Finger-lickin’ Friday: Coleslaw

Every Friday I share a recipe I am curious to try, have tested (approved or disapproved), or have developed myself.

This is miscellany‘s twenty-ninth installation of Finger-lickin’ Fridays!

Coleslaw

I could NOT get enough of this slaw while I was in Colorado with Nico. We picked everything fresh from the fields and even made our own mayonnaise! This recipe is adjustable and simple; add what you want, take away what you don’t.

Status: Tested and approved! (I LOVE THIS STUFF!)

Makes: depends on the amounts of each ingredient

Ingredients: 

  • 4 parts red cabbage, sliced
  • 1 part broccoli (florets and some of the stems, chopped)
  • 1 part onion, chopped
  • 1 part peas, shelled
  • 1 part carrots, grated
  • mayonnaise (or make your own like we did!)
  • apple cider vinegar, to taste
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • sugar (optional)

Directions:

  • Prepare vegetables.
  • Mix together the mayonnaise, apple cider vinegar, salt and pepper. You can also mix in some sugar to sweeten the mixture, although we prefer the tang and therefore left it out.
  • Next, add in the vegetables and thoroughly coat them with the mayonnaise mixture.
  • Refrigerate.

Enjoy!

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Testing Out Colorado

I just recently traveled to Colorado for two weeks to spend time with my new boyfriend Nico, who currently resides there. We considered those weeks as a sort of “trial period” for our future, even though we both knew we would work so incredibly well together. So well in fact, that soon I will be calling myself a Colorado resident, too! (See this post for more about Nico and my upcoming move.)

Nicholas manages an organic farm in the North Fork Valley. While I was staying with him, I “earned my keep” by weeding beds, harvesting vegetables, washing/packing the produce and helping in any other ways that I could. I learned a lot in the two weeks that seemed to fly by.

(Click each image to view its full size.)

We didn’t spend my entire trip on the farm of course… we made quick trips into town for groceries, hit up a few thrift stores as well as a couple rock/gem shops, enjoyed two breweries, and camped three times in beautiful places, which was truly the highlight of trip. (It really is worth clicking each image to view its full size and to read its caption.)

First Camping Location: Crystal Creek

Second Location: Grand Mesa

Third Location: Kenosha Pass (on the Colorado Trail)

Just as enjoyable, if not more so, was cooking along side Nico using ingredients almost always straight from the fields. We made soooo many tasty meals together.

(Again, it really is worth clicking each image to appreciate its full size.)

So there ya have it… a quick summary of my recent two-week trip to Colorado. Nico was a gracious host, and I canNOT wait to start a life with him. Pretty soon (August 17th) Colorado will become my new home state, and although my heart will always be in Florida with my family and leaving them behind will be very tough, this new adventure with Nico is calling and I am following its voice.

Words of Wisdom Wednesday, no. 30

Every Wednesday I share a quote that resonates with me in some way. This is miscellany‘s thirtieth installment of WoWW

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First of all, I LOVE Frida (and her art). What an incredible woman! And this quote, how precious! I am very lucky to have found a lover who looks at me with such wonder and compassion. He is quite magical to me as well.

Do you like Frida?
What’s your favorite quote or painting by her?

So… I’m moving to Colorado.

It has been awhile; I’m sorry to be MIA for so long.

But, now I am finally back!! And will be working harder than ever on miscellany.

My life changed in February, but when one door closes another opens. I have found my true happiness… and that happiness resides in Colorado with a young man named Nicholas.

The story of my boyfriend and I isn’t typical. We went to high school together, although we were never close, never hung out with the same crowd. We have been Facebook friends forever and have liked each other’s posts and images periodically, but never really spoke. In April 2016, he messaged me looking to become pen pals and to catch up. I received a classical, beautifully handwritten letter from him shortly after. It took me so long to respond (one month plus) that he contacted me on Facebook again to make sure I had even received his letter. I suggested we FaceTime and ever since that first night, after not seeing each other in TEN years, we each knew how things would turn out. I’ve fallen for Nicholas, and I’ve fallen hard. I’m eternally thankful the Universe has sent him to me. I’m so in love and so incredibly happy.

After spending a two-week “trial period” (haha) in July, I realized I needed to be with Nicholas in Colorado as soon as possible. I had the most amazing time working on his organic farm and exploring the beautiful outdoors with him. The original plan was for me to move to Colorado in October, but we couldn’t wait that long, so now my one-way flight is August 17th. We’re not quite sure where we’ll end up after his season ends, other than a road trip back to our families in Florida during November. We’re considering staying in Colorado for a season or two, but who knows? There are so many options for us; the world is our’s for the taking.

tldr;
I’m moving to Colorado to begin a new adventure with my person, my partner, my better half.

Finger-lickin’ Friday: Pea Pesto Crostini

Every Friday I share a recipe I am curious to try, have tested (approved or disapproved), or have developed myself.

This is miscellany‘s twenty-eighth installation of Finger-lickin’ Fridays!

Pea Pesto Crostini

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Doesn’t this just sound FANTASTIC! I love how much variety you can create with crostini…. so many different options for toppings. This one, pea pesto, is something a little different and super easy. Plus the little color pop from the tomatoes is perfect, but of course I’m bias because tomatoes (and potatoes) are my most favorite things on earth.

Status: Curious to try (recipe from Giada De Laurentiis via Food Network)

Ingredients:

  • 1 (10-ounce) package frozen peas, defrosted
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt, plus extra for seasoning
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, plus extra for seasoning
  • 1/3 cup olive oil

For Crostini:

  • 8 (1/2-inch thick) slices whole-grain baguette or ciabatta bread, preferably day-old (* see Cook’s Note)
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 8 cherry tomatoes, halved or 1 small tomato, diced

Directions:

  • For the pea pesto: Pulse together the peas, garlic, Parmesan, 1 teaspoon of salt and 1/4 teaspoon of pepper in a food processor. With the machine running, slowly add the olive oil until well combined, about 1 to 2 minutes. Season with additional salt and pepper, if needed. Transfer to a small bowl and set aside.
  • For the crostini: Preheat a stovetop griddle or grill pan on medium-high heat. Brush both sides of the sliced bread with olive oil and grill until golden, about 1 to 2 minutes. Transfer the bread to a clean surface and spread 1 to 2 tablespoons of the prepared pesto on each slice.
  • Top with tomato halves and serve.

*Cook’s note:
If you don’t have day-old bread on hand, you can dry out fresh bread by putting the slices in a preheated 300 degree F oven until slightly crisp, about 5 minutes.

Enjoy!

Words of Wisdom Wednesday, no. 29

Every Wednesday I share a quote that resonates with me in some way. This is miscellany‘s twenty-ninth installment of WoWW

lifetime of adventures

Lewis Carroll, “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.”

This is a beautiful quote. It really captures my fascination with travel. And what a way to live a life, one adventure and on to another. A little reminder though, a “lifetime of adventures” doesn’t need to be a gift from someone. You can make it happen yourself; give yourself the gift of adventure!

I ADORE all things Alice! I have character figurines and dolls; I have a tiny tea set and a full size tea cup and pot; I have books; I have ornaments. I collect anything and everything “vintage” Alice (the original Disney classic and the Carroll’s book illustrations). Two shelves on my bookcase are dedicated to my Alice collection.

Anyone else obsessed with Alice?

Finger-lickin’ Friday: Slow Cooker Honey Garlic Chicken and Veggies

Every Friday I share a recipe I am curious to try, have tested (approved or disapproved), or have developed myself.

This is miscellany‘s twenty-seventh installation of Finger-lickin’ Fridays!

Slow Cooker Honey Garlic Chicken and Veggies

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Last Finger-lickin’ Friday I featured a crock pot recipe, and I just couldn’t help but share another one this week from Damn Delicious. Honey and garlic? Not a combo I would immediately thing of, but damn does this recipe sound delicious. (Haha, see what I did there? Yes, I’m lame.)

Status: Curious to try (from DamnDelicious.net)

Ingredients:

 

  • 8 bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs
  • 16 ounces baby red potatoes, halved
  • 16 ounces baby carrots
  • 16 ounces green beans, trimmed
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley leaves

For the Sauce:

 

  • 1/2 cup reduced sodium soy sauce
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper

Directions:

    • In a large bowl, combine soy sauce, honey, ketchup, garlic, basil, oregano, red pepper flakes and pepper.
    • Place chicken thighs, potatoes, carrots and soy sauce mixture into a 6-qt slow cooker.
    • Cover and cook on low heat for 7-8 hours or high for 3-4 hours, basting every hour.
    • Add green beans during the last 30 minutes of cooking time.

Enjoy!

Blogs You Should Follow

I love finding new blogs to follow and I have decided to share these wonderful blogs with you.

I have VERRRRY varied interests. Therefore, just like the nature of my blog (miscellany: a collection of different things; a mixture), this list is a little unorganized. I’ve tried to clarify what some of the blogs are about by categorizing them the best I could.

(If you’re interested in exchanging links, please e-mail me at info.miscellany@gmail.com!)

So, without further ado, here is my curated list of great blogs worth following…

scholarly

 

travel

 

food

 

personal/lifestyle

 

blogging + business

Handmade Monday: Ananke Jewelry

Welcome to the eighteenth artist interview on miscellany!
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Brown Mandala Necklace ($30.50) << My Favorite!

I grew up in Novi Sad, Serbia and currently live in Tel Aviv, Israel with my husband (just married!!), two cats and a rabbit. I spend most of the day in my home studio with some good background music, where I create jewelry, taking pictures or reading

About three years ago, I started to make jewelry. Somehow, between jobs, studies and endless art experiments, I found myself doing something that I’ve never thought about before. It started when I was playing with polymer clay for the first time and made necklaces for my friends and family. Playing with different materials and colors became my new obsession. After a while, my mother told me I should finally start doing what I really love and she was right. When I opened my online shop, a new world has been discovered. The more I learned, the more interesting I found it all. The inspiration comes from the nature, from its beautiful shapes found everywhere, from the four seasons, and a little bit of sacred geometry. The main goal is to make people enjoy the little things. My jewelry is happy, energetic and made with love & good vibes. I love changes, so the shapes, colors or materials are always a bit different

Blue Leaf Necklace ($33.50)
Blue Leaf Necklace ($33.50)

Lately, after getting married with my favorite man, I made a big step, left my job and started a new life. Ananke Jewelry became a full time job and I can’t wait to see it growing! It’s like a dream coming true

The name ANANKE has a personal meaning for me. It comes from a moon of Jupiter. It used to be called Jupiter XII (twelve), which is probably my lucky number, because I was born on 12/12. Sagittarius, my astrological sign, is ruled by Jupiter
In Greek mythology, Ananke was the personification of destiny & necessity

My studio is a room in our apartment. My desk is surrounded with shelves, pictures and colorful boxes. Sometimes my cats sit and work with me too

Boho Feather Necklace ($34.50)
Boho Feather Necklace ($34.50)

My audience is handmade lovers, mostly women who love simple, bohemian style jewelry or nature lovers, but the items in my shop can fit any style or occasion. Many times the buyers are men who are looking for a gift for their loved ones

All the items for sale can be found in my Etsy shop. I also like to share the process and some pictures from my everyday life on Instagram and Ananke Jewelry Facebook Page

I also started to cooperate with few local shops and hope to create more international relations in future,
meet more interesting people and their projects.

Right now I work alone, but I have a really big support and love from my family & friends for everything I do. They are my best teachers

My favorite blog is Sandra Diekmann,(Illustratior). I’ve just purchased some of her beautiful works. I also love Geninne’s art and Kirsty Elson’s art

Collar Necklace ($33.50)
Collar Necklace ($33.50)

My favorite necklace from my shop is a chain necklace: www.etsy.com/listing/241671257. It looks like a part of mandala when you wear it and its simplicity and “optimistic” look is a reminder for me to stay simple and positive. It was “born” when I was doodling in my notebook, without planning to make a necklace out of it

For the end, I would say that, if you really love & believe in what you do, there’s no reason to be afraid to show it. The most important thing is, that doesn’t matter what it is, just spread the love and smile, it can be that little thing that made someone else’s day happier

I really hope you’ve enjoyed the interview with Dana! Please take a look at all the wonderful items in her etsy shop and consider purchasing a piece or two!