Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Cute Frame Idea

I like how this turned out. I used fragments from Tim Holtz to make these mosaics. I took pieces of my kids art work, you know the kind of scribbles that all moms save. I started with a wooden frame I bought from Michael's for one dollar. I then took bits and pieces from each of the three boys artwork and glued them onto the acrylic fragments to make a collage. Then I added in words from an old dictionary and some extra decorative paper to fill things out. Now I can look at the boys art work instead of having it in a bin. I can't wait to put a picture of all three of them in it.

Monday, May 25, 2009


I know I haven't posted in quite awhile, but I am still here. It's been a crazy busy month with all the kids activities. Trying to fit everything in right now has been overwhelming. I do have some new recipes I want to post about and I will try to put those up next week. I am also in the process of putting all my recipes into an index so it will be easier to access.

The pictures above are of our garden. The zucchini in the one box is all from volunteers from last year. I decided to just let them be. Boy oh Boy, will I have some zucchini this summer. The second box has green beans, tomatoes, peppers and cucumbers. I can't wait!

This was the last of the rosary commissions I had. It is a blue sodalite rosary with ocean jasper pater beads. The crucifix is one of my favorites. It is for a young boy who has had several strokes and has difficulty seeing. It really touched my heart to hear his story.

Monday, May 11, 2009

Star Trek and More

I saw the new Star Trek movie this week and it was one of the best movies I have seen in a long time. Okay I admit it, I am a Trekkie! No, I don't go to conventions and dress up as a Klingon, but I have been a fan since I was a kid. I have seen all the movies and this one by far is the best. It had the humor of the original series without the campiness. I will be taking my sons to see it this weekend.

I really like this magazine! It is from the Food Network and has oodles of recipes. I particularly like the Copy That column. They take a popular food item and re-create it. This month's was the Olive Gardens breadsticks and salad. I will say this upfront, I am not a fan of the Olive Garden. I think the food is mediocre at best, but the breadsticks are yummy. I have made this recipe twice already and it has come out delicious each time. My kids have devoured them!

I was checking out Under a Blue Moon's blog and found a link to a new blog that I really like. It's called 101 Cookbooks and it is fantastic! Heidi Swanson is the author of the blog and has a real fresh approach to healthful eating. She has some fantastic recipes including this one I made. It is lemon-scented quinoa with tahini. It was fresh and yummy! I checked out her book from the library. It's called Super Natural Cooking. I have tried so far her deconstructed sushi bowl. It was wonderful and filling. I am looking forward to trying more of her recipes.

Deconstructed Sushi Bowl (adapted from Super Natural Cooking)

2 cups short grain brown rice
3 1/2 cups water
2 teaspoons fine grain sea salt
2 (4 inch) sheets nori
6 ounces extra firm tofu

Citrus soy dressing:

grated zest and juice of 1 orange
grated zest and juice of 1/2 lemon
1 tablespoon agave
2 tablespoons soy sauce
2 tablespoon brown rice vinegar

4 green onions
1 avocado, peeled, pitted, and thinly sliced
3 tablespoons toasted sesame seeds

Rinse and drain the rice two or three times. Combine the rice, water and salt in a heavy saucepan and bring to a boil over high heat. Lower the heat, cover and simmer gently until the water is absorbed, about 45 minutes.

Toast the nori in a preheated 300 degree F. oven or a medium-hot skillet for a few minutes. Crumble or chop coarsely.

Drain tofu and pat it dry. Cut the block of tofu lengthwise through the middle to make four 1/4 inch sheets of tofu. Two at a time, cook in a dry nonstick or well seasoned skillet over medium high heat for a few minutes until browned on one side. Flip gently, then continue cooking for another minute or so, until the tofu is firm, golden and bouncy. Let cool enough to handle then cut crosswise into matchsticks. Repeat with remaining sheets.

To make the dressing: set the zests aside. Combine the orange juice, lemon juice, and sugar in a small saucepan and bring to a gentle boil. Cook for 1 to 2 minutes, then add the soy sauce and vinegar. Return to a gentle boil and cook another 1 to 2 minutes, until slightly thickened. Remove from the heat and stir in the zests.

When the rice is done, stir in 1;3 cup of the dressing and add more to taste. Scoop the rice into individual bowls and top with the toasted nori, green onions, tofu, avocado slices and a sprinkling of sesame seeds.

Note: This would be good with some grilled shrimp on top.

Sunday, May 3, 2009

Put a Smile on Your Face.

This is so cool! The video was done all with unknown street performers. The base track was created by street musician Roger Ridley of Santa Monica and then was added to by street performers all around the world. Definitely puts a smile on your face.
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