May 20, 2013

Homelife


Pie is pretty, don't you think? So is cake. Dessert is SO PRETTY. Can I tell you something? Looking at pictures of my life on the blog is way more awesome than looking at it in real life. Real life has been filled with some blah lately. Aging parents. Hard. Aging body parts. Bleh, you can have it.

But there's always pie. Which Andrew's mother made for us...TWICE. Hurray! I made the crust for this one you see here, but she did the lattice work because I Do Not Know How. I didn't realize you're supposed to WEAVE those babies. In case you're wondering what the hey kind of pie this is, it's Rhubarb Custard and I don't even want to HEAR ooh that sounds gross. Because it's the awesomest thing, I'm telling you. It's the perfect storm of sweet-tart. My mom-in-law makes this recipe, but sometimes to make extra filling, she throws in a couple of extra eggs and then bakes the whole thing an additional 20 minutes. IT'S DIVINE. The type of pie one just doesn't ordinarily have, you know? Or at least I had never had it, until she made it for us.

When the bed gets made around here, it's such a rarity, I have to photograph it.

Also, beaches around here are not like beaches in Hawaii, but beaches are still cool.

I'm excited for a LOT of movies. I feel like maybe I saw three movies in the past year (not true, but it seems that way), and now suddenly there are a ton I want to see. So I'm going to do a post on that soon, Movies I Want to See, and that will show you that basically, I will watch anything.

I planted some lettuces, and peas, and sweet peas, and marigolds and thyme. There is a small bunny that has been regularly visiting us. That bunny is going to eat my lettuce. What should I do? How do I protect my lettuces from this cute little bunny??

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  1. Dear Melissa,

    Do you know that you are fab? One of the many things I like about you is your search for beauty and your real words too. Yes, life can be blah and indeed bleh too. There is always beauty and pie to be found.

    Hugs from afar,

    Stephanie

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    1. ha ha! I did know that I was fab....at watching TV, being ridiculous, a dork, and not-motivated-to-exercise. But I'm trying to be better at the exercise. :)

      kisses!

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  2. The pie looks awesome! I wished I could taste it! I really must try that recipe. I don't know how to do lattice either!

    I hear you about the aging issue. Very sad and affecting my family too but it makes you cherish them all the more.

    Ah I wouldn't know what to do about the bunny! How exactly does one chase a bunny away? (Well apart for yielding a rake like Mr. McGregor!)

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    1. I think that our one bunny is actually a WHOLE LITTER OF BUNNIES. Or so I've heard from our neighbor. OH NO!

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  3. that pie sounds (and looks)divine. I poached pears last night and did a crumble on them but once I hit the couch I was too tired to heave myself off it and into the kitchen to get some. I've banned my kids from screens for a while so the days are full of football and bike rides etc. It is EXHAUSTING.

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    1. I can't tell you how many times I've done that, Lucy! Made something and then been too tired to deal with eating it. I think it's going to be a huge shock for my kiddo when summer comes and it's not a giant TV free-for-all....:)

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  4. There's only one way to scare off that bunny. First, you must chase him while yelling, "Stop, thief!" Then you need to hang up his clothes and shoes for a scarecrow.

    That'll learn him.

    ;)

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    1. I wonder if I should grow an old man beard and wear suspenders as well...might work?

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  5. Aging just stinks! I'm so over the moon excited for Epic that we've got it marked on the calendar for next week. :D You could go all romantic on your lettuce and find some chicken wire cloches to cover it with (just stake them into the ground) or pick up some fencing that is too tall for Mr. Cottontail to jump over. :D

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    1. IS EPIC NEXT WEEK?????

      Don't know why I had that in my head as being mid summer or something.

      Oh you made my day! Can't WAIT for that one!

      I like the idea of the chicken wire thingys.

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  6. I love that ocean pic! Where is it?

    Lovely yard btw!

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    1. oops, wrote my reply to you underneath Danzel's comment. see below!

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  7. Yay! I have electricity again, so I am commenting now. I want pie. I was craving pie yesterday, then darn it! You post a picture of pie. Two pictures. I really, really want pie now. Sigh.

    I want a garden, too, but right now, I'm glad I didn't have one, because hail would have probably killed it yesterday. :o)

    The last movie I saw in the theatre was Frankenweenie at the second-run movie house. I suck at seeing movies now. My husband and I joke about the days when we might see 2 movies in one day, or we'd like something enough to see it 2 or 3 times. I guess I saw Brave twice...

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    1. Sorry, I wrote my reply to Juju under your comment. curses. i am so chatty, i get confused where i'm chatting. :)

      now I want cherry pie or apple pie. I once made a pie with cornflakes sprinkled on the bottom, and it makes a really nice crunch. I'll make it soon and put it on the blog. :)

      So glad your storm is over! and that you're safe. xo

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  8. It's some little tiny beach right on Puget Sound. I think. I get Puget Sound and the various lakes around the Seattle area mixed up and confused. Pretty sure that this was Puget Sound though :)

    Our yard was flooded off the face off the earth a few years ago (long story), and it had to be reconstructed. So we greatly appreciate our yard. :)

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  9. My gardening friend recommended sprinkling spicy spices (cayenne, cloves) around the plants to deter the bunnies and other critters. I've been using cayenne every few days and so far, so good! Cheaper and less effort than putting in a fence. I get my big container of cayenne at the Mexican grocery store.

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    1. what a cool idea! ooh i have to try that.

      now, as of this moment, the plants have been in for about a week, and thus far, no slugs, and no bunny bite marks. but i'm very very nervous...

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  10. The pie looks so yummy!! I wish I could do lattice work like that. It's almost too pretty to eat! I have been feeling a bit blah, too. Glad we have a beach vacation coming up soon to get me out of this rut!! I love love your garden. Your backyard is gorgeous! Oh, and yes, your bed looks so pretty! Where are the bed linens from? They are lovely.

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    1. So, last year my mom offered to buy me an ottoman to go with this chair I had from West Elm. Six months later, the ottoman had been delayed twice and then they said, oh we lost your order. At that point, I decided the ottoman and I were not meant to be, and I canceled the order and took a store credit ~ Which I finally ended up using on some sheets and a duvet. And I still haven't used all of my credit, so yay!

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  11. Cute sheets! And the garden looks great--bunnies are pretty much unstoppable--we put a fence up around it--that's the only thing we have found to work slightly well--because of course, the chipmunks can still get through and they eat the tomatoes...just one bite--out of each one--they'd never dare to eat a whole one, oh no, their mama's taught them better than that.

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    1. Andrew is convinced that whatever we do, if that bunny wants in, it's gonna get in....that's too hilarious about the one bite squirrels...:)

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  12. I think that pie looks and sounds absolutely divine. I'm feeling pretty good about myself today because I actually made a cheesecake and we're going to eat it and I can't wait! It's been SOOOO long since I made one and I just can't wait to dig in!

    I'm not sure about the bunny trouble...

    And I too have had my fair share of bleh days lately. AND I feel guilty but I'm not embracing the summer spirit like everyone else. I think having all the children home everyday will sometimes be great and will mostly be exhausting and will sometimes drive me completely bonkers.

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    1. Cheesecake! I love homemade cheesecake. I think that will be the next entry into Let's Make a Special Dessert-land. :)

      Your summer is going to be about NEW BABY! and that's totally ok and everything else will just sort itself out...xo

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  13. Oh my. I need a piece of that pie and I need it NOW, it looks tastier than tasty:)You and your mother-in-law are artists to make a pie like that.

    Isn't it lovely how simple things like pie and pretty sheets and tidy gardens help make bleh days better? It's the little things that make life endurable sometimes.

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    1. Oh Becca, yes. I am all about the little things. Sometimes the big picture is so overwhelming to me, I can't process it. I can only seize upon the tiny details :)

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