Wednesday, February 16, 2011
Saturday, February 12, 2011
Thursday, February 10, 2011
Sunday, January 30, 2011
A successful neighborhood potluck (Goulash!)
Lunch with friends at Govinda's
A pound of my favorite beans were purchased
Drinks and knitting with friends (to use the goodies from Loop)
Sleeping in until 10:30am!
A photo wall was assembled (why does it take me so long to hang pictures?)
How was your weekend?
Saturday, January 29, 2011
Here are some pictures from my morning walk with Hugo. It was beautiful and quiet, two things you don't always find in the city. And we found some unexpected things, including a couple snow men and women!
Monday, January 24, 2011
Wednesday, January 19, 2011
I just came across these film shots of us in Malibu circa 2005. Jeff and I packed a picnic and headed to the beach. I know I've mentioned a million times before that we lived in Los Angeles for a couple of years and today I'm feeling a little nostalgic, so please bear with me.
This past Sunday morning I was feeling like I never do what I want to do. It seems that there is always a family party, projects to be completed around the house, overtime to put in at work, committee meetings to attend, and there aren't enough hours in the day to focus on the things I enjoy. Jeff reminded me about the bubble we lived in Los Angeles and I realized how much I miss that. We didn't know many people and we didn't have many obligations (other than our jobs) - no mortgage, no dog, no family. Most weekends we would get in the car and go: Big Sur, Joshua Tree, Malibu, San Francisco, San Diego, Catalina. It's no wonder I feel at home when we are on a road trip.
When Jeff and I went back to visit LA in April 2010, it was a really weird experience. At the time, I was feeling a little down about life - like I hadn't grown that much personally or professionally during my time in Philadelphia. But once we got to L.A., the city proved me wrong. I actually did grow a lot - I am a married woman with a career and a house of my own and a dog and a community. I wouldn't have those things if i stayed in L.A. (house-of-my-own for sure). Someone once said, "it's not until you go back to a place that hasn't changed that you realize how much you have altered." Although there were more people, billboards, friends had babies and bought houses...the city was exactly as I remembered, unchanged for the most part, unlike myself.
Appropriately, I found this billboard series yesterday called "Adios LA" by Jon Jackson through The Jealous Curator. Jackson is leaving L.A. for New York and wanted to say goodbye properly. Having been through my own break up with Los Angeles, I found this so darn clever.
Thursday, January 13, 2011
Banana Brunch Bread
1/2 cup butter (1 stick) room temperature
1 cup sugar
1 cup sour cream
1 cup mashed banana (I usually use 1 banana)
2 cups sifted flour
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup chopped nuts (I suggest pecans)
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
Cream together the butter and sugar. Mix in eggs then sour cream, bananas and vanilla extract. Add the remaining batter ingredients. Pour into well greased loaf pan.
Mix together the topping ingredients and sprinkle on the top of batter.
Bake at 350 degrees for 50 minutes (I have to keep an eye on it at this point but sometimes its in my oven for about an hour). Cool for about 20 minutes.
Make sure your oven isn't too hot and that the baking soda and baking powder are fresh - this really makes a difference. If you need to test your oven, an easy way to find out the problem areas are to place a baking sheet lined with bread in the middle rack of your oven. Bake for a few minutes until they are browned. My oven is hot in the back right corner so I typically avoid that area if possible.
Anyway, I have been reading A Homemade Life by Molly Wizenberg (which I'm loving, by the way) and Molly writes about her own banana bread recipe. She does it a little differently, adding chocolate chips and crystallized ginger. So I decided to give it a go this time around (using the recipe above) and added about 1/2 cup of semi-sweet chocolate chips and left off the pecans in the topping. Unfortunately it wasn't successful. Something about the sweetness of the chocolate doesn't match well (in my opinion) with the banana. Oh well!
PS. I haven't been around because my brother was admitted to the hospital last Thursday due to a pulmonary infarction and pulmonary embolism. We are not sure why this happened but the doctors suspect its genetic. He is stable and will probably come home this weekend. Very scary.
Photo credit: Cooking Light
Thursday, January 6, 2011
Wednesday, January 5, 2011
This photo was taken back in September on his first day of student teaching. He dragged me out of bed early to take it and I was grumpy (I'm not a morning person), but now I am so very glad for the memory.
Good luck Jeff, I love you!
Tuesday, January 4, 2011
I don't really have a recipe for the quiche because I kind of winged it - pie crust, 4 eggs, parmesan cheese, onion, fresh spinach and a little nutmeg, salt and pepper.
For the salmon, Jeff got the cast iron pan screaming hot, added a little vegetable oil, put a little sea salt on the fish and then put the skin side down for 3 minutes. He then flipped the fish and let cook for another 3 to 4 minutes.
Delicious, fresh and healthy!
Happy New Year Friends!
I look forward to being in this space in 2011 and sharing with you some plans I have in the works.
I'm not exactly sure what it will look like but it's becoming clearer than ever before what I want for my life and I'm ready to dream big.
Monday, December 27, 2010
Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees. Mix the first four ingredients together and pour it over the pretzels you have broken up into bite sized pieces. Toss until pretzels are evenly coated and bake for 10 minutes. Pull out of the oven and toss again and bake for an additional 8 minutes. Let cool and serve in small bowls around the party.
Warning: They are addicting!