One my souvenirs from my trip to Maui were macadamia nuts still in the shell. I've had some difficulty deciding what to do with them since I don't have very many, and it's not like I can run to the store and buy some more. I found a recipe for Coffee-Macadamia Nut Biscotti on foodnetwork.com that looked interesting so I printed out the recipe, grabbed some nuts, a hammer, and headed for the front porch to get comfy on the cement steps.
Wednesday, April 30, 2014
Tuesday, April 29, 2014
But a few months ago (ok, let me think, it might actually have been last summer, oops) I fell victim to an online sale at one of my favorite shops, Pin Up Girl Clothing. Their dresses are adorable and I've actually gone to their shop in L.A. to try things on so I know what I can buy online later, but they had this awesome Star Wars vintage style t-shirt on sale and I read the reviews on sizing and thought a large would be ok. But then it came and it was swimming on me. I think it's supposed to be a little loose and meant to show off a bra or tank top underneath, but I felt like I was wearing a muumuu.
My old sewing machine wasn't so hot with stretch fabrics so I set it aside. Now, however, I have my new Brother sewing machine, multi-tasker that it is, and I just knew that I could now tackle this teeny tiny project.
Sunday, April 27, 2014
A home energy audit is a process in which your house is assessed on its energy uses versus the overall efficiency of your house with energy conservation as the final goal. We've only been in our house a little over two years and now know enough about our energy uses (extreme waste because of baseboard heaters) that we decided to bring in some professional help to guide us in steps to make our house as efficient as possible. It's not free where I live, but it is heavily subsidized to encourage you to take part.
Thursday, April 24, 2014
Fried rice is so quick to make, and uses only a few ingredients. A little green onion, an egg or two, and a few cups of day-old (at least) rice sauteed in some oil with a sprinkling of soy sauce. That's all you need.
I like to add diced carrot and yellow onion, and some peas when I make fried rice, but you could also add corn kernels, asparagus tips, zucchini -- whatever you have on-hand. Fresh or frozen vegetables work equally well but I prefer using fresh (with the exception of peas), and frozen vegetables would certainly make the preparation quicker and easier.
Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Every ten years or so, it seems our information pendulum about what is healthy swings wildly. We were told to avoid fat in the eighties and everyone jumped on the Snackwell's bandwagon. Then came the no carb diet. Now, scientists are discovering that fats are good and it is probably the added sugars that have been causing heart disease to sky rocket all along.
Friday, April 18, 2014
I went to the coast earlier this month, I dragged a whole bunch of art supplies with me. I do this on every trip I take and usually the art supplies stay in the bag or suitcase untouched for the duration of the trip. This time, however, I actually got some work done.
Wednesday, April 16, 2014
What is Dorayaki? Quite simply it's a pancake sandwich that's filled with a sweet red bean paste called Anko. In Japan it's a popular treat to have with your tea. My mom loves them, so I decided to make some for her birthday.
Tuesday, April 15, 2014
Monday, April 14, 2014
OK, even I am not that crazy, yet since I bought my new sewing machine I have been excited to keep working on projects but have lost a bit of my original enthusiasm. Where to start? I have so much fabric around the house, in piles, in bags and boxes in my office closet as well as in my studio. And patterns, ideas, fragments of ideas and sketches piling up all over the place.
It is time to organize. It is time to create.
Sunday, April 13, 2014
Fun etymology fact: The Genoese name is pesta, which means to pound or crush and led not only to the name of pesto, but pestle as well!
When we were at the coast earlier this month, the kitchen at the cabin we stayed in was pretty well stocked with the basics but there was no food processor, of course. So I improvised.
Wednesday, April 9, 2014
Tofu and I have had a love/hate relationship my whole life. I've always hated it until about two years ago when I started to eat less meat, and tofu became one of my main sources of protein. The more I ate tofu the more I liked it!
My son, Kevin, lives in Seattle, and when I go up to visit we always grab lunch in the International District. A couple weeks ago I had a delicious green papaya salad with seared tofu. The tofu was so fresh and delicious with a wonderfully plump texture. I assumed their tofu was made at the restaurant, and wondered if I would have to learn how to make my own tofu! Then I found this little gem at H Mart!
Sunday, April 6, 2014
Luckily, some friends were over for dinner when I was complaining about my inability to find a nice vacation rental and stepped in with some advice: Iron Springs Resort. We looked it up. Recent updates in a rustic mid century modern style with lots of amenities and they allowed, even encouraged, dogs. We were sold.
Friday, April 4, 2014
Wednesday, April 2, 2014
Spring has arrived, and with it visions of fresh vegetables are dancing in my head. Here is a photo of our front yard from last year.
I've been dabbling with vegetable gardens for about ten years. First I tried growing some tomatoes and herbs in containers on the back deck, slowly expanding our garden by adding a new vegetable or two each year. When I had more successes than failures I started planting in raised beds.