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Labradorites, Moonstones, and my other favorite stones

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Labradorites, Moonstones, and my other favorite stones

Spring/Summer Collections 2017

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3-Bean Soup Paired With Homemade Corn Bread

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When you come home at night & need to come up with something quick to prepare that is not too heavy but still filling & tasty – this 3-bean soup paired with this so moist corn bread is the perfect meal to a cold & snowy night. This is a very healthy soup recipe packed with protein & greens. This is also a perfect meal for my girls when they’re having bad coughs & colds or flu.

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3 – Bean Soup with Homemade Corn Bread

(prep & cook time: approx 20-30 mins)

3 tbsp grapeseed oil (or Canola oil)

4 cloves garlic, chopped

1 large yellow onion, chopped

1 small package white mushrooms, sliced thinly

1 lb. lean ground chicken (can be substituted with lean ground turkey)

1 ½ tbsp good Thai fish sauce

freshly ground black pepper

1 can Rotel Original

1 can Bush’s Navy Bean, drained

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3-Bean Soup Paired With Homemade Corn Bread

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When you come home at night & need to come up with something quick to prepare that is not too heavy but still filling & tasty – this 3-bean soup paired with this so moist corn bread is the perfect meal to a cold & snowy night. This is a very healthy soup recipe packed with protein & greens. This is also a perfect meal for my girls when they’re having bad coughs & colds or flu.

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3 – Bean Soup with Homemade Corn Bread

(prep & cook time: approx 20-30 mins)

3 tbsp grapeseed oil (or Canola oil)

4 cloves garlic, chopped

1 large yellow onion, chopped

1 small package white mushrooms, sliced thinly

1 lb. lean ground chicken (can be substituted with lean ground turkey)

1 ½ tbsp good Thai fish sauce

freshly ground black pepper

1 can Rotel Original

1 can Bush’s Navy Bean, drained

1 can Bush’s Blackeye Peas,drained

1 can Bush’s Red Bean,drained

1 box 32 oz reduced sodium  Swanson chicken broth

1/3 c fresh chopped cilantro

1 bag fresh organic baby spinach

French’s Fried Onions (for toppings)

Serving size: 6- 8

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Directions:

  1. Heat skillet & add grapeseed oil. Saute chopped garlic until golden brown.
  2. Stir in the chopped onions until caramelized.
  3. Add next the ground chicken & cook it until brown, stirring occasionally – about  10 mins. Cover.
  4. Mix chicken mixture with fish sauce & ground black pepper. Stir for 2 more mins.
  5. Add sliced mushrooms & stir for a minute. Cover.
  6. Add Rotel & stir for a minute.Cover.
  7. Add all 3 drained beans & stir for a minute.
  8. Pour the chicken broth & mix. Cover & simmer for additional 5 mins.
  9. Turn off heat – add chopped cilantro & spinach. Cover for 2 mins.
  10. Stir well the soup before serving to bowls.
  11. Top with French’s fried onions. Serve with freshly-baked corn bread.

        

Homemade Corn Bread

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1 large egg

1 box 425 g Krusteaz Natural Honey Cornbread

2/3 c  Carnation low fat 2% evaporated milk

1/2 c  Daisy sour cream

1/3 c  Agave Nectar (can be substituted with honey)

1/4 c  Canola oil

 

 

Directions:

  1. Pre-heat oven to 395 deg.F
  2. Grease iron skillet with Canola cooking spray
  3. Mix all ingredients in a mixing bowl. Stir until fully mixed. Pour mixture to the skillet.
  4. Bake for 25 mins. or until top is light golden brown.
  5. Let it cool for 10 mins. before serving.

 

Meeting David

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Our Florence, Italy Tour (06.11.13)

He was ruddy , a youth handsome to behold and making a splendid appearance. 1 Samuel 16:12

 How can you even start to describe this colossal beauty…

After one & half hours of Italo train ride from Rome to Florence & a quick bus trip from the train station, we arrived at the Galleria dell’ Accademia. Tuesday is the busiest day of the week in the museum and was not the perfect time to visit. At mid-morning, the busy line at the entrance was snaking around the building. Hiring a cheery, yellow- uniformed tour guide  was the fastest way to get in. After a brief introduction from our docent in her badly sounding mike & barely recognizable voice, we had a few stops at the unfinished statues and we arrived and met David.

And there he was. The elephant in the room at the end of the long hallway , perched on a block of stone. Towering in 17 feet. All in white Carrara marble. Gorgeous. Imposing .Unassuming. And gloriously unclothed. Posing in a stance with his brows knotted in deep thought on how to defeat Goliath.

I was in awe staring at this beautiful sight. Just wondering what were Michelangelo’s thoughts when he was carving his masterpiece. Every inch of him was flawlessly smoothed in perfection. Even the veins in his hands were perfectly bulging. The first thing you noticed were his massive right hand and slightly big head.

History reveals that it was intentionally made that way. David’s character in the bible was described as strong & intelligent who outsmarted the humongous Goliath & eventually defeated him.

The best way to admire this masterpiece is to circle it in 360 degrees. So I went around staring intently at it. His best feature for me is his behind. I wish I could stay longer to sketch his fine features like those young people slumped on the floor huddling their sketch pads.

After the two-hour tour of the  Galleria dell’ Accademia , we moved in front of the Palazzo Vecchio to see the Statue of David’s replica where the original statue used to stand. It was also made from the same white marble & the exact replica  of the original.

Choosing to see David than the Uffizi Gallery’s Birth of Venus for our first visit to Florence was a serendipitous find. We will just meet Venus on our next adventure.

 

All photos are from Google.

 

Succumbing To Succulents

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Succs-01 Two weeks of stay in Southern Italy over the summer confirmed my obsession with these tiny beauties. After orchids, my other love are succulents. Walking at the streets of  Sorrento overlooking the Mediterranean, they are showcased in huge blocks of colored terracotta pots in groups.They make the biggest impact when grouped in huge & wide pots. The best way to show them off is close-up. Their beauty is so simple but sublime.  These are the only plants that gracefully survived in my backyard over the scorching summer heat here in the south. (Sedum Clavatum) SuccsJJD-03JJD-01JJD-05JJD-04

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