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Saturday, May 28, 2011

Flowers On A Friday - Really?

I'm not really that out of touch, I know it's not Friday. I've just been so busy that Friday got by me. However, I had to share the wisteria, isn't it dreamy? What a gorgeous flower, I always think it looks so romantic. Layered with a vintage postcard, swoon...
OK, girlie moment over, I'm back to climbing around boxes. It's almost the first - hehehe, I'm so happy! Have a wonderful weekend everyone.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Thankful Thursday - My Buddies

Today, I am so thankful for my wonderful friends. I'm not the sort of person that has a ton of friends, I tend to be a bit of a recluse. I'd rather not go to a big party, talk on my cell phone endlessly, or go out every night with a group of friends.  That's not my cup of tea. What is meaningful to me, is having a small handful of wonderful people in my life, that I genuinely love. And, I am so thankful to have that. 
This morning I needed help, with a project that I'm working on, and  my dear friends were there for me - thanks guys, you're the best!
So, today I'd like to send a little shout-out to my good buddies (you certainly know who you are), and let you know how much I love you, and how grateful I am that you are a part of my life!

Friday, May 20, 2011

Flowers On A Friday - Spring Bouquet

I'm at that phase in the moving process where you ask to yourself  "why the heck do I have so much stuff?" My art supply collection is truly out of control! Once they are all set up in my new studio, I'm sure I will love them again, but for now, ugh! Eleven days, and counting, I can't wait!
I hope everybody has a wonderful weekend.

Monday, May 16, 2011

Meatless Monday - Fresh Yuba

Have you ever had Yuba? Yuba is the “skin” that forms on the top of heated soy milk. It is labor-intensive to make and is a real treat to eat. Up until now, I have only had the dried variety that I found in specialty markets in China Town.  Soaked in a flavored mixture that includes liquid smoke, then fried, it can taste remarkable like bacon.
To my delight, my local market (at Harvest - for the local readers) started carrying Hoda Soy Beanery Fresh Yuba. The fresh yuba has a delightful texture and creaminess. These thin sheets can be cut to form noodles, used as a wrap, or cubed and added to a wide variety of dishes. It is chewing like a fried egg, and bland like tofu, so it is extremely versatile.
Today, for lunch, I cubed it and fried it in a mixture of vegetable oil, sesame oil, and chili oil. Adding minced ginger, garlic, and salt for flavor. Oh my gosh, was it ever delicious!

Flowers On A Friday - Bright

Happy weekend Everybody. I'll be here packing boxes. Do you have any fun things planned?

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Thankful Thursday - Time Alone

Today I am thankful for, and I am looking forward to, some alone time. My daughter is leaving for Portland tomorrow, so some solitude is just around the corner. Don't get me wrong, I love all the sweet people that I am blessed to have in my life, but I do love me some alone time! I kind of wish I was the one going to Portland, because I do love going there to play, but staying home alone will be lovely too.
Do you have any thankfulness that you would like to share today?

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Thankful Thursday - Change Is Great

Today, I am so thankful and excited. I said I might have some news, and I do. I'm moving, hooray! Let me share a little story with you. About a year and a half ago, I was in escrow to buy a house, at the last minute, the house was gone. It was a really, really sad time. Since I had already given notice on my rental, and someone else was moving in, I had to leave. In desperation, and thinking it was temporary, I rented the house I am in now. It is/was a nice place, but much smaller than my other house, so half of my belongs had to go into storage. I thought I could use the upstairs as my art studio, but I either bake or freeze up there, so my studio moved into the middle of my living space (and I've nearly stopped painting, so sad!). Then, my daughter moved back in with me. The only space for her was on the couch. So, in a nutshell, that is the squished into a house story.
However, now I am most happy and grateful to say I am moving, hooray! It is a really great hippie sort of cabin in the forest. It has lots of character and space. It is actually three cabins. One for me to live in, one for an art studio, and one for my daughter. It seems like a perfect fit for the current situation. I am so excited, I can't wait to show you pictures. Our move-in date is June 1st, and I can hardly wait!
So, how about you, what are you thankful for today?

Monday, May 2, 2011

May 2011 Desktop

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Hi kids, happy Monday. Here is this months desktop, I hope you enjoy it. Today is also Meatless Monday. I'm going to keep it simple today. As soon as I'm done here, I plan to go and drain a package of seitan, saute it with some onions, pour on a little vegan BBQ sauce, place it on a toasted roll, and call it late lunch.
I have some big changes brewing, and I really hope I will have some fun news to share really soon - fingers crossed!
Also, for the locals, I have a show of my photography work hanging this month at Toto Zaida. I hope you can stop by and check it out. As always, thanks for the support.