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Sorry for the week long absence!

I hurt my neck/back last week so there was not a lot of drawing or computer time. I might take another week break this week just to make sure it doesn’t come back. But I’ll hopefully have lots of new ideas for drawings and patterns when I come back to the blog.

Amazing – The Invisible Bike Helmet

As someone who really loves biking, I am so excited by this. It may be expensive right now but I see it as the beginning of something amazing.

Still gets me every time…

These two songs/videos were basically why I went to art school.


1989

umm…is it weird that around 1989, i knew how to do this dance? i’m kinda old…

My sister’s dreamy wedding

 

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A few weeks ago, our little family spent a long weekend back in my hometown, Chicago, to be a part of my sister, Kapan’s wedding. It was a wonderful weekend! We arrived early Thursday afternoon and enjoyed a quiet evening with the family before the start of the whirlwind weekend. Then the next day a group of us met up at Ken’s (my sister’s new husband) grandparents house and spent hours into the night decorating and fluffing pompoms in the backyard. I remember that night thinking I will be glad never to see a pompom ever again!

The big day began with a rush to get everything completed on time. Since this was a DIY wedding, parts of it felt a little hectic but everything came together in the end. The bride and groom looked beautiful and it was the dreamiest garden party wedding I’ve ever attended. comboIMG_3003IMG_3017 IMG_3035

Slow Cooker Pulled Pork & Cabbage Slaw

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Chris is a big fan of pulled pork sandwiches and orders it whenever we go out so I’ve been experimenting with slow cooker pork at home. We have a super spicy one that we can make with our eyes closed but we never did find one that we really liked that was milder, specifically mild enough to give to our daughter Aggy. My mission this weekend was to find one that all three of us love and I think I succeeded. The basis for this recipe is a combo of this recipe and this one with a little bit of my personal touch.

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Slow Cooker Pulled Pork

Ingredients

  • 1 teaspoon of ancho chili pepper
  • 1 teaspoon of korean pepper flakes or crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 teaspoon of oregano
  • 1 cup of cider vinegar
  • 1 cup of water
  • 4 peeled garlic cloves
  • 1/4 cup of molasses
  • half of a medium yellow onion peeled & roughly chopped
  • 3 pounds of organic pork shoulder
  • 8 soft sandwich rolls
  • course salt & pepper

Directions

  1. Mix Ancho Chili Pepper, Red Pepper Flakes, Oregano, and salt/pepper.
  2. Place pork in a slow cooker. Rub with spice mixture and put onions on top.
  3. In a medium bowl, combine vinegar, garlic, molasses, and water; pour over pork. Cover and cook on high for about 6 hours until tender and falling apart.
  4. Remove meat from slow cooker and transfer to a large heatproof bowl, save juices; remove fat and bones. Shred meat. Add enough saved cooking juices to keep meat moist;
  5. Serve meat on toasted bun with your favorite barbecue sauce or this quick home made one. Also, don’t forget about the Cabbage Slaw!

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Cabbage Slaw

Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup of chopped green onions
  • 1/2 cup of chopped cilantro
  • Half of a medium red cabbage, shredded
  • 2 tablespoon of mayo
  • 2 tablespoon of lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon of light brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon of dijon mustard
  • salt & pepper

Directions

  1. Whisk together mayo, lime juice, light brown sugar, dijon mustard and salt & pepper in a medium bowl.
  2. Toss in cabbage, green onions and cilantro and mix.
  3. Serve with Pulled Pork sandwich. Yum!

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Tired

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Drawn after a long day of running after a toddler.

Still ill…

I’m still super sick and have been staying home from work for the past two days. I’ve been watching movies and napping a whole lot which is super nice. The weather here in Minnesota has gone back to normal (COLD!), so I’ve been day dreaming of warmer days again. Especially about the trip Chris and I took to Puerto Morelos for our honeymoon in 2010. Maybe we can go back there next year…hmm…I can smell the salty breeze just thinking about it.

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Feeding a cold

I’m trying to make a bad cold disappear by feeding it yummy food. It’s been a pretty bad winter for Agatha and me in terms of colds and the flu. I’m really hoping for a healthier spring!

Thai-ish chicken soup for my cold. Just throw a bunch of veggies, chicken, garlic, and ginger together.

Last night’s dinner: Thai (sort of) chicken soup with tons of ginger.
Chris made me lunch. Yay!

Today’s lunch: Chris’s delicious anchiote slow cooked pork with rice and beans.

 

My Fridays

I’m pretty lucky that my day job allows me to work from home Mondays and Fridays. Usually Fridays are pretty relaxed. In between winding down on my work projects and prepping for the next week, I get to do laundry, hang out with my cat children, and eat yummy home cooked food. It can be a bit lonely but cutting out my commute means shorter work hours. Which means I can take a nice walk by the lake or do a couple of chores in preparation for the weekend with the house to myself. Sometime I even get to sew a little on my lunch break. I wish I was able to have Aggy stay home from daycare but it’s in my contract that I can only work from home if the childcare responsibilities are taken care of by someone else. I do get to pick her up earlier though so that’s pretty nice.

My lunch buddy

My afternoon snack: green smoothie!