Friday, August 5, 2011

cinnamon rolls

today i did something i've wanted to do for a long time - 
bake cinnamon rolls from scratch. 

last fall my sweet honey man gave me 
this week i am getting reacquainted with my home life after being gone 
for almost 6 weeks, and i dove into this cookbook. 

her recipe for cinnamon rolls is straightforward, 
and made it relatively easy and downright painless to get these going. 

the yeast foamed, the dough rose, it rolled out easily. 

it made 12, we've already eaten 9. 
who wants the last three? 

Monday, August 1, 2011

edible landscape, redlands, CA

kat and geoff

saturday i returned home from my 
"summer 2011 unitarian universalist tour"
the way i fondly refer to my travel-heavy summer work schedule. 

at our UU family camp, 7000 feet in the san bernardino mountains, 
i connected with kat, keith, and geoff. 
we bonded over our edible landscapes. 

they live on my way home, and generously offered to give me a tour of their place. 
i fell in love! 

they have lots of raised beds in the front and back yards, 
growing herbs, flowers, vegetables, fruits. 

the pathways are a recycled tire mulch. 
it's springy to the touch, 
and kat says it's no problem to be on your knees while weeding. 

they'd been out of town for a week, 
but thanks to their drip irrigation system, 
everything looked lush. 

check out this happy, healthy row of raspberries. 

love that they went vertical. 

more raised beds. 

tomatoes exploding out of their cage. 

their paradise has been in the making for the past 8 years. 
it was so inspirational and
helps me look with new eyes on my own garden. 

now that i'm back home, 
i can't wait to catch up on all my blog reading!