April 2, 2012

Weekend Basics

Happy April! Did anyone get fooled yesterday? I tried to fool Tim by telling him I messed up the booking for my flights to NYC this week but he knows me too well for me to pull it off without breaking into uncontrollable laughter. My sister totally got me, though, by convincing me she was pregnant with their 4th child. At the rate they've been going (3 kids ages 3 and under), she completely had me.

1 & 6 Living in the fan provides us a front row seat to Richmond events like this weekend's Monument Avenue 10k. It's a huge community event that closes down the streets while bands set up and play throughout the medians and plenty of parties are hosted on the porches of the homes on Monument Avenue for spectators. We learned this was the 4th largest 10k in the country by participation with over 42,000 runners.  We and our house is positioned literally 2 blocks from the 5 mile marker:

This was Tim and my first time watching from the sidelines since traffic can be so crazy in and around the fan area during the 10k. I literally go goosebumps as the first wave of runners breezed through — they were serious.

We got to see so many of our family & friends, both running the 10k and watching (shout out to Lizzie and her incredible Bloody Mary's!). One group of my friends actually won the costume contest for best group getup.

2 The trusty KitchenAid stand mixer came out from hiding for an exciting recipe we're looking forward to sharing this week. I love any excuse to use this thing.

3 This sinkful of sweet potatoes went into making another batch of organic dog chews for Mr. Basil. We're finally getting to a point where we've perfected the dehydrating process to meet our tastes!

4 Spring is in the air and with it brings all the weeds and sprouts we never knew existed in our beautifully staged yard... Good thing it really only took 15 minutes to weed the entire front "yard" which left us a little extra time to plant a few herb varieties in there.

More on this in that mega plant update we keep promising but never post :)

5 In other garden related news, we were already able to reap some fruits of our labor so to speak.

Tim made this simple salad with the fresh mesclun greens we've been growing over the past few weeks — find the dressing recipe over on E.A.T..


  1. I love watching races. We always go out to see my husband when he does a marathon and it is thrilling to see everyone pass by and wave.

    I've got to try those sweet potato chews again after messing up the first batch.

    I'm curious what herbs you're planting. For some bizarre reason I cannot grow basil. I've tried it while living in England, Virginia and Utah and it never survives very long. I really want to try some rosemary, tarragon and chives.

    1. Monica from seed we planted chives, basil, and dill. We have never tried to grow them from seed so we will see!

      Good luck on the sweet potato do over we are sure it will turn out great!

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    1. Good to see and finally meet you! Thanks for staying in touch and sharing our quirky fun blog!

  3. Love seeing your growing stuff! How do you do the photos at the top of your post? I like the way you group them all together. :)


    1. Hey Jasanna! Thanks so much, we too love growing new things year after year like you. Looking forward to seeing how your plants turn out this year!

      To make the photo collage, we use a photo editing program like photoshop to group each image together and overlay the text numbers. There are several free editing programs out there where you can achieve this effect, like fotoflexer, gimp and more!


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