2.25.2011

"Money and the Law of Attraction"

I also read this book right after reading ASK AND IT IS GIVEN. I think I enjoyed ASK AND IT IS GIVEN more because it had some great applicable processes in the last half of the book that I use daily, but this was still great. Same authors, Esther and Jerry Hicks.



Potato Leek Pasta

Originally known as "Richie's Amazing Potato Leek Pasta". I realized that there were way to many recipes in our book starting out with "Richie's Amazing..." so I shortened the title.




2 large potatoes
olive oil
1/2 stick butter
2 cloves of garlic
1 small onion
2 leeks
2 packages of cheese raviolini
kosher salt
peppercorn medley
freshly grated parmesan cheese

boil potatoes only to soften - 5 min
peel and cut into small 1/2" cubes (set aside to cool)
cut leeks and onions
saute in butter until translucent
add garlic
add olive oil off and on
add potatoes & raviolini (slightly boiled - 2 min)
fry and brown all ingredients
salt & pepper
add freshly grated parmesan when served







2.24.2011

Today I am grateful for:
  • Once again, still continuing to be a non-smoker. ( 7 weeks tomorrow )
  • Having had an incredible lunch today with my good friend Leigh whom I hadn't been able to see much of lately. We ate at Hirozen ( An AMAZING Japanese restaurant on Beverly Blvd ). We had great conversation and inspired each other as artists. She is also a photographer. We discussed everything from blogs we love to our newly found future home in Topanga. She turned me on to a really inspiring and heart wrenching blog called Nie Nie Dialogues. Wow, what a blog. It really made me feel appreciative for all of the wonderful things that I have and the abundance of them. Not because she doesn't have them, but because she DOES have them and is really showing how grateful she is, much less with the accident and how she handles it. This might be a longer appreciations entry than usual, and I owe it to this blog. I am grateful that our lunch inspired Leigh and I both, respectively. I emailed her a few things I have shot recently and some projects that I love. She emailed me samples of a lovely series she shot of her children in the bath after having such an inspiring lunch, which in turn reminded me of a series I had done of Timothy when he was very young, maybe five or so. I called it "Oil".

2.16.2011

DETAILS-Feb'11-Pan Pacific Park


We and the children tend to wind up in Pan Pacific Park a lot lately due to the geographic location of it in comparison to where we currently reside. Here is another addition to my ongoing project "DETAILS" documenting my 'literal' space in existence. There is so much going on at this park daily. I love to be amongst the action while focusing in on and spotting out inaction or stillness, quietness, peacefulness in elements. I wonder... how many people have looked at something from this perspective and had a similar feeling.. and when... a few moments before me.. a week ago.. never?

At one point in my life I had wanted to do a project called "The Park Between Us" when Richie and I lived on opposite ends of the Elysian Park. The 5 min daily drive between his and my house was almost enchanting. We were freshly fallen in love, and everything from the lowrider cars to the constant birthday parties to the piñatas to the gorgeous cherry trees in bloom and out of bloom were perfectly put there for my pure visionary pleasure. I thought this might make for an interesting documentary series. I photographed it off and on, but it never really came into full fruition. Anyways, the shots below of Pan Pacific sort of reminded me of that project.

Today I am grateful for:
  • Having successfully continued to be a non-smoker. ( 5 solid weeks and 2 days )
  • Richie still successfully continuing to be a non-smoker.
  • Having made it through the last 2 days of fighting without resorting to smoking & coming out of it with a definite renewed outlook on things.
  • Our Tahoe vacation leaving tomorrow night!!!
  • Having found our new home in Topanga - The land is ridiculous. ( our Topanga State Park backyard photos below )
  • Feeling giddy and positive that we will be in the home at some point in the future.

"Ask and it is Given"

All I can say is "Wow". This book is quite the intense book.. quite possibly one of the most inspiring books I've ever read. I just finished it in January.
Now I'm on to the next one by these same authors "Money, and the Law of Attraction."




















The hardest thing for me to swallow is how the negativity that we think that may have even only started as a tiny little seed in our heads can and will escalate so rapidly that we won't even be able to fathom the dramatic adverse effect in will have on our lives in a matter of little to no time at all. I've really been witnessing this phenomenon first hand. And I do understand it, but the hardest part is the practice of pivoting those thoughts when they first begin and nurturing the positive ones. Wow. I've seen both ends of the spectrum lately.

Snicker-doodles

We made these Sugar-doodles... I like to call them because they are the Snicker-doodle recipe with decorating like Sugar Cookies...
We had a lot of fun. Click -------> HERE for a detailed photo essay of all of our messy fun.



1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup vegetable shortening
1 1/2 cup sugar
2 eggs

combine these ingredients until creamy

2 3/4 cup flour
2 tsp cream of tartar
1 tsp soda
1/4 tsp salt

add the dry ingredients making sure they are mixed up properly first.
roll into little balls and for Snicker-doodles, you would normally roll in
a cinnamon and sugar mixture, but we decided to make traditional
decorating cookies out of this base. It was actually really great...

bake at 350º for 10-11 min