The Kitchen Window

The Kitchen Window
Antique Milk Bottles with Herbs and Flowers


Welcome to the Frog Hollow Farm blog! I've been blogging since January 2010 and have switched from Blogger to Word Press, but I'm back to Blogger because, for me, it's easier to use. My husband and I live on a little farm in Northwest New Jersey. We have some chickens and a very large vegetable garden with asparagus and raspberries, and rows and rows of sunflowers, snapdragons and zinnias. Traveling, entertaining, gardening, spending time with family, studying Italian, blogging and reading keep us busy and happy. With all of this going on, moving towards a simpler life seems almost impossible but it's definitely a daily goal.

Monday, February 22, 2010

The Organizer

One thing I like to do, I mean really like to do, is organize things.... drawers, closets, rooms, whatever. Today's chore is to begin going through these boxes and piles of books and various other things collected over 28 years in public education.
These boxes represent a collection from my years as a teacher of students with learning disabilities, dyslexia specialist, learning disabilities teacher consultant as well as 5 years as Supervisor of Special Services. This room is a small room in our basement, which is part of the first floor on one side of our farmhouse, since the house was built into a bank. My husbands office is on one side, and our laundry room, storage and root cellar on the other side. (I'm not sure what's on the ironing board - guess I should check that out and take care of it.) I'll be heading down there to begin organizing in a bit, but first want to plan what I'll be making for our aperitivo this evening. One recipe I will be trying is from a blog that I have really been enjoying, AGLIO, OLIO & PEPERONCINO, you will see it listed on the left side of my blog. Last week Leonora featured a soup called Pasta e Patate, so today I think I'll give it a try. Other dishes on the aperitivo menu today are from the Once Upon a Tuscan Table cookbook by Sharon Oddson Gargani. These recipes are from one of the most delicious restaurants in Florence, Trattoria Garga, on Via del Moro. If you ever have the opportunity to visit this restaurant, I most definitely recommend the Pasta Magnifico (my husband's to-die-for dish) - a blend of fettuccini pasta, cream, lemons, oranges, cognac, mint and fresh Parmigiano Reggiano cheese. You might want to share it with someone, because it's very rich, but oh so delicious! I've chosen the Faggotini di Melanzane e Zucchine (Eggplant and Zucchini Bundles) and the Crostini ai Funghi Porcini (Little Toasts with Porcini Mushrooms) for today. Again, I'm working from what I have in the fridge, so we'll see how it all works together - I think my biggest challenge is choosing recipes that work together in a menu! During the week I'm also trying to work with mainly vegetarian recipes, due to my husband's concern with his cholesterol (poor baby). Well, off to the basement, and hopefully, success - Ciao Bella!

1 comment:

  1. Hi Ann Marie, looks like quite a task, but it is such a great feeling to get our things organized. I can't stand clutter, our 3rd floor really should be a beautifully decorated room but instead it houses all of our papers, decorations, extra furniture etc. I call it the 'Prop Room" it can get messy up there!! Sometimes I don't want to even want to walk up there and see it :) My mother tells me to stop complaining and be thankful I have an area to keep things since our basement is filled with my gym and Oliver's playroom.
    your menu sounds delicious.
    Good Luck


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