I mean, I know I work with older adults, but really?
Above: breakfast at IHOP (surprisingly good!) while waiting for KD’s new hubcap; reading lots of books courtesy of our local library; KD hubcapped, clean and fancy-free; records in Chestnut Hill; pretty packaging on chocolate treats.
We are supposed to have another snowstorm tomorrow! Spring has to find its way to Pennsylvania eventually, right? Right?!
Below, some shots of our weekend:
We relaxed last night and took it easy today. A long walk in Valley Forge, coffee and writing, grilled cheese and soup for dinner. And a new Madeline Weinrib rug for the living room in, what else…aubergine. Very excited.
The Cape got quite a bit of snow! Photo courtesy of the Moz:
“In those days, though, the spring always came finally but it was frightening that it had nearly failed.”
The above quotation is from one of my favorite books, A Moveable Feast, by Ernest Hemingway. We are eagerly awaiting Spring after 3 significant storms in less than two weeks. We have been fortunate in many ways. Below are some photos from the aftermath:
We’ve spent a lot of time writing and reading, perfecting our French press coffee, making snow day waffles, shoveling, eating lots of grapefruit, and maintaining our habit of beautiful (if somewhat treacherous) nightly walks. In short, things are good.
1 cup flour
1 stick cold butter cut into pieces
1 teaspoon salt
4-5 tablespoons cold water
Cut the butter into small pieces and add the flour and salt. With your hands, break the butter into pieces and form a pebble-like consistency with the flour and salt. Add 4-5 tablespoons ice-cold water (or 1 tbsp vodka (helps with flaky crust without an alcohol taste) and 2 tbsp water) until a soft dough forms. Form into a ball and cover in wax paper. Freeze for about 30 minutes.
2 tbsp olive oil
1 large yellow onion, sliced thin
1.5 cups kale, shredded thin
2 tbsp dried thyme
1 slice deli ham, sliced thin
½ cup cream (heavy or half and half)
2 eggs, 1 egg white
4 oz. fig goat cheese (or 4 oz goat cheese, with 2 oz fig jam)
Heat olive oil in a heavy bottomed sauce pan/dutch oven and add sliced onion. Stir to make sure the onions are coated, turn heat to medium and cover. Carmelize onions for about 20 minutes (stir occasionally) until browned, add sliced kale, thyme and ham. Cook covered over medium-low heat for 10 minutes. Keep onion mixture off the heat while mixing the cream and eggs.
Roll the chilled dough, ensuring that the dough will fit up the sides of your tart pan (mine is about nine inches and it took a little flour to roll the dough thin enough). Pre-bake the crust if you’d like.
When the crust is ready, pour the cooled onion mixture evenly into the bottom of the tart pan. Add the egg and cream mixture evenly over the top of the onion mixture. Add slices of goat cheese on top of the egg mixture, with fig jam dollops on the top of the goat cheese. Slide into a preheated 350F oven for 50 minutes. Allow to cool slightly and push the bottom of the tart pan (if pan has removable bottom), slice and serve. We had ours with baked beans.
A nice, comforting meal on a snowy night!
Yesterday we went for a hike in Lehigh Gorge. It is a steep uphill followed by a meadow plateau at the top. We only saw one other person during the three hours. It was peaceful and rejuvenating. Just what we needed!
It was lovely. About to make some Cuban black bean soup and salad, start a new book, and get ready for a busy and snowy day tomorrow. Back here soon.
We said goodbye to 2013 last night, a year full of adventure.
Some highlights: Max’s birth and first months in Pennsylvania, our trip to Ireland in February, joining St. David’s and meeting inspiring, dedicated, optimistic people, eye surgery in July, Tim’s proposal in September, hosting family and friends in PH, beginning Tim’s job hunt in the early fall, losing Lars and buying K-D, holidays at home, riding bikes in New Jersey, nightly walks, completing my first year of full-time work since grad school, and many other moments with people we love.
We are looking forward to so much in 2014, including exercising during the week, focusing on personal and professional goals, experiencing a little more clarity as Tim’s program comes to a hard-fought close, and remembering to be hopeful, optimistic, and aware. We have so much.
Yesterday we went for a walk before heading to the Cape for New Year’s. Spending time outside helps refresh our spirits and connect us to each other and to the beauty of nature.
…and the long-awaited Linzer Torte:
Thank you all for your support throughout 2013!
Lots of love, A&T
We’ve been absent in this space, enjoying Christmas, family, friends and relaxation. Tim is down in Baltimore at a conference and I am relaxing on the Cape this evening with a gimlet, beautiful reading material, driving rain, card games, warm blankets, and a week off. Pretty much perfection, if only Tim was here with me. My photo stream with Christmas photos is acting up, so for now, I’ll leave you with my view this evening:
Over the weekend, it snowed about 6 inches. As usual, we went for a walk. Here’s a bit of what we saw:
Earlier last week, Lars stopped running. He brought us to and from Massachusetts and even drove our little Christmas tree home. That was his last trip. We have had him looked at by reputable mechanics, but he refuses to start. I was very sad. As Tim told me, his spirit is driving the hills of Sweden. Below, Lars in happier times, bringing home our tree (aka Short Stack):
Upon Lars’s passing from this world to the next, we had to find a new car. After a lot of research, we went to Princeton, NJ to test drive a 2012 VW Golf. We loved it!!! It’s so much fun. And beautiful, and reliable! We will provide more photos soon, but blow is a quick snapshot of Klaus Dieter (pronounced Kl-ow-se; a good German name):
Today, it snowed another 6″ and went for another walk. It was very pretty and Christmasy. Below, a little bush outside of Shipley School:
That’s it for now!