Archive | March, 2011

Saturday Piddling

26 Mar

It’s a rainy Saturday as I await my debut as a tambourine player with my new band tonight.

1. Jam and I found a Paleta store.

2. Jam took our kitchen to the next level.

3. To ensure I make the most use of our next level kitchen, I planted some seeds.

Jam and I have also become a part of a community garden on the north end of downtown (in the uptown district).  I have two new books and a wealth of little baby seeds.  I plan to grow some of those seeds indoors for the next few weeks while sowing a few others directly in the garden (as soon as the rain stops).  Looking forward to having an excuse to play around in some dirt during the weekends while also challenging the culinary side of my brain (as the CSA did last year).

Cold Hard Truth

25 Mar

Last night, Jam and I headed out to Trolley Night (as it was the last Friday of the month).  We paid $10 and got to not only dart into the open stores along South Main, but indulge in the South Main fare waiting for us.  We ate everything from thai chicken subs to flank steak grilled cheese to crawfish dip to gluten free blondie brownies.  We also started bumping into friends and acquaintances, making the street feel a bit more like our neighborhood and Memphis a bit more like our home.

The best part of the evening was getting front row ‘seats’ to local band Star and Micey’s vacant lot performance.  After the show, I was given an invitation to join them as their tambourine player.  Be it that such a goal has been on my bucket list, I am concerned that my life peaked last night.

It’s that cold hard truth that will set me free inside. – Cold Hard Truth; Star and Micey with Jeremy Stanfil

There Were Three in the Bed and the Little One Said…

21 Mar

We had the privilege of hosting three of the cutest kiddos west of the mississippi.  Thank goodness we had 1400 square feet to share rather than the more familiar 400 of our last two homes.  Jam bought Cookie Crisp, tickets to the Grizzlies game, a carriage ride through downtown, and candy on a trip to the “Peanut Shoppe” downtown.

Smile if you vote for Jam as uncle of the year…

As Far As the Eye Can See

16 Mar

It’s been a rainy spring here in Memphis.  Every 5-7 days, we have had a thunderstorm with a flood warning following behind two days later.  On our roof tonight, looking over Arkansas, there is water as far as the eye can see.  Bear in mind that Memphis (and its downtown) is on a bluff, high above these risen waters.  This extreme flooding only amounts to the river lapping the banks significantly closer to the walking trail in Tom Lee Park.  Arkansas, on the other hand, is marshy and low, so the flooded river spills over the floodlands and overtakes the trees.  It’s amazing to see.  I can’t quite grasp how the water does that, where it stops, where it goes, the physics behind it all.  But it reminds me how incredible it is to live so close to such an extreme example of the volatility of nature.  I’ve seen woods, I’ve seen enormous mountains, and I even remember a brief sandstorm on the beach from my childhood, but I’ve never seen the Gulf during a hurricane, never seen the floods of a Tsunami, never seen the buildings collapse under the shifting plates of the Earth’s core.  This mighty river and its strong tow remind me of the power of nature, its strength, its lawlessness, and my smallness next to it.

Sunday Project III

15 Mar

Mrs. Lowry’s Chocolate Pound Cake (from Ena Hunt)

Beat two sticks of butter with 1/2 cup shortening (in a mix master on high).  Add 3 cups sugar, 1 cup at a time.  Add 5 eggs, 1 egg at a time.  Add 1/2 cup hershey’s cocoa.  Add 1/2 t salt and 1 t baking powder.  Add 3 cups flour (sifted 3 times) and 1 cup milk (by alternating small amounts of flour and milk).  Add 2 t vanilla.

Grease and flour 1 bundt and 1 small loaf pan.  Bake at 325-350 degrees for 1 hour (loaf pan will need less time).  Cool 10 minutes and take out of the pan.

Sunday Project II

15 Mar

While Jam worked on our cantilevered shelving, I planted some cilantro, mint, and rosemary to keep watch over the train station.  I learned that indoor plants should face the south.  Fortunately, I have just the window.

Sunday Project I

15 Mar

Jam busied himself with a small Sunday project this weekend.  My new jars have a beautiful home amidst our chalkboard corners.