Yesterday, i became reacquainted with my paint table…i have to admit….it was hard…like triple dipple super duper double dog HARD….but custom orders always way heavily on my mind until i finish them….even though i read 2 books this week (and thoroughly enjoyed it) i couldn’t fully relax knowing i had 7 orders i had to pump out….so i pinned down this weekend to immerse myself in a world of color and got all my orders done….phew! now i can go back to my kindle baby….these are the two books i read this week….
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004JN1D4G/ref=kinw_myk_ro_title ~i finished this one in one day….i’ve been fighting a cold for over 2 weeks and last Sunday was the worst…so i cozied up in my new christmas pjs and read for 6 hours….one of my favorite days ever! the book was good…it’s one of those books that continuously haunt you…..different…spooky….twisted…..worth reading
the second book i read was a 99 cent download on amazon…and i LOVED it…couldn’t put it down…read it in 2 days…
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003I84M9Q/ref=kinw_myk_ro_title...i just loved it!
Now today, i can relax, read, cuddle and enjoy every minute before i head to yoga tonight and have dinner at Grille 26 afterwards with my favorite yoginis…..yay! here are a few of my little goddesses (minus the Mother Goddess (mom!) and Micara and of course OUR SEAN!)
Another thing i’ve loved getting back into is….COOKING…. (i think my family is pretty happy too!) Last night for dinner i made tilapia florentine…..it was excellent…i love tilapia…maybe not as much as my daughter…but i love it….i had 4 fillets and she ate 2 outta the four….love how great of an eater she is….she’ll try anything….and i mean ANYTHING…and wherever we go, she always wants to try something new…a girl after my own heart….a FUTURE FOODIE….
- 1 package fresh baby spinach
- olive oil
- 4 tilapia fillets
- juice of half a lime
- 2 teaspoons garlic sea salt
- 1 egg, lightly beaten
- 1/2 cup part-skim ricotta cheese
- 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
In a large nonstick skillet, cook spinach in oil until wilted; drain. Meanwhile, place tilapia in a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish. Drizzle with lime juice. Sprinkle with garlic sea salt. In a small bowl, combine the egg, ricotta cheese and spinach; spoon over fillets. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese. Bake at 375° for 20-25 minutes or until fish flakes easily with a fork.
I served with Glazed Carrots…always a family favorite….
- 3 tablespoons dark-brown sugar
- 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) unsalted butter
- 2 1/2 pounds baby carrots, peeled and trimmed
add carrots to boiling water and cook for 10-12 minutes until tender…when to desired tenderness, place in a glass casserole dish….melt butter, water and brown sugar in a saucepan and bring to a boil…boil for 1 minute and pour over carrots….cook in oven for 15 minutes
and for dessert we had Coconut Rice Pudding with Toasted Almonds…spectacular!
- 1/3 cup slivered almonds
- 1 cup arborio rice
- 4 cups lite coconut milk (about 2 1/4 cans)
- 1/3 cup milk
- 1/2 cup sugar
Toast the almonds in a dry nonstick frying pan over medium heat until lightly golden and fragrant. Transfer to a plate and set aside to cool. Make the rice pudding: combine the rice, coconut milk, milk and sugar in a medium saucepan and cook over high heat, stirring until sugar dissolves. Bring to the boil, reduce heat to low, cover and cook, stirring often, until rice is tender, 20 minutes.
Serve the pudding warm sprinkled with the almonds.
RECIPE ALTERED from technicolor kitchen
and yet one more recipe….holy moly….i’m on a roll…or should i say doughnut?
i used my batter recipe from my Doughnut Muffin Post HERE but i doubled it…. the only thing i didn’t double…i actually cut in half, was the sugar…..
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup vanilla yogurt or light mayo
- 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1 cup milk (soy milk works nicely too!)
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 2 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/2 an apple diced
Preheat your oven to 375 degrees and grease muffin tin or a doughnut pan, set aside. Mix up the sugar, yogurt and cinnamon in a large bowl. Then, add in the milk, baking powder and flour until just combined. Add 1/2 diced apple to the batter and Fill muffin tins about 3/4 full and bake for 20 minutes. For the glaze i used
- 1 T melted butter
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- 2 T of milk
- 1/2 tsp vanilla
- sprinkles of cinnamon
Now don’t laugh at me…..but I am ahead of the game on something…..TOTALLY AHEAD of the game…..i’ve already started packing…..i leave in 10 days and the excitement is overwhelming me! I’m super excited for the cruise and for Disney World…but what i’m really excited about is being able to wear all my cute little sundresses and flip flops…CAN.NOT.WAIT.FOR.SUNSHINE.AND.DRESSES.PAINTED.TOES.BEACHES.MICKEY.DOLPHINS.FAMILY.LOVE.AND.MEMORIES.