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Sunday is not only a perfect day for baking bread (as previous posts have documented), but also for making a quiche. This Sunday we documented the process for our LPE readers.

First, you gather ingredients. Besides eggs, cheese, and milk (which are required), broccoli and nutmeg are a great starting point:

Then you prepare the crust. Store-bought frozen crusts suffice. Cover the top with some foil, and then cover the foil with rice (seriously… to keep the bottom from rising up). Then stick it in the oven for 12 minutes at 425. It might look like this:

Then mix up all of the other stuff. Maybe 5 eggs, 1.5 cups of milk, 1.5 cups of cheese, garlic, spices (nutmeg, paprika, salt, and pepper). Then line the bottom of the crust with broccoli and pour in the mixture. Bake for 30-40 minutes at 325 and you get this!

It will be so good that even a hand shaped like a monkey will not be able to resist. Or a hand shaped like a pot holder/oven mitt of any stripe. Just not a normal hand, because the tin will be very hot.

Sunday’s effort was especially good, I think it had to do with whipping the egg batter an extra few minutes to make it extra fluffy.

Oh, and Sunday morning when I was walking Gordon I found $10! Truly! Not a quarter or even $5, but $10!?! Here’s the proof:

And guess what I did with it? I turned it into $10 worth of quarters. And then spent those quarters. On laundry.

We took the handmade pledge!  Which means we’ll be making every effort possible this holiday season to buy or handmake all of our gifts.  It’s easier than it looks with sites like Etsy.com where you can really find ANYTHING under the sun that’s handmade, vintage, or crafty (like soaps from Le Petit Éléphant).  From jewelry to child toys, clothing, art, and bath & beauty, there’s really no reason for you to have to go to the mall and deal with the craziness and commercialism of the holidays.  The season is about being thankful and thoughtful and telling those you love you LOVE them.  And this season, I’m THANKFUL that I’ll never be setting foot in a mall again.  Unless my mom drags me in with her, in which case I’ll go, begrudgingly, with my hands stuffed in my pockets and a frown on my face.

Anyhow–check out Etsy and see all that’s there, including…

Ta DA!

Le Petit Éléphant!!

We’ll be posting items for sale soon, so keep checking back often.  Or just shoot me an email and I’ll take special orders.  Here’s what we’re offering this year (or what we plan to offer–once we get to making the soaps we sometimes get creative and come out with some fun scents and flavors we didn’t expect):

SOAPS (3-4 oz. bars, stamped with L.P.E. and wrapped in velum, $3 each or 4 for $10, your choice of bars, as available):

Goat’s Milk Base

  • Honey Chamomile
  • Rosemary Mint
  • Lavender Vanilla
  • Gardenia
  • Lemongrass Verbena

Shea Butter Base

  • Honey Chamomile
  • Lavender Vanilla
  • Gardenia
  • Coconut

Clear Glycerine Base

  • Rosemary Mint
  • Lavender
  • Honey Chamomile
  • Lemongrass Verbena

I’ll also be putting up holiday cards, calling cards, and stationery, all hand drawn or printed with one-of-a kind designs.  These can also be made to order with your specifications.  Just let me know!

We may also do printed shopping bags, but we’ll see how the soap-making goes and how much time we have.

So check us out!  We look forward to creating something special for you! And sorry for all of the shameless plugs for our store, Le Petit Éléphant on Etsy.  It really is a fantastic space for artists and crafters to sell and share their ideas and wares.  We hope you enjoy it as much as we do.

Happy Giving!

This past weekend, Mark and I traveled out to the wild, wooley west to see Marcy, my oldest friend from growing up, get married in a four-day wedding extraveganza.  Wyoming is truly beautiful this time of year… if you can escape the snow, which unfortunately we didn’t.  But we had an enormously fun time seeing everyone, attending parties, and participating in a beautiful ceremony that took place inside the warmth and love of our childhood church while the wind and snow blew in heaps outside.

We flew in to Casper, an oil and gas town of about 60,000, elevation more than 5,280′ in the mountain plains of Wyoming, on a beautiful fall day.  I’ve actually never flown in to Casper during this time of year when the prairie cottonwoods and grasses have turned bright golds and oranges, contrasting against the evergreen junipers and lodgepole pines.  By the time I get home it’s already winter and everything is dead and frozen over, or during the summer fresh in bright green.  As we flew over the bluffs I was struck with the colors and how the flora stratifies just like the rock it grows on.

It was a 60 degree day, but much like New England–all we had to do was wait a minute and the weather would change.

Casper is home to many things, from one of the largest oil and gas industries in the lower 48 to Lou Tauberts Ranchwear with FIVE FLOORS of boots and hats and chaps and wranglers and lassos and bolo ties and big buckles and carharts and all kinds of western awesomeness.  The city is surrounded by ranches and farms and cattle, and more North American antelope per square mile than people.  But the one thing I suppose one could say Casper is famous… or infamous… for is… the Beacon.  A bonafide cowboy bar.

And yes, that’s right.  It says “Where the cowboys go SNEAKIN'”  And OHHH MY… do they ever.  And not just young cowboys.  Old ones too.  And cowgirls.  And cowladies.  They do the two-step to live music and then dance the night away to a DJ.  This is an incredible site to see.  Believe me–I am not making fun of this, the moves these people have are amazing.  One dance in particular they do is called the “Casper Slide.”  I don’t know exactly how it became the “Casper Slide,” because the dance doesn’t have anything characteristically Casper in it… just some kicking and stepping and twisting around.

I tried to catch a video of my friends doing this special dance (they are in the background… the girl with the veil is my friend Marcy), but a woman who was very in to her Casper Sliding stepped right in and stole the limelight… anyhow.  Watch and you’ll get the idea… both about the dance and about the awesomeness of the Beacon.

All Sneakin to the Beacon silliness aside, the wedding was beautiful and sweet and lovely.  We laughed and cried.  We took too many pictures.  We watched our friend become Mrs. Marvel.  We ate salmon caught by Marcy’s father and bacon-wrapped cheese-filled jalapenos (well, Mark did in any case–I stuck to the cheesy potatoes!).  We danced and drank too much wine.  And did I mention it snowed?  It did.  During the wedding and the reception and all through the night until more than a foot blanketed some areas and we all threw rose petals at Marcy and her Eric as they bundled into the limo and we all slid home to our warm beds.

In the morning, I awoke to this:

The snow kept us home one extra day due to a late flight and a would-be missed connection.  It was nice to be home, even for what only seemed like a minute, where the old dogs still love you and your bed is made just the same way it used to be.  The smells are there–for me it’s cider and something good cooking on the stove mixed with something I can’t categorize but that feels so familiar.  The colors and the weather and the dogs and the smells… they all remind me that no matter where I may be, Wyoming will always be my home.

Fall is great, isn’t it?  It’s fresh and crisp and smells nice, and the leaves start turning their leaves to remind us that winter is coming.  In New England we get brilliant foliage in reds and oranges that make the mountains look like hot embers.  In Wyoming the cottonwoods, aspens, and cedars turn a beautiful gold that shimmers in the autumnal sun.

I was walking today, as I do every day, down Massachusetts Avenue near my workplace, and saw this tree. I see it every day and it’s just a regular old maple tree growing on the street corner.  But for the last few days its leaves have been turning red, and today, due to the cool light of the rainy cloudy weather, it was particularly vibrant.  This isn’t a very good picture because I took it with my camera phone, and really doesn’t do the tree justice.  But I had to share anyhow because it got me thinking about all of the things I particularly love about fall.  My top ten (in no special order) are:

  1. apples
  2. harvest moons
  3. crisp air
  4. wearing socks again
  5. wearing sweaters again
  6. football
  7. new school supplies
  8. fall foliage
  9. misty mornings
  10. warm soups

What are yours?

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