Thursday, May 29, 2014

she's crafty

This afternoon was my second session teaching bookbinding at Atira Women's Resource Society down on Hastings. Today had quite a different vibe- 3 of the young ladies I spent the majority of time with are temporarily (for the last month) living in the downtown East side as volunteers with their university youth ministry. They have been living as a group in one of the shelters and spending time immersing and participating in the community. This is their summer break from the University of Manitoba. Pretty inspiring gals. Because we spent so much time together today I was able to give them some info I called the "advanced" lesson after they mastered the basics (just some ideas for zines and page layout and format changes). They were so excited about their results. 

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Lana Del Rey

Or, Phase 1 of my musical mavens. 

Tonight I went to see Lana Del Rey at the PNE Amptheatre. The show was pretty darn good and the people watching was spectacular. We appear to be only the few who read the event was OUTDOORS- cause let me tell you people were pretty scantily dressed for a dark rain cloud, raining night. I was there at least 2 hours before I saw someone else in rain boots. At least we were wearing pants. I don't kid. 

She was beautiful and sang everything I wanted, great lighting, and the crowd was great. 

Michaels Crafts must have a shortage on silk flowers after tonight- flower crowns a plenty, (think Born to Die) but mine were from a collection over the years. 

Great show. So satisfying. 

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

ring of fire

Oh camping. How I love thee? It raining the most we've ever had, but we found ways to keep warm and cozy including a portable propane heater and a raging fire.  God, it's just the best time going. 

It cleared up Sunday morning and we got some sunshine. At that point the long underwear was a bit of over kill. 

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Dessert hack

I love love love Vij's Rice Pudding. Have you ever had it? I could eat it for breakfast lunch and dinner. And I do. 

I saw this recipe on line for chia pudding and it sounded interesting and easy so I made it- I tried making rice pudding once and I can hardly make good rice when it's only a side dish (read: not for breakfast lunch and dinner). The Internet says chia is a super food so if it's steeped in coconut all the better!

All you do is take

1/4 cups chia seeds
400 oz (1 can) coconut milk
1 tbsp honey
1 tsp vanilla

Put it all in an air tight container and leave it in the fridge. The next day you magically have tapioca like pudding. 

My 'hack' instead was a small can coconut milk, and almond milk to the 400 oz level, 1 tsp ground cardamom seeds and vanilla. I threw some almond slices on there which are slightly more crunchy than the innards of the chia seeds (if that helps with the texture for those of you who don't like the bubbles in a bubble tea)