Tuesday, June 30, 2009
Again, thank you Anita! You made my week... I'm savoring...
Monday, June 29, 2009
Italian experience that taught me to savor? Like the wine? Or the sunsets on romantic bridges? Or was it the Arizona skies and the cooling evenings after long days in the pool? I don't know, but I'm savoring tonight. And it feels so good.
(thank you, Anita!)
Thursday, June 25, 2009
There was a full rainbow on one side and an outrageous sunset on the other. I sat out in the quiet of the desert and soaked it all in.
Thought you might like to join me there.
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
Thursday, June 18, 2009
it herself. I'm very proud of her.
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
Saturday, June 13, 2009
Regardless... here is the edited collection.
(down from 1000 photos. of which I took maybe 6...)
Thursday, June 11, 2009
Tonight's project is a little sewing for a great project... called Sewing Seeds. June 29th is the deadline - and a collection of handmade shorts (for boys) and skirts (for girls) is being taken to Costa Rica for children in extreme poverty. read about it here. and also here.
Saturday, June 6, 2009
Wednesday, June 3, 2009
As if I ever needed a good reason to eat Italian food… but, I have to tell you about Caioti Café, in Studio City –since some of us may not, unfortunately, get to go to Italy any time soon -(Lib said that I could be creative with how I work in the Italian theme). When I was pregnant with my first daughter (first of 3 girls!), I was miserably overdue by 10 days. My husband was kind enough to drive to Studio City to pick up a sure-fire way to trigger labor: the “the” salad, aka “the maternity salad.”
This is directly from the restaurant’s website : Caioti Pizza Café continues to offer the "The Salad" that has become legendary and a rite of passage for expectant or overdue Moms. The salad dressing can also be purchased bottled to go, or you can visit the Maternity Salad Dressing website at: www.maternitysalad.com (they didn’t offer the TO GO dressing when I was needing it most!)
I ate the salad for dinner, and went into labor at 9pm that very night. My daughter was born the next day. That alone would have made the salad worth it, but the best part was that it was SO tasty too!!
Legend has it, you have to be overdue. I wrote them a letter and sent them a picture of my precious baby girl. It still resides in one of their guest books. If you are ever in the area, I highly recommend the café – nice ambiance and great food, even if you’re not overdue!!And, in case you are looking for a more upscale Italian eatery - Via Veneto in Santa Monica is out of this world. With close-packed tables and a loud atmosphere, you'll think you stepped right into Venice. AMAZING food!!! I've never quite experience "melt in your mouth" like I have here!!!
Tuesday, June 2, 2009
I took life drawing and art restoration. Life drawing was amazing because we got to sketch on location in so many picturesque places. I got so used to sketching from life that it became almost second nature. I also got a lot out of the art restoration class. We got to learn the art of painting a fresco as well as the basic techniques to restoring art. It was just fascinating to learn what goes in to art restoration. One thing that our teacher shared and stuck with me (and troubled me a bit as well) is that professional restoration artists only have a life span of about 37 years. She went on to tell us that they choose their profession knowing this because there is nothing better than being that close to an original Raphael or Michelangelo. (thank goodness that as students we never had to use toxic materials like the pros)
I love seeing Liberty’s photos from her silk painting class and so wish that I could find my own photos from class to share. I had to settle for this sketch I recently came across – it’s a pastel drawing of two of my favorite things in Italy: little old Italian ladies and cappuccino.
Monday, June 1, 2009
I decided today, to share my go-to meal. My 5-yr old made an “about my mom” book for me in kindergarten for mother’s day. It said my favorite food was “luznyo” (lasagna)– not because it is, but because I make it SO often. It is the one meal that I make that EVERYONE in my family eats. Even the baby now. Yippee!! Isn’t that a great feeling – to only make one meal that feeds 5 hungry people (3 of them under 6-yrs old!) with minimal complaining!
This is also a great one to make in a foil tin, and bring to the newest mommies and daddies you know. I throw in a Caesar salad (with roasted corn for an extra yummy addition), some Italian soda. Mmm-mmm good.
1 lb box rigatoni (or penne or farfale)
1 lb ground turkey (also fine with beef)
1 26-oz jar spaghetti sauce
1 15-oz ricotta
1 cup mozzarella
preheat 350 degrees
boil the pasta as directed. rinse.
brown the meat. add the sauce. simmer 5 minutes. (**I add some garlic salt and italian seasoning)
in large bowl, stir together the ricotta and egg. add the cooked noodles.
in 13x9, layer 1/2 of the meat mixture.
cover with all of the noodle mixture.
top with remaining 1/2 of meat.
sprinkle mozzarella cheese on top.
bake 25-30 minutes.
Elliot (Dad), Liberty, and I (Mom) went to Pisa. We got such a kick out of everyone doing the obligatory photos of holding up the tower. It looked so funny that Elliot ran around taking pictures of people taking pictures. In my scrapbook memorializing this trip I have a 2 page spread of this. Liberty and I were sitting on the steps laughing so hard we literally had to hold our stomachs.
Then we took a picture of Elliot and Lib pointing at the wrong building.
Tuscany is my favorite place in the world to vacation. Liberty took us by train to Sienna for the day during our time with her. The fields were filled with Sunflowers. This was taken from our train window.
The other is a picture of Liberty and me up in a tower in Sienna. Great view.