Non-Consumer Photo Essay — Midnight Eggs, Kiwis & A Jar-O-Lawyer

by Katy on April 15, 2014 · 18 comments

I’m not sure what your kids do after you go to sleep, but apparently this is what my son does in the wee hours of the night. Because when I was checking Facebook this morning, this is what showed up in my son’s feed:

I’m just happy that he took the time to compost the eggshell when he was all done with whatever it was he was doing!

For those on Madison Avenue, who try and tell us that real meals are impossible to assemble on busy evenings, I present exhibit A, a salmon, rice and salad weekday/soccer evening supper. I pre-washed and chopped the lettuce which I then stored in my salad spinner, the rice was done in my electric rice cooker, and the salmon was flash frozen, baked from its frozen state and then topped with my homemade kale pesto mixed with melted butter.

It was sure a whole lot better than anything from Banquet, Lean Cuisine or Marie Callender!


I finished the very last of last season’s applesauce, which freed up another beautiful vintage Ball canning jar. Perfect for spring flowers or simply catching the light on a windowsill.

Blue glass jar

One of my friends has an orchard and brought a big bucket of these kiwi vines to work yesterday. “Stick them in the ground in a sunny spot and water the hell out of them” was her only instruction. And since sunny space is at a premium in my yard I though I’d try them in this huge garbage picked flowerpot. And with two male and two female vines, I’m looking forward to lots of little babies.

Kiwi vines

No Non-Consumer Photo Essay would be complete without some strange Goodwill find, so I present to you “Attorney-N-Glass,” which I assume is a leftover from the days of trendy lawyer bashing. Not funny, simply creepy.

Pickled lawyer

Katy Wolk-Stanley

“Use it up, wear it out, make it do or do without.”

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tna April 15, 2014 at 12:51 pm

There is an advantage to cooking for a family. It does cost more but you eat up all your food and can have variety. When I buy a head of lettuce I have to eat that lettuce every meal so it won’t go bad. If I want a simple hamburger with lettuce, tomato, mayo, pickle and onion, the very least I can buy is a pound of hamburger and a pack of 4 buns and all the other stuff and use it up before it spoils. $$$ So for some people eating fast food or prepared food from the grocer is cheaper and provides some relief from a very boring menu. It’s got nothing to do with time, I hate throwing out food.


Katy April 15, 2014 at 1:13 pm

Good feedback. I know that my local grocery stores sell hamburger by the pound in the meat section, and that single rolls can be bought over in the bakery, but it’s certainly more difficult either way.



marie April 15, 2014 at 1:17 pm

Love the egg, your son is very artistic.
I made a great meal last night. I had a package of ground turkey, and the only thing i can ever think of to make with ground turkey is spaghetti.
So, I jazzed it up. Made a spaghetti sauce with lots of onions and garlic, used a 12 oz package of veggie ziti. I put layers of pasta, sauce, jack cheese, since I didn’t have mozzarella cheese and spoonfuls of sour cream, since I also didn’t have ricotta cheese and spices. Baked for 25 minutes, and it was yummy.


Kristen April 15, 2014 at 2:41 pm

The egg totally looks like something Joshua would do! 😉


Katy April 15, 2014 at 3:25 pm

Funny, I guess we both have creative sons!



curious April 15, 2014 at 5:35 pm

How do you know a male kiwi stick from a female kiwi stick? Or did the provider tell you based on the plant providing the stick?


Katy April 15, 2014 at 5:59 pm

The male was scratchy and female was smooth. Kind of like us. 🙂



Marcelle April 16, 2014 at 3:59 am

Your salmon meal looks like one of our weekly meals. Fresh trout cooked with maple syrup and dill, rice, and frozen peas (cooked of course). 15 minutes from fridge to table. And so tasty!


Katy April 16, 2014 at 7:13 am

Fresh trout? Mmmm….


Dawn April 16, 2014 at 5:18 am

What a yummy dinner!


Alice Martin April 16, 2014 at 6:02 am

Somehow I’ve never noticed that you use Fiestaware!! I love mine and have gotten into the obsessive consumerism habit of collecting it. I try to control myself, but I do love my dishes. I’m glad to see you’ve chosen them as a good non consumer dish; I find it is almost impossible to break one!


emmer April 16, 2014 at 8:03 am

may i suggest putting each pair in a diff pot. they are going to get BIG, and the roots will be so entwined that you won’t be able to separate them without harm when you need to give them a bigger spot. my young kiwis have grown up a trellis to the 2nd floor and then followed a balcony railing several feet. not sure how big they will get… the male flowered last year, the female wasn’t quite ready. maybe kiwis this year.


K D April 16, 2014 at 11:01 am

I had no idea you could grow kiwis in America (Portland). I bought I basket full of kiwis at the Asian market the other day. They are from Italy and delicious (I paid $2.48 for twelve kiwis).


Katy April 16, 2014 at 11:07 am

These are a variety that’s small like a grape and doesn’t have the fuzzy outside, so it can be eaten right off the vine!


emmer April 17, 2014 at 5:39 am

that’s the kind i have also. some day they will be 20 feet long. 🙂
i live out west of katy. our farmers’ market in hillsboro has a vendor with locally grown “regular” kiwi in october. since i try hard to go with local and seasonal, i appreciate getting those very much.


Darcy June 26, 2015 at 1:23 pm

May I ask, do you microwave your vintage fiesta ware? I always steered clear of collecting anything other than serving pieces bc I was afraid they wouldn’t be functional enough. But you’re inspiring me to rethink that. I bought my first pieces in high school as well- and still have them.


Katy June 26, 2015 at 2:43 pm

I rarely use my vintage Fiestaware due to lead content, so it’s pretty much just for display at this point.


Darcy June 29, 2015 at 12:22 pm

Thank you for responding!


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