How Tuesday: Make Chia Seed Pudding

9th July 2013

How Tuesday

One day while drifting through Whole Foods I came across a free sample booth that had a lady handing out what looked like tapioca pudding and going on about all the things you can do with chia seeds. It was reminiscent to Bubba Blue giving that never ending speech on shrimp, in Forest Gump. I couldn’t get her to fess up on how she made this delicious pudding I was trying, so I grabbed a bag of these seeds, headed home, and began experimenting on how to make it. I’ve tried it using all different kinds of milks, sweeteners, and extracts and I think I’ve finally made my favorite one. I’ve illustrated the recipe so that you can make it too!

ingredients

It’s best to leave this mixture in the refrigerator for, like, 12 hours to get the best pudding consistency. Right before serving it, I like to top mine off with a little extra teaspoon of agave.

Independence Night

7th July 2013

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I love all of the different ways I’ve been able to spend this holiday though out my lifetime of being American.

Tumbling down grassy hills in Florida and itching my legs the entire rest of the day.

Listening to my Electric Ladyland cd over and over again as I rode in the back of an open truck through Massachusetts.

Catching fireflies in Riverside Park and naming each one before letting it go.

Hula hooping on my rooftop in Brooklyn, watching the fireworks surround NYC.

Trying to blow up solid object with bottle rockets in Atlanta.

Driving into Portland waiting for the perfect moment to ignite a tiny firework in the shape of a monster truck.

 I’ve spent many Independence days in many different parts of this country and am grateful for every year that I’m able to travel an experience something new. This year I spent it in my new home with some friends, a pup, and many sticks full of fun colorful smoke. 

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*All other photos were taken by me with my Samsung NX300 camera!

Insta Grand Color Scheme

5th July 2013

Instagram Roundup

I struggle with the square format that Instagram wants their users to stick to. Basically, its what liquid eyeliner does for women and what salt does for foods. It crops many incredible photos into something that looks pretty ok, and it makes really crappy ones look pretty ok too.

What I do like about the formant is being able to use it to showcase something against a solid background. Its fun to have something to take a photo of, and look around my rather bland surroundings, in order to find any colorful thing to set it against.

Heres a couple of my favorite colorful photos that I’ve posted on Instagram, recently.

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Fostering Friends

3rd July 2013

I’m part of a pet rescue group that is dedicated to poodle adoption. Being part of the NorCal Poodle Rescue is something in my life that makes me really happy. I get to go up to the hills and play with them, feed them, and then know that they get placed with local people who are able to take care of them and rehabilitate them of whatever little quirks make them a little less perfect.
 A couple of months ago, a shy little black poodle mix was surrendered by someone who couldn’t take the fact that he barks at other dogs and men. His name is Charlie and he was so cute that he got swooped up almost immediately! But soon, the next woman had the same complaints about his barking and apparent boy hate, and brought him back.

I got to spend some time with him at a recent adoption event, and kind of fell in love. I took him on a couple of mini walks that day, and after some time and discipline and treats, he was able to bark less at dogs that came by. His adoption webpage says that he would do best with an older person, so that he doesn’t have to leave the house and be around those elements that scare him. But he’s only 18 months old and I feel like he just needs to be introduced to these things he barks at. So I  asked if he could stay with Alex and I, and partake in our life until someone adopts him.

 Now we’re foster friends of this adorable little pup! Having Charlie around has been great. We wake up at the crack of dawn and go for 3 mile walks around the lake full of other dogs that he barks at a little less each time. 

 It took Charlie less than 5 minutes to realize how rad Alex is, and now loves hanging out with him. He’s kind of a sissy looking pup, so Alex has been working extra hard to keep his tough guy edge, lately.

He’s picking up on tricks really fast, he walks really well on a leash, has never shown any sign that he wants to attack anything, keeps our house clean, and sleeps really well in his crate. His only problem seems to be that he’s just too damn cute for his own good, so everyone wants to come up and pet him, and he gets scared and barks.  I’ve been watching lots of Dog Whisper episodes, and applying my new dog behavior knowledge onto Charlie so that he can find a good home in the near future. In the mean time, we’re happy that the weather is nice enough to permit all of use to go out and eat together and take long refreshing walks.

*All images in this post were taken my new Samsung NX300 camera. Samsung asked me to participate in their Imagelogger project. So if you’d like to see more photos that I’ve been taking with my new camera, just follow the hashtag: #Imagelogger on my Instagram

Pretty Things: Bold Colors

30th June 2013

pretty things

I always love lots of color, but lately I’ve been almost craving bold color combinations. Maybe its because the summer make the grass that perfect shade of standard green, the sky the perfect combination of blues, and all I can think about is refreshing taste of citrusy lemons and oranges. If I could pull all of those bold summer colors into an outfit that I want to wear on a warm sunburn filled day, it would probably consist of all of the following items and a stick of pina colada lip balm.

shirt / shorts / shoes / handbag / bracelets / bathing suit / socks / watch / shoulder bag

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