Ode to stone fruit

Oh how I love thee.  When you are delicious.

Isn’t it so disappointing when you have what look like gorgeously beautiful peaches, plums, or whatever, you bite into one, and it’s all mealy?  Blech.

Thankfully, that’s not what happened.  I do feel a little bad baking fruit that is SO GOOD fresh, but on the other hand, I’d feel worse baking fruit that wasn’t good.

This rustic plum tart from Epicurious was so amazing.  Messy, juicy, flavorful, “tart” (ha!) and sweet.  It’s going to be gone very, very, quickly, and I’m not taking it to the office.

Someday, I will have a kitchen with so much counter space, I can leave appliances sitting out, instead of always packing them up, back up for storage.  I’m thinking of you, Mr. Food Processor, Ms. Stand Mixer, and Mr. Crockpot.   Since I switched to a Chemex, not even a coffee machine gets to live on my itty bitty counters.  Mr. Toaster is getting lonely.



I make stuff.

counter (2)If I were more technologically savvy, there would be numerical counters on this page that showed how many projects I am working on simultaneously, how many I have finished, how many are “resting,” and how many are waiting in the wings or are on my wish list.  The numbers would be astounding, but I refuse to be ashamed.

I’m going to use up all my craft supplies before I buy anything else. — No crafter ever

The rest of my life (i.e., work life) is so limited in its creativity–ooh, another PowerPoint slide, goody!–that having outlets in other areas is such a relief and utterly necessary to my well-being.

I dream of a home with a dedicated craft room.  Better yet, a finished basement or attic that takes up the entire floorplan of my future house.  Besides more and better storage, more and bigger tables, my “some day” list also includes a long-arm sewing machine for quilting and a loom for weaving.  Maybe I’ll even learn how to spin my own yarn.

Don’t even get me started on my dream kitchen.  I’ve been living in big city apartments for my entire adult life, so I’ve been conditioned to these awful galley kitchens.   Oh for counter space.  More than one oven.  A walk-in pantry.  A bigger freezer.  Windows.


I dabble in a variety of crafty areas, but textiles are my main focus: most recently sewing, but knitting the longest.  Food-wise, I do a lot of baking, and dabble in canning/preserving.  Photography is really whatever strikes my fancy.  Usually food, or when I’m traveling.