Monday, April 28, 2008

Farmer's Market deliciousness

Here are the yummy strawberries that we found at the farmer's market this past sunday. It was a strawberry day. I wore my little strawberry shortcake shirt(a gift from matthew, many years ago) and ate delicious strawberry pancakes for breakfast and then bought quite the bundle of strawberries for munching purposes. Actually, I plopped them in the fridge until monday and then made my most favorite salad(and matthew's least favorite salad) of all times, a strawberry and spinach salad. Matthew's aunt Kathy is the origin of this recipe which is basically just ripe strawberries, spinach and toasted almonds dressed with a poppy seed dressing.*

We'll also have to eat the obligatory strawberry shortcake for dessert tonight. Really, I think strawberry shortcake is my all time favorite dessert. But, I never like the fancy kind. Just a rustic biscuit style shortcake and lots of whipped cream is best. The horrible little layered things and the angel food cake are not even worth wasting the strawberries and whipped cream(two of the world's best ingredients, particularly when eaten together) on.

* Poppy seed dressing(I've never made a full recipe but I do love the leftover dressing)
1 cup canola oil
1/2 cup sugar
1/3 cup apple cider vinegar
1 tbsp. poppy seeds
1 teas. salt
2 teas. dry mustard
whip with a whisk

A little note on the photos in this post. They are of the strawberries that I didn't cut up for either shortcake or salad. They look so pretty because I saved the loveliest ones for just plain old munching. The wee strawberry is my pet strawberry. I think he is so cute and lovely so I had to give him a special spot on the blog. So cute So cute. Matthew was actually quite concerned that someone would think that I didn't take these photos. They were just taken in the lovely sun on the balcony outside my apartment. It is a nice spot for photos.

Sunday, April 27, 2008

Busy month

My favorite but the most exhausting activity was having my mother and brother visit so that we could all attend my cousin Aaron's wedding. This was exhausting because I spent a good couple of days driving through LA County. For the old granny driver in me, this was a harrowing experience, but provided a nice chance to see my sweet and crazy little relatives.

I bought a really odd dress for the wedding, it is essentially a daffodil yellow toga. Too bad the weather was way to cold for me to ever take off my jacket. Anyway, that was fun to wear something out of the norm and slightly cheesy.

I'm training a new girl at work. She is very small, shorter than me, and cute. I'm not very good at teaching people the things that I understand very well. Maybe this is good practice.

Over all a fun month because it has been full of new and mostly fun experiences.

Friday, April 4, 2008


Easter was fun and relaxing; I didn't go to church this year. Church is always odd on easter, never like a normal service so we just sat around at home and ate a yummy lunch/dinner and drank champagne with rose syrup.

Bunnies in a little pool of water.

Bunny altar.

Easter Tulips