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Monday, November 26, 2012

Snapdragons and Mason Jars

These purple snapdragon flowers are very beautiful in the blue mason jars.  I have been seeing a lot of people put flowers in mason jars and was inspired by this idea found on gallery and inspiration on style me pretty website.  I thought I would give it a try with some pink snapdragons and some simple glass recycled food containers I had.  Here is how it turned out below. 

I thought it was a cute look to go on a table for a lunch.  Another idea is to make about five of these arrangements and line them up down an long rectangular table or use different height vases and arrange the snapdragons in the middle of a circular table.  Hope you found some flora inspiration, have a good week!

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Sunflower Love Captured in a Drawing and Painting

 Hello Everyone,

 Hope you are enjoying Fall and had a good Thanksgiving!  There are so many things to be thankful for such as: family, friends, nature, flowers, cooking, creativity.  My list could go on.  I just looked up what season sunflowers are in bloom at this site flowercalendar.  I was sad to see that sunflowers are coming to the end of their season.  Sunflowers are in season from early May to mid November.  

Sunflowers are one of my favorite flowers to brighten up a space.  Just as the name says they are like a sun, sunny and bright.  The add a instant amount of joy to a room and look lovely arranged by themselves in a vase.  On a Saturday I worked on a little drawing with pencil of a sunflower in a blue vase.  I like the two bright colors together, the yellow and blue.  

I like the drawing just in graphite, yet decided I wanted to capture the bright colors of the flower.  I gave it a go with the watercolors.  The picture turned out to be bright and bold.  It does not look exactly like the flower and vase, yet the process of painting was relaxing and fun.  

I hope this post inspires you to possibly try to draw some flowers you enjoy and maybe add some color as well.   Are there any flowers or food items you enjoy drawing? 

Monday, November 19, 2012

Pastries With Fresh Garlic Chives

{Fresh garlic chives from my window sill garden}

{Working on chopping}

{Salomi and Garlic Chives}

{Roll out the triangle shaped dough, spread a thin layer of cream cheese, sprinkle garlic chives on top and salomi}

{Roll up the dough into a and sprinkle with garlic chives and put in the oven for 10-12 minutes at 375 degrees}

{Allow to cool on the foil and enjoy!}
Hello friends!  Hope you have been having a good fall.  I haven't been posting as much due to grad school and work keeping my pretty busy of the late.  I hope you still enjoy following along from time to time and get inspired to try some new recipes.  This recipe was inspired by seeing different recipes like this on Pintrest, yet I gave it a go and just combined what looked good to me.  And guess what!?  It worked and tasted great. 

These little pastries with fresh garlic are easy to make for an appetizer or a party!  I enjoyed making them because they were quick and tasted delicious in the end.  I literally had to stop myself after the second one.
Are there any fall recipe favorites that you would like to share?  

-1 crescent roll package
-plain cream cheese
-fresh garlic chives

1.)  Pre-heat the oven to 375 degrees.
2.)  Roll out the crescent shaped dough on a cutting board (they will look like mini triangles).
3.)  On one side of the triangle shaped dough spread a thin layer of cream cheese.
4.)  Chop the garlic chives in small pieces and sprinkle over the cream cheese.
5.)  Cut the salomi into thin pieces and place onto of the garlic chives.
6.)  Roll up the dough and place each piece on a try with aluminum foil.  Make sure they do not touch one another.
7.)  Cook for 10-12 min on 375 degrees. 
8.)  Allow the pastries to cool and enjoy!

Monday, November 5, 2012

Fresh Lil Herbs

Today I bought two lil fresh herb plants. Looking forward to using the garlic chives in dips and the greek oregano in some pasta sauces.

Look forward to seeing these herbs in use soon, and thanks for reading!

P.S. Here's me with the purple toes studying on the patio in the beautiful 81 degree November weather.

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Sunday Breakfast With Fresh Vegetables

{Egg scramble:  fresh kale, small red and yellow tomatoes, salami, cheese, four eggs + toast with butter and jam}

{Farm fresh eggs from the farmers market.  I love the speckles on them, so beautiful}

{Add all the vegetable chopped up and four eggs into a bowl, whisk, and then pour in to a pan to cook.  Remember to keep stirring so the eggs do not burn and become fluffy}

{Enjoy the delicious Sunday breakfast with some coffee or tea}