30 December 2010

It's good to have goals.

Scully dog.

Do you ever remember something or someone from long ago, only to realize moments later that it is not a real memory but something or someone from a movie or a tv show you used to watch? This has happened to me so many times I can't even tell you. The other day I was trying to remember the name of this professor from college, and realized I was thinking of one of Joey Potter's professors from Dawson's Creek! I tell you what, I was filled with laughter and shame all at the same time.

Speaking of guilty pleasures, wait, were we? Oh, I guess I just mentioned Dawson's Creek. Anyway I love guilty pleasures. Remember when Dawson's Creek was awesome and the biggest crisis in life was that the dude you had a crush on might know that you had a crush on him and oh boy wouldn't that be embarrassing? Anyway Dawson's Creek really did not stand the test of time. I should know, I have the whole series on DVD. The first few seasons are fun to watch, kind of cheesy but in that good way. The last few, not so much. I still can't even bring myself to watch that last season again.

But I have that problem a lot, even with good things. I don't want them to be over. I really hated watching the last episode of LOST even though I couldn't wait to watch it, but I just didn't want it to be over! I was the same way with the final Dark Tower book. I put it down for months, refusing to let it be over. This applies with everything in life too. I lament college being over, I lament Sydney's Cafe and Elliot Glacier pub being closed... I don't want to let anything go!

Something to work on for the new year I suppose. For some reason I really love making New Year's Resolutions. I am utter failure at follow through, but it's fun to make them. Must be the list maker in me. Here 's my top ten list:

1. Try to get rid of some books. Before I become a hoarder and die in a pile of my own making. In fact just try to get rid of a lot of stuff. Too much stuff!
2. Read more. I only FINISHED 9 books this year, according to Good Reads. And one of them was a comic book. Shameful! Of course I started and put down like, at least 10 books. Which leads me to number 3...
3. FINISH WHAT YOU START! I have a problem.
4. Write more, blog more. In 2008 I wrote 333 blog posts on this here blog. That is amazing, that's like, almost one per day! I want to beat that record.
5. Go to social gatherings. I have a weird problem with social anxiety. I will skip going to events, even when I know it will just be a group of good friends and people I really like! WHAT IS WRONG WITH ME? I've got to work on this, or I will have no friends left.
6. Yoga run workout loose weight, take my dog for lots of hikes and walks, the usual get fit stuff.
7. Paint more. My grandma gave me some painting tools for Christmas, which reminded me that hey! I used to paint. I need to do that again.
8. Get more photography work. Which means finish website, work on a flyer, new business card, take free photos to build portfolio, etc.
9. Save money, make more money, don't get more debt, etc. I am going to be 30 soon. When do I start bringin' home the big bucks y'all?
10. Don't waste so much time doing NOTHING on the computer, ie wasting time on the Internet or playing the Sims 3 and/or Lord of the Rings Online too much. Don't get me wrong, I don't want to stop doing these things. Just don't do them as much. Especially just sitting on the Internet, doing nothing but checking facebook, googling pictures of Ryan Gosling, looking up weird things on Wikipedia and checking Oregonlive.com for Kyron Horman updates. I really need to stop doing that. Such a time sink. Or sync?

OK, so that's my list. What's yours?

29 December 2010

busy with things.

Painting by Mary Smith (my grandmother).

I have so many projects in the works right now!

Alright, there are TWO new blog posts over at my food blog, Clearly Tasty. I'm going to make it a new year's resolution to blog there at LEAST twice a week. I have so much material to work with too, I'm really excited about it.

Also, I created a very, VERY basic site for my photography services Camille Loraine Photography just so I have something when people ask. I plan on updating it very soon with photo examples of my work, etc, and as soon as I have the $17 to spare I'll get my own domain name and do some more design work on it, make it look totes profesh. Anyway hop over there and take a look, I'd love to get some feedback on it.

I'm also scanning family photos from my mom's side of the family, which is so much fun, but also very time consuming. It will be really great when it's finished though, all those pictures for everybody in the family to have access to is really neat I think. 

What have you been up to? Any big projects on the horizon?

Chunky Lentil Soup and Homemade Broth

Chunky Lentil Soup.

This Chunky Lentil Soup is from the cookbook Super Natural Cooking (I found a link to the recipe on another blog here). I love this book because the recipes are healthy, delicious, and easy to prepare. I probably cook out of it at least once a month.

When I made this soup a couple of weeks ago I tweeted this:


Hilarity ensued, with people wondering, what is this chucky lentil soup? Did the bride of Chucky make this? Why do you want to marry it? I shake my fist at you sometimes, twitter! It was pretty funny though.
 
Now back to soups. When I make soups from recipes I tend to follow them loosely, quantities are not really set in stone. You have 5 cups of homemade broth when the recipe calls for 3 cups? Why waste it? Use it all.

When it comes to soups, heck, when it comes to pretty much all cooking, I'm also a heavy spicer. I almost never measure the spices out, I just eyeball them with a few pinches, dashes, shakes, what have you. I also used regular ol' lentils because that is what I had. This is also a good idea, especially from a frugal standpoint. You don't need to go out and buy some special ingredient when you can replace it with something already in your kitchen.


Homemade Broth
Have I mentioned my easy way for making homemade broth? It's not rocket science, it's actually pretty easy. Basically whenever you use veggies, instead of throwing things away, things like the ends of carrots, the outer layers of onions and the ends, the garlic that is left in the press after you smash it, the tops of celery, potato peels, etc.throw them it in a little zip lock bag or reusable container and toss it in the freezer.

This also works for chicken, if you buy a whole chicken, toss the bits from the inside that you usually cringe and just throw in the trash, with the back and what ever other pieces you don't use into the freezer. You get the idea.

When things start falling out of the freezer every time you open the door, its time to make stock.Grab your big pot or dutch oven, toss in a bunch of veggies and/or chicken bits, fill with water till covered, add a few of your favorite spices, peppercorns and a few pinches of salt, bring to a boil and then simmer for a few hours. Strain and use, or put in the fridge or freezer for later. So delicious and frugal!

Bottom line, don't be afraid to veer off the road a bit! Make homemade soup. Use what you have. Eat. Enjoy. Clearly tasty.

28 December 2010

Chocolate Chip Muffins

Chocolate Chip Muffins
Chocolate Chip Muffins
Ah, the age old question. What is the difference between a muffin and a cupcake? Not a whole heck of a lot. Especially with these Chocolate Chip Muffins from Joy of Baking I made a few weeks ago. I think the only thing keeping them from cupcake territory was the lack of frosting or icing. At least that is what I told myself as I ate one for breakfast 3 days in a row. For some reason mine look nothing like the ones pictured on the Joy of Baking site, but they were mighty tasty non-the-less.

22 December 2010

I am an artist and a dreamer.


I remember being a dreamer. The future seemed to hold so many possibilities. I remember Idaho. 1999. Drinking coffee and smoking cigarettes. Writing and drawing in my journal. Cold winters, wearing scarves and thick jackets. My Discman spinning mixes of Damien Jurado, Pedro the Lion, Sunny Day Real Estate. An extra pair of double A batteries always in my pocket.

The possibilities seemed endless then, when I was a dreamer. I want that back. I am going to be a dreamer again.

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Side note: I find Kevin Smith pretty darn inspiring at times. While his comedy is often too blue for me, what I find inspirational about him is that he does what he wants to do. Sounds simple, right? For some reason it isn't. And that is so frustrating. But Kevin Smith posted a blog recently that really hit the nail on the head, you can find it here, but I'll paraphrase for you. When he was young, late teens/early twenties he was talking with his older sister, and he said to her, "I want to be a film maker." And she was like, "ok, so BE a film maker." And he was like, "yeah, I'm gonna." And she was like, "don't say your gonna be a film maker. BE a film maker. You are a film maker, you just haven't made a film yet."
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I'm gonna be 30 next year, and I still don't know for sure what I want to do or who I want to be when I grow up (ha!). But I know it's not this. And I know its gotta be something creative. While change and success don't happen over night (something I have to always remind myself of) I am on the path to something greater. And I need to remember to stick to that. Whatever it ends up being. Photography. Writing. Drawing. Crocheting. Painting. Smiling.

I am an artist. And I am a dreamer again.

17 December 2010

Gloria

Gloria with Indigo & Tolkien
Wow, I haven't posted in a while. Holidays. Anyway I had the opportunity to take a family portrait for my good friend Gloria last weekend. It was raining, and we didn't have a lot of time, but we managed to get a few nice shots. This one is probably my favorite.