August 13, 2018

Things I Love About My Husband

His open love for color, especially rainbows.
He'll eat anything I make. Even the weirdest low carb vegetarian shit I can come up with.
He is tirelessly curious.
He can build or fix almost anything.
His mind works in ways I can barely even imagine.
When he does build or fix something, he does it the right way, rather than the cheapest way.
He thinks I am more artistic than I do.
He supports my creativity.
He treats me like his equal and always asks for me input.
He gives me time to myself.

July 13, 2018

It's fig season. For years that has meant I pick as many figs as I can, and make jam and preserves. I don't eat sugar like that anymore, and I limit the kinds and amount of fruit I eat. I was feeling really sad about it. I love figs!

I dug around on the internet for "no sugar added" preserves. I kept finding recipes that used juice as a sweetener. Finally I decided to just make something of my own. It's isn't keto-friendly or anything, but it is better than the recipe I made years past. I can eat it in moderation. They can't be canned, as far as I know. I don't know enough food safety science to figure out if it is possible, but they can be frozen. Here's what I did:

Fig, Lemon, Thyme, & Chia No Sugar Added Jam

!2 oz figs, halved (quartered if large)
1/2 lemon, thinly sliced, seeds removed
1 + 1/2 c water, divided
sprig of thyme
3 tbs chia seeds

Lemon Juice

In a medium sauce pan, add water, lemon, and figs to 1 cup water. Bring mixture to a boil over medium heat and cook, covered, for 15 minutes. Remove from heat and let sit 5 minutes. Fish out stems from thyme. Mash fig mixture with a potato masher. Transfer to a  jar, add chia + 1/2 c water, stir well. Let cool then transfer to fridge. Wait  at least 3 hours for chia to gel before enjoying.

*If you take a taste and it needs more kick, or the figs weren't especially sweet, add a little lemon juice or stevia to taste.

July 3, 2018

Welcome, Dog Days

According to The New York Times, today marks the beginning of the dog days of summer. I believe it! The Weather Channel says feels like 104 degrees outside. Everything is already dry and wilting. The birds are singing less. It is impossible to do anything outside after 9 am.

All I want to make are shorts, tanks, and breezy tank dresses; all I want to do is stay inside and sew.

I do like the sunlight in the dining room in the afternoon, children with heat-flushed cheeks, and eating raw dinners (because it's too damn hot to cook).

I'm looking forward to more inflatable pool time, making popsicles, making the dog very early in the morning / at dusk, listening to cicadas.