Today was sunny and happy. Even when I feel completely like death and tired it is ten times better than when I feel that way in the winter. In accordance I decided to make an 8 track to go along! Listen to it!!
Winter is awful. I do not participate. It is full of sweatpants every day a constant groan and awfulness.
springtime is full of hope and joy and renewal! There is nothing better than laying on a blanket in the sun and having a picnic with friends or family and just forgetting about the time and letting your mind wander....
a wonderful bran muffin coated in butter and some great coffee
= simplicity equals love.
side note: I also finished the book Life Without Limits this morn and highly recommend it. It is about a man born without limbs and he has really found his purpose in Christ and his life is incredibly motivating and inspiring. He does more without limbs than most people do with all four! The optimism he portrays and growth he has experienced through hard times are really somethin to learn from! Go out and read already!
So today I was really craving some Mckenzie granola. I checked the cupboards and we seemed to have the obvious ingredients so I went to Quaker oats and found a recipe that looked similar! The only surprise was grated lemon peel- thank you family for having this!
The craisens and nuts were my own addition- i know. so innovative.
-La Mie, Adong for Vietmanese, Proof for lunch, Alba, Lucca... the Art center has a great cafe!
Best for coffee or tea:
- Gong Fu tea ( I hope to someday try all their teas! they also have a great seating area where you can sit on the floor and drink from your teapot :)))
Some other great local spots: Zanaibars, Mars Cafe, Smokey Row, and Java Joes!
Other noteable mentions: there are some great restaurants in Beaverdale such as Flarahs, lots of great eats on ingersoll and downtown (and I am sure there are some in suburbia also... I just do not go to them..)
I have also noticed that when I am at home my blogging increases by an exponential amount
The best art cultural and shopping experiences in the DSM.
okay here are a few of the givens.... the art center, science center, civic center, and hoyt sherman...
But here are my FAVES: greenwood park and the bill riley trail system, GREYS LAKE (w/ free yoga on saturdays!), the FARMERS MARKET is sooo awesome....
And I can not forget the best shopping experiences >>> The East village, Valley Junction, and the west glenn area (excluding the mall!!!)
I also can not forget some of the most recent additions to the West Village part of town! The pappajohn sculpture park makes for a great picnic or stroll and the DSM social club offers awesome activities like plays, belly dancing classes, palm readings, yoga, and lots o sweet activities!
So I had never made sushi before so I decided to try it!
I found a general recipe here,>> http://www.100daysofrealfood.com/2011/02/18/recipe-homemade-sushi/ but decided to use my own ingredients. I may also add that my 8 and 11 year old sisters are master chefs and have more superior tastebuds than any children I have ever met. To start out I made the rice and shiz. I layed out all the ingredients on a platter. I had chopped raw veggies like cucumber, mushroom, carrot, and avocado. I also made some ahi tuna with spicyness! We happened to have some garden veggie cream cheese so that was awesome also!
After the rice was done cooking (it was special short grain sushi rice!) we laid it out on the seaweed (which was already laying on saran wrap and a bamboo sheet. Then we put the ingredients inside the sushi and rolled and pressed and rolled and pressed and then CHOPPED!!!
Here is what some of it looked like:
haha- some pieces were prettier than others. Fortunately we also had ginger, wasabi, and soy sauce for the perfect sushi meal! YUMMAAAY :)
And yeah. I have been known to be a creep and ask for people's autographs. I maybe did one time to Jordan Hasay.... but no regrets now- I hope I kept it!
Personally I took the liberty to take a day of no running and making and eating the girl scout cookies below... watching the meet made me wish I was there, and was perhaps the motivation I needed! Though it was a nice relaxing day as well.
So a couple weeks ago I bought yeast. About every other day I would look up a bread recipe and then become intimidated because I get scared to make things I have never made before. So I would just bookmark it and close my computer. Then I decided I was going to do it. I made the bread! I found a recipe called "Artisan" bread. It it actually wonderful! I had to create a dutch oven by heating a pot with a lid and then cooking the bread inside the mini oven that was in the big oven. It was total a twenty four hour process with all the dough rising and such. But this is what it looks like!
Also. This is the one thing I can never resist. I think I may like it more than chocolate and it is my guilty pleasure and when I have the chance I put so much of it on any type of bread. Bread and muffins are naked without this artery clogging cholesterol rising wonder.