29 June 2008

Pesto Time!

I've always favored winter over summer, for some reason. Maybe it's because my birthday is in December, and Chanukah is too...but also because I love the cold (California-cold, that is) weather. In fact, I'm a wimp, and when I move to New York, I expect that when I cry myself to sleep because of the cold, my tears will freeze as they roll down my ruddy cheeks. How poetic, no?

Anyways, although I like winter more, summer is a fabulous in its own right. For one, eating outside! And eating barbequed foods! That's where it's at. The other day my friend had a dinner party in which we spent the evening outside on her huge back porch that overlooks the L.A. hills, and we watched the sunset. We ate this:

Vegetable Kabobs and Brown Rice
Vegetable Kabobs and Brown Rice

On a similar outdoor-eating note, I made pesto! So easy, so good. I even used the basil from my mom's garden, which was absolutely perfect. We even got to eat some of her home-grown broccoli! Next time, however, I hope to use better Parmesan, and Pecorino Romano, and grind it all by hand instead of in the Cuisinart. But I don't mean to belittle the tastiness of what I ended up creating:

Pesto Pasta and Brocolli
Ugh, so good. [Home-grown broccoli not shown]

I love pesto in the summer...it just seems so right.

In other news, I updated the shop! More T Bags!!

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More Pictures!


23 June 2008

Hot Town, Summer in the City

I graduated!

In other news, this weekend was unspeakably hot...like triple-digits hot. Great weather for a tea party (sarcasm, sarcasm), but I had one anyways. We had iced tea, of course, and really delicious mint lemonade concocted by my dear mother. I actually spent half of the day preceding the party and several hours the day of baking and assembling food. I made some Pear Bread (thanks to Bake and Break), finger sandwiches (cucumber/cream cheese, salmon and capers, and chicken curry salad), Buttermilk Cookies with Lemon Zest (thanks to Tartelette), vichissoise (thanks to my dad), lots of fruits and berries, and Clotted Cream.
My Tea Party 1

It was really pretty and nice; I had 8 friends over, and we all wore girly dresses and played cards and listened to Edith Piaf. I set up a bunch of chairs in our little woodland garden and placed doilies around, used the outlandishly ornate silverware, and had adorable little name cards, etc. etc. My mom, being the crazy plant lady that she is, made lots of little bouquets that we set all around, too.
My Tea Party 2
Bouquet and Raspberries Berries at Tea Party

And now, being Monday, I've finally realized that it's summer! So maybe I will start sewing some dresses and skirts again, or read the Golden Compass, or upload some more tea bags to the shop. Ooh, or develop that roll of film from my Senior Art Proj. Ahh, so many possibilities.

18 June 2008


I sold my tea bags!! First sell on Etsy and only 1 day after I listed the item! Woo!

Anyways, I graduate on Friday. And I won a photography scholarship for $5000 and an internship with a professional photographer! Good times...

My cat, Sophie, channeling my excitedness.

15 June 2008

Etsy: Update -- T bags!

I finally got around to putting up some reusable tea bags for sale in the shop!
T bags
So I suggest you go check it out. Because I'm selling them in a darling little set of three T's (awww).

Anyways, my parents had a little dinner party last night for my dad's research group. Yeah, so he's a physicist and so the conversation, well, it was about magnets. And other stuff. So basically, that wasn't my cup of tea (ha, pun). Fortunately, however, we got food from Pita! Pita!, a Mediterranean place.

Pita! Pita!
A tasty falafel.

Funny story: My friend pronounced falafel "fallah-fal" instead of "fa-LAH-fel." Pretty anti-climatic story, but whatever.

06 June 2008

Etsy: It's Here!!

I did it! I made an Etsy shop and I have 1 thing for sale (more to come, though, to be sure). I am selling this gouache and ink drawing:
Une Nymphe des Fleurs

So, please, go to my shop! I love you long time.

I will be adding embroidered items soon, and more drawings and maybe some photographs.

But yeah, today I stayed home from school because there was no point in me going, considering that 90% of the senior class won't be either. Gradnite at Disneyland was last night: meaning, a bunch of high schools send their senior classes on a trip to Disneyland from midnight to 6am. All night. With no food (except 10 dollar churros). And no sleep. So, maybe I'm just an old lady (which I've been told I am), but that doesn't sound fun to me. I hate hanging out with most people my age anyways, besides my friends, so being around a bunch of asshole teenagers, locked in the Happiest Place on Earth, well, doesn't quite appeal to me.

So I spent today doing this:
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Much better than school. Especially when you're wearing a nice vintage floral dress and its a beautiful 78 degree day.

Tomorrow is my art show. I hope my piece works and people interact with it, but who knows. I hate artists.