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Thursday, August 5, 2010
Have you ever found the perfect dress for the occasion, only the occasion had yet to present itself? That’s kind of how I feel about this dress… an enchanted garden party perhaps? I found it at the Goodwill for $6.99 while thrifting in Sebastopol on Monday. The label is Candi Jones California, apparently a Gunne Sax knock-off label of the seventies.
I wore it at home for awhile yesterday and took some pics to show you guys. This dress makes me feel like I’ve just stepped out of a fairy tale. The lovely muted colors, the smocking, the lace, the empire waist… so many wonderful details… and the sleeves, those magical fluttery sleeves make me think of delicate butterfly wings!
Unfortunately, there were no enchanted garden parties on the agenda, in fact, after I finished prancing around looking all Princess Bride, I spent the day mundanely getting things done around the house. As it turns out, butterfly sleeves have a tendency to get in the way while doing dishes, and floor-length anything, not so great for putzing around in a chicken coop where the ground is covered with, well you get the idea. Needless to say, more practical outfit choices had to be made.
On a different note, much to Clover’s delight, our plums have finally ripened and she’s been happily going to town on them, juicy purple smiles abound! Also cause for smiles, a new batch of ah-doooorable thrifted hand-me-down dresses from her cousin, this being one of them:
Um, I guess you could say the zucchini in our garden has been getting a wee bit out of control lately. Here Clover is showing off our biggest one yet. We were doing pretty well for awhile… shredded zucchini in scrambled eggs, stuffed zucchini, sautéed zucchini, zucchini spice bars… then we sort of fell off the zucchini wagon.
Last night I climbed right back on though and made a delicious dinner of sautéed veggies on herb couscous featuring green beans, fresh thyme, parsley, and mint (and zucchini of course!), from our very own garden.
Followed by zucchini chocolate chip cupcakes with goat cheese frosting for dessert, sooooo good! I need to thank for posting this recipe for the cupcakes on her new blog which I am very much enjoying. I switched out the nuts for chocolate chips, I have a tendency to do that with my baked goods… chocolate chip banana bread anyone?
If you too have zucchini coming out your ears at the moment (and even if you don’t), I highly recommend them, and I have to say, the combination of the chocolate chips with the goat cheese frosting is AMAZING so try it. Happy baking :)