Monday, April 21, 2014

Media Monday: Valerie June

This rad lady came through Wichita a few weeks ago. I really wish I had checked out her music before hand, because it was off my radar and I missed her show. A friend of mine played her music for me just days later and I loved it instantly. I'm still kicking myself for missing the show, but totally diggin' the new tunes.

Valerie June by jess bechtelheimer on Grooveshark

Bring It On Home To Me

Rollin' and Tumblin'

My Daddy Was A Gamblin' Man
It Takes A Worried Man
You Are My Sunshine

If You Love And Let Go

The Drifter

This World Is Not My Home


Love that twang. And doesn't she have the most awesome curly dreads?!

Sunday, April 20, 2014

the Sunday Special: Veggie Loaf

I created this meatless "meat loaf" from eggplant and other veggies. (As always, the measurements are estimates.) I was really pleased with the flavor and meat-like texture. It even sort of looks like meatloaf.

Veggie Loaf

1 Tbsp (4-5 cloves)Garlic chopped
1 handful baby Mushrooms sliced
1 large leaf Red Cabbage shopped
1/2 Bok-choy
1/2 Eggplant

Sprinkle with:
Chili Powder
Fresh Dill
Sea Salt

Blend with:
1/4 cup water

Stir in:
4oz Oatmeal
2 Tbsp BBQ Sauce
3 Tbsp Squash Soup
+ 2-3 Tbsp Garbanzo Bean Flour

Coat the dish with olive oil. (I actually coated mine with coconut oil and it was fine.) Press down and smooth out the mixture into the pan, forming a loaf. (I was experimenting so I left a dividing line between the two different halves.)

Spread a thin layer of bbq sauce on the top.

Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour.

Serve with garlic sweet potato mash and steamed veggies.

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Hoes and Logos

I decided to enter a logo contest at the last minute. I wasn't going to tell anyone unless I won, but I don't care if they pick mine, I love it.

I ended up staying up late Thursday night creating it, getting only 2 broken hours of sleep before heading off to the office....ya know, paid work. I worked at my computer for most of the morning until I finished my project and went looking for more active things to do (to help stay awake and pass the time faster). After helping in the warehouse, I got assigned garden duty. Yes please and thank you. I made 4 mound rows and planted onions in the first. The only tool I used was a hoe...(and a 4x4 to hammer in steaks, but that doesn't count, right?).

My office for the afternoon.

Well, I found it quite funny and ironic that my logo design, created and finished just hours before, also included a hoe. I should mention... I hadn't seen nor used a hoe in at least year, maybe a few years. Then 2 in 12 hours.

My design