Wednesday, December 31, 2014

adieu 2014

2014 was a wonderful year in so many ways!! I am thankful. 
I am wishing for a happy, healthy, and productive 2015.

Here are also a few links to the things I have been looking at/reading as I continue growing in the path of Zen (and in understanding/living yugen).

Video- A life 'full of days'

Reads: Buddhist Philosophy 

           Open City & Citizen

Look: Colossal

Friday, December 26, 2014

The Sapeurs

This is an advertisement I know, but the Sapeurs take after my own heart! I know there are people who judge fashion and the fashionable as superficial somehow... if one puts judgment aside it is undeniable that fashion as an outlet of creativity and self-expression can be a tremendous source of joy.  

Here is an NPR story about the Sapeurs.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Maple, Apples, and Pesto

This recipe for maple-nutmeg-butter cookies is simple and delicious!!! We made about 2 dozen Christmas-shape cookies. The only tweak I made to the existing recipe is that I reduced the sugar to 3/4 cup instead of 1 cup.  
I made that tasty Farm House Apple Cake featured in Gardenista recently. Easy to make and the reward is an amazing and beautiful dessert. 
The other night, I made a quick pesto-pasta dinner that is perfect for any night of the week. 
I bought freshly made pesto at the local Italian deli, but it is easy enough to make at home. I sauteed mushrooms and veggie sausages separately; In a large bowl, I combined 1 box of tri-color fusilli pasta, 1 cup fresh arugula, 1 cup fresh spinach, the sauteed mushrooms and veggie sausages, 2 cups of pesto, and sprinkled it with fresh parmesan cheese.