Monday, February 14, 2011

Moving Day

It's moving day!!!  A while back I came on here and declared that it was time to let go of my old website.

"Letting Go" 

It seems that day has finally arrived.

Introducing the NEW LionArt Creations!

The new address is   Update your bookmarks!

Please join me there now!


Friday, February 11, 2011

Moving Along


I am deviating from my blog schedule today...this whole week has been a bit off with the long weekend and no food blog today :(  I haven't done any cooking this week to write about! (Besides some quick slow cooker chili with bbq pulled pork, black beans and okra).  There has been a lot of shifts and changes.

I've been noticing that a lot of things have been revolving around moving lately. My office has moved across the floor, my website is moving to another location...(more on that later :)
So there's been a lot of taking personal things back to my apartment...packing up desk supplies...

I looked at it as an opportunity to purge and to separate my work/office life from my home life.  I was going to say "home, real life."  But they are both my reality right now, no matter how much I want change...or despite the changes that are occurring.

So office will be office and home will be home.  With a few personal touches on my desk to make me happy but not feel tied there.

New cubicle wall

I've been sneezing from all the dust moving kicks up. I suppose this is what happens when we start moving things around in our lives.  We kick up some dust...and sneeze a little...but then we have a brand new view.

And speaking of new views...this is the last full blog I'm going to post here on blogger!  Yes, on Monday I'm launching my new website which will house the blog, my photo galleries, writing samples, Etsy link.  It will be one-stop shopping for all things LionArt Creations.


Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Scotch, Tea and Tiaras

Hard at work in the kitchen...

This seems to be the season of food at friend's houses.  The fall held the weekend at my cousin's, last weekend I had brunch at Kim's...and this past Sunday was pizza in town and then a combined effort at whisky-laced apple cake (we sort of veered off recipe).

The day started off with something new for me...a trip on New Jersey Transit. Mint tea in hand, I was off for a day of girl time with Sara and Heather.

One of the many things I loved about the day, was that it was completely unplanned and relaxed.  We decided to go into town for pizza instead of making lunch at the house, which was the original "plan." If we had followed that plan, though, I wouldn't have been introduced to french fry, chicken and hot sauce pizza or Greek salad pizza...what a tragedy that would have been!

 Delicious Insanity

Healthy, right???

I had brought two little cookbooks obtained while in Inverness a few years ago so we started to make "Apple Plate Cake" when we returned to the house. However, it quickly turned into our own boozy concoction of apples, whisky and cinnamon...mixed with a lot of laughter and a wee bit of gossip.

Cake before it went into the oven

While we waited for the cake to bake...we drank tea, whisky, wore crowns and watched Doctor Who at the know, the usual. I also repeatedly disappointed Sara with all the movies I haven't seen.  No, I've never seen "The Godfather" or "ET."

My new snuggle buddy, Roxy

Sara donned the traditional Antlers for weekend gatherings

 And Heather introduced the ceremonial copper fish...


Beautiful Roxy

It was a great day of relaxing and no schedules...which set the tone for the rest of my long weekend.

I very consciously watched TV for practically 2 days straight...instead of just zombie-ing out in front of the tube.  I think that, sometimes, there are great gifts to be had from TV.  Certain lines are spoken and felt deep.  They ring true with what I'm thinking or going through at the moment.  And that's a wonderful gift. It was also a great gift to not have any pressing business besides opening the door for my grocery delivery.

Should I admit that I've spent most of the weekend in my pjs, watching Bones, Community and Torchwood...while occasionally drinking red wine and eating peanut butter straight out of the jar? Why not? I also felt bizarre delight from placing my empty dinner plates on the floor and then curling up in my big orange chair to get back to the show.  I would have found this lazy and weird at one time...but this weekend I found it freeing.

It also kept me from posting this blog "on time." But I suppose it's all part of a long weekend. I took the words "days off" very seriously. 


Friday, February 4, 2011

Roasted Roots

This began as another Jamie Oliver recipe:

Bubble and Squeak with Sausages and Onion Gravy

And then I ran out of time over the weekend and ended up having to make it on a Monday night after work. Needless to say I wasn't much in the mood to cook.  So instead, I cut up all the veggies the night before (carrots, potatoes, turnip, brussels sprouts) and popped them all in the crockpot before I left for work in the morning.  I mixed it all up with olive oil, sea salt, onion powder, pepper and herbs de provence. *On low for 8-10 hours.

Then, when I got home that night, I had some yummy slow-cooked (roasted) veggies to snack on while I made the rest of the recipe (the sausages and onion gravy).  I "cheated" a little bit on that part too...buying a sausage that was already one big spiral...whereas in the recipe you create your own with two different kinds of linked sausage.

Then I put it all together! And it travels really well for work lunches!


Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Yellow Flower Tote Bag

I took this photo while on vacation in St. Thomas back in 2003.  What a wonderfully relaxing week that was.  Breakfasting on the terrace while a Caribbean shower fell upon the beach and then rum-spiked smoothies with lunch.

I thought we could all use a dose of the island on this snowy, icy day.

Flower Tote Bag: $12.00