Sunday, October 31, 2010

Happy Halloween!

Trick or Treat
Smell our feet,
Give us something good to eat
If you don't
We don't care
We'll pull down your underwear
(Something real children told me tonight - I'm an old fart because I didn't want to give them candy after that)

Happy Halloween to you and yours!

Friday, October 29, 2010

Friday Finds - Last Minute Spooks

There's  no time to order these for this year, but perhaps you could use inspiration for last minute decor?  An even better bet is to buy them at a discount for next year.  I love the vintage, rustic feel (in fact, I would bang up the frame a bit more for the silhouette).  It's a bit more grown up than kid friendly, but I figure I should enjoy the kidless halloweens that I have left. 

Clockwise from Top L:
Barking Mad - Web of Lies Silhouette
Papershop - Halloween Spider Cupcake Wrappers
The Good Wife - Eliza Pennyworth's Glove Pattern
MMIM - Haunted Mansion Frame

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Field Peas

Our farm share* has introduced me to a lot of new produce.  I've roasted beets.  I've pulled spaghetti squash.  I've stir fried radishes.  Recently, I saw field peas on the order page.  After looking around for a recipe, I discovered they're a southern specialty, so I decided to build a dinner around these southern beauties.
Following this recipe for Southern Cream Peas, I shucked these bad boys til my fingers hurt.  Just when I thought I'd hit my shucking rhythm, a wayward pea would throw me off.
They did look beautiful in my bowl though - the creamy green, speckled with a harvest purple.  I'm glad I took a picture during that stage, because that was the last time they looked appetizing.
Though the light isn't perfect in this documentation, it certainly capture the ick factor of how they turned out.  I tasted it and they actually were good (not mouth watering, but hey, they're peas).  Sadly, once I get into my head that they look like they'll taste icky, then I have to feed them to my husband.  If I had a dog, my husband could share them.  Our cat isn't a hoover like a dog, that's one of their downsides as far as being a good pet.

In my opinion, the best part of the whole dish was this uncured, farm raised bacon that I fried up to put in the peas.  This was also part of my farm share delivery.  Never having used uncured bacon before, I didn't know what to expect.  It's a bit chewier, and a tad less salty.  I think it took longer to cook, but I didn't time it so I could make a scientific claim.  Now this, this is appetizing!
What are you cooking from your farmer's market or farm share box?

*We use a farm share service that delivers weekly and we can choose the products we receive.  If you're in the Triangle Area, check out Papa Spud's and tell them I sent you over!

Monday, October 25, 2010

Guest Post: Serena from Big Apple Nosh

 I'm very excited that we have Serena visiting with us today!  You may remember her as a sweet heart holding hamster from Weddingbee, or from her post-wedding nom nom blog Big Apple Nosh.  She's here today to talk about weekday meals for us newlywed types, but if you're at all interested in Africa, you've got to check out her amazing honeymoon photography! Take it away Serena!

Hi Everyone!   I am so honored to be guest blogging here on Palindrome at Home! I first met Melinda in person earlier this year, and it was great to learn that she is exactly how I imagined, based on her writing style - super smart, super down-to-earth, and super tall (ok, that last one was a surprise).  While we don't live near each other, I hope that I have a chance to see her again soon!

When I was thinking about what would be the most appropriate post for a home blog, I admit I came up a bit short.  I'm totally unskilled when it comes to home decor.  I can't cook.  I barely remember to feed my cat most times! (Sorry, Tilly).  Then I realized what I DO know about, namely food and eating it, is also very much part of the home.  Because the Mister and I seldom cook, we need to come up with creative ways to feed ourselves in the potentially expensive NYC.  We both have full-time jobs that are often unpredictable, so this necessitates two things - fast and easy.  So what are some of our dining options?

1. Chinatown

You can get a bowl of filling noodles, or meat and rice combos, at many a restaurant in Chinatown. As an added bonus, the food is good, inexpensive and the restaurants are open late.  The Mister and I frequent Chinatown at least once a week.

2.  Whole Foods
The buffet at Whole Foods is extensive, fresh and offers a myriad of healthy options.  It may not be the cheapest option in the world, but you can control how much you pay and what you eat.  The fact that Whole Foods is located a few blocks from my workplace is a major plus.

3. Rotisserie Chicken

I'd like to say that I roasted the above chicken...but that would be a lie.  Instead, we buy a rotisserie chicken from our local market - fully cooked and inexpensive, it lasts us into tomorrow's lunch.  Supplement that with some rice from our new rice cooker and some stir-fry veggies and it's *almost* like I cooked.

4. Chipotle
When all else fails - Chipotle.  Chipotle is another one of those options where you can be as healthy or unhealthy as you choose.  I normally go with the burrito bowl to save calories from a tortilla, and I load up on fresh salsa.  The vegetarian option (guacamole) has been one of my recent favorites.

There you have it.  When it comes down to it, I'm just a busy gal with a day job trying to make it through the week.  Week nights are about easy, inexpensive, and relatively healthy options.  I'd love to believe that I lead a glamorous life in NYC, dining out at 5-star restaurants, but that’s what the weekends are for, right? ;)

What do you do for dinner on week nights?

Friday, October 22, 2010

Friday Finds - Rust and Pumpkin

My mom has decorated with the same earth tones forever.  She doesn't stray far from rusts, chocolate, olives, golds, and creams.  So when I finally had the chance to decorate my own home, I went straight to yellows, oranges, and blues.  The one aspect that I kept was the traditional styling of furniture (partly due to our access to inherited furniture from our parents).  I often dream of selling everything and starting over in a small apartment - to reinvent my stylistic sensibilities.  This collection is a combination of vintage and modern, of rust and pumpkin.  They're natural hues, yet fresh in combination.

If you could start over, what colors or style would you want to try?

Clockwise from Top L:
Rukkola - Tied up pillowcases
infinity arts - Oodles Walk Clock
Crafty Sara - Vintage Pyrex Autumn Harvest 4 Bowl Set
White Willow Vintage - Autumn Foliage Books

Tuesday, October 19, 2010


Life is too short to go around feeling apologetic for the face you show to the world. - Tara
I read this on Tara's blog a few weeks ago.  I've had a few self portraits that I haven't shared yet.  I thought about blogging my bare pictures.  Then I forgot.  Then I read this from Penny over at Pantomime Papers.  I feel pretty strongly about this because natural beauty is not bounded by the physical.  Beauty is experience and attitude as well.  Seeing women (women especially, but sometimes men) surgically alter themselves or spend hours a day transforming themselves to a standard of beauty that can only be achieved through photo manipulation is so very sad to me.  I've heard in religious circles before that these kind of alterations are comparative to telling God that He made a mistake in how He made you.  The sentiment rings true outside the religious realm as well though - these rituals to alter ourselves indicate that there is a wrong that must be fixed.

In addition to physically altering themselves, there is also a trend of "Oh, I'm so sorry you have to see my ugly mug" disclaimers labeling photographs across the blogosphere.  Apologizing legitimizes the false and dangerous idea that the way we look is wrong.

So without alteration and without apology, this is me.
 Self Portrait 1 July 2010
 Self Portrait 2 July 2010

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Friday Finds - Eggplant Agonized Over

I started this post on Tuesday when I made eggplant for dinner. I immediately found 3 lovely pieces.  Then spent the next 5 days agonizing over the last pick.  Ridiculous.  Not only because I made Friday Finds late here, but I made it late on the bride site as well.  I'm celebrating eggplant across my small patch of blogosphere and in the kitchen though as alternative to my beloved, yet overused, orange to herald the season.  Since I was late, you will also get a bonus of some of my favorite picks for the 4th spot that didn't quite make the cut due to clashing or similarity to another item in the showcase.

Clockwise from Top L:
Spinning Wheel Studio - SWS Art Batt
Dreams and Visions - Purpleness
Fabulous Pieces - Pair of Vintage Walnut Office Chairs
Mark Hudak - Eggplant Purple and Fern Green Tall Mug

 Golly Bard - Heaps of Love No.5 ORIGINAL watercolor (Love the fact it's original art, love the colors, but this collection veered more towards the sage compliments than chartreuse).
 Asian Art and Quilts - Abstract Art Wall Quilt (This piece is sooo interesting and colorful - but the reds were overpowering the others in the collection.)
 Oh Clementine - Gray Dresser with Plum Knobs (Look at those knobs! And the lines! And the details!  But it was such a tall picture, it wouldn't fit quite right, and in the end the gray was a bit off for the collection).
 Azure Dandelion Garden - Heirloom Rosa Bianca Eggplant Seeds (Oh wow, did I want this pick to work out - I hardly ever feature garden vegetables and these were just divine!  Too bad the greens weren't jiving with the rest).
 Shanna Rumberg - Eggplant and Chartreuse Serving Bowl (This was the first item I found when searching for eggplant.  It inspired the entire bridal showcase I did this week that leaned more heavily on chartreuse.  In the end, it just seemed too modern and I already had another piece of pottery in this collection.)
Laylalou Studio - Origami Butterflies in Morning Tea Party (I loved the 3 dimensional aspect and how these butterflies are corralled in an embroidery hoop.  Too bad they're a smidge on the magenta side!)

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

World Beer Festival

These were our symptoms: exhaustion, feeling down, in need of a beach vacation, stressed with work, and in need of a drink.
This was our prescription (self-prescribed, of course): World Beer Festival, Durham
Someone must have sent the memo to all yuppies in a 100 mile radius because we weren't the only ones in fitted jeans and a polo.  Actually, just Mr. Palindrome wore that yuppy uniform.  Him and every other y chromosomed person with a grad degree and salary. 
I spy with my little eye, three men in the picture above wearing various versions of the uniform.  I, on the other hand, embraced my southern roots (technically Maryland is south of the Mason-Dixon Line), and brought out my cowgirl boots.  Solidarity, my southern sisters!
Mr. Palindrome felt left out of the boot-picture-taking-party and insisted his shoes matched my boots.  I suppose the leather and contrast stitching constitutes a match for a boy, but anyone can see that my boots are auburn and his shoes are plain brown.
Alright, down to brass tacks now (see my southern lingo picking up?), we were there for the beer, not a fashion show.  Mr. Palindrome and I realized that after 1.5 hours and only 20 oz. of beer consumed, that we would have to double the pace to make it worth our $45 ticket price.  While it may appear that he's double fisting here, it's actually a matter of me not being able to hold my own cup and take a picture (further evidence of that later in the post).
Sign of a Good Beer Festival #1: I cannot remember what brand or type of beer this was, even thought I took a picture of it because it was so tasty.
To us! To beer!  To Durham!  To us living in Durham while drinking beer!
We came, we saw, we expected strange sights, we got them.  Exhibit #1: Lady holding a striped footie pajama wearing baby.  He probably wasn't the only underage human at the fest, but he certainly was the only footie pajama wearing one.  I don't know if she was trying to get him to sleep so she could knock a few back or what.  I'll reserve my full judgment until after I have children, but my initial judgment is: Huh?
Exhibit #2: Professionally sewn cowboy hat made from 6 pack boxes.  I took this photo on the sly, but when he realized I was acting the role of paparazzi, he offered to take a picture with me.  Ummmm . . . you're not famous, you're just wearing a funny hat - so, no thank you.
Exhibit #3: Pugs not Drugs T-shirt.  I asked this guy if I could take a picture and he said, "Sure! Let me strike a pose."  So, his posing might not be on par with ANTM hopefuls.  I also don't really know how the pugs are supposed to replace drugs . . . do you sniff their puppy smell? ingest them? just enjoy the loving feeling you get from petting one?  The t-shirt is ambiguous about the process.
This next series is photographic evidence demonstrating that self-prescriptions work.  In these photos, we are not stressed, exhausted, or in need of a drink.  This series is also moonlighting as Sign of a Good Beer Festival #2.

Beyond trying to lick me in order to stop my self-portrait madness, Mr. Palindrome took his mischievous streak all over the tents.

(Literal) Sign of a Good Beer Festival #3: We left with a sign.

Tis the season for beer festing, are you imbibing this Oktober?

Friday, October 8, 2010

Friday Finds - Now that I'm a Kitty (Temporary) Momma

I've really enjoyed coming home to a furry friend at home.  While I still have her in the house, I thought I'd do a Friday Finds for Sam (squishy face, sammie, baby).  I'll for sure miss hearing Mr. Palindrome call for her in this sweet, baby talk, two octaves higher than normal voice.  Gah, it melts my momma heart.


Clockwise from Top L:
Very Vintage - The Seafarer
The Bumble Bee Studio - Large Wheat Grass Garden Kit
Scaredy Cat Primitives - Jasper
MMSis - Pet Lover Kitty Card

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Sweet Potato Sprouts

Turns out, 3 weeks is a long time to leave sweet potatoes in your house.  In the dark pantry.  Of your non air-conditioned house.  In the summer.
Before tossing these beasts, I decided to document them as an homage to the sheer will and determination of nature.
These sprouts grew over a foot tall, until they bumped into the overhanging shelf.
These potatoes served as hearth and home for the burgeoning sprouts.  They were the mother's milk to the baby sprouts if you will.  Nothing freaks Mr. Palindrome out more than saying mother's milk.  Actually, it doesn't even have to be that implicit.  "Nursing" will suffice if you want Mr. Palindrome to vacate the premises. 
Anynursing, this feat of nature boggled my mind.  No water.  No soil.  And yet, my pantry served as the incubator for these long, tall sprouts.
The leaves were green!  Green leaved sweet potato sprouts from my pantry!  My mind is so boggled I can't type a full sentence with a verb.  What's the coolest thing you've grown (intentionally or unintentionally) in your pantry?