Saturday, March 28, 2009

The Coconut Adventure

Jonathan loves coconut macaroons dipped in melted chocolate. He loves them like he loves pineapple and ham on his pizza. A whole lot.

I knew that he liked coconut macaroons and, yet, for some reason I had never attempted to make them. Maybe they scared me a bit. To me they looked slightly elaborate in structure. They seemed to be one of those sweet confections that required an extra amount of attention or it would all go horribly wrong.

Yesterday, I must of been feeling extraordinarily courageous because I got it into my head to try and surprise him with coconut macaroons. I went to Martha Stewart for help or at least her website. I found a recipe. Surprisingly, the macaroons did not look too difficult to make. So, I set forth on my coconut adventure and it turned out to be more like a stroll in the park on a perfect spring afternoon. They were super easy to make. It shocked me how easy.

Here they are, sitting around in they toasted, golden deliciousness...

I melted chocolate and even kept myself from sticking my finger in the chocolate and eating it all before it could get to the macaroons.

Then I dipped half of each one into the chocolate...


If you like toasted coconut, you have to make these. Do it! Anyone else you know who likes coconut will love you for these. So, go forth on your own coconut adventure and have fun!

Friday, March 27, 2009

Crocus Awake!

Just another sign of spring's arrival!

Wednesday, March 25, 2009


The Cosmos and Zinnias started poking their tiny selves out of the dirt sometime during the night. I’m hoping I can fill the non-vegetable areas of the garden with a superabundance of flower awesomeness!

I’ve also been working on some knitting projects. I’m using the leftover Malabrigo from my Foliage project...

...for a Kitschy Kerchief.

It’s one of the beginner patterns from S ‘n B. Sometimes it nice to go back to basics. It’s like a bit of a breather in-between the bigger projects.

I’ve got some more knitty projects on needles of which I will write about later.

Keep smiling! :o)

Wednesday, March 4, 2009


Today's post meanders a bit, touching on a few random thoughts and musings.

Random #1:
Today, while I volunteered at the 577 Foundation, I glanced at the bonsai trees (which are nicely displayed now on driftwood platforms) and I thought about why I love them. I love bonsai trees because they spark my imagination. As a child I always conjured up fairies or talking mice or talking fairy mice who lived and hid among the bonsai trees. Even now, as an adult, when I look at a bonsai tree, I see the potential for stories about hidden worlds overlooked by those to busy to see them. Trees in general, whether they are 12 inches or 312 feet tall, always remind me of one of my favorite quotes, "Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished."

I try to remind myself of that when I think I need to rush my way through life. That quote always brings me back to center.

Random #2:
A couple of days ago, I ordered my seeds. I ordered them from Johnny's and High Mowing Seeds. Soon they will be here!

Today I started putting some seeds that a friend gave me into seedling trays. These are testers, while I wait for my seed order. Some of the seeds were a few years old, so I'm hoping they will germinate. Even though I have been gardening for awhile now, I am still amazed by the fact that something as tiny as a seed can create plants and veggies and fruit.

Random #3:
Last night I went to Insanknitty at The Yarn Cravin'. It was fun seeing everyone again, like Sarah and Karen. I think I'm going to try and make Insanknitty a habit. Oh, and HOORAY for Addi Purl, the cutest little puppy knitting mascot ever! I wish I had a picture of her, but I don't. At least not yet! She sat on my lap last night and tried to eat my hair. Silly puppy!

Random #4:
Just a picture of an orchid in bloom. Pretty.