Thursday, November 18, 2010

Skinny French Toast

Lately, I've made a habit of eating French Toast. I thought to myself," how can I make this healthier and with fewer calories?" I came up with a little plan. After being hungry by mid morning because my cheerios were not holding me over I thought eating something with egg in it was the right approach for being satisfied longer.
Ingredient list:
Several pieces of bread of your choice, stale. (I used Wonder 100% Whole Wheat because it only has 120 calories for two slices.)
Egg Beaters or any egg product in a carton (egg whites.)
Silk Vanilla Soy Milk. Soy milk has a heavy consistency therefore the creamy texture is good for french toast.
Cinnamon
Nutmeg
Sugar free maple syrup

Mix a little egg product in a bowl with soy milk and beat together spices. The consistency should be that of eggnog. Use Pam or any kind of spray vegetable oil coating on your pan. Using stale bread, coat each side of the bread and put them in the pan.
Patiently wait for each side to get light fluffy golden brown and a medium heat. Flip toast several times to avoid buring. Use a lid over the pan to capture heat and cook the egg in the middle of the bread so that the texture of the french toast not soggy in the middle. Be patient and don't cook at high heat, the outside will cook fast and burn while the inside will be soggy. If you want to cut more calories skip the dusting of confectioner sugar at the end. Add a little butter spread and smother with sugar free syrup and you have a high protein but sweet treat for breakfast or brunch.

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Pumpkin shaped sugar cookies

I'm posting this as proof that I have done something creative in the last week. Any little thing counts, even playing Betty Crocker. The cookie shapes came from Crate and Barrel. Stay tuned for Christmas cookes. This was just a test run.
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Monday, October 11, 2010

Inspiration

As an artist with an appreciation for all aspects of design, I found inspiration from a toy line that Target offers. The company is Just B. You. They have a line of blocks there were the first blocks that I bought for my daughter. They are squeezable, well packaged pieces of fun. They are sculptural which appeals to the tactile side of learning. Each block has a micro-relief sculpture of an animals and numbers correlating with the number of animals on each block. The packaging is spectacular, all the blocks fit in a nice little bag, making clean up for parents simple. What really drew me to this company is the use of color. The color forecast for design across the board has been that of a tribal nature. The colors in paint, furniture and industrial design are teals, yellows, aqua-blues, variations of pinks and purples. This is a great introduction to the baby of tertiary colors. I'm tired of seeing everything in primary colors. This company has thought of ways to make toys and package them responsibly (recycled or post consumer materials.) There is no doubt that we will probably purchase more toys from this company in the future. Just B. You is being carried at Target in the toy section.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

It has been a while


Since last year I have had a baby. The baby has changed everything. I don't have to call her, "the baby" anymore since her name is Lucy. Since her arrival our lives are consumed by child rearing in a way that I never thought would happen to me, but that being said, she is the priority at the moment. Now that she is about 7 and half months things have gotten easier. Now I can sit down and have a few thoughts of my own that don't involve, feeding or spit-up or diaper changes.

Friday, October 30, 2009

Pumpkin Pie

We wanted to start out fall with a bang, what a good way to do it!

Baby's room pictures

Piece of art Ray made for the baby's room at the Guaguin exhibit.
Classic story books, note that the Winnie-the-Pooh book is the classic one, not Disney.
Sheep skin rugs from ikea on earthy dark green rug make the room soft.
Sage color curtain which looks better in real life from the store Old Time Pottery for only 8 dollars. Lamp is from Target.
Art that will be hung on side walls of room. One was found at thrift store several years ago for 25 dollars. It is an original print by Annora Spence, a British poster artist. The other piece on the right is a piece I did at the Guaguin exhibit of stamped horses with color pencil. Yellow was Gauguin's favorite color with the influence of Van Gogh.

Hooks that my friend Caren gave us when we moved in, five years later we found a good use for them.

Rocking chair Ray's mom gave us, beautiful piece.

Top of old Ikea entertainment center being used as book shelf and changing table once kit is installed on top surface.
Ikea shelving re-used as baby storage with added cubes for storage and and color.









Katherine's Notebook

Thoughts from a person living a creative life.