okay, it’s time for one of my favorite soup recipes ever. i can’t believe it has taken me this long to post this recipe. another one of my soups i used to eat at the co-op in manhattan. i’d pull up a bar stool after a long day and order a cup of hot and spicy carrot ginger soup. i made this on the snow days we had last week and it truly warmed us. enjoy!
carrot ginger soup
4 1/2 cups vegetable broth
2 small yellow onions
2 pounds of carrots, peeled and chopped in half
1 tablespoon fresh grated ginger
1 teaspoon crushed red pepper
1/4 cup soy sauce
1/2 of a lime, juiced
1/3 cup turbinado sugar
3 tablespoons peanut butter
1 tablespoon sesame oil
3 cups coconut milk
add first set of ingredients to a large pot, and cook for 25 minutes. add the second set of ingredients to the pot and cook for another 5-7 minutes. add all of the contents of the pot to a blender, in several small batches. this part will take many cycles to get the soup to be fully blended. (do be careful! the soup is hot, and with a glass blender the heat will transfer.) after the soup is fully blended, put it back into the pot on the stove and add the final two ingredients. enjoy!
we’re under a blizzard warning here in kansas, and i spent my afternoon in my slippers at my kitchen table getting some new gold vessels finished. i had my favorite tea, my favorite scented candle (fresh balsam forever), a little bit of law and order svu, and i was in art-making heaven. but this snow…i don’t know if i love it or hate it! on one hand, there is something very romantic about the idea of being snowed in – unable to leave my house. just a full day in the studio. but then there is the brown slosh that is all over the streets, the garage, my shoes. so, i’m not sure if i like it or hate it.
but right now i really like it. i had a lovely afternoon sitting at the table with the blizzard of oz out my patio door. (that’s what they’re calling it!)
it is so cool to see my work in other shops. these items are all a part of eat boutique’s collection, and these photos are so beautiful! makes me want to re-do all my shop photos. (i’m never pleased with those!) anyway, eat boutique is a kitchen goods and small batch food shop. supporting all kinds of independent artists, cooks and bakers. thank you maggie for supporting me!
all of this sudden success makes me feel like what i’m trying to accomplish will happen someday, and soon too! i didn’t know i wanted to pursue making art full time until a year ago. it wasn’t until i opened my etsy shop and made my first sale. it was such a satisfying feeling to know that i had made that first sale (the first one is always the hardest, right?) so i pushed a little harder, and here i am today selling work in other shops! actual brick and mortar shops with walls and doors! ah! it feels right.
i’ll be honest, the opportunities i’ve had with selling my work have all just fell into my lap. i haven’t been out pursuing it on my own. which is weird. the most wonderful people have reached out to me and said “hey. i have an opportunity for you.” and i’ve said yes to every single one of them. i’m so thankful for these opportunities.
i feel like if i were out there calling galleries and knocking on the doors of shops i could have even more opportunities and more chances for selling my work. unfortunately with an almost-full-time job i can’t do that just yet. but i finally believe in myself.
photos by eat boutique and maggie battista
i hope you have a chance to make a mess this weekend! i’ll be making a bit batch of my favorite soup, (look for the recipe next week!) making pots in the studio, and finalizing some gold. i plan on being filthy all weekend. it’s going to be great!
photo by kaley cornett
so, i was beyond productive today. something about being snowed in the house brought out the best in me. i experimented with these pizza bites, and turned them into black bean bites. they are so flavorful, cheesy, and hey! gluten free! try these!
black bean quinoa bites
4 cups cooked quinoa
1 can black beans
2 roma tomatoes
1, 4-ounce can of green chilis
1/2 of a red onion, chopped
2 cups shredded pepperjack
1/2 of a lime, juiced
3 tablespoons chopped cilantro
2 cloves garlic, grated
preheat your oven to 375 degrees. cook your quinoa according to your package instructions, and then mix together all of the ingredients, and add the eggs last. using a lightly greased or non-stick mini muffin tin, tightly pack 1 heaping tablespoon into each muffin spot, filling each of them to the top. bake for 25 minutes, or until they are golden brown. serve right away with some salsa or guacamole! enjoy! these are the best!
the large scallop dishes are the newest shop item. these scallop dishes totally represent my love for fancy little trinkets and the places we keep our most treasured small items. this scallop dish totally makes me think of marie antoinette and something she might keep her treasured little trinkets in. i don’t know why, but i love it!
get your scallop dishes right here!
this cobalt and silver design was my first attempt at silver leaf. man on man, it was tricky…..it didn’t go as well as the gold goes. i love the way it looks but it took some hard work, a lot of cursing, you know…the frustrated groaning. it took forever to clean the edges up and the adhesive just didn’t go on as nicely. what gives?! why is that gold so crisp and fine, but the silver is so messy?!
but i’m done complaining! i finished what i needed to finish!
i’m also never doing silver again. nope! i’m a gold girl! forever.
“you can cut all the flowers but you cannot keep spring from coming.” - pablo neruda
i have spring fever and i also have the urge to sell all of my belongings and live a simpler life. seriously though, this collector/hoarder (whatever you want to call me) has a serious case of wanting to cut back on the stuff. maybe this spring i’ll take the plunge and sell it all! get rid of all the stuff and start to live a life that’s worthy of gracing the pages of dwell magazine.
but that won’t happen until i can find myself a sweet little yellow house.
photos by the wonderful, kaley cornett
i’m constantly reminded how lucky i am to have a guy like luke. we shared our 3 year anniversary this month, and we spend almost every evening together in the studio making art. without his support and encouragement i wonder if i’d be anywhere near where i am today. he pushes me in creative directions that i didn’t know existed. i think we make a pretty good match. i’m so thankful for that first time we met in the studio. my heart was all a flutter (because he was so cute!) and i was nervous, but once we spent some time together things really blossomed into this beautiful relationship that i’m forever thankful for.
the best 3 years of my life – and many more to come.
i may be the last person to discover the amazing benefits of coconut oil, but just in case i’m not the last, i thought i’d share this powerful hair treatment with all of you. my friend jenna ragonese is truly amazing. besides being the person who motivated me to open an etsy shop, she is a massage therapist with a deep love for the healing arts. i’m always fascinated by the natural tinctures and remedies she is so often sharing with her followers. i emailed her last week in need of a natural remedy for my dry, damaged hair and scalp. and oh my gosh did she deliver!! before i followed her advice i was in deep need of a hair cut. my ends were split, dry and just looked fried. my scalp was dry and constantly flaking (embarrassing!), but now my hair is soft, and luxurious and my scalp is clear! hallelujah!
coconut oil hair treatment
2-3 tablespoons of coconut oil (depending on how much hair you have)
10 drops of rosemary oil
10 drops of tea tree oil
heat the three items on the stove over medium heat until the oil becomes watery, just a couple of minutes. let it cool before applying it directly to your hair and scalp. wrap your hair in cling wrap and leave it in your hair for 45 minutes. *you will feel like a grease ball, but just embrace it!
my hair has never felt better after using this treatment. i don’t need a hair cut anymore! thanks jenna!