Sunday, June 15, 2008

Jeweled Spiders and Inspiration.

Like so many of you, I haven't been cooking much. I've been eating a lot of soy yogurt and sucking down green smoothies, all of which make for very boring posts. I've also been getting married, which is the biggest reason I haven't posted. Dazee, Vee and I made the epic drive to DC and did the deed. It was fun. When we returned to NOLA, the garden was in great despair, so I've been spending a bit of time out there sprucing things up.

I found a white jeweled spider (orbed weaver), so skull-like.

We don't get them too often, though a yellow one visited the rosemary not too long ago.

I transplanted some purple datura, which had germinated in a tire by the street, and they are strong and steady. I also put in some echinacea, hollyhocks and foxglove, we'll see if I got them in the dirt too late. Just today, I picked up some seeds for giant zinnias--which I always have high hopes for, but usually they succumb to a white fungus and crash along with my cucumbers.

I'm also really inspired by this post on the PPK. I've spent much of my day driving around trying to get all the needed parts for Alton Brown's flowerpot smoker. Once I get it together and give it a go with some protein, I'll report back.

Speaking of inspiration, check out this cake from Vegan Homemade. Cookie dough balls are cooked into the batter!

xo
kittee

31 comments:

  1. Those spiders are absolutely gorgeous, but I'd still scream like a tiny child and run if I saw one anywhere near me! (I'm a bit nervous around arachnids.) So pretty though!

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  2. Oh! Congrats to you and Dazee on your recent nuptials!!

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  3. I bought a copy of your last Papa Tofu (plus I kinda know you through kittymonkey.) I've been lurking, and I wanted to delurk to say Congratulations!

    Also - being from Texas I am really impressed by the bbq post as well.

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  4. The amount of insects you've encountered is amazing. I garden alot and haven't seen anything close to what you've seen.

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  5. Congrats! I'd been wondering what had happened to you! And that is one freaky lookin' spider...cute though.

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  6. Happy happy getting married times! I love your red dress! (I'm totally wearing red if I get married)

    As for the spiders.. yuck. I hate insects.

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  7. You both looked so dapper & joyous! I love your dress! I wore a black one for my wedding 4 years ago...
    That spider is so beautiful, I've never seen anything like it before!

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  8. Congratulations! And thanks so much for bringing up that smoking thread - so exciting.

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  9. KK + DZ = TLA

    Conkgratz again, girlfriend! Love the picture.

    I think it's so cool how you combine spiders and your wedding in one post. I love your even-ness about your it, especially in the midst of all this pukey Sex in the City furor. The story lines always make it seem like women's lives (still) revolve only around their wedding/wedding dresses and men. There are other things in life...
    like spiders and vegan kakes!

    I say Kittee should be the role model for today's girls--not Carrie.

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  10. best wishes and congratulations!

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  11. You have some amazing bugs in New Orleans Kittee. Those are some cool looking spiders.

    I've also been inspired by that BBQ post. Can't wait to see what you come up with when you make your smoker.

    Congrats!

    Julie

    P.S. I wish I could send you some of the whipped cream from our recipe trials. If anyone could develop a vegan Italian meringue, it would be you Kittee.

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  12. Also delurking to say Congratulations and May you Live Happily Everafter! Cute, cute wedding shots - I just love to see such happy smiley faces.

    And spiders rock!

    ~Jain

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  13. CUTEST COUPLE EVER! Congratulations!
    Those spiders are craaazy!

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  14. Congratulations! You both look wonderful. How exciting. Cara

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  15. CONGRATULATIONS! i really like your dress - it's so awesome! and you both look so happy! :)

    the spider is so beautiful, and really neat look'n!

    oh, and yay for green smoothies! i super love them, too!

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  16. Those spiders freak me the hell out. The first time I saw one I really thought it was a small alien. If you make a cookie dough cake be sure to let me know how it goes!

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  17. Woot! Conratulations! Love the spiders, too!

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  18. Oh Congrats!

    And coincidentally, I was in the backyard yesterday taking macro shots of those very same spideys!

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  19. Congratulations, Kittee! You guys are probably the cutest couple in existence. I love seeing all the bug pictures. They really make our critters seem quite boring.

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  20. Congratulations! Wishing you two happiness forever!!! And I love the photos of your garden inhabitents, too!

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  21. Wow! Congratulations!! Those spiders are amazing - nature at its finest. Best of luck to you!

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  22. That's the craziest spider I've ever seen.

    Just wanted to say I made your Strawberry Pie from pakupaku and it was awesome, squared.

    Congratulations once again on getting married.

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  23. gratz2u2! =D wow those are the weirdest spiders ever

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  24. congrats! y'all are awfully cute!

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  25. Congratulations on your marriage! And that cake does sound very intriguing. . . I'm working on a slightly different version, something I used to bake years ago and haven't been able to veganize yet--but will!!

    PS Spiders are pretty, but. . . can't help it, they creep me out.

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  26. I love the spider photos. I don't think we have anything like that in MO or SC, as far as I know. And congrats on your wedding!

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  27. that is a beautiful spider! Congrats on your nuptials!

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  28. lord i love spiders. i wish we had fancy ones like that up here.

    gorgeous photos. if it wasn't poorly looked upon, i'd be stealing 'em and printing 'em for my walls.

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