I used to write my name or draw pictures in the blank pages in all my books. Of the few books remaining, this was one of my favorites - "Stand Back," Said The Elephant, "I'm Going To Sneeze". It's now Nevan's. It makes me smile when I see it, and so I encourage Nevan to do the same in his books as well :)
Tuesday, March 27, 2012
I try to keep it simple. An amulet I picked up in Thailand to keep me safe (no, I don't really believe in amulets, but that doesn't mean I can't give it a try!), a Mongolian brass bell to bring me good luck (from my SIL, as she lived there for a while), and a Hello Kitty to make me smile.
Sunday, March 25, 2012
I am not a breakfast person as in I don't normally have much of an appetite in the morning... however, I love breakfast foods. This morning I decided to have breakfast for the sake of our photo challenge. I seriously need to go grocery shopping, so Nevan and I had some strawberries, sourdough toast with red currant jelly, and my usual cup of PG Tips with milk and raw sugar. All foods that make me feel good, physically and emotionally.
Real sourdough, something that is rare even in SoCal (ex: my friend's parents in Santa Barbara even have him ship them the real stuff every so often out of sheer homesickness for it), is one of the few foods I miss intensely whenever I'm not home, and is one of the best breads in the world (and the most annoying to make).
Saturday, March 24, 2012
Wednesday, March 21, 2012
Tuesday, March 20, 2012
Sometimes I think magic must exist when a person can take humble beginnings like these:
... and make it into a delicious sun-dried tomato parmesan gnocchi casserole. Served with a garlic chili tomato sauce on the side, and a big helping of salad.
New recipe win. It's from my Heidi Swanson cookbook, Super Natural Cooking, but I found someone who blogged it here in case you're interested. It's sort of half polenta, half gnocchi/dumpling. Plain by itself like gnocchi normally is, its flavor blooms when combining its outside parmesan crust and pillowy inside texture with the acidity of the tomato sauce. I halved the sun-dried tomato quantity and cut back on the chili in the sauce, and it came out great. Next time, a few fried sage leaves on top will make it perfect.
Monday, March 19, 2012
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Monday, March 12, 2012
Sunday, March 11, 2012
I was outside and noticed them basking on their window bed. Ruby holds entire conversations with me almost every day. They go like this:
Me (baby voice): Hi, Ruby Boobie! What do you want?
Ruby: Meow. Meeeeow.
Me: Are you hungry? Or do you need love? Timmy stuck in a well?
Ruby jumps in my lap and rubs her face on mine, then: Meoooow. Purr.
Me: Oh, it's love. I wuv you too.
She can have much longer conversations than that, but you can imagine how they go. She's very noisy. It's eerie to think about how smart she can be. Caesar, not so much. He is cute and cuddly though :)
Saturday, March 10, 2012
This '64 Chevy II has been passed down three generations to Dave, who is in the middle of [very slowly] rebuilding her. She may not look like much on the outside, but she's had her little ticker replaced with an I6 motor along with other upgraded bits and pieces. It's going to be loud and proud, and if Dave felt like being an immature ass, he'll be able to wheelie it. Let's hope he doesn't.
Friday, March 9, 2012
Thursday, March 8, 2012
Wednesday, March 7, 2012
Tuesday, March 6, 2012
Monday, March 5, 2012
Sunday, March 4, 2012
I detest clutter, so I keep all my things inside my bedside table (Dave's side is covered in stuff... drives me nuts). I'm still slowly working on my art shelf above the bed, mainly because nice framing is expensive, so it's all still up there in rolls and whatnot. All except my possum totem, that is, because I absolutely adore him.
And yes, he's crooked in the frame because he was just thrown in there... no matting or anything yet.