Lately, I've been coming up empty on ideas for Favourite Things Friday, virtually turning my pockets inside out, as in "I gots nuthin'."
Today isn't one of those days. Nope, I've got things popping up my brain like weeds. Let's have ourselves a smorgasbord, shall we?
My dad's new asparagus bed yielded some tasty spears this week. I love fresh asparagus! I've been eating a bit every evening, tossing it into a stir-fry tonight, but my favorite way is pan seared in a tiny bit of olive oil just until it turns bright green but still has a snap to it. Maybe a bit of cracked pepper on top. Delish!
A second favorite thing is this little kneeling cushion thingie I picked up from the dollar store recently. I bought two, actually; one for the garden and one for use when I'm basting a quilt on the kitchen floor, like I did on Wednesday.
These came from Dollar Tree, and I'm sure they're a seasonal thing, here today and gone tomorrow. Comfort for a dollar—you can't beat that. Hurry in and get one before they're gone!
Next is this coffee press we found, brand new, at the thrift store. Now, I know one of my previous Favorite Things was all about tea, and I am a tea drinker 99 percent of the time. But the hubs has been curious about trying a French press because he's heard coffee tastes better (i.e., not as bitter, which is one of the things I don't like so much about coffee) when made in a press. For less than the cost of buying a cup of coffee, we nabbed this press to try it out.
Of course we had to Google how to use it—I love the internet—but then it was smooth brewing after that. I took enough pictures today to do a whole step-by-step tutorial. But then again, since I'm not a big coffee drinker, I may be the last person on earth to already know how to use one of these. Anyway, good coffee!
Finally, new (to me) music by The Civil Wars. I have listened to this song an embarrassing number of times this week. I just love how their voices blend, the guitar playing, and the hauntingly folky kind of song it is.