Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Summer Veggies!

One of the things I love about my neighborhood is that from May through October I can get fresh veggies at the end of my block. Shepperson's Produce Stand has been serving Richmond for nearly 40 years, according to a segment on Virginia Currents. Watch Here.

Shep's Produce is located on the corner of Libbie Ave & Patterson Ave.
Curtis Shepperson runs the stand with help from his son, Charlie. Every interaction I've ever had with them is extremely pleasant. They talk to you like you grew up down the street from them, and at times I wish I had. They carry the usual southern staples like Hanover tomatoes, butterbeans, corn, and squash. Also on the table: local honey, pickled beets, and jams. The stock rotates depending on what's available. Strawberries in early Spring, tomatoes and corn during the Summer, apples and pumpkins in the Fall.

Today I picked up a few things at the stand.

1 cucumber, 1 zucchini, 1 yellow squash, 2 Hanover tomatoes, and a couple hand fulls of green beans.
I gladly paid five dollars for the whole lot. Now, the only problem is deciding on what to eat first. I'm thinking green beans with bacon, cucumber and tomato salad, and grilled (or maybe fried) zucchini and squash.
Whatever I make, it will be accompanied by a beer and some bluegrass.

Monday, June 13, 2011


I need a little hair inspiration in my life today. Here are some of my favorites.
hair by Alek Korneev

from Fashionising Street Style

hair by Brig Van Osten

hair by James Rowe

from Louis Vuitton Resort Look Book '12
It's actually a little late in the day to be posting, but I needed something to wind down from the day.

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Smokin'! Part II

For dinner tonight, Jess came up with the fantastic idea to grill some chicken. It was fabulous.
We used Stubbs barbeque sauce and hickory smoking chips.

The Aussie did us well, yet again.
Jess, as always, was grill master, while I sat and enjoyed the finer points of summer...

It was all in all a good day. The chicken was delicious, and the citronella candle kept most of the bugs at bay. Thanks, Virginia summers, for being so nice for grillin'!


My husband and I do not like salsa from a jar. It's sweet, chunky, and comes with a weird chemical aftertaste that's really off-putting. We do, however, love Rick Bayless. 
Today, during our grocery trip to Kroger, we discovered Frontera Salsa. I've known for a while that Bayless has had a line of grocery items, but I had no idea it was available in our store. We opted for the Tomatillo Salsa, and it's amazing. No crazy plastic flavor, no chunks. Perfectly tangy with a little spice. I highly recommend it.
The ingredient list makes the jar even more appealing. Nothing strange or hard to pronounce. Perfect.
Here are some links to learn more about Rick Bayless, his cooking, and his products.

Monday, June 6, 2011


Today, we ventured out to window shop for fabric. It was awesome. My main goal for next week is to finish the kitchen, which absolutely cannot happen without just the right fabric. I found mine and much more today. Here they are:

This one will look nice in my craft room!


Ooooh, Chevron!
Here's the winner for the kitchen curtains!!

Jess is thrilled to be here.
 Unfortunately, I can't remember which pictures are from Joann and which ones are from Hancock. I do know that the two I've picked for projects are both from Hancock, but that's all I've got.

Sunday, June 5, 2011


It's a great day for window shopping! Here are some favorites I dug up today on Etsy.

Hand Mixer from Caffeine Queenie
Print from Obsolete World.
Belt Buckle from Bmused.
Bag from Tippythai.
Necklace from Curious Oddities.
Teapot from Clayful Impressions.
Dress from Alexandra King.
Cicada Print from F2 Images.
Sea Urchin Bud Vase from Blue Room Pottery.
Tales from the Crypt Shoes from InkHeart Custom Kicks.
I could do this all night, but it's late and I'm tired. Good Night, Etsy. I'll cruise your virtual shelves again tomorrow.