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Hi folks – (all six of you who know about this blog!) Like all fun projects, I get super-excited out of the gate and then get distracted with something else (ooh! look at that bee!).
I started this blog last year and then veered off into…well, something else. But I’ve thought about it a lot over the past year and have become a loyal follower of OTHER blogs, and now that September is here (the TRUE beginning of a year, in MHO) I am back at it.
First thing I did to get myself moving was submit a post about my front hall re-do to a great blog called Better After (betterafter.net) and the lovely Lindsay said that she would include my project in a future post! Yay! What better way to get motivated to move ahead. So I’ve re-organized my studio, moved back in with all of my fun stuff and….immediately went into the kitchen.
Huh!? (oooh – remember the bee? distractable. very)
But it is harvest season and my garden is bursting. So I did a little creative project while making gazpacho that I’ll share here:
I am a sloppy gazpacho maker. I don’t follow recipes, just go with whatever I have on hand. So on this day, I took yellow cherry tomatoes, cukes, red beefsteaks and shallots, layered them into a blender, doused it with some red wine vinegar and salt and pepper and it looked like this:
Wow – that is sort of a stinky picture. NTS: get a new camera to blog like a grown-up.
After I made my pretty arrangement, I hit BLAST and then SUPER THROTTLE on my blender and here we have lunch:
I was so proud.
But then my family looked at it, squinted and craned their necks for a closer look before walking away without comment.
And most moms know that means “I am not eating that. Period.”
So I brought it into work because my cheerful, delightful friend there said she wanted some! But it still sits in the fridge. I know it looks sort of ugly, but trust me it is GOOD!
Another friend at work saw it in the fridge (in a pretty little mason jar, mind you) and asked “Who brought in the salad dressing?” – to which I said “OH that is my homemade gazpacho for Mary!!” and SHE SAID “Oh – I thought it looked like puke”. But she is pregnant and doesn’t think clearly about food right now so I’m letting that one roll by.
But I guess I should work on my presentation skills – with food, this blog – just about everything. So enjoy this little before and after gazpacho post, and check out Lindsay’s great Better After blog at http://www.betterafter.net and I’ll be back soon with the results of my first Annie Sloan Chalk Paint project!
Thanks for checking in – you six wonderful people!!