Happy Halloween! I hope you did something fun to celebrate! Yesterday Kenneth took photos of me in both of my costumes for this year (I worked two days of a Halloween event for kids at work which meant two costumes!). Today I found my mini playing cards that I meant to use as props with my Alice costume and took some photos of those for my photo of the day.
Thursday, October 31, 2013
Wednesday, October 30, 2013
I think libraries are awesome! I have fond memories of the Flesh Public Library in my hometown (the library was named after Leo Flesh, who made a large donation when the library needed a larger building in the 1930s, the name only sounds weird to me now, it didn’t seem weird growing up because we didn’t know the names of any other libraries!). My parents used to read to me and my sister when we were little and we always participated in the summer reading program. Every summer the the whole children’s area in the library was transformed into a new fantastic land, like a medieval castle or fairy tale woods.
I’m a nerd and a bookworm so whenever I move to a new area, even if it’s just for short period of time, I get a library card. As a college student I spent a lot of time in Ohio University’s Alden Library, studying, drinking coffee and eating addictive sugar cookies with white frosting and green sprinkles (OU has so much school spirit, the baked goods get involved).
These delicious cheese rolls are naturally gluten-free! The recipe is from Brazil and although there are a lot of variations of the recipe for these cheese rolls (Brazilian Pão de Queijo), I prefer the recipe from Kids World Citizen. Even if you don't have to eat gluten-free, you should try this recipe! I made them this summer in camp and the kids loved them!
The cheese rolls are made from tapioca flour, oil, milk, eggs and parmesan and mozzarella cheeses. They taste best fresh from the oven, but the recipe makes a lot! You can roll all of the cheese rolls and freeze what you don't want to eat right away, then whenever you have a craving you can pop a few in the oven. Simple and delicious!
Tuesday, October 29, 2013
Monday, October 28, 2013
Sunday, October 27, 2013
Saturday, October 26, 2013
Friday, October 25, 2013
My mom and sister are runners. They actually enjoy running and do it both for exercise, and for fun.
I love Halloween – it’s my favorite holiday! It’s in the middle of my favorite season and I love everything about it: picking out and making a costume, making and putting up fun decorations, hearing spooky stories or watching scary movies and enjoying Halloween candy and pumpkin flavored foods. My husband, Kenneth, on the other hand, is at best ambivalent about this Fall holiday (though he does love the Fall season and pumpkin flavored foods!). He hates dressing up (he’s essentially Jim Halpert from The Office when it comes to Halloween costumes) and he doesn’t like scary movies or stories. He also firmly doesn’t believe in ghosts and is a little embarrassed that I do (again, very much like Jim).
All of these reasons make it very unlikely that my husband would join me on a haunted ghost tour in downtown Columbus… but he did! This past Sunday, Kenneth and I went on a Columbus Landmarks Foundation ghost tour, specifically the Haunted Lantern Walking Tour. In June this summer, we attended an event co-hosted by Greenlawn Cemetery and the Columbus Landmarks Foundation called 201 Years of Stories & Stones, which was awesome!
Thursday, October 24, 2013
Last night Kenneth and I went to a Fall potluck at a friend's house. We shared warm soups, tasty chips and dip and lots of sweet desserts and candy! We ended the night by carving pumpkins - wonderful Fall tradition! When my sister and I were kids we started out drawing with Sharpie markers instead of carving pumpkins, once we got older we upgraded to actual carving. Since I really don't like the feel of pumpkin 'innards' (when I peel and cut squash for recipes it irritates my skin a little - it's not itchy, but they feel weird for a few hours after) I opted to draw the Ohio University mascot, Rufus the bobcat, on our pumpkin. The whole evening was a lot of fun - I love Fall!
Wednesday, October 23, 2013
Tuesday, October 22, 2013
Monday, October 21, 2013
I have two gluten-free recipes I like to make that use only quinoa flour, the cookie recipe below and Bob's Red Mill Sour Cream Fudge Cupcakes. Quinoa (pronounced "KEEN-wah"), is a small, very nutritious, gluten-free grain (it contains calcium, phosphorus, iron and essential amino acids). Quinoa is related to spinach, beets and goosefoot (also called lamb's quarter, a common, edible weed in Ohio gardens) and is delicious! The flour is made from ground quinoa seeds. This year is the international year of quinoa! Most of the festivities are being held overseas, but you can learn more about quinoa on the International Year of Quinoa 2013 website.
Sunday, October 20, 2013
Saturday, October 19, 2013
When I was a kid, Bob Evans was one of my favorite restaurants (my sister and I had a hard time with the name though and usually called it "Bev Obbins"). Breakfast foods like scrambled eggs, omelets, biscuits, pancakes, waffles and bacon are some of my favorite foods and they're all delicious at Bob's! We used to eat there a lot growing up, and since Bob's serves breakfast foods all day, I'm positive that I have never had anything off of their lunch or dinner menu (breakfast food for dinner is my second favorite meal, after pizza, of course!).
Friday, October 18, 2013
Bruce Munro: Light at Franklin Park Conservatory is an amazing new exhibition right here in Columbus! It began on September 25th of this year and will be on view until February 8th 2014. Bruce Munro is a light-based artist from the United Kingdom with over 30 years of practice working with light as an art form. This is Bruce Munro’s third solo U.S. exhibition, having previously exhibited at Longwood Gardens and Cheekwood Gardens.
Thursday, October 17, 2013
It finally feels like Fall in Columbus! Cool, crisp mornings and warm sunny afternoons were the norm for most of last and part of this week, then yesterday the clouds rolled in and we've now had two rainy autumn days. I don't mind cloudy days and when they occur infrequently they don't dampen my mood. (Endless cloudy winter days are a completely different story!)
The gardens this morning were covered with cold dew that reminded me of little tiny jewels! Speaking of flowers, check out how awesome these flowers look, in October, in Ohio!
Wednesday, October 16, 2013
Tuesday, October 15, 2013
Monday, October 14, 2013
These sunny little cookies are delicious! The lemon and rosemary are refreshing together and the cornmeal adds a nice texture. The cookies are similar to soft sugar cookies, if you want a crunchier cookie, use less lemon juice. The dough is very soft, since I only have one silpat mat I keep the dough in the freezer in between batches.
Sunday, October 13, 2013
This pumpkin mac and cheese is delicious and very easy to make (plus clean-up is a easy because it can be made in one pot)! The most time consuming part of the recipe is chopping the rosemary (it takes me forever to wash the stickiness from rosemary off of my fingers!), but it's totally worth it! The pumpkin flavor is not overwhelmingly strong and the garlic and rosemary are delicious together! You could always increase the amount of either if you're a big fan and don't forget to try the mac and cheese with cinnamon! It sounds strange, but is really delicious (I forgot it for the photo, but I almost always eat this dish with a dash of cinnamon sprinkled on top!).
Saturday, October 12, 2013
Friday, October 11, 2013
My favorite kids crafts almost always involve recycling! Tomorrow at work we're making woodland critters like these out of toilet paper tubes and coffee sleeves. I made a few foxes as examples because they are one of Kenneth's favorite animals (but really, who doesn't like foxes?).
These foxes haven't said much, but according to Ylvis, they should have some crazy dance moves and quite the repertoire of sounds.
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These are yesterday's photos of the day... I wanted a photo of each of our cats but Emma was having none of it and would not let me take her picture. Amelia, was much more accommodating!
Wednesday, October 9, 2013
Tuesday, October 8, 2013
Monday, October 7, 2013
Sharon Woods, however, was the last park we needed to visit. In early September we finally made it happen! It took three years, but we have now visited all of the Columbus Metro Parks at least once. I really enjoyed our hike at Sharon Woods, I think we'll be back soon!
It is not so much for its beauty that the forest makes a claim upon men's hearts, as for that subtle something, that quality of air that emanation from old trees, that so wonderfully changes and renews a weary spirit.
-Robert Louis Stevenson
Sunday, October 6, 2013
Doctor Who fans should catch the reference to the season six finale of Doctor Who in the title of this blog post (for non-Whovians who are interested, there is a clip here). This post really has nothing to do with Doctor Who or texting, just delicious, gluten-free scones.
Saturday, October 5, 2013
Friday, October 4, 2013
When we contemplate the whole globe as one great dewdrop, striped and dotted with continents and islands, flying through space with other stars all singing and shining together as one, the whole universe appears as an infinite storm of beauty. From Travels in Alaska by John Muir
The world globes itself in a drop of dew.
From Compensation Essay by Ralph Waldo Emerson
Thursday, October 3, 2013
However, there was the hill full in sight, so there was nothing to be done but start again. This time she came upon a large flower-bed, with a border of daisies, and a willow-tree growing in the middle.
'O Tiger-lily,' said Alice, addressing herself to one that was waving gracefully about in the wind, 'I wish you could talk!'
'We can talk,' said the Tiger-lily: 'when there's anybody worth talking to."
Alice was so astonished that she could not speak for a minute: it quite seemed to take her breath away. At length, as the Tiger-lily only went on waving about, she spoke again, in a timid voice — almost in a whisper. 'And can all the flowers talk?'
From Chapter 2: Garden of Live Flowers from Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
Wednesday, October 2, 2013
I enjoyed a bowl of pumpkin chicken chili and pumpkin bread for dinner tonight (while pretending that the thermostat hadn't almost reached 80 degrees today). It's officially Fall - but it doesn't feel that way yet in Columbus!
Thankfully, it doesn't have to feel like Fall to cook or bake some chilly weather food (though I do hope it cools off soon, I'm ready for sweater, jacket and scarf weather!).