Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Apples and Pears

We just got home from the very last Farmers' Market (West Lafayette) of the season, where we stocked up on Melrose and Winesap apples, and a giant bag of Asian pears. Now we are back in the kitchen to resume our cooking frenzy. I am done with my pumpkin pies, ginger cookies, and wild rice stuffing, so it's Zach's turn to pickle beets and make some gobble-gobble meatballs!

We hope you have a great time tomorrow. Safe travels, everyone!

Christmas Ornaments for 2014

letter blocks say what

Our Christmas ornaments for 2014 are finally done! It was a long process of carving blocks, printing, embroidering, and sewing, but we're so glad we made them!

block print ornaments

Each one of these balls have a one of a kind embroidered design. The robots, well, are robots. So while they are not one of a kind, they are fun in multiples.

one of a kind christmas ornaments

robot ornaments

As you can see, we only have a limited number of ornaments. We are taking all of them to Artists' Own. If you live locally, do stop in to see them after Thanksgiving!

block print ornaments

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Homemade Healing Salves

I spent the evening making some salves using oils we've infused with our homegrown calendula. I also have a chamomile and lavender infused oil that I made using the organic dried flowers we put in our stuffed animals and "jars"!

The process is fairly simple. You infuse oils with flowers and herbs for at least 4-6 weeks. Strain, add some beeswax and stir into a consistency that works for you! I added some essential oils, but this step is totally optional. You can look at this website for more details. The hardest part is cleaning up your pot after you are done. I find the best way to do this is to rub some baking soda into your pot to lift the grease and wax.

All the homemade salve will come in handy this winter when my skin is dry and itchy. I like that I can use something that I made, with ingredients that I know. I let Zach design some labels for the bottles that I'm sending to our nephew and cousin, and this is what he came up with! Pretty funny, huh?

Monday, November 24, 2014

from the studio: 11.24.14

Small Spaces: Talk & Tour on WLFI

Here's WLFI's coverage of yesterday's Talk & Tour event. You can read the original article here. And if you are still following the Journal and Courier's coverage of Small Spaces (why?!!!), you can read their version here

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Thank You!

Zach and I would like to say the BIGGEST "thank you" to everyone who braved the rain to attend the Small Spaces: Lafayette Talk & Tour this afternoon. We not only got to hear the Mayor, Economic Development Director, Dennis Carson, and Zach speak about the project and the impact of it on our community, but there was also a lively Q&A session that went on afterwards.

For those who joined us on the downtown tour, we hope you had some fun in spite of the weather. If you took pictures and want to share them, you can do so on the Small Spaces Facebook page. Alternatively, you can also use the hashtag #smallspaceslafayette on whichever social media platform you prefer. We look forward to seeing your additions!

photos by Pete Brown, via Midwest Street Art

Recipe of the Week: Butternut Squash and White Bean Soup

About a month ago, Zach and I were so fortunate to be invited to our friends Kathleen and Dana's house for a visit. They live in a house Dana built out in beautiful Warren County.

The unique house and their artful lives were the cover story for last fall's Lafayette Magazine!

We had too much fun on our visit. We helped out in the gorgeous vegetable garden, took hikes and foraged for mushrooms. Zach and Dana climbed a 100 ft tall white pine tree, while I stayed on the ground and bonded with their cats and dogs.

Kathleen has been sharing with us fresh produce from her garden and eggs from her chickens for the better part of this year. In return, Zach is painting her and Dana's new outhouse.

letter blocks say what

The second time we went out to their house, Kathleen fed us an unforgettably delicious butternut squash and white bean soup.

I've never been a big fan of butternut squash but I loved her soup. We also just received some white beans from Zach's mom that we helped to plant earlier in the spring. So I decided to write and ask Kathleen for her recipe. Try it. I think you'll love this soup too.

1 cup dried white beans (soaked overnight in 4 cups of water)
1 medium butternut squash, chopped into 1/2 inch cubes
2 onions, sliced thin
2 tbsp olive oil
3 cups chicken broth
4 cups water
1 bay leaf
3-4 sage leaves
salt, to taste

In a large pot, cook beans in 3 cups of chicken broth and 4 cups of water until soft, about 45 minutes.
While you wait for the beans, saute onions until golden, then add herbs and squash, and cook for an additional 5 minutes.
When the beans are done, add squash mixture into large pot with beans.
Cook at a simmer until the squash and beans become very soft.
Season with salt.

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