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!
i’ve definitely got the winter blues & i cannot wait for the first signs of spring.
photo by kaley cornett
it is always nice to switch things up from my usual daily breakfast, and heading out of town is usually a sure fire way to make that happen. on sunday i ate breakfast with a friend at this crazy cute little spot called succotash. a fresh juice bar is the new way to my heart, ladies and gentlemen! (again, the only juice i ever make just isn’t cutting it for me these days.) if you’re ever in kansas city, be sure to stop and eat breakfast here. you will love it!
i ate: smoked salmon eggs benedict
i drank: lemon, pineapple, ginger, apple, cucumber juice (amazing!)
tomorrow is your last chance to win this gold plate! head over to treasures & travels for your chance to get it!
and have a good weekend, whydontcha!
i’m going through some things over here, and i have to apologize, but things around here are going to be changing. i started blogging in 2010 when i graduated from school. i lost access to the ceramics studio and felt i had no where to turn to let out my creativity. so blogging became my outlet. today, i have a bitchin’ studio down in my basement, and orders are coming in. and fast! i’m having a hard time balancing all of the tasks at hand, and that’s a hard thing to admit. i want to be able to do it all, but i realize i’m coming up short. i actually can’t do it all. not right now at least.
this afternoon i was glazing pottery and listening/half-watching an episode of Parks and Recreation when a Mr. Ron Swanson said something that really struck a chord. “never half-ass two things. whole-ass one thing.”
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i am first and foremost a ceramic artist. that does not mean i’m not a blogger, but my heart is in it for the clay, and that is where i have to focus my efforts. while my business is gaining momentum and things are starting to fall into place. i have to commit myself to my ceramics.
this doesn’t mean i won’t be blogging. i’ll still be here, but i can’t commit as much of myself to my blog as i have been. i’m sorry for that. but i’m trying to remind myself how great it feels to be selling work consistently. i’m happy guys.
i love this blog. i attribute any and all of my success to starting this blog. i just wanted to clue you in on my random absences.
photos by kaley cornett