Archive | February, 2010

28 Days of Twin Peaks

9 Feb

Ugh, it’s week two of Flu-fest ’10, and I think we’re finally nearing the end.  At this point it’s mostly residual damage, coughs, snot, and trying to regain some semblance of a schedule.  It didn’t need affirming, but it is once again glaringly clear how necessary good sleep is to a toddler (and his mother).

One thing keeping me going in the face of these dreary days that turn into dreary weeks in what I consider to be all around the most dreary month of the year, is a month-long Twin Peaks marathon I planned with my husband.  Originally, I had hoped to do a number thematic activities and crafts, but things have just gotten away from me.  I would still like to bake at least one pie, drink plenty of coffee, and begin working on this crocheted pillow.

My log has something to tell you.

If you’ve never seen Twin Peaks before, I highly recommend it.  In fact, the complete series (but for the pilot) are up for viewing at  The setting is gorgeous, the characters are delightfully quirky, and the story is cloaked in that ethereal, dreamy haze that only David Lynch can muster.

It is definitely a show with layers upon layers, and Mr. Darling and myself have enjoyed details we missed during earlier viewings.  I am really getting into the style of Twin Peaks; log cabin chic, 50s inspired wardrobe pieces, and hints of traditional native art.  I have already talked the Mister into fully adopting the urban-woodsman look.  The growing granny trend is only encouraging me to delve deeper into my new obsession.  There may be echoes of Twin Peaks in our home long after this marathon is over.

2 Feb

One thing that I am always in search of as a mom are good parenting blogs.  More over, parenting blogs that jive with my sensibilities and parenting style, something that connects.  Recently, I found Steady Mom who issued a 30-Minute Blog challenge to mom’s the internet over.  I think it’s a great idea.  I’m going to give it a go.  Starting now.  24 minutes left…

The past few weeks, we’ve made a greater effort to eat primarily from the Farmer’s Market.  Again, I am so grateful to live somewhere with a year-round market.  It’s completely novel and absolutely fabulous.  It is so satisfying to get bundled up and head to the market on Saturday.   There are always familiar faces and good smells.  And, at this point in the year, it just feels so good to leave the house for any reason.

We eat mostly vegan at home so it’s been a challenge finding recipes that present root vegetables in fresh and interesting ways.  I most often turn the cookbooks of Isa Chandra Moskowitz, my favorite vegan cookbook author, and Mark Bittman’s tome How to Cook Everything Vegetarian.  Last night I made a very simple pizza topped with caramelized onions using HTCEV.  It was the kind of cooking that takes time but is very low maintenance and easy to walk away from and come back to at your leisure.

It turned out swimmingly.  Simple and delicious.  It reminded me very much of my favorite frozen pizza by Amy’s Kitchen, Roasted Vegetable; I am definitely going to try it again with similar toppings (I recall red peppers and artichokes of the top of my head).

Some other meals we’ve enjoyed with our Farmer’s Market spoils:  Samosa Mashed Potato Pancakes, Potato Kale Enchiladas, Spinach Lasagna, and Leek and Bean Cassoulet with Biscuits.  It tastes like Winter up in here!!

I’m off to wipe some more snot from ‘neath my toddlers snout.  We’re up to our necks in cold and flu, and I have to admit I’ve placated the sick darling with kid’s shows from Netflix Instant View (lots of Fraggle Rock and Spongebob).  But, I’ll moan about my non-tv-free home guilt some other time.

(35 minutes… oops!)