Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Celebrating 5000 Pageviews!

     When I skipped right over the one year birthday of my blog in February I decided I'd celebrate my 5000th pageview instead.  So for the past few weeks I've been checking my stats periodically, and sure enough, today I hit 5,000...5,073 to be exact!  No big deal in the world of serious bloggers, I'm sure, but a big deal to me.  People from around the world- US, Germany, Canada, UK, Russia, South Korea, Romania, France, China, Netherlands- have stopped by to read my ramblings.  They might not stay, and they might not "follow", but they stopped by and that seems CRAZY to me!  So...happy 14 1/2 month 5,073rd pageview to my little corner of the blogosphere!  Writing, sharing, and creating here has changed my life.

     These are a few of my favorite posts from the past year-
I Dreamed of Chickens
Saving Crawly
Artful Living
Gypsy Retirement Plan
Looking Forward to Squam
Squam Art Workshops
Lady Bug Release
Divided By Five
Farewell to October
Enter at Your Own Risk
Round Top, Texas Spring 2011

  I relish the thought of my children going back through the archives of this blog some day, reading my thoughts, enjoying my pictures, and getting a peek into their childhood and their mother's heart.  This is my legacy.

What you see is what you get,

Outside Lisa

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Easter 2011 Highlights

A picture speaks a thousand words.  I am so blessed!

Hope you had a happy Easter!
Outside Lisa

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Round Top, TX Spring 2011

Round Top, Texas is a paradise for junk collecting girls like me.  Twice a year they host the greatest open air market in the land.  You can find anything under the sun here.  And, if you like this sort of thing, you can spend days combing through all the goods.  We're talkin' miles of highway lined on each side with tent after tent of antiques, trash, and treasure.  This is the first time I've made it in years and man it did my gypsy soul good!  But my time was limited, and I had my sweet Emerson with me, so I gave myself a set time limit and hit it, stroller and all!  These are some of the interesting things I saw:

I have to be honest.  I was terrified to take her.  It's not that I was put off by the idea of pushing the stroller through the masses for miles in the blazing sun.  I wasn't even worried about the logistics of diaper changes in a land of Skid-O-Cans.  The thing is...
She's two.  She's unpredictable.  She's destructive.  She's very hard-headed (her Daddy's side;))  When she's angry, she's angry at me.  And she's LOUD.  VERY LOUD.  When I imagined her there with me, in that place that's like paradise for a junker like me, all that kept running through my head was a picture of myself zooming through the crowd at break-neck speed, struggling to make it back to my car with all eyes on me as if a deafening noise was blasting impossibly out of the tiny princess in my stroller.  A noise like a firehouse in a three alarm fire blazing a trail back to the safety and serenity of my car.  But, lo and behold, she was awesome.  It was like she was on an adventure and was loving every minute of the strange sights, smells, and sounds.  She was a natural.  A gypsy in training.  So we tore through, never stopping long enough for her to even ask to get out of the stroller.  She even took a nap!

Overall, the trip was a success and I was only there for three hours.  I found a great looking peacock blue bowl


and the perfect cabinet for my living room.  It needs a coat of paint to fit my house, but that's easy enough.  I bought a dozen antique glass Christmas ornaments and two square bowls and a vase from someone selling Fiesta.  I am using the bowls to feed and water our dog Maisy.  They are turquoise and green and look great in our laundry room:)  That's all the time I needed to find what I was looking for, load up, and head home.  Score!

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Plenty by Yotam Ottolenghi

I love cookbooks.  They make me so happy.  I enjoy looking at them even more than I like cooking from them.  The beautiful pictures of seemingly exotic dishes and page long ingredient lists send me flying into my local nursery in search of herbs and seeds.  They inspire me to try new things and remind me to enjoy the art of cooking.  We all know how easy it is to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of our day and find ourselves staring at the refrigerator or pantry wondering what we can scrounge up and call "dinner".  The thing is an art, and food is beautiful.  We need to be reminded of that every once in a while and my latest cookbook obsession does the trick!  Plenty, written by Yotam Ottolenghi, is a work of art in itself.  I was strolling through Anthropologie when the tantalizing cover caught my eye.  That's saying a lot since it was sitting on a shelf full of things I could hardly resist.  See what I mean:

That peacock blue pitcher and owl cookie jar WILL someday be mine!

My quest to eat right for my type has me eating very vegetarian-y so it's nice to have a book that presents recipes for dishes that allow me to basically leave meat in the dust.  The dish I made and photographed above is Warm Glass Noodles and Edamame.  I have made it twice now and find myself thinking about it, craving it.  It is great served warm or at room temperature which makes it a fantastic choice to take to a party.  

Eat your heart out people!

Outside Lisa

Monday, April 4, 2011

Picking Strawberries at Marburger Orchard, Fredericksburg, Texas

     We started our weekend at the strawberry patch!  Strawberries are one of my favorite things about Spring.  Marburger Orchard in Fredericksburg, Texas has an abundance of fresh ripe strawberries starting in mid to late March every year.  They allow you to go out in the field and pick away.  Sampling two or three is okay, but try telling that to a two year old.  My berry eatin' girl couldn't get enough and there was no hiding it.  Her fingers, face, and shirt were stained so badly she might as well have had an "Over the Limit"  sign stamped across her forehead.  I think they may do better by weighing kids in and out and charging by the pounds gained!

     I plan to make preserves and possibly a strawberry pie with our berries this year.  I didn't get around to making my strawberry preserves last year and we sure missed them.  Marburger Orchard is a wonderful place for a family outing.  Just know that for a two year old and five year old the attention span only allowed for about 30 minutes of picking.  For more serious picking for your canning needs, go it alone.  I will be going back by myself one early morning during the week.  They are a cash or check operation and they're only open when there are berries to pick, so make sure you call ahead or check their website before making the drive.

     They also grow blackberries, peaches, and vegetables throughout the Spring and Summer months, so get on their email list to get notifications as things ripen throughout the season!

By the way, I have no affiliation to Marburger Orchard.  I just really like them and want to spread the word about a local farm and encourage you to buy local, eat local, and support your local farms.

Happy strawberry picking,

Outside Lisa