What's cooking

on 6.11.15

I thought I would do a post of some of the newest things I have been cooking.  The ones I am sharing today have all come from the internet.  Why is it that autumn inspires us to cook and bake?  Not only cook and bake, but also to cook and bake new recipes, at least it does that to me.  I get so tired of what we are eating, and I just want to know what everyone else is eating.  I am not a food lover, in fact I don't even love to cook, but I love the idea of it.  I cook out of necessity so that we can eat healthy scratch meals.  I just get bored with food, and nothing sounds good so I scour for new things. I love watching chefs because they really do love food, and their passion inspires me.  When it comes to baking, I learned everything I know from Martha Stewart.  She turned baking into an art form, and that got my attention. You notice I didn't say cooking, that's because Martha cooks WAY above my cooking scale.  There are always ingredients I have never heard of, or they just scare me.  I mean an onion sandwich, who would ever......In all seriousness, I have made several cooking recipes but they have always been the easy ones.  We have been making the same turkey for Thanksgiving for at least 15 years.  It is a BBQ'd turkey with a homemade sauce that I got out of her magazine and it is amazing! So I have cooked a few of her recipes or recipes from her magazine so I guess that counts. 

So below are some of the recipes that I have tried and a comment or two.

So recipe is tasty and quick, however leftovers are not nearly as good.

Stuffed Pepper Soup from Cooking Classy
This was a huge hit, so delicious!  She recommends not adding the rice directly to the soup if you want to eat leftovers, however I did add it, and didn't find there to be an issue with sogginess.  

Ranch Cheddar Chicken by Damn Delicious

Another delicious one with little prep and bakes quickly.

Art that inspires

on 5.11.15

 Well, I already messed up and missed a day of my 30 days of blogging.  I am taking stock and it is taking me longer than I expected. Today I am sharing something that inspires me. The photo's that follow are examples of the work of artist Andrew Myers.  I love it when I come across something that just stuns me, surprises me, and excites me.  To have this kind of vision, and to take something so ordinary and plain and use it in a way that represents something as extraordinary as the human face in 3D and do it to perfection, just amazing.  It is hard enough drawing somebody and working out the kinks so that it really is a true representation of not just a person, but a specific person.  Imagine doing it on this large of a scale with these materials in 3D.....   

3D art screws:


on 3.11.15

  1. 1.
    with no special or distinctive features; normal; plain or undistinguished.

  1. 1.
    what is commonplace or standard.

So my friend Tracie started a project that involved capturing the ordinary in her life.  I have just loved what she has been capturing! She is not only a gifted photographer, but a gifted writer.  Her words, especially those that follow her ordinary captures are so honest, open, and paint a lovely story. This is not an area that I am gifted in, so I find it very inspiring.  When I take a picture I hope that it captures what I want to say.  I love great quotes and often use them instead of my own words.  This is one of those times where I have to remind myself, it is what it is, right?  I love the ordinary, and I love documenting the ordinary.  This is something that I often get teased about when it comes to taking photos.  I take the obvious photo, and then I get in real close and get the details, those little things that you don't realize matter today, details that will long be forgotten but will perhaps be appreciated when looked back upon one day. Today they are ordinary so why would anyone care?  It requires insight to know that one day you WILL care, one day those little ordinary details will have extraordinary meaning. I know this to be true. So I asked Tracie if she minded if I joined in.  Her project is a 365 project, far too ambitious for me at this time.  I am just going to chime in from time to time with my ordinary capture.  I love too that Tracie waits, she doesn't go looking for it, but waits until it finds her. beautiful. 

Here is a video that really demonstrates the legacy of a photograph, the ordinary details of a life lived. I have been talking a lot about this lately to some people....cough cough. 

So with out further ado, here is my first capture of the ordinary, candles. I am known for lighting candles, I do it often.  I love candles, they transform an atmosphere, they create mood, scent, warmth, and coziness. It doesn't matter the time of day, I light a candle.  At night, I light several candles. It's a beautiful thing. My husband and I joke because it seems that every house we have lived in has found itself with wax in the carpet. A few days ago, there was an incident, a near miss. 
There is a lady that when I run into her while out and about always refers to me as the one who turned her on to candles. We were working on a homeschool project years ago, and she came to my house several times.  I had candles lit. To me it is everyday, ordinary.  Apparently that is not the case for everyone.  She just loved that there were candles lit, and told me when she left she was going to the store to buy some for her house. Of course running through my head was "what, you don't own any candles, how can that be".
Last year when I went on my first trip away from home to meet up with my photography friends, I brought gifts.....all natural candles. surprise.  I recently visited my daughter in her new home, and what did I find?  Several lit candles, and a candle mishap, so proud. In her words, "I am my mother's daughter".

NaBloPoMo Month

on 2.11.15

It is National Blog Posting Month, which is a challenge to post once every day for the month of November.  There is only one rule,  that you post every day. So as you can see I have already broken the one and only rule.  Seriously, I only learned about this last night.  I could have said, "meh, too late, maybe next year", but I didn't.  I am terrible at consistency, and this will be good for me.  I was going to do a big post, but I didn't around to it until now, and I have to be to work soon.  Again, I could have said, "nope, not happening", but I didn't.  I am going to let this little tidbit be my post for today, and I am going to be ok with it. Every day is a new day, tomorrow will be better. 

“Isn't it nice to think that tomorrow is a new day with no mistakes in it yet?” 


on 18.9.15

As I spoke of in my last post called Creative Thursdays, this is my first week for attempting to be creative on certain days. Of course I can be creative when ever I want to, but this is an experiment to help create habits of creating regardless of how perfect my world is around me.  Normally if I only have 20 minutes to spare, that means no to creativity.  I feel like I need hours, even a whole day.  I am learning to just do it. This piece below that is not done in any way shape or form, is one such example.  I had about 20 minutes before I needed to leave for a football game.  So I just drew my number 2, and then got the first layer of paint on.  I forgot to take a before picture, and this is not the finished project, just the beginning.  I love the number 2, and 2 2's are even better! At our last house I had painted a huge 2 on a wall that met our vaulted ceiling.  Here at this place, I have tried not to paint on the walls, as I will have to paint it back when we leave. I am losing that battle.  I have some antique 2's, but was really feeling the need for more, so I decided to do one in a size that might fit in with some photographs.  

For my photography this week, I worked on my polaroids.  I thought I might do a series called a girl and her hat.  I have this straw hat, and it is quickly becoming my favorite.  Ok, well it is also my only straw hat because it would seem I have a very large head by industry standards, and hats that fit are hard to come by.  The other 3 are some flower photos that I actually purchased this round film specifically for, and I am really glad I did.  I love it!  

These photos of my projects are just two photos I snapped quickly with my iPod, not intending to use them for this purpose.  But as I was sitting here, I knew that if I didn't write this post now, I wouldn't end up doing it at all.  So I decided for the sake of accomplishment, I would post regardless.  If I am successful in the two art days, maybe I will add a blog day.  Maybe then I would post more that once every couple of months.  A girl can dream......

creative thursdays

on 16.9.15

I am currently reading a book called Creative Thursdays.  It is a quick read that talks about the creative process and that which can hold us back. It really has been a freeing book for me to read.  I love creating, designing, making, but I just don't make enough time for it.  I get everything ready for a project and then I procrastinate ever starting it.  I have to clean my house first or do some other chore first, or check my fb, or catch up on emails, or.........or..........or.........you get the picture.  I have never understood why I am this way considering how excited I am to do the project to begin with.  I just figured it was a me thing, but according to this book it is actually a very common trait with us creatives. What, there are others like me out there?  Honestly, that felt very freeing to know.  One of the things that she suggests in the book is making art a habit.  She suggests picking one day a week, a month, or whatever works and just creating something.  It doesn't have to be a "project", in fact it is better, if you have issues with starting and or finishing to pick something that can be done in one setting.  Just create, just paint, just draw, just do and then share as a form of accountability. Start with small little canvases, and paint anything that comes to mind.  These are not master pieces, they may not even be your style, or taste, this is just about forming a habit of creating. So I have decided to make Monday's and Wednesday's my creative days.  Monday will be my photography day as I am still trying to get my mojo back, and Wednesday will be my art day.  I am really good at starting things but not necessarily sticking to them.  I always try to do everything, get overwhelmed and over scheduled and in the end I finish nothing.  So just a warning this could end this way as well.  I beat myself up about this always, but I am learning more and more to just say it is what it is.  I can't be afraid to stop doing something that isn't working for me because I will see it as a failure. This is an experiment, I will see how it goes. 

book review

on 15.9.15

Well I have not done much on my blog this whole summer except update my summer manifesto occasionally. Trying to get back into a groove, so I thought I would review a book I just finished.  It is called Seven by Jen Hatmaker, and I really enjoyed it.  I love her sense of humor, it reminded a lot of my own, and of my best friend.  Actually I thought if you combined myself and Tanya, you would get Jen Hatmaker. And it must be mentioned, Jen claims to have a big head, like literally.  I confess, I do too.  Of course I wouldn't know this if it weren't for the hat making industry who makes hats that say one size fits all, and I can't even get it around the very top portion of my head. Even when hats say M/L rarely do they fit my head.  It makes for lots of laughing when hat shopping with Tanya, by that I mean she really splits a gut at how ridiculous I look.  She can put on any hat, and it looks fabulous, me, nada. First world problem, right......  So when I read that about Jen, I immediately bonded, us big headed ladies have to stick together! I loved the premise of the book, and closed the last page not only inspired, but also feeling consoled.  I have survivors guilt, why not me guilt, guilt period, some of which is good common sense, but not all.  She gave me a little perspective for seeing it biblically. Jen says : Hear this: I don't think God wants you at war with yourself.  He sent the Prince of peace to soothe those tumultuous waters already.  Self-deprecation is a cruel response to Jesus.  Guilt is not Jesus' medium.  He is battling for global redemption right now; His objective hardly includes huddling in the corner with us, rehashing our shame again.  He finished that discussion on the cross.  Plus, there's no time for that.  Did you hear that, Jesus is not in the medium of guilt.  That is the truth.  I should make a sign to hang in my house that says that.  

I loved hearing about their church and their world view concerning it.  That is so where I am, but not necessarily my church.  I am trying to figure out what I need to do about it, what God would have me do. More guilt. Right now there are Christian refugees that are fighting for their life, and I am glittering stuff for an upcoming wedding, trying to carve out time for art, and happy to get to enjoy more warm weather before the cool weather moves in. It rolls through my head constantly, especially any time I am enjoying myself or feel excited about something. I have heard stories of retired military people going over there to fight along side others, and well as help the refugees,  praise God. 

It was entertaining to read Jen's experience going through the different months.  I related to several of those occasions as well.  The one thing I wasn't in agreement about was her view of environmentalism, had to part ways a little bit there. I plan to explore her resources for companies with a conscience.  I recently found out about the documentary on Netflix called The True Cost that is about the unconscionable things that are happening all for fashion. 

In month seven that covered fasting from stress.  I loved the idea of honoring the hours through prayer pauses, seven to be exact, every day.  This is a practice that goes way back.  I love how it makes stop, and be mindful .   I usually pray through out my day, but I like the fact that there are specific times, with specific purposes based on the hour.  I am going to work on incorporating that to some extent.

So if any of this appeals to you, or you want to join the mutiny against excess, then this book may be for you. It will open your eyes, and support you through the journey. I don't think you will be disappointed.  Here is a link the Jen Hatmaker's website.

I will leave you with a photo of myself taken by Tanya who could barely contain herself long enough to take this picture.  This is a beanie, it's supposed to have stretch, and yet it was so tight around my head that is was distorting my eyes and forehead which is not evident in the photo, but you can see how tight that thing is. It should have a nice slouchy fit.

taking stock

on 2.7.15

June :: 2015

Made: a stamped t-shirt with the NowYOU logo thanks to some amazing ladies who made it all possible!

Cooked: many things for Yusei to try
Drank: some green tea

Read: 7 or seven, I am loving it!

Wanted:  to be able to enjoy the outdoors

Played:  monopoly and won!

Decided: I haven't decided yet....irony

Enjoyed: the massive amounts of thunderstorms, lightening, and rain showers, I mean floods we have had
Liked: that the heat finally arrived 

Wondered: if it was a good idea to hang a hammock chair from my rental balcony....oh snap

Loved:  my hammock chair

Pondered: the law of unintended consequences of the Supreme Court decision and what it means to REALLY give ones life away

Started: learning more about stamping 

Watched: many lightening storms light up the sky

Hoped: I would hear some words of wisdom that would shift my perspective

Needed: to play catch up with everything 

Smelled: Paddywax natural candles

Wore: a dress with my jeans

Noticed: the intolerant tone against those with differing opinions on fb after Supreme Court decision

Knew: how this story ends

Admired: Rand Paul

Sorted: my thoughts

Bought: my husband some shirts

Got: to spend time in nature enjoying the many wild flowers with Tanya, and my family

Finally:  started taking stock again

Disliked: that an apartment building not far from here was hit by lightening, what the heck?

Felt: excited to take Yusei to Devils Bathtub

Following:  Jen Hatmaker

Snacked: on too much cheese

Wished: for a better routine

Helped: Yusei understand more english
Discovered: we now have neighbors below us

Scripture Reading: Galations 5 :22-23 
But the fruit of the spirit is love, peace, patients, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self control, against such things there is no law.

summer manifesto 2015

I love the idea of a summer manifesto.  I have done them before, but never posted it on my blog, usually I just write it on our chalkboard wall. It is a great way of not letting the summer slip away!  So here we go.

1.  go camping

2.  make 4 different new to us pies

3.  drink homemade lemonade often

4.  get through my summer reading list

5.  spend mornings with tea and reading on

     the balcony

6.  try juicing

7.  go to a drive-in movie

8.  make video recording one second a day

9.  take evening walks

10. take art class

11. print out my 40 + rolls of film

12. practice doodling and drawing

13. visit Tanya in Wyoming

14. watch the sunrise with my family

15. visit the ocean ~ we live in the mid-west

    but I had to add it in hopes of....

16. visit junk store in Belle Fourche

17. just be

18. try something new

19. eat at the local lunch truck

20. visit the farmers market often

21. sit under a tree and read

22. go paddle boarding

23. make homemade pizza

24. wear skirts and dresses often

25. find / enjoy silence

26. revisit my memorization of the beatitudes

27. empty the garage of stuff

28. unplug 

29. get my photo mojo back

30. use my polaroid

31. maybe, just maybe jump from the rock
      that is much higher than my comfort 
32. visit hippie hole

33. go to devils bathtub

34. try to not add anything else to this list
      after I post it

7 Most Stylish Couches

on 23.4.15

Well, we are finally done moving.  Thank you Jesus!  I really felt like it would never end.  We are still in the process of purging and downsizing.  We have moved a 4 bedroom house, with a 2 car garage into a 3 bedroom apartment with a single garage.  The garage is busting at the seams to say the least, so the battle continues.  I have sold several pieces of furniture, as well as this and that.  We sold our living room furniture and kept the family room sectional for now, until I find a replacement.  We are not only downsizing, but I really only want to surround myself with things I love. If I love something, but can't afford it, then I should wait or live without it, not compromise and buy something I can afford for now.  I want things that have value, not because they were purchased at a high end store, but because they were made by someone who was doing something they loved, who cared about the details, who made it with passion, which means more often than not, not store bought. I live on a very tight budget, so this should be interesting, but maybe that is where more of the minimalist part comes in.  Having one thing you absolutely love, versus having ten things you like. In the instances of the past when I was able to buy the exact thing that I loved, I can say, I still love it today.  Of the things that I bought because of need, or affordability, I am only so happy to let them go. It is a process, and a matter of changing your thinking, as my husband has already had to remind me not to compromise.

So one of the purchases I want to make is a new couch.  It will be the only couch we have, so I want it to be something I really like, as well as comfortable for the guys in my life.  This should be interesting.  Where I live, the furniture stores SUCK!  This means I will not be purchasing locally, and can not try out how comfortable they are which worries me a bit.  I once found a couch at Ikea online that I thought would be great.  We traveled to purchase couch and other items, only to find that the couch was very stiff and uncomfortable.  Oh snap.  Anyways this couch will be lounged on, read on, knitted on, and napped on.  I am really loving the vintage look, but several of the couches I have really liked, don't exactly look like they would be comfortable for anything other than upright sitting. Below are seven couches that I do really love, but all may not be as practical as I would like.  I guess I will have to rely heavily on reviews.  The other decision I have to make is the color.  I would love a turquoise couch, but then I thought maybe I should go with grey and accent with my favorite color. Thoughts?

These couches that I choose are not necessarily ones I can afford, but you have to start somewhere.  Once I narrow it down to a specific style, then I can figure out the affordable option.  So without further ado, here are my choices.

Bliss Down-Filled 2-Piece Chaise Sectional
                                                   West Elm

I really like this one because it is handmade in the USA, and stuffed with down.  The designer said she set out to create the most comfortable sofa she could, one that everyone would want to sit on. I do wish you could choose the stain for the feet, but you can't.  The description sounds wonderful, the only things is it lacks some of the vintage detail I am loving in the other couches.  This is the grey color in linen, or I would one of these colors both in velvet.
Performance Velvet, Lagoon  Performance Velvet, Shadow
Edith Sofa
                                                  Dot & Bo

I really love this one, the color is perfect, the style is perfect, though it does lack the built in chaise (for the guys), and I am not sure how great it would be for lounging.  There are no reviews to read.

Spiers Sofa in Citron
                                          Dot & Bo

This one only comes in this color, which is still a perfect compliment to my home. Again another great style, but would it work for a family room setting?  I can hear those men in my life complaining about its lack of functionality. 

Hughes Sectional                                                        Joybird

This one seems like a great compromise, with great style, color, and a built in chaise. I think it marries my style, with the lounge factor, but is it really comfortable?  

Petrie 2-Piece Sectional Sofa
                  Crate and Barrel

This one is ok. It does have a vintage feel to it, and the built in chaise, however this is the only color option for me, and the fabric is a nubby one.  It is among the most expensive.

Delano Tufted Sectional Sofa in Laguna
                                                    Joss and Main

This one only comes in this color, which I do like, but it might be a little too light for something that would get a lot of use.  The style is there as well as the possible lounge factor. 

Peggy Mid-Century Chaise Sectional
                                                       West Elm

This is another one from West Elm, which has the style I like, and it looks really comfy.  Also handcrafted, and assembled in the USA. The same colors are available as with the first couch from West Elm.
Performance Velvet, Lagoon Performance Velvet, Shadow

taking stock

on 18.4.15

March 2015

March was a very busy month for us.  We were busy purging, and preparing to move. So my list is short and sweet.

Making : wooden industrial shelf unit

Cooking : corndogs

Drinking : too many mt dews, arrrggghh!

Reading: Bella Grace

Wanting: to purge stuff

Playing: words with friends again

Deciding: what to get rid of

Wishing: for spring something fierce

Enjoying: the unusually beautiful weather

Liking: selling stuff on fb, it's fast and way better than a garage sell

Hoping: the early lilac buds don't freeze 

Needing: signs of spring

Smelling: paint, since we have to repaint our house back to white

Wearing: light bulb shirt

Noticing: signs of spring are showing up a tad early

Sorting: through all our stuff, and purging, feels good

Buying: new polaroid circle film

Snacking: on dried strawberries and pineapple chips which are crunchier than dried pineapple

Wishing: I could wear dresses

13 Mind-Bending Thoughts About Photography

on 30.3.15

I can say that it never actually occurred to me that people did not know what they looked like as a child until the camera was born.  I know they would commission paintings, but that is not quite the same. The one about the food, might actually prevent me from eating ever again.......


on 29.3.15

 “Simplicity involves unburdening your life, and living more lightly with fewer distractions that interfere with a high quality life, as defined uniquely by each individual.” ~1947. Linda Breen Pierce.

Much like the quote, i am in need of feeling lighter, unburdened, more free. i need to purge.  i am at that place in my life where it is time.  i am in the process of doing what i was not able to do in the past seasons of my life.  i can't help but feel regret for having not done it sooner, or kept myself from having to do it at all.  The fact is, it wasn't who i was then, but it is who i am now.  My kids have grown, and my life is changing.  i need simplicity. i don't know what the future holds, or what God has planned for me, though i see snippets.  i am excited. i am ready. 

i am not a minimalist purist. i just want to live more simpler.  Actually, i have always wanted that, but life has provided many conflicts.  i have been told i am living in the wrong era, i need to go back to the days of Little House on the Prairie. The problem with that is i do love technology.  It is a love hate relationship, i love technology, but i hate what it does to people.   Anyways, all this to say that i will be sharing or attempting to share this adventure i am on.    


on 27.3.15

This video, while sad, is also such a blessing.  What a wonderful testimony of a man, a husband, a father, a caregiver, a mother, a wife, a son, a family.  The tears will flow.  I love that their son recorded this, even in its sadness, there is blessing.  What a reminder of how important it is to record moments, whether it is photography, or videos, whether the moment is monumental or just ordinary. It matters. I am taking a video course on making time capsules, and sometimes it is difficult to capture the everyday, the ordinary, like it matters.  Looking at this film, you see her when she was a toddler, fiddling with her brother, you see her walking through a gathering of people eating, and playing with her new son. We get to see glimpses of her through out her life, and that has always been such a fascinating thing to me, an important thing.  When I feel silly, or ridiculous doing things like taking pictures of feet, or something mundane, I will remember this, and remember how one day, it will not be seen as mundane, it will matter.  

in need of a little inspiration.....

on 25.3.15

Do you ever just need a little inspiration, a glimpse of hope, a lovely reminder?  I sure do.  Our winter weather has actually been mild for this area, and yet, it has been the hardest winter for me yet.  I think age has something to do with it.  I never seemed to notice before, but in the past few years, winter has become a real test.  Maybe its a phase, a season or maybe it's just time for me to find a warmer place to live. Or maybe I just need to learn to embrace it, and work with it not against it.  Spring, summer, fall, I am busy, busy, busy, living, creating, being, doing, all outdoors. Winter hits, and it is all I can do to leave my house.  Photography, no thank you.  It's not just not wanting to leave, but there is nothing I want to take a photo of.  So why not use this down time to pursue other creative things I love to do.... painting, sewing, sketching, etc.  These are things that take a backseat when I am so inspired to be outdoors, so why not enjoy them now.  Forced creativity = frustration, so work with it not against it. Next winter, I can read my blog post and remind myself of what my new attitude shall be.
Right now I am in the process of moving, and so starting art projects isn't in the very near future, so I figured I would find inspiration in the many amazing photographs of friends, and people who inspire me.  Even on warmer days, when you go outside, everything is brown, and crispy.  I can't wait for the carpets of green, the bluest skies, and all the colors of creation to explode. In the meantime,  these photos put a smile on my face.  The links are below, starting with the largest square as #1. All these photos are favorites, that is how they made the cut, but there is one photo that makes me laugh out loud.  It is the large photo in the middle from Tracie.  It just cracks me up!  The expressions on those masks are hilarious, and then add the yellow bug, and well it is just the best!

If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant; if we did not sometimes taste of adversity, prosperity would not be so welcome.
 ~Anne Bradstreet

    #1        #2        #3        #4        #5         #6         #7        #8         #9        #10        #11        #12        #13

NOWYOU :: cooks :: Bread and Wine

on 14.3.15

My February contribution to NOWYOU cooks is from a book that is not actually a cookbook, but a wonderfully written book that includes recipes. The book is called Bread and Wine by Shauna Niequist, and I loved it!  She has a few other titles as well that I can't wait to read including a brand new one called Savor - Living Abundantly, Where You Are, As You Are.  I got around to making three recipes but I only photographed one.  I made Maple Balsamic Pork Tenderloin, Goat Cheese Scrambled Eggs, and Goat Cheese Biscuits.  I asked Shauna Niequist if I could repost her recipe and she said "of course", so scroll down to find it. 

                Goat Cheese Biscuits
         *Adapted from a recipe created by Art Smith, Table Fifty-Two


2 cups flour
3 teaspoons baking powder
2 teaspoons salt
1 cup plain yogurt
6 tablespoons cold butter, divided
4 tablespoons goat cheese, crumbled
1/4 cup Parmesan cheese, grated

Preheat oven to 425 degrees and place a 10-inch cast-iron pan into the oven while it’s preheating.
Pour flour, baking powder, and salt into a medium-sized bowl. Cut 4 tablespoons butter into small pieces and add it to the bowl, with the goat cheese and the yogurt. Stir until the mix is moistened, adding an extra tablespoon of yogurt if needed.
Remove the hot skillet from the oven and place a tablespoon of butter into it. When the butter has melted, divide the batter into 12 biscuits, each about the size of a golf ball,  and then nestle them into the pan - they'll be snuggled in there pretty cozily, and that's all right.  I usually start by making a ring of 9 around the edge, then 3 in the middle.
Brush the tops of the biscuits with one tablespoon of melted butter.  Bake for 14-16 minutes until browned on the top and bottom.  Remove from oven and sprinkle with the grated Parmesan cheese.
MAKES: one dozen biscuits
In her book, she says "they're rick and buttery and tangy, and when I make them, I serve them with strawberry jam - the perfect breakfast, or a lovely thing to serve with sparkling wine as dinner guests are arriving".   
I concur! I thought they tasted wonderful with jam, and made a perfect accompaniment to breakfast!

And here is a little teaser if you have never read the book.

March playlist

on 9.3.15

 I recently heard "Down to the River to Pray" while listening to Pandora at home.  I immediately ran downstairs to see who was singing this song.  I was instantly smitten with it.  I love blue grass! There isn't a theme here, you will find I am very eclectic.  I am really all over the place.  So instead of going with a title that was cohesive, I just titled it March, all encompassing. 

"Forever Young" is on my radar recently because it is the theme song for Parenthood.  Bob Dylan is the one concert I regret not going to.  I had the chance, and I didn't take it, hopefully there will be another. I think my favorite Bob Dylan song, or at least one of them is "Oxford Town". And his Christmas album is the bomb, at least I think so......

My son introduced me to "The Hanging Tree", as I have not been able to see Hunger Games 3 yet (maybe tonight).  He thought I would like it, and he was correct.  I did google it to see what it was about, as the title bothered me. 

I love the instrumental version of "My Song 5" by Haim, and hope to use it in one of my video's soon!

My daughter came home one day and said there was this song/video that I had to see.  She said it reminded her of me and she thought I would like it, again correct. I love it!  I am including the video to that song, "Mississippi Isabel". 

Rend Collective will be here this summer!

If you have never heard of Flatfoot 56, they are an American Celtic punk band, and they are awesome! I have had the privilege of seeing them live a few times.  I love praise and worship as it is, but I also love it when it's done differently such as blue grass, or punk etc. 

And of course, who doesn't love the Lumineers?

Well here is my playlist for March, click listen to enjoy, or make your own and share.


   1.   Down to the River to Pray - Alison Krauss & Union Station
   2.   Forever Young - Bob Dylan
   3.   The Hanging Tree - featuring Jennifer Lawrence
   4.   My Song 5 instrumental - Haim
   5.   Mississippi Isabel - King Charles
   6.   Build Your Kingdom - Rend Collective
   7.   I'll Fly Away - Flatfoot 56
   8.   Ho Hey - Lumineers

taking stock

on 5.3.15

February :: 2015

Made: progress with my past video projects
Cooked:  Goat Cheese biscuits and Maple Balsamic Pork Tenderloin ~ Bread and Wine by Shauna Niequist
Drank: a specific number of glasses of water, daily, no exceptions, still
Read: The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry
Wanted: to be mindful of my Savior and the greatest gift ever
Played:  Nascar video games with my son
Decided: to participate in Lent 
Wished: i was already moved
Enjoyed: watching a program with my husband, it is such a rarity.
Waited: to find out if we got the place we wanted
Wondered: what i am going to do when i grow up 
Pondered: what direction do i want my creativity to take?
Started: making time to read every day, most days
Watched: Parenthood for the first time
Hoped:  i would lose the weight, but i didn't, even after cutting out 6000 calories per week......:(

Needed: to be inspired to keep up the hard work
Smelled:  nothing
Wore: my new cactus green converse
Noticed: how much winter affects my inspiration for photography
Knew: i needed to keep up the hard work even if the scale doesn't show it 
Thought: how amazing it would be to live near the ocean
Admired: my daughter and the person she is becoming
Sorted: through videos from 2012
Bought: cactus green converse 
Finally: finished 3 video projects
Disliked: the cold
Felt: frustrated for not losing weight
Following: Ann Voscamps Lent  
Snacked: on dried pineapple rings 
Wished: i would sew some new scrub tops already... 
Listened: to Alison Krauss - went down to the river to pray
Discovered: fresh pineapple can make your tongue bleed
Scripture Reading: reading along with She Reads Truth and Shaun Groves