Monthly Archives: September 2013

Flowers at the Farmers’ Market

I rarely buy cut flowers, but I love looking at them. My favorite arrangements are the small, simple, wildflowery-looking ones, though I know it’s an art and a skill (not one I possess) to make some flowers in a mason jar look this pretty.DSC05993

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I’m also pretty terrible with remembering the names of flowers, although I know that the deep purple bloom in the jar in the lower-right corner of the photo above is a single-bloom ¬†lisianthus.

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A last riot of vibrant color from the flowers before the trees take over with their fiery fall pyrotechnics.

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French Macaroons at the Cambridge School of Culinary Arts

Two friends joined together to get us a fantastic wedding gift: a gift certificate to the Cambridge School of Culinary Arts. We chose a class on French macarons (and other pastries), and this was the result:

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Well: part of the result. There were about ten of us in the class, and each pair or group made two recipes: macarons, and some other kind of French cookie (Ben and I made Linzer cookies; other pairs made Madeleines, “cigarettes,” almond cookies, and a couple other kinds).

Each recipe made a huge batch, so every person got a bakery box full to take home.  We gave some to neighbors, brought some to our respective workplaces, and still struggled to finish them all. (We did finish them all though. It would be a crime to let all that sugar and butter and flour go to waste.)

We haven’t yet “tried this at home,” so to speak, but December is just around the corner, and December means cookie swap time.

Anyway, it was a fantastic evening and a wonderful gift!

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Apples and Honey

The most inventive presentation I’ve ever seen:

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Apples and honey are traditionally served on Rosh Hashanah (the Jewish New Year), but this is the first time I’ve ever seen honey served from inside an apple. Apparently it can be done with a melon baller.

To a sweet new year!

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Opening Day at King Richard’s Faire

As much as it kills me to spell “Faire” with that “e” on the end…

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…we spent a day at King Richard’s Faire in Carver, MA, and it was great. It would not have occurred to me to go on my own, but it turns out the husband is kind of a fan of Renaissance Fairs (though he didn’t dress up), and since we couldn’t get down to any of the big ones in PA this summer, he allowed that this was a decent substitute.

To my surprise, everything was set up in a forest rather than an open field, so we were able to be in the shade for most of the day. Also, the first person we met when we entered was a tall man who walked around with a pewter tankard on his head. He had superb balance – we saw him later in the day and it was still there (and he wasn’t using velcro, and we never saw him spill).

It was my first-ever Renaissance Fair and I enjoyed it. Because look:

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Jousting! For real! Well, not really for real, but there were knights (guys) in armor on horses, so even if the outcome was rigged and the falls were staged, it was still pretty cool to see.

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You don’t see this every day. Unless you’re in the habit of watching A Knight’s Tale on a daily basis.

In addition to the knights, there was a parade (including a girl on a pony with a unicorn horn affixed to its forehead, or as my friend said, “The happiest girl in the entire world”), games, people in costumes, turkey legs and mead for sale, bawdy wenches (seriously, don’t make eye contact unless you want to become part of the performance), a sad magician, and an impressive balancing act.

Oh! And baby tigers.

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Because why? Who knows! But when there are baby tigers, the “why” is less important that the “awww.” And the awe.

Here’s one about the pummel the other:

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So that was our day at the fair. It was a nice adventure, even if we didn’t see these guys or this guy.

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