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March 21, 2011 / littlefooteslab

newest garden tool – featuring “Dumping Action”

I’m pretty excited to have my newest garden tool. A super sweet wagon! It has “dumping action!”

My yard is pretty lumpy, so having four wheels with help me not spill out before I mean to.  I’ve been eying these since I bought my house, and one of my client’s was showing me hers, and saying how much she liked it. So, I decided to go ahead and buy it. I hope I have time to work in my yard and garden this spring and summer!

March 21, 2011 / littlefooteslab

Happy Spring!

Happy Spring everyone!  Today has been cold, warmish, windy, rainy, sunny, cloudy, and blue skies! Welcome to spring in Portland, Oregon!

I took the day off. I just needed an extra day to myself. It’s been wonderful.

I took extra time with my coffee this morning.

I mowed my lawn. (not super fun, but totally glad to have it done.)

I met two of my favorite ladies for coffee. One on spring break, one getting ready to move to Las Vegas.

I organized some papers and filed some info. sort sort, file file.

I scrubbed the tub and sink (the toilet got taken care of last weekend)

I washed the shower curtain.

I guess it really is a spring cleaning time of year.

I know many of these things are chores, and I sort of think they shouldn’t have to be done on an extra day off, but the thing is, I am sooo glad to have them done.

February 4, 2011 / littlefooteslab

Happy Birthday to Littlefoote’s Lab Blog! and Everyone’s Favorite Potato Soup with Bacon Recipe

Oh my gosh you guys! I totally got distracted and missed the big day. 2/2/11 was the one year mark for this blog! Hooray! Let’s party! WooHoo!!!

It seems like today would be a good day to do a post highlighting events of the last year. But, I’m going to wait. soon though. I think it will be fun. So many great things happened this last year. (also some very sad things) ( I guess I have to take the good with the bad)

Anyway, last night I made the most wonderful, simple, delicious potato soup. Soooooo yummy! I used potatoes from my garden (stored in my basement, they are nearing the end of their shelf life – but still great for soup)

From “Weeknight Kitchen with Lynne Rossetto Kasper”



Reprinted with permission from Dollars To Donuts: Comfort Food and Kitchen Wisdom from Route 66’s Landmark Rock Café by Dawn Welch (Rodale, Inc., 2009). Copyright © 2009 by Channeling Media LLC.

Serves 6

When I first started at the Rock, money was tight, and I had to find ways to make use of absolutely everything in the kitchen. One thing that made me crazy was the sorry sight of a pile of baked potatoes that didn’t get sold during dinner service (I’d never sell them the next day; they were too soggy and soft). Then, one day, a light bulb went off — why not turn them into potato soup? My potato soup became such a hit that I had to start boiling up extra potatoes to augment whatever I had left from the night before. It’s still one of the most popular items at the Café.

  • 4 thick-cut bacon slices
  • 1 small yellow onion, finely chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, finely minced or pressed through a garlic press
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 9 (about 3 pounds) russet potatoes, peeled and quartered
  • 2 cups whole or low-fat milk
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • Finely chopped chives, for serving (optional)

1. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Place the bacon in the pan, reduce the heat to medium, and cook until browned and crisp, about 6 minutes. Transfer the bacon to a paper towel-lined plate. Add the onion, garlic, and ¼ teaspoon of salt to the pan and cook until the onion is soft and the garlic is fragrant, about 2 minutes. Crumble the bacon back into the skillet, turn off the heat, and set aside.

2. Bring the potatoes to a boil in a large pot with 4 cups of water and 1-½ teaspoons of salt. Reduce the heat to medium and simmer until they’re tender and just starting to break apart, 20 to 25 minutes. Remove from heat. Using a potato masher or wooden spoon, smash the potatoes in the pot with the water until they’re mostly broken up (you want to keep some chunky potato bits).

3. Heat the milk in a small saucepan or the microwave until hot, and then add to the potatoes. Stir in the bacon and onion mixture, the remaining ¼ teaspoon salt, and the pepper. Return to the stove, and continue to simmer until the soup is slightly thickened, about 5 minutes. Sprinkle with chives, if using, and serve hot.


Think of this recipe as a base for seasonings and add-ins that appeal to you: a bit of fresh dill and/or small shrimp, some curry powder sautéed in, canned corn or fresh kernels cut from the cob in season, or sautéed leeks for a riff on the classic vichyssoise.

Littlefoote’s Lab’s Tips:

I used 2% lactose free milk and found it to be a good option. Also, I swapped out the onion for a bunch of sliced leeks. I let them caramelize in the bacon drippings, then added it to the potatoes just as directed above. This soup is simple and light (for a cream based soup) and a great dinner on a cold winter night.

I have an email newsletter subscription to The Weeknight Kitchen. It’s a great weekly meal idea, I’ve tried many of the  recipes and find them to be reliably tasty and easy. Get you own subscription => Weeknight Kitchen Newsletter

January 29, 2011 / littlefooteslab

a dinner suggestion

I made this for dinner last night. Along with steamed broccoli. Yum! Thanks for the suggestion Casey and Erin!

Buffalo Chicken Mac and Cheese

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Yum-yum! You have love any recipe that starts with a rotisserie chicken.  :)

January 29, 2011 / littlefooteslab

new hair!

Ok party people. Since my last post, I’ve showered, dressed, drank two more cup of coffee, ate a bowl of cereal, arranged to give away my couch via Craigslist  (Yeah! it will be gone by 2:30!) , did a quick sweep-it-under-the-rug maneuver with a few things, decided my studio is a work space and will not be super clean and photo ready. . . ever, cleaned the litter box, took some photos of my hair! :)

So, I thought, there are two ways I have figured out so far of how to style this cut. I took two photos of each way. Then I was looking at them all at once to compare, and I came to the conclusion that they look nearly the same. Huh.

Option one: a tousled look:

Option two: a sleek look:

So. There you have it. NEW HAIR!  Yay! :)

January 29, 2011 / littlefooteslab

Saturday Morning is Great!

Turns out the balancing act of my new schedule and my old activities is a difficult one for me. A few things haven’t made it through the transition very gracefully. One of those things has been this blog. I’m not giving up though. I am still settling into my new job and I hope that my new attitude about over committing during the week (I don’t want to be busy every night) will mean a little more time for blogging. I like blogging. It’s fun for me to share little tid-bits with you. I like to see how many people come visit me here. I like to promote my business here and keep you up  to date on all the massive goings on. (Ha) So, stay tuned, maybe not everyday, but hopefully more often that the once a month post of late.

I got my hair cut this week. I haven’t had a chance to take a photo to share with the internet. Soon. Or, I’ll see you and show you in person. The thing is, I could just really quickly take a photo with the camera that is a part of my computer. I’m staring at it right now. It’s all set up. There goon light this morning. BUT the room that I am sitting in is my studio / office / pile-o-stuff, and it’s not quite up to snuff for a photo background. If I had time to organize this place, then it would be fine. hmm… I have a short cut in mind that involves a sweep-under-the-rug-strategy.

Uggh. I could quickly sweep-under-the-rug, but I just rolled out of bed a few minutes ago, and well, I’m not quite up to snuff for a photo.  Okay. give me a half hour. Maybe an hour.

Plus, before I can take a photo to share with you, I need to clean the litter box that is in the far corner of this room. I wouldn’t want to subject you to it’s current state.

What was that? Over share? Sorry. Somehow I would feel it’s presence in the photo and it would be gross and I don’t like to subject guests to that sort of thing.



January 4, 2011 / littlefooteslab

Hi Blog-o-sphere!

I’ve missed you, all my faithful readers! I’ve been dreadfully busy, but doing really great stuff such as hanging out with my family at the holiday time, and starting a new job, and eating good food.

I think 2011 calls for a bit of renovation on the blog. A fresher look. A less unemployed feel. It won’t happen tonight, but it will happen soon.

Thank you for reading and following my adventures. As always, I love to read your comments and I love to know that you’ve been by. :)

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