A Little Break

Ten days out of the big city, concrete and traffic was just the thing I needed. We took our camera and headed to the mountains for a much needed break. No Internet, no cell phones, only a nice weather and a long walks in nature. Bliss!

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With an occasional visit to the historic sites and spas. πŸ™‚

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Having fun with the new camera lenses, photographing gorgeous creatures and flowers:

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Jumping into the water πŸ™‚

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Rolling in the grass:

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Beautiful Nature, calming and healing:

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It’s all about balance. Going to the mountains helps me feel relaxed and refreshed, and then I can go back to the city, work and other everyday things. But it always feels good to come back home. πŸ™‚

Lunch Time!

I thought I could share with you two nice recipes. Easy to make, although not very fast, but then again not like a “whole day cooking” kinda recipes. πŸ™‚

First there is the “Hunter’s stake” or “Hunter’s schnitzel” – well, as close as I could translate that. You will need beef or pork, cut and beat to make thin pieces. Then dip them in flour.

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Fry in oil on moderate to high heat until they are golden brown ( that should be quite fast).

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When all the steaks are fried, put them in a pot, adding salt and pepper and lots of chopped garlic and parsley between the layers of meat.

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Add about half (or as much as you like) of glass of white wine, put the lid on and let that simmer for ten to fifteen minutes.

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Then add water to almost cover the meat, put the lid on and let it simmer on medium to low heat for as much as it takes for the meat to be tender and wonderful. But I guess it should take anywhere from half to one hour. Also, you will see in the next photo how the flour makes a gorgeous sauce.

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Unfortunately, I don’t have any more photos because this meal was eaten so fast, I forgot to photograph our plates. But believe me, if you like meat, you will love this. Serve it with mashed potatoes and enjoy. πŸ™‚

While the meat was on the stove, I made some dog biscuits, because I want my dog to eat healthy food, not the store bought “filled with chemicals” stuff. πŸ™‚ Here is something like the recipe, I don’t have the exact measurements:

Two eggs and a big spoon of lard (you could use butter too). Mix that a bit,

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Add about two table spoons of ground flax seeds and about a cup of oat flakes.

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You could add yogurt ( half of cup) or sour cream, or white cheese, or any cheese, or all that actually, and then add flour until the dough is firm, but not too firm, just until it’s not sticking to your hands. You should have something like this:

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You could even add chopped bacon or minced meat, but in that case store the biscuits in the fridge after they are baked or in the freezer if you have a lot of them.

Make any shape you like. I like them like this:

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Bake at 200 degrees (Celsius) for about 20 minutes, or until they are light brown in color.

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A happy customer:

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And because my husband loved Meda’s biscuits, I then had to make a batch for him too. I did the same thing as already described, just added pumpkin seeds and sunflower seeds (as my hubby requested), and voila! Another happy face! πŸ™‚

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The only difference between Meda’s and our biscuits is salt. I don’t put it in Meda’s food, and I even forgot to put it in our biscuits this time, but because I added sour cream and cheese to the mix, the salt wasn’t needed at all. πŸ™‚

Have a great day!

I Will Be OK

I’m painting and making a mess in my Art Journal like crazy! That means I’m feeling better. At first it seemed like I had no inspiration at all, so I said to my self – I’ll clean my desk. Ha! That almost always does the trick!

First you start with sorting out all the bits and pieces, then you find something interesting, then something you forgot you had, and then it all goes into a very different direction. And in the end, the desk is a mess as usual, but you end up with having so much fun making things! That’s what happened to me a few days ago. I found some small pieces of a cereal box (I have no idea what I wanted to do with them when I cut them who knows when), some packaging material, pieces of paper, old book pages etc, and they were all pretty much the same size. So I thought, I could make a small art journal, just for fun. It’s about 6 x 3,5 inches. I love it.

Well, technically it’s not a journal just yet, it’s a collection of pages that are going to become a journal one day. πŸ™‚ I’ll show it to you when I finish it, but now I wanted to share some of the pages that are finished. And the best part is that I love each and every single one of them!

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And my favorite pages, only because of the colors:

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Handmade stencils, stamps, embossing, painting, doodling,gluing, cutting…

Oh it’s so good to just let it all out of my system.

Two Awards!

It’s interesting how the Universe works. With some “not very good” things happening lately, I’ve been feeling, well, not very good. Everyone is ok and alive, thankfully. And that is the most important thing. But still, some things made me so sad that I didn’t have the will to do anything artistic. I didn’t know what to blog about. I did practice some sewing and made my self a skirt and a T shirt, but I don’t have the photos yet to show you. And then, I get nominated for two blog awards, so now I have to blog about that, and I feel as if something is making me “move on”,Β  as if this blog world is making me getting back into writing and creating. And that is wonderful!

First, I was nominated for the “Best Moment Award” by Tatsat. Thank you Tatsat!

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Awarding the people who live in the moment,
The noble who write and capture the best in life,
The bold who reminded us what really mattered –
Savoring the experience of quality time.

I am grateful for this award. It obviously came at the right time, to make me feel a bit better, and to make me try to forget bad things and concentrate on sharing my art and my experiences with the world. Thank you Tatsat once again,Β  your blog is great, wonderfully written, makes me think harder about life than I normally would and that enriches me; it’s a place to learn something new, to think, to share thoughts, and to connect. πŸ™‚

The other award came from Kalona who is an amazing artist and a wonderful friend. Thank you Kal!

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Kalona shares her passion for fabric, paper and other art forms on her blog. If you need inspiration or you want to learn something new, check out her blog, you will enjoy it!

I would love to be able to write more about this, and to express my feelings a bit better, but for now this is the best I can do. But I am very grateful for these awards and for the “boost” they give me at this moment in my life.

I will use this opportunity to nominate five blogs for both of these awards, so here they are:

CREATIVE METAPHOR – Eliza is an amazing writer who also makes wonders by painting and weaving.

CATCHINMOONBEAMS – Terri is so talented, her drawing makes me jealous. I wish I could draw and paint like that!

ACTON CREATIVE – Christine is a weaver who makes gorgeous fabrics on her loom!

TIN CAN TART – Mary’s art is beautiful and inspiring and always makes me happy.

LIFEOFDEBΒ  – Deb is a great artist who works with different media. She is also a Certified Zentangle Teacher.

Have a wonderful day everyone!