When I creepily Stumble through blogs, I always want to know more about the people whose blogs I'm reading. That's what this blog is for--it will list the things I like so as to create a picture of me while simultaneously forcing me to search out and name things I enjoy.
Note: Most of these are not my pictures and have been found randomly on Google or Flickr.
So it’s been a while since I’ve posted. I don’t know why I didn’t
post about Van earlier since I’ve had him since August 2012, but I definitely have
to talk about him now.
It's been one of my life dreams to own a horse, ever since I
started riding around the age of 10 (which is actually late for most riders—most
start around 6-8). While I will never, ever be very “flush” with money now, it will
totally be worth it to have Van in my life. Having a horse is sort of like having
a toddler for 30 years (horses live to be about 30) so it’s definitely one of the
hardest things I’ve ever done and I feel the weight of being responsible for his
health and well-being often. I don’t really know what I’m doing most of the time
but, luckily, I have good people around me who give great advice and, so far, Van
and I have been fine.
Van is an ex-racehorse (off-the-track-Thoroughbred), now 6-years
old but he was about 5.5 when I got him. He has only been off the racetrack since
June 2012 (not even a year!) and I’ve had him since August 2012. I “bought” him
from his breeder who was looking for a good home for him after he stopped winning
enough races to “earn his way.” This is pretty common in the racing industry and
his owner was good enough to spend the effort to find him a good home AND offer
him for free (lucky me!).
My good friend and trainer, Kristen, trained Van for the first
three months I had him and gave us a really great foundation to work from. Since
then, I have moved Van to a different barn and we no longer have the privilege of
working with Kristen and miss her every day. However, we are working with another
trainer and figuring stuff out on our own as well. Recently we went to our first
show and placed 1st in our class. I was so surprised, proud, and totally
comforted by the fact that I seemed to be doing something right!
We still have a lot of work to do together as we grow as a team
but we’re on the right track and good things must be in store!
P.S. Thank you, Anonymous, for caring enough to send me a little note and get me to start posting again. You really should tell me who you are but I respect that you realize I'm way too scary.
So a few weeks ago, right before Halloween, I went with a friend to a glassblowing class. My friend got a LivingSocial deal for a class for 2 and she took me along with her! It was SO fun.
Ok, so I say that it was fun (and it was), but it started off terrifying. We got to the cute little studio--a garage next to the artist's house--and met the other ladies who were taking the class that night. Then the artist explained some concepts and demonstrated what we would be doing that night: making a paperweight. No, a paperweight might not sound glamorous and it doesn't actually involve glassblowing (only turning and shaping) but it was the fastest, easiest way for the artist to teach beginners some of the techniques of glassblowing while still allowing them to take something home at the end of the 2 hour session.
Oh, the scary part you ask? That would be the demonstration of what we were going to do that night. We stood close to the fire, turned the glass on the stick (I'm not using technical terms because who would know anyway, right?), and I even shaped molten hot glass with nothing but a wad of wet newspapers between my skin and the glass. All through the demonstration, the artist warned us to keep our hands here, don't touch that, make sure to do this. And it was so scary! One slip up and you have third degree burns! Needless to say, the other ladies in the group were too afraid to go first so I had to step up. It was actually a lot of fun and I felt really proud of myself afterward. I felt even prouder when I saw my finished product!
If you have the opportunity, I highly recommend giving glassblowing a try--it's a really unique activity and makes a great story.
I will just start by saying that this recipe is amazing. It's the Pioneer Woman's Pasta with Roasted Red Pepper Cream Sauce and I love it. Whenever I make this pasta, I always consider doubling the recipe because I just CANNOT get enough. I could just eat and eat and eat this pasta all day long (and I have tested this, much to my waistline's regret). I have even, through sheer desperation, hand pureed (with the sub-par help of a potato masher) the red peppers because I didn't have a food processor or blender available. Now that's love!
I would classify the recipe as a weekend recipe mostly because roasting the red peppers takes quite a while (45 minutes-1 hour) but if you can, by some miracle, manage to find this ever-elusive roasted red pepper puree that Ree refers to in her recipe, you could save a bunch of time! Ree roasts her peppers on the gas burner in her walk-thru but I usually broil them in the oven because it's easier to do with large amounts of peppers and it keeps the mess constrained to the cookie sheet.
I will also note that the orichette pasta is almost mandatory because it makes this recipe so much better. This is now my favorite pasta "shape" as it "cups" the sauce and just really enhances the eating experience. I also like that it has a thicker/tougher texture than many pastas. The heavy cream in the recipe is not necessary as any milk or milk/cream combination will work. I've even used skim milk and didn't miss the extra fat of cream. The recipe is that good!
So, in summary, try this recipe, make it today, and EAT IT ALL.
No, sun tea is not the same as plain old iced tea. The tea bag is slowly heated up by the sun warming the water rather than the quick process normally used to make iced tea where boiling water heats up the tea bag. For some reason, there's a difference and it's a delicious one. Maybe it's in the expectation--you have to let the tea sit all day before it's ready to drink but then it's a refreshing escape into the coolness of ice, water, and a little something extra.
For me, sun tea has always been an important part of the warmer parts of the year. My mom has always made sun tea in the Spring and Summer for my brother and I. We live in Maryland which is technically a Southern state but really identifies with the North. In the South, the iced tea is always sweet and in the North it's usually unsweetened. We like it right in the middle. Because of this, my Mom always sweetened her tea but only the tiniest bit. It's terrific!
My Mom uses Rose brand tea in her sun tea but there are a lot of things you could do to make sun tea different from regular iced tea. Add mint or used a fruit-flavored tea and the possibilities are endless!
As I mentioned in this post, I have gathered quite a collection of artwork--a combination of modern stuff, thrift store finds, and even stuff I've done myself. I have a little bit of an art obsession, you might say. So it's always exciting to find and purchase a new piece! I have been following this artist's blog and etsy shop for a while and she is having a May Day sale this week so I decided to make a move and purchase the print shown above.
I love thinking about the colors and how they will fit into my current color scheme--or as I'm moving, how they will direct my future color scheme--and where they would look best. It's a great way to change up a space without any intensive redecorating. Plus, there's the excitement of knowing you've supported an artist and now own a piece of creativity and inspiration. I just think that's pretty cool.
Bread pudding is one of those wonderful things in life. It's like french toast, pudding, and cake made a delicious baby and you get to eat it. What more could you possibly want in a dessert than bread, cream, butter, and cinnamon? Except maybe fruit but there are plenty of ways you can use fruit in or with bread pudding. Because it rocks like that!
Recently my boyfriend and I have been on a bread pudding mission. There's a bakery near my apartment and since I'm moving next month, we knew we needed to try the bakery's bread pudding before I moved. A series of unfortunate events occurred and we tried for weeks to get a hold of a piece of the bakery's bread pudding to no avail. Yesterday, though, we FINALLY completed our mission. Chef Lou's bread pudding is a little different than normal with a bit of lemon and rum mixed in with all the typical goodies but it was delicious and we each got two pieces so we could save one to savor the next day. I just finished my piece and I am already sad that it's gone.
So here's to bread pudding! May you continue to be bready, sweet, and delicious!
As of April 18, 2010, I have become aware of the very popular blog 1000 Awesome Things which is, unfortunately, very similar to this blog. I admire and eagerly read Neil's posts but I hope you can see the differences and know that I did not intend to do anything so similar--great minds just think alike!