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Ridiculously


easy, simple, and absolutely delicious.  Insalata caprese.

Freshest scratch,  top-quality ingredients are imperative.  Mozzarella di bufala.

Organic heirloom beefsteak tomatoes

and cherry tomatoes medley.

Organic basil.

Traditionally served by layering the ingredients, then dressing with high quality cold-press olive oil and a bit of salt and pepper, I like mine toss altogether.

A perfect summertime pick-me-up dish.

To send it soaring, I add some balsamic dressing, 3-4 cloves of fresh chopped garlic, splashes of olive oil and Shibui SauceModena balsamic vinegar reduction free of salt, sugar and gluten.  Mix all ingredients and let the flavors marinate together.   It tastes delicious when the balsamic vinegar and garlic flavors soak into the cheese.  Just a little Sicilian twist to the caprese salad with a special zing.

Lately, I’ve eaten quite a bit of par-baked organic Ciabatta buns in the form of fauxbux sammies and caprese sammies, complete with dice-up bell pepper and strawberries.  Perfect picnic food.  Buona cena!

A wicked-busy day and weekend here…more cleaning and clearing.    Meteor showers over next few days…I wonder where I would be able to see it here in town.

Happy crafting and keep those creative juices running!

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Summertime


Green smoothie time.  Thick, creamy, and delicious.  Mix up a perfect meal or snack in less than 5 minutes.   It is a smash hit even among the kids…the creamiest, yummiest treat.

Avocado is rich in magnesium that reduces risk of excess belly fat, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and high blood sugar.  The avocado flavor is very light and blends well with fruit, veggies, yogurt, coconut milk or water, honey, and nuts.  I typically adapt this to what I have on hand.

It provides an unbelievably smooth, creamy background for flavors of your choice.  Very filling.  It reminds me of a milkshake.  Absolutely divine!!

INGREDIENT

  • 1 ripe avocado with seed
  • 1 ripe banana
  • 1/2 C blueberries
  • 1/2C frozen mixed berries

DIRECTION:  Fill the 16-oz blender with coconut water and purée until smooth.  If using all fresh berries, add a few ice cubes and blend to smooth.  If you have a sweet tooth, add some honey and/or vanilla extract.

YUM YUM YUM.   It’s amazing and cheap to make.  Did I mention amazing?  ♥   This one is for my dad…a special time to honor and render my earnest thanks.  I miss you so much.   Happy Father’s Day to my honey and all the dads in the world!

Happy crafting and keep those creative juices running!

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Happy Spring


I’ve been a little busy and a little distracted lately. But! It’s for a good cause, the kind that hopefully–some day–my 16-year-old would really appreciate all the effort on her behalf. It’s that time again. Since 1996, the Sunriver Music Festival has been bringing world-class musicians to central Oregon for a classical concert series. The festival also gives scholarships to students from Deschutes, Crook, and Jefferson counties who show exceptional promise in classical music. A select group of students audition in Sunriver before a committee in early June. A concert celebration, showcasing top scholarship recipients, is held each summer around the second week in June in Sunriver (or in Bend.)   This year’s comprehensive application is due in three weeks. I am close to gathering all the requirements…with the exception of updating her transcript.

Last year, the organization awarded a total of $28,550 in scholarship money to deserving music students between $100-$3,500 toward music camps, private lessons, or tuition. My teen has been one of the fortunate scholarship winners since 2010.  We just love our caring, supportive community here in Central Oregon. ♥   With my daughter’s steady improvement since last year’s audition, this will be a memorable year…full of high hopes!

Spring has clearly arrived in the valley while I am visiting the in-laws.

I couldn’t help but to celebrate with this beautiful ginger golden beet salad…absolutely delicious!  Once I’ve perfected the taste and proportion, I’ll be sure to share the recipe.  ♥ New tip of the month: You already know you’re supposed to eat healthy to prevent heart disease, diabetes, and numerous other conditions–but did you know it actually helps your body defend against toxic chemicals? This article by Environmental Health Perspectives should be a good reason to chow down on fruits & veggies! Don’t you think?  What’s your favorite spring-y, healthy and tasty salad?

Happy crafting and keep those creative juices running!

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雞蛋仔Little Egg


literal translation, aka egg puff, Gei Dan Jai, Egg Waffle, or Eggette, a cross between a little popover and a waffle.  It’s one of the long-standing popular street foods in Hong Kong...fond memory from my childhood, frequent patron of local street hawkers after school and after dinner with my parents.   Years passed.  How ironic that it too has become my kids’ absolute-favorite snack, each time we visited my mom in San Francisco?

Source: Christinesrecipes.com

Great treat comes with a hefty price-tag. Last time we paid about $6 for a dozen and they disappeared as quickly as they were put in the mouth. For years, I have been searching, hi and lo, for an egg puff iron.

Source: Williams-Sonoma

A friend told me she got one from her mom, ordered online for $30 from England, as a house-warming gift when she moved here 4 or 5 years ago.  A couple of years ago, Martha Kay at Barnes & Noble here told me it’s Danish Ebelskivers.  I asked a knowledgeable, kitchen-shop owner in town and it’s foreign to her.  Last year, I found an electric one at Williams-Sonoma for $59.95 and a Nordic Ware Egg Waffle Pan for $49.95 that looks like it may do the job.  But, no thanks…the price is a tad steep for this gadget girl’s pocket.  The quest continues without any luck locating it…until now.  As seen on TV, a cake pop or donut hole maker by Belle, sold at Target for under $20.   I know, not the same…far from the real thing.  Heck, this will just have to do.  I will make it work if it kills me ‘cuz–believe it or not–it’s one of my dreams.  I can do it.

Now comes the un-venting experiment…

INGREDIENTS (Makes over 4 dozens)
1.5 C Flour
3 T Cornstarch
1.5 t  Baking Powder
3 Eggs
1 t Vanilla
½ C Sugar
½ C Sweetened Condensed milk
3/4 C Water
DIRECTION
Pre-heat for a minute.  Coat the holes with olive oil spray or a dab of butter and heat until hot. Shift flour, cornstarch and baking powder together into a mixing bowl. Add rest of ingredients and mix well. Fill each hole with a tablespoon of batter and cook for 3 to 4 minutes.

Rotate half-baked ball over 180° with a fork.

Let it cook for another 2 to 3 minutes.  When a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out cleans, it’s finished.
Take the puffs out of the holes (with fingers or a fork, your choice) and lay them over a wire rack to cool.

Chinese egg waffle shapes like an hallow-egg.   Soft, not dense.  Crispy outside, with a dab of creamy custard  inside. My first production isn’t so…not as crispy and fluffy…regardless, the pre-teen boy gave it two thumbs-up.♥ I need to improve this base and work up a recipe with custard filling next.  The past is where I learned the lesson. The future is where I apply the lesson. I won’t give up in the middle. To crank out a batch of six at a time…I wonder if it’s more time and energy efficient, in the long haul, making the puffs with a Nordic Ware Egg Waffle Pan.  Have you ever have these yummy, little eggs?

What do you think of the topsy-turvy spring tease?

Whacky? Some says there is no melting of the ice caps while another says the ice caps are melting the same as they always have since the last ice age. While the planet gets tossed about in space on its axis by forces I cannot yet comprehend or alone control, I’m gonna buckle my seat belt, sit back, and enjoy the ride while I am still…alive.

Happy crafting and keep those creative juices running!

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If I am What I Eat


I might be a hearty soup tonight.  What could be better than a simple, meatless bowl of creamy Vichyssoise!

No purée the soup for me. Oh no. I like seeing the potato cubes

and little half rings of leek floating around 😀 Just saying…

Ingredients
2 pound Trader Joe’s frozen leeks (or 8 or 10 medium fresh)
4 garlic, coarsely chopped
1 yellow onion, coarsely chopped
2 T unsalted butter and 2T Olive Oil
Heavy pinch kosher salt (gourmet salt makes this special, if you have them) plus additional for seasoning
8 Yukon gold or red potatoes, peeled and diced small
32-oz vegetable or chicken broth (I did 1/2 of each as that’s what I had in my frig.)
1 C Half & half
1 C whole milk (butter or skim milk is a good substitute)
1 T white pepper
1 T snipped chives or cilantro

Directions
Clean, remove dark green sections, and chop leeks into small pieces if using fresh. In a large-quart saucepan over medium heat, melt butter. Add garlic and union, saute for 2 minutes. Toss in chopped leeks and a heavy pinch of salt and saute for 5 or 6 minutes. Reduce heat to medium-low and cook until leeks are tender, approximately an hour and 25 minutes. Stir occasionally. Add potatoes and broth and increase heat to medium-high. Bring to boil. Reduce heat to low, cover, and gently simmer until potatoes are soft, approximately an hour and 10 minutes (less if you live in low altitude area.) Turn off heat and. Stir in the half and half, milk, and white pepper. Taste and adjust seasoning as desired. Sprinkle with chives or cilantro and serve hot. Or chill and serve cold in warm days.

Funny.  My 16-year-old says it reminds her…“throw-ups” when she was sick once. Go figure! Really…the soup was quick delish. So easy to make and stomach-friendly to the tender tummy. What’s your comfort food?

Happy crafting and keep those creative juices running!

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Ten Days…


I got up early–not a small achievement for a hardcore night owl. The day really started out with some promise, with aromatic breakfast. Oh my, were they good. Warm. Fluffy. Sweet. I want to go the simple, healthy route next…with pureed delicata or acorn squash next.

Who else is noticing a distinctive chill in the air and frost on the ground signifying winter is here to stay? It sure brings out a craving for the warm comfort of a seafood chowder. Sweet and savory broth envelopes winter vegetables and succulent prawns in a creamy blanket that carries just the slightest whisper of heat to remind me of warmer days. This quick chowder is easy to prepare…sure to be the next staple in the kitchen repertoire!

I felt pretty accomplished before Thursday Knit-Up social this morning at my favorite bookshop cafe with friends. Besides Jewel and Kristin, it was wonderful to have see Pam, Lynn and Christy.

Lunch with Kristin at Toomies right new door was delightful.

It was a great day to refuel and be energized. Do you spy a hat? Why yes. You do. The duckling yellow has drastically transformed to welcoming, soothing hand-dyed lavender petals–Spring aromas come alive in winter–modeled by my good friend Pam.

Nothing works to inspire creativity quite like a stroll in the high desert.

A visit to downtown on a slow day carries me away in mind, body, and soul.

Timelessness lives on this town.  It’s a magical and enchanting land.

A beautiful place that is blessed with breath-taking wonders

…even though I was stuck with a $32 parking ticket.

It has been a really long day after working the concession booth, at the high school’s choir concert tonight. I’m so ready for some fiber play 😀 How was your day? What’re some of your great encounters?

Happy crafting and keep those creative juices running!

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Hoot and Oswald


the night owl,

a new addition to the family and clearly a thinker.

I believe he is thinking now. He gets his best thoughts, however, sat in a tree with friends.

Much happier armed with wings than not.

Squashy and soft…

yearning to be felted down to size.

This little guy was a fast toy to make, completely from stashed yarns.

What are your favorite lickety-split knits?

Happy crafting and keep those creative juices running!

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