it was a quiet grey weekend. on saturday we visited a few cranberry bogs. I’ve been determined to get a specific shot for an upcoming wtsb, so 2 wknds in a row i found myself on the south shore. i didn’t end up getting the shot, but i did stumble upon the most amazing old barn. it was in the middle of the Makepeace bog, and almost completely entombed in bittersweet! it really hasn’t felt like fall to me yet until this point…photographing weathered barn wood and bittersweet berries in the drizzle. alright, i’m fully on board with fall now!
clockwise from top left: a massive scone from sherman cafe / dried hydrangea in the window at sherman / on closer inspection of the barn i found a vintage makepeace box peeking out, desperately wanted to snatch it / bittersweet / the barn. i took a zillion film photos of this baby so prepare to see more of her!
it was a calm weekend filled with summer veggies, flowers, and celebrations. on saturday we celebrated b-day’s and retirements (!!) with eric’s family. sunday we spent a laid-back afternoon in the garden. we should have our first harvest of greens any day now!
collards drying, fresh from our boston organics delivery / little red potatoes also from BO / eric and i continue to rejoice in cherry season. that lovely celdon colander is eric’s work / peonies in a coffee pot. it’s one of my fav ceramic pieces i’ve made / me outside herbstalk, a fair at the armory celebrating herbs and their medicinal uses. there were more local herbal apothecaries there, then i realized were around! my fav was flower folk / perfecting cold brew coffee, a delicious process.
memorial day weekend! eric and i traveled to his fam’s beach cottage in CT to help prep it for the season. it was great to pitch-in with the fam and to dig our toes into the sand once again. sun, sand, grilling, beers…it’s was a pitch-perfect memorial day wknd. :)
the cottage / sand at last! / rita’s water ice! a fav of mine from philly that’s now in CT. eric and i got the largest ices we could muster! oh the brain-freeze was so worth it…but what’s up with me just getting brain freeze for the first time at age 30?! / the cottage looking lovely / my memorial day stripes and eric’s shadowy legs / keeping it somewhat traditional, we grilled our memorial day dinner. it was the first time i’d grilled tofu, and you know what? it was kick-ass.
another action packed weekend. Saturday we celebrated the last hang-out at my pal’s beacon hill bachelor pad. he’s the last one of our friends living in the city, guess we’re growing up. sunday eric and i planted our garden! it was one hell of a feat and I’m really proud of our little plot this year. i have a feeling it’s going to be a really good growing season as we had great success with starting our seeds on our sunporch this spring. the seedlings graduating to the garden this weekend included two kinds of basil, red lettuce, cone flowers, black eyes susans, brocoli rabe, peppers, two types of eggplant, 50+ tomatoes (mostly heirlooms), dill, and cabbage.
clockwise: rainer cherries have finally hit the market. mmm! / on a walk to harvard on saturday i picked up a new little accessory! this little guy must have thought i was flower with those bright pants / a serene charles river shot from the car on the way home from the garden / a little lady bird busy defending my garden from aphids! she actually landed on me right before this shot, i’m quite the bug whisperer this wknd right?
as always if you’d like to see more shots from my weekend, follow me (abneal) on instagram, there were plenty more that aren’t featured here.
what a perfect weekend. eric and i took a long photo walk on saturday around the ‘hood. we wandered down streets we had never been on, yet are so close to out apartment. we saw so many neat little vignettes of life in somerville. really makes me love living in this town. plus the weather couldn’t have been more perfect. our walk ended at highland kitchen with beers, pierogies, and my favorite buffalo brussel sprouts. that’s what i call a perfect afternoon! Sunday brought us snail weather. if you’re not familiar, that’s rain (when the snails come out)! it was the perfect opportunity to stay in and get cozy.
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i hope you had a lovely easter/passover holiday! we took a whirlwind trip down to philly to say hi to my folks, eat some easter candy, and to pick up our second car. oh how i missed my VW baby! one exciting little red car caravan later we’re back in boston and looking forward to a busy week. (psst, there’ll be a new words to shoot by tomorrow
1/ the spring growth is so much farther along in PA, including the redbud trees. 2/my cat-crush Aki. i swear i’m coming home with him next time! 3/the little wrench that saved the day. 4/ preparing the corrado for the trip north. 5/ my favorite flower: the violet 6/ dad’s Ford model B.
another lovely weekend. we started it off with my favorite friday night: dave’s pasta and beers. Saturday night we had friends over for dinner before all heading out to the Wild Flag show. it was an awesome show and it has me looking forward to seeing more live music this spring. Sunday brought us breakfast out and then a trip down to the south shore for another dinner, this time with friends and family. all in all it was a great weekend.
1/ the friday night routine 2/our pretty tulips which have lasted an amazing 2 weeks! 3/mary timony of wild flag tearing it up 4/ my stub after the show & a peep at a new vintage dress i’ve recently acquired 5/ sunday morning tunes 6/the egg and feta from three little figs.
I’ve been thinking about adding a food post series to the blog for some time now. The thing is I cook all the time. I’m pretty fanatical about making most of the meals we eat and i’m obviously zealous about photography so why not marry those things here. Well i guess i tend to just cook by feel and taste, and rarely write things down so was hesitant. Then this afternoon’s lunch came along… It was too simple not to remember and too delicious not to share. I had been meaning to make Baked Eggs for some time, and on this snowy work-from-home day it’s exactly what i was craving. It’s a super simple and utterly satisfying recipe that I’m sure you’ll want to whip-up for a week night dinner (maybe on a bed of quinoa?). So without further adieu, i give you baked eggs with spinach & tomatoes…
2 medium ramekins (about 2-3 cups in size)
2 tbsp butter
4 tbsp heavy cream
1/2 c grated hard cheese like cheddar or parmesan
salt + pepper
2 cups greens like spinach or kale. I used savoy spinach.
1 clove garlic, minced.
about a tbsp of olive oil
1 medium tomato, cubed.
marjoram or other spice to taste (fresh or dried)
1. preheat oven to 375ºF. add 1 tbsp butter to each ramekin, put in oven.
2. saute the spinach with minced garlic and a little olive oil to wilt the leaves slightly. that way they will easily fit into the ramekins. season with salt, pepper, and marjoram.
3. when the butter has melted in the ramekins, carefully swill it around to coat the sides of the ramie. add 2 tbsp of cream to each ramekin and mix well with a fork.
4. now you are ready to fill the ramekins. add half of the greens to each ramekin, then the tomato, and then the cheese. you will want to level off the ingredients so that you don’t have a small mountain at the center of the ramie. press down with a fork.
5. crack two eggs in each ramekin, being careful not to beak the yolks. very carefully move the filling around so that the eggs settle into the rest of the ingredients.
6. pop them into the oven for 12mins or so. I was cooking mine in some of my pottery pieces so it took a little longer to cook through. that said keep a good eye on yours, if you like soft yolks. Enjoy!
(please pardon the quick digital pic, i was pretty excited to share this one. so it didn’t make it on to film. following food posts will definitely have more process pics).
it’s a bit of an extended version of Insta Wknd due to the long weekend. i kicked it off with a haircut on friday night followed by a FRY-day party at conor’s and a showing of “the saddest music in the world”. We celebrated our friends’ joe and missy’s double b-day on Saturday night with drinks and a ridiculous game called “bite the bag”. Sunday found me in NH thrifting with the ladies, and i made a massive new england discovery….Savers! the bigest bestest thrift shop i’ve been to. Umm, $6 Calvin Klein wool blazer amongst many other gems then presidents day was relaxed (see miss cleo above!) and ended with us seeing the Portlandia the tour at Berklee! It was pretty kick-ass. J Mascis and Eleanor Friedberger were the surprise special guests. they did not disappoint!
from left to right: chop chop, a haircut for me / rose bakery pancakes! my favorite pancake recipes EVER. also FYI, it’s National Pancake Day a week from today! / frying up some baby brussel sprouts / fried cauliflower and Pretty Things / con-man doubling up! / bite the bag in progress / thrifting. i saw so many ball jars of buttons or marbles…new trend? / an original russel wright clock i scored / cleo catching some z’s and rays / the portlandia tour. fred, carrie, and eleanor.