A Happy Distraction

I’m back into scrapbooking. It really seems like it has been forever. Granted all of my stuff has been out in the living room and office but with the flood drama and our stuff being stacked up on other things I have been in the mind-set to be creative. Instead we just veg on the sofa and watch Mad Men and Weeds DVD’s and various shows on TV, like LOST! Oh can’t get enough of LOST. Anyway, while watching last night Pricer had to deal with pausing it so I could run back and forth from the living room table to the Cricut in the office to cut out letters. Of course , I was not sure what color to use so I did it twice in different colors so it took twice as long. So scrapbooking is becoming a happy distraction from the rest of the crap I’ll dealing with.

 The layout above is one that I completed before all the chaos but was too forgetful to bring it in to scan it. I made this to highlight our 5th anniversary (1/2). I took an online class from Kelly Purkey called Beginnings, which really influenced this layout. I typically like things straight horizontally and vertically but I loved her layout so I had to steal it for this.

I focused on color for this layout. Picking the paper from the bold colors on the shirts and then coordinating the blocking paper from that.  I think this layout is missing something. Not sure if it needs something in the center or I just don’t like it now it is done so I can’t let it be. I may revisit it later on. It would not be the first time I redo a page. Or it may grow on me.

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Ready for Spring-Edamame Salad

Spring is confused in Boston. For one thing it is just about constantly raining. I’m ready for the rain to stop so I can get out in the yard and fix everything that the rain screwed up and prepare things for planting. But instead we have a sunny day in the 70’s, then it drops to the 50’s and is cloudy, then rains for 3 more day and just when you think you can’t take it anymore is snows, but before you drink yourself stupid it’s back in the 70’s 2 days later. That’s New England for you.

Well hoping to get things going in the right direction I made an edamame salad with dinner recently. Price and I live off salads like this in the summer. We mainly eat Horiatiki Salata throughout the summer but this might need to be added into the rotation. We used a 10oz package from Trader Joes, which was very convenient. I’d imagine that the frozen kind would work too, but I would let it thaw naturally or let cool before adding everything else.

The dressing is done to taste. Adjust the quantities to taste. For example I love lemon and lime juice, which might be too much for someone else. The point is to have a starting point to create something that you will enjoy.

Edamame Salad

serves 4 as a side

Ingredients

  • 10 oz of shelled edamame
  • 8 oz of grape tomatoes, halved
  • half of an orange pepper, diced
  • 1 small red ion, diced
  • 2 oz of feta

Dressing:

  • 2 tablespoons of Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon crushed garlic
  • 1/4 cup of red wine vinegar
  • 2-4 tablespoons lime juice
  • 1/4 extra virgin olive oil
  • salt and pepper

Process

  1. In a large bowl, combine the chopped ingredients with the shelled edamame. Crumble the feta block into the vegetables.
  2. In a bowl, make the dressing by wisking the mustard and garlic with the vinegar and juice. Once the solids are completely incorporated add the oil.
  3. Gently mix together the salad with the dressing, and salt & pepper to taste.

You’re a Mess

On Friday night, Price and I went over our friend Jovan’s place for a Sangria party. He has been traveling across the country working on farms for this thesis. He was back briefly so he planned a party for people to catch up with him. It was great to see him and catch up. Plus enjoying some wine and sangria didn’t hurt. I got the typical flush. (Jovi is on the left in the first pic)

 

I woke on Saturday morning to 26 degree weather… perfect weather for a bike ride, right? The thing is that I hate the cold and I had not been on a bike since high school (like 7 years). So I figured the Yelp Elite sponsored tour through Urban Adventours would be interesting and a bit scary. Well the saying that riding a bike comes back to you is true, but it does not mean you are a pro. Yep, I fell at the very start. My foot slipped off the pedal so I spazed out, and then fell right over on my right side. Skills. I brushed off and did the rest of the ride with a sore ankle, knee, and palm but the extra pain was worth it because our 3 guides from Urban Adventours were amazing. Since I was scared of falling again and having the rest of the group run me over or fall because of me I stuck to the back so I spent the time talking to the end guide. They were so great and taught us a lot about the city. I’ve been here since Sept 2003 but still can learn so much! Like I walk by the birthplace of Benjamin Franklin every time I go to the Milk Street Post Office.

 

 

After the bike tour I met Price at the Great Masonic Lodge downtown. They were doing an open house and we heard it would be pretty cool to learn about it and get a tour. The different lodge rooms were unbelievable. We went into one and it was beautiful, the detail in the ceiling, trim, furniture- all stunning. Then off to a more stunning room. The craftsmanship was breathtaking. There was a ceiling that really left you in awe. I loved being there. Plus the tour guide said I asked good questions. Teacher’s Pet 🙂 After the tour we stuck aorund to watch this print maker. We saw his table before the tour but did not have a chance to check it out since I arrived just before a tour started. He was so cool telling us how printing making was used then, how to clean things clean, what the ink was made of, what the poweder did, etc. He even let Price use the press and take home the finished piece 🙂

 

   

 

Saturday afternoon became an extended lounge into nap time. Ahh can’t get enough of nap time. The title of this post is exactly what Price said to me after showing him my swollen right ankle. Plus then I started to get all flushed and had a slight fever which Price summed up casually with something like “Well, it’s probably ’cause you were rode a bike over 10 miles in below freezing temps.” Well, duh.

Sunday was Sunday… get the paper, coupons, cleaning, laundry, food shopping, angry rabbits, NASCAR was rained out. Just the day before Monday.

Whole Wheat Waffles

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I describe myself as a morning person. I basically am but when I’m going to bed late during the week from watching tv, movies, cleaning, homework (previously) I tend to be less of a morning person than what my true nature is. Sleeping in on the weekends is about 8.30. I love to be out to in the summer gardening or reading a book in our backyard. I just feel that you are missing the best part of the day.

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Yesterday was International Waffle Day so that means the best way to ‘celebrate’ is to enjoy some waffles. Well, even with being a morning person I still could not pull myself together to make waffles for breakfast. I also did go out to Shecky’s on Wednesday and it was the first time that Emily and I actually really drank at this event. Plus I really think that waffles are a special occasion breakfast. It goes against my daily yogurt/muesli/ fruit routine. So waffles at dinner would have to work.

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I love the Buttermilk Waffles I typically make and I loved the Bacon Chocolate Chip Waffles too. But the first uses a crazy amount of butter, of course that is what makes them amazing! And the second, bacon + chocolate, ‘nuf said. So I decided to try a healthier approach this time. I used King Arthur’s Recipe for Hearty Whole Wheat Waffles.

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The waffles were really simple to get together and came out well. They were plain and clearly tasted like whole wheat. I think that adding some cinnamon would really enhance this recipe, but it would depend on the taste you want. Or just serve them with fruit or bacon! Price made himself some bacon that we cooked in the oven on a cooling rack on a cookie sheet. Bacon is bacon but this way the fat drips away and cooks evenly from top and bottom. Plus he was happy with this breakfast for dinner idea since it gave him leftovers for breakfast today. Def nice to have when it’s (briefly) snowing out at the end of March!

Whole Wheat Waffles

Makes eight 8″ waffles

Ingrdients

  • 1 1/2 cups King Arthur whole wheat flour,  white whole wheat or traditional
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 1/3 cup melted butter or vegetable oil

Process

  1. Whisk together the flour, baking powder, salt, and sugar.
  2. In a separate bowl, whisk together the egg, milk, and butter or oil.
  3. Mix together the wet and dry ingredients, stirring just until combined.
  4. Cook the waffles as directed in the instructions that came with your waffle iron.

Source: King Arthur Flour Recipe

Magic Garden

 

While visiting my friend Dawn in Philly this past weekend, we went to the Magic Garden. Magic Garden is this indoor and outdoor exhibit that displays the work of Isaiah Zagard. While his work is throughout Philadelphia, this is the most concentrated area. This work and his murals use tiles, mirrors, glass bottles, bicycle pieces, glass, and other odds and ends of discarded materials.

 

The work was beautiful and spectacular. Shimmery reflections of tile. Unique shapes and colors. Intricate patterns and designs. It’s just as important to stand close to the tile and look at the details as it is to step back to see the overall look of the wall and how that one piece fits into everything.

  Magic Garden is pretty cool but I loved how Isaiah’s work creeps out in the neighborhood. Dawn and I walked around looking at the work on buildings and in people’s yards. If you go to Philadelphia you have to check this place out. It was amazing in the day with the sun reflecting off of all the mirrors but I bet it is cool to see at dusk/night since there are strings of lights on some of the work.