Saturday, December 31, 2011

{this moment}

Inspired by Soulemama:

"{this moment} - A Friday ritual. A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember.
If you're inspired to do the same, leave a link to your 'moment' in the comments for all to find and see."

Happy New Year!

Sunday, December 11, 2011

A Repurposed Bean

A vanilla bean is a special treat in my kitchen.  I do my best to be mindful of our food resources, so an ingredient that can do double duty is a true gem.  If you'll recall the Winter Solstice Brew from a few weeks back, this vanilla bean was one of the key ingredients.  After a short rinse and drying overnight, the vanilla bean was ready to be added to turbinado sugar.  It's flavor will infuse the sugar just in time for some special cookies I have planned for Valentine's Day.  Sweets for my sweet.