We watch a lot of movies at our house and about half way through, my husband will ask, "What's for something?" I usually make a quick snack and lately I have been a bit bored of the usual options. I decided to throw this tasty treat together and it is a new favorite at our house. First you taste the buttery flavor of the cracker with the salt of the kalamata olive. Then you taste the creamy goodness of the goat cheese complimented with the sweet guava paste. I hope you like it!
Fierce (my 2 year old son) and I were painting one morning and I thought to myself, "Why not paint the Periodic Table of Elements?" Next thought, "Just buy a poster board." "Naaa, it will be fun." So I got out a bulletin board and set to work making my custom colored Periodic Table complete with gold trim. I measured and painted away. The hardest and most tedious part was painting in all of the names of the elements.
This was meant to just be an introduction to the elements so I decided to build [...]
This morning I gathered yellow honeysuckle for my morning tea. The tea has a vibrant yellow color, smells a bit like grass and has a very calm or mild green tea taste. It was a beautiful way to start my weekend :)
Honeysuckle...to be or not to be?
To Be: Honeysuckle petals make a delicious and fragrant tea. It is said to help with coughs, reduce temperature and to remove toxins from the body (laxative). Avoid putting the leaves of the plant in the tea because it will make it taste bitter.
Not To Be: Do NOT put the honeysuckle berries in your tea or eat them. They are poisonous!
To Be: Hummingbirds love these plants so you will be able to [...]
Last year I had a terrible time trying to find Viola Ordata plants. One greenhouse owner told me I should just stop by someones yard and dig them up myself. Ya...I can just see me trying to explain that to a homeowner. I finally found some on Etsy, but I wanted them in the same raised box as the other tea plants which has full sun and Viola Ordata likes shade. Anyways, they are super small yet and I don't know if they are going to live or die.
All of this background to say that I was at my friend's house and I stopped cold with excitement when I saw them in her yard. She let me take [...]
Our final day has come. While I was packing, Fierce picked up the hotel phone and said, "Sawat De Kah" as if he was talking to someone. This means "Hello" in Thai...I guess he was paying attention this week! I know he picked up on the fact that people were not speaking his language quite early on because I heard him saying "Opengado" to people and this is his way of saying "Obrigado" or "Thank you" in Portuguese. It was pretty cute.
We finished packing, checkout out of the hotel and brought our bags to the pool. We stayed there most of the day and took turns getting lunch so someone was with our bags. We took a taxi [...]
First things first, we had coffee on our usual corner and then we had a delicious spicy soup about two blocks down. Then we were ready to tour. Thailand is known for its silk so my Mom, Fierce and I went to a reputable silk shop and had lots of fun looking at all of the beautiful fabrics. We both bought a few items and then stopped at a coffee shop. I bought Fierce a cake, but it was so bland he ate the free sugar packet instead ;) lol Back on the street, my mom saw a tall building and swore she thought it would be a mall so we headed over there and sure enough [...]