Baskets Overload

I love baskets.

Luckily, we have a very special person in our family – my Grandaddy.

Not only is he the sweetest, most hardworking and helpful person, but he can also make such wonderful baskets as these.

This is a pot cover.

Isn’t it just wonderful?

I can perfectly imagine using these in the garden.

Gathering apples or nuts will be so great with them.

Just lovely.

My Grandaddy made 84 baskets this winter.

Yes, 84 baskets.

And he proclaimed that he’d had no time to be bored.

No wonder… hm… 84 baskets… he’s my hero.

Red Cabbage Tarts with Thyme

Delicious, delicious, delicious… there’s no better way to describe these lovely tarts.

Oh yes, there is – saying the word ‘delicious’ about a hundred times.

So good they are.

The crust is a little crunchy, beautifully tender and full of a wonderful thyme and buttery taste.

And the filling, oh the red cabbage filling… the taste of the cabbage combined with the thyme, cumin, the slight sweetness of sugar and the pleasant sourness of vinegar – this will all provide for your private and instant stairway to heaven.

Trust me – I’ve already had three.

These are the ingredients:

And this is how to make them:

1. In a bowl, mix together the flour, salt (1 tsp) and thyme (1 tsp).

2. Pour the flour mixture into the the bowl of your electric mixer.

Add the butter and beat until crumbs form (about 8 minutes).

3. Add the water (1/2 cup) and mix again.

4. Remove the mixture from the bowl and form a ball (if the dough is too tacky to work with you can use a little flour for your hands).

Cover the dough in plastic wrap and place in your refrigerator to chill.

5. Heat the oil in a larger pot over medium heat.

6. Cut the onion into two halves….

Cut each half horizontally…

And slice.

7. Add the onion into the pot…

And cook until soft.

8. Slice the cabbage… (from now on I was trying my best not to show you my fingernails)…

9. Add the cabbage into the pot along with 3/4 cup water and reduce heat.

10. Add 2 tablespoons thyme, 2 tablespoons vinegar, 1 tablespoon sugar, 1 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1/4 teaspoon pepper and 1 teaspoon cumin.

Cover and cook for 10 minutes.

Then uncover and cook until liquid is gone.

Stir the mixture every now and then so that it doesn’t burn.

11. Remove the dough from the refrigerator and place it on a lightly floured surface.

Form a log and cut it into 9 equal pieces.

12. Form a ball from each piece.

13. Place a ball onto a lightly floured surface.

Using a rolling pin, roll out each ball into a 6-inch (15 cm) circle.

Place some filling in the center of the circle.

14. Fold the edges of the dough over the filling in a crimped pattern, leaving the center uncovered.

15. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

Transfer the tarts onto the sheet.

16. Bake at 356 F (180 C) for about 30-35 minutes or until golden brown.


Enjoy, dear friends…

This recipe was adapted from here.

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Spring Is in the Air

Yesterday afternoon caught me wondering when the real spring was coming.

After the long, cold winter the weather is becoming slightly milder around here where I live, and the days are significantly longer then they were just a while ago.

Which leaves me feeling like dancing on clouds.

But I want more, I need more, that’s just not enough for me…

My curiousness became so unbearable it made me go outside and perform some serious investigation.

After certain difficulties involving wading through mud and things I’d rather left unspoken I found this…


Please, feel free to express your gratitude in e-mails because this is some important research indeed.

Wonderful buds… they will soon be bursting with unbelievable amounts of life.

Of course, I will be posting the pictures of these trees in bloom as soon as it all happens.

Because there is nothing like a cherry tree dressed in white.

At least I think so…

The Swans… Behind the Scenes

Recently, I posted a couple of wonderful and captivating photos of swans.

Luckily (… at least it might have appeared lucky), I captured them in motion… which provided for even more interesting twist to these already magnificent animals.

What I’d like to clarify today is… aside the fact that I am apparently becoming a paparazzi… that it was really difficult to capture those rare moments.

Really, really difficult.

Because I was given only like ten thousand chances to snap the birds flying, swimming and using many other creative ways of transportation to move from one side to the other.

And that was  all thanks to this wonderful family and their glorious outing by the river… feeding animals like crazy.

A picture like this was no exception that day.

And now you have the clue where the birds are trying to get  and what’s all that urgency about.

It’s all about FOOD!

Food, baby…


Thank you dear family… it was real fun meeting you.

I’m sure those swans will love you forever and beyond.

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