Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Things around here that make me take a breath and smile . . .

Making our own rain during this eighty-degree January spell . . . 
Barefoot and leaping . . . 
 The mysterious flower I just found behind our house . . .
 And the surprise violets that are blooming . . . So quietly elegant . . .
Fresh ingredients from the Sunday Market . . .
 Multi grain bread that came out soooo good!!! I'll tell you more about that soon . . . Heavenly desserts . . . 
My dear five-year-old listening with all his might . . . 
And these boys getting so big I can only watch and try to assimilate . . .

                                                                           Cheers ~ Marica

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Releasing Ladybugs . . .

We decided to add a few more ladybugs to our yard . . .
 Fifteen hundred to be exact . . . 
 It was wonderful watching the kids so enthralled with the crawly little beasts . . .
They named their new friends . . .  
Counted their spots . . . 
And then bid them farewell on their many adventures . . . 
A fun momentary acquaintance with such small living beings . . .
                               

                                            Cheers ~ Marica

Friday, January 20, 2012

Homemade Sushi . . . A couple of secrets . . .

Sushi is one of my most favorite things. I have tried and tried again to replicate the exactly satisfying experience that makes going out to sushi an occasional necessity. Over the last year or so I have come to a few realizations and come up with a couple of tricks:

1. Pick vibrant flavors.
2. A little spread miso paste carries it a long way.
3. A squeeze of fresh ginger can put it over the edge. 

This last batch I used different combinations of the following ingredients. 
Radish sprouts, cucumber, cilantro, sesame seeds, pickled carrots, 
avocado, sushi grade ahi, baked golden bass, meyer lemon and sriracha
Some were with both fish, some were vegetarian.  
Toasting the sesame seeds in a dry pan before using them adds flavor . . . 
 A small slice of meyer lemon with a dash of the sriracha adds spice and a little sour-sweet . . .
For the pickled carrots I soaked sliced carrots in a bath of salt, white balsamic vinegar and water.
I let them sit in the refrigerator for several hours, but the next day they were even better . . .
I'm not giving the full recipe, because unfortunately I threw it together too quickly and forgot to 
measure. Good luck with your next sushi making endeavor . . .

                                                                                ~ Marica

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Internet Censorship . . .

I really try not to get political in this blog. I have strong feelings about many things, but this space is not where I wish to vent them. That said, I wanted to let all Internet readers know about a very serious censorship bill that must be stopped. I ask fellow readers and writers to please write congress and let them know that you are opposed to Internet censorship. The following link makes it very easy. 
http://sopastrike.com/strike 


Thank you all ~ Marica
 


Sunday, January 15, 2012

Wabi-Sabi . . . Lately . . .

It feels like forever since I have been able to sit down and etch out a quick post. As wabi-sabi is such a capturing catch-all of the beauty of everyday, I thought I'd post some pictures from the last couple of weeks . . . The simple yet so deeply here in my house moments . . .
On the bedroom wall . . . 
Over my dresser . . . 
So used, so loved . . .
In the kitchen . . . 
Rolling dough . . .
Sliced and ready . . .
Almost real looking crossants . . . 
A last minute birthday card . . . 
And lastly . . . The dedication of sour-grass as it pokes its bright yellow flowers
 up through the concret . . . 
This is my wabi-sabi as of late, what is yours??

                                                                                                                    Hope everyone is well ~ Marica

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Last night and the year to come . . .

Last night we celebrated with lasagna, salad, and homemade cracker twists . . . 
We made drinks with fresh squeezed lemon, sparkling water and bourbon.
We tossed in frozen strawberries as ice cubes . . .Today I think about the things I want to finish this year, or at least keep working on . . . 
I have so many projects . . . I need to start stamping some as closed . . . 
All done . . . 
No more work needed . . .
Somethings take their own time . . . Like the bamboo I am growing along the fence . . .
But others need me to be the fire to get them completed. 

                     Happy New Year and Best Wishes to Everyone ~ Marica