Monday, July 29, 2013

52 Weeks of Happy - 30/52

Joining in with Jen at little birdie, here are my four happy photos for this week.


I took some time to stroll around at my local HomeGoods store, looking for bargains on pretty things. I don't buy a lot of clothing or shoes, which I'm told makes me an unusual woman, but I do love to decorate and craft. They had this salad plate on a clearance shelf in the china department. It was only $3. There were three of them and I was tempted to snap them all up but then I thought maybe it was better to only have one. I love it so much. The pattern reminds me of Cath Kidston or GreenGate. It looks pretty in the dining room hutch.


Our apples are almost ripe. Some small folks have jumped the gun a bit and have been eating them for a week or two already. They are few and far between this year, owing to a colder spring than usual. Many of the apple tree's buds died in a late frost. There may not be enough to do very much with them this year, but we love having an apple tree; you can't beat fresh, healthy snacks right there in the backyard.


I made a delicious lunch on Sunday, using leftover foods from our sushi night on Saturday. I made a cold salad of shrimp and imitation crabmeat mixed with mayonnaise and chopped celery. We had the salad in sandwiches with avocado and micro-greens on toasted 12-grain bread. Yum!


I watched the early stages of a sunset this week and was reminded anew that I live in a really beautiful place. We've been having unpredictable, even downright scary weather of the be-careful-what-you-wish-for variety. Late summer is usually like this here but it feels surprising every year nonetheless. I continue to be thankful for the (sometimes torrential) rain we're getting and the breathtaking skies after a storm has moved through the area.

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It's almost green chile season here, just a few more weeks to go. That's the time of year when green chile peppers are harvested. You can buy them in the grocery stores or at roadside stands. Many stores and stands will also roast them for you, putting them into a big metal drum with a gas-fueled fire inside. The roasted chiles are eaten just as they are, or they are put into other dishes, such as green chile stew or posole. We decorate with them too - many people hang chile ristras, made from ripened, dried chiles on their homes; you can see a photo of mine over on my sidebar. But eating chiles is the main thing around here. There are chile festivals and cooking competitions and the scent of roasting chiles is carried on the breeze. It's one of my favorite times of year in New Mexico. I hope you'll enjoy this story, originally published in 1947 in New Mexico Magazine, all about why New Mexican chiles are the best kind.

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Hello and welcome, new readers and followers! I'm really glad you're here. Thank you for all of the lovely comments on my past few posts. I loved reading about the books you enjoyed as children, as well as the ones your kids like. I have some good suggestions for my own family now! We all love to read here. Thanks for your input about homemade sushi too; I have never tried kimbap. My experience with Korean food has been very limited thus far but I want to try more.

26 comments:

  1. The plate is so cute, I agree, very Cath Kidston! I don't shop for clothes/shoes very much either...I opt for pretty things for the house, or pretty fabric, and it makes me very happy! I cannot wait until we can eat the apples from our tree, but we didn't get many this year - is is such a young tree and might take a while to get established. The view of the sunset is really beautiful. :)

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  2. Lovely plate, I hope that you have fun deciding where to display it or what to display on it - I see baking in your future before too long!

    Have fun with the chillies, we don't have anything like that in England, but they are getting more popular and you can buy more varieties that you could 17 years ago when I moved back here from the US so that is good.

    Happy sunsets.

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  3. Jennifer I love that plate and really did think it was a CK one.I would definitely have bought them and displayed them together on a wall.Very pretty indeed.

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  4. Chilli season. Sounds brilliant. Whwn I was young there was an apple tree in our garden, but the apples were always very sour. I ate them noetheless. Your little girl bear photo has reminded me of that.

    Lovely happies. I would have bought all three plates!!

    Leanne xx

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  5. Jennifer, that plate is so pretty! I love shopping at our Homegoods store. I love looking through the cookbooks while shopping there. What a lovely post~ Have a wonderful day Jennifer.

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  6. Hi Jennifer, We have mountain apples (Malay apples, I think) but I've never seen a "real" apple tree. I'd love to pick an apple from a tree and eat it right there! Chili season sounds wonderful and tasty. And, I really like that plate. I have a penchant for mini plates. It's funny to see the kids eating from a bunch of colorful mini plates :P
    Enjoy your day!
    Jayne

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  7. Ah there's nothing quite like eating an apple freshly picked from the tree! Beautiful! What a scrumptious healthy lunch Jennifer, and stunning sky!
    Joy x

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  8. I love HomeGoods. I'm always in there and there is always something that I want to take home. I usually go to the home furnishings section before the clothes too. Pretty plate! :)

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  9. Oh my gosh....I could just gobble up that sandwich!!
    I would have bought all 3 plates...make great last minute gifts!
    I think your "Homegoods" is equivalent to our "Winners" and "Homesense"...
    I usually go to the reduced linens first...can never have too many napkins or tablecloths!! haha!
    Enjoy the chile celebrations...sounds awesome!

    Cheers!
    Linda :o)

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  10. I miss living in WA where there were apple orchards all over where my grandparents lived. Fresh apples are so good!

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  11. That sandwich is brilliant! I have a big ol' avocado in the kitchen.. I eat them sliced on top of a lightly mayo'ed toasted English muffin.. I adore avocados! I'm glad you're getting some rain. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

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  12. I'm a lot like you - not so into clothes and shoes, but things like that plate make me happy! I wish there was a Homegoods near me!

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  13. What a lovely post Jennifer! I too can't be bothered with shopping for clothes and shoes, I try to make what I have do me for as long as possible! Guess that makes us both strange ... But who wants to be the same as everyone else?

    Thank you so much for finding me and following ... it means that I've now found you and can follow in return. Don't you just love finding a new blog that you have so much in common with?

    Have a terrific Tuesday!

    Love from Claire xx

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  14. Some lovely moments from your week, I really can't wait to see all the things you do with your green chillies.

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  15. That lunch looks scrumptious, and hey I have avocados and prawns and green leafy stuff ... I know what's for supper now ;)

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  16. Can I come over for lunch? It looks very yummy.
    Hugs to you my new friend,
    Meredith

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  17. Love the plate! Vintage goodness. :-) I have so many blog posts to catch up on having been away on vacation. Looks like you guys have been having a wonderful summer!

    Lisa

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  18. Yes, that pretty plate is very GreenGate! In fact, your whole post here today has a GreenGate vibe to it, don't you think? The Dutch family who runs the company also lives in the countryside and your landscapes here reminded me of them.

    Poppy

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  19. Hi there, just wanted to say hi and thanks fir your comments with me. You do live in a very beautiful place! Jo xx

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  20. Love the china plate.
    Chile festival sounds
    ~and apparently smells, wonderful !

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  21. Hello to you too, Jennifer! I'm so glad to have followed your comment and found your blog. I look forward to reading more.
    Your blog friend across the pond, Hen xxx

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  22. I do like reading your happy things, they're always good. That plate is beautiful and for 3 dollars, even better! I love a bargain. I want to eat that sandwich so much, it looks wonderful. x

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  23. What a pretty floral plate. Cute pic of your little one, and since I love avocado your sandwich looks quite tasty!

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  24. I love your new plate.. it's so pretty! I don't by a lot of clothing for myself either... buying for our home is much more fun! And that sandwich looks so delicious!

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  25. Love your floral plate...I'm like you, I'm not so much into clothes or shoes, but I go more for the decor stuff! It's interesting to read about where you live; I've always wanted to visit NM. I have a friend in Baltimore who always orders the chiles from NM so she can make green chile stew. She says it's the best!

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  26. My ex-New-Mexican boyfriend would just like to note that he dearly misses green chiles!

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