14 October 2011

Wooden Space Needle

Anders has a set of those wooden tower blocks, as just about every child in America did. He can be pretty creative with them and often surprises us. One day he created this scene and then told us that it was the Space Needle.

Not bad!

- Mike, Corinne and Anders

13 October 2011

Let's Look It Up

This is definitely a sign of our times...

Anders had built something with his Tinkertoys. (Remember those?) When Corinne walked in, she asked him what it was that he had built.

Without missing a beat, Anders responded: "I don't know. Let's find out. Let's look it up. Where's my phone?"

He then proceeded to pull out his toy flip-phone, push some buttons, then say "Oh, it's a spinning wheel."

I can't imagine where he learned that.

- Mike, Corinne, and Anders Rocket

11 October 2011

Fluffy Ears

Recently the three of us walked out to our garden to pick some flowers for a bouquet. Most of the flowers were still in full bloom, but Anders particularly liked how "fluffy" the zinnias were.

It didn't take too much encouragement to get him to pose for some "fluffy" photos with his flowers. (I use the term "pose" loosely.)

Fluffy Ears...

...Fluffy Eyes...

...Fluffy Nose!

A modern take on Three Wise Monkeys, perhaps?

- Mike, Corinne, and Anders Rocket

02 October 2011

The End of Summer Tomatoes

Thanks to a long summer, our garden was still producing prolifically into October. When it looked like the first frost was coming, we harvested whatever was left: tomatoes, tomatillos, boxes of squash, and piles of herbs. We spent most of a weekend cooking and canning: Zucchini Dill Pickles, Chile Verde Sauce, and a wonderful Tomato and Sage Sauce. All made from garden ingredients! (Thanks to Debbie for some of her garden plum tomatoes.)

The blender technique to this particular recipe was a bit unusual for a tomato sauce. But with so many different varieties and colors, the process was beautiful.

Onions, garlic, sage, and chili pepper

Ready for jars

One last bit of summer tucked away, just enough to remember it by.

- Mike, Corinne, and Anders
2 October 2011