Hi, I have not forgotten my blog or you. Life is a bit crazy. Health issues, my mom had surgery (she is fine now. I have been taking care of her, will be her chauffeur for a week or so. So I will be back sometime next week. I just wanted to say hi and share a fun printable with you xox
When I was visiting my father, we went to old town San Diego. Many of the buildings have been turned into small museums. It is the kind of place where you could picture it 150 years ago. Mine kind of place. I loved it. My father gifted me with these framed butterflies.
Something I will always treasure. I had a hard time picking a spot, for you want a place that will get no sunlight or the butterflies will fad. I finally found a spot but it felt a bit bare. I remembered these paper frames and thought they would be perfect.
I used roofing paper. It is my favorite paper for crafting and I keep a roll in my basement. That, a ruler and sharpie was all I used. The hardest part (which was not that hard) was the measuring of the paper. I attached the paper to the wall with little bits of tacky wax. Simple, simple but I love it.
Most of you know I have a large kitchen. Two rooms in fact! One room was a breakfast nook but I turned it into a baking pantry. I suspected having a space with all my grains, equipment and supplies, organized and easy to reach would inspire me to bake more and I was right.
Now I realize I am a lucky girl to have such a big kitchen and most of you do not have a whole room just for baking but hopefully some of my organization tips will help and inspire you.
My latest idea is to take my whisks, rolling pin, baking spatulas, etc. and put them all in an old silver urn I was gifted. I found when I was in the middle of baking, my hands covered in flour, it was hard to open a draw and search through it for what I forgot to grab before I started baking. This way it is right where I can see it without getting dough all over everything. Everything easy to find, easy to grab. Plus it looks so pretty, an extra!
A few other baking organization tips.
1. I have 2 sets of baking cups and spoons. One set for wet, one for dry.
2. I buy in bulk and keep everything in glass jars on shelves, so I can easily see everything.
3. I group my gluten free on one shelf.
4. I have 2 sifters, one for flour and one for coco powder, so I do not have to rinse the coco one.
5. If you have room a low, long chest of drawers makes perfect storage for cookie sheets and pans.
6. I find being able to see everything helps me. So I try to make art out of my storage. Pretty and useful is my goal in my kitchen!
Winter is a hard time to eat seasonally, local and plentiful. Organic is not cheap, ones garden is not putting out a lot but if you are like me, you are looking for ways to add more veggies to your diet. Sprouting is always a good idea but especially in the winter. It is an easy, inexpensive and you can always have greens on-hand.
There are lots of different seeds or nuts you can use. Just make sure you use organic seeds from a company you trust. This is a great post covering the basics. There is even an app for your i-phone/i-pad. Here is a list of what you can use and how long to soak it. I know this list is not complet, there is amaranth and onion missing and I am sure more. Do your resursh and enjoy!!
Warning, braggy mom post!!! I am always amazed at my daughters creative, out-of-the-box thinking. This Christmas was no different. Not only are their gifts so creative but always reflect the person it is made for. These are just the ones I got to photograph. There was also a ruffled edge scarf, crochet flower bracelets, cup holder and a zombie lima bean ornament (because David HATES lima beans). Chloe crocheted me a beautiful cover for a canning jar. In white just like I wanted!
Chloe also made her sister a felt doll, Ren from Uta No Prince-Sama anime.
Auberne` crochet this amazing cherry pin. It is a soft periwinkle, very delicate, I just love it.
The girls also made for their father this key chain. Each penny is from the year they were born.
My fav gift, this the bow tie Chloe made for her sis. The packaging was half the fun. Auberne` crocheted Chloe a Harry Potter scarf. Auberne` sold so many scarves this Christmas, it was all she was doing the month of December!!
This is not a gift my girls made me but a little gift I splurged on myself. I love Bertha Louise Designs work and when I saw this necklace and earrings I had to have them. I find I am wearing them almost every day. Thank you Angela !!
Rarely do I find movies I love but I have found a few lately, so it is a rare treat to be able to share them with you!!
By the way these are all on Netflix instant watch.
First is my favorite film Haute Cuisine . This is everything I love France, food, a true story and cooking. It is based on the true story of Danièle Mazet-Delpeuch and how she was appointed as the private chef for the 21st French President Francois Mitterrand. Full of interesting details of French political life, running a kitchen as a woman in a man's world and love of food. A must see!
Savannah, is an interesting true story of Ward Allen, a romantic and bombastic character who rejects his plantation heritage for the freedom of life on a river. It did not get good reviews and I am not sure how true to facts are but I did not care. The story line held me, Jim Caviezel did an amazing job. I wanted to know more about Ward Allen and his life on the river. I always enjoy a beautiful period piece!
Populaire This is a sweet love story with a real 50's vibe.I will warn there is one brief sex scene.
"Spring, 1958: Rose travels to Lisieux in Normandy, where charismatic insurance agency boss Louis Echard is advertising for a secretary, the ensuing interview is a disaster. But Rose reveals a special gift - she can type at extraordinary speed. Unwittingly, the young woman awakens the dormant sports fan in Louis. If she wants the job she'll have to compete in a speed typing competition. Whatever sacrifices Rose must make to reach the top, Louis declares himself her trainer. He'll turn her into the fastest girl not only in the country, but in the world! But a love of sport doesn't always mix well with love itself."
Lastly, is The Scapegoat, a film based on the Daphne du Maurier book of the same title. I loved this British drama. Even though the story starts off sad and tragic, love wins in the end. Kindness conquers. I love it when that happens!!.
"Set in 1952, as England prepares for the coronation, The Scapegoat tells the story of two very different men who have one thing in common - a face."
Happy New Year, I hope all is going well. I had a lovely month off but now December is over and life speeds on. I know this is a little late but better late than never. I will confess because I got so sick, I did a simplified version of this menu. I bought sabayon ice cream from our local ice cream store, instead of making the lemon mousse. Skipped the soup (but will write a recipe for all of you soon), wild rice instead of gratin. Other than that it was delish. I tried to create a menu that reflected our Russian/Eastern European Christmas theme. I am loving roasted grapes but am still tweaking the recipe. You want to roasted them long enough for the sugars to caramelize but not burn.
Now that we are into a new year and there are so many stomach bugs going around I am focusing on cooking food for a healthy gut. They say 80% of your immune system is in your digestive track. So we are eating lots of probiotics like, fermented veggies, homemade yogurt, kifer and bone broth (I keep bags of saved chicken and beef bones in the freezer to use as needed). No sugar and lots of fresh veggie dinners. Have you made bone broth before? I do it in the crock pot for 24 hours and freeze it is mason jars for future use. Very easy to do!!
Happy New Year my friends. I pray this is a year full of challenges, strength and joy for each of you. I am looking forward to seeing my work in Gatherings this year. Also how my daughters will grow and take on new challenges. What are you looking forward too?
So taaDahhh our theme this year is Russian/folklore Christmas. Now I am not sure if what we did was what they do in Russia but that was not the point. It was what I think of when I think of my grandparents. I was also inspired by the book Uncle Vova's Tree. We used lots of black, gold and bright colors. As with all my Christmas themes there is so much I could have done but I had to narrow and pick things that worked for our family.
The vintage Santa collection is not Russian at all but we added woodland elements and the black paper to give it more of the feel Eastern European feel.
We always make crafts to go with our theme. This years was little clay domed buildings and bright paper stars.
I am back and feel better. Christmas was lovely and low key. I hope yours was lovely too. Here is my little entry room. I will confess it was really cold so I just threw together my decorations in my little entry room. I already had the bark and moss going. Just added some snowflakes, deer and shiny balls. I love this because I can leave it up through the winter!!
My little Storybook corner (several gifts from you!!)