March 28, 2013

Salmon Kabobs

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Husband and I eat fish about once a week, salmon to be specific. Why salmon, you might be asking yourself. One main reason, it’s easy; I feel like for the most part I can’t mess it up. Lately I have been searching for different salmon receipts and I found one here. A couple reasons why I liked this receipt; it looked easy and didn’t have a ridiculous amount of ingredients.

Usually when I find receipts, I don't follow them word for word. I like to just dive in with whatever ingredients I have on hand and hope for the best. Most receipts I try I've never had before, so if I change them I won't ever know if is better or worst then the original.
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 Here is my version of the "how to."

Ingredients:
Salmon, cut into 1.5 inch pieces
15 cherry tomatoes
½ large green pepper, cut into 1 inch pieces
½ onion cut into 1 inch pieces
5 wooden skewers

Marinade:
2 Tbs of olive oil
1 tsp of each; cayenne pepper, salt, basil
1 tsp minced garlic
1 Tbs brown sugar

Preparation:
1. Preheat broiler
2. In a large mixing bowl add all the items for the marinade, mix well.
3. Add the salmon to the bowl with marinade, coat well.
4. Thread the salmon, tomatoes, green peppers, and onions onto each of the skewers. ( I basically packed as much on one skewer as possible)
5. Place the skewers on your grill plate and coat the skewers with the remaining marinade.
6. Cook kabobs for 3 minutes and then turn over and cook an additional 3 minutes.
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I really enjoy making kabobs, because they are always so pretty, taste amazing, and they are super healthy for you.
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It was delicious and a big hit with the Husband! I’m looking forward to making it again.

March 27, 2013

Costume Life Drawing I

Today I went to my first Costume Life Drawing Class. Every Wednesday at Husband’s work they have a 2 hour Costume Life Drawing Class and today I decided I would try it out. I met Husband at his work at noon and we ate lunch together and then went to the class at 12:30pm. I think they said it’s non-structured, because there is no instruction. There where fancy art benches set up in the room and sitting on top of the benches were these other fancy super large art clip boards. Husband probably knows the technical terms for everything I just mentioned, but he’s not here, so I’ll just call them “fancy art things.” The model stood in front of the class on these large wooden boxes. There were a couple of different boxes of different sizes that she could use to get into different poses.
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When we first started Husband explained to me a little bit about what would happen and I watched him draw for a little bit before I got started. I really had no idea what I was doing and found myself getting discouraged, but I kept trying. The model did a variety of poses all in different time increments. She started doing 30 second poses, then 1 minute poses, then 2 minute poses, then 5 minute poses. I’ll share with you Husband’s sketches first so you can actually see what they are supposed to look like and then I’ll share mine.
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In Husband’s 2 minute pose, I added a big messing bun to one of his sketches!
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So now that you have a sense of how Life Drawing should go, let’s take a look at mine.
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During the one minute session, I got a little discouraged, so I tried to draw a Coca Cola bottle.
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During the two minute session, I also tried drawing a cup with a Coca Cola bottle on it, and my sketch in the upper left hand corner, I drew from looking at Husband’s sketching instead of the model. It was really hard to see lines and shapes in the model. I felt like that was what I was supposed to be looking for, but it was really hard.
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This last picture, Husband did hand over hand with me to draw the first sketch on the left and then on the right I tried to do what he showed me. I skipped the 5 minute poses.

All in all, I had a great time and was really encouraged by seeing what the other artist were drawing. It was really cool! I hope to go again next time.

March 23, 2013

Celebrating Last Days!

Yesterday was my last day at work! I had been highly anticipating this day and it had finally arrived. Before yesterday, I had never worn jeans to work because I worked in a fancy office and down the hall from me were all the executive offices. I started my day wearing jeans as a statement in celebration of my last day. The first half of my day was spent running around trying to finalize projects and train the temp that would be filling in. My lunch rolled around and my boss came in to my office and she had a gift for me! It was so nice and sweet!

After work I was at Tyler's work. I go in often and walk around and talk to everyone. Right before Tyler and I left his work, he suggested I check my Facebook because as he put it, “we won’t be home for a while so if you want you can check Facebook before we leave.” I didn’t think much about it, hopped up and signed in. There to my surprise was the COOLEST thing ever!

I kept telling Tyler, “I’m a cartoon! You made me into a cartoon!” He printed it out for me so I could take it home and I walked around like a little kid wanting to show everyone. Even when we were driving down the road I wanted to hold it up to the window so everyone could see it. Thank you Husband and Arut for making me feel so special!

March 19, 2013

Let the Adventures Begin!

Hi! It’s been so long since we last chatted and I have not done a so great job on updating you on well … the last year of my life. To catch you up to speed, let’s start with my wedding. I got married last May to my best friend. I feel like everyone says that, “best friend,” but it’s true. I desperately want to start gushing about all the details of my wedding, but I’ll save that for another post.

After my outdoor Missouri wedding and super epic Branson Honeymoon, oh yes, you read that right, “Missouri wedding and Branson Honeymoon,” (I’m a mid-west girl through and through) Husband and I packed up our U-haul and made our trek toward the west. We traveled 1,544 miles to our current home, Glendale CA. I had never seen the place where Husband was moving us to and to be honest the crying started on the road trip and didn’t stop until November. I cried a lot. Not because I was unhappy, I just had a lot to process. New home, new (to me) car, everything was new and different, completely different from what this mid-west girl was used to. Would you like to know what the hardest part was? Aside from missing all of my friends and family, DRIVING was the worst. The pace of traffic, the amount of traffic, the pedestrian traffic, and that feeling, that feeling that everyone around me wanted to run me over. Okay, not literally, but they do like to hunk, a lot. Driving is still hard for me and it’s been 10 months.

Fast forward 6 weeks from arriving and I had started my new job. I was starting at a Non-For Profit as a program assistant, and as one of the ladies on my team said, “You hit the ground running,” and I sure did. Husband and I were both working full time and learning to do life together. We were making lots of great memories and Husband was doing a really great job at making things fun, because well, I was struggling and he did everything he could to make things easier for me.

Christmas came and Husband and I were going home for the holidays. I was so excited. Two full weeks of family, friends, good food, and all in our “old stomping grounds.” Husband and I came back in January and I had decided to reduce my hours at work to 35 hours a week instead of 40. We had set new goals and thought it would be helpful to be working less.

In February Husband took me to an Art Gallery opening and that is where my upcoming journey started to transpire.

So here we are today, and I have BIG NEWS. After lots of prayer and mustering lots of faith and courage I decided to quite my day job. My last day is this Friday. It was a hard decision to make and I cried about it a lot. I was really scared and doubt just kept creeping in. But when I put all my faith in God, I knew that by trusting him, he would make the impossible happen and I had peace about my decision. I knew that If I stepped out in faith God would show up in a big way.

Back to the Art Gallery; I was inspired. So many great pieces of art and all I could say to Husband was, “there just lines, it’s all just lines,” which in my head translated, “You can do this.” Obviously, not at all as well as the artists there, but it inspired me to pursue my own creative dreams. It’s as though God lit a fire inside me.

So starting Monday, I will be creating. Husband is going to teach me how to draw and I have a friend who is going to teach me how to paint. To add to that I will be sewing lots of pretty things and starting an Etsy Shop. I hope you decide to join me on this creative adventure. I will be trying to document my creative process here every day, sharing with you my current projects. There might be a few laughs when you see my sketches or paintings because I’m literally starting from scratch, but I’m super excited about it. : )

Please share with me your creative dreams and projects! Lets adventure together!
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