Happy Birthday, Tim! March 31, 2008
Arte Latino Festival – Park City, Utah March 27, 2008
Something about Park City makes me feel like I’m on vacation — must be because it reminds me a lot of Whistler, a favorite vacation spot. An avid fan of Park City and flamenco, I jumped at the chance to see Bien Flamenco perform at the Kimball Art Center on March 8 for their Arte Latino Festival.
Bien Flamenco is the only live flamenco ensemble in the entire of state of Utah comprising of guitarist, Godo, Sariah (in the green), and two other dancers. Sariah does a masterful job of arranging numbers for three dancers, and their castanets work is remarkable.
My favorite photo of the night – Sariah’s Solea Solo with a fan.
We were in for a further treat since Mexican artist Joe Bravo, renown for his incredible art painted on tortillas, was in town from LA to kick off the exhibit at the Kimball Arts Center. Bravo said since tortilla was cheaper than canvas as a poor college student, this was how he expressed his art. And I thought tortillas were for eating…
Easy Dinner Recipes March 24, 2008
One of my favorite easy dinner recipes is this Chicken Moroccan Soup by chef Sam Gugino from his book, Cooking to Beat the Clock.
This soup is quick and easy, and is a great ethnic dish and is a favorite of ours and guests.
2 tbsp olive oil
3 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1 medium onion, about 8 oz.
1 tbsp ground cumin
1 tbsp ground ginger
1 tsp hot paprika or 3/4 tsp sweet paprika and 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
5 C chicken stock
2 medium zucchini
1/2 cup instant couscous
1 16-oz can chickpeas
salt and freshly ground black pepper
8 sprigs cilantro (optional)
- Put the oil in a deep, pan over medium-high heat. Cut the chicken into 1/2″ cubes. Add to the pan, raise heat to high, stir.
- While the chicken browns, peel and quarter the onion & put in a food processor. Pulse until just chopped. Add the onion, cumin, ginger and paprika to the pan. Stir and cook for 1 min. Add the stock to the pan and stir with a wide wooden spoon, scraping any bits from the bottom. Cover and bring to a boil, about 2 min.
- Meanwhile, trim the zucchini and slice in half lengthwise. Then cut crosswise into 1/4″ half moons. When the soup comes to a boil, add the zucchini and the couscous to the pan, stir and cover.
- Open the can of chickpeas into a small colander, rinse and drain briefly. Add to the pan. Cover and let the soup return to a boil, then lower the heat slightly so the soup simmers briskly for 4 min. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Chop the leaves from the cilantro sprigs. Stir into the soup, cook for 1 min, and serve in soup plates.
Feel free to share some of your favorite easy dinner recipes! I’m always on the look out 🙂
Benefits of Short Hair March 22, 2008
Got my hair cut on Tuesday! I took the plunge in December to get a Posh-like pob haircut — love it! — and have since been playing around with variations on the same theme. This week I decided to just do the Posh cut and see how it worked with my hair. I’ve been loving it shorter in the back and longer in the front.
Here are some benefits of short hair:
- Short hair is way sophisticated
- Use less shampoo, condition, hair products
- Takes less time to style and maintain
- My husband loves it
- Short hair is totally in! Think of Victoria Beckham (my inspiration for this cut), Rihanna, Sienna Miller, Kiera Knightly – all who have had fab short cuts recently!
- Short hair is healthy! I loved having long hair, but my ends were seriously damaged (especially since Utah). Now they’re not!
So if you are inspired and want to get a short cut yourself after reading the benefits of short hair, might I recommend Posh Spice’s cut – love it! And it looks good even if you don’t want to go blonde 🙂
I love lounging on Saturday afternoons. However, recently Tim has reserved this particular day for his band rehearsals in our living room and has filled our usually peaceful home with the uncomfortable sound of live amplified rock music. I have banished myself to the furthest corner of our home to escape it and have earplugs in as we speak. While super hot that he was a drummer in a band when we were dating, now… let’s just say it’s a little too close to home. After a full two weeks, I need a day of peace and quiet dang it!!!
So in the meantime, Ginger and I are camping out on our comfortable bed, waiting for it to be over. If you know of a band practice space in the Utah County area, please let me know.
dare to dream March 20, 2008
Allow me to introduce you to Paul Potts from Britain. A cell phone salesman, it was his dream to be an opera singer and though untrained, Potts auditioned on Britain’s Got Talent in front of Simon Cowell. This video will inspire you.
Against all odds, Paul Potts went on to win the competition and sing before the queen of England. He has since made millions and needless to say, is no longer selling cell phones, but living his dream. As Napoleon Hill said, “Whatever the mind can conceive and believe, it can achieve.” Imagine what is possible for you.