This picture looks pretty ordinary…until you paint a black watercolor wash over it. That’s when the ghost appears!
Drawing in crayon is fun, but it’s even cooler to have a secret hidden inside… Continue reading
When it’s cold outside, or when I’m feeling a bit under the weather (today, that’s all of the above!), I make myself a pot of rasam, a spicy Indian tomato soup with lentils. It’s a perfect sick person soup, because, unlike chicken soup, it takes minimal effort and much less time. I realize that some of these ingredients are a little exotic for those living in the US, so please don’t hesitate to message me with any questions regarding availability or preparation…
One of my eclectic hobbies is piñata making. Here is a magical pumpkin piñata I just finished for a preschool school Halloween party! The preschool director didn’t want any candy inside, so this one will rain down raisin boxes, party favors, and autumn leaves. Unlike store bought piñatas, home made ones burst open with a satisfying crack! They are also “toughness adjustable,” so even younger kids can have a good time. This is important, because the last burst piñata I made, a giant pomegranate, took three angry mothers and an ex-military officer to destroy!
If you live in the New York City area and would like a custom, hand made piñata for your next event, message me! Just about any shape is possible. Upcoming projects for me include acorns, turkeys (roasted and live), and the ever popular dreidels and Christmas trees.
If I had a dime for every look of disgust and horror I’ve gotten from drinking this smoothie over the years, I’d be a rich lady! The green tinge to the smoothie comes from fresh kale leaves which I blend very meticulously in my Vitamix blender. I have even, on occasion, substituted spinach.
Don’t fret, though, I was once in your shoes. The thought of putting green veggies into a smoothie made me a little queasy. How you sure you though, that there is nothing to fear with this one. It’s actually really good. Sometimes, I even drink it in lieu of coffee. Sometimes. And if that weren’t enough endorsement, all four of my picky eaters absolutely love drinking this.
I saw this link come up on my Twitter feed, and it immediately raised my hopes; finally, some sort of indication that tea drinkers are just as crazy as coffee drinkers. This was the tweet that accompanied the link: “Making tea is not just boiling water and pouring it over a bag”
I read the article. It started out strong, giving as rundown of the different types of tea, the aging process, etc, as well as temperature guidelines, steeping times, and other things. Then, at the end, it undid all the good it set out to do:
“Break the Rules
The times and temps above are general guidelines—delicate teas like white and green will cook at boiling, while hardier black and tisanes can handle higher temps. But each tea is slightly different. Read the instructions on the package, if provided, and feel free to experiment based on your own taste preferences, and patience.”
So, basically, all that stuff? Forget about it. Do whatever makes you happy, you crazy, rainbow chasing, happy-go-lucky fuzzball! Tea drinkers will never have the maniacle, hard core, scientific edge coffee worshippers share. Lucky you. Was that sarcasm, you ask? I don’t know anymore. *sigh*