Weekly Round Up

What’s your favorite season?  Mine is the Fall – best holidays, best food, best weather.  Don’t get me wrong, the summer makes the garden come alive that delights me, but personally I can’t deal with heat or humidity.   For the past week the weather remains confused on what kind of clothes it would like me to wear – is it a sweatshirt and stocking cap, or a sundress?  After starting chilly this week, it’s warmed up to the point of I am already declaring to Matthew “I’m not going to make it” to which I dramatically fall on our cold (feels nice) cement floors.    You can sense the heat is starting with the cats too, they’re starting to do their lazy stretches against a cool wall.    Or in Bofinkles case, just a long stretch anywhere with her hot pink belly.


Recipes I shared:
Overnight Cookie Dough Oatmeal – great to have on those hot days!
Confetti Cake Batter Brownies – these win my heart.
Banana, Strawberry, Pineapple Smoothie – simple and refreshing.
Tri Color Pasta Salad – a get together favorite!
How to preserve kale, basil and strawberries to use in recipes months from now!

Here are some recipes I pinned this week:

Sweet and Snacks
Best Ever Banana Bread – do you love banana bread? I do! Especially with this cream cheese frosting!
Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cannolis – I love cannolis, especially with chocolate chips!
Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie Skillet – one giant skillet cookie, yes please!
Basil & sun-dried tomato crackers  – would love to mess around with some other herbs here too!

Dinner Time
Cheesy Chicken Doritos Casserole – Doritos for dinner? Yes, please!
Taco Pizza – The 2 best foods combined.
White Bean, Potato, Kale Soup – I’ve been craving soup, even with the heat.
Baby Bok Choy with Ground Chicken Stir Fry – I love bok choy!
Cheesy Chicken Noodles – A comfort food.


Internet Finds This Week

How amazing are these Mr Men and Little Miss nails?  It includes Mr. Tickle!  Mr. Men series are my favorite, I love them dearly.    I was feeling blue a few nights ago and Matthew read me Mr Tickle in bed – it was one of those moments I’ll remember with a smile forever. 🙂
mr men

It’s not Halloween, but that doesn’t mean I can’t already start planning.  Halloween is my favorite holiday!  How great are these scrap wood signs?  They can be applied to anything!

Scotland’s nonprofit James Hutton Institute have developed a transparent soil that more closely resembles the real deal. For the main ingredient, they use small particles of the polymer Nafion, which holds nutrients and becomes clear when mixed with water. With the transparent soil, scientists will be able to observe how roots grow, take up nutrients, and associate with microbes without having to destroy the setup. – Popular Science 

Later this year, a team from the Geor­gia Tech Research Institute in Atlanta will put the finishing touches on an autonomous robotic chicken butcher. The Intelligent Deboning System, a one-armed knife-wielding automaton, has the brains and dexterity to debone a bird in four seconds flat, on par with a human butcher.   During the part where it looks at the chicken before cutting, each chicken passes through a kind of photo booth. Inside, two pairs of stereo cameras scan the bird, one pair per side. A computer instantly renders the images into a 3-D map of the bird. It also identifies useful markers, such as the humerus and the coracoid bones.- Popular Science


 Home This Week
I picked some pretty flowers that have lasted all week on our farmhouse table.   Flowers just make a space feel special.

Matthew is making my dreams come true and is building me more kitchen shelf space!  If you live in the city you know how small kitchens are, but what do you do when you like to use your kitchen and have no more room for your beloved appliances and gadgets?  The Great: Getting more shelf space!  The Bad: Waiting, Seeing the kitchen a mess!  The shelves are going to be open, do you think I should paint them or put some type of design paper on them? 
We spent a long time deciding how tall the shelves should be.  As you can see from all the X’s, I changed my mind alot!
And now it’s joint compound time!
Joint Compound Timez

Pretty sure Matthew needs a  new closet just for his sneakers.  


Around The Neighborhood
Pratt is a popular Brooklyn art university, and since I live in the neighborhood I get to walk on it’s open campus.  They have the most gorgeous flowers,  beautiful green grass and sculptures all over.  They also have a handful of cats that I love dearly.

I love when people add some good kitsch to their sidewalk.

Who would throw this BOO treasure out?

Food and Friends:
Checked out a new pizza place nearby, called Speedy Romeo.    It was Tuesday night which is apparently jazz nigh which adds a nice vibe.  


Here are the pizza choices.  The pizzas used Provel cheese which is very popular in St. Louis.  It’s a cheese made up of provolone, Swiss and cheddar.  It has a unique taste and melts nicely.

We each ordered a different personal pie and then just split everything. top left: Roast Garlic, Ricotta, Provel, Pecorino, Bechamel. top right: Wild Mushrooms, Smoked Mozzarella, Farm Egg, Sage. bottom left: Provel, Italian Sausage, Pepperoni, Pickled Chilis. bottom right: Speck, Pineapple, Provel.  I decided the winner was the bottom left which is odd because I’m usual a plain pizza lover.  

We had a S’more chocolate pie for dessert which was yummy.  We also had overpriced ice cream which they gave us a scoop the size of a gum drop, I am not sharing a picture of it because it still depresses me.

Lunch at our local diner which is a hidden gem.  It’s never over $10 for 2 big dishes, I love it there!

We went to a friends house for Chilean hotdogs.  The traditional version “completo” is chopped tomatoes, mayonnaise (a large amount) and sauerkraut on a hot dog. 

Because mayo is one of the scariest things in the world, I went for the good ol American hot dog with just ketchup.  I did put sauerkraut and tomatoes on the side to eat.  I’m sorry, I’m not adventurous! 

I brought my peanut butter chocolate chip pretzel granola bars to enjoy for dessert!  My friend Paul is a fan.  WP_20130525_021.jpg

 I have been keeping cool and refreshed with this strawberry, apple and mint smoothie.  I’ve been using my frozen strawberries! 

Cat News:
It was Xanadu’s birthday, she turned 7!  She got to play with whatever toy she wanted to.  

I hugged her tightly and baked her a custom sized cupcake.

Then she got to sit in any bag she wanted to. Cats, they live crazy lives!

Brother just continued to be the best boy this week.
Yes, they are.


Garden Update:
All the corn is up!
Sugar Snap pea flowers mean sugar snap peas soon!
We have a cabbage head in there! We have a few, 4 to be exact! 
First year growing Brussels Sprouts,  anxiously awaiting to see those grow fully!
Our tomatoes are loving the heat.  They have exploded. 
Spotted our first few roma tomatoes too!  We usually pinch the flowers off in May, but since they are growing so rapidly this year we are trying to let them grow earlier.
Broccoli, my love of the garden!
I am pretty sure we will be enjoying some broccoli and noodles shortly!

One late windy night  we checked on the garden.  We were greeted by the most beautiful moonlight when stepping out on the roof. 


Are you doing anything fun this weekend? What’s the weather like where you are?
I hope you have a good one!


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    • I totally agree about the holidays – it’s the best time of the year. Plus the food.. Halloween Candy, Thanksgiving, Christmas… treats and savory! MMM!

  • Loved this post! It was so full of fun stuff! Pictures of the garden look great! And happy birthday to the kitty! Woot woot!

  • What a fun & cool roundup! You did a lot this week! Your nails look pretty awesome!
    I love all of your tasty & amazing recipes & just made your apple, mint & strawberry smoothy & loved it, Pamela! It is finally getting warmer over here in Belgium & today it is 28°C!!

    Your produce is growing, bigger & better, just look at that georgous green broccoli! 🙂

    • So glad you liked the smoothie! I’m excited for a afternoon smoothie today.. it’s warming up here so definitely need that refreshing cold fruity drink!

  • Wow, I have to say that I’m super impressed by your garden Pamela. It’s absolutely gorgeous 🙂 You have to teach me how to garden because that’s the one thing I can’t seem to get right. I’m good with house plants though and I sing and talk to them like you. I truly believe that plants have souls just like us. I often talk and hug the redwood trees when I go for a run and I know they hear me. Have you ever read Anastasia, The Ringing Cedar series? If not, you should check it out. It’s a wonderful series and the first book talks about gardening, and I know you would get so much from it. I actually want to try her approach to gardening, I’ve just been too lazy.

    Ok, love that you have a cat called Xanadu, as that was my favorite childhood movie and that you also have a cat called Brother Bear, as that is the nickname I have for my brother. My dad is known as Papa Bear 🙂 Xanadu looked like she has a fabulous birthday!

    Enjoy your week 🙂 xoxo, Jackie

    • Hey Jackie – thanks for the lovely comment you left! I’m glad I found another plant singer. In my heart I truly believes it helps them grow and gives them support, so I will continue to dance around my plants, nourishing them with songs and dance. It’s funny you brought up the trees.. I went on a hike last week and I was so in awe of nature’s beauty I stopped at times to show love to trees on the path. They are great beauties!

      I have never heard of the Cedar series, but I’ve now added it on my list to investigate – thanks for the share!

      Love those names – weirdly enough, I call my dad Papa Bear too! As a kid he would call me “Cubby Bear”. :D)

      Take care!

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