Saturday, October 24, 2009
I strongly recommend a trip like this for your 30th birthday.
Saturday, October 3, 2009
Thursday, October 1, 2009
Saturday, September 19, 2009
Did you know that women on Medicaid are not covered by their federal policy for abortions?
Did you know that any woman receiving medical benefits through the federal government is ineligible to access funding for their own reproductive choice? That includes all federal employees, all soldiers, all women using Peace Corps insurance.
Healthcare reform is very complex and we've all heard the debates about a public option and the unfortunate truth that the people who have the least to loose fight the loudest. I am am terrified that women and children are being left out of the reform debate because they are not represented by powerful, wealthy lobbying groups. Believe what you will about the future of our country's healthcare services, but know that it is a FACT that women will be negatively effected disproportionately than men; and poor women will be hit hardest. WMF believes that reproductive choice is essential, but recognizes that without access, choice is meaningless. By providing direct financial assistance to low-income women, they equalize the playing field, giving poor females the same options that have always been available to their better-heeled peers.
Supporting WMF is an easy act of activism. The money you donate will go directly to the organization. It will not be used in national marketing campaigns and you will not see any specially colored products at the store claiming to raise awareness about this cause. I am asking you, as one who has previously fundraised for another major event in October, honor me and my "survivorness" by making a donation to WMF. Sadly, the money you donate to Komen next month (or any month) will not do as much good as claimed in protecting young women from getting breast cancer. The money you donate to WMF will literally change a woman's life IN YOUR COMMUNITY. This is your chance. And all you have to do is buy a ticket to a really fun party.
Can't come on Oct. 2? No problem. You can buy raffle tickets for $10 each and take your shot at winning 1 of the 3 amazing grand prizes:
- Luxe Home package that includes a sofa valued at $2,500 and design consultation session
- 2-night stay (with dinner) at the Hotel Du Village in New Hope
- Moore Brothers Wine Company "Tutored Tasting" for 24-36 people to be held at your home (or another suitable location)
Sunday, August 23, 2009
Wednesday, August 5, 2009
I did it!! Thanks to Cathy, an amazing teacher at Spool, I sewed a dress from a pattern! I took the 4 week Party Dress class and learned so much about darts, zippers, lining and skirt gathering. I met some awesome women, including a fellow CHOP worker. I learned that I cannot just decide which aspects of a pattern I want to include in my finished product and I learned that being mindful when I cut a pattern is key.
Monday, August 3, 2009
fresh smoothies for breakfast. strawberry, cherry, blueberry, banana with some trader joe's organic vanilla yogurt (which has now edged out stoneyfield farms as my fave) photo shoot with the Shuka. she's been staying with us for the past month but she's going home to her mom soon. she pretends she doesn't like us, but i know the truth.
potato samosas for a party i went to on saturday night. a little more effort than i usually make but oh so worth it.
went to fallen fruit's annual Fruit Jam, where you bring home-grown or found fruit (i cheated and bought oranges at the farmers market) and everyone gathers together and makes jam. i am now the proud owner of four jars of mixed berry jam. delish.
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
I can’t wait to try:
39. Yucatecan street food as salad: Roast fresh corn kernels in a pan with a little oil; toss with cayenne or minced chilis, lime juice and a little queso fresco. Cherry tomatoes are optional.
76. Slice fresh figs — many, if you live where they grow — and top with crumbled bacon, balsamic vinegar (the best you have) and crumbled blue cheese.
99. Toss cooked quinoa with fresh sliced apricots, cherries, pecans, and enough lemon and black pepper to make the whole thing savory.
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
Want to find a farmers market near you or a baker that uses local organic ingredients? Or maybe you are going on a road trip and want to avoid the mostly fast food options out on the road? Try the Eat Well Guide. I found a baker near my house that I hadn't known about, a few more smaller farmers markets in the area to supplement my big Sunday trip, as well as a ton of restaurants to add to my to-try list. After a little browsing, I found using the city, state as a search term instead of the zip code gave me more results.
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
Friday, July 17, 2009
The August issue of Gourmet was in today's mail. The cover recipe is the most delicious looking photograph I have ever seen. I want to eat the page. Lemon Ice Cream Sandwiches with Blueberry Swirl.
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
baby radish leaf, from a bunch of radishes from the farmers market. the realization that you can eat the radish greens made me sad for all the previous bunches that were tossed.
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
The first batch of the season, a delicious and creamy mint chocolate chip from my hero Alice Water's book The Art of Simple Food. I made a special trip to the store to get ice cream cones for Pete, my guess is they will be gone by the end of the week. What flavor to do next? Coffee or buttermilk?
Monday, July 13, 2009
I'm blowing up her spot because she would never do it herself. In fact, our ABB readers likely don't know that RKM is the brains (and muscle and baker) behind Sweet Pea Nourishment's baked goods/desserts. Way to go Rach!
Carrot-Ginger Oat Cookies
From Rachel Myers, Sweet Pea Nourishment
Makes about 2 1/2 dozen cookies
1 cup whole wheat pastry flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. sea salt, fine grain
1 cup rolled oats
2/3 cup pecans, chopped
1 cup carrots, shredded
1/2 cup real maple syrup, room temperature
1/2 cup unrefined (fragrant) coconut oil, warmed until just melted
1 tsp. fresh ginger, grated
1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees and line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
2. Whisk together the flour, baking powder, salt, and oats in a large bowl. Add the nuts and carrots.
3. In a smaller bowl, whisk to combine the maple syrup, coconut oil, and grated ginger. Add this to the flour mixture and stir until just combined.
4. Drop cookie batter onto prepared baking sheets, one tablespoon at a time, leaving 2 or so inches between each cookie. Bake in the top third of the oven for 12 to 14 minutes or until cookies are golden on top and bottom.
Thursday, July 9, 2009
Tuesday, June 30, 2009
Somewhere in the cobwebs of my brain, I remembered that last year, jessica mae was very excited about CBIC and since she screened my call, I turned to the interwebs for answers. I wasn't surprised when I found what I was looking for on Smitten Kitchen.
Seriously, you guys, this COULDN'T BE EASIER. And so delicious and really better than hot-coffee-chilled-in-the-fridge. And I get to use my own beans. And it requires NO cleaning out the filter. And I am still going after leaving my house at 6.15 a.m. and working all day and going to yoga.
Cold-brewed iced coffee (from Smitten Kitchen) - Makes 2 16 oz servings
8 tbs ground coffee (or 2/3 cup)
4 cups of water
Pour could water into 4 cup measuring cup. Add ground coffee. Put measuring cup in the fridge over night. In the morning, strain the liquid gold and enjoy over ice, with CSA milk and VT maple syrup. Drink with a straw. Be thankful that you won't have to clean out another coffee filter this summer.
*image of delicious looking coffee comes from a blog that you totally want to check out
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
*limeade with mint. so easy to make and so refreshing, this is definitely my new summer beverage. it tastes even better when you drink it while you read in the backyard with the sun shining down on you.
*driving to work. not necessarily the driving part, but the whole being able to listen to npr part.
*stone fruit at the farmers market. the sadness of losing cherries is tempered by the arrival of plums, peaches, and pluots. i had never heard of a pluot until i moved to california, but now i am smitten.
*the fact that in one week i will be in puerto rico!
Friday, June 19, 2009
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
i finished the last of these beauties last night. there's only a few more weeks of cherry season left, and i'm feeling the need to make the most of it. i think a visit to a pick your own needs to be on the agenda for the weekend. i have visions of making jam and other assorted delish pastries, but i know most of them will end up in my belly. could be worse.
Monday, June 15, 2009
rode bikes to our new favorite breakfast spot then continued down the bike path to the beach
visited the garden center where we saw this guy with about nine million pounds of pollen on his legs and looking like he wasn't done any time soon.
strung the lights over our work in progress patio. it's well on it's way to becoming our lush garden oasis.
Sunday, June 14, 2009
The kitchen looks better after every weekend. Loving the way the orange looks with the walls and counter tops. I have one more project up my sleeves for this week, and then I'm pretty sure I'll focus on sewing.
Friday, June 12, 2009
Thursday, June 11, 2009
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
Tuesday, June 9, 2009
Monday, June 8, 2009
Saturday, June 6, 2009
Friday, June 5, 2009
Friday, May 29, 2009
It was a hard decision, with the red counter tops and black and white tiled floors (neither of our choosing).
I would love a whole new kitchen, but they are expensive and take more planning than 2 trips to Home Depot. We chose Sea Life with Carrot Stick accents. I think the paint works amazingly. Totally transforms the space and makes me happy when I look into the kitchen from the living room. What do you think?
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
Thursday, May 14, 2009
Wednesday, May 6, 2009
Monday, May 4, 2009
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
Sunday, April 19, 2009
After consuming many BB cupcakes, in every flavor, I realized that I am over BB cupcakes. They are kept refrigerated, which makes immediate enjoyment significantly less. The cake is too dense, the frosting too sweet. And the size. My goodness, each cupcake is easily cut into 3 manageable portions. The 3 people who live in my mother-in-law's house love these cupcakes, so I will keep buying them for those 3 people, whom I love very much. But they are not for me anymore. Nope, i've found something new.
The cupcakes from Grocery are more than a bit better. O.M.G. I had my first, a coco loco - coconut cake, cream cheese frosting, toasted coconut, on Tuesday. (Jed bought it for me as a surprise and left it at my hair salon. Seriously, my husband is great, but that's not what this post is about. ) These are how cupcakes should be - small enough for 1; moist, soft cake; icing that doesn't send you straight into an insulin overdose. The next time you find yourself on or near 13th Street (like at the Wanamaker building for a meeting with the webteam or finance), treat yourself to a delish cupcake. I'm pretty sure the beauties will make you reconsider your allegiances.
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
About a year ago, I learned about the website Postcards from your momma, and instantly became hooked. When I started reading the site, I was a few months from my wedding and my mom was sending me amazing emails about planning and ideas and flowers and spanx. So i did what many readers did - I submitted one of lo's better emails.
DO NOT GET SPANX. they stop circulation. It could cause fainting spells. Really they are only for the very, very skinny who have nothing to push up or down or around. Get something comfortable and not tight that will just smoth you up and down.
Love the picture. thanksI rsvp's to the Kick-off lol
This is email gold - it's got it all...the all caps yelling effect, the bizarre rant about an object of underwear, and the lol.
Long story short, the website became a book (duh) and the owners/authors (what are they called? they started the website, but what did they write?) wanted to include lois' email in said book. I am excited to say that Love, Mom is now available and it was great seeing my momma's email on pg. 63.