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DIY Shoe makeover

24 Jan

I’ve been very inspired lately, baking, painting, sewing…I just can’t seem to keep my fingers still. Today an idea just popped into my head and I had to do it immediately. In fact I was so overcome by my muse, that I missed my yoga class and was almost late for a lunch appointment. Here is what I did.

2012 Shoe Makeover

1. Old pair of shoes

2. All purpose craft paint (I used Martha Stewarts– it comes in SO many colors)

3. Tape (I used painters tape but I’m guessing any old masking tape would work fine)

4. Paint brush or sponge

5. Scissors (depending on your design)

Once you have decided on a pattern (the possibilities are endless) and taped it into place, start painting. Make sure that all the edges of the tape are pressed down firmly to the surface of the shoe. My shoes needed two coats with some drying time in-between. Within about 2 hrs and had these funky, unique new shoes. Now I want to try it out with other colors and designs.

pattern in taped in place


taking the first peak at the finished product

i love them!

That’s all for now!


Sweet Potato Latkes

22 Jan

It was great to see Elsa’s photos from her India evening….what fun. I’ve been inspired to cook and bake lately. Yesterday between my husband and I we made banana bread, sweet potato latkes, cinnamon buns and roasted veggies. It’s great to have time on the weekend to kick back and do the things you love. Here is the recipe for the latkes. They were very nice; a little sweet, a little savory.  I made ours for breakfast but it is more common to have them for dinner.


Sweet Potato Latkes

1 lb sweet potatoes, peeled and coarsely grated

1/3 cup onion finely chopped

1/4 cup flour

2 large eggs, lightly beaten

1 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon black pepper

3/4 cup vegetable oil

-Grate potatoes on box grater and drain liquid in paper towel

-Stir together potatoes, onion, flour, eggs, salt, and pepper.

-Heat oil in a skillet over moderately high heat until hot but not smoking.

-Working in batches of 4, spoon 1/8 cup potato mixture per latke into oil and flatten to 3-inch diameter with a slotted spatula. Reduce heat to moderate and cook until golden, about 1 1/2 minutes on each side. Transfer latkes with spatula to paper towels to drain.

They were so good that I almost missed a chance to get a photo of the final result…snapped one shot just in time. Enjoy!


Trip to Ikea

21 Jan

Last weekend I made a little trip to Ikea with my husband…and came home with a new sofa!

on the road

rows and rows

doesn't look like a sofa to me

back home, ready to assemble

ta-da! new sofa

Happy weekend.


Scenes from the weekend

16 Jan

Happy Monday!

This is what my weekend looked like

on my walk

all gone

more bagels, fresh from the boil and about to go into the oven


sweet potato latkes

textile that i bought at a secondhand store in Stockholm

evening fire

time to go to sleep


Cold day, Hot Soup

13 Jan

We had snow flurries this morning, nothing stuck but it started to truly feel like winter. To warm myself up today I made a delicious Butternut Squash and Carrot Soup. I forgot to capture the process on film, but the end result was really good. There is cumin and garlic in the recipe that adds a nice depth to the sweetness of the carrot and butternut squash.

  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 4 carrots, sliced
  • 3 stalks celery, diced
  • 2 small or one large butternut squash, peeled and chopped
  • 5 cups vegetable broth
  • 1/2 cup milk or milk alternative 
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 tsp cumin

In a large soup pot, sauté the onion and garlic in olive oil until onions turn soft, about 3 to 5 minutes.

Add the carrots and celery and cook for another 3 to 5 miutes.

Add the squash and stir just to coat, then add the vegetable broth. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to a slow simmer. Allow to cook for at least 25 minutes, or until squash is soft.

Using a potato masher or a large fork, mash the squash until smooth, or, alternatively, you can puree the soup in a food processor or blender.

Stir in the milk and season with cumin and salt and pepper to taste.

I ate it by itself, but it would be lovely with a few pieces of fresh bread.


Boiling Bagels

8 Jan

I love to bake, and yesterday I was inspired to try making bagels. I have attempted these years ago with some success, but it was prior to going gluten free which is a whole different ball game. This recipe is simple and only requires a few ingredients. It is gluten, dairy, soy and grain free…and tasty too (I promise).

Oh yeah, my husband is the best baking helper ever

Tapioca Flour Bagels

– 1 ¾ Cups tapioca flour

– 1 tbsp. baking powder 

– 2 eggs

– t tbsp. olive oil

– 1/4 Cup water 

(I added rosemary, a pinch of salt and a little garlic powder to make them savory, but you could add cinnamon and raisins if you prefer) 

Preheat oven to 450° F
1. Boil 3 quarts of water
2. Mix all ingredients til well blended
3. Knead it for a few more minutes, then let it rest about 10 minutes.
4. Separate into 4 equal pieces and form into bagels (NOTE: I discovered it is better to keep them a little smaller, i would recommend dividing into 6 pieces)
5. Drop dough into boiling water for 1.5 – 2 minutes. With a slotted spoon or tongs, turn over and boil for another 1.5 – 2 minutes.

6. Remove with a slotted spoon or tongs and place on un-greased baking pan. Bake for 15 – 18 minutes on an un-greased pan.
7. Remove and let cool. Slice with a serrated knife.

After slicing the bagels we toasted them and ate them with butter. Mmm, crispy on the outside, soft and chewy on the inside- perfect! I will definitely make them again and try out some different flavors. Yum.


(photos by my husband)

Slow mornings

5 Jan

I love those mornings when time seems to stand still…coffee tastes better, the morning light lingers, everything seems to be slowed to just the right pace. Oh yes, and the coffee cake! This is my new discovery- a gluten free pecan coffee cake made by a bakery that is just around the corner from our house- dangerous!

I didn’t realize til after I took this photo that you can see our happy Buddha smiling down on us while we have our cake and coffee.

Elsa and I had a wonderful skype date yesterday. It was great to catch up on her holiday activities and wish her a happy new year. I love her new digital sketches- now I want one of those pen and touch!