Friday, February 26, 2010

mi cocina {dried chickpeas} has been a while since I've done this. I promise its not because I haven't been cooking new things. I have! I just haven't had time to write about it.

This is one of my favorite new snacks. John and I have been trying to eat new and better things and these have been a life saver for me over the past few weeks.

Dried Chickpeas
2 cans of chickpeas, drained and rinsed
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1/4 teaspoon salt
pinch of cayenne pepper

Toss the ingredients then spread the chickpeas in a single layer on a baking sheet. Bake at 400 degrees for about 45 minutes or until golden. Shake the pan a few times during cooking.

These are delicious! You can alter the spices to your liking. I haven't been using that much salt but more cayenne pepper. I also tried it once with some Mexican chili-lime spices instead of the pepper. It was good, but I like the cayenne better. I will keep experimenting.

Thursday, February 25, 2010

little green notebook

This is one of my new favorite blogs.

She is a very talented DIYer. Not sure where she gets the time.

I'm thinking about doing these great pelmet boxes for my bedroom.

She makes it look so easy...not sure if I'm that talented!

Wednesday, February 24, 2010


My firefox favorites went away a few weeks ago.

I got them back yesterday.

It was like being reunited with a long-lost friend.

I skimmed through quickly to be reminded about what was there...

this post from a mother

this letter from a father

this great picture

these turkey mini-meatloaves

this great wreath (it could be for Spring right? not just Christmas? maybe in square?)

Hey favorites. It's good to have you back.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010


at work.

barely time to breathe.

or eat.

but this is what I am listening to to calm myself down...

and this

and this

Thursday, February 4, 2010

for my hearth

I would really like to get some floor pillows to add a little more seating on the hearth in my living room. Here are the options I have found...some are out of my price range...but still great!

a little random...but pretty great

from West Elm

these would be the aforementioned "out of my price range" from Viva Terra

as would these from Design Within Reach

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

the lost boys

I mentioned watching God Grew Tired of Us last weekend.

If you haven't seen this, put it on your list now. And get to it fast.

This clip is heartbreaking and hard to watch. It is so unbelieveable that this happens in our world in our time.

This clip is also unbelievable. Try to imagine for a minute going from a tent camp in the African desert to an apartment in Syracuse or Pittsburg. What a foreign world. You are suddenly expected to assimilate into something you never knew existed. While once you thought of nothing but hunger and survival, you now walk into a grocery store with more food than you could eat in your lifetime.

But the end is the amazing part. To see how far they have come, and how committed they are to changing their world. It's not a story about lost boys making good in America. It's about heartache and courage and hard work and remembering your past and changing your future. And it's good.