Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Kate Stone

I fell in love with another artist while we were in Charleston.  Kate Stone blew me away with her figures and still life. Here are two of my favorites:

Of course, I had to look her up as soon as I got home.  I fell in love with her even more when I found this amazing interview of her and her husband.  They are both artists (dream life, right?!?) her definition of art blew me away:

"Anything can be art these days, but personally I feel that good art should succeed in at least two of the following: it affects the viewer, either with positive emotions or unsettling ones; it inspires respect for its technical execution; it is beautiful, either in a conventional or sublime way; or it resonates with the time period and culture that produced it."

Could not have said it better myself!  You can check out the full interview {here}

Monday, June 17, 2013

Down the Rabbit Hole

For the last couple of weeks, Penny has been obsessed with a rabbit that has been living in the drain pipe in our back yard.  Well...I use the term living pretty loosely.  She has seen it come in and out of it at least once...and in her mind, apparently, once is enough to expect it to happen again.  Last week, she had been out for about 2 hours, and Wesley and I peaked out of the window and saw this (^). She even at one point, just laid down in the grass and stared at it. 

We laughed about it for a while, but it got me thinking.  We had a pretty tough week last week.  Everything that could of gone wrong, seemed to go wrong. By the end of the week, we were physically and emotionally exhausted.  All of the positive attitudes we tried to have seemed to burn out after a few days as things just kept going wrong.  For the first time in a long time, our life didn't feel like ours.  It's like we had gone down the rabbit whole into a terrible version of Wonderland and we just wanted to get out.  

My family came up for a visit this weekend, and the sweeter parts of our reality became more clear.  The weekend felt like a fresh start and instead of continuing to "stare" at what we wished had happened last week, we moved forward.  I know that this week will be much better.  Maybe one day Penny will realize her rabbit is not coming back...but until then every time I see her waiting near that pipe, I will always be reminded to not do that myself.  ;)

Hope you guys had a great weekend!

Friday, June 7, 2013

The Little Things

We have been loving the little things around here lately.  Like how Penny sits outside close to the back door, but always stares off into the yard...she can't ever be too far away from us but will never miss an opportunity to chase a squirrel out of her yard.  Or, trying to make hibachi at home a few weeks ago.  We pulled out the magic bullet for the first time in forever and made the white sauce from scratch.  And I've been day dreaming about putting floor to ceiling bookshelves in our loft once we bequeath the couches that are in there to my sister and her apartment this fall.  We also could not have been more excited to learn that the Piano Guys are really coming to Raleigh in November and we scored sweet orchestra level seats!!

Life is as grand as it's little moments...don't you think?!?
Linking up with Falling for Friday

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Perfect Mac & Cheese

Ok, let's talk for a minute about one of my favorite comfort foods...mac & cheese.  Seriously, does it get any better than this?  I will admit that it took a million several attempts to make it from scratch.  Let, me tell you...it was well worth the effort.  You know you have a recipe right when you stop looking for different versions of it.  This is that mac and cheese for me.

Mac & Cheese
serves 6

1 lb bow-tie pasta or elbow macaroni
3 T butter
3 T flour
2 c chicken broth
1 c milk
1 t Worcestershire sauce
2 dashes hot sauce
1/2 t paprika
1/2 t black pepper
8oz colby jack or cheddar cheese, grated

Cook pasta according to package directions in salted water.  Heat a large saucepan over medium heat and melt butter.  Once melted, whisk in flour for 1 minute.  Whisk in chicken broth and bump up the heat to medium high and stir until thickened.  Add milk and whisk until thickened.  Add Worcestershire sauce, hot sauce, paprika, and black pepper.  Stir until combined.  TURN OFF HEAT and stir in the grated cheese.

Once the pasta is done, drain, and add to cheese sauce in saucepan.  Stir to combine.  Adjust seasonings and serve immediately.

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