23 December 2009

Inspirational

Carmen Herrera, Amarillo, 1971

This gal, Carmen Herrera, is a painter who didn't start selling her paintings til the age 89! Amazing. She's totally an inspiration. I read about her on a New York Times article (found here) via the Gluten Free Girl blog. Check it out. :)

22 December 2009

Crafting


Can you please! How cute are these? You know when you make something that you are so infatuated with you can't stop looking at them? That's how I feel about these little cases. They are suitable for ipods or cell phones. The one I made for an ipod has a little hole placed in the top so that your earbud cord can come through. I love crafting!

garlic dip


garlic dip
Originally uploaded by cleartrampoline
Garlic dip I made for the Gorman family Christmas Party. It was with roasted garlic, ricotta, and pepper basically, serve with veggie sticks. I used zucchini. I thought the dip was a little blah, so I added some olive oil and more garlic and some salt. Apparently it got a little too garlicky for some. If I did this again I wouldn't use ricotta, I guess I just don't like the texture, I wanted something a little more creamy. But I got a chance to use my cool retro Pyrex split bowl, so that was great.

crock pot pork


crock pot pork
Originally uploaded by cleartrampoline
This was so easy, throw in crock pot pork, diced potatoes, diced carrot, diced onion, chopped garlic, salt & pep, fill with water till veggies are covered, and in 8 hours deliciousness will be knocking at your door. Very good.

14 December 2009

leaf


leaf
Originally uploaded by cleartrampoline

Went for a walk today. Took a few photos. Feeling a little better. Things are ok.

snowman


snowman
Originally uploaded by cleartrampoline

I was inspired by Meet Me At Mikes to make this crochet snowman finger puppet. I went the extra mile and gave him a carrot nose and a beret. The beret was Eli's idea, and a really good one. ties the whole thing together. Too cute!

13 December 2009

Eggs Benedict with Garlic Aioli


eggs benedict
Originally uploaded by cleartrampoline
Don't you love it when you are really hungry and you try a new recipe and it turns out really, really good? I do too. That is what happened today with this Eggs Benedict recipe I got out of Cook Yourself Thin.

The recipe called for smoked salmon, which was a little out of our price range, so we went with ham instead. I know, defeating the whole purpose of 'cooking oneself thin' but you do what you gotta do in these hard economic times. I used lots of pepper and lemon in the garlic aioli, and it was delicious, especially with a little Tapatio hot sauce on top.

I had never made poached eggs before, so that was a little scary. I figured it was about time though, since it's my current preferred way to eat my eggs. So good! My poached eggs turned out decent, not as pretty as the ones in the restaurants, but the whites were cooked and the yokes were runny, just like I like them.

02 December 2009

Thanksgiving



For thanksgiving this year I made Sweet Potatoes, Yams, whatever you wanna call 'ems, and a simple cranberry sauce. They both turned out really good. This is a picture of my dinner plate, and yes, I ate all of it. Almost. There were a few pieces of turkey I couldn't finish.

On the left* there you will see a Smith family tradition, known simply as noodles. Noodles are everyone's favorite. They are made by hand and cooked in a giant pot that is probably larger than my kitchen. The noodles are mixed with turkey bits, which you gotta watch out for livers and other weird bits that you aren't accustomed to eating, you can see a dark one right in the middle. Some people like these, I myself find them gag inducing, but they do add good flavor. I need to pay attention next year to the whole process so that I too can pass this tradition down to future generations. Good times.

*that is on the right. being a lefty in a righthanded world has made me a moron.