melon salsa

i found this great recipe for cantaloupe salsa that i wanted to share... it's amazing! this picture doesn't do it justice - it's so bright and fresh looking. i used my wonderful thai chilies to kick it up a bit.

Makes about 2 cups of salsa

2 cups diced cantaloupe
1/4 cup diced (1/4 inch) sweet onion (such as Vidalia) or red onion
2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil or cilantro
1 (2-inch-long) fresh hot red or green chile (skip the seeds if you want to dim the heat), minced
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
1/4 teaspoon salt

Mix everything and eat immediately.



can i just share with you how ridiculously gorgeous these 2 people are? and these are just their engagement photos... the wedding was beautiful!

congratulations amber and nate!


chris is super proud of his newest creation and you know what, i am too. it's great and really shows how far he's come as a potter. so here it is (unglazed): teapot.

in other, related news, we had an arts event with some local artists in our home a couple of days ago. chris, and our friend ben, sold pottery, melissa sold thai goods from an initiative called "warm heart", and blew made and sold wonderful coffee drinks through her travelling coffee house, leotah's place. it was an experiment and it went really well. so, we'll do it again in the first few days of december and invite more people and maybe more artists as well. i'll keep you posted!

blew's coffee was amazing. some of the best i've had... and she can do the leaf thing with foam, you know what i mean.


home sweet home.

we're finally home and enjoying ourselves immensely. well, chris is throwing tons of pottery to make us some money and i've been complaining about the humidity. but we've also been spending time with our chickens (they love frozen watermelon and cooked spaghetti) and in the garden and we saw the newest harry potter movie, which i liked and the theater was a great respite from the heat.

i thought i'd share some photos from our garden and chickens... and one of our car carrying our big canoe. the canoe was my dad's and i have many memories of being on the rivers and lakes with him. i'm happy to have it.

i think when cucumbers turn yellow, that's usually bad. ?

thai chili peppers!

i love zinnias!


Color Of Change

Some of you may have heard about a news story in Philadelphia involving a public swimming pool canceling the membership of a summer camp made up of mostly black kids.

When the campers entered the pool, white parents took their kids out of the water, and the swimming club's staff asked the campers to leave. The next day, the club told the summer camp that their membership would be canceled and that they would refund their money. When asked why, the club's leader said the "kids would change the complexion ... and the atmosphere of the club."

This is outrageous and disgusting. If you feel the same way one small thing you can do is send a letter to the owners and staff at the pool through Color Of Change. I hope you'll consider it.



can't help myself

look at this beautiful family.

my talented husband

chris wrote an article for RELEVANT Magazine to be found in their july/august issue titled "Just A Phone?". it's smart and sobering-ly funny and thought provoking. it made me stop and question my decisions, a habit chris can often provoke. it's irritating. :)

so, go check it out! click on RELEVANT and go to page 27. it's also in print at most magazine stands!

chris has some critique and appreciation for RELEVANT on his blog, if you're interested.


farms, and babies, and flowers.

colorado has been lovely! it's so sunny (and really hot) during the day and gets cloudy and cool in the evening - and we've had some great thunder and lightening storms! we've been doing a lot of yard work, a lot of eating and a lot of spending time with friends. i love it here and it will be hard to leave. below are some photos of our friend deb and her wonderful farm, our nephew and my sister-in-law, huge copper kettles at the Coors Company in Golden, and some pretty, backyard flowers.

1 down, 3 going strong

sadly, we have found out that "melissa" is a rooster and so we must take him back to the farm. "melissa" is the prettiest of our chickens and "he" will be missed. oh well.

below is an old picture of "melissa" and it really shows off my photography skills. not really.