Thursday, January 21, 2016

When did I become...


Laura Ingalls Wilder?


I'm not really sure when it happened but I noticed it whilst fillin' the water jug before climbing into bed in the loft wearing my new nightcap.

You see, despite all the luxuries that can now be found in Casa Cornwell like heat, and walls that don't crumble, and floors that don't sag and bounce, and our new kitchen couch....

when the weather does this
we still lose the greatest luxury we have....running water.  Yep.  Water tubes that hang in trees still freeze when the temp dips below 0.


Sunday, January 03, 2016

Just because...

Every house needs at least one bowl with legs.....


And because I've had a long lazy new year weekend.

Happy New Year,  Everyone.  May your 2016 bowl always be full and grow some legs.

Monday, December 28, 2015

Another Holiday to Celebrate

Olive Knitting turns 10 today. Yep.  A whole decade that I've been babbling on here.  That's 70 dog years.  So, grab a glass of bubbly and head on down memory lane (that would be the archives which you can find there in the right sidebar).  If you don't feel like spending 10 hours (that's 70 dog hours) reading the 10 years of thoughts, observations, and stories from Maberga just go HERE - that post is pretty much the Olive Knitting Cliffs Notes.

Viva....

olive


knitting


Friday, December 25, 2015

merry christmas


Sunday, December 13, 2015

christmas gifts

David and I are making christmas gifts for each other this year.

I couldn't help but sneak a peek at what David was making me...



We'll be sharing most of those bottles of limoncello with friends and neighbors but I think at least one will be under the tree with my name on it.

For my part, I'm having a tough time deciding.  Please, let me know which of the following* would look best on David.

chiliphilly1

chiliphilly4

or

chiliphilly5


I'm leaning toward the pizza.

* thank you to Makezine for the the photos

Monday, November 23, 2015

Let the season begin....

With some turkey and stuffin

Oh wait, wrong photo


Yep.  Annual "Thanksgiving in Italy", hosted this year (thankfully!) by Christine.  Oh yeah, and Valerio





We ate, we drank, we laughed, we danced, we opened presents and then we all ran like frightened babies back to our own houses when the hail came.

Actually, the hail didn't bother me.  I just wanted to get back home so I could sit in the dark and look at the Christmas tree that Graham and I had put up the day before.

Brings a tear to your eye with its beauty, dunnit?

PS.  Thanks everyone for the Forno name suggestions.  No decisions yet.  Poor thing might just be "Forno" for the rest of its life.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Oven Birthday Part II

Did I mention that we have a special guest who came just for the Oven's birthday?  He felt it was important since he was here for its birth.


That's sunny son Graham all the way from Seattle.  He's actually a lot sunnier than his face shows in that photo.  He made some ravioli for the celebration (no, they didn't go into the oven.  I'm not sure why they were on the menu but they were damn tasty!)

He had a little help


Since it was such a big celebration we had to have TWO different kinds of ravioli:

Chard



and David's brasato (braised beef)

and it was SUCH an important celebration we had to call in the professionals:

Adriana



And Gino


But before we ate the ravioli we had a few things hot out of the oven....

sardinara (no photo...imagine a cheeseless pizza with anchovies, garlic cloves, and olives)

farinata (no photo...imagine a chick pea flour pancake the size of a pizza)

and, of course, pizza



Just because he was afraid we wouldn't have enough food, Gino also made brandacujun (Ligurian dish of potatoes and salted cod)


After something like 3 days of cooking, we sat down to eat






Happy Birthday, Still-Nameless-Oven