March Recipe’s – Be Good to Yourself

I am in pursuit of eating less meat, still a meat eater, but less of it and replacing meat with lentils, beans, nuts and yummy recipe’s with this type of good protein. Here is my latest find, made it tonight for dinner…the aroma and stew were delightful.


Lentil and Sweet-Potato Stew

Serves 6
• 2 tablespoons canola oil
• 1 medium onion, chopped (about 1 cup)
• 2 medium carrots, peeled and chopped
• 2 medium celery ribs, chopped
• 1 bay leaf
• 1 garlic clove, minced
• 1 1/2 teaspoons curry powder
• 2 cups dried brown lentils, picked over and rinsed
• 2 medium sweet potatoes (about 1 pound), peeled and cut in 1/2-inch dice
• 1 package (9 ounces) frozen cut green beans
• 1 (14 1/2-ounce) can diced tomatoes in juice
• 1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro leaves
• Coarse salt and black pepper
• Plain low-fat yogurt, for serving

Directions
1. In a large saucepan, heat oil over medium-high. Add onion, carrots, celery, and bay leaf. Cook, stirring, until vegetables are softened, 5 to 7 minutes. Add garlic and curry powder and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute more.

2.Add 7 cups of water and lentils. Bring to a boil, reduce to a simmer, cover, and cook 10 minutes. Add potatoes and continue to cook, covered, until lentils and potato are just tender, about 15 minutes.

3.Add green beans and tomatoes with juice. Cook until warmed through, 2 to 4 minutes. Remove bay leaf. Add cilantro; season with salt and pepper. Serve with yogurt.

Scones are my morning treat with coffee or tea and they freeze well for a later time!

Spicy Scones – yield 16 pie shaped scones
1 1/3 cups all purpose flour (can use part spelt, etc., but use organic)
1 1/3 cups whole wheat flour (use organic)
1/3 cup sugar (I use sucanat or another organic brown sugar)
1 Tbl and 2 tsp of baking powder
3 tsp ground cinnamon
2 tsp ground nutmeg
1 tsp salt
½ cup butter
1 cup currants/raisins/cranberries or combo of
2 eggs
¾ cup and 3 Tbl milk or buttermilk

Preheat oven to 425 degrees and grease one baking sheet

Combine flours, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt in a bowl and mix well. Cut in butter until crumbly and stir in the raisins/currents/cranberries. Make a well in the center.
In small bowl beat eggs till frothy. Mix in the milk and pour into the well made in the dry ingredients. Stir to make a soft dough.

Turn dough out on to a lightly floured surface. Knead gently 8 – 10 times. Pat dough into two 8 inch circles and transfer to the prepared baking sheet. Brush tops with milk and sprinkle with
sugar. Score each top into 8 pie shaped wedges.

Bake at 425 for 15 minute or until well risen and browned.

Beautiful stones and the story they tell

This weekend, one of my favorite bead stores was having a special event showcasing the gems they brought back from the 2010 Tucson bead show. My intention was to just look over the lovely gems and focus on some needed seed beads for my beading. Well, intentions are meant to be changed if something is so irresistible, see if you agree on the agate, chalcedony and the matte carnelian!

The Agate story is its a semi-pellucid crystallized quartz, consisting of banded inclusions of chalcedony. Physical properties of agate are in general those of quartz. Agate is found in all colors of the rainbow ranging from colorless to yellow, brown, purple, and orange. It also comes in blue and green but these colors are quite rare. Cryptocrystalline quartz often displays exotic color bands, swirls, and other patterns.

Inspired – Bohemian

Every time I see someone’s art I’m inspired! With some, the inspiration is so powerful I have to weave some beads and create a little piece of art myself! It’s a thrilling ride, a color festival and I don’t want to go home.

Now it’s time to share some powerful art, a piece that moved me to create another visual experience that will delight the eyes and lift the spirits! Color guaranteed!

Since I was a kid I have always been somewhat obsessed with the 19th century Bohemian style, the women’s flowing and richly patterned skirts, fringe scarves, earthy colors, bangle, dangles and of course the bead work!

I feel a connection to this charming definition: Bohemianism is the practice of an unconventional lifestyle, often in the company of like-minded people, involving musical, artistic or literary pursuits, with few permanent ties. Bohemians can be wanderers, adventurers, or vagabonds.

As I read or view photos of this time, the people, the dress and the lifestyle, wonderful patterns fill my thoughts and so I create, this is how I see it. Pierre-Auguste Renoir 1868 oil painting “The Bohemian” is a beautiful visual of this time!

Inspired by Art – Jodee Hansen Fiedler

Every time I see someone’s art I’m inspired! With some, the inspiration is so powerful I have to weave some beads and create a little piece of art myself! It’s a thrilling ride, a color festival and I don’t want to go home.

Now it’s time to share some powerful art, a piece that moved me to create another visual experience that will delight the eyes and lift the spirits! Color guaranteed!


I first met Jodee Hansen Fiedler of Palettepassion from the Etsy street team “HandmadeMN” where I was totally fascinated by her fabulous hand painted silk scarves! Her scarf “Caribbean” just blew me away with the mix of purple, lavender, green and blue. These colors are not colors I am normally drawn to, but Jodee mixed them so beautifully that is was impossible not to be inspired.

Jodee says, “I’ve finally found my “passion” and its painting! I’ve tried a lot of arts and crafts and this one just suits me. I find inspiration in many things – nature, my children, art, textiles, the wonderful Minnesota seasons…I have so many ideas and so little time!”

Last year Jodee was featured in “Inspire Me” a series on the HandmadeMN blog where I interview members on what inspires their arts and crafts…I so enjoyed Jodee’s “Inspire Me” interview! Yay Buster!

Inspired by Art – Tammy Ortegon

Every time I see someone’s art I’m inspired! With some, the inspiration is so powerful I have to weave some beads and create a little piece of art myself! It’s a thrilling ride, a color festival and I don’t want to go home.

Now it’s time to share some powerful art, a piece that moved me to create another visual experience that will delight the eyes and lift the spirits! Color guaranteed!
Vibrant colors and a delightful familiar neighborhood, “Lowertown, Saint Paul” by Tammy Ortegon captured my full attention and inspired me to do some colorful bead weaving! I love Tammy’s urban folk art style; every time I look at her art I see something new.

Tammy says, “Inspiration for this series comes from the beauty of the people in this world who have come together to create community. I am inspired by the passion I see of the local people to improve their city by keeping and encouraging uniqueness. I have chosen to capture the essence of some of these neighborhoods that have meant a lot to me in my life.”

You can find Tammy at her gallery on 319 W 46th St., Minneapolis where she runs the Colorwheel Salon & Gallery a full service salon, art gallery & gift shop featuring Tammy’s art and the work of other local artists!

Creative Every Day 2010 – Feb/Home

February – Home

I love this photo…this was my home when I was younger! I am on a hill above the family farm in my brother’s hand-me-down jacket!


A path to my home

Home, a place to return to after every journey no matter how long, a place my son comes back to, where I make my tea or coffee, feed and care for my dog Aspen, listen to music, sleep, where I work, where I cook, where I create, where I communicate, were I think, where I dream, welcome friends and family, where I thank God for these privileges and ask for help! I am thankful for my home!