Predictably, Omaha has gone from wintery weather directly into the throes of summer with it reaching an almost unheard of 91 degrees F (33 C). I'm sure it will settle back into more seasonable temperatures but it does make getting dressed a bit challenging. I've packed away most of my winter items but left a few warmer cardigans and coats available-just in case it decides to snow again. I like living in Nebraska, but our weather is bonkers.
Tuesday, April 27, 2021
April Showers Bring May Flowers and Mayflowers Bring Pilgrims
I bought this silk/linen blend skirt for the antique looking print. If you look hard you might be able to spot a cheeky monkey in the leaves. It doesn't crease as horridly as most linen and I wonder if that's down to the silk. The label suggests dry cleaning, but I've been laundering it gently in cold water with no ill effects. Line dry though-I wouldn't tumble dry anything silk.
The block printed blouse was made in Pakistan. I fell in love with the pattern as it is so different from the typical prints you see from the region. It almost looks like a line drawing. The tiny sequins at the neckline and cuffs are annoying, and slightly scratchy but probably not worth removing. It is rather long, but looks better tucked in on my body as it is a bit narrow through the hips and...I am not.
Linen/silk blend skirt-Goodwill
Block printed shirt-Thrift World
Vintage belt-New Life Thrift
Earrings (part of a set)-Goodwill
Fragrance-Cabotine Rose (poorly named as it is a cherry blossom fragrance)
Danielle's shop. She even has a sale going at the moment.
HERE. The pasta I served it over is more of the chickpea flour noodles from Banza. They like it. The chickpea "rice" is rather convincing, especially when you're serving something on it.
I'm trying to shop small whenever possible, and when I can support artists at the same time, that makes it all the better. Gwen is someone I've met through Tumblr. She's a student and selling her beautiful art to help with tuition. My photo does not do justice to how lovely this bee print is. You may find her shop Earned Magic by clicking the link.
Now, you're probably wondering what I've been cooking. If you follow me on Instagram, you've already seen these so feel free to scroll past.
Last summer before the Fresh Thyme organic market closed I bought several deeply discounted lamb shoulder chops without any real plans. As they'd been in the freezer some time now, I decided to trim the meat from the bones, cube it, and use it to make a Navarin (French lamb stew). That turned out to be a very good decision. I didn't have any potatoes, but I had several pounds of very small Swedes (rutabagas) and turnips. That was also a very good decision. They boys ate it for several nights with it improving upon sitting. I followed the basic recipe HERE substituting turkey bacon and adding some red wine and celery to the mix. I also used both frozen green beans and peas. It was well received. I'm cooking much differently now to accommodate both their dietary requirements (because I am NOT cooking them each separate meals-I ain't a short-order cook and this ain't a diner) but so far have been able to keep the meals interesting. Earlier in the week I made a fish chowder from cod and salmon and used non-dairy cream to great effect. The Silk brand heavy whipping "cream" does an excellent job of mimicking heavy cream and doesn't split or separate when heated. It is also very nice in mashed celeraic.
I found the dress at a costume shop that also had a selection of vintage clothing. I really miss the place as I'd always leave with something interesting. I once found a 1960s Mr. Blackwell evening gown there. *Makes mental note to wear the Mr. Blackwell*
Skirt-a thrift store in Boston, early 90s
Fragrance-I think it was Sunflowers. I've been wearing it an awful lot lately, but I have a giant bottle.
There's not a lot going on in the garden yet, but here's a few things...
And finally some peas and kale.