Monday, August 24, 2009

Purple Creamer Potato Salad

The daughter and I went to Sunflower Farmer's Market yesterday to pick up a few things for the week. Whilst there, I picked up a bag of the purple creamer potatoes for potato salad. I do realize these are primarily for smashed taters but I thought I'd try them for salad. One of the only things I did different from my regular potato salad was to slightly undercooked them so that they wouldn't fall apart in the salad. I also added some steamed edamame (soy beans) to the salad for a slight difference in texture as well. I used the rest of the ingredients from my regular recipe of mayo, hard boiled eggs, chives, fresh ground pepper, chopped celery and a splash of lemon juice. It sure is pretty and as always yummier the next day.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Moley Madness - Round Three

As you all are likely aware by now, I love my Moleskines. I also love the Ravelry Round Robins I have been doing with them since last Fall. Here are the opening pages of book three which left on it's travels yesterday.

My first book had no theme, per se. My second book has a theme of Ravens and Roses. This book's theme will hopefully be a travelogue of it's journey. I have asked the participants to tell me something about where they live. Can't wait to see it when it comes home. I started with a view of Pike's Peak from the Garden of the Gods as a guide for them to know what I want for this round. I really am lucky to have such a treasure in my own backyard as it were. All but one (yeah for Kimi, taking that leap of faith again) of the participants in this round are totally new to me, so I am really excited to see what they will do..

Of course, the photos are craptastic and in no way do justice to the process, but I am doing the best I can. Thanks for your patience...

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Steampunk Ring Giveaway

My friend Rebecca had this posted on her blog.

Do go and check Catherinette's blog and store. Catherinette's Blog is here. If you are interested in finding jewelry related to steampunk, a great place to start is her Etsy Store.

The Bella Sinclair Award

My friend, Anne over at El Milagro Studio is way too generous with her praise and has kindly gifted me with another award for this blog.

Here is the link to Bella Sinclair who's award this is. Through the Renee Award previously given to me and created by Bella and Ces in honour of their friend, Renee, I have come to know some of these wonderful artistes in Blog World through blogging myself. There is Anne, Tristan, Gypsy, Diana, Kay, Bella, and Ces of course. Not the least is my daughter, Erin and then there is Leah, Frewen and Rebecca.

So, in the spirit, I pass along this award to Erin, Leah, Frewen, Rebecca and Diana. Thanks so much for the inspiration in my life.

Monday, August 10, 2009

2009 Clan Blair Society AGM

This past weekend in Littleton, Colorado, the Clan Blair Society met for their annual meeting at the Colorado Scottish Festival and Rocky Mountain Highland Games. Co-Commissioner Jim Blair and I played host for the gathering of Society members from Virginia to California. It was a delightful mixture of people of all ages.

The Clan Blair Society Board met on Friday afternoon to try and resolve old issues and to find the focus for going forward. I still haven't waded thru all of the minutes from the meeting, but will, in time.

Friday evening, we had an informal BBQ at Chez Blair on Jack Ass Hill for those Society members already in town. There was great company, food and conversation, whilst enjoying a lovely Colorado evening on the deck of the Blair House. Many thanks to Adoree as well, for the hospitality of her's and Jim's home. Their daughters, Erynn and Dyani brought some fine desserts (and no, Dyani, there weren't too many chocolate chips) too.

On Saturday, Jim Blair, my father, Dr. E. Allan Blair, our President, Helen Blair and her husband, Bob Blair, our Membership Chairman and our Past President, Dr. Bill Blair were on the field by 9:00 am for the final set up of the Clan Education and Hospitality booth. The wind had been our enemy on Friday as the side walls of the tent were acting like sails. I was afraid our pop-up was going to end up in Nevada or some such.

The day was then spent stamping Passports for the children, reading thru the literature that Helen graciously lugged from Arizona (nearly 50 pounds of it) as we all tried to find out more about our Blair connections. After the sandwich bar lunch was served, we held our Clan Meeting. Helen gave us her President's report, Bob gave us his Membership report and Helen also gave us what reports from the officers not in attendance had been sent to her.

We then had a lovely banquet at the The Celtic Tavern in Littleton. The event included a proper "Ode to the Haggis" presented by Torin Blair (Jim and Adoree's younger son). He certainly does a bang up job with the broad Scots of Robert Burns' famous ode to that master o' the pudding race. Steve Hawthorne from the Isle of Mull Pipe and Drum Band of The Saint Andrew's Society of Colorado graciously piped the haggis in for us, Mike Galligan (Jim and Adoree's son-in-law) bore in the Whiskey and Rob Blair (Jim and Adoree's older son) bore in the haggis.

If you ever happen to be in Littleton or Denver do take the opportunity to have your supper at the Tavern. The food and service were excellent and the hospitality could not have been better.

Sunday was spent in more conversations, more research and leave taking as our out of town visitors departed for their homes. We had over forty Blairs visit with us this weekend. To toot our own horn, I believe that Jim and I did a great job hosting this year's AGM weekend as the comments to us have reflected our visiting members enjoyment and pleasure in the whole experience.

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Saint Thomas - Denver Art Show and Sale

Here's a partial view of wee art quilts along with Kevin Wisehart's photography.

It was the first annual for this event. Due to renovation of the pipe organ, must of the art were displayed thru out the sanctuary. There was a really nice mix of art and craft. I sold a quilt, surprise...

Along with the Art Show and Sale there was a catered Italian dinner and the musical stylings of Carnie and Co.

A lovely day and evening was had by all.