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Monday, May 28, 2012

Capturing the (last few) Weeks

Hi, Everyone! Sorry for not posting any new material, I've been extremely busy these last few weeks. So much going on, more about all this later :-) But here's a little of what has been happening in my world...

                                         On our nature walks

Art Day

Fun mini bricks

More from our nature walks

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Tuesday, May 15, 2012

C'est la Vie!

On the way to work this morning, I heard this song and knew right away that I would share some of my favorites by Ms. Piaf.  There are so many to choose from!  I love that these are live.  But then again, it really wasn't that long ago that she was here with us.

(Check this one out as well- Notice how she blows a kiss to the sky.  I think this was right after Marcel Cerdan was killed in an accident.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

My New and Improved Dream Kitchen

A while back I blogged about my dream kitchen.  For me, the kitchen is the heart of the home. Where friends can come and chat and cook a meal together.  My current kitchen does not allow for this, though I've never tried but I am thinking about having friends over and we'll make the meal together (idea courtesy of a friend's mum). But that is another story.  Anyway, I would like to amend some of my ideas on the perfect kitchen.  This is probably why it's a good thing I'm in a rental where I didn't have to make that final choice of what something will look like.  That's a lot of pressure.  My dream kitchen can still stay in my dreams...

Check out these floor boards!

I'm really digging the stone walls and the slate? floor.

I really like the idea of this reclaimed countertop.

And look at this pantry door!!

I think I have a Smeg fetish
Source: via Kerry on Pinterest
Now how would I design the bathroom....

Monday, May 7, 2012


I don't know if people know, but one of the features on is that it shows the general location of your viewer audience.  So I would like to thank you for taking the time to read my blog, it means so much to me...

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Capturing the Week- Blooming

Getting ready to make Salted Caramel ice cream

On our nature field trip

Belated Fashion Friday- Ball Gowns

If you happen to be in or near London anytime between now and next January 2013, take a look at the new ball gown exhibit at Victoria and Albert Museum.  The display covers 2 floors!  Including gowns worn by Princess Di and the Queen Mother.  The exhibition will cover over sixty years of a strong British design tradition that continues to flourish. Eveningwear from the V&A’s vast collection, by designers including Victor Stiebel, Zandra Rhodes, Jonathan Saunders and Hussein Chalayan, will be on show alongside dresses fresh from the catwalk shows of Alexander McQueen, Giles Deacon, Erdem and Jenny Packham.  

Oh, if only London was closer....

Friday, May 4, 2012

Weekend BBQ- Black Bean Burgers

Is it obvious that I'm liking the recipes from the Spork girls?  A while back, I made the Black Bean and corn burgers. They suggest making mini burgers but I made them regular size and boy are they yummy!  I also used Eden's Carribean Style black bean and rice with some extra black beans from Eden's canned black beans (minus the liquid).  As usual, I used a shallot instead of a regular onion.  For the toppings, I used Whole Foods mango salsa (so tasty! and the green bits are from the salsa), and ketchup and mustard.  Even though I halved the mixture, it still made quite a bit so I froze the leftovers (shaping them into burgers before wrapping them up).  Later, I defrosted one and they still tasted just as good as the first making.  

(makes 12 mini burgers)
1 T oil, plus 2 T for cooking
1/2 of a large onion 
2 cloves garlic (didn't use)
1/2 c corn, fresh or frozen
1/2 large red or orange bell pepper, finely chopped
1 (15 oz) can black beans, rinsed
1/4 t chipotle powder (I used a little cayenne powder, thyme and red pepper flakes)
1 T vegan Worcestershire sauce
1 T lemon juice (I used a lime)
2 t agave nectar
3/4 C rolled oats
1 C bread crumbs (I used the whole wheat bread crumbs) or 2 pieces of spelt bread

Preheat large pot over medium heat and add 1 T oil.  Add onion and garlic and cook for about 2 minutes.  Add corn, bell pepper, salt, and pepper.  Cook until mixture is slightly browned, about 3-4 minutes and set aside.

In a food processor, combine black beans, chipotle powder, salt, Worcestershire sauce, lemon juice, and agave. Pulse together 5-8 times. Add oats and bread crumbs or spelt bread.  Pulse until uniform, scraping down the sides to further incorporate into processor.  Transfer to a large bowl.  Add cooked onion and pepper mixture to the bowl and mix. 

Heat a large pan over medium heat and add remaining oil.  With damp hands, form into burgers and place into heated pan.  Cook for about 5 minutes on each side or until browned. 

(some information: "Oats are a super nutrient-dense cereal grain that can actually help reduce cravings for cigarettes!)

(If you do decide to really bbq these, I would probably use a pan, I don't think the mixture would hold...)  

Enjoy!!  xo 

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