April 5, 2013

Cool Stuff I Like

Hello friends! As you may have gleaned from my Vegetable Soup post, I've got veggies on the brain. We just had some spring asparagus, so whispy and thin they looked like tiny little fairy spears. I blanched them and served with the teensiest bit of honey mustard salad dressing drizzled on top. (Blanching is when you boil a veggie for only 2-5 minutes and then immediately plunge into cold water to stop the cooking.) I loved my salad with raspberries on top, but Andrew thought it was weird. He's not a fan of fruits on salads. He prefers beets. I'm very excited at the prospect of RHUBARB. And roasted fennel. Never had it but I'm excited about it. I also want to make fresh spring pea soup. (a VERY different creature than split pea soup, which I loathe.) VEGGIES ARE EXCITING!


Lots and lots of COOL STUFF this week:

Recess is SO IMPORTANT.

Seattle's getting the nation's first food forest!

Cherry blossoms in Japan.

Veggie Loaded Fried Rice.

Well done April Fool's joke Design Sponge! Hilarious.

Slice-and-bake Oatmeal cookies.

Secret Garden Kit. (have I linked this before? it's so cool.)

Amazing treehouse!

A hearty salad.

LOVED THIS SO MUCH. Now I want to do a music video starring Sally & Rosebud.

Gross or good? Andrew says gross, I say...I don't know what I say. But I'd try it!


Cool Book of the Week: Susan Branch has a new book coming!!! Not out yet, but available for pre-order! All about the English countryside! Who's excited?? I'M FLIPPING EXCITED, that's who. I LOVE Susan Branch! Did you know she has a blog? I've mentioned that before. And inside the new book, her own art renderings of her travels, done in her usual charming and lovely style. YAY YAY YAY! Am I the only one around here crazy for Susan Branch? I have several of her cookbooks.

HAVE A LOVELY WEEKEND! I think I know what I want to plant in our small veggie plot. Corn, lettuce, pattypan squash, peas and tomatos. Yup yup yup.

~Melissa

25 comments:

  1. Yes, veggies are exciting!!! I cannot get enough veggies! This salad looks so fresh and delicious! I love fresh fruit on a salad (especially in the summer!) You would not believe how excited I get when I hit up the produce section at Whole Foods! I'm a very Happy girl! Oh, and the English Countryside book looks amazing! I will definitely check it out. Happy Weekend!

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    1. Happy Weekend Miss Julia!!!! I'm SO happy that it's spring and soon we'll have such a wealth of fresh produce to choose from :)

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  2. The blueberry jello salad is awesome. My mom's family is in the south and this is in nearly every church cookbook I've owned. I'd highly recommend trying it out!

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    1. COOL! I think it looks really cool, actually, like jello PIE :)

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    2. my mom's family is in the South too! Louisiana.

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    3. Then you should know that jello is one of the major food groups! ;)

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  3. I want that tree house! I've been wanting to build a play structure in our back yard for the past three years... But other stuff always gets in the way. I want one though. I really do. All of the food you featured today looks so so good (including the jello salad, it looks delicious!) AND if it weren't for recess I don't think Dax would like anything about school (oh, except for gym and lunch).

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    1. You make play structure someday. We will come crash it! xo

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  4. I want to make the veggie fried rice today. We need to go to the store anyway. That just sounds awesome right now. Our public schools allow for one recess, after lunch. Ticks me off. I'm glad we opted for a performing arts magnet, though, because at least they get to break up the monotony with dance and drama, etc. The Design Sponge thing made me giggle that day. I was thinking about a garden again this year, but I have a feeling our city is going to be put on a strict water schedule this summer, due to drought conditions. And if it gets as hot as last summer and the summer before that, what will have been the point anyway...

    Have a lovely weekend!!! xxxxoooo

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    1. I'm excited for the veggie fried rice too b/c I'm a good little Hawaiianite girl who loves her fried rice! I think all kids should do dance and drama at some point, even for a little while just to try it out. Such wonderful ways to communicate, interact, and move your body. :)

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  5. Fruits in salad makes them better!!! That photo made me drool (big fan of raspberries here)! Love love love Sakura blossoms! Fantastic Friday post as usual.

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    1. Thank you Cherie!!! I was really happy with how that pic turned out :) If you like cherry blossoms, you're gonna like it here next week! It will be very cherry blossomy.

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  6. I adore Susan Branch and have several of her books- did you see she's going to sign the pre-ordered books?! I'm going to have to order the Secret Garden kit whether or not my 8 year old enjoys the book- that is too perfect.

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    1. Oh yes yes! Very cool. I like her so much! I feel like her personality really shines through her art and her stories. SO happy you like that garden kit ~ it's so sweet. I like the assortment of flower mix provided :)

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  7. Cool, Cool Stuff! That salad looks GORGEOUS! Raspberries on a salad? Yes please!

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  8. I actually do have a couple of Susan Branch cookbooks and her blog is really well done. I haven't checked it in a while, though, which is probably why I don't know about the book. I LOVE the English countryside and I still need to do a post with some of my snaps from Wiltshire in October.

    OMG I want a food forest.

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    1. Food forest! Yeah! Andrew is wondering who's gonna maintain it, I guess the City of Seattle??

      I think Susan's blog is the bees knees and do you see how many comments she routinely gets?? Hundreds! Everyone loves La Susan!

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  9. Our comments make your day, and your comments make mine! Thank you so much Melissa ... I asked everyone on Twitter to come see your beautiful cherry blossoms! ♥ to Julia too. xo Susan

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    1. Miss Susan, I just told my husband that after marrying him and having my daughter, getting a note from you on my little bloggy is one of the Most Exciting Things ever to happen to me! I can't tell you how many over and over times I've read your books. I used to show my daughter your pictures when she was a baby, to entertain her in her highchair!

      I wrote on my Facebook page that getting a comment from you...it's like an angel came down and patted me on the head :)

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  10. That is so sweet Melissa! I do like your priorities! :-) I felt that same way when I read your nice post, blessed. Had to say hello. xoxo

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  11. I can't wait for Mr. Whimsy to build Baby Whimsy a treehouse.

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    1. can he come build us one too? tee hee :)

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