Archive for the ‘Artsy Little Towns- ALTs’ Category

On “becoming”

Friday, November 3rd, 2017

So… the Hygge Project is in full swing, but I thought I’d better acknowledge the fact that I’ve been a blogging dropout for several years now. (Since March 2013!)

Not because too little was going on, but too much! Some wonderful things, some not so wonderful. But honestly, I wasn’t up to sharing… So what have I “become” since then?

  • I’ve become a married person- married the love of my life August 2016. He’ll be known in the blog as “Mo.”
  • I’ve become a grandma- to two of the best kids in the world. I don’t get to visit as much as I like, but hope that will change in the coming years.
  • I’ve become a Canadian Permanent resident- yay! I’m so happy to be here! I’m really enjoying Canada, although I have to say… sometimes if feels like a foreign country. 😉
  • I’ve become a Primal Health Coach… I’ve followed the Primal Blueprint for about 6 years now, so wanted to learn more about it.
  • I’ve learned to index books, and have done about 3, before my life got a little… complicated. My favorites are cookbooks.
  • I’ve inherited a farm in Virginia! When my mom passed unexpectedly, my sister and I were thrown into managing a farm, with not a lot of experience or know-how. It’s currently on the market, and we have the best estate manager ever.
  • I’ve seen a lot more of the world. Two trips to Italy (one for our honeymoon) and a lot of traveling in Canada and Mexico, as well as the US.

There’s lots more, of course, but those are the highlights. It’s true: The only constant in life is change.

Graffiti in Colonia Guadalupe

Saturday, March 23rd, 2013

Roaming around Colonia Guadalupe in San Miguel de Allende, near Via Organica, we stumbled onto a graffiti fest in progress.

There were DJs, other vendors, and lots of neighbors out to see what was going on.

It’s quite possible that the next Diego Rivera was somewhere in the crowd…

Summer of Kale Chips

Saturday, September 1st, 2012
Kale Chips

Kale Chips- before

kale chips after

Kale Chips- After

I’ve eaten more kale this summer than in my entire life. (Actually, I’d only tried it once before, so that’s not too difficult.) Now that I’ve found kale chips, I’m having kale several times a week.

I’m using a very simple recipe from There are more complicated ones, but why bother? They are so yummy. Oh, and as they bake, they make a snap, crackle, pop noise, too. If you like nori (the seaweed that wraps sushi), these are along the same lines.

So far the only failure I’ve had is when I forgot about them… and then I had “charred.” Seriously- set a timer!

This is so delicious, and addicting. I made some for my mom & she immediately decided to plant a whole row of kale.

Yes, kale is a great fall crop, so get planting now!

Zucchini madness

Sunday, August 26th, 2012
Organic Zucchini, originally uploaded by ilovebutter.

It’s that time of year… be sure to lock your car doors, or you may find a sack of zucchini waiting for you. In fact, zucchini is about the only garden plant I know of that just doesn’t take much TLC. In fact, you don’t even need to plant it. Just befriend a gardener, and you’ll have plenty.
My personal preference is grilled zucchini. A grill wok with zukes, onions, peppers, mushrooms, etc is a beautiful thing.
I just discovered a new use, though, thanks to Traditional Foods, one of my favorite websites. They’ve actually figured out how to morph zucchini into something like raisins. Here’s their recipe for zucc-raisins.