Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Pansies

My very first trip to the nursery. I came home with two small crates of pansies. There is something magical planting these tiny plants. This reminds me of butterflies roaming in our yard. I planted them in our big flower pot by the front door. 
Nicolette promised me that she is going to help me but I could not find her anywhere close to me she got so busy chasing chickens. I did the planting but enjoyed every bit of it. 
Hopefully they will welcome us from our long trips. 

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Weekend…

It was wicked busy weekend, I drove across town to get grocery, to apple store, to bookstore, had lunch out, bought few things for myself, and got my toes painted that was Saturday. Yes, it was that busy and the weather was so nice. 

I had lost my water bottle which I take to gym and was a bummer. I had to get a new water bottle because it impossible to spin for one hour without a water break. Then I spend way too much money at the store for a dress and a small bottle of perfume. Both made in the US and organic and I just couldn’t say no. it was a good cause, and I will probably where the dress many times this summer. 

I planted my garden this weekend as well. We still need to get the tomatoe plants but all the other seeds are in just waiting for the rain. 

I ordered organic seeds last Fall and matter of fact I can’t find any.I am sure I have kept them safe somewhere in the house. Although the second order came in I am super excited to plant them. This winter I got use to swiss chard which I have come to love very much. I was eager to plant those seeds because I know I will be using them a lot.

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Salad Dressing



I always use to buy the salad dressing because it is inexpensive, so many varieties, and and the convenience. There was this day I ran out of dressing and wanted to eat my salad. What happen next was invention of dressing at home. After a bit of research online. I was making my own salad dressing. The best part  was I am in control of what is going in my dressing. So far I made one with lemon, and this is my attempt to make with ruby red grapefruit. I am so pleased with both batches which leads me to eat more salad. 

My version
1/2 cup of grapefruit juice
3 tbs of olive oil
2 tbs distill white vinegar 
1 shallot finely minced
2 garlic cloves finely minced
1 tbs of honey
few pinches of crushed red pepper flakes
Dash of salt and pepper to taste


Place everything in a mason jar and shake. Simple as that and pour generously on your salad. 

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner Bowl



Kale, Beans, Quinoa, Roasted Beets, Carrots, Potato, and Hard Boil Eggs this has been my go to lunch bowl. Closer to work and when I had to do work shops I would usually go to this place called good eats to get something for dinner. I love their dishes mainly because they would serve something along this line. Also they would served hand cut fries which was die for. 

This is my home made version of it less the fires. I cooked quinoa with millet I used a vegetable stock to lightly flavor. My mantra for this is one cup of grain for two cups of liquid.

Sautéd kale with a bit of olive oil, 2 cloves of garlic, and onions. Add a bit of lemon juice for the zest. Then I tossed beans with greens as well. 

Roasting root vegetables adds a bold flavor to this bowl. You can use any kind of herbs you have in hand to add a bit of flavor to your root vegetables. I have used rosemary and parsley this is totally up to you.

Assembling this bowl is so much fun! I add green to the bottom of the dish and grains. Top it off with roster vegetables and a halved hard boil egg. Add salt and pepper to your taste. 

Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner Bowl

Kale, Beans, Quinoa, Roasted Beets, Carrots, Potato, and Hard Boil Eggs this has been my go to lunch bowl. Closer to work and when I had to do work shops I would usually go to this place called good eats to get something for dinner. I love their dishes mainly because they would serve something along this line. Also they would served hand cut fries which was die for. 

This is my home made version of it less the fires. I cooked quinoa with millet I used a vegetable stock to lightly flavor. My mantra for this is one cup of grain for two cups of liquid.

Sautéd kale with a bit of olive oil, 2 cloves of garlic, and onions. Add a bit of lemon juice for the zest. Then I tossed beans with greens as well. 

Roasting root vegetables adds a bold flavor to this bowl. You can use any kind of herbs you have in hand to add a bit of flavor to your root vegetables. I have used rosemary and parsley this is totally up to you.

Assembling this bowl is so much fun! I add green to the bottom of the dish and grains. Top it off with roster vegetables and a halved hard boil egg. Add salt and pepper to your taste. 

Sunday, March 22, 2015

How to say goodbye to toys that take space?






Nicolette is going through a growth spurt, and running out of space with her belongings. During her six years we have accumulated a lot. I meant to say with toys.Some are impulse buys. I know part of it is my fault. Usually I try to have a control over this but not so much after scanning her room. 

She needs space to create
a place to play
a place to hang out with her friends
a place to write
a place to read
and finally a place to unwind
That is a quite a list. Her room can use a fresh coat of paint this spring. We are going to stick to the same color white but introduce few pieces with a punch of color! 
I am thinking of a table and a chair, a rug, lamp shade, and new curtains!

Now that sounds a lot. We need to start the overhaul by clearing her space with donating some of her favorite toys. It was not easy because simply there is so much memories we can just get part with. I decide to handle this by posing a picture with your toys for donating! I know this sounds very tacky but I had to be creative in order to make space. She was in for the idea of donating after reading few about children who could not have toys! 

We had our first load drop off this weekend feels a bit lighter. More to come on how to organize? To be functional!



Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Forcing bulbs with children



This is one of many fun activities you can plan with your child to do on any fall day, but it is best to plan this ahead so can have paper whites blooms for holidays. I have had success with this project and love it!

What you need 
A clear vase
Pebbles/rocks
Water
Bulbs

Arrange the rocks in side the vase, place the bulbs and add water, and watch them grow. This is an ideal activity to keep track of how fast the bulbs grow, note any changers in bulbs, watch the outer skin, and many more.
This year we are simply observing, we might consider taking notes after few weeks.

Warm Salad for Cold Days





Kale, Quinoa, Blackbeans, and fried Tofu