I made little topiary trees for the fireplace, inspired by something I saw recently on Pinterest. I bought some floral cones and moss at Michael's...
I originally attached the moss with double-stick tape, which was a terrible idea. I had to go back with my glue gun to re-affix the moss.
Some sticks from the yard, placed in terra cotta pots...and voila!
I made a rough corkboard collage of some of my favorite things, which will eventually hang somewhere in my office:
Speaking of my office, I'm currently trying to select a paint color for it. This is something I'm absolutely terrible at doing, because I gravitate toward very light green, which always looks like toothpaste when it goes up:
So much for a sophisticated slate blue:
...and a bold, overwhelming green:
I think I've finally settled on, ironically enough, Carolina Inn Club Aqua.
Who knows what I'll decide tomorrow, though!
I organized my messy cooking shelves...
...with the help of a Todd-built device:
I started framing some things, like these Victorian bird puzzles Todd got for me a year ago. Better late than never!
I did a ton of work in the yard, and I also baked all - weekend - long. I made chocolate chip cookies (unphotographed), and orange sherbet (too strong for me, but Todd loves the bittersweet treat that uses the zest of 3 oranges):
A tender, tangy grapefruit loaf:
Lots of baguettes:
Chocolate whoopie pies...
...and boxed them up for some neighbors.
Also, I made gnocchi for the first time. It's actually much easier than I expected it to be, although you have to plan ahead. I baked two potatoes and mashed the innards up with an egg, salt, and flour...
Then rolled the resulting mixture into ropes, and cut them.
I boiled the little squares in salted water for a few minutes, and they were done.
They tasted a little bland to me, alone, but with a little salt and pepper, and mixed with caramelized onions and roasted asparagus...
...they made a pretty tasty meal for Todd!
The recipe is here at Smitten Kitchen. It was quick and easy, and I was able to freeze half of it for another meal. Success!
Hope you're having a productive week!