Bento March 13, 2010
A friend let me borrow a Bento book and I have become obsessed with cute food. I don’t have most of the ingredients that the book calls for but I’m planning on making a trip to the Asian market soon. I’ve also bookmarked a bunch of Bento tools that I’m hoping to buy. Luckily they’re not very expensive.
Today, I’ve made a Bento style breakfast & lunch. I love how the meals are balanced and are nice little compact portions. I’ll be glad when I have a bento box and can start packing my lunch for the office.
Here are photos of today’s meals.
Star Pancakes with low sugar strawberry jam
Rolled Omelet with flower shaped Green pepper and red onion
Turkey & cheese rolls
Kitty & Bunny Apples
Simple Fresh Salsa August 10, 2009
I made salsa with some of my tomatoes and it’s actually good. I made a small batch tonight with two tomatoes just to test it out. The next time I make it I’m going to mix in corn and black beans and possibly some chili powder.
Two medium garden fresh tomatoes chopped
One clove of garlic chopped
Three or four green onions chopped
Juice of a lime
Spoon full of green chilies
Salt & pepper
I ate mine with some multi-grain tortilla chips. I assume that the flavors will mingle tonight and it will be even better tomorrow. I can’t wait to have this for lunch!
Road Trip June 19, 2009
Ok, ok, I know it’s friday and this post is supposed to be “Friday FO’s” but…. like I said on Wednesday, I feel like I’m treading water. I’ve gotten so much progress done this week, but I don’t have a single finished object to show for it.
I do, however, have a Road Trip story, short, but a story nonetheless.
I met my dear friend and LYS coworker this morning and headed to Penland School of Crafts. We hit the bookstore & coffee shop. I picked up some bookbinding supplies, had an amazingly delicious blackberry lime Italian soda and a giant peanut butter cookie, and bought a very cool postcard. We also took a look at a couple of the resident artist studios.
From there we headed into Asheville. I cradled & cuddled and ended up buying a skein of malabrigo sock yarn and lace at Yarn Paradise. We had lunch across the street which was delicious. Hamburger, feta potato salad, and pea salad.
Next was Bookworks. I Love Bookworks. For real, I could have drooled all over the equipment there. I wish it was closer to me or we had some place similar. The employee we met was so super friendly & helpful. I want to go back in September for Bookopolis.
Earth Guild was nice. I didn’t buy anything but I did drool all over some leather (ok not literally, but you know). The book selection was nice too. Across the street is True Blue Art Supplies which has a good selection of bookbinding supplies. I picked up a beautiful flocked deep purple damask paper that I really want to make something for myself out of. I also picked up another pretty Japanese paper.
Our last stop was at The Chocolate Fetish… ok, you may remember from some older posts that I do not at all like chocolate, so really, what was I doing in a chocolate shop? I ended up buying a white chocolate cashew frog, kind of like a turtle. It was delicious. The funny thing, Karen didn’t buy chocolate either!
The drive home was beautiful. I had not been on I-26 yet and it was an amazing view. Though I had my camera with me all day I only took the two photos at Penland. I instead knit away on the trekking xxl socks, which are almost complete and I’ve decided that they are to be knee socks.
It was a wonderful road trip with great places to visit, excellent weather, and the best company.
Lazy Sunny Sunday September 14, 2008
Today is the first day off I’ve had since Labor Day. There’s nothing like waking up without the sound of a blaring alarmclock. For breakfast I had a fresh poppyseed bagel one side with blackberry jelly and the other with honey pear jam. I picked up the bagels and jams at the farmer’s market yesterday morning.
I’m determined to not just sit in front of my computer all day so after my initial email check I shut it off and went to tinker in the studio. For the first time in ages I painted.
The whole house is fully of lazy beings today, lol. Here’s two of my lazy fur babies:
Now I’m off to enjoy the rest of my lazy day
Time off also gives me time to cook. For dinner I made salmon patties, roasted red potatoes and onions, and cooked apple. I say “apple” because I only had one. The apple is from my grandparent’s tree. My mom brought it to me on Friday.
Paper Kitty Turns One & A big update July 29, 2008
One year ago today, I took the plunge into the blog world. I just want to thank everyone who keeps up with my little blog…. Thanks Readers!!
On to the big update
The last week or so has been a whirlwind for me.
Thursday (17th) I spent the evening having dinner with my granpa at my mom’s house. It was such a nice visit that ended with picking blackberries in the front yard. I’ve always loved walking with my grandpa because he knows so much about the local plants and loves to share that knoweledge.
Friday was spent at a very busy day of work followed by attending a gallery reception at the Appalachian Arts Center. I bought some lovely handspun yarn from local sheep and an excellent little cup that I’m in love with drinking from. Then my hubby and I decided to paint the computer room so we were up late discovering that the paint just didn’t want to cover the old paint. We painted it a really pretty deep red. The color swatch says tomato but it is much darker than that.
Saturday was a lot more painting and moving furniture.
Sunday I took a trip to my LYS – A Likely Yarn - with my friend who was teaching there. I went not only to buy yarn and hang out but to also find out if I would be the right person to start working there.
Monday was I was really busy at work.
Tuesday I was busy at work again. Several family members came in to visit while I was at work As soon as I left work I drove to a staff meeting at the LYS. The staff meeting was great, lots of creativity flowing and I’m now going to be teaching. My first class is Beginning Crochet on August 24 & September 7.
Wednesday, I was contacted by a book company about three projects that I submitted to them for a book they are writing about green bookbinding methods… all three projects were accepted. I’m so excited!!! Shampooed carpets that evening.
Thursday I feverishly bound books in preparation of sending my projects to the book company and started the quest for finding wool sweaters to use on books that will be going to the book company. Mopping & laundry.
Friday I did much of the same with a lot more house cleaning and pre-Saturday-dinner cooking. I made homemade marshmallows.
Saturday was my first day at A Likely Yarn. It went wonderfully. I helped build shelves, rearranged things in the shop, helped customers with patterns, knit, crochet, and spent the day with a wonderful group of women. I also worked on developing a simple pattern that my beginning crochet class will be making. Saturday night we had friends over for dinner, great music, laughs, and wool dying.
Sunday, I was at the shop again and had dinner with my friend. I came home and spun some of my newly dyed wool. Sunday was a big Etsy day for me too, gift guides, treasuries, sales, and a contact about a custom order. Now if I could only get on the ever elusive front page.
Yesterday, I spun up a batt that I bought from Knitty Dirty Girl on my drop spindle, made dinner, attended the Etsy Labs Craft Night on shrinking plastic (which was cut short by a storm), and mostly sat around taking it easy. I’ll add a photo of the spun yarn later tonight. I also finished up (for the most part) the project my beginning crochet class will be making and did a few example swatches.
Today, I will be making more books… many many more books.
Shoo… that was a lot to type out! I hope you’re still with me, LOL.
Meringue Cookies June 13, 2008
I made meringue cookies for the first time tonight… in fact it was actually the first time I’ve made meringue. I have seen it made before so I knew what to expect.
3 egg whites
1 c. sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
I whipped the egg whites until they were foamy. I slowly added the sugar and my mixer whip it until it was shiny and stiff. Then I folded the vanilla in. Spooned large blobs on to a pan and baked for 30-35 minutes in a 257 degree oven. I made 1/2 of the batch then added 1 tsp of raspberry extract and 2 drops of red food coloring and baked the rest.
I’m quite proud of these and they are delicious! I can’t believe they came out so well on my first attempt because I know that meringue can be difficult.
Best Lunch I’ve had in a long time…. January 30, 2008
I purchased the Biggest Loser Cookbook for my family. Though we haven’t technically began “eating just from the book” as my hubby puts it, I have been trying out some of the recipes to see how they taste. Let me say, as I read though this book, every single recipe looks delicious. Yesterday for lunch, I had a BLT. Turkey bacon, ranch dressing, romaine lettuce, and tomato slices on a whole grain flour tortilla rolled up burrito style. Delicious!This morning I had an English muffin, with cheddar cheese, veggie sausage, and an egg. It was so filling that I had to eat lunch later than normal. That is what I need in a breakfast! I hate hitting 11:30 and feeling like my stomach is going to eat its way through to my spine.
Today’s lunch is even better than yesterday’s… Oven roasted turkey, turkey bacon, romaine lettuce, and green onion & chive cream cheese rolled up in a whole grain flour tortilla. For my dessert, I had one small banana sliced up in a bowl with a dollop of vanilla yogurt and a dollop of peanut butter all topped with some Kashi Go-Lean Crunch. Seriously, this has to be the best lunch I have had in ages. The banana thing is supposed to be a breakfast dish but I didn’t see any reason I couldn’t have it for lunch.
All these years I have been lead to believe that eating healthy involved lots of canned tuna, alfalfa sprouts, carrots, boneless-skinless-tasteless chicken, and lots of bland blah-ness.
If the lunch & breakfast recipes are this delicious, I cannot wait until I can try some of the dinner ones!
I’m seeing stars… January 17, 2008
Star fruit that is. I had never eaten one until today. Yum! It’s like really juicy apple and in an awesome shape to boot.
I had a long conversation with the produce guy at the store last night about them. He was stocking near the star fruit bin and I was standing there debating on if I wanted to buy one or not. From what I could gather, though he works the produce department, he hasn’t ventured past apples and potatoes.
I’m going to have to pick up a few more of these and a few sharon fruit too.
I just had a very delicious breakfast. This would make an excellent snack too. I had 1/2 an apple sliced thinly and layered on top of cinnamon raisin swirl bread and topped with cheddar cheese. The whole thing got toasted until the cheese melted. I also had a small orange on the side. The only thing that could have made this an even more yummier breakfast, is if I could have had a poached egg with it.
I didn’t make the typical lose weight New Year’s Resolution, but I seemed to be inadvertently trying to eat healthier. It think I am just sick of all the junk that I had through the holdays… ugh. I had a veggie burger on wheat bread topped with diced tomatoes and onions; served with a side of garden veggie hummus and carrot chips yesterday for lunch. It was very delicious too. I may even have it again today.
Tax season has hit me full force… that’s why there has been a sudden shortage of crafty posts. Hopefully by the end of this month, things will have slowed down a bit and I can get back too it. Next week, my quilting class will start on the first project so I may have an update for then. I also signed up for another knitting class. It’s not so much a class as it is a knitting circle. I was supposed to be having my first class tonight but due to the snow it was cancelled