Monday, September 7, 2009

a myriad

My mom and I have had a "thing" about the words "myriad" and "plethora" since I was in middle school. Therefore, I use those words whenever I can.


When Chelsea and I went thrifting last week, I found the butter dish of my dreams. It may sounds quite silly to you, but I've been hunting for the perfect butter dish for several months now, if not a year. I was using tupperware... It wasn't good. I hadn't given in and bought something I didn't love just to have one. And I'm really glad I didn't. I love this dish. The vintage, deco-y design is perfect. I just love the little wood handle!
I also found that fantastic mug on the same trip. Isn't he awesome and grumpy?! He's also really really big, so I can drink a ton of hot cocoa without going for refills. On the bottom it says, "merry x-mas, gramp. love, beth. '81." If I was a grandpa, I would've loved to get this from my granddaughter!


I found this little guy on my lemon verbena plant. I've never seen such a bright display of color here in Michigan. Anyone know what it is? Other than gorgeous, of course...


Those cosmos I had up on my stove didn't stay beautiful forever. So, I threw them in the compost and plucked a leaf from my new coral bell plant. Isn't the purple perfect with the mint? Mint is the very best plant to use as a green/leafy detail in arrangements. It never wilts, it just starts to root!


This is little chipmunk. He was our friend. He would even come into the garden when we were out there, too, albeit quite sneakily. The other day, Eric saw one of the neighborhood cats slinking away from our house... With little chipmunk in his mouth... We are really quite sad about this.






Apple crisp!!! It smelled so amazing in the oven. However, this was my first time making it and I used a recipe I found online. There was too much butter and I didn't realize I could just pile on the apples... Eric's mom is giving me her recipe, which she made tonight. I had some and it is soo good!


Our kitchen while we were prepping for the tomato-peach-nectarine salsa we made last Friday. Colorful, no? Eric told me that it didn't look like our kitchen because it had so much color! It smelled so good when we were making it. You're supposed to let salsa "mingle" for a couple weeks for the best flavor... I can't wait that long!


Up next: Awesome cottage photos. And more water...

9 comments:

Chelsea said...

your salsa making adventure looks way more professional than mine. mine was like...chop chop on the cutting board. throw in the bowl. put in the jar. eat the next day. hehehe.

Brittany Noel said...

haha! yours will taste fresher though, since it's not cooked :) I can't wait to try it! we should try our salsas tonight. even though i know you've already tried yours...

Anne said...

The little bug is a Redbanded Leafhopper. Despite how pretty they are, they can damage plants and are vectors for some icky plant diseases.

Brittany Noel said...

I had a feeling he was bad news... Brightly colored animals usually spell trouble. Dang. Thanks for letting me know!

Jen of A2eatwrite said...

I'm so sad about the chipmunk!

The other pictures made me happy, though.

Brittany Noel said...

I know, he was so darn cute. Normally, I would be mostly ok with it, if it was a wild animal that ate him. However, I know that cat lives with someone around here and gets fed, so I am sad and very upset with the black & white cat right now..


I'm glad the rest were happy, though :)

Matt Chung said...

ahhhhhhhh awesome mug!

There was too much butter???
doubtful... I want to eat everything.

I miss you!

But now we can be blog buddies. :)

Rebecca, The Clothes Horse said...

I love that angry face mug!

Brittany Noel said...

Matt: I miss you too. Believe me, there was too much butter. The first bite was really good, then after that it was just too much... I'm glad you're having such a great time in NY!

Rebecca: Isn't he awesome? I couldn't let that one go :)