So today I put on some dangly earrings. And for some reason, hair down just wasn't working.
I pulled it up and it actually turned out! Whoa that never happens for me.
I'm serious. Once I was working with this way cute guy named Landon. I tried so hard one day to look nice for him.
He was kind of poetic. When he saw me he started singing. Unfortunately it was a song that goes,
"Her hair is always a mess."
Oh well! I tried. But recently I have been pulling up You Tube videos with some brilliant hair stylists. I have learned so much from these hair artists.
So today I used some products from Aveda and Redken and Kiehls. I am not sure I spelled those right. I think I used Aveda Pure Abundance, Redken heat styling stuff, and Kiehls groom cream. I blew out my hair, then just barely round brushed. Then a straightener, then a low pony tail. Then just rolled up a few sections, bobby pinned and sprayed.
my compost pile! creatively lined with peaches on one side. topped with pretty pink leaves.
usually not this pretty.
Granny Wink! oh I love the sight of my grandma blowing leaves in her Ughs.
cute Pan! she is getting to know the ceramic Siamese cats in my garage. i mean what else would she be doing?
cute Theo! he gets more adventurous every day. he even watched a movie with me and Pan the other day. then he went to the bathroom on me. yah.
Theo loves to have his head scratched.
Pan never ceases to make me laugh, and laugh some more.
“I know it seems hard sometimes but remember one thing. Through every dark night, there's a bright day after that. So no matter how hard it get, stick your chest out, keep ya head up.... and handle it.” ― Tupac Shakur
My blog address is named after a line from Batman Begins. So how do I tie in soup with Batman? Hmmmm.
I'm not exactly sure, but even heroes need soup. Maybe there are not a lot of cozy kitchen scenes portrayed in Batman Begins, or The Dark Knight, or even The Dark Knight Rises, but I am just sure that to gather strength, Batman eats a lot of soup.
Due to my activities on Pinterest, I notice that many people have an obsession with food. I find it a worthy obsession, for when I do not eat well, I am not able to sleep or basically enjoy anything. Last night I woke up with a line from 'My Big Fat Greek Wedding' in my head-
"When you come to my house and I cook for you?"
And I just started cracking up. I mean, really laughing. But then I became sad, because I miss cooking so much for the people I love. I miss cooking for my sister-in-law, who cannot eat gluten. I miss cooking for my parents, who I no longer live with. It is really, really hard for me to cook something and not share it with someone.
Enter the digital age! This must be why we blog. Maybe I can't cook for everyone, but we can share meals vicariously! By the way, I will find someone to share my soup with, if only a bowl...
All right enough chit chat. This is my idea of a good lunch. Winter greens like kale are so fortifying. Great toppings give soup an extra boost. Pumpkin bread adds richness and pleasure. Served with something bubbly, like a ginger ale with grenadine syrup.
Don't forget something good playing in the background, and at least one candle burning in the house. Preferably with a subtle fragrance.
White Bean Soup with Kielbasa, Fennel, and Kale
2 T Olive oil
1/2 smoked kielbasa sausage
4 cups chopped kale
1 fennel bulb
4 garlic cloves
1 1/2 t fresh thyme
1/4 t dried crushed red pepper
8 cups low salt chicken broth
1 can white beans
Freshly grated parmesan, to serve
Good quality pesto, to serve
Heat oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add your vegetables and sausage and sauté until browned and tender, about 20 minutes. I sort of throw things in the pot as they are cooking.
When you sauté kale at high heat and then add liquid, you are using a technique called braising. This caused the kale to lose its bitter flavor and become sweet and tender.
Next, add your garlic and herbs, and sauté a few minutes more. Add your chicken broth and drained beans, and simmer your soup vigorously for about 20 minutes.
Remember to top your soup with pesto and freshly grated parmesan.
I had this really great opportunity to be the pioneer in banana art at my library.
This is the kind of opportunity that only comes once in a lifetime!
The project was banana tattoos.
You use a needle to pierce the skin of the banana. The oxidation process turns the banana skin brown where the needle has been inserted.
Of course, you will need a muse. I chose Princess Tutu. Then I found an image of her that I felt would fit the shape of the banana.
To place the image of Princess Tutu on the banana, I used a sewing technique called 'notching'. Basically this means cutting little triangles where the image curves so that it can move with the contours of the shape it is being imposed on.
This was a really fun activity. The oxidation process takes place almost immediately, so you get very fast results. It would make a cute gift or a unexpected treat in a lunch bag.
Here is the link to the brilliant artist who taught me the intricate craft of the banana tattoo: