Friday, October 20, 2006

Original Ornaments

Hey! Look what I'm doing! Hopefully it'll send a couple of gorgeous, original ornaments my way....for the very first
Dunlap Christmas tree!
Find more information here if you would like to play, too!

Friday, October 13, 2006

Chilliness and Soup.

The weather is f i n a l l y lovely enough to have our windows open in the evenings, and, for me, this has stirred up the irresistible impulse to go crazy experimenting with soups. The incident last week involving steaming chowder, a sharp left turn, and a milky car has proved to be no deterrent.
Here is the infamous Potato Bacon Soup.

Potato Bacon Chowder

4 large baking potatoes, peeled, chopped into bite size chucks and boiled til fork-pierceable

2/3 cup butter

2/3 cup flour

3/4 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon pepper

6 cups milk

1 cup sour cream

1 med. onion chopped small

10 bacon strips cooked and loosely crumbled

1 cup shredded cheddar cheese

fresh rosemary

Melt the butter in a deep soup pot over medium heat. Dump in the onions, and cook until translucent. Stir in the flour, salt, and pepper, and cook for about a minute. Whisk in the milk and bring just to a boil, then lower the heat and cook, stirring for about 3-4 minutes. Whisk in the sour cream. Mash half of the potatoes and keep the other half intact. Add all potatoes and bacon and cheese and heat until warmed through. Garnish with sprinkles of fresh rosemary.

Serves 6!

Tuesday, October 03, 2006

Peaceful Office.

I am venturing to assert that roses can brighten anyone's office, even on the blahiest of days. These are from our tiny but enthusiastic "rose garden"-- the pink one being a "Chicago Peace?" I think?!? Or a"Love and Peace?"
An "Office Peace?"

Monday, October 02, 2006


Last weekend we divided and replanted one bed of our Bearded Iris rhizomes. We had enough to spread to three other areas of the yard, plus about thirty that we had to give away! Next weekend we will probably be digging up the other beds, so if you would like some bearded iris bulbs, call us and claim some! They will be gorgeous in April!