I love this place where I live. It feeds my desire to live in a slower paced area, tucked away like a favorite letter but still close enough to rest of the world.
who makes my heart feel like this:
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This week's been a doozy and it's only Tuesday (hello from the past!). The paperwhites are blooming lovelily (that's a word now), Mike made me dinner tonight (I've been surviving on cereal and hot dogs since his stomach issues began), and I just sent off a project before the deadline. Plus I bought a new bathing suit at Target last night, and I'm in can't-wait-can't-wait mode for the cruise next week. Not much is happening in my little workspace this week, so instead I'll share some more photos from Nemo this past weekend. The blogosphere needs more pictures of that guy.
1. Take pictures. Even of your blinds.
2. When the snow and the winds die down, go for walks. It does good for the soul to see all that brightness after being indoors for so long, especially when half the neighborhood is out helping each other uncover cars and build snow sculptures.
3. Go sledding. At first we laughed at this guy riding his bike, then we realized he was called by a higher purpose when we saw the pink sled on his back.waffles and this soup.
Snow jumping from Melanie Yarbrough on Vimeo.
PS: I just realized that these are all thing to do after a blizzard. You knew what I meant.
About 6 cups of broth (I mix veggie and chicken)
Hot sauce (to taste)
All the veggies you want
Rice or dumplings
Okay, so this is really a non-recipe, but trust me when I say this is the best kind of soup ever. We make this when we're just cold and tired and ready to eat. The prep involves buying all the ingredients, chopping the veggies, and waiting for it all to heat up together. The longer you let it simmer, the more flavorful the broth becomes. Our favorite veggies are bok choy, celery, carrots, baby bellas, and bean sprouts on top. We usually throw in some kind of starch like frozen dumplings or rice, but you can leave that out just as easily.
This soup goes well with a big blanket, a good book, and a snowy backdrop.
making waffles from scratch is just as easy as making it from a box. And it actually tastes better. I'm never going back.
2 cups flour
1 tbsp sugar
4 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp vanilla
1 3/4 cup milk
1/2 cup vegetable oil
I made half the recipe above, and was able to make three waffles yesterday and today. Extra batter can be covered and stored in the fridge.
Preheat your waffle iron and spray with non-stick spray. In a large bowl, beat the eggs until fluffy. Then mix in the other ingredients until combined well. Cook according to your iron's instructions. Top with bananas and these amazing coconut chips from Trader Joe's (they taste like the caramel delight girl scout cookies, but they're just coconut chips!).
Best served with coffee and an episode of Bones.
This has been a week of wearing two pairs of tights to work each day, of worrying over what's going on with Mike's stomach, of working later than usual, of counting down to vacation week (we're currently at seven days!!). Last night we gathered at Jenna and Ron's for a dinner of homemade sushi to celebrate the engagement of two of my very good friends, Emily and Katie. They've added to my reasons for being excited about Fall, about 2013, about love. Yesterday, while gathering supplies at Trader Joe's, I impulsively bought this little set of paperwhites. But now that they sit on my table in the quiet morning light, I know I'd been meaning to get them all along.
|Nabi and me in front of the Bean, January 2013.|
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I'm sure this space will always be a work in progress, but I'm happy with how far I've come with just a Sunday afternoon and a lot of trial & error.
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*Full disclosure: I work for O'Reilly and was able to get a copy of this book for free. Either way, I'd still recommend it.