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Sunday, April 21, 2013

Nashville Blooms

The mystery plant that my father and I were trying to figure out and I think now that it has bloomed, I think it's Sweet William. Mystery solved? Whatever it is, it's really pretty and lived all winter outside. Finally, a plant I can leave alone and enjoy! 

Remington enjoying the sunshine. Eat it up, Kitty.

Oh I'm an inside cat and I love it out here. 

Planted some Cosmos last week and they're sproutin'!

Columbine, out of focus

Dogwood in our backyard

lookin' good, tree

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Low Carb Dinner: Alfredo Tilapia with Green Beans and Ceasar Salad

I've been buying frozen tilapia that comes in little sealed bags....they thaw in like 5 minutes in some warm water and bake at 400 for about 17-22 minutes...so easy and good! I just sprinkle garlic powder, salt and pepper, little bit of curry and drizzle olive oil on top. 

I made alfredo (from scratch!) for the first time and it was like pure creamy nectar. So, i tried it on the fish and it was sooo good cause I usually like this fish with a "creamy" sidekick. So, anyways, I topped with a 'swirl' of Sriracha with some capers. Yumm. 

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Sunday Morning Roast

We have been trying to find the right day to cook this roast and it's been such a busy week...so low and behold, Sunday it is!

We used a simple recipe and have made this in the past where we let it cook all day (7 hours-ish) on 250 and it's sooo good.

 garlic, carrots, onions and red potatoes....

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Favorite Sushi...

We have officially found our favorite sushi place...in Green Hills of all places. The prices are great...especially for the amount of food you're getting. And, it is so consistently good. Everytime we go, it is seemingly more delicious than before. We looooove it.

Tokyo Japanese Steakhouse : http://www.yelp.com/biz/tokyo-japanese-steak-house-nashville



Our lovely neighbors are moving (sad face) and while packing they found this atlas which is absolutely beautiful. And they gave it to us? Ah, we're going to miss them.
I was told that I cannot cut it up and I understand completely. It'd be like killing a unicorn.

Copyright dated 1949

Thursday, April 11, 2013

"Text Rain", Camille Utterback

Current exhibit at the Frist Center for the Visual Arts....

"Text Rain" by Camille Utterback, interactive digital installations

Laura and I

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Low Carb Roasted Vegetables and Sausage

I know D gets so tired of eating this, but I love this meal! We have been on a low carb diet for almost a year now and this is soooooo easy (and delicious).  I make this Sunday night and snack on it all week...

1 bag frozen brussel sprouts
1 package of Polska Kielbasa sausage or turkey sausage
a handful of grape tomatoes
1 onion sliced into large chunks
1/2 bag whole baby carrots
chopped parsley
2-3 garlic cloves chopped coarsely

you can also add: potatoes/sweet potatoes, bell pepper, zucchini, cabbage

olive oil drizzled generously
a couple of dashes of worcestershire
a drip or two of balsamic vinegar...optional
salt and pepper
or try Dale's Seasoning with olive oil

Bake at 350 for about 40-50 minutes...or until sausage looks golden and yummy.



Saturday, April 6, 2013

Geometric Jewelry

I found some clay beads I made with my beautiful cousin Leah a long time ago...and it was time to finally paint them and make something with them. (Another attempt to be productive over spring break...)

I also had these doll arms which I've been wanting to turn into earrings for quite some time....


Found these awesome jumbo beads at the thrift store....
I did a latex paint half-dip and love the way they turned out.

The girls and I had a Sculpey day last week and made some fun pendants and beads. 

Here's my plans...

Oh and here's the dipping'drying system I came up with for the jumbo beads...

Re-purposed Buttons

Here's a fun idea that I forgot about...found a bag of these in the basement the other day that I made over a year ago. I used mod podge and pre-made buttons that I bought at a thrift store. 

Great way to re-purpose old buttons!