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Cool things will happen.

03 Jan
Burton LipStick + snow = happiness

At 9,000 feet elevation, I’m standing above the cloud line

Just a little eye candy for you while I’m still on vacation. To be fair, it’s only eye candy if you’re into snowboarding, but let’s pretend, shall we? We hit the slopes at Mt. Rose in Nevada today. It was a great warm-up day on my new board. Check this baby out! I am officially even happier than when I was posing with my other board.

This little number is the Burton LipStick that I’ve been coveting for months. It’s a little stiffer than last year’s model which means I’m not compromising on speed. But she’s a little gal, this one: light, flexible and nimble. I found her so easy to ride, quick to pop, even quicker to turn through the trees, and this is just my first day of the season. I’ll be reporting back on all the cool new things I learn to do on it because cool things will definitely happen.

Tagine served with spicy chickpeas over quinoa

Last night, I made a root vegetable tagine with spiced chickpeas over quinoa for dinner. This is my second attempt, I made some modifications to the recipe which I think improved it considerably. Half the lemon, no olives for the hubby, twice the spices and I added potatoes to the mix. I still think I could improve upon it but I’m ambitious that way. It was a hit. I got to use my new 8 quart grass green Chantal dutch oven, which was a steal at T.J.Maxx, which made me very happy.

 

30 for 30, day 21. Buttermilk biscuits.

28 Nov

Gluten-free buttermilk biscuits
Dressed for some quality time in the kitchen

This blog was originally intended to document my 30 for 30 remix challenge. What I would do next was yet to be determined. Two-thirds of the way into the challenge and I can already tell it will likely evolve to encompass much more. As one who takes so much pleasure in trying new things and the dedication it takes into perfecting them, this sounds like the ideal outlet.

When I got my iPhone two years ago I discovered a tool to document aspects of my life; aspects I thought were interesting enough to share instantaneously. I’ve since realized a better camera, a tripod and a blog provide me with a better system for crafting a better experience. I have more time to consider what I want to say. At the same time, having only a day or so to work on it is a great lesson in letting go.

As a graphic designer, this is one of the hardest things to do. Rejection has never a problem. Letting go is a whole other story. This is my lesson. Put it out there with thought and care then let it go into the world. Its permanence is fluid. A post can later be edited, improved upon or deleted. But first, I still have to let it go.

This morning I’m enjoying the sun shining on the hillside along with a couple biscuits from Gluten-Free Girl and The Chef’s Buttermilk Biscuit recipe, Shauna is my gluten-free hero. I woke up this morning with an itch to bake. Thirty minutes later, voila! I’ve made these biscuits before, they keep getting better and better. Today, however, I realized I need finer salt. My coarse salt failed the test. I don’t think it blended as well as it should have and the biscuits tasted saltier than I remember.

Nonetheless, they were delicious with butter and homemade plum jam sent back with us from our last visit to Sandpoint, Idaho. My friend and mother-in-law, Liliana, is a genius in the kitchen. The plums were from their garden. There is no better food karma than this.

Deets: Yellow t-shirt/Shana Logic, popsicle t-shirt/Threadless, black leggings/Hue, beanie/gifted, hand-carved wood earrings/Chicago, hand-crafted glass beaded necklace/gifted, elastic top slip-ons/Munro.