my favorite place...on the farm...honeysuckle in the air...the summer sun starting to set...serenity

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Sunday, May 31, 2009

Easy Updo Hairstyles

Pin Curl Twist Updo

This page has 17 different hairstyles with that they claim you can do in 10 minutes. These are a few of my favorites.
My hair usually ends up looking like this next one although I do not have blonde hair like the model. It looks prettier if your hair has highlights.

Swept Away updo (looks like chignon to me)
The "Audrey"

Hippie Beach style

Ok why does this girl look so suprised? haha

Saturday, May 30, 2009

siamese kitties

This cat's name is Puffin. When she was a kitten she was a fluffball!

And this little kitty is a distant relative. The faces usually turn darker as they get older.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

empire dresses

I love this long flowy white empire dress Gwyneth wears in the movie "Emma". that an archway of apples?

There are lots of pretty dresses in "Pride and Prejudice" as well.

There is a empire dress pattern and fabric that has been tucked away on a shelf for the last year, suppose I should put my sewing machine to use.

Sunday, May 24, 2009

a slow Sunday

The weather has been perfect for haying...

Eggs Benedict from today's brunch

I made vegan brownes twice this week, this are soooo good! The recipe is very easy: brown sugar, white sugar, whole wheat flour/white flour, baking powder, cocoa baking powder, vegetable oil, vanilla extract and water. Now that I ate half of the brownie pan, it is time to
run around outside and burn some calories :)

Friday, May 22, 2009

Raised Garden Beds in DC

We were in DC on Monday and lo and behold came across some raised garden beds for the community. I got a close-up of some of the vegetables. Enjoy the pictures!

Thursday, May 21, 2009

New Zealand!

Now that my sister is marrying a Kiwi I've looked up some pretty places to visit in NZ. Look at the lovely Eyre mountains.

And this is Cathedral Cove, it looked very familiar. It must be in all the travel magazines.

Of course I had to include a picture of sheep. Look at them dotting the hillside. I hope to travel to NZ sometime next year.


Wednesday, May 20, 2009

low carb, high protein shakes

I am looking for some good low carb / high protein shake recipes. Lately when I eat lunch I get tired for the rest of the afternoon. So my plan is to have a nutritious smoothie at lunch and then walk for a bit.

I really like the orange mango smoothie at starbucks and here is the recipe from yahoo answers.

Blend the following:
Orange Mango Naked juice
1 banana
protein powder
1/3 C ice

However I just looked up the nutrition info and it has 57g of carbs and only 16g of protein. Eeek!

Sunday, May 17, 2009

field picture

Saturday we spent most of the afternoon taking a family picture. Actually it was several pictures and involved different locations including a hay field and a buttercup field right in our backyard. Anyways as you can tell we all wore white except for the guys, I guess they didn't have any white pants.

Saturday, May 16, 2009

a day on the farm

A vintage photo from 1935.
(image from shorpy)

Friday, May 15, 2009

linen skirt

I really like this long white linen skirt. If I can't find one I'll go find some linen and stitch one up.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

the weekend

I have an hour and a half left of work and then it's a 4 day weekend, yay! I remember the days when I wasn't working and I would forget what day it was since every day was like a Saturday to me, ha ha. Well not to mention my last art class is tonight, the night when everyone else is going to Georgetown and eating dinner. Hopefully the teacher will let us out early!

It is supposed to be cloudy and rainy until Monday but somehow we have to fit in our family picture. (Probably will have to get in the car and drive somewhere sunny). We are finally all together again after 2 years so it's time for a new one. Also, everyone is will be matching (wearing white).

Monday, May 11, 2009

Milk Weed Skirt GIVEAWAY!!!!

Milk Weed Skirt GIVEAWAY!!!!

Check out her blog ~ she sews so many cute things!

Friday, May 8, 2009

Making Soap

I watched another dvd by the West ladies about making soap and they make it look pretty easy! Now I feel like making some soap this weekend. One of my favorite scents is lavender so I'm going to look for some pure lavender essential oil. Which reminds me, I better plant a lot of lavender in the garden.

I brought in a gardenia blossom to work and it smells heavenly. I wonder if I could find some gardenia oil somewhere.

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

mac mini

Hopefully this little mac mini will be my next computer. Right now I have a G3 laptop which has served me faithfully but I need something that will hold all of my zillion photo files and have the lastest mac software installed. Plus is it very portable, probably can fit in my purse.

It is $599 though and for a few hundred more I can get a refurbished macbook. One thing I love about macs is that my laptop never had a virus while all the P.C's I've had never seemed to work properly for very long. (Hint: You shouldn't buy a DELL, because you pay for what you get). I've heard several computer repair people say that 90% of their business is DELLs.

Friday, May 1, 2009

Happy Lei Day

May day is also known as "Lei Day" in Hawaii. This was actually started back in 1928, but you will see people wearing leis all throughout the year. One year on Lei Day I made everyone candy leis.

There is a Roy's restaurant near us and they usually give out free orchid leis to the customers. Except the menu (4-5 courses is $85 a person). It looks yummy though!

Lei Day Menu

Soy Braised Pacific Bluefin Ahi & Eringe Mushroom
Ohitashi Watercress, Yamaimo, Grilled Shishito Pepper
Created by Lorin Watada, Corporate Sushi Chef Maso
Canali Pinot Grigio Trentino, Italy

Maine Lobster Simmered in Sauvignon Blanc
Macaroni, Wilted Cabbage, Stewed Tomato, Bacon
Created by Gordon WK Hopkins, Original Hawaii Kai Chef Partner
Whitehaven Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough, New Zealand

Herb Grilled Hawaiian Shutome
Oxtail & Wild Mushroom Purses, Parsnip Purée, Peas, Merlot Sauce
Created by Roy Yamaguchi, Chef Owner, Founder
Red Rock Merlot California

Lemongrass Crusted Filet Mignon
Pancetta Wrapped Bok Choi, Cabernet Natural Sauce
Created by David "DTA" Abella, Original Kahana, Maui Chef PartnerLouis M.
Martini Cabernet Sauvignon Napa, California

Island "Lei Day Celebration" Butter Cake
Lilikoi Curd, Mango Cream, Vanilla Lime Syrup
Created by Leslie Gorman, Desert Ridge Pastry Chef
Kona Coffee


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