A Winner!

I’m announcing the winner of the Yummy Yummy contest a day early since I’ll be away from the computer much of tomorrow.

Here’s the drumroll…

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Time for another gifting!

Yummy yummy yummy I got love in my tummy….

Remember that song? I’m dating myself aren’t I?

This afternoon I sat fat and full of a yummy yummy lunch singing the chorus. I’ll never be a great chef but Chris asks me often if I really don’t mind cooking every meal now that we live on the farm full time. I do not actually cook every single meal we eat. We’ll have lunch in town after market on Saturdays and often one evening meal in Tahlequah once a week or so.

But really? I love messing around in the kitchen. Simple dishes are my favorites and this time of year it’s easy to throw together something simple, fresh and appetizing. I buy fresh produce at market each week. In my frig are fresh carrots, onions, red & blue potatoes, sugar snap peas, parsley, sweet gold little tomatoes (first of the season!), a bit of lettuce, two kinds of squash, cucumbers, and goat cheese. All from the local farmers market. From the Oklahoma Food Coop I have a brisket, lamb Italian sausage, buffalo patties, cheddar cheese curds, sweet cream butter, yogurt in three flavors, parmesan crackers and fresh roasted coffee. Oh and lest I neglect to mention – I have incredible treats from market too – toffee w/ chocolate, a scrumptious brownie and a very small pineapple upside down cake. This stuff is like crack…completely addictive. For fruits I’m still relying mostly on the grocery store beyond berries and peaches that are available local right now.

I’ve finally accepted the fact that I’ll never be one of those uber-skinny chicks that looks sleek and svelte in everything. I love to cook and I love to eat, which even though I try to remain within healthy portions adds a little soft roundness to my frame. This is the way it is….

So back to the song…
Yummy yummy yummy I got love in my tummy…

I’ve got two skeins of lace weight Knit Picks Alpaca Cloud with beads to offer up to anyone who posts in the comments with the group, the title, and the year that song hit Billboard – along with the list of a few items they’ve bought from local farmers, ranchers or chefs (name the market or the grower) in their area within the past week. To sweeten the deal, a bar of our handcrafted Lavender Bud soap will be included. I’ll throw the names in a hat and pull out the lucky winner on 29 June 2009. (US only)

Previous winners on this blog excluded.

Yummy yummy yummy I got love in my tummy!

Eat Local – Eat Fresh this summer!

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Brutal but Good

It’s summer in Oklahoma. It’s hot – brutal hot. It’s 9pm and finally the temp is below 90F.

We just came in from harvesting in the lavender field. This time of year we have what we jokingly refer to as Summer Hours. Out early to work, inside for lunch and siesta, inside work, dinner and back out in the field from about 7pm until finished for the day. This evening we walked in from the new lavender beds – drenched in sweat and laughing about how insane we must be.

Just for something different let me tell you what I’ve been listening to on the ipod. I love my ipod – am thoroughly addicted to my ipod.

Podcasts or Radio Programs
The Splendid Table (3 episodes today alone)
Travel with Rick Steves
Sticks and String
Lime and Violet
Cast On
Quirky Nomads
Savage Love
This American Life

Music
Anything and everything by Bruce Springsteen
Leonard Cohen
Seven Nations
Michael Franti
Sam and the Stylees
Truckstop Honeymoon
Monica Taylor

I would link all that up for you but I’m tired and I need an ice cold glass of tea. Stash brand Black Peach Tea to be exact.

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Summer of Lace

It’s almost time for the new Season of Lace to begin, Summer of Lace.
I’m jazzed. At 2:30am I was awake playing with yarn down in the Rabbit Hole. The SoL KAL (knitalong) is for the Aeolian Shawl, another great design by Elizabeth Freeman. She of the Laminaria Shawl fame, designer extraordinaire. I was smitten with the Aeolian immediately.
I have a lovely skein of yarn the exact color of raspberries, dyed by my friend Kay Meadors. Kay rocks as a dyer, although she’s primarily known for her knitting and crochet books. Now all along I’ve thought the Berries yarn was what I was going to knit my Aeolian from. But nooooo. In the middle of the night I pulled out some of the other yarn that Kay has dyed. Months ago I handed off a big cone of natural cream colored lace alpaca yarn. I told her I’d split it with her if she’d dye a few skeins of it for me. The cream just wasn’t working for me.
Kay outdid herself on color with this cone of boring alpaca. The skeins she sent me are stunning and saturated with rich color. For now though, let me show you just how lovely one particular skein is. She’s called it Terra Cotta. And it will be my Aeolian Shawl.

Enjoy the beauty…doesn’t it take your breath away?



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WWKIP – Good Times

My day at market began great! The first smiling knitter I saw was Mary from OKC SWAK and the good times kept rolling from there.

I’ve posted a short blurb about the market WWKIP on this link along with some photos. Another market vendor is submitting a story to several farmers market publications which may also check out the site for farmers market/fiber market events in other areas at later dates.

Thanks to the yarn stores and market vendors and a HUGE thank you to all the great knitters!

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