Monthly Archives: February 2008

Week of Friends

This week has been great! Seeing lots of friends…

Monday night I had Mexican with JP and little C-line. Very good to catch up with her – and the babe has grown so much! Last night Trav invited us over for Curry Chicken from the crockpot. Very delish and I was quite impressed with his cooking skills! Tonight Stevie and I are going to try a new restaurant down the street from me called Verbena. We shall see how that is. Thursday night I have “off” since I will be at art class and Friday (Leap Day!) is the ART180 / SPCA / Cultured Vultures happy hour:

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and Saturday we are having a Texas Independence party!!!

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Complete with Shiner Bock, brisket (and rolls for sandys), 7 layer dip, salsa / chips / guac, margaritas, etc. So it will have a Texas / TexMex sort of theme – I even got a Texas state shaped cookie cutter off Ebay (just hope it gets here in time!). Cowboy boot and hats are encouraged, a$$less chaps are discouraged 😉

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Wisdom

I find it hard to drink as much water as I should in the winter, so I am loving this new tea I have been enjoying for the past month or so.

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My favorite flavor is African Red Bush (not Lemon Ginger, as pictured). It is yummy! I also put a scoop of honey in my tea – I never have really enjoyed honey on it’s own, but really like just a little in my tea.

The best part about this Yogi Tea is that the little paper “tag” on the end of the string of each of the tea bags has a few words of wisdom – different for each tea bag! Mine today was “Show off your strengths, not your weaknesses”. Sage advice.

Lunch

I made a delicious dish for lunch today – organic quinoa, corn and potato stew. YUM! I am really quite pleased with how it turned out – and it was easy! Though it is not really a stew, but that is ok. I got the recipe out of Carole Raymond’s “Student’s Go Vegan Cookbook” (that I checked out from my local library – hey, we all pay for the public library system, so we should go ahead and use it!) and doubled all of the ingredients (so we could have left overs, as her recipe only makes 2 servings).

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Boom kinda “discovered” quinoa for us, back before I was even a veggie. It has gotten a lot of press in the last 6 months or so – and it kept coming up in periodicals that he would read. It is a super food – contains protein, a balanced set of essential amino acids for humans, making it an unusually complete food. This means it takes less quinoa protein to meet one’s needs than wheat protein. It is a good source of dietary fiber and phosphorus and is high in magnesium and iron. Really great for veggies!

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It also only took 1 pan to cook it – so clean up shouldn’t be too bad. This dish has onions, red peppers, red potatoes, and corn in it, in addition to the quinoa.

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The final garnish is fresh cilantro and red pepper flakes – which really makes the dish complete. I love fresh cilantro – as it makes everything taste fresh! and a little heat is alway good. Very yummy!

Normally, I would have made this for dinner (perhaps with a spinach salad), but I am heading over to my friend’s house for dinner tonight. I feel kinda bad when I go out to dinner b/c Boom will just eat an Amy’s organic frozen pizza. So I made it for my lunch and Boom can eat it for dinner – voila! Problem solved.

Printing

For a while now, I have been wanted a Gocco printing machine.  It is a tool you use to screen print things at home (and it seems much easier).  I am taking a silk screen printing class right now, and it is great, but super labor intensive.  This little Gocco machine, though the prints are much smaller, seems very easy!  [Its official name is:  PRINT GOCCO PG-5 SET and I believe a company called RIZO makes it]

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From what I can gather, this machine is made in Japan, and may be discontinued?  But folks here in the US are trying to keep it around… anyway, since Marmidy is in Japan right now, I thought maybe, if she has a little spare time, she could try to get a machine for me (and inks and bulbs!).  [Mom – if you can get it for less than $200UDS, then buy it!]
But what exactly is Gocco, you ask?

cleverly combining the basic priciples of screenprinting and rubber-stamping, “print gocco” is a clean, easy, and fully self-contained compact system that exposes and prints all in one unit. using flash bulbs similar to those found in old cameras, an original image is thermally imprinted on a master screen. next, colorful prints are made by pressing the ink-applied master screen against a sheet of paper placed on a sponge pad. 

I should take some photos at class or the next time I print, so if you are unfamiliar with conventional screen printing, you can picture what I am learning to do…  and then you will see why this little Gocco machine is so attractive!

Western

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After Boom got home, we rented 3:10 to Yuma, with Christian Bale. He looked pretty good, for a scraggly farmer. But his character in the movie was kinda dumb. He made a lot of mistakes and in the end, a lot of people died for nothing. Wasn’t our favorite movie, but there wasn’t much in the way of selection at Blockbuster. and it cost nearly $6 to rent this one, measly movie! We are thinking of doing Netfix like other smart people.

Saturday…

After brunch and the dog park yesterday, I slept on our newish mid-century modern couch literally until 530pm.  And I only got up then because I had a game night at 630…  Game night was at my friend’s store, Heidi Story (named after herself).

It was interesting and awkward all at the same time.  Heidi wanted to get all the cool people she had met through the store together – I took a sewing class there and am also a patron.  So it was a random mishmash of people in a rather intimate setting.  I did enjoy the gays that were there – 2 of them were the stylist and colorist from YY Salon – just down the street, and the other 2 were their significant others.  They were all highly amusing.  And I was thinking of Yarbs – she would have been so proud of me, being anywhere with any gays.  Someday I’ll find my gay best friend.  Don’t think these guys were too impressed with me – as I hadn’t showered and didn’t look so cute.  Oh well.

After playing games with the randoms until 9pm, I thought I had spent enough time that I could take my leave and not seem rude.  Another gal left when I did, so that was good.  I headed up to Church Hill to spend the remainder of my evening with my good friend Stevie and her crowd of peeps.  It was great seeing everyone, and I brought the wedding gift to S&G – their wedding was in Nov and I’ve had their gift since then!  It’s been looming over me, so I was glad to hand it over!

Stevie is really, really great.  Just really positive and fun and spunky!  She makes me laugh!  We met basically when I moved here, so I have known her for nearly 5 years!  We joke that our meeting is the best thing that we got out of the Junior League.  And G started us all on calling her “the guv’nor” since she, quite literally, knows everyone in Richmond.  She started working at Boom’s  this fall, so that was a little odd – having her in his work world and my social world, but ’tis ok.  She and Ty bought an AWESOME house – it is great for entertaining, which she is a big fan of and very good at.  Anyway, it was great fun to be there with good friends and before I knew it it was 1130pm!  I was wondering why I was so tired…  as they say, time flies when you are having fun.

I am picking Boom up from the airport today around 2pm – am excited to see him!  It seem like he has been gone for a long time!   So likely we’ll have a relaxing rest of Sunday, snuggling on the couch.

Frogs and Fortune Cookies…

A month ago or so I got a pattern for a frog off blogland.  I made one for Al’s bachlorette party (since she collects frogs) and one for Gretty (since she loves animals).  I gave Gretty’s to her last night, so now I can post photos of it!  Turned out quite well, and is stuffed with lentils, so in case of emergency, she could cut him open and cook up the lentils (yummy!).

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It was actually kinda hard to fill him with lentils, as I could not find a proper funnel.  And sewing him up after he was full of lentils was also not an easy task.  But I think he is super cute!

For his embroidered chest, I printed out the size letter I wanted and then used my light box to trace the letter on to the fabric.  (Clearly Al’s didn’t have a ‘G’ on it, but rather a ‘P’ for her new last name.)

Remember, ladies, be gentle with him – he’s homemade!

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In the February issue of Martha Stewart, there is a great craft tutorial for making felt fortune cookies.  I love working with felt, had all the needed supplies and this craft actually looked easy, so I thought I’d give it a whirl.  Now I am a little bit obsessed with making ’em and giving ’em (as bday cards, etc).  I just need to think of better “fortunes” to go inside…

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And since it is all about the packaging, I’ve had these little cello bags since Boom and I got married and have been looking to put them to good use… Well, the fortune cookies fit perfectly in ’em!  And I have lots of scrap paper, so for the “tag” I can just stamp whatever I want on the front and then put a little message on the back – staple it to the  cello bag and it looks nearly professional (not really, but I like to say it does).

I realize I am spoiling the surprise for a bunch of peeps (hehehe – or maybe not), as I think I have only given out 3 of ’em, but plan to give out many more!  So if you haven’t gotten one, likely you will – just wait for it.  And act surprised.  Hopefully by then I will have some better fortunes (or maybe quotes?) to go inside of ’em.