Friday, August 28, 2020

simple panini with homemade focaccia

A couple of weeks ago, I shared my latest guilty pleasure:
great for appetizer with a little olive oil for dipping.

It also make great panini:

so tasty with fresh pesto 
(I make my own: basil, roasted pine nuts, Parmesan, olive oil, salt and pepper),
tomato, mozzarella, (ham if you are into meat...)

Just slice the focaccia, spray some pesto,

and layer tomato and cheese.

It tastes good like that but to take it to the next level,
warm it up in a panini press:

the same one we use to make Croque Monsieur and toasted quesadilla....

And then it is truly ready to be eaten....

The fresh mozzarella doesn't melt,
so Miss C. and Brick Master like to use shredded mozzarella for the gooiness
But Mon Cheri and I enjoy it that way,
maybe slightly more authentic....

These panini make great sandwiches,
upping our lunches,
keeping us daydreaming to next summer or the summer after....

Happy day!

Friday, August 21, 2020

sewing another classic lunch carrier or two...

While nobody is going back to school this year,
I still sewed 2 new lunch carriers for my friends:

 Last year, I sewed a fall lunch carrier
and a sunny lunch one,
so I felt I had to keep going on the tradition!

(main body and handle is Tilda Cottage fabric)

Now my friends and I can all virtually meet up for lunch with a similar lunch carrier!

What's not to love?
For both of them, I used a mix of quilting prints,
iron-on fleece for interfacing and some water resistant lining:

(main body print is from Minki Kim collection)

I think I actually made 6 or 7 of these lunch carriers,
does anybody need one?

Happy sewing!

Friday, August 14, 2020

a little homemade focaccia

While we had to postpone our Italian vacations this summer,
we have been enjoying some traditional food 
 and some classic movies: Roman Holidays, la Dolce Vita,
a Room with a View (visiting the sites from our couch!)
and now homemade Focaccia:

Baking bread is a great cool weather activity as it warms up the house,
but right now it is the last thing I want! (hello 30 days in a row above 90!)

Since I have found out that I can use our outdoor pizza oven (propane),
I have been making at least weekly.

it is ready in less than 2h from dissolving yeast to slicing the warm bread!

Isn't it gorgeous, just out of the oven?

We serve it quite simply with a little olive oil, some herbs and
 maybe some shredded Parmesan, delicious!

The perfect appetizer to a glass of vermouth for aperitif!

Happy day!

Friday, August 7, 2020

Front yard overall, part two

We left off last time just after the masons have finished all the stone work:

looking very nice, ready for the carpenters!

We were looking for a simple front porch,
very square, like the house.
Because of the timing, we were not sure
it would get finished as our state started
to shut down.
Our contractor decided to keep working
as all the work was outside.

With the columns, it really started to take shape.

But then there was a long time waiting for the inspector,
and finally the under roof was installed!

And the magic of paint finished it all off:

As the grass started to grow, we made a new house number,
brought in a rocking chair from the back yard...

and started planting some plants and flowers
in the new bed between the driveway and the walkway.

We put more plants and added gravel,
perfect for lavender.

We purchased a set of new chairs for the porch,
perfect for 2 people, and just the right size for the space.

So are we done?
Well almost, the driveway needs to be redone,
(actually just finished!)
and I would like to get new light for the porch,
more specifically get another light on the other side,
which requires an electrician to enter the house,
and I am not ready for that.

Happy Day!

Coffee, bunny and Easter eggs

Can anyone have too many bunnies, really? OK, maybe, but I am not there yet! I changed my cocoa station from last winter to a spring coffee ...