Happenings and Recipes

Dave and I have a lot of irons in our fire lately.  This is saying a lot because I personally don’t usually ever have a fire going and if I do, I adhere to a strict one iron at a time policy to avoid getting overwhelmed.  Ok, so maybe it’s only 2 irons.  Here they are:OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA



The original putrid shade of green that was hiding under the cushion.


For shame, chair! Cover yourself up! PS, that toilet in the background is NOT hooked up, it’s just an old throne just hanging out in the basement.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Dave is project manager. I am creative lead.

We’re still in the fun beginning stages of stripping the chair and meticulously documenting the process with pictures and labeling and tagging all the pieces.  It’s easy to feel giddy and excited about the end product, but I get a little trembly and apprehensive when I ponder cutting pieces out of my beautiful yellow ikat.  If it was just me doing this project, I’d probably chicken out and never do it, but Dave is helping me and he has that quality that I lack when it comes to big projects: stick-to-it-ivness.  He’s a natural problem solver so he tackles projects with a very cool and logical brain.  I just get frazzled!

Our second iron in the fire:OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAGarden!

We are complete first timers at this and have no idea what we’re doing.  There’s this beautiful plot in our back yard that used to be our landlord’s garden and his father’s before him.  Our landlord sadly passed away almost 2 years ago and we asked his son whether we could use the garden plot.  He said go for it, and he deposited the leaves in the fall on top of the plot to keep the ground moist and protected (?) during the winter.  Anyway, when we finally cleared the leaves and tilled up our little patch this past weekend (by hand!) the soil was rich and soft and beautiful.  We mixed in some manure and we’re letting it sit this week and then next week, the seeds and seedlings go in!  OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

To be completely honest, I have very low expectations.  We’re not planting much and we’re not aiming to take a chunk out of our food budget.  We’re just trying our hand at it to see what happens.  If anybody out there has any tips or lessons learned the hard way, we would be so grateful to hear them!


Now on to the good eats!  I’ve been making this pumpkin banana bread for SK for a while now but recently I had an aha moment and made them into mini muffins.  I know, I know.  Brilliant.


Mini muffins, you may not know, are super easy to freeze and therefor preserve for several weeks. You can just pop a couple at a time in the microwave to defrost. Brilliant.


SK wants to share!

A few more things about this recipe.  I’m not going for skinny, so I use 2 eggs instead of one egg and one egg white.  Also, I don’t use nuts.  I bake them in the mini muffin tin at 375 for 10 minutes.  Oh, also, the combination of banana and pumpkin makes these muffins a really good antidote to baby diarrhea.  Just sayin!

Finally, the pièce de résistance.  A word of warning: my picky McFamily members will probably not approve of this recipe but that just proves it’s deliciousness.


These tacos pair perfectly with a margarita (of course) but corona works in a pinch. And yes, judgy-judgers. I use paper plates and paper towels in copious amounts. I don’t have a dishwasher. Lay off me, Earth day was last week, sheesh!

These are…. incredible.  They are the perfect warm weather Friday night meal, IMO. I’ve made them twice, the first time during Lent but even though it is fish and all, it is far too delicious to have on a Friday in Lent.  Sinfully delicious, that’s what.

And that was my overly long post with far too many pictures that could have been split up into several posts over the course of the week.  But who doesn’t love a long rambling picture heavy post?


Not I, said the pig.

5 thoughts on “Happenings and Recipes

  1. I can't wait to see the finished chair! I def. want to try that pumpkin-ban. recipe. I have a bunch of ripe bananas in my freezer waiting to be used. Those tacos look amazing. And worry not about the paper waste- I HAVE a dishwasher and use an obscene amount of paper towels!

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