by gwen harlow

our new home

Pink and green

Posted by on Jun 8, 2011 in garden, our new home, photo | 0 comments

End of camellia season over at Heather’s house

Heather's camellias

and a little coffee at home

May 5: With coffee and cream

Read More

Crepes!

Posted by on Jun 6, 2011 in photo, recipe | 0 comments

May 22: Strawberry crepe

Crepes
From Martha’s Food Everyday magazine

1 c all purpose flour
1 T sugar
1/4 t coarse salt
1 1/2 c whole milk
4 large eggs
3 T unsalted butter, melted

Puree about 30 seconds, until smooth with bubbles on top.
Let rest 15 minutes.

Pour 1/3 cup in heated, lightly buttered 12″ skillet on medium. Cook 2-3 minutes until golden brown then loosen edges with spatula and use fingertips to quickly flip and cook about a minute more.

Repeat then fill with stuff.

Recipe says it makes 9 crepes but I ended up with a dozen.

Chocolate sauce

I kind of winged this so measurements are approximate.

Whisk 1 cup water with 1/4 cup each unsweetened chocolate baking powder and sugar. Put over low heat and add 2 T unsalted butter and a sprinkling of coarse salt. Check taste when butter’s stirred in and add chocolate/sugar accordingly. Stir often and cook til it’s saucy enough.

Read More

Breakfast!

Posted by on Jun 2, 2011 in photo, recipe | 1 comment

Fresh eggs provided by Julia of the wonderful Modern Muse‘s chickens.

Read More

Farmer’s market

Posted by on May 10, 2011 in Alameda, recipe | 1 comment

May 10: Farmer's market

3 lb. fava beans
1 garlic
1 onion
3 lb. potatoes
2 red pepper

5 lb. tomatoes
2 lb. zucchini
3 baskets strawberries
1 bunch thai basil
1 baguette

$21

Read More

Dining room

Posted by on May 6, 2011 in our new home, photo | 0 comments

I cut a bunch of roses and put them around the house.

I had the last fish taco and a quesadilla for lunch. Remind me to stop buying flour tortillas, corn is superior. And cheaper.

I learned today that those wacky sideshow cars — the sedans with the giant wheels — are called donks. There are several of them in my neighborhood, one is a giant ad for Mickey’s Malt Liquor, another is a white Lexus with that says LEXUS in giant gold letters on the side. There’s another Lexus that has the Lexus logo styled a la that colored YSL one patterned all over it. A big brown 70s Cadillac.

Anyway. I am wondering if that “dum donk” song that I love [play] is not about booty after all. Or if the cars have something to do with ladies’ behinds. Also how I can convince anyone I know to go to the A-Trak/Little Sister show that’s coming up, it is going to be an absolute panic. I need more entertaining, entertainable friends.

Here’s my dining room, post-spring cleaning:

Books #2

My Fair LadyI beg your parden

May 5: With coffee and cream

put birds on itBooks #1

Ofrenda

By Katie, Jackie, Nic and Ras Terms

Read More

Put a bird on it

Posted by on Apr 24, 2011 in craft | 0 comments

April 24: Bird? Bird on it!

went to crafternoon yesterday with J. worked on my hat for friend’s Kentucky Derby-themed birthday BBQ tomorrow, I wasn’t sure what that entailed so we stopped at the craft store so I could put a bird on it. came home and my friend from Seattle called to say she was in town for a day and came over. that was very nice, i haven’t seen her since summer, i think that BBQ at her parents’ neighbors and Chad was with so you know how long ago that was. a whole lifetime.

she thought it would be funny to make a little origami hat for my bird. even funnier to make an origami bird for the little origami hat.

Read More

Renegade Craft Fair San Francisco

Posted by on Aug 6, 2010 in craft, photo | 4 comments

I went to Renegade Craft Fair in San Francisco last weekend and it was *crazy*. Here are a couple photos from my adventure, sorry I didn’t catch most people’s name, if you know who any of them are feel free to leave a comment…

Make thingsFlowers

Oakland slipHello

Display #2One of those mannequins and the cutest little teapot necklace

Cafe du Monde plantersJapanese tape #2

Bookmarks

Spools

The South

Buttons

Le Crowd

Read More

My creative space

Posted by on Aug 4, 2010 in craft, meme | 1 comment

I made a couple of these vintage button necklaces awhile back and am just getting around to photographing them…the warm summery gold and cream of this one is my favorite so far.
Available at gwen.etsy.com

Golden button necklace #3

It’s been awhile since I’ve made a nest but I recently sold my favorite nest necklace and it seemed like time to make another.

Little wire nest

I scored some antique chandelier crystals at an estate sale recently. They will be added to pretty, sparkly accessories soon!

Estate sale score

And here are some of the necklaces I’ve made but haven’t had the time to list yet. One of these days…

Some of the crap I need to photograph and sell

[my creative space]

Read More

Recipe: Celery and Potato Soup

Posted by on Jul 16, 2010 in recipe | 2 comments

The lovely Ms. P. posted some celery and potato soup yesterday and it looked so delicious I made my own. First time! So good!

The soup!

Celery and potato soup

2 slices bacon
*** or ***
2 T butter or olive oil
1 c. onions, diced
1 heart of celery, chopped
1 bell pepper, diced
4 c. broth
4 c. water
2 large potatoes, cubed
Herbs you enjoy in soup [I used thyme, parsley, and sage from my garden, a big handful of cilantro from the farmer’s market]
Coarse salt
Pepper

In large pan, brown bacon or butter/oil.

Add onions, then celery, then bell pepper. Sauté to brown a little then turn down and cook about 20 minutes til tender. if it starts getting dry, add a little liquid. Puree in blender.

While you’re waiting on that, get out your big stock pot and bring broth, water and potatoes to a boil. Add herbs and salt and pepper to taste. I threw in a handful of coriander seeds, too. Turn down to a simmer and cover.

Add the puree in, too, once that’s ready. Once the potatoes are all tendaroni, use your masher or hand mixer to break them down.

We had ours with sourdough toast.

Herbs from my garden
Onion, celery, and bell pepper. And bacon.Onions
Where it all starts

Read More

My creative space: summer bracelets

Posted by on Jun 9, 2010 in craft | 4 comments

I’ve been making more charm bracelets this week. They’re a little lighter — you might say summer weight :]

I put a couple up on my etsy

Je t'aime Paris Eiffel Tower charm bracelet

Je t’aime Paris Eiffel Tower charm bracelet

Little pink elephant charm bracelet

Little pink elephant charm bracelet

[my creative space]

Read More

Things we ate this weekend

Posted by on Jun 7, 2010 in recipe, travel | 1 comment

ham and swiss croissants
fresh OJ
fair trade coffee
bagel
grapes
free bottle of merlot and a very nice note from the folks at the hotel thanking us for our return visit [i guess had our credit card on file?]
BBQed pork tenderloin, chicken, and tri-tip and some sweet island-style pulled pork
clam chowder
garlic bread
bacon cheese bread
strawberry blintzes
bacon
veggie omelette
lots of fancy imported licorice
caramel-wrapped marshmallows
a giant dark chocolate peanut butter cup
oregon bing cherry and coffee-truffle ice cream cones
deep-fried artichoke hearts
grilled meats
peach cobbler

Read More

Foodie Thursday!

Posted by on Jun 3, 2010 in recipe | 4 comments

Some recipes I like that I was telling J. about at coffee yesterday:

Zucchini Crab Cakes. These are super delicious and EASY and healthy except for being fried, but that just makes them that much more tasty. Serve with Creole-style remoulade [there are a million ways to make this; I mix catsup, mayo, seedy mustard, cayenne, and whatever else to taste].

Beer pizza dough. Chad makes this once a week, he rolls out two doughs and we put our own toppings on. Mine usually has some or all of the following: pesto, mushrooms, artichoke hearts, fresh mozz, parmesan, prosciutto, garlic, olives, oregano and basil, red pepper flakes, whatever else is around. Here are some photos from Tuesday’s batch. Do not view on an empty stomach.

Pizza #1: Just the doughPizza #2: Oven ready

Pizza #3: Ready for me belly!Pizza #4: Chad's

Read More