"The soul is the truth of who we are."
Marianne Williamson

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

DUSK......................................


Dusk is the most perfect time of day...
The bees have done their work
The birds have temporarily ceased  their songs


The ripples in the bird bath have faded to just a stir

It feels as if the earth has just taken its last inhale of the day and let its breath out slowly and ever so silently..as though to say.  Ahhhh...all is well


Now the night can do the work it does while the sun
does its work somewhere else.


Rest will come knowing rhythms and cycles continue on 



Day to night
Night to day

Nothing complicated....just simplicity...
and continuity

Be restful sweet friends

Jo

Sunday, February 16, 2014

"LOVE AND COOK WITH ABANDON"..........the Dhali Lama


This post is about the cooking part.....LOL LOL.

I love to cook.....in fact I probably am one of the few women in the area where I live that ACTUALLY does cook.

Wanted to share  two incredibly simple recipes with you today.

This one uses a crock pot.  Here goes:

Small pork tenderloin
 (I usually buy a large one at Costco and cut it in thirds and cook one third at a time..freeze the rest for later use)

One small can green chili enchilada sauce (mild or hot) to your taste

one-half large onion...sliced

Garlic , salt and pepper....that's it.....

Place sliced onion in bottom of crock pot
Place tenderloin on top
Salt and pepper to taste add garlic
Pour can of green enchilada sauce over the whole thing.
Cook on high for approximately 5-6 hours.

When done shred meat to be used in burros.  Or  over-chips...corn...not potato.  I often top the whole mess with cheese and salsa and sour cream.

Couldn't be easier.

Left over meat and salsa can be used to make tortilla soup.
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We eat A LOT of mexican food where I live which means we eat a lot of beans.
Black, pinto, navy....any kind.  Here is what I'm making tomorrow.

One package of beans.....soaked overnight
sliced onion and garlic as much or as little as you like.
oil for frying onion garlic mixture
One can stewed tomatoes w basil and oregano.
Fresh kale sliced in small pieces
Vegetable broth or chicken broth as much as you need
I rarely measure anything...I just throw stuff together.


First:  saute onion, garlic and kale in oil
until soft.  Set aside
Cook beans in broth till done... keep liquid in pot
add onion, kale garlic mixture
add can stewed tomatoes.
salt and pepper to taste

You can either make this more of a soup or more of a bean stew....which ever you prefer

Simple, hearty meal.

This too...could be cooked in a crock pot although I have not done so.  Might try it this time.

I like simple one pot meals that make enough with left overs for tomorrow.  We try to go meatless several days per week...these dishes above are both filling and satisfying.

hugs from me to you,

Jo

Thursday, February 13, 2014

HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY........................................................................


Gardner that I am.....I had to post this fabulous succulent garden grown by Terrain..........

Have a wonderful Valentine's Day....sending much love your way.

xoxo

Jo

Thursday, February 6, 2014

AROUND THE HOUSE...................................


Our house is still on the market and unfortunately not much activity in our area...so, I have been busy doing little projects here.


This is a wonderful mirrored room dividing screen.  In this pic the mirror is turned towards the wall.
As you can tell, the back was just plain painted hardwood.  I wanted to be able to use both sides in a different way so I decided to gussy up the back side.


These are all bits and bobs of postcards and papers I have collected over the years.  Many of the cards came from when we have traveled abroad.  The ones above with the sailboats are from Portofino when we traveled Italy many years ago.

The Mists of Avalon is one of my favorite books and I loved the writing script so I included a page from there as well.



Several of these cards are from our recent trip down the Rhine and the Danube.  The little boy and girl holding hands above is a valentines card from my wonderful husband .  I wanted to make the back of this screen a collage of my life.  As you can see, I'm not finished yet.  Hopefully we will have a few more adventures and I will be able to add even more wonderful little treasurers to my screen.

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Another little project....using an old drawer pull as a picture hanger.


This is a Moroccan drawer pull.  I was only able to find one of these at the flea and didn't know how I would use it.


The art above is painted on a wooden box.  It is  by Maria Pace -Wynters, one of my favorite artists.  It has never had a frame and looked a little plain to me so I decided to add a hanger.


Here is the finished piece.  I know it looks a little like a purse (that just occurred to me)  LOL LOL  but I thought it needed a little something.  Don't know if I am going to hang it or just let it sit on a table.

Sending hugs from my house to yours.
xo

Jo

Monday, February 3, 2014

A BEDROOM WINDOW..............................................




What do you see when you first open your eyes in the morning?  Is it a chair full of clothes and clutter....things stacked everywhere, or do you see something pleasing to the eye.

Since having cataract surgery on both of my eyes this last few months (hence my absence from blogging).....the window to my world is much improved.
  

Instead of seeing the world as a constant blur...I see everything crystal clear.  All the pretty and the not so pretty.

However, one thing I do believe is a necessity in life is to make sure the first thing one looks upon when waking up to greet the day is beauty! 

It does not have to be something costly or precious...just something that brings a smile to your face and makes you glad to be alive.  


This is my bedroom garden with a few of my buddhas, a small stereo and some of my playful hats.  Of course the sunshine here in AZ doesn't hurt...but even on a cold cloudy day it still brings a smile to my face when I get out of be and face the day.
What is in your bedroom window?

Just curious....

I'm hopefully back to blogging on a regular basis again....look forward to seeing all of you once more.

Hugs from here,

Jo