Archive for December, 2009




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Sunday Night Dinner


Roasted Veggie Chips & Pork w/ Shallots & Pears – serves 2

the perfect, easy Sunday night healthy dinner. *disclaimer – you need two ovens or an oven & a toaster oven.

shopping list:

olive oil


salt + pepper

all-purpose flour

ground cardamon & coriander

3 carrots (no bigger than 2″ diameter)

3 parsnips (no bigger than 2″ diameter)

9 fingerling potatoes

fresh thyme

1 bosc or d’Anjou pear

3/4 c low-sodium chicken broth

1/3 c pear nectar

1 boneless butterflied pork loin

2 shallots

Veggie Chips!

pre-heat oven to 375.

slice carrots, parsnips, and potatoes into 1/4″ thick slices (throw away ends)

mix 1/2 c olive oil, 2 tsp coarse salt, 2 tsp pepper, 1 tsp cardamon & 1 tsp coriander. cover veggie slices & arrange so all lay flat on a baking sheet w/ foil or sprayed w/ cooking spray. roast for 45 mins or until browned & slight crispy.

*while those are cooking….

Pork w/ Shallots & Pear

pre-heat toaster oven/second over to 470.

mix 1/2 c olive oil, 1 tbs fresh thyme, and 2 cloves garlic, minced

peel 2 shallots & cut into wedges. leave pears w/ peel on & quarter & core. slice pork loin down the middle. covered pork, shallots & pears w/ oil mixture.

heat cast-iron (or NOT non-stick skillet) over medium-high heat. add pork & shallots- browning on all sides (roughly 7 mins).

remove shallots & set aside. transfer pork to baking sheet & place in over to cook through (roughly 10 mins). WITHOUT CLEANING SKILLET, add pears and brown on cut sides. (roughly 4 mins). remove pears & set aside. WITHOUT CLEANING SKILLET, add 3/4 c chicken broth, 1 tsp butter, 1 tsp flour, and 1/3 c pear nectar. boil until sauce thickens -scraping up brown bits left in skillet. (roughly 7 mins.)

slice pork & arrange on platter or plate, cover w/ shallots & surround w/ pear wedges, cover w/ sauce & serve immediately.

*veggie chips took exactly as long as cooking the pork, serve on side!

yum. delicious, easy, healthy & fairly quick dinner!  enjoy ;)


happy holidays




christmas card flop


so this year i had all the great intentions of making christmas cards. i had the idea, i spent the time and created carefully letter by letter my ork replica masterpiece…..bought a l letterpress kit and all my paper, ink, etc….

i uploaded my file and sent it off to boxcar press-and after much and much back and forth, editing and re-tooling – my file was formatted correctly and ready to go.

…well it arrived and is TOO BIG!!! it won’t fit on my cards – so in a desperate search for a paper that i can letterpress into to still get them out, last weekend i decided to give up. with too much other pressing stuff going on-i had an utter and complete christmas card flop.   fail.

i still plan on making them and will go find solid sheets of paper and eventually will letterpress them and will send them out but for those of you who were sweet enough to send over your addresses – be on the look out for a HAPPY JANUARY ;) card.



quickie engagement sesh


hola! so yesterday we  had a quickie impromptu engagement sesh w/ kev + kel on our way up to devil’s thumb ranch to check their wedding venue.

check them here!

sneak preview here:




just saw this lovely bathroom remodel on design*sponge and i kind of really love it. the grey-washed wood mixed with exposed piping & the wire baskets…too good to be true. we just remodeled (almost done!) our master bathroom in our current casa, where we had to stay more ‘main stream’ since we’re consider re-sell values right now, but excited to have more fun w/ the bathrooms in de la sol. bummer that i didn’t get anything like this gorgeousness though! [but ha of course working with the k.i.d. collective i’m not worried in the least bit that my bathrooms won’t be equally as lovely-if not more ;)]


so much loveliness it hurts my eyes






:)  terrain at styers

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