Success is not final, failure is not fatal - it is the courage to continue that counts.
- Sir Winston Churchill

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Random photos of the week

The garlic done curing.
Der Knoblauch nachdem er ein paar Wochen zum Trocknen aufgehaengt war.Made some pickled garlic. Recipe from here:
Habe ein neues Rezept fuer "pickled garlic" probiert.
Another batch of soap
Sourdough popovers
Sauerteig "popovers"
Sunshine in a bowl
Sonnenschein in einer Schuessel
The first big red tomato is ripening!
Die erste grosse rote Tomate wird reif!
Eggplant blossoms
Auberginen Blueten
The gladiolas were planted two years ago and are finally blooming.
Die Gladiolen wurden vor zwei Jahren gepflanzt und bluehen nun zum ersten Mal.
Mini watermelon - told you they were cute.
Mini Wassermelone - hab euch doch gesagt, dass die niedlich sind.
Hibiscus blossom
Hibiscus Bluete
No more rain + warmer temps = fun in the pool
Kein Regen + Hitze = Spass im Pool
I've been looking for a lamp to put next to the computer in the sunroom. Yesterday I found this "beauty" at the thrift store for $6.
Ich habe schon seit einiger Zeit nach einer Lampe Ausschau gehalten, die ich neben den Computer im Sonnenzimmer stellen kann. Gestern habe ich diese "Schoenheit" fuer $6 im second hand Laden gefunden.
A few coats of spray paint later it now looks like this. When I spotted it in the store it came with a tore up, gross looking white lamp shade. I found the black shade in the store but it didn't have a price. The sweet lady that runs the store just let me change out the shade.
Nachdem ich die Lampe lackiert habe, sieht sie nun so aus. Als ich sie im Laden gesehen hatte, hatte sie einen dreckigen, zerrissenen weissen Lampenschirm. Ich fand aber auch diesen schwarzen Lampenschirm (ohne Preis) und die nette Dame hat es mich einfach austauschen lassen.
Greg got some fireworks last night and we sat outside with a few neighbors and had some fun.
Greg hat gestern ein bissl Feuerwerk gekauft und wir sassen Abends mit ein paar Nachbarn draussen und hatten Spass damit.

Sourdough Popovers
3 eggs
1 cup milk
1/2 cup sourdough starter
1 cup all purpose flour
1/2 tsp salt
Preheat oven to 400. In a mixing bowl beat the eggs until light-colored. Beat in the milk and sourdough starter. Stir in the flour and salt. To prevent the popovers from sticking, generously grease the cups, place in hot oven for 5 minutes, then remove. Fill each cup equally 3/4 full. (I used a muffin tin) Place on baking sheet and into preheated oven. Bake for 30 to 40 minutes until tall and golden brown.

Sourdough Popovers
3 Eier
1 Tasse Milch
1/2 Tasse Sauerteig
1 Tasse Mehl
1/2 Teel Salz
Ofen auf 200 vorheizen. In einer Schuessel die Eier schlagen, dann Milch und Sauerteig zugeben. Mehl und Salz unterruehren. Die Formen gut fetten und fuer 5 Minuten in den heissen Ofen geben. Die Formen (ich habe eine Muffinform genommen) gleichmaessig 3/4 voll fuellen, auf ein Backblech geben und fuer 30 - 40 Minuten backen.


  1. The garlic turned out well. I'm getting close to harvest time and I'm excited about that!
    The lamp turned out very nice. You have a good eye for a bargain.
    Happy 4th, Anke!

  2. I have a lamp identical to the one you found at the thrift store and have been wondering what I could do with it so it would blend in better with the other lighting in the living room. Thanks for the inspiration! ;-)

    Your pickled garlic looks beautiful, Anke!

    Love the sweet little watermelon!

  3. Fantastic photos! I'll be doing some pickled garlic soon!

  4. thanks for posting your sour dough pop overs. I just made me a started a couple of weeks ago. I'm always looking for sour dough recipes. My favorite is pancakes. I only wished the husband liked them.
    Have a great holiday.

  5. How fun to see all the produce! I hope my community garden is still alive. It's been sooo dry here.

  6. This is a great your random photos. You have been busy...but I think that is normal for you. :)
    LOVE the lamp!!!!!

  7. Mini watermelons?! They ARE cute!