Sunday, September 30, 2012
Friday, September 28, 2012
Wednesday, September 19, 2012
I made these for a friends birthday party and people went nutso for them! A few could not believe they were not meat. I was pretty pleasantly surprised. The best part about these is that they are SOY FREE!!! But by no means healthy 4 eggs 1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese 1/2 cup cottage cheese 1/2 cup finely chopped onion 1 cup finely chopped pecans 1 teaspoon dried basil 1 1/2 teaspoons salt 1/4 teaspoon dried sage 1 1/2 cups Italian seasoned bread crumbs Sweet and Sour Sauce: 1/4 cup vegetable oil 1/4 cup white vinegar 3/4 cup apricot jam 1 cup ketchup 1/4 cup minced onion 1 teaspoon dried oregano 1 dash hot pepper sauce In a large bowl, mix together the eggs, Cheddar cheese, and cottage cheese until well blended. Mix in 1/2 cup onion, pecans, basil, salt and sage. Stir in bread crumbs. Form the mixture into 2 inch balls, and place them in a baking dish. In another bowl, whisk together the vegetable oil, vinegar, apricot jam, ketchup, 1/4 cup onion, oregano and hot pepper sauce. Pour over meatballs. you dont have to but I let this sit over night to let all the flavors marry. then baked right before the party Bake uncovered for 35 to 40 minutes in the preheated oven, until meatballs are firm, and sauce is thick and bubbly Yum I got this recipe HERE but changed it just a little bit yum
Tuesday, September 18, 2012
As you know I do event styling for weddings. I always love to work on those that I know and love. Cue in Greg and Marie... a gorgeous couple I call dear friends. I knew Greg first and he turns on like a lightbulb whenever Marie enters a room. They were engaged very fast and thats how it goes they say. You just know. I was so happy to be a part of their day and love these photos.
I am approaching the year mark of the day I left my Ex Husband. If you would have told me that morning, how much my life would change, I would not have believed you. I have chosen not to talk about it to much here. Maybe its seems like I have, but lemme tell you something like this could make a person talk for months straight. Almost a year later I still feel the shame of leaving. The pain the guilt, the terror, its awful. Creating a new life for yourself is scary and beautiful. Sometimes I list all the reasons why I left. Are they good enough? You ask yourself. Am I crazy? You can never really see a full picture of something till your on the other side. Was I wrong to take those vows? Am I a liar because I did not hold up to them. Do they not count because, there were things happening I was not aware of? If he really loved me, would he let me go so easy. Did he let me go because he loved me. It goes on and on. This all started with therapy and looking at the big picture. I have been doing that alot lately. My body is blessed and cursed with the power to be smarter then my brain, giving me physical cues to my unhappiness. These cues surface as :panic attacks, tremors, vertigo, dizzy spells, chest pains etc. I recently left my job because of these symptoms and shazaammm problem solved. Till the next time. Exiting a 13 year career , the same way I did a marriage. I can only explain the sensation to that of jumping off a cliff after being chased by a bear . You are scared of the jump but you are more scared of the bear. Then you look up at the cliff from the bottom still alive and your eyes can not clearly see. Is it a bear or a teddy bear. You move around and at times it looks like a teddy bear and other times you are sure it is a bear and what is up there is dangerous. Let me be clear I am not comparing my ex or ex boss to a bear. They are both incredible people. The bear is representing the force of change. Now I stand here with nothing but opportunities to dream and create and I am scared. There is this huge sense of I made it out of the woods (or off the cliff), and now I have to start my life and I'm so fucking tired!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It is a crazy balance to work on something new that is bright and positive like a new relationship, career, home, anything.... and fight negativity . On one hand you can learn from your mistakes and take that into account in a positive way. No matter how you try there is always a little slice of cloud that follows you. A reminder of what worst cases could arise. Feelings of past loss no matter how right can lead to fear of future losses. That is for sure the catch 22 of finding happiness so soon. My goal in life at this time is to continue to be a light that reflects. To enjoy everything in its moment. To relax. To be passionate and find things to be passionate about. To love hard all the time. To have space to grow and fill it with wonderful things.To have faith in everyone and everything. Sooo ok.. starting now
Monday, September 17, 2012
Thursday, September 13, 2012
Some amazing tips from Princess Luciana Pignatelli The Homosexual Facial "An excellent astringent mask, all the rage a few years ago with chic Parisian homosexuals is this: take the white of one egg, a teaspoon of the best olive oil, beat, and apply to the face for twenty minutes. Remove with a hot face towel, lace trim optional." On the danger of not keeping up beauty routines "You take away this, take away that, and in six months you look like a cook." Hot and cold baths "Hot baths should never contain water higher than pelvic level. Above all, the bosom must never soak in the tub. Hot water only drags it down, and no woman wants that. After a warm bath, aim a good blast of cold water at the bosom and the thighs, they need it." On hair "The one rule with hairstyles is that when one is over a certain age, hair should be worn short. Short hair seems to lift the lines of a face better than longer hair. Chignons and twists are an alternative for older women, but if all that can be achieved is a dreary bun, you might as well cut it off." "You may tint your hair, wear it in a snood, pile it high on top of your head, baby-curl it or decorate it with jewels. But if you aim to please a man, he would prefer your hair long - "bedroom style. It's always been that way. Men think long hair is divine. But who wants to look as if she is in a bedroom when she is at a dinner party?" On happiness "In my ex-husband's house, everyone was unhappy, even the parrot. It was my fault too. With two strong personalities either you pull together or you destroy each other. What does that have to do with beauty? Lots!" On yawning My Yogi, Grant Muradoff, Russia's loss and Rome's gain, was pleased that I was yawning. He believes that far from a sign of boredom, yawning charges the batteries and gives you strength. It's one of the greatest rejuventators anyone can find. On lifestyle and beauty "If your lifestyle is casual, add a few eyelashes and maybe a hairpiece and forget exotic endeavours." On losing weight "...and there's Tramp on a Friday night; jeans and easy shoes. You dance solidly for three hours and lose four or five pounds." "For heightened perception without drugs plus rapid weight loss, nothing beats the oldest known treatment for obesity: total starvation." AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Here
Tuesday, September 11, 2012
Currently pondering what to do in the kitchen. At this point we have limited counter space. They are laid out really weird. The cabinets are inconvenient to say the least. Currently have plates stacked in a drawer. No large remodel is on the horizon. I have been recently inspired by open shelving. It is totally do able and totally affordable. this bottom one is most similar to what we have. not ready to show a before picture yet! as I have just cleaned out the kitchen of my babe pad and there is a overflow of cookware etc.
This weekend we left Seattle for Port Townsend, to see the Wooden Boat Festival there. Why are wooden boats so romantic? There were lots of old couples sitting on their boats sipping wine and eating little plates of food. Everyone looked so peaceful. I am constantly amazed at how beautiful Washington is. I feel so lucky to have ended up here.
Wednesday, September 5, 2012
I recently made this for a dinner party and it was a huge it. The perfect salad for hot hot days. The combo of watermelon and mint really cool your jets. 9 cups cubed seedless watermelon 1 cup feta 1/4 raw pepitas 1/4 cup chopped fresh mint 2 limes enough olive oil to go around ( really who measures olive oil?) coarse salt fresh ground pepper in a bowl mix pepitas with a nice shake of salt and pepper and about 1tb of olive oil. toast in oven at 300 for about 10 minn. In a large serving bowl layer the bottom with watermelon, then a sprinkle of feta, a sprinkle of mint, then pepitas, salt and pepper, a juice half a lime, and then a dash of olive oil. Keep repeating till ingredients have run out. Layering helps evenly distribute all the ingredients of the salad. Chill for a hour at least then enjoy!
2 lbs Salmon ( I bought a frozen bag with 7 cutlets in it and thawed over night) 3 cups crushed kettle chips juice of 2 limes 1/2 cup chopped fresh dill packed pretty loose about 5 tablespoons on olive oil 1 tablespoon garlic powder On a large baking sheet (with rims ) or cast iron skillet, lay salmon close together but not overlapping. drizzle with olive oil, the juice of 1/2 a lime , and cover with a light layer of salt and pepper. Then flip over so that the seasoned side is on the bottom. In a bowl mix crushed chips , olive oil, dill, the rest of the lime juice, and garlic powder. you can premix a few hours before if you like. cover salmon with this mixture, and bake at 400 for about 20-25 I was able to make this for a party and the total coast was under $25 and it fed about 10 people! the picture does not do it justice