Posts Tagged ‘Life in New England’

Kids Heart Modern Art

February 12th, 2012 by zoe 1 Comment

A lovely day at MASS MoCA, taking in all the textures and visuals, looking with our eyes and … riding the elevator a few times too.

The kids and I had lots of fun talking about how something as seemingly passive as a painting can in fact change the way people view the world.

When asked at the end of the day what was their favorite thing about visiting the museum —  Sol LeWitt:A Wall Drawing Retrospective was the big winner…..that and the elevators!

Winter Kids!

January 23rd, 2012 by zoe 2 Comments

We are thick into Winter fun. My boys are real sledders now, trudging back up the big hill without complaint for the thrill of another ride. They teeter around on their ice skates,slip and fall & scramble up again all by themselves.

In one years time they have moved from being Winter babes to being Winter KIDS!

I love Winter KIDS, they put their boots and jackets on by themselves, they climb mountains of snow and roll down with glee. They troop out the door in all their Winter gear and spend hours in the white stuff without a whine.

These BIG Winter KIDS of mine sled and ski and skate and …. dig into Winter with big love. And it inspires me to do the same!

Unfortunately, Winter also brings sickness, so here’s a little coloring sheet for the quiet days!

We Like it Smokey

January 15th, 2012 by zoe No Comments

It has been a weekend filled with winter snow, hearty meals, cross-country skiing, music and…

black smoke catastrophes!

The first two smoke outs where kitchen blunders. A lovely set of fire singed charcoal meatballs slated for a potluck provided the whole house with a lovely aroma akin to burn hair. Only the chickens where excited about the whole thing.

Next up to bat was a lemon blueberry bread. “I think we should bake more”, where my exact words as I slid the loaf with the last of our summer blueberries into the oven.

Perhaps an oven timer is in order????

Next up, a good old fashion bedroom smoke out.

Last night it was epic cold, like 70 below zero or something. We decided sometime around midnight to make a fire in the wood stove upstairs. Unfortunately, we completely forgot that we had not lit a fire up there since putting stove polish on it last spring. Stove polish which filled the bedroom with thick black smoke that smelled nothing at all like fresh cut roses.

Black Smoke seems to be the theme song over here this weekend!!

 

Happy New Year

January 5th, 2012 by zoe 4 Comments

We are enjoying a bit of a break from winter under a tropical sun!

Making Merry With Chocolate

December 18th, 2011 by zoe 6 Comments

Today we made my Grandmother’s Walnut Roca – nothing says celebration like melting chocolate!

I love you Grandma Zena, and I forever LOVE your Walnut Roca!

For those who asked here is the recipe!

Zena’s Walnut Roca

Ingredients

1 Pound butter

2 Cups White Granulated Sugar

Candy thermometer

4 Large 7 oz Hersey Bars or 28 oz of Fancy Dancy Chocolate of your choice

Walnuts — at least a pound.

Large Cookie Sheet

 

Take 1/2 cup of walnuts and chop them very fine, set aside.

Put butter and sugar in a sauce pan over a medium heat and sir like mad

(do not stop stirring this will take at least 10 minutes!).

Stir till it turns a caramel color and reads 300 degrees on a candy thermometer.

Note: as it gets close watch very carefully that it does not burn!

Add finely chopped nuts to toffee and mix thoroughly, spread the mixture onto a large cookie sheet in a very thin layer. Let fully cool.

While toffee sets up chop the remaining nuts finely.

Now rig up a double boiler and melt about 14 oz or half of your chocolate.

Spread one side of toffee sheet completely with chocolate, sprinkle heavily with half of your chopped nuts. With your hands lightly press nuts into chocolate.

Allow to cool completely. We set our outside in the winter air to speed this along.

When your chocolate is completely firm flip the toffee sheet over and repeat process on other side -

melt 14 oz of chocolate, spread melted chocolate onto toffee, add nuts and fully cool.

Now the hard part. This takes some strength! Snap off pieces of Walnut Roca – my mother scores hers before layer with chocolate to make this part easier. I just snap away!

Store in an airtight container.

Warning

This is the best candy you have EVER had and it is highly addictive!

I recommend gifting it quickly or you will eat it ALL.

Big City Glow

December 13th, 2011 by zoe 2 Comments

I had a very special weekend with one of my boys in the New York. It was so sweet to have special alone time with each other.

Such a quiet and sweet break from the usual chaos of sibling rivalry.

As I watched my little boy navigate the crowded city in an angelic and ever cooperative mood the lack of struggle and strife  made me realize how hard it is to be a twin.

He wanted to take a train ride, get a candy cane and see a BIG Christmas tree.

So that is exactly what we did!