine nuts
4-6 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
Juice of half a lemon
2 large cloves garlic, crushed
2 heaped tablespoons freshly grated Parmesan cheese
1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes (optional)
Place the carrot tops, parsley, lemon juice, nuts, garlic, and red pepper flakes (if using), in a food processor. Blitz until finely chopped. Add the cheese and oil, and process until well blended. Cover and keep chilled until use. 1-2 weeks in the fridge. Pesto also freezes well.
Out & About-- Last Saturday we took a drive to Drammen for some shopping. On the way home we had late lunch/early dinner at the Marché restaurant in Holmestrand. The restaurant stretches across the highway, and tables have a roadside view!
Happy-- A big reason for going to Drammen was so that I might have an opportunity to go to the fabric shop Stoff & Stil, which is one of several textile outlets in the country (along with online shop). They have a good selection of fabrics and fiber-related craft items. I was VERY HAPPY to come home with these fabrics for making a vintage-style apron (above)... Also a set of fat quarters and elastic for having a go at making some bowl covers (to replace plastic wrap) and a pair of cotton knit jersey pre-cuts for making into some reusable/washable facial cloths/makeup rounds (below). I have missed sewing!
In the Garden-- Things are fading in the garden this late in the season, but a few hydrangeas are hanging on!
Thankful-- I'm so very thankful that we are able to eat well. And with eating well, I try to achieve some good food management, home economy and frugality. It makes me ridiculously happy to put these jars in our freezer filled with vegetable scraps, bits & pieces. When a couple of jars are filled up, I make tasty vegetable stock!
Reading-- Plastic-Free: How I Kicked the Plastic Habit and How You Can Too ... VERY inspiring and life-changing book by Beth Terry Everyone should read this book!
Creating-- While having a cold, my mind or body hasn't been up to much... But it's been a good week for crochet! I made up some sets of new cotton cloths for our kitchen and bathroom. The small grey dishcloths (above) pair with new grey kitchen hand towels. I like a smaller, well-textured cloth for washing dishes. The lilac washcloths (below) tie in with purple/grey bathroom decor. Sets of 4 each color so far...
LUNA-- beauteous maximus... *sigh* ... Our fur angel has been with us with 7 months now! Though it feels like she's always been ours... and we're such a good little family, we all fit together so well. :)
Weekend-- Not sure about the weekend ahead, and no big plans so far. Rest and relaxation, I think! But is it possible to rest from the news? No... The news of the world has just been heartbreaking again, and especially things happening back home in America. The terrible hurricane in Texas, and all the worrisome things happening in Washington, D.C and elsewhere... :(
Quite frankly, I'm feeling a bit worn out... from the cold I've had, as well as from the busy summer too. It's been a truly wonderful summer. But I'm feeling the intensity of it in a very physical way now as the season winds down. Soon getting the garden and house ready for the colder season ahead. Here we are, turning the page to September... And I just remembered that it's been 11 years since I've been blogging... WOW!
How was your week? Wishing you all a LOVE-ly weekend now! :)))