Took pictures because they never last as long as I would like. Pink roses and lavender lilacs, both of which smelled lovely. I was considering pressing some of them, but they were starting to go limp already so didn't make the best specimens for preservation. Maybe I'll start with leaves…
Hey look, it’s another recipe! Been a while since I’ve posted one of these, eh? Mostly because I haven’t had as much time to experiment in the kitchen as I did in the past, sadly. When your main goal most evenings is just to slap together something that’s edible for tomorrow’s lunch, new recipes aren’t at the top of the list. This was one of the things I made back when I was still doing weekly menu planning, and it also happens to be quick and painless enough to keep around for the weekday lunch rotation.
So yes, naked quiche! Yeah, sure, the original recipe calls it “crustless”, but same thing, right?
I have an “about” page up on this blog (it’s that little tab in the upper left corner there, next to “home” and “links”). Given, none of those pages have really been updated for a couple years so I should probably think about that at some point. Anyway. What I didn’t realize was that it is apparently now necessary to have a mission statement and disclaimer as well.
This is a personal blog. It isn’t a site for original or bootlegged recipes, I post pretty much whatever and whenever I feel like it, I am not a professional at anything food-related, and I do this for my own amusement. This is my way to share things with friends and family who live very, very far away. What will you find here? My opinions and reviews on things food-and-garden-related. Maybe a few pictures of whatever I felt like spamming my parents with today. What I made for dinner, if it turned out especially well. Or spectacularly NOT well. That’s about it. That’s all you’d expect from any personal journal, right? So really, if anybody wishes to whine about my lack of useful content, they are free to pay me for writing something more pertinent to their interests. That is something I will entertain, because it falls under the category of “work”. Otherwise, please feel free to close the browser window and let me putter away with my hobby.
Right, so that’s what I’m sending people to next time something pops up. It will come in useful, I’m sure — this is the internet, after all.
(And yes, I do actually have stuff to post other than the above, but it seemed timely to get that over with first. Brace yourselves for more garden spam to come, because it’s the middle of a snowy Finnish winter and I’m getting impatient for spring.)
All the wallpapering and painting happening in our new house has put me in the mood to spruce up other areas of my life as well. Including my blog network, which I’d been getting more dissatisfied with by the week, but never got around to doing anything about. That is, until a few page-crashing bugs made it necessary for me to muck with the databases and code anyway. So I gave this baby a facelift while I was at it! Haven’t really altered the format much since I uploaded it 3 years ago, so it feels all new and shiny! Now, if only I could muster up the energy to do the rest of the blogs…
We saw some of Germany this past weekend. It was pretty!
- Our host parked in a reeeeeally tight spot.
- Apple orchard.
- Hillside vineyard.
- View of the valley from one of the hills.
- Autumn foliage is still up this far south.
- Honesty box with fresh produce! I’ve heard about these, but never saw them until now.
- Setting up for the Christmas market.
- More cute Christmas market stalls.
- Farmer’s market.
- Entrance to the Christmas market.
- City plaza.
- View of the hills from the valley.
Just an excuse to share pictures of flowers, really. You must understand, though, that I’d never received a real gift bouquet (because do graduation carnations count? I think not) until I met T five-ish years ago. Goes with the not-dating-much territory, I suppose. And I was far too cautious a child to ever end up in the hospital. I mean, sure, I bought myself a sprig of dendrobium or freesia every so often because I’d walk by the most amazing florist on the way home from classes at UCLA and sometimes couldn’t resist. But there’s something different about being surprised with a full blown bouquet, y’know? So I take copious photos whenever I get one, to make them last longer.
- The red roses are from T and the pinks are from his family.
- Freesias and roses. I love the smell of freesias, but usually have to grow my own.
- These two-toned roses remind me of the ones we used to grow in the front yard of the house I grew up in.
- They smell amazing, too.
- The automatic focus on my new camera is so much better :-)
- I shall definitely have rose bushes when we get a place with a yard.
It has been brought to my attention that I have not posted any cat pictures for nearly half a year. OMG, what sort of blog am I running here if I’m forgetting to post about my cats? o.O
To remedy this, I present to you not one but TWO Misu and Coco videos, plus a photo gallery of assorted furry goodness
- Misu lounges in her typical morning nap spot, our dining table.
- Misu decides that she should try a more serious pose. Though it looks like there is a flower growing out of her head.
- Somebody we met in Old Rauma one weekend who had another big fluffy mellow cat! On a harness! :-D
- Another big fluffy cat I met this summer.
- I was on my way to water my garden and this little guy just came up and started talking to me.
- So naturally, i talked back. and patted it.
- And then he let me pick him up and turn in on his belly.
- Lesson here? All big fluffy cats have a bit of Misu in them.
- Typical Misu evening nap spot.
- Within convenient reach of belly rubs, as you can see.
Apologies for the silence this last month — have been in the midst of wedding planning madness. I took a brief pause yesterday afternoon, however, to wander the forests with a friend and take advantage of the bounteous harvest this year’s warm, wet summer has brought.
My first batch of hand-picked wild Finnish bilberries! They were exceptionally plump and less than a ten minute walk from our apartment! Will definitely be going back in the coming weeks to get more for immediate baking and freezer storage. I’ve always been an opportunistic forager so finding a place to do it so close to home is very exciting. We also came across some nice patches of mushrooms, but I’ve never been a big fungi fan, so gladly let my friend take those all back with her.
Lessons I learned from yesterday?
1. My poor knees are obviously not used to extensive exercise — they are still a bit sore from all the crouching involved. This will happily fix itself with repeated use, however.
2. Mosquitos can still get you through thick tights. Will have to switch to jeggings next time and hope that they break their beaks on denim.
3. You can never use too much bug spray, especially when it’s warm and humid and you’re sweating buckets.
Hope everybody out there is enjoying their July as well!
I’ve changed the tagline of this blog in acknowledgement of the fact that I have been drawn away from WoW in recent times. Doesn’t mean I’ve given up entirely on it — in fact, I fully intend to start leveling a holy priest to the cap this week. I promised I would, so should at least make the effort. But in the meantime, I’ve been drawn into a couple of browser-based self-limiting games that are mindless fun and also run out of time often enough that I can effectively do my errands and chores in between playing. One of these happens to be Facebook-based Oregon Trail.
Ah, Oregon Trail. This was one of my earliest video game obsessions, dating back to computer lab in elementary school. Yes, the good ol’ days of Apple IIEs and floppy disks that were actually floppy. And hunting buffalo with that old game was actually HARD! So great was my fondness for this game that I ordered the fancified 5th edition for my PC not so long ago. A really nice version, btw, that I keep on meaning to play again when I get around to digging up the disks from wherever they ended up after our big move last year.
Anyways, all this is to say that I got really excited when news of a Facebook-based version of OT came around. I’ve been playing it for 2 weeks now and am currently at level 79, aiming to clear out all the achievements. I’ve also taken a few notes, both for my own sake and for anybody else who might be interested in getting in on some wacky bear-shootin’, river fordin’, oxen drivin’ fun.
No, really — unless you are my parents, you probably won’t be interested in these pictures. Just stuff that I snapped here and there in my wanderings, of dubious interest and usually bad resolution.
Motorbike protest outside of Piccadilly station. Very loud, so you might want to turn down the speakers if they’re on.
Pretty view above Fort Horsted of the surrounded Kent countryside and beyond.
Drive-by scenery of Kent.
More drive-by scenery.
You’ve probably seen The Guild, a wildly popular web series about a group of MMORPG players that play a game similar to WoW. If you haven’t and you play any sort of game in the genre, you really should. They started doing little music videos as bonus features in the past year, probably as a result of their getting more budget and having better equipment/sets/costumes/crew/etc. The writing has always been hilarious, though, and the lyrics for this video are no exception.
I like Gaga. She makes sparkly, bouncy music and knows the value of elaborate and sometimes garish costumes. I also like WoW. It is sparkly and bouncy in its own special way, and the whole point of the game is to play through content so you can wear increasingly elaborate and garish costumes. This music video parody is the mating of two of my favorite things into one wacky video of awesome. I dare you not to end up humming this all day after watching it.
By the time this posts, I will have my new Finnish driver’s license. Apparently, that will be valid until I turn 70, so no more lines at the DMV for me! I have to give them my CA DL, but that is due to expire next year anyway, so no real loss. Might just go get a new one next time I’m back in town, so that I have both options open. Did you know that teenagers getting their licenses here have to go through a series of classes and tests that end up costing $1K-$2K? Makes the few hundred spent on private driving lessons back home seem like a drop in a bucket. Then again, insurance and random automotive fees cost much more back in Cali, so it probably evens out in the end.
Anyway, in honor of my new license, a retrospective of the cars of my life. Well, mostly just the ones that I actually got to drive.
This is our current car, a ’97 white Volvo station wagon. T’s dad managed to find us an automatic, which isn’t so common out here, so that I wouldn’t be completely stranded. This car also happens to look like the love child of my past two cars, painted white. Totally not on purpose, but kinda funny.
The car that I left behind when we moved away last year, my silver ’99 Honda CR-V named Guildenstern. Yes, there was a Rosencrantz as well, but I don’t know where it went. This mini-SUV did a lot of heavy work for something never meant to leave city roads, including climbing up precarious mountain paths and driving through dusty ranches amongst cattle. The life of a crew car is not cushy It also was featured in a few films earlier in its career, including Vin Diesel’s A Man Apart.
My trusty old ’80 silver Volvo station wagon, the first car ever handed over into my control. This thing went through a lot of commuting and long road trips before finally meeting an unfortunate and early end at the hands of a certain sibling. It was also nicknamed Maude, the Minute Dodo, as a nod to a certain intergalactic smuggler’s starship. Many, many apartment moves were conducted with the help of this fine tank-like motorbeast. It was also a background vehicle and stand-in for one of the picture cars in Never Been Kissed.
So after years of prodding, my good friend Sassy has started playing WoW again! She had a trial account that previously expired, but hopefully it’ll stick this time around. We started her off as a paladin, figuring it was the most versatile and durable for a beginner. And because we’ll hopefully be able to train her as a raid healer as time goes by Took her for a tour through Eastern Kingdoms on my flying rocket this morning and managed to ding her from just exploration and picking up flight points. Will try to get through most of Kalimdor tomorrow, then get into some questing. I’ve always liked leveling new characters, so this should be pretty fun. I wonder who I should take along? I’ve got a level 11 gnome warlock who’s currently serving as my banker. Or maybe it’s time to take that new nelf mage out for a spin…?
Once again, stuff that I meant to send to my parents earlier and never got around to. This time, a driving tour we did of Rauma in early June of last year. This mostly shows the Old Town area, which is an UNESCO world heritage site comprised of 17th century wooden buildings.