Grilled Veggies – Part 4: Veggie Dogs & Quinoa Burgers

grilling 3 veggie dogs, 2 veggie burgers, & rolls

I haven’t eaten “real” hotdogs in a very long time, because they’re typically made with pork. I gave up eating pigs about 15 years ago ever since learning they’re smarter than dogs. I’ve tried all-beef hotdogs, and I’ve had turkey dogs, but I’m also OK eating veggie dogs. Jim picked some up at the store last week, as well as roasted garlic & quinoa burgers.

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Getting Healthier & Stronger [Possibly in a Parallel Universe]

a closeup of my typical salad

Do you ever feel like you’ve somehow jumped the rails to a parallel but healthier path in life? Like, everything feels the same, but you’re suddenly compelled to eat better, exercise, do more, take better care of yourself? And you have no idea what changed? That’s how I’ve felt for the past 3 weeks.
PS/UPDATE – when I first went to the gym 7/11, I rode 10 miles on the recumbent bike in 44:49. Today, 7/29, I did it in 36:19!

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6 Panel Art Project – Part 2: Taping the Tree

6 panel art painting project - acrylic on 11X14" canvas board

Almost exactly a year ago [how weird is that?] I started working on my 6 panel art/painting project. The project actually began in 2004/2005-ish when I bought the 6 panels of canvas board, laid them out on the floor in my old apartment, and sketched a big tree onto them. The plan was to paint 3 panels dark and 3 panels light so together they make one picture but half day/half night.

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Grilled Veggies – Part 2: Squash [Kousa, Zucchini, Summer] & Corn

grilling squash [kousa, zucchini, and summer], and corn on the cob

If you’re scratching your head at my title and saying “Kousa?” you’re not alone. I’d never heard of it either. It’s Lebanese squash, and is very similar to zucchini and summer squash. When I first saw it at the Gloucester Farmer’s Market last week I thought it was a hybrid of the two, because of the light green color and obvious similarities. But the Lebanese farmer set me straight and told me many local farms are starting to grow it, and it’s increasing in popularity.

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Grilled Veggies – Part 1: Eggplant, Onion, & Asparagus

grilled eggplant, onions, and asparagus after 6 minutes of cooking

I have never been much of a griller. For YEARS it was because I was scared I couldn’t do it. Abbie kept telling me “IT’S SO EASY!” but grilling for myself was never very motivating. After meeting Jim, I decided it was time to finally learn. I’m mostly in charge of dinner and DIY and he’s mostly in charge of laundry and dishes, so the grill falls squarely in my domain.

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My Latest Stained Glass Creation!

my 2 stained glass circles projects layered!

For many months I’ve been toying with the idea of creating a stained glass project framed by wood. As in, finding the perfect wood frame and then creating something to put in it. I was partly inspired by stained glass projects my friend and glass mentor Abbie has done, especially her light box which is a 3 dimensional wooden box with a front made of multi colored beach glass, and filled with an LED light string that slowly changes colors. It’s mesmerizing!

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Creating Art While Intoxicated – 2016 Edition

acrylic on 9x12" canvas board, framed for gifts

The last time I Created Art While Intoxicated was in 2013. As I’ve said before, I rarely get drunk [which is why there were no 2014 or 2015 Intoxicated Art posts]. It’s not often I decide to really let go. But sometimes I do, and sometimes while in a state of joyful inebriation I feel compelled to be creative. Two weekends ago I drank 4 Mike’s Mango Punches and informed hubby that I absolutely HAD TO GO PAINT.

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