I BOUGHT A MIXER!

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I forgot to mention that last weekend, I bought a new mixer. (Excuse the crappy iPhone pics. I am obviously quite rusty in the food photo department…) I had lost one of my beaters from my old mixer when I moved to Japan, and kept thinking I’d find it…..alas, months later I still have no idea where it went. So I bought a new one. It’s a very basic mixer that I bought on sale at Sears, but hey, it’s better than mixing by hand!

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I was feeling under-the-weather on Easter Sunday, but didn’t feel like being totally anti-social. After an Easter meal – which was my favorite breakfast foods – Jen and I made an Eastern European Blueberry-Almond cake.

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We went right by the recipe, except couldn’t find almond filling (which is different than paste), so we made our own by following this recipe.

And we added twice the amount of blueberries.

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After baking, we dusted the cake with powdered sugar, and the final product was deliciousness. My first homemade cake that I’ve had in a while, since I’ve been baking either cookies, boxed brownies, or Funfetti cake all year. We ate, like, half of it while watching the movie Chocolat.

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Oh, and we ate our slices on Santa plates. Ha!

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Bon week-end!

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MERLIN – part Chartreux?

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Picture #1: Merlin, indulging in his favorite activity: watching birds out of the window.

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Picture #2: Chartreux cat that I found on the web.

Now, Merlin was a homeless, stray kitten found near the lake in Vermont when I took him home, but wow, he bears an uncanny resemblance to the rare-French breed cat called the Chartreux.

My family hears me say this often and they like to tell me he’s NOT really a Chartreux, and NOT that it really matters, but the above photos that I recently found look like the same cat. Merlin is also large and powerful (but with short legs). Affectionate and a good traveler, he stays mostly silent. He rarely meows and will only silently purr when pleased. Just.like.the.Chartreux.

Coincidence?

 

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STREET ART MURALS AROUND THE WORLD


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I’ve browsing street art murals lately because of our big mural project at work (which JUST finished!) Our mural is quite long, but here’s a tiny pano at the moment. It’s been raining too much these past few days to get some good finished photos.

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Anywho, here’s some of my favorites street art murals from around the world that I’ve browsed this week. These artists must have awesome arm muscles…..just sayin’.


Atlanta, Georgia

Katowice, Poland

Arhus, Denmark

Lisbon, Portugal

Lyon, France

Lodz, Poland


Murcia, Spain


New York City, NY


Lofoten, Norway

Dublin, Ireland

Paris, France

Montreal, Canada

Woodstock, South Africa

Sources: Complex/Bored Panda

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UKRAINIAN EGG DECORATING/PYSANKA.

Ukrainian Egg Decorating
Ukrainian Egg Decorating
Ukrainian Egg Decorating
Ukrainian Egg Decorating
Ukrainian Egg Decorating
Ukrainian Egg Decorating
Ukrainian Egg Decorating
Ukrainian Egg Decorating
Ukrainian Egg Decorating
Ukrainian Egg Decorating
Ukrainian Egg Decorating
Ukrainian Egg Decorating

Hi! Hope there was some fabulous Easter/Passover celebrations in your weekends. I was sick with a sinus cold for most of the weekend – and it still lingers on… – but I helped a professor with a Ukrainian Egg Decorating (Pysanka) workshop on Saturday, complete with Ukrainian candy!

Pysanka – it’s like AP level egg decorating. This stuff is no joke – each egg takes about two hours because it’s a reverse wax resist process with multiple dye steps and involves hollowing out the egg at the end – and this year the students made some AWESOME eggs. I was so impressed.

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I SPOKE TOO SOON…

#wtf #spring #burlington #vermont
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Errrrr….a snowy/icy walk on my way to Penny Cluse Cafe for a “work” breakfast yesterday morning.

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SPRING HAS ARRIVED IN VERMONT!

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It’s the last few weeks of the semester at UVM and Spring is in the air, so life has been busy and enjoyable! I’ve been able to leave the house in shorts or sans jacket (feels so good!). Short hikes are doable again. Dinners have ranged from roasted vegetables at home to sushi at San Sai to Burlington Bay breakfast sandwiches.

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SNAKE MT.
SNAKE MT. SUNSET

And our latest project at work is painting a mural on our building. We have an artist up from New York for the week, but I’ve been helping her paint all weekend and most nights after work. It’s a pleasure to see something take shape, but wow, I’m tired at night!

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We also have monks on campus creating a sand mandala! I’ve been trying to stop by every few days to watch them work. I posted a video on Instagram of what it sounds like when they are working. It’s this oddly soothing scraping sound!

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Overall, I’m looking forward to more sunshine, bike rides, and creemees by the lake soon.

P.S. I saw The Grand Budapest Hotel on Sunday night. It’s gorgeous and dreamlike and I can’t recommend it enough.

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OJAI PIXIE TIME!

OJAI PIXIES!
OJAI PIXIES!
OJAI PIXIES!A quick breakfast before yoga this morning – Ojai Pixies and a Balance Bar. It’s Ojai Pixie time at City Market, a short but sweet citrus spree for me. I eat like 8 of these a day for as long as I can! Teeny tiny but super juicy and sweet. If you see them at your store, TRY THEM!

 

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