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 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.
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.
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.