Wednesday, December 5, 2012

The first wreath I ever made!

What's great about living where nature is abundant is that I was able to make this wreath from real tree branches and real holly berries from my friend's holly berry bush in her yard!

It took a little time making it, but it was easy. All I did was use ties to bind the branches to a hanger (a metal one which I spread out in to a circle).

Now all I need is a wreath hanger! 

Happy holidays!!

Saturday, November 3, 2012

The art of using up ingredients

For breakfast yesterday morning, I decided I wanted something a little bit more interesting. Even though I wasn't born in Italy, I truly feel like I have roots to my Italian heritage. I like how Italians seem to always find ways to use miscellaneous ingredients and don't waste food. I don't like wasting food. Since I cook for just myself, I always get creative of how to use food up before it starts rotting.

I made a wonderful sandwich. On medium heat and after I drizzled olive oil in the grill pan, I grilled a few tomato slices, whole garlic cloves and slices of a yellow squash. Then I grilled two slices of bread - bread I had on hand which I normally use for toasting. If I had a delicious ciabatta or sourdough bread, I would've grilled that; but again, I just used what I had on hand.

I layered the squash and tomatoes on the slice, and tucked the garlic cloves in. I added a few slices of basil leaves (I washed them of course) to my sandwich, and spritzed the mound with a little bit of salt and pepper, then added the top slice of bread.

I bit into the sandwich and I closed my eyes because it tasted so good. There is definitely an art to grilling, and luckily when I grill or roast my veggies, they always come out fantastically well. The vegetables are never hard - they are tender and the juices and fragrances are released.

It's amazing that such a simple sandwich is simply divine!

Mangia mangia!!

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Two-in-one: Pledge to recycle and enter a Crooked Human contest!

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Remember - Think twice before throwing something away - it can probably be recycled instead! Paper, newspaper and cardboard without food stains on it and plastic bottles (normally with the numbers one through seven) are recyclable. 

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Tuesday, October 16, 2012

On Sept. 21, 2012 I attended Feast Portland. It's an event I first read about in the very popular Bon Appetit magazine. While it was a four-day-long event consisting of sub events celebrating food, wine and chocolate, many of the sub events were expensive.

I was able to attended the unique Chocolate City event. But before going into the white-picket fenced-in area, I just happened to run into Duff Goldman, the Ace of Cakes.

Let's just say it was a wonderful first Friday for me in Portland!

Saturday, July 21, 2012

I find comfort in words. Positive words. I find sorrow in horrific words. Words can make us feel so many different emotions. Choosing to speak positive words can lift someone’s spirits and speaking the wrong words can tear them down.

“Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me” is the dumbest saying. Words can hurt people. So today, while the Pride Parade occurs in the Hillcrest neighborhood of San Diego from 12 p.m. through Sunday until 8 p.m., think of all those individuals – even if we don’t understand them – who are fighting for their civil rights.

Although I’m not a gay woman, I can only imagine the trials gay people endure. Sexual orientation is not what makes a man or a woman. Skin color has nothing to do with a person. It’s what’s in their hearts and how they treat others that matters or doesn’t matter.

Freedom of speech is so precious in this country. Yet, it’s time we stop treating each other poorly and name calling for no reason. It’s horrible for an individual to ridicule someone just because he or she is gay.

Good luck to all those marching in the Hillcrest parade!

“Hope begins in the dark, the stubborn hope that if you just show up and try to do the right thing, the dawn will come. You wait and watch and work: You don’t give up.”

-Anne Lamott, writer

“We must be the change we with to see in the world.”

-Mahatma Gandhi

Friday, June 1, 2012

I love books. I love it as a medium because a book allows me to escape my life and live someone else's life momentarily. It can be a gift. -Me :)