Check out the artwork of James Mellick, who has lovingly carved wooden statues of Wounded Warrior Dogs. He won a $ 200,000 People’s Choice Award, as well as other prestigious awards for his work. The dogs are currently on exhibit at the Ohio Craft Museum in Columbus, Ohio, but 3/26 is the last day, so hurry […]
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Don’t worry that she is tied up. It won’t be for long. Rita is waiting for her owner to finish his drink in the bar in Gorbio village.
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I've been privileged to introduce two different Amstaffs to the wonderful world of cats. Both adored the cat and were very gentle their whole lives. Takes time and patience.
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Happy (almost) St. Patrick’s Day! I actually have a funny story in the spirit of this day. Growing up in Chicagoland, I was surrounded by friends who were Irish, and (rightfully) proud of it. Every St. Paddy’s Day, I’d wear green and paint shamrocks on my face with the rest of them – but it was well known that little Missy was one of the few in the group who wasn’t Irish, and was therefore basically just an outsider on this special day when the Chicago River was dyed green and our parents drank green beer. I actually remember my sister and I wishing on stars and pennies in ponds and birthday candles that we’d wake up Irish. Well when I was in my late twenties, I got a call from my mom shortly after my grandmother Betty had passed away. While going through piles of old papers my grandma had held onto her entire life, they discovered that my grandmother’s grandparents had immigrated from – yes, that’s right – Ireland. After almost three decades of wishing I could relate to my plethora of Irish friends, I found out that I was, indeed, Irish. And you can bet I more than made up for it on St. Patrick’s Day a few weeks later. (I didn’t have kids yet, so I went for it, man.)
This year I wanted to come up with a fun recipe for my kids to celebrate the day. And since I’m borderline obsessed with Mexican food, I decided I needed to somehow combine a Mexican-inspired dish with something St. Patrick’s Day themed. What I came up with is an all green quesadilla that is ridiculously easy and stupendously delicious. Whether you’re Irish or not, you’ll love these Salsa Verde, Avocado, and Baby Spinach Quesadillas.
Large spinach (or any green) tortilla (CHI-CHI’s Burrito Style Tortilla works great too!)
1 cup grated cheese (we like cheddar or a Mexican blend)
Handful of fresh baby spinach
1/2 tablespoon coconut oil (can also use butter)
1/2 cup CHI-CHI’S Salsa Verde
1/2 avocado, cubed
Small handful of cilantro (optional)
In a large skillet, melt the coconut oil or butter over medium heat. Place the tortilla in the pan and flip a few times to warm both sides. Sprinkle cheese over half of the tortilla, then cover with a layer of baby spinach leaves. Fold uncovered side over the top of the covered side so tortilla is folded in half. Reduce heat to low and cover the pan for one minute. Uncover, flip, and cover again for one minute. Repeat this every minute or so until the cheese is fully melted. Remove from pan and slice into wedges. Top with CHI-CHI’S Salsa Verde, cubed avocado, cilantro, and a squeeze of fresh lime juice. Serve and eat!
(Confession: I don’t like cilantro, but it adds to the pretty green shades. I take mine off before I eat it, because I’m weird like that.)
I love all of CHI-CHI’S line of Mexican food favorites (seriously yummy salsas, chips, and tortillas that you can find at most major groceries including Target and Walmart), but their Salsa Verde is my absolute favorite. It’s got a really great, tangy flavor that’s perfect for recipes or alone as a dip, and is made from quality ingredients, including real vegetables, jalapeño peppers (which are packed with Vitamin C and also help boost your metabolism), and contains only 10 calories per serving. And obviously, it’s perfect for your St. Patrick’s Day recipes. We’re pretty excited to make these tomorrow (you know, to celebrate our Irish heritage and everything. HA.)
Anybody else have any funny stories about being Irish? What are your St. Paddy’s Day plans?
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You guys are well aware by now that I am a massive fan of IKEA. It was genuinely my dream come true to be featured on an episode their online home improvement show last fall and to get to work with them last summer on a makeover of our living room seating area. (We were also featured in a NowThis video last week about why IKEA was named one of the best 100 companies for which to work!) It goes without saying that IKEA’s affordability is one of their best attributes, but their style is what makes me so smitten. I’ve said countless times that even if I had an endless budget for furniture and decor, I’d still shop at IKEA. They’re also a really wonderful company in general, with incredible ethics. I love them with all of my being.
And just when I thought I couldn’t love them anymore, they come out with a line that is so brilliant, so rich, so expensive looking without being expensive at all, that I pretty much burst. This isn’t a sponsored post either. I’m just so excited about the 2017 Stockholm Collection, which debuts in their stores and on their website early next month, that I had to share. They describe it as “a carefully curated collection, designed to mix and blend in with what you already have at home and made from natural and tactile materials such as rattan, hand-blown glass and ash. Scandinavian modernity of the highest quality in form, function and materials. Made to use and enjoy, every day.” I’M IN.
Which piece is your favorite? I’m drooling over the rattan cabinet, which will retail for $ 349. And while we just got a new IKEA SODERHAM sofa last summer that we adore and don’t plan on switching out any time soon, I can’t get over the sheer beauty of the sofa, which is available in gray velvet, dark blue, or orange, and will retail for $ 1299. IKEA forever, guys.
I never have taken a liking to the term ‘beast’ or what I sense is its social nuance. Its implication is negative and connotations derogatory. To me it means true to ones nature; it is base, fundamental and instinctive. From my research the etymology of the word remains unclear however, the root of ‘animal’ is Latin meaning breath or spirit. I suppose the distinction between the two words ‘beast’ and ‘animal’ is essence versus being but I’ll leave that one up to the scholarly sorts who have a ton of disposable time.
To me and for now, they are synonymous. I am reminded of a story I once read of a boy who, all alone and lost in the woods, becomes a beast to protect himself from the perils of the night and fight his way to safety. But upon emerging from the forest unscathed the boy learns that he cannot unbecome.
So what’s the point of all of this? What’s the purpose? Somewhere along my journey I stopped asking the fundamental questions that preoccupied my youth. Like tears in rain they became lost in life’s torrent of distractions, inanities and wasteful activities.
Renwick has helped me find who I am again and to truly know it for the first time. I am a beast of a man.
What’s next – it’s damn time I learn how to train it.