I have been plugging along on my family history saga during these lockdown days and once I hear from a few of the cousins, I think I can at least wrap up a first version I can send them all as a pdf. It's 240 pages right now (a lot of those are photos) and every time I proof it, I find something else to change.
That's been the big project of late, since for much of April and May the weather was so cold and unwelcoming that it felt like a good time to clamp down and do it. Besides, you can get a lot done while things are baking!
My favorite lemon bread is always a must. I like having several loaves of this in the freezer to share with someone who does something nice for me. Or just to hand out "because." (This Martha recipe reads as a cake but I do it in five mini-pans and bake 45 minutes. I lightly glaze with powdered sugar/lemon juice and skip the cognac.) It's fun to have something on hand to help say "thank you."
One of Rick's tenants volunteered to do a grocery run so I made some chocolate chip cookies to share with him. I also shared some with friends Kate and Mike who brought me some of Mike's birthday cake.
We did a hands-free hand-off in the driveway.
I think that might have been the night I made beef stew. I had stewing meat for more months than should probably be allowed in my freezer and it was time to use it or lose it. It was really good. I wish we'd had more leftovers!
The lettuce and radishes I planted in pots have been very slow to come. It this rate, I'll have a salad by the fourth of July. I hope.
But I did do one fun thing -- a Virtual Southern Exposure. Those who have read the Gypsy long enough know that one of my "happy places" is an herb farm called Southern Exposure where several friends and I enjoy wonderful dinners and creative workshops. Of course, this year the first two of our workshops have been canceled.
But they decided they could do some virtual workshops. They would deliver the supplies to our front door and follow up with an instructional video.
Our project was a small moss basket with five plants -- thyme, kale, spinach, lettuce and a pretty pansy. My friends Kate and Jan and I got together and zoomed as we finished our baskets.
It wasn't quite the same but the basket is pretty and we had a good time.
Do you know what a "buckle" is? I didn't, but I had blueberries in the fridge that needed to be used and so when I found a recipe for blueberry buckle in my King Arthur cookbook and realized I had all the ingredients, it seemed like the thing to make!
It was delicious -- much like a tasty coffee cake, one I'll make again.
Have you been cooking and creating? What's in your oven or on your work table?
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