Tag Archives: Spring

Asparagus Risotto is OMFN

5 Apr

I’ve been doing that slow walk past the asparagus in the store lately. You know the one where you casually walk by, feigning indifference, while giving the object of your affection the side-eye? I used to save this sort of behavior for attractive dudes, but now that I’m a grown-ass married woman, I freely use the same tactic on produce.

On one recent weekly shopping trip I realized that the asparagus did indeed look good enough to pick up on. I had been dreaming of asparagus risotto ever since I read Elizabeth’s post describe it tasted like “sunshine and springtime.” I’ve made risotto several times, but I always stick to a wild mushroom variety. Tender asparagus was reason enough to branch out.

Did I ever tell you my Grandaddy grew up on a farm in the Delta that grew asparagus? It has a special place in my heart.

I deviated slightly from the recipe E posted. Because I’m a deviant. And because I already had pinot grigio instead of vermouth, and I didn’t want to add basil to my puree. Shallots, instead of onion. And I added more cheese, because well, obviously. Any glasses of wine I may have had during the cooking process were purely medicinal. I assure you.

The puree looked so lovely I took a dramatic picture of it. It’s the asparagus version of a Glamour Shot. It’s totally posting this photo on its Facebook. Also whenever I think about the word “puree” I always think about the pea puree debacle on Top Chef. Anybody else have this problem? No? Carry on.

There’s something satisfying about dumping incredibly delicious ingredients on top of the pale, buttery risotto.

There’s something even more satisfying about stirring it all together.

Ta da! The natural light was all gone when I was done so you’ll have to excuse the overhead lighting. Anthony, Isobel and I all ate huge greedy platefuls. Isobel, who’s had a complex love-hate relationship with rice, adored it and chomped on the asparagus tips until they were indistinguishable. I was going to freeze some of the leftovers and make risotto cakes with the rest, but alas, the leftovers were too good and we ate them all up before I had a chance.

I loved it so much I made up a new phrase for it, OMFN: Oh My Fucking Nom.

Spring Showers

21 Mar

Last weekend my family and I drove to the coast to attend the marriage of one of my best and oldest friends. I went to her shower a few weeks ago. Turns out her cousin lives so close to me that I could walk to the shower. So I did.

The backyard where it was held was so lovely. It inspired me and made me mad with jealousy at the same time. Anthony played with Isobel in our backyard while I was gone and he could hear our animated laughter.

Look at this teapot?  Also covet-worthy.

Let me just say that this day didn’t do my diet any favors.

We were asked to bring a recipe for her recipe box. I thought it was a lovely, old-fashioned touch. I made baked brie for Jenn one time and since then she’s texted me for the recipe a few times. I also wanted to give Jenn something vintage, so I printed out a copy of a baked brie recipe and gave her a milk glass dish to bake it in.

And I made her a card.

I loved this wrapping paper. It’s reversable. So cute.

The best part? Jenn specifically demanded requested no games.

I am so happy for her.

Follow Friday – Feels Like Spring

18 Mar

Although today is gloomy and rainy, we’ve had some lovely, spring-like days. Last night Isobel and I walked to the park with Angela and Kingston, and I was so grateful for Daylight Savings Time giving us this extra hour in the park. Outside was clear and temperate—that perfect space between too warm and too hot and we relished it knowing that in a month or two our trips to the park would inevitably include profuse sweating. The kids had a great adventure and we got to catch up.

This weekend the husband and I are heading out of town and I’d be lying if I said I felt prepared for the long car ride ahead. During our stay on the coast, we’ll be taking Isobel to the beach again, but this time she’ll be old enough to enjoy it. Have a great weekend!

What is Follow Friday? It’s a Twitter meme that I have taken a couple steps further.  See my nomination for a Shorty Award for Follow Friday here. You can read more Follow Friday goodness here. Learn more about it in my FAQ.

iscoff Went to a monster truck rally, can’t believe monster trucks still don’t have rights.

AHGinCLE I am taking the bus to work this am. It already smells like beer !

FakeeEtiquette This Friday, it would be polite to have fun, fun, fun, fun while you’re looking forward to the weekend.

louispeitzman Have you guys ever watched this show Max and Ruby on Nick Jr.? Unpopular opinion: Ruby’s kind of a B.

DownGoesBrown Just had a minor earthquake in Ottawa. Can’t wait for Glenn Beck to tell us what God thinks we did wrong.

notperfect This was not the Lent to give up cursing.

Charlie_O I’m tired of jokes about the Irish being nothing but drunkards. We also excel at spousal abandonment and brawling. Often on the same night.

palinode Read a comment thread on an article that descended into a flame war over Kevin Spacey FOR NO REASON. AT ALL. Don’t ever change, internet.

danforthfrance I only happen to be wearing green because I’m still wearing yesterday’s clothes.

ordermeanother I am going to see how all the frat boys like it when I kiss them because they are “Irish” today. should end well for all of us I think.

badbanana Highs in the 70s today. Portions of eastern Nebraska are currently under a mesh tank top warning.

willgoldstein Every time the words “replaced by a tea party proponent” are printed an angel loses its wings.

Krud May you always have an app for that. #FakeIrishSayings

Brain_Wash Mountain Dude #failedsodas

slackmistress The best part of being from the midwest is that I don’t have to take sides in a rap battle.

Bagyants I can trace most of my problems to my dad asking me what teabagging is.

inversejaik “World’s Lamest Gift Mug” #HonestGiftMugs

inversejaik “World’s Most Racist Grandpa” #HonestGiftMugs

GeorgeTakei Tomorrow I’m going to violate Leviticus by wearing a cotton/polyester blend. #CherryPickingSins

sween Disney should do a movie about a princess that talks to woodland creatures and they convince her to go to grad school.

Iordstewie Grammar is important! Capitalization is the difference between helping your Uncle Jack off a horse and helping your Uncle jack off a horse.

sucittaM It’s a good thing my dogs can’t talk, or else they’d have been yelling “MOTHERFUCKING CAR RIDE!” for the last two hours.

danharmon I’ve chosen my tribal name. Tell your children, so they might tell their children, the legend of Owns One Shirt That Fits.

VHStapes2 Parenting is an amazing neverending task for superhumans. I assume you all do cocaine heavily.

JezebelTheGreat My plan today is to sit on my porch with a Guinness, a slingshot and a bag of pennies. Let’s see what you’re wearing today, power-walkers.

ApocalypseHow “Duh, winning!” is the perfect summary of America’s self-perception/achievement gap.

danharmon I’ll always remember this as the year I tried shaving every morning for like two weeks. Hats off to normal men everywhere. #TheRealHeroes

FakeeEtiquette If one of your online friends jokes today about the death of Microsoft’s MP3 player, politely tell him/her it is “too Zune.”

shinyinfo Does any one else get douche chills when they read the word “optimize”?

freudiantypo I am enthusiastically looking forward to St. Patty’s Day weekend and how I’m going to ignore it.

ebertchicago Glenn Beck suggests the Japanese tragedy was a message from God. Urgent to Glenn: Buy a lightning rod.

louispeitzman The Chocolate War Crimes Tribunal. #HigherStakesChildrensBooks

JerryThomas Hop on Pope #HigherStakesChildrensBooks

JerryThomas One Fish Two Fish Red Fish I Have A Rash #HigherStakesChildrensBooks

JerryThomas Oh, The Places You’ll Wish You Could Afford To Go! #HigherStakesChildrensBooks

JerryThomas Everyone Poops Corn #HigherStakesChildrensBooks

JerryThomas Where the Girls Gone Wild Things Are #HigherStakesChildrensBooks

JerryThomas Goodnight Reverend Moon #HigherStakesChildrensBooks

simontarr When faced with the question “Are U.S. Nuclear Plants Safe?”, American officials said “LOOK! SHINY! SPARKLY! Charlie Sheen!”

bobtiki The Very Hungry Caterpillar Who Wondered What the Flesh of Other Caterpillars Tasted Like #HigherStakesChildrensBooks

bobtiki Where the Sidewalk and All Other City Protective Services Ends #HigherStakesChildrensBooks

dirtyvicar The downside of being an atheist is that you have no one to blame for the shit that happens to you but yourself.

ScrewyDecimal Whenever I laugh at something funny my mom says on the phone, she tells me “You should Tweet that.” Oh, Mom.

SaraJOY I am Dutch, and therefore wearing no green. Pinch me & you’ll get up close & personal with my wooden shoes.

IamWillFerrell I hate when people say, “I gotta get my body right for the summer”..like, wtf are going to do about that face?

helgagrace The truth is, I do NOT want Charles in charge of me. Not my days and *definitely* not my nights. Let’s not even address the rest.

markleggett Someone needs to start a dating website where vicious serial killers can meet up with Glenn Beck.

thejohnblog “What is the sound of one hand clapping?”  SLAP! – Zen master Rick James

joewengert If someone you know is grumpy today, remember: this weekend they got one less hour of staring at the ceiling and regretting things

eareeve Seriously, pervy old man: $10,000 is what it would take for me to give you a pair of my panties to wear on your head.

mayopie Maybe I’m not wearing green because I like it when you pinch me. *creepy, deep breaths*

TheNextMartha My jury duty excuse “There is no way I’m not going to be able to tweet about this”

TheNextMartha I should have my twitter name printed on the back of that twitter shirt. Could get some new followers at court.

Sigafoos The only thing better than a personal reply going to a listserv is when the recipient ALSO replies to the list, unaware.

Mister_m00n I always thought a Biblioteque was a place where they danced religiously.

rstevens There should be a goth auction service called MoreBid.

ampersandwich Someone broke into my house and put my kitchen in disarray. What, that was me? Damn.

Mister_m00n I’m throwing coffee to the wind today.

crom74 If love can build a bridge, then hate will build a fence for me next weekend. I’m tired of neighbor’s dogs shitting in & digging up my yard.

LOD Old Spice’s ad campaign has become so weirdly surreal that I’m now frightened not to use it.

hvymtllibrarian never would have guessed that the cats’ overnight behavior would make a teething infant seem easy and unobtrusive by comparison.

justingibson What do you do when you’re at work and you cough so hard a fart happens. (I’m asking for a friend.) #urgent

alwysabridesmd My computer is going extra slow this morning. Perhaps if I dump some coffee on it, that’ll help.

iasshole I love how my mom cat busts open the bathroom door to see me like she’s in frickin Roadhouse or something. BAM! “Sup”

thecheckoutgirl Look, if they didn’t want me to have a minty fresh clitoris then why in the world did they invent a vibrating toothbrush?

aparnapkin Don’t forget to set your biological clocks forward!

badbanana I could tell you, but then I’d have to tell you.

shinyinfo I need therapy for my hatred of marketing. Maybe in the past a douchebag marketer tried to tell me about their business while killing my dog.

FinneganWilde I am using the backup to the backup computer. Computers keep exploding. If I could pound on them I know I could make them better.

owlpacino I’ve developed a Pavlovian response to the phrase “administrative assistant”. It’s the same face I make when Sean Penn is talking.

adiopink Tried to type “heebie jeebies.” iPod suggested “hernia jerboas.” #damnyouautocorrect

ryanmer I just counted 4 different homeless people sleeping on the grass. It’s springtime at the library!

wordlust I bet more people would participate in Lent if it were called God’s Spring Boobtacular.

NASeason Woman smiles widely at my pregnant waddle as she almost runs me over in the parking lot.

tdfay If you live in Wisconsin, don’t forget to set your clock back 50 years this weekend. #wiunion

mommywantsvodka I put the “ass” in “classy.”

alwysabridesmd Oh boy I hope what I’m chewing is lobster.

adiopink My color-coded Google multi-calendar for meeting rooms looks like a stack of Tetris blocks. Knew gaming skills would come in handy someday.

shinyinfo I almost put this in a paper, “Urban Librarians are ride or die.” I think that’s enough coffee…

Gen_with_a_G … if I get an interview and they ask me what my aesthetic is, I can just do jazz hands and say TO BEDAZZLE!

markleggett Just said “Good morning” to three people in my office even though it won’t advance my career at all. I am a good person.

apelad Word to your document!

Zaius13 News shows should fill that awkward satellite delay time with vintage footage of a chimp operating a switchboard.


What is Follow Friday? It’s a Twitter meme that I have taken a couple steps further.  See my nomination for a Shorty Award for Follow Friday here. You can read more Follow Friday goodness here. Learn more about it in my FAQ.

Spring Fixx

15 Mar

Everything is 15% off in the Little Big Shop today thanks to Etsy Team Librarian’s Ides of March Sale. As an added bonus, the Little Big Shop is featured in Indiefixx’s Spring Galleria, which starts today and runs through June. Happy shopping!

Spring Sale

11 Mar


Before the weekend starts I wanted to give you a head’s up about Little Big Vintage. On Tuesday, March 15th, Team Librarian is having a Spring Sale. Participating stores are selling their goods at 15%. This includes everything in my vintage shop.

You should definitely check out the Team Librarian shops as they are full of crafty, handmade, and vintage goodness.

My sale will run all day on Tuesday, March 15th, so head on over to the Little Big Shop for 15% off.