Sunday, December 20, 2009

Another Carrot Story

We planted a row of carrots for winter use. I am having tons of fun with them! Next year, we're planting 2 rows!

I dug up a carrot that was this big!

I used it in 3 recipes, and we had part of it in our lunches all week. Slices, not sticks. It was sweet and crunchy, not at all bitter and woody like I was warned.

It's not so fun, digging through snow for our food. My hands get so cold they burn. But it is way worth it.

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Ugly (in a good way)

Right next door to this cute, understated ranch house set back from the road is an 8 foot fence.

On the other side of the fence is...

Christmas hell.

This is just one of three sides of horrifyingly over-decorated chaos. I counted 45 inflatables; there might be more, but I couldn't get a clear view of the fenced in pool area. I didn't even attempt to count the animatronic figurines.

Oh the humanity!

The kid and I actually go out of our way to visit this display. It's in the next town up the river. We pack up the dog, stop at the bakery on the way to purchase Christmas cookies, and park our car a couple of blocks away. Then we walk around the neighborhood, marveling and munching cookies. I always get a sick little thrill looking at it. Maybe I'll try making a video next year, even that probably will fail at capturing the full effect.