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Posts Tagged ‘cooking’

Coming Out of Winter

Posted by Bryce Wend on March 15, 2011

Here’s a look into our lives the last couple of months. 

We are lovin’ Mason’s imagination right now.  To say that it is blossoming would be an understatement.  On any given day he thinks he is a construction worker, gardener and truck driver.  This is him with his “pack pack leaf bwower and ear muffs”.

The state of baby girl’s hair is getting a little more normal.  I just had to snap up some photos, she’s got a mohawk, bald spot and mullet all in one.  Lucky girl!

We had some playdate visitors, Alicia and Juliette. 

Here’s them in our belly’s 🙂

Did I mention we’re potty training?  Ahh, yeah.  Check back in with us in a few weeks.  It’s pretty messy around here these days.

Spring is coming!  And Hershey has fleas!  Yay!

Bows and ruffles and pink… OH MY!

Mason and Casey making Casey’s favorite Chicken Fried Steak from the Pioneer Woman cookbook.

“Miso Cute” seriously… i … die…. 

We’re bouncin’ now!  Thank God for the stationary babysitter bouncer.  Saving mother’s sanity all over the world one bounce at a time.

Yes, we dress up our cat… don’t you?

My maternity leave ended and I went back to work.  Luckily there was a concrete pour to soften the blow 😉

Ryan has a personal vendetta against this plastic mirror on her playmat.  She can’t keep herself away from it and makes it her daily mission to try and wrestle it off it’s hanger. 

Baby girl has outgrown her bassinet.  Um, maybe we should get Mason out of his crib?

Ryan’s starting to sit up like a champ.  Let’s just hope she puts off crawling for awhile, we want to enjoy the stationary baby stage as long as we can!

And that’s it folks!

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How Does Your Garden Grow?

Posted by Bryce Wend on August 4, 2010

Our vegetable garden is finally in full swing! 

Here is a shot of it mid-May.

And here it is mid-July. 

What a difference two months makes!

Herbs

Our herb section is coming right along.  We’ve got more basil, chives and mint than a family of three can handle.  Last weekend I made this pesto sauce for the first time and it turned out wonderful!  I even froze some for winter in baggies.  We’ll see how it holds up come January. 

The mint is growing very well also.  We had to cut it back, it was taking over everything.  Boy does it smell good though!  It made me want a mojito REAL BAD.  But I digress. 

Not fairing so well is the parsley and cilantro.  The poor parsley is so pathetic I couldn’t even bring myself to take a picture of it.  And the cilantro, well it was good for like 4-weeks and then it bolted and we couldn’t keep it down.  It kept wanting to flower and seed.  Cilantro turned out to be a pretty difficult herb to grow as far as maintenance goes.  Bummer for me, I love the stuff.  Perhaps a little more shade next year. 

Salad Veggies

We’re also enjoying a lot of carrots (Little Finger and Berlicum) and lettuce (Merveille de Quatre Saison).  Not fairing so well are the snap peas.  Some type of white mold took over the plants so we ended up pulling them and replanting this week hoping to get a second harvest of them.    

Tomatoes

And then there are these beauties.  Camp Joy Cherries.  My mouth starts watering just thinking about how yummy they’re going to be. 

We’ve also got a couple of heirloom varieties, Henderson’s Pink Ponderosa and some seeds we saved from Casey’s coworker Matt Heintz’ family. 

There is a slight chance that we are going to have more tomatoes than we can handle in a month or two.  I secretly hope this is the case.   

Peppers

We’ve got nine different pepper plants. 

Although after the ‘Great Pepper Mix-Up of 2010’ (read: Mason dumped out all the starters from their labeled containers)… I’m not exactly sure what we are going to end up with. 

Hopefully mostly sweet (Admiral Golden, Vidi Crimson and Valencia Orange) with a couple of Tam Jalepenos thrown in. 

Green Beans

Enjoying the Contender string beans.

Cucumber/Melons

And then there is this…

A hodge-podge of melons and cucumbers growing all over the place.  The sweet melons are Cranes and the Cucumbers are Garden Oasis.  I planted some Lemon Cucumber and not a single one sprouted, which has me stumped, maybe bad seeds? 

No fruit from these guys yet, although we’ve got lot’s of flowers and it’s looking promising!

July 25 Harvest

mint, basil, lettuce, carrots, garlic and onions (green and bulb).

How is your garden doing?  Any suggestions on the problems we’ve stumbled upon?

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Meeting The Pioneer Woman

Posted by Bryce Wend on November 14, 2009

I’ve been following The Pioneer Woman’s blog for the last couple of years.  In fact I stumbled upon this little gem of a blog three years ago, proceeded to bookmark it and have watched it rise to enormous popularity. 

Since the beginning, Ree (aka The Pioneer Woman) has always come across as one of the most candid and genuinely creative people I have ever met.  I would frequently check in as she wrote about her life on the ranch, sometimes laughing hysterically at the stories that she would conjure up out of daily life. 

Her site is FULL of inspiration from motherhood to remodeling, gardening to graphic artistry.  I’ve learned a lot from the Pioneer Woman and over the years have come to really enjoy her as a friend. 

Now I use the word friend cautiously and realize that this would imply that we have a friendship.  And this is where it gets weird for me.  I feel like I know this person because she has opened up her life to me through her blog.  Yet I have never met her and I realize that I am one of thousands of readers that follow her blog.  However, I can’t help but call her a friend because anything else doesn’t seem authentic. 

Needless to say, I was thrilled when I found out Ree would be traveling through Phoenix on her cook book tour the same time that we would be there for our vacation.  Casey was stuck with joining me since it was literally on our way from the airport to the hotel. 

I had a feeling that there would be a lot of people at the book signing but WOW, it was a little crazy.  A couple hundred people, mostly women and babies with a few lone husbands sprinkled throughout, gathered in a small section of this local bookstore waiting for Ree. 

 There was a camaraderie of people and the excitement really filled the air.  When Ree was announced the crowd erupted in cheers and clapping, I got goosebumps and the woman next to me started crying. 

Now THESE are what you call some serious web groupies!

The whole experience was a little surreal.  I felt dorky and awkward for being a “fan” but super excited at the same time to meet Ree in person.

While I was waiting I got the chance to meet her sister-in-law Missy who was just as adorable as Ree describes her on her blog.  Casey made me ask her to sign my book to and I’m glad I did. 

Casey was the ever-dutifull husband snapping pictures along the way.  Here I am waiting in line, getting closer… really I can’t remember the last time I felt like such a geek. 

And meeting the one and only…

I think this was about the time that we realized that her 7-year old son is named Bryce too!

Ree was even more adorable and sweeter in person than I would have imagined and I’m thrilled that I finally got to meet her. 

If you have some time, head on over to meet The Pioneer Woman, I promise you won’t be disappointed! 

P.S.   Here is Ree’s post of the first part of her tour recap.  In the Phoenix group photo you can see Casey standing in the back of the room in a blue shirt!

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