Missing In Action

I haven’t posted anything in quite a while. And by quite awhile, I mean
over five months
. I am so bad at this.

The last time I posted, I was wearing flip flops…

the Phillies still had a month left in their season…

and the roses in our back alley were more than just a memory.

Tonight it’s going down to 14ºF. Sigh.

Anyway, I actually have a few potential post ideas up my sleeves, so hopefully they’ll come to fruition soon. I’m also thinking about shaking things up by changing my page theme/layout.

Stay tuned, folks. Exciting things to come. Exciting things, indeed.

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Eating Outdoors Again!

Yesterday (and so far today), we’ve had a break from the constant rains that have been plaguing (uh, I mean, blessing) the east coast. So, last night, we ate dinner outside for the first time in quite a bit.

Lately, I’ve been semi-obsessed with Vegan Dad. It’s a really great cooking blog, and his photos make every recipe look absolutely mouth-watering. I’ve made several of his recipes recently, including Vegan Italian Sausages, Breaded and Baked Tofu Cutlets, and last night, Maple Balsamic Grilled Tofu (pictured above).

Yum!

Summer Wind, Shifting Sails

It’s funny how once the weather warms up, my focus so quickly gets diverted from all of our unfinished indoor projects, to all of our unfinished outdoor projects.

One of our recent indoor priorities was to get the kitchen ceiling finished, so we can finally, after almost three years, put in a proper light fixture (we still have a trash-picked floor lamp in the corner of the room). The ceiling is now 80% done… But more on that later! Now, I’d rather think about the back yard!

Lately, I’ve been window-shopping fire pits. I love the feel and smell of a wood-burning fireplace. But since I don’t have one inside the house, gosh darn it, I’ll have one outside the house!

I love the look of a simple concrete bowl…

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Solus Hemi natural gas-burning fire bowl

…but these are priced waaaaaay out of our range (at $3500-$4200, whose range is it within?!). I’ve thought about purchasing a bowl-shaped concrete planter or even making our own concrete bowl, but the concrete bowl planters I’ve found online are at least 500 lbs (and are still way too expensive anyway). And I don’t think anything we’d make ourselves would be safely fireproof. Not to mention the mess we’d make.

So, here are the few examples of fire pits on the lower end of the price spectrum…that I actually like…(listed from most to least expensive):

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CB2 Sparky

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Fire Sense Square

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Fire Sense Grilltech Terrace

Fire Sense Urban 650
Fire Sense Urban 650

Landmann Halo
Landmann Halo

I like the idea of a round shape, since we have so many straight lines going on in the space…but with the exception of the CB2 Sparky (which is actually a tad more than I’d like to spend), the round ones are a bit flying saucer-esque with their tripod legs…and Tim just cringed when I showed him the Grilltech Terrace, so I guess that one’s out. :) I am drawn to the square one, though, with its clearly modern design which distinguishes it from the masses. I am taking suggestions…

And of course, after we decide on a fire pit, we’ll just have to flank it with a couple of butterfly chairs that I’ve been eyeing for so long…right???

Dining Alfresco

All of a sudden it’s summer (or so the weather is telling leading us to believe)! So, this weekend we took the grill out of storage and have been eating our meals outside.

Our first outdoor meal of the season:

Veggie burgers with shoestring sweet potato fries and freshly picked dandelion salad – yum!

Here’s to many more alfresco meals to come!