CSA dinner 12

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Sorry for the lack of postings as every minute of spare time I have recently has been spent watching the Olympics or packing up my room for the big move.

Last Thursday, we had a mini dinner with a couple of our roommates away for the weekend.  On the menu was zucchini stuffed with ….( I can’t remember now. I will have to ask my roommate) and cubed potatoes with tomato, cheese, and spices.

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CSA week 12

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  • 1 Purple Italian Eggplant – Certified Organic – Echo Valley Organics
  • 1 Bag Green Beans – Certified Organic – Healthy Harvest Organics
  • 1 Bunch Chioggia Beets – Certified Organics – Plum Hill Organics
  • 1 Bag Heirloom Paste Tomatoes – Certified Organic – Taste of Nature
  • 1 Bag Mixed Heirloom Tomatoes – Certified Organic – Riverview Organics
  • 1 Bag Garlic – Certified Organic – Sweetaire Farm
  • 1 Bag Oregano – Certified Organic – Noble Herbs
  • 1 Bag Red Potatoes – Certified Organic – Hill Organics

One of my last CSA’s in DC! :(

I’m excited about the tomatoes! They have been delicious!

CSA dinner 11

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House dinner time! Tonight we had four roommates cooking four dishes simultaneously with three using the oven -coincidentally all requiring the temperature to be 375 degrees.  Quite an operation!  loved it.

using every space to make dinner while listening to pandora of oldies

One roommate made green bean casserole. Another a potato crust tart.  Another sauteed some squash and chard.  I made eggplant parmesan. The other bought beer.  The girl taking my room brought a giant tray of peach cobbler.

So much food!  Amazing dinner yet again. I will definitely miss my DC house family when I move…

Super easy bread, you say? We’ll see about that…

I’m not sure if there are many people like me out there, but my bread won’t rise.

I follow the directions exactly as recipes say.

Wait until the yeast is foamy.

Don’t put too hot of water in with yeast to kill it.

Do the cycles of rising and punching down.

While I don’t have career goals for the immediate future, I have definite plans of opening a small bakery when I am of AARP beneficiary age.  I honestly was about to give up on bread and my dream of a bakery altogether, but then came across this recipe.  I was skeptical but I mean, they can’t call it “Super Easy Bread for Beginners” for no reason, right??

It’s not the typical quartet of yeast, flour, water, and sugar, but check out the result below!! I broke the curse!  My future 65-year-old self is happy.

Time to Make It Work Again!

 

Yes, yes. I used that cliche catchphrase that has lost it’s cuteness, but I say it to properly announce that Project Runway Season 10 starts today!  My favorite show! Not so much for the designer drama but the weekly assignments and the end products.

If you’ve been following me for a while, then you know that I am a bit of an art nerd.  I love making things, and I have always been fascinated by sewing. When I was little, I would use my toy sewing machine to make little purses for my stuffed animals. AKA a piece of cloth folded in half with the sides sewn together. Big woop.

In more ways than one, my mom has been my idol, but one of the skills I admire in her is her ability to mend clothes and make household items like curtains and sofa covers with a fabric, sewing machine, needles, pins, and thread.  She even made my senior year prom dress.  And she would make it look so easy!

In college, there was a fashion design club where a couple of my friends in art classes were members and showed off their designs in a fashion show each semester.  Their talent is amazing.  One of my friends actually went to FIT and is now living in New York designing.  It made me even more eager to learn!

Another friend who is now taking classes at the Art Institute shared me this video recently that captures all the steps in the design and construction of a garment….which happens to be a jacket by Chanel…Oh, I’m sorry. THE Jacket.  I get so excited watching the video.  I hope to one day own a sewing machine and a dress form to start playing around with clothing design.

Until then, I’ll just keep watching Project Runway…

CSA week 11

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  • 1 Costata Romanesco Heirloom Zucchini – Certified Organic – Eastbrook Produce
  • 1 Pint Tomatoes – Certified Organic – Millwood Springs Organics
  • 1 Bag Green Beans – Certified Organic – Healthy Harvest Organics
  • 2 Green Zucchini – Certified Organic – Soaring Eagle Acres
  • 1 Italian Eggplant – Certified Organic – Soaring Eagle Acres
  • 1 Head Savoy Cabbage – Certified Organic – Wrightsdale Acres
  • 1 Bag Yukon Gold Potatoes – Certified Organic – Wrightsdale Acres
  • 1 Bag Garlic – Certified Organic – Friends Road Organics

Eggplants? Yessss! More cabbage?!? nooooooooooo

CSA dinner 10

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CSA dinner with all the roommates reunited!!!  Our one roommate took the lead to make an amazing vegetarian chili while another grilled some corn and vegetable kebobs. Eating all of this while our roommate (I have 5 roommates, in case you were wondering) who literally just got back from California in time for dinner recounted her adventures of Comic-Con, crossing the border to Tijuana, and digging her own hot tub at a beach with a cove.  (She’s not as crazy as this summary makes her sound). It’s good to be home again with the DC family!

onion, ,zucchini, and yellow squash kebobs

avocado flower

vegetarian chili

The Beauty of Beasts

Don’t worry! I won’t spoil anything!!

Last night, my friend and I went to see The Beasts of the Southern Wild at E Street.

It is an incredibly beautiful film about the world and life in The Bathtub as seen from the perspective of a little girl named Hushpuppy.  Through mesmerizing shots and narratives of wisdom beyond her years, she challenges us to think about the ethics of our own society and way of life as well as the role and responsibilities of humans as determined within the order of nature.  Capturing the adherence to the self-sustainable lifestyle of the community, observations of the world from Hushpuppy’s eyes force the audience to develop understanding, admiration, and respect for their world very different from what people living in the modern societies know.  Benh Zeitlin makes his directoral debut in this film shot over 56 days in the bayou of southern Louisiana, starting ironically the day Deepwater Horizon exploded.  In addition to Zeitlin’s status as a newcomer, all of the characters in the film are played by first-time actors, including Quvenzhané Wallis who plays Hushpuppy. You will be blown away by her talent and poise!

Go see this film and all the other amazing ones playing at the Landmark Theater locations!!!

After the film ended, my friend and I discovered that while we watched the film we had both thought of a little boy named Michael.  Michael was a student at McDonough 42 Middle School in the 6th Ward of  New Orleans.  We had spent our spring break at the school to do community service work and help rebuild the community post-Katrina. Michael had wandered away from the kids playing during recess to help us prepare a plot for the school vegetable garden.  In the hour we worked with him, we talked a bit and realized that Michael was not an ordinary child.  He said that he did not care about school because protecting his family was his priority.  With an intermittent adult figure in his life and their small house full of his various family members, he told us of how he sleeps on the floor by the back door with a baseball bat to fight off anyone who tries to break in.  While Hushpuppy was mature, she also lived in her fantastical world of imagination.  In stark contrast, he lived in reality of now.  He had no choice but to act as an adult figure for his siblings and his own security.  At six-years-old, he was well aware of the struggles that would surround his life.  Unfortunately, there are kids like Michael everywhere who are deprived of a childhood and live in an unstable environment.  We just hope that Michael is okay and is still in school to allow him a haven to escape from the responsibilities that burden him in his home life.

My friend and I had visited New Orleans three years after Katrina hit, and the city was then still recovering to restore its original affluence of vitality.  Then, after the Deepwater Horizon explosion, the progress the city had made was again challenged.  Through all the hardship, the resilience of the community and their attachment to the place they call home is incredible.  With Michael in mind, we truly hope that New Orleans and the people who comprise the community have received and are receiving support and services to flourish once again and antiquate the nickname “the city that care forgot.”

Time for see you laters

It’s official.

A girl agreed to take my room and be the new roomie for our group home.

I am moving from my beloved DC.

Like anyone who has experienced moving, I am a bundle of emotions -sad, nervous, anxious, excited, terrified, dread (of all the packing and cleaning). As I started counting the days I have left to spend here with my friends, my mind wandered to all the amazing memories of experiences I have of the city. I never thought I would ever get to know the city and the people so well to make this place feel like a neighborhood. A community. A home.

Although starting over is daunting, I cannot wait to venture with heightened awareness once again, meet new people, and explore to personalize locations with sentimental connections to memories in my next destination.  All in an effort for personal growth and to create a new home.

But for now…..I still have so much I have yet to do before I go!

On the list of things to do by August 20-ish:

  1. Find a rooftop to have a summer BBQ
  2. Get the balls to perform a poem/song/anything on the Bloombars open mic on Mondays
  3. …..and skateboard at the skate park on 11th Street
  4. Wander through the underground tunnel system around Capitol Hill
  5. Go to Radius Pizza and take advantage of the $5 slice and pint deal (It’s not a myth! Radius is coming back, Mt. Pleasant!)
  6. Bake the perfect loaf of bread
  7. Drink a beer at night or watch the sunrise from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial (OR! Not pass out there and do both)
  8. Finally e-mail the guy at Capitol Hill Arts Workshop to learn how to use the dark room and develop a roll of film
  9. Watch a movie outdoors at one of many summer screenings in DC
  10. Tour the White House. (Better get to writing to my letter of request!)
  11. Visit Baltimore during the day (Ok. Not in DC, but it’s so close and the only other time I went was for a night photo shoot of abandoned train cars. Not the safest thing)
  12. Host a relaxed dinner party to see all of my DC friends at least once last time

I still can’t believe it.

I gotta go out and take advantage of the weekend!!!