Sunday, March 20, 2011

Day 79: Nude Ravioli

The recipe I helped J. make for his project was literally "nude ravioli". We are experimenting with recipes from a regional Italian cookbook and this was one of them. Basically, it is the insides of a typical ravioli shaped into a ball and cooked on wax paper or parchment without being stuffed inside the pasta. They were good, but rich.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Day 76: The End of The Lord of the Rings

Finishing the Lord of the Rings trilogy was bittersweet. I've never taken this long to read a book(s). Usually, if I am really interested in a book, I'll finish it in a day or two, but everytime I picked up these books, I would fall asleep after 1-2 pages usually. Anyway, I truly enjoyed following Frodo and Sam on their journey. I had seen the movies a few times before but this is the first time I had read the books. I am glad I saw the movies first because I tend to be one of those people who get caught up in semantics and would be disappointed in differences between the books and movies. I wish I had kept track of some of the thoughts presented in the books better by writing or bookmarking them, 
but I didn't. Great insights into war and life.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Day 75: The Story of George Washington

Excerpts from E's report that was part of her classes debate between 
Lincoln and Washington... hehehe.

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Day 71: Greg gets married

Greg was Jeff's assistant for a couple years way back when. He got married on Jeff's birthday this year at a winery. We are very happy for Leanne and Greg.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Day 69: Yummy Dinner Ingredients

Tonight I stopped at the State Store and let inspiration be my guide to dinner. I picked up a new Chardonnay to try, Cloud Bay Chardonnay 2005, first.  Thinly sliced steak, a wedge of parmesan cheese, tomato, basil, sourdough bread, then found their way into my cart. At home, I cooked the steak in a balsamic vinegar reduction with fresh garlic. Next, I minced more fresh garlic and basil and mixed it with balsamic salad dressing. I placed the cooked steak on pieces of sourdough bread, spooned the garlic basil balsamic dressing on it, topped it with thinly sliced tomato, and topped it with sliced parmesan cheese. I placed the open faced sandwiches (sandwich doesn't even seem like an appropriate word for this combination) into the broiler for three minutes. Voila! Major yum!

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Day 68: Random

Trees coming home from work. Collaboration night with the kids. C's photo didn't turn out so well.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Day 67: E and E and Just Dance 2

365 this year is mostly for me to capture my family as moments happen. I've really enjoyed looking back over 2007 and so it is my goal to mix lots of family photos in this year.

Monday, March 7, 2011

Day 66: Same old, same old

When in doubt, whip lofi celli out... and take a pic of the commute home.

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Day 65: Italian Chocolate Hazelnut Pudding

Part of J's Italian Cooking project, homemade Italian chocolate hazelnut pudding. Yummy. It was so rich hardly any of us could finish it in one sitting.

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Day 64: Montgomery County, Pennsylvania Beauty

Always when I am driving, I am struck by the beauty of where I live, especially when it's slightly overcast yet a ray of sunlight is still cast over the fields moments before the sun says goodnight to the day. At this moment, I always wish I could take a photo. Today, I decided to pull over and capture it with my lofi celli. Lofi celli captured far more detail than I thought was possible with it. I am not sure I have the color exactly right because at this time of day when it is slightly stormy, the sky is a deep periwinkle and the rays from the sun make the corn fields glow a magnificent wheat yellow.  It's like a little hello from God every time I see it.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Day 62: Lunch for One

There's a great little Chinese restaurant close enough to my work that I can go there for lunch and get back to work in time. Jeff and I love their curried vegetables with rice. And, I love when the waiters know me and what I like.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Day 61: Sculpture Around Town

I discovered this bird sculpture while walking back to my car in Doylestown. I think it is by a local scupltor, Steven Snyder.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Day 60: Car Disco

Yes, I sing and sometimes "dance" in my car. Loving lofi celli for this shot.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Day 53: Self Portrait Sketch

The summer of 9th grade, I was trapped in the bedroom of a boy holding a knife over me similar in size to this one. We were only friends.  He thought it was funny... one of those half joking, half serious kinds of actions. There was someone else in the room with us, but I really can't remember who it was. Thankfully, someone else knocked on his front door, allowing me eventual exit from his room without harm. I never told my Mom. I did eventually tell my husband.
How an event like this can effect a person is weird.   Your thought patterns change.  

(This is a sketch for a self-portrait. I honestly don't know if I will do a final or if this will end up as the final.)

Monday, February 21, 2011

Day 52: Historic Church in New Britain, PA

A church near my home and on my way to work. I only took one photo that day and this was it, as I waited at a traffic light.

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Day 51: Makeup

What started out as doing each other's makeup in regular styles ended up doing zombie makeup. Great fun! Of course, C. had nothing to do with it! E. on the other hand looks like a teenager and she still has a few years to go before she is one of those.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Day 47: Field Trip!

J. with the signer's of the Constitution at the Constitution Center.

J. at the Libery Center with a piece of glass artwork representative of peace at the Liberty Museum.

Detail shot.

The results of an anonymous poll at the Liberty Museum that asked questions pertaining to the death penalty, free speech, and gun control. No matter which side of the poll you fall on, it's wonderful to know that we live in a country that allows diverse opinions. And, for the most part, the poll was equally divided in opinion.

A Dale Chihuly original at the Liberty Museum. The founder of the museum believes that glass is a great  symbol of freedom because it is strong yet fragile. This is the only piece by Chihuly that actually separates in the middle... the separation is supposed to represent the fact that liberty is easily lost and isn't existent everywhere in the world. 

And, a self portrait in the Liberty Museum.