Thursday, January 19, 2012

Welcome to the 60's

I stumbled across this morning photographs by the late Richard Avedon. They just struck me as beautiful and reminded me of late 60's which I am currently obsessed with that whole era, the music and fashion. Here are some of my favorites that I just adored. Especially in the first photo I am in love with the two-toned hair. The Dramatic Difference between the two colors, even in black and white. Just looking at these pictures put me in a better mood. 






Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Dreaming of Ice Cream


"Next to sound judgment, diamonds and pearls are the rarest jewels in the world."
                 Jean de la Bruyere







Winter Wonderland


Though the vast ocean of nothingness tears us apart, 
Yet I feel a synchrony of emotions fierce as hell’s furies 
As my heart is enflamed by the sparkle in your eyes.
Though sadden by our physical separation ‘n’ entwined by intense desire. 
The rhythm of your love echoes in my veins like a thousand chords.
As the beat of your heart rhyme with my thoughts, 
My palpitating heart was pacified when I realized how much I loved you
           -Dan Ben'Dafe

                                            
So I just started my new semester at  community college after being MIA after the holidays and then being on vacation. It was absolutely shocking how much easier my classes are going to be, rather than last term where I was swamped beyond belief. I was writing essay after essay, doing math problems in between and memorizing thousands of terms for history; basically it was beyond stressful but looking back on it, I enjoyed being busy and learning new things ( I know cheesy, but true) And did I mention it snowed last night. Well, it lasted about all night, then by morning it pretty much melted away. But the funny part was about 10 people said that it was snowing and they couldn't drive in the snow. Yeah that wasn't exactly true, but it did create a pretty picture until five minutes later when it melted away. yes into mush.  
So these next couple of months I am dedicated to new things that sparked my fancy recently -- blogging, reading everything in sight, starting a journal, thrifting, and cooking. Its going to be amazing. My sister and I  already have plans tonight to go to a newer thrift shop with clothing that is spectacular at cheap prices, its basically my heaven on earth. And books, yeah  I basically in the past two days have gotten 17 books, varying from fiction light hearted reading material, to italian cooking books, even some pyschology, and of course astronomy and motivational books, so yes you could so I am blessingly addicted. But seriously I walk into the library and I just cant resist, its almost going into a bakery and looking at the shelves filled with sugary goodness packed into little treats. That is my experience at the libary. I know what you are saying, bookworm, crazy woman. And my answer would be to you, yes of course. 






Recipe: Costa Rican Rice






Costa Rica Rice / Arroz a Costa Rica con Pollo
1 whole chicken
1 chopped onion.
1 chopped red sweet pepper.
2 big carrots or the equivalent, chopped very tiny.
1 chopped cilantro roll divide in 2 portions.
4 big chicken bullion "Maggi. (It has to be Maggi one time I tried with Knor a Mexican brand and was disgusting.
2 teaspoons of anato (Mexico) or achiote (Costa Rica), is the same, different name.
2 cups of rice, (I only used Jazmin rice). The other ones are mushy like chinese sticky rice and I just don't like it.


Preparation:

First Part:
Cut the chicken in big pieces ( if you don't know how, buy it from the store already in pieces, Is not a big deal!), Place the chicken in a big pot and cover with water, add about 3/4 of the chopped onions, the 4 chicken bouillons 1/2 chopped cilantro, 1 teaspoon of anato, 1 chopped sweet pepper, cook this for about 1 hour or until chicken is completely cook. Taste the broth to see if need a little bit of salt, or maybe half more chicken bouillons When you are happy with the flavor set aside.

Second Part:
Take another pot, and add the rice, the carrots, 1/4 of the onions, and using a strainer add the broth from the chicken that you just cooked, (about 2 cups and a half). Put the stove in high heat, (stir a couple times) don't cover the pot, once the broth is simmered cover with a lid, lower the heat, (very low heat). For about 10 minutes more. Taste it to see if the rice is soft.

Third Part:
Take the chicken in a bowl or in a cutting board ( you may have to wait until the chicken is cold enough to work with it), make it in a little pieces with 2 forks or just wash your hands, set aside.

Fourth Part:
In a another pot, add olive oil ( about 2 tablespoons) in medium heat, add 1/4 teaspoon of anato, add the chicken in tiny pieces, add the rice, and start to mixed everything together with a spoon, then add the other 1/2 of chopped cilantro.
I added a frozen selection of squid to this rice and took out the chicken. I was happily surprised to discover that this dish is amazing and completely delicious. My entire family loved the different taste and asked for it again sometime in the future. I say that is a great review!
enjoy!

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

What to Wear?!

"I wandered lonely as a cloud 
that floats on high o'er vales and hills, 
When all at once I saw a crowd, 
A host, of golden daffodils; 
Beside the lake, beneath the trees, 
Fluttering and dancing in the breeze." 
                                                             by   William Wordsworth


What to wear? I am constantly confused on this particular subject all the time. I look in my closet and I am overwhelmed with possible options. I try on piece after piece, until finally I find that perfect look that I am happy with, after 30 minutes of course. 
This isn't really a regular occasion. Most people don't have time to do this, I certainly do. 

So the question is, how can we avoid the time spent? 

I have no idea, but if you have any ideas, let me know. You can count on me the night before planning my outfit for the next day or spending quite a large amount of time in the morning finding that perfect thing to wear because it is a process. 


So I have been obsessed with music lately. I always have those earbuds in to my ipod, or music playing in the background when I am studying, even my ihome blasting in the bathroom when I am showering. It is truly and addiction. Here are some of the songs I am adoring lately. 

The A Team - Ed Sheeran


Sweet Disposition - The Temper Trap 



& Home - Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zero's 



Phantasmagoria


"Whatever I have tried to do in life, I have tried with all my heart to do it well; whatever I have devoted myself to, I have devoted myself completely; in great aims and in small I have always thoroughly been in earnest."

                                                                        -Charles Dickens



Currently I am in love with lights. Probably stimulated by Ellie Goulding's new album cover, but nevertheless I am thrilled. I mean it is fascinating how the lights play tricks on your eyes, and even more stupefying when it is on film. My sister and I decided to witness this magic for ourselves, and we took pictures to share with you. I hope you enjoy them as much as I enjoyed taking them. 








 Isn't the way the lights shine spectacular! Well, I will talk to you later, and I am going to go cuddle up in my comfy chair with blankets on every inch of me and watch 'Blue Valentine' (secretly hoping that snow falls soon) Good Night!



Puddles and Pictures

Preposterous! It has been around a year since I have posted anything on this blog. This is due to the fact that I was drowning in my life, filled with essays and homework. I told myself that it didn't really matter that I was not writing anything about my life, yet I realized it does. I had a revelation a week ago, telling myself "Elisabeth, You should start blogging again." It was astounding because I had said no so many times, and then I was just desperate to get it on paper. So here I am on a Tuesday night, with the forecast predicting snow, and I am typing away and it feels amazing. 

There are so many things I want to say, so I am going to just dive right in. I am obsessed with taking pictures. My family and friends ask me all the time, "Do you really want to take a picture of that? why?" and I repeatedly answer with something like its the memory that counts, I want to remember this exact moment, and exact day so a billion years from now I can look back on them and say "Those were the good old days" in a typical baby boomer sort of way. 

This morning I woke up around 4:30, my brain still two hours earlier after my family and I's trip to Costa Rica. (It was absolutely stunning, btw, pics will be coming) I had to run so many errands today and of course it is raining so I grabbed my most durable boots and layered up. 


Here are some random pictures to suit my fancy from this month!



Amazing Clouds on the Plane


Intricate Painting of a Butterfly by a master

No makeup, no worries, just plain sunshine


The Most Delicious Rice I have ever Tasted (Arroz Con Avion)


Sitting by the pool, watching the sunset


The amazing patters of Costa Rican Tile