Sunday, January 30, 2011

Memories of Spring

It is a dreary winter day
here in Chicago…
I find it reassuring to look at
beautiful memory of last spring.
My nemesia….

Monday, January 17, 2011

Cooking: Cranberry Almond Upside Down Cake

Upside Down Cranberry Almond Cake
from Rustic Fruit Desserts

This cake is so tender.
Perfect for a brunch.
I made it a few weekends ago
when cranberries were still in the stores.
I tried making this yesterday with wild blueberries.
Sounds like a good idea right?
…almonds, blueberries….yum!
Well it is good but it never fully cooked.
Those blueberries release allot more juice than the cranberries!

Was going to bring cake to my neighbors
as a thank you for habitually continuing to shovel down the side walk
from thier home to my kind!
(They know I hate to shovel snow.)
But it doesn't look like my blueberry version will be leaving my home
…ah well…
at least they didn’t know it was coming
and have to suffer any disappointment.

Have you had a cooking mishap recently?

Monday, January 10, 2011

Pinks and Reds are blooming...

Getting ready to add a few more
pink and red journals
in time for Valentine’s Day….

Here is a dramatic cherry blossom
that makes me think of Geisha’s…
click on the photo for a closer look!

Saturday, January 1, 2011

happy new year!

2011 journal, Grandma's hot cocoa (with chuncks of chocolate floating on top)
and a beaded pen from....santa claus

This morning I began my 2011 journal.

January 1st continues to be the traditional day to set goals and resolutions.
It is also, for me, a day to put away the old year to help me start fresh for the new.
As I was sorting through papers for recycling
I ran across an Evolving Your Spirit Issue Forty Three / November 2010
I had picked up at Whole Foods.
I had not read it and as I a flipped through the pages
I found the below Native American story.
It seemed to be a great mantra to kicking off the year.
Image from TheNaturalWorld
One evening
an old Cherokee father was teaching his grandson about life.
He said, “My son, there is a battle going inside of each of us
between two wolves.

One is Evil.
It represents anger, envy, jealousy, sorrow, regret,
greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority,
lies, false pride, superiority, and ego.

The other is Good.
It represents joy, peace, love, hope, serenity,
humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity,
truth, compassion and faith.”

The grandson thought about it for a minute
and then asked his grandfather:
“Which wolf wins?”

The old Cherokee simply replied,
“The one you feed.”

Image from TheNaturalWorld

Wishing you a wonderful New Year!