Laura's Blog

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Cat proofing

So, Comet is a big orange tomcat... and he likes to perch ontop of my wee aerogarden. So after a few sprays of water from a squirt bottle he still looks at me like "wha?" So I turned to my trusty hot glue gun and made it Comet-proof-- with the help of 20 clothespins (hey, it's been too wet to hang clothes outside lately anyway). Me hopes it works.

Camp Pictures

This past weekend we started camp with Krysta and then went to Schroon for some fishin' and more friends!

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Sing for your supper

Somehow through osmosis I've inherited the "feed people gene" from my Italian grandmother. But that doesn't mean I don't make them sing for their supper :)

Sunday, July 19, 2009

NYC with Aunt Nan

Went to NYC with Aunt Nan and Megs. Here are some pics. Got our makeup done at Barneys and went to this beautiful French perfume boutique also famous for their powders (which we got!). Amazing. So check this place out... this blog will tell you about it. This one is my favorite. Then we went to Gino's and Megan matched the wallpaper.

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Blogging about a Blog

Do you know 97.7 FM WEXT? You should. They are listener supported radio, no commercials, and they love local music. I'm on tonight at 9pm and Sunday at 11am. You can listen online too!

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Muder Ballads and Lies... and visual artists

In case you were wondering who the mastermind for my visual effects and printing was

Sunday, July 12, 2009


I'm a compulsive picture taker. Why do I have pictures of us eating sandwiches or being goofy at camp? Well, I once heard that if an alien was to collect the videos and photographs from all over Earth they would think that we live on beaches, with cakes and candles, in suits and with babies and that life started at 0 and went to 12 with an entirely different group of pictures from 18 to 25 and then strange older people. You know what I mean? So I try to take pictures of all the neat stuff that might not be important. The aliens would know we ate sandwiches. Here are pictures of us recording.

Wednesday, July 08, 2009

Welcome to America

I'm an ambassador! Of course, after a thorough discussion of gun safety and shotguns, and showing Maeve the mechanisms and how the gun was not loaded, and there were no shells anywhere in sight ( I have to do this disclaimer, my father is an NRA instructor). We took these pictures.

So here is the deal. As I see it, Jason and I are quintessential Americans. We are mutts, we love country music, we are facinated by religion, history and the lot of academia, we play and sing everything, we make jam-wine-cheese, we garden and knit and read read read... so why not bring your foreigners to our house for a quick lesson in America. Krysta Dennis (local singer-songwriter-Notre Dame French Professor) went to Paris to study for a while and met Maeve, a lovely Irish girl. They are great friends. Maeve came to America to tour around and her next stop is Nashville. Incidentally, if you have a couch in between here and somewhere else in America, email me your # for Maeve.

Saturday, July 04, 2009

Boggs 4th of July CD News

Yes, that's a cat in a guitar case. Cat's outta the bag. Brand new CD to be recorded this summer. "Murder Ballads and Lies" features traditional tunes, banjo and mountain dulcimer, and new country inspired ditties... gypsies, forest fires, Ohio, even a song about succession. Oh and I guess my "honey-smooth-croon" a description from some review that I can never run away from. Why don't you buy my last CD so you know what you're getting into? See the Rev Records label, etc here:

Thursday, July 02, 2009

What is the french word for the person in the restaurant that makes thee soup?

My new favorite sentence in french, Je ferais mieux de m'arrêter. Il est dangereux de conduire dans cette purée de pois.

Pea soup day part II

Dave asked me where I got my spicy pea soup recipe. Page 213 of this cookbook! It's also great because it can be made vegan ( just take out the butter, and don't add cream at the end). We did it during Lent and it worked. I also love the emphasis on BEANS and the many environment, waistline, and wallet conscious recipes.

I'll show you how I adapt it for the crock pot:
The night before I put all the ingredients (except the water) into a crock pot. Then in the morning Jason just throws in the water and it starts cooking (on low, 8 hours, but more doesn't hurt it).

5 tsp. bouillon powder
1lb dried green split peas (though you could use lentils if you want)
2 Tbs butter
1/2 cup chopped onion ( I just cut up whatever onion i have around, more doesn't hurt it)
1 clove garlic finely chopped(I use like 5... but I'm a garlicy gal)
1 Tbs curry powder
1 tsp crushed coriander seeds
1/4 tsp crushed red pepper ( I use a whole tsp... but we love hot stuff in this house)
add some salt if your bouillon isn't salty enough for you

* I also like to sneak in cayenne... but I sneak a big pinch into most things I cook...

then just add 10 cups of water (or 5 cups of water, and 5 cups of veggie or chicken broth if you want to eliminate the bouillon) and plug in your crock pot on low all day. When you get home add1/2 c light cream or milk. Jason sometimes purees it with an immersion blender. But you don't have to.
I like to smash a bunch of saltines into my bowl... yum yum yum!

What does your fortune say?

This book speaks to me. Maybe it is because the author reminds me of a Chinese-American Bill Bryson or maybe it's because I secretly want a numeral as my middle name. For those who are not so secretly obsessed with winning the lottery, ethnic identity, and food- this is a great book.

Pea soup day

I love my crock pot and making spicy pea soup. Today looks like pea soup. The trees look like pea soup... the river looks like pea soup. I feel like "Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs"

Street view maps

Do you know how Google makes those street view maps? They use cars like these. I met one at a gas station, it let me take its picture.