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On a whim yesterday we headed down to Princeton NJ to go to the Princeton University Art Museum, have lunch and hopefully meet up with friends who live there.

The first plus is the museum is free, but they recommend a $5.00 donation. Worth every single cent. We did not linger long in the museum due to having a two year old in tow. He did well in there, but after we left the cool horses from the Han Dynasty, paintings by Ruben and Kandinsky and others did not hold his interest. My husband led him out while I sprinted from room to room, agog at such a wondrous collection of art. Honestly, it was pretty amazing.

We also walked around the campus of the prestigious University. Marvelous architecture abounds and it made me wish I had done way better than I had done in high school and was a touch more academically ambitious. Say what you want about Ivy League schools, too liberal or too elitist or too whatever. Sidebar: You can't mention costs because the Ivies do have some of the bigges…

As They Say, The More You Know

As a bonafide city kid, one can note that I have taken to certain parts of country living well. Open space, farms, wildlife of all kinds, hiking trails, nice parks. Others, not so much. Sidewalks. We need sidewalks in my town dammit! And a Trader Joe's. Petty issues yes, but I can complain a little can't I?

One thing I really love about where I live is the constant sounds of birds. All types of birds. It is sort of amazing how many different songs one can hear in an hour in the morning.

As you can see by the photo, I have a cute little nesting box on my garage. Currently a family of bluebirds have taken up residence there. I put the shepherds hook there awhile back when I realized they were moving in and figured it would gave them a place to sit, observe and protect.

I used to have bird feeders but the squirrels and deer were too aggressive with them. One morning I went out and my suet cake holder was gone. I looked everywhere and never found it. Bear, deer, raccoon, who knows…

Easiest Pickled Beets Ever from Blind Pig & the Acorn and a Random Photo

Seriously, if I get beets again in my CSA, I think I am going to give this recipe a sincere shot.

Easiest Pickled Beets EVER

And because I am tired and feeling sort of loopy, I wanted to share this photo I took of Dave Vanian of The Damned. I was at one of their first farewell tour shows, this one was 1989 in NYC at The Ritz, and my friend and I won a contest to meet them. Rock on.

Grimly Fiendish for those who want a flashback.


Duke Farms

For Father's Day we took a trip down to Hillsborough, NJ and visited Duke Farms.

There is a lot of history behind the place, read here, but in a nutshell this tobacco/power company magnate left his daughter, the philanthropic heiress Doris Duke, some serious cash and property. The property in NJ was famous for its gardens which apparently trustees, newly appointed of course, closed in 2008 because you know, greed is an ugly  thing. Anyway, Duke Farms has been converted into a more "stewards of the land" sort of situation which is fabulous, but probably not something Doris imagined or had specified in her will. Speaking of which, I found it amusing,  in a dark way mind you, that Duke University in North Carolina contested the will saying they deserved some of the assets. Really? Really? Asses. But I digress...

The land itself is lovely and it is a free park where you can walk the immense property, take the tram or ride your bikes. You can actually bring your own or rent t…

The More You Know

I cannot believe that in all my years, I have never, ever thought to do this with my duvet.

How-To: Put On A Duvet Cover Magic Burrito Style

My bed making game has officially changed.


A Bounty of Food

This past Thursday was the "opening day" pick up for our half share from the CSA. Here is what we got.
A huge tomato, green onions, beets, parsley, radishes, spinach, lettuce, asparagus and kale.
I admit I always feel a small amount of pressure to get everything prepared so nothing goes to waste. I made salad the first night which was great and I still have some left for lunch today. Tonight I will roast the asparagus and make some fish and perhaps Israeli cous cous as well. Then I need to make plans for everything else.
The biggest bonus for me is that no one else eats beets so I can be a gluttonous fool. Whoo hoo!!!


Pictures Of My "Gardens"

The original owners of my home were at best, sloppy when it came to the yard. Random fruit trees and flowering trees placed with no rhyme or reason anywhere. This has presented challenges but we have learned to work with these issues best we can.  One of my responses was to tear our the Yucca plant because I do not live in the southwest and have never understood fellow New Jerseyians planting such a thing here. I have also lost one of my larger sage plants to simple death. This has left the mound looking a touch bare as she was right in the middle.

As you can see in the photo above, this is a work in progress. On the right is the area where the yucca had called home and has left little babies sprouting up everywhere. While it did sprout pretty flowers, it intersected with the pear tree which was planted next to the mound, WHY???, and it just looked messy. 
Below is a shot of my beloved oregano who I just call "The Whore" as she has spread out more than any other herb I have…