So much has happened over the last week and a half! It’s really exciting to see it all come together. We’ve got the entire basement framed out now. As of Friday the basement is now wired for flaming hot electricity, and sheetrock is starting this week. It’s almost done! After the sheetrock comes fresh paint, followed up by flooring and trim, later on down the road I’ll finish the built-ins with cabinetry and whatnots.
Pals. It’s CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) season again – and it couldn’t come soon enough. With the basement project overwhelming our house we have not been good about making meals – at all. I really do like cooking, I just get in these ruts sometimes, and at the end of the day I just don’t want to cook. The CSA boxes have really been the kick in the pants that I’ve needed to start making real meals for the fam again.
Typically, because of the nature of CSA boxes we end up eating a lot of salad throughout the summer. It was good to start out with a recipe that was hot, delicious and definitely not a salad. These fritters are the perfect way to use up those spring veggies and it would be easy to play off the recipe by adding chopped spinach or grated potato. Also, if you’re anything like me, the more cayenne you add, the better.
Kohlrabi Broccoli FrittersRecipe from Driftless Organics
Cut the leaves off the kohlrabi and peel the bulb. Shred the kohlrabi in a food processor or grater and finely chop the broccoli, green garlic, and scallions. Squeeze the shredded vegetables in a tea cloth, or with your hands, to remove the moisture, then combine in a bowl with the egg, salt and cayenne.
Place the oil in a skillet (about a ¼-inch depth). Heat the oil over medium high heat, then place small patties of the fritter mixture into the oil. Fry on one side until browned, then fry on the other side. Remove and place on a plate lined with a paper towel to drain excess oil. These should be served as soon as they are ready. They are even better with a spoonful of yogurt or sour cream on top.
SWEET POTATO BISQUE WITH BLEU CHEESE CROUTONS
VEGGIE THAI SALAD
WATERMELON & CUCUMBER SALAD
BOK CHOY & BROCCOLI STIR FRY
SPICY BRAISED BEET & TURNIP GREENS
RADISH & TURNIP SALAD
POBLANO & GOUDA STUFFED SQUASH
DIJON POTATO SALAD
CUCUMBER & SWEET ONION SALAD
ROASTED BEET, FENNEL & PEA SALAD
PASTA WITH MIXED GREEN PESTO
BEANS WITH HERBS & RADISH RELISH
It’s been an up and down sort of gardening season. What I thought was going to be a piece-of-cake established garden has been anything but. Things have been dying this year, specifically the Japanese maple, but I also lost phlox, clematis, coneflower, and a few iris. I’ve been replacing what I can here and there, in addition to adding a few new perennials to the mix as well.
I’ve replaced the Bloodgood Japanese maple with an Empire I Japanese maple. I planted the new maple in a different location, and have my fingers crossed that it will be so happy in my yard. I adore the foliage of the maple leaves so much I just had to give a new tree a shot. I still have one surviving twig of my Bloodgood Maple and I will monitor it throughout the summer to see how it goes. If I lose it this year I have plans of replacing it with a Peegee hydrangea next spring.
I’ve also added Lupine to my partial shade garden, Astilbe to my shade garden, and a new coneflower in my sunny flower bed. It’s exciting to watch it all grow, but I can’t tell you how bummed I get when I watch well established perennials bite it. Mostly I am curious to know why they didn’t survive so I can improve my gardening repertoire in future years, but honestly, I have no idea what I did, or what I can do to prevent it down the road.
I still love tending to my gardens everyday. Because of all the basement chaos I’ve been able to give my backyard lots and lots of attention this year. The veggie garden has had to put up with a lot due to the basement demo, and I haven’t been able to work much on the front foundation garden or boulevard as to not get in the basement crews way.
It is what it is, and as always, I have plans for next year. I’d love to bump out the front foundation garden a foot or two, and remove all the perennials, and a small berm to elevate the garden and replant it. I think it would really make the front foundation garden look polished and manicured.
Budz! Things are really happening over here at la casa Allen. The basement is feeling more and more realized every day, and I can’t wait to see the finished results. I seriously dream about it every night, I am beyond excited.
Lots has been happening over the last week and a half, the biggest of these is the framing of the walls and columns and window installation. It is such a game changer to have new windows, I can already tell that it will do huge things for the space. Guys, I don’t know if you know this about windows, but these ones actually open and close, let in light, and aren’t made of glass block – we are so fancy! The framing is nearly done, and I am beginning to see all the hours I put into planning and measuring (and remeasuring) pay off. I can’t wait for sheetrock to happen in mid July!
Bros. I’m excited about this one. A few months ago Rejuvenation reached out to me asking if I might be interested in doing a project featuring Portland’s own JuJu wallpaper (one of their most recent collabos). After perusing (and drooling over) the line of super cute and likable wallpapers I wrote back and said “heck yes”.
Now let me start by saying, I have a thing for wallpapers. In my home, I’ve plastered three spaces with wallpaper and have plans of adding more paper to the basement soon. I would love to have wallpaper all over the place, but frankly I’m running out of room – on my walls that is. Lucky for me, wallpaper is one of those things that can go in all sorts of spaces. I’ve shared with you before how I used it in my closet shelving system, BUT wallpaper can also be used on furniture, appliance, doors, canisters, and framed as artwork – you get the idea.
Long story short, in walks this beauty (Sisters of the Sun wallpaper in a Blue & Cream colorway) and I need to figure out how I can incorporate it into our home. Duh, obviously it would be the perfect addition to our newly made-over blue and barely-blush master bedroom, and I love the idea of adding even more pattern to pattern – I just need to be subtle about it. If you’re not familiar, the wall behind our bed is papered in the ‘Copper Peony’ paper by Rifle Paper (see below).
I get the wise idea to paper the insides of my dresser drawers – the paper will only be visible when the drawers are open. Remember when I repainted this dresser a light coral not so long ago? Welp, I decided that maybe it needed one last peek-a-boo touch and the ‘Sisters of the Sun’ pattern is just what it was begging for.
Wanna wallpaper something in your house too? Great! I’ve included some easy to follow instructions to satiate your DIY urges. Check it below.