We are all thoroughly enjoying the view from both the back kitchen window
And the front door.
It is a city but it feels like something a bit more remote - you still need to keep everything locked up tight at night, most certainly.
The treasure of the yard? A Meyer lemon tree that has (or had) something around 70 lemons on it (as of yesterday the number decreased by about 30)
Those lemons + 3 hours of time spent to supreme and juice and chop peels + the most bouyant spirit I've felt in some time =
Meyer Lemon Sucanat Sugar syrup:
perfect on pancakes and ice cream
wicked on cottage cheese for a lunch-sert today.
Sunny's Note: Sucanat is a non-refined cane sugar that keeps its molasses content, giving it an earthier flavor and an intense sweetness.
Measured against the pucker of the Meyer lemon it creates the perfect balance.
When Anthony tried his first little spoonful last night he said, "It is so many nostalgic tastes rolled into one..." his eyes happily moved to the right and up to the ceiling just like his beloved father when he tastes things :) It's like they're trying to follow where the taste is going!
A few of these vials of sunshine will be in the mail in the coming days, finding their way to others who have previously blessed me with their incredible canned deeeeelectables.
Tonight? I am making candied peels from the rest of the leavings I created yesterday.
The other forty lemons.....
The tooling table is ready.... waiting to receive my new silver workbench in the mail on the 13th:
I get to have two workstations!!!!
Today I went to drop off my application to join the Naglee Park Open Studios event, where artists in this small neighborhood open their workspaces their curious neighbors to sell and chat about their craft:
I spent 1.5 hours talking over coffee with the loveliest woman, an unexpected visit full of laughter and stories.
I haven't been invited into anyone's home for coffee in a little over one year.
Life is good, my dearest friends :)