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:

Ordinary

on 3.11.15

or·di·nar·y
adjective
  1. 1.
    with no special or distinctive features; normal; plain or undistinguished.

noun
  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?”