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A Bountiful Showing + How to Eat an Orange

It’s been six weeks. SIX WEEKS. Does it feel that long? At some point during the CSA drought, someone (can’t remember who) said to me something (can’t remember what exactly) about me being a “girl obsessed with her CSA box.” I’m experiencing mixed feelings here, folks. Is that what you think I am? A women driven to obsessively chronicle the contents of her local farm’s gifts on a semi-weekly basis? Or perhaps I am a person attempting to improve my photography skills while sharing the delicious possibilities in a box of fruit and veggies. Either way, neither estimation is entirely off and I’ll happily continue this tradition with photos and the occasional recipe. Win all around! (Really? Obsessed? Don’t make me sound like a Beyonce movie!)

lemons, navel oranges, mandarin oranges, stir fry mix, dill, green onions, carrots, butternut squash, salad turnips, arugula

I’ll abstain from recipe sharing this week. Most of these items can be best enjoyed with a good scrub and chop. I WILL show you how to enjoy an orange without drips and minimum sticky fingers. My family calls it eating an orange “Florida Orange Style.” Thinking about it now, that name doesn’t even make sense. But the method does.

Winter inevitably evokes in me my favorite parts of growing up in the sunshine state. Everyone knew you didn’t buy oranges from the orchards until after a cold snap. That makes the oranges sweeter. And once that cold snap hits, I knew my after school snacks would show up in the form of an unlikely orange juice box (Sorta.)

How to eat an orange Florida Orange Style

What you’ll need:

  • 1 juicy orange, (I used navel from this week’s box)
  • a sharp knife
  • a sense of humor
  • if without, a child
  • if without a sense of humor or a child, someone else’s child

First give the orange a good scrub. You want clean skin.

Use the knife to cut around the stem. Angle your knife so that it cuts a cone and you have a little hat, removable from the fruit.

Carefully cut inside the orange without poking through the skin. You want to maximize juiciness.

You’ll want to enjoy it now so go ahead and grasp the orange with both hands, put it up to your face…

and SUCK! That’s right, I said SUCK. This is where the sense of humor comes in. Or the little kid. If you are too proud to suck on an orange, first of all you are missing out. Second of all, a little kid wins because that booger will get to enjoy a delicious treat. If I can do it, you can too. Just once. And if you figure the payoff isn’t worth sucking on an orange, fair enough.

Slurp, squeeze and suck until there is no juice left. At this point your lips are tingly from the acid in the peel. If you did it right, the orange skin has started to rip around the cut edges.

When you’re satisfied there is no more juice to be had, find the little rips around the hole and pull. Open that orange up, turn the skin inside out and chomp away.

When all is said and done, eating an orange Florida Orange Style leaves you with lightly sticky fingers, no drips and a full tummy. Ah, satisfaction.

How do you embarrassingly eat your favorite fruit or veggie?

I wwwant that!

Betcha miss my regular features. I sure do. What happened to the wwwant thats of the world? The weekly CSA box?!? All in due time, dear readers. Oh, how the holiday season does disrupt! In celebration of a less commercial season (and thus a manageable covetous stuff per blog ratio), I’m bringing back my ode to internet shopping. For the girl who has everything a click away but not the wallet to support such frivolous action, I wwwant that! At the bottom, I posted some updates for several of the sellers I’ve wwwanted before.

Sometimes delicious web wares don’t come from a specific blog referral. Sometimes these items are waiting for you. Just cruising by it with my eyeballs is enough to do a double-take and launch an investigation. That happened one day, right after logging into flickr. “What’s that? Oh look!” Almost hidden within Poppytalk’s Flickr group The Art of Display, was the work of one Ninainvorm. In some mystical, magical formulation, she fires original screen-printed designs onto new and vintage housewares. The effect is quite fun and really, who doesn’t love a good mismatched houseware collection and color fiesta? Beware: her Etsy shop will tempt and tease you.

Yet another internet bread crumb trail led me to this next find wwwantable piece, which I’m likely to actually just BUY already was cheap enough to warrant purchase. More important than the mug is the amount of awesome that led me to this point. In summary: super fantastic blog Point and Blog said they were reading The Hipster Home (exciting!) Previously being unawares of facinating Point and Blog, I wanted to learn more about the writers, Emma Hovel and Katherine J. Oh look! One of them has a etsy link, does she make things? Wow, she’s got some pretty items favorited on her Etsy profile. Wait a sec, that mug has a space shuttle on it! And bad grammar! SOLD. Thanks for the mention, ladies of Point and blog!

Once upon a time, the Mr. and I ate at Spork. We were too full from dinner to order dessert but upon seeing the delicious list of sweets, decided to pick something up for home. The next day, we tasted the first bite of a Humprhy Slocombe specially made Spork ice cream, After School Special. WOW. Malted vanilla ice cream with chocolate covered potato chips and a caramel swirl. Heaven on a spoon. The best part was the chocolate covered potato chips, which since then, Happy Lady Eats shared a review of a particular brand. YUUUM. I definitlly wwwant that.

If there is a #1 entry on things I need around the house, it would be serving trays, especially for baked goods. Pyrex gets the job done but dang it, those things are not the pedestal on which to place your final delicate creation. Tangarang recently shared a way to make your OWN cake stands. Keyword: EPOXY.

This is a non digital I wwwant that! find. I know, I MUST BE LEAVING THE HOUSE! A Real Simple Magazine spoke to me at the airport last week and I’ve been enjoying it quite a bit. One of the pages celebrated several mirrored lamps. The main attraction, from West Elm, whispered that it might look good in our living room. I heartily agree.

Even though it could catch on fine fabrics or drag you straight to the bottom of a river because of its heft, these fantastic crystal rings by Elseetee, as seen on Poppytalk, are super fantastic. Look at the color! The irregular shape! The sheer earthiness of these rings! Blows the mind. I was ready to say how I absolutely, without a doubt, I could not afford these but to my surprise, they are a reasonable price for such statement jewelry. If you are also a fan of such things, go imagine yourself in another one of Elseetee’s wares in her Etsy shop.

There was some good news for internet friend (and one-time real life encounter) Polly of Pollyannacowgirl. Homegirl is the new ReadyMade Craft blogger. HUZZAH! She’s got excellent taste and I’m excited to follow along with her. Already, she spotted a calendar that would look so dapper up here in my craft loft. It’s a forever calendar by Claire Nereim. Whuzzywho? A forever calendar means that it’s just got month numbers and the California Wildflower that blooms every year at that time. Clever and beautiful, that’s a winning combination!

I wwwant that! alum updates:

  • While at the Renegade Craft Fair, I met Brenda of Phydeaux Designs! She was quite nice even though I was nervous to say hello! She’s busy with helping Haiti so if you’ve ever thought of purchasing one of her terrific cowls, DO IT NOW! (from I wwwant that! #10)
  • Helping Willotoons at Bazaar Bizarre, the booth was next to The Harbinger Co. Again I shyly said hello and even though I didn’t have any money on me at the time, I ended up receiving the Bamboo Cube  posts from the Mr! What a generous soul he is. (from I wwwant that! #2)
  • Finally, while spending some quality time inside the completely wwwantable Mission shop Gravel and Gold, I spotted MAKIT PLATE KITS! That’s right, kiddies! You can buy them online OR you can make the trip to this well-complied shop of treasures. (from I wwwant that! #1)

A Note from Housekeeping: FLORIDA!

Without much hurrah, I disappeared for a week. Fear not, I’m back in the saddle again. Last week’s diversion was simply a trip to my home state, Florida. When cheap airfare presented itself, the Mr. and I jumped at the opportunity to see one of the last shuttle launches. Having grown up on the Space Coast, I’m unfortunately more or less apathetic about launches. I thought I’d seen it all but have since learned there is a BIG difference between seeing the launch from 3 miles away versus from your dock.

NASA announced they would be hosting a tweet-up for the STS 129 launch but alas, the two day event meant we’d need to be there a day earlier than our scheduled flight so we bypassed the organized event. Thank heavens my dad secured a Turn Basin car pass. Wahoo! It’s the closest possible viewing point safely. My dad has worked with the space program since the Apollo missions (40 years, ACK!) and I’m convinced he knows everything there is to know about launches. My Pop Pop didn’t disappoint and has us riveted with information.

Car Pass

While driving in, we passed crowds gathered on the lawn of the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, heard about the local bald eagles, alligators and other wild life found in this wildlife sanctuary.

We found ourselves a sweet spot in the viewing area and settled in. I’m not sure the scene could have been any more picture perfect.
The Crow

In this video you’ll see (immediately to the left) an emergency shuttle landing strip, the silver airfoil astronaut van that transports the astronauts to the launch pad, the crowd and bleachers and the Vehicle Assembly Building. After I took this picture, we saw the closing van park and the workers get out. They are the last to interact with the astronauts and are responsible for securing the astronauts in the shuttle and closing the hatch. Big duties!

Also in the video is the firing room. It is attached to and on the left of the VAB building. You can identify it as the shorter, white building with a long line of blackish windows across the back. The firing room is where the supervising launch team make sure that everything is ready to go pre-launch. You can hear the announcer and launch control talking from the speaker.

While the countdown clock ticked steadily, I was struck with a moment of pure brilliance and used the binoculars as a zoom lens. That worked well until the actual launch when the adrenaline overtook me and the shot below is the best picture I could muster during the immediate blast off. WHOOPS! We learned that the large water tank to the left of the launch pad is releases all the water a few seconds before the launch. The initial white clouds are actually steam! They use the water to keep the whole launch structure (gantry) from melting into a huge blob. That’s hot!
T minus Nothing

Adrenaline Aim

Hack lens aside, the rest of the pictures are pretty spectacular but nothing in comparison to actually being there. The sound is overwhelming and I don’t doubt that there were plenty of other wet eyes.

Can we have a moment of silence for this first picture? The external tanks are white and are detached a little farther up. The solid rocket booster is the orange tank. Throughout the launch, the shuttle is rotating and angling in order to get the right projected path to meet up with the International Space Station. They’re meeting up so that NASA can give the space station some spare parts.

We were initially worried about the thick cloud cover we found that morning. It wasn’t enough to delay the launch but would hinder our ability to see the shuttle. No fear, most of it had cleared out by launch time and we were left with a beautiful day.
Vehicle Assembly Building

Want to hear more about the trip to Florida? We took a red eye flight on Wednesday night (UUUUGHHHHNNNNNN %!!#@3@#1@^*)…
Red Eye

…stayed one night in St. Augustine where we had a lovely meal at The Tasting Room, went on a Ghost and Gravestones tour, sat outside the Lightner Museum and visited the Castillo de San Marcos with a cannon demonstration and all…

… and were cooked a brilliant and tradition Thanksgiving meal by my mom! (Would you like to see my exasperated face? That right below is a prime specimen. But seriously, what a lovely table.) We dined on a very southern menu of oyster dressing, a whole turkey, fresh green beans, sweet potato casserole, a salad, heavenly hash, Martinelli’s sparkling cider and pumpkin pie. NOSH!
Publix S&P

My Go-To Home Exasperated Look

Finally, we got to experience the sweet decent of a flight home yesterday afternoon.
Time for SF

PS If you’d like coverage from another San Franciscan who attended the NASA tweetup event, Scott from Laughing Squid posted a great writeup with lots of stories, pictures and video.

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