Saturday, May 3, 2014

Fermented Walnut Husks

I am loving spring.  I am spending time in the garden slowly reclaiming my space from the weeds. I'm not overwhelming myself and I am enjoying the process instead of getting discouraged.  I am not the girl I used to be.

I have been doing really well and feeling awesome.  My one year anniversary of getting out of the hospital was last weekend.  It feels so good to be happy.  I thought it would be a good idea to throw a huge dance party and go to Silverwood in one day.  Alas,  fate got that idea out of my head.  For the first time in forever, I got sick.  Hives,  cold-like symptoms,  sore throat, the works.  I'm probably being a lot more dramatic about it than I should be,  but after being diagnosed with lupus I get a lot more worried about being sick.

However, I've been downing the Emergen-C and getting lots of rest and I'm doing much better today.  I took a nap and felt energized.  Enough to make me do some chores I've been putting off, gesso a piece of cardboard and start the fermentation process of some Walnut husks.

In about three weeks I'll boil the fermented mixture and strain it to create a brown dye. I've onion skins to one batch to see the difference that makes. I'm excited to see how it works out.

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Blueberry Dark Chocolate Muffins

Packed with lots of great for you stuff, these are hard to resist!

1c Whole Wheat Flour
2c White Flour
1/4 c Ground Almond Meal
1/4 c Ground Flax
1/3 c Sugar
1/3 c Brown Sugar
4 tsp Baking Powder
1 tsp Salt
2 Beaten Eggs
1 1/2 c Milk
1/2 Oil
1 tsp Vanilla
1 c Frozen  Blueberries
1 c Dark Chocolate Chips

Whisk together dry ingredients. Whisk together wet ingredients.  Mix gently together.  Fold in blueberries and chocolate chips. Bake at 400 degree oven for 18-20 minutes. Makes about 24.

I like to make jumbo muffins which I cook at 350 degrees for about 30 minutes.

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

2014 goals and resolutions

-replace Facebook time with; journaling, photography, blogging, drawing, reflecting, studying, writing, and reaching out

-write a book about what to do with your life now that you are thirty and not married.

-write and stick to a budget.

-use your degree, on your terms.

-set up your studio: make and worry about relevancy later.

-hike to waterfalls.

-Make and eat less goodies.

-express love more often

-experiment upon the word.

-acquire something you need to express to the world

-express it.

-travel the world via books, Netflix,  and movies.

-forgive yourself for being rude and alone.

Monday, October 21, 2013

Diversion

The blueberries and peaches needed to be eaten.
In the form of a pie.
I agree three pieces was a bit much.
Why do I try to be smart, my mouth included?
Sitting, waiting, stewing, pie eating.
So I went for a run.
Okay not a run.
Walking briskly with intent.
Until it is got to me, ever since I fell I've been afraid of running.
Not to be defeated I gave it a try.
Fat jiggling,  feet hurting, then I remembered I wasn't wearing a bra.
I got sick and threw up.
What if I was that girl who kisses strangers waiting for the bus?
How do things like that even happen?
Still he doesn't call.
Still things are awkward.
Why do I have to like people at all?

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Haircut

So, because of my Lupus, my hair has been falling out if droves. It reaches a certain point when you just have to embrace it and realize you aren't fooling anybody. So I decided to have a bit of fun with it. I called my friend over and we had a head shaving party. Not quite ready to shave the whole thing, we left the top a little longer. I also decided to go blonde so it would blend in with my scalp a little better.

 

Precut:

 

Half Way:

 

Final Result:  

 
I kinda love it.  

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Southwest chicken salad

Super yummy as wraps or a dip, maybe even add some pasta. ..

2 cooked shredded chicken breast
1 can corn
1 can black beans,  drained & rinsed
1 bell pepper,  chopped
1 bunch green onions,  chopped
1 tomato,  chopped
1 avocado,  chopped
Mix and add:
8 oz. Sour Cream
1/4 tsp. Cumin
1/2 tsp. Garlic powder
1/2 tsp. Onion powder
Salt and pepper
1 tbl. Cilantro,  minced
1/2 lime juice
Stir well and marinate in fridge for a while
I served mine with peach salsa.

Monday, June 10, 2013

Yeastie Beastie - The best pet ever.

Collecting Yeast


The other day my friend requested a trade; he would mow my lawn if I made him some bread starters with non-commercial yeast. I had never even entertained the thought that could be possible, so I did some online research. Yes, you can collect yeast a variety of ways. Here is my experiment:

I mixed in a large applesauce jar:

2 Tblsp. Honey
A handful of raisins
A few grains of store bough yeast, just to get it headed in the right direction

Then I filled the jar approx. 80% full of water, closed the lid and put it in a sunny window for a couple days. Once there were bubbles and the raisins were all floating, I opened it up and it had a nice fermented smell. I took some out to begin the starter and stored the rest in the fridge. I now need to figure out how to restore it.


 
 Day 1
 
 
 Day 1
 
 
 Day 2
(" 'cause I know how you like raisins")
 
 
Day 3
All Done!
 
I started the starter and will post about that in a different blog, but it is looking and smelling good so far! I just used the yeasty water in place of the water called for in the recipe and omitted the store bought yeast.