Tuesday, July 20, 2010
Friday, July 16, 2010
Max loves to take pictures, and knows more about my Hipstamatic app than I do. Now, a look at the world through the eyes of a six year old:
Wednesday, July 14, 2010
Yes, they did have ice cream for breakfast this morning, even with a few jellybeans or chocolate chips on top. It is almost the end of our summer here, so you have to enjoy it while it lasts, right? Here in allergy house, our ice cream is more coconut cream, but fabulous nonetheless. It's such a simple and actually pretty healthy recipe (minus the jellybeans, of course), that I thought I'd share it with you.
Coconut Ice Cream:
1 can unsweetened coconut milk (not the light version)
approx. 3 cups cold vanilla coconut milk (the kind in the carton)
1/4 - 1/2 cup evaporated cane juice (sugar)
1-2 tsp. vanilla
freshly grated nutmeg
In a 4 cup measuring cup, add one can coconut milk. Add enough vanilla coconut milk to make 4 cups. Stir in sugar to taste (the coconut milk is pretty sweet, so you don't need too much), vanilla, and nutmeg. I guess I grate around a teaspoon - I've never measured. Pour into ice cream maker. It should be ready in 20 - 30 minutes.
I have an electric ice cream maker that I received as a gift many years ago and I LOVE it! You have fresh soft serve ice cream in less than 30 minutes with hardly any work. I highly recommend one.
Monday, July 12, 2010
This is what my table looked like Friday night. A stomach bug got to me yesterday, so I wasn't able to finish all of the projects, but I did finish the art travel cases.I have seen smaller variations of this on various blogs, but I wanted something that could hold a fair amount of items. I also wanted a zippered case, so pencils and pens of various sizes would fit. This was an upcycled and use your stash project - the outside of each case is a cut off pant leg from some trouser jeans of mine that I made into shorts. The denim is very lightweight, so it was easy to sew with. The case measures approximately 8x10 inches.
Thursday, July 8, 2010
Bravo's Work of Art last night. Are you watching the show? There are some very talented artists on it; my favorites are Miles and Abdi, although Jaclyn's been doing some great pieces lately. What I love even more about the show, I have to admit, is Miles' discussions about his OCD and sensory issues. I hope it makes people more aware of what it's like to live with sensory issues, how the environment assaults their senses in a way that is hard for most of us to understand. People with sensory issues respond to under/over-stimulation in a variety of ways. Miles likes to sleep when he reaches sensory overload. Kids usually get hyper, or, like mine when they were younger, have a total nuclear melt down. I don't think the other artists really understand it, and one is outright hostile about it, accusing him of "acting" because he's fine in the apartment. Well, the apartment is small, there are fewer people, less noise, and less stimuli. It's also a familiar place, which is key to people with sensory processing disorder (SPD). New environments offer the threat of unknown sensory experiences, which provokes anxiety. Miles usually becomes overwhelmed in the larger, noisier places like the work space, the warehouse they visited, or the large urban car showroom. He finds comfort in the little darkroom he built in the studio, just as my son loves the "secret hideout" he made in the space between his bed and the wall. The public may be quick to judge those who are different, and yet, in spite of it all, Miles is an amazingly talented artist. Being a mother of two kids with sensory processing disorder, I TOTALLY get it. Maybe this will shine a little light on the issue, and makes at least a few more people sympathetic to the struggles people with OCD and SPD go through.
Tuesday, July 6, 2010
Friday, July 2, 2010