Thursday, April 30, 2009
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
Thursday, April 23, 2009
1 teaspoon coriander
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1 teaspoon paprika
1/4 to 1 tablespoon cayenne, depending on how hot you like it
2 boneless chicken breasts
salt & freshly ground black pepper
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
Because I want lots of birds in the backyard, and bats. (they eat mosquitos)
♥Ceramic Birdhouse by Mudpuppy
♥Turquoise and Yellow Houses by Duckabush Woodworks
♥Homespun Birdnests by Bearpawrustics
♥Bat House by Andrewsreclaimed
Monday, April 20, 2009
It's a rainy Monday. Grey, wet, and chilly. The first in a series of rainy days to be had this week. April showers bring May flowers, right? That's what I keep telling myself (and the girls). After a weekend of sun and warm breezes, watching the rain come down leaves me with that feeling of coming back from vacation...you know...that feeling of being somewhere amazing, then journeying home to your regular schedule. Ah well, we're all a bit under the weather anyhow. Sore throats, coughs, and for me, sunburn as a bonus. So for today, lots of hot tea, cookies, blankets...and just maybe, some rest.
What are you doing today?
Friday, April 17, 2009
What I've been reading around the web...
p.s. I really meant to post my recipe for carrot souffle today...I made it last night, but forgot to take a pic before we devoured it...oops! It's so good. I will post it later though. Promise.
Thursday, April 16, 2009
I received a postcard in the mail today informing me that my subscription to Domino has been replaced with Cookie. It definitely doesn't fill the Domino void, but it could be worse. I'm a mom of two little girls and I suppose I could benefit from a mommy read occasionally. However, I find glossy pages of kids at the park in $900 outfits a bit ridiculous. Perhaps they will throw me a few new recipes or give me some ideas on how to get ketchup stains off the kiddos' shirts. Heck, they might be okay, they do keep a blog. (Seems lots of magazines do these days.) And they did feature my prints in a recent Nesting home tour...
Do you subscribe to any parenting magazines?
Photo copyright Cookie Magazine
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
I'm getting a haircut Thursday night. Last October I decided that for the first time in my life I would try short hair. I've always had at least shoulder length hair, usually longer. After watching Amelie, I decided short hair could be cute and chic, so I went for it. I actually liked the way it looked for a while, but the style really required more effort than I was willing to put forth. Most days my hair is twisted up in blob, a la pic #4. My natural hair texture is closest to the Kate Moss pic. Mine is somewhat curlier, but you get the idea, poofy/frizzy/messy. Sounds lovely , aye? I prefer not to fill it full of product, which I'm sure would help, but we only buy natural/organic products, and I've yet to find anything that actually does the trick. (if you have suggestions, do tell) I'll straighten it when it's not too humid out...which looks fine, but I'd like to work with my hair's natural tendencies, especially in the summer, when I'll be running through the sprinkler with the kids and lounging by the kiddie pool. So what's a girl to do? The plan is to just have it trimmed up, because I don't want to lose alot of length, maybe some piecey layers, and do something with the bangs. I've been clipping away at them for months with the ole craft scissors...time for repair work.
Friday, April 10, 2009
2 1/4 teaspoons active dry yeast
1/2 teaspoon brown sugar
1 1/2 cups warm water (110 degrees F/45 degrees C)
1 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons olive oil
3 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp. garlic powder
DIRECTIONS for crust
In a large bowl, dissolve the yeast and brown sugar in the water, and let sit for 10 minutes.
Stir the salt and oil into the yeast solution. Mix in 2 1/2 cups of the flour + garlic powder.
Turn dough out onto a clean, well floured surface, and knead in more flour until the dough is no longer sticky. Place the dough into a oiled bowl, and cover with a damp cloth. Let the dough rise until double; this should take about 1 hour. Punch down the dough, and form a tight ball. Allow the dough to relax for a minute before rolling out. Roll out dough, and fold down edges to form crust. Preheat oven to 425. Lightly oil pan and allow crust to rise 15 to 20 minutes before topping it.
2 cooked chicken breasts, cubed
1 1/4 c. favorite bbq sauce
1 small red onion, thinly sliced
1 clove minced garlic
8 oz. shredded mozzarella
4 0z. smoked Gouda
These toppings are easy peasy. Simply cook and cube chicken, toss with 1/4 c. of the bbq sauce. Throw onions into hot skillet with a little butter. Let them caramelize and throw in garlic at the last minute, toss around another 30 seconds, remove from heat. Chop cilantro, use as much as you want.
After letting crust rise, top with bbq sauce. Layer with 2/3 of the cheese. Top with bbq chicken, caramelized onions, cilantro and remaining cheese. Bake pizza in preheated oven, until the cheese and crust are golden brown, about 15 to 20 minutes.
p.s. I threw some sauteed mushrooms on this one too, just because I like to the kids to eat them, and you can hide anything under cheese :)
Tuesday, April 07, 2009
For a long time I've wanted to draw with my sewing machine. Today the kids and I spent our morning painting, which resulted in the piece in the top photo. It felt good to use thicker paint and layers this time around. After I finished, her little rain droplets brought to mind some scrap fabric I had stuffed away. I cut out two layers of organic cotton, gathered a bunch of threads and went to work, drawing with my machine. It reminded me of those exercises where you try to draw something without lifting your pen. I used grey thread for her outline, which is why it looks like pencil. I have some buttons and bits I think I will add to her, but I'm finding her quite charming as is. :)
Sunday, April 05, 2009
Many people have no idea what a blog is or why anyone would have one. I started keeping a blog in 2007 to catalog my progress on art related projects. Since then I have written posts about my family, gardening, shopping, fellow artists, favorite recipes, etc. Many posts are just notes to myself, that I can revisit later if I have forgotten something. All my past posts are archived in the left column.
Do you reply to all comments left on your blog?
I try. Some comments come in with email addresses. Others do not. If you have a clickable link, I like to surf over and see what you're up to as well. :)
How do you market yourself?
I've been fortunate to have my work mentioned on several design sites, I've done a little paid advertising, I've participated in a couple on online marketplaces, I give out business cards, occasional promo goods, and I have newsletter you can subscribe to.
How do I snag an original painting?
Visiting my blog is the best way to find out what and when I will be adding things to my etsy shop. If you will not be online during a scheduled update, and there is something you really want, email me and perhaps we can set up a reserved listing.
Friday, April 03, 2009
1 (19 ounce) can garbanzo beans, rinsed and drained
1/2 small onion, finely chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 1/2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
1 teaspoon dried parsley
2 teaspoons ground cumin
1/8 teaspoon ground turmeric
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 cup fine dry bread crumbs
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon cracked black peppercorn
butter or oil for pan frying
Mash the garbanzo beans in a large bowl. Stir in the onion, garlic, cilantro, parsley, cumin, turmeric, baking powder, bread crumbs, egg, salt and pepper. Shape into 1 1/2 inch balls. Heat butter in skillet over med-high heat. Carefully drop the balls into the skillet, and fry until brown. You may need to adjust the heat slightly after the first couple of falafels, and be sure to turn frequently so they brown evenly.
Serve with greens and homemade aioli.
*Slightly modified from this recipe.
Spring is in the air and I'm wishing I had a bike. Last year my bike was ruined when our kiddie trailer came loose and proceeded to work it's way through the frame and bend it all to heck. That trailer was returned and the bike made it out to the curb where someone salvaged it for parts. This year our little Ava gets big sister's hand-me-down bike. She's already took it for a test drive and couldn't be happier. Rylee will get a new one, on which we hope to lose the training wheels. Chad has two bikes, one suited to carry a baby, which we no longer need. For me, it's off to craigslist I go...hoping to get a new set of wheels...or a used set of wheels that is. I prefer an older bike without all gears and such. Maybe a horn and basket.