Thursday, May 22, 2014

An Organized Cupboard

I'm going to start freshening up and changing things in the kitchen. It was never completed after it was started about 5 years ago. I painted the cabinets, reusing the uppers, and had the lowers made. I've been going inside them and deciding what I need or want, and what I don't. I was going to sell some vintage black and white Pyrex (the dot bowl is actually Fire King) but then found a home by editing something else. My non-coordinated vintage Pyrex will make it's way to camp. I was trying to figure out how a tall cabinet would look on a different wall but decided that instead of adding more storage space, use what I have and edit out what I no longer want.  Honestly, these pieces do not get used very often, but I like them.

7.5 cubic foot area = visually pleased.

Friday, May 16, 2014

Vitamix vs. Eggshells

Since my last post I've been thinking about the eggshell in the Vitamix thing. I know that carrots and almonds, two items you'd think wouldn't completely break down, do break down for a smooth drinking experience.

So, my next smoothie, I threw in 3 eggshells from eggs I had just used. I realize 3 may have been really testing the waters as my smoothie quantity usually yields about 4 cups. Well, they didn't break down 100% as to where you didn't know they were in there. If you are the type that leaves it in your mouth and moves it around, maybe bites down a little, you will find a little pearlized type of grainy texture. It's not distracting, it made me curious, it's nothing like an annoying sandy grit between your teeth. This particular smoothie did not have as many fibrous veggies/fruits in it, which I think could make a difference in the amount of texture you'd feel. I think that using one or two eggshells would also make it less noticeable. So, I will have to continue to experiment. But, if you don't want eggshells in your smoothie, there are other things to do with them.

  • add to compost
  • blenderize with veggies or water for your dog, they often don't get enough calcium
  • blenderize with water for plants
  • wash, dry and save for a faux shagreen or hard leather like texture finish on something
  • fill with potting soil, pop in a flower seed and germinate, then plant the whole thing

These are things I can think of off the top of my head, maybe you have some ideas, too. 

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Paleo Pumpkin Pancakes

I have a tendency to have a banana with peanut butter each morning. But when they hit a certain degree of ripeness, I can't hang with the texture so I have to create an alternative.


I automatically thought of the well known mix of eggs and bananas, but I was looking for something more satisfying. So I started adding things. I used my Vitamix to blend it up smooth but a good blender should work well, too, due to the consistency of the ingredients -- unless, of course, you drop eggshell into the pitcher. If that happens, you might get a little crunch. With the Vitamix, I knew I didn't have to worry and just figured I'd be getting a little calcium in the mix. ;)

Here's how I made it:

2 eggs (with or without shells) 
2 ripe bananas
1/2 can plain pumpkin puree
1/4 c. coconut flour (more or less depending on how thick you like them)
pumpkin pie spice, or mix of cinnamon, clove, ginger, nutmeg (I eyeballed amounts)

Mix on high. This was thick enough that I had to spoon it out. My first batch was a bit less firm and I could pour it out but I wanted more oomph to them, that is when I added the coconut flour. 

I made them in one of my new favorite kitchen appliances. 

I picked it up at my favorite-little-thrift-store, for $5. I had been keeping an eye out for one and I think this may have been used one or two times. Instructions were even with it. I've used it to caramelize onions (works like a bleeping dream) sautéed turkey breast and it browned so nicely...eggs, didn't get that over heated browning my cast iron pans it love it love it. I'm a huge cast iron fan so this is big for me. The only problem with non-stick surfaces is finding a spatula that will work that isn't metal. Fortunately, I've been successful with my wooden one, it's just a little more of a be careful process. 

Monday, May 5, 2014

Hey Peeps!!

Happy Spring. I think it's finally here. And, I'm back, too. Here. I've been having some fun with Instagram. I admit, I said I would never do Instagram. Yes, I judged it. Shame shame. I really am having fun with it. It's quick, it's instant, it's quite fun. You should try it. I'm still not Tweeting, but I do follow a few interesting people. I'm a visual kinda girl, it makes sense that Instagram appeals to me more. You should try it, you might like it, too.

It's been a full past few weeks. After getting back from CA, I scrambled to get painting done by a deadline then I was off to Nantucket to get some painting done by a deadline for my friends Chuck and Carol, then back home and I've been working pretty diligently to get the crap out of my house. Stuff that I've collected and displayed and really really liked. A switch flipped and I want to get rid of A LOT more stuff that I live with daily.

While doing this continued decluttering my mind has been freer to be creative. I've started a bunch of things while in Nantucket, a place where nothing is mine and my mind is free, so I am creative. So, there's now WIP that have to be completed and I seriously have to set time aside here to do that, otherwise it's go go go work work work.

I don't know if I was further influenced by a couple blogs I found (yeah, I was) 'ZeroWasteHome' being one of them. Although I do not produce a lot of garbage headed for the landfill on a weekly basis I will never be Zero Waste. I don't think I want to be. Wait. Don't get me wrong. I do not want to waste. But within their zero waste home, it fits them to have minimalism, also. It's pretty cool, but I will never have my home devoid of color, I will always have collections - just keeping them to the ones I really love - like my bone/skull and heads collections. And I will always have my studio full of stuff for the 'aha' moments. I'm just trying to pare it down, to a more manageable sense of visual chaos.

I've been putting things on ebay. Something I do in windows of time and need to keep it more consistent. I get frustrated and deterred when I've spent hours photographing items and listing them, then to find that I really need to get more information about said item, and I really need to rephotograph it. Without having one spot set up with good lighting (working on that) I'm always looking for a spot determined by the type of day or time of day. I'm also learning to just let go of things that are not selling or that will take a chunk of time to wrap up but sell for only a couple dollars. I'll be donating them to my favorite little thrift store.

It could also be that I'm going to be hitting that 5-0 number. I'm not freaked out about it. It doesn't even seem fathomable that I will be that number. What freaks me out is all the things I want to do and  my time left is less than my time that I've been on this earth so I must get on the ball.

But anyway....enough about that. The real impetus for me to get back in the saddle here, is to show you this photo:

My friend Angela's daughter. A real animal lover and a bit of an animal whisperer, I think, too, with what I know about how animals react to her. This is such a sensitive photograph. It warms me each time I look at it.

The sun is shining and I think it's supposed to be 67 degrees today. Spring has finally sprung.

Have a great day!!!