spring. in. my. step.

Ever since I came back to Eugene after Spring Break, the weather has been anything but well… spring-like. The worst part about that is that I have to wear my rain boots, which aren’t very comfortable and I don’t feel like they go with anything in my wardrobe. I got so upset about the rain today that I decided I would create an outfit that I would have worn had it been nice outside today.

Twisted Chiffon Cardigan in Soft Blossom from J. Crew

Stone Vintage Necklace in Green from Urban Outfitters

Silk Twyla Tank in Ivory from J. Crew

Cotton Cavalry Skirt in White from J. Crew

Slim Square-Buckle Belt in Seashore Beige from J. Crew

Kimichi Blue Floral Skimmer in Blue Cream from Urban Outfitters

J. Crew is obviously a favorite. If only the weather would change (and I could go shopping!).

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friday.

Passover begins Monday, so in preparation I’m making my traditional matzo toffee crunch. I’ve been making this for years and despite that I usually have issues with the stickiness of the toffee. I’ve tried a number of different materials–wax paper, foil, parchment paper, etc.–and no matter what the toffee always sticks. I’m definitely open to suggestions. I don’t recall the origins of this recipe, maybe an old FOODday article about passover inspired this recipe, so I’ll just share it here.

Matzo Toffee Crunch

  • 4-6 unsalted matzos
  • 1 cup unsalted butter (or margarine)
  • 1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 20 ounces coarsely chopped semi-sweet chocolate
  • Almond slivers (optional)
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a large cookie sheet completely with foil and cover foil with parchment paper. Line cookie sheet evenly with matzo, cutting extra pieces to fill any spaces.
  2. In a 3 quart heavy-bottomed sauce pan combine butter and brown sugar. Cook over medium head, stirring constantly until the mixture come to a boil–2 to 4 minutes. Boil for 3 minutes, stirring constantly. Take off heat and pour over the matzos, completely covering them.
  3. Place cookie sheet in oven immediately and bake for 10 minutes; check every few minutes to make sure the mixture isn’t burning.
  4. Remove pan from the oven and sprinkle chocolate on the matzos–you can place back in the oven for a moment to make sure the chocolate melts completely. I usually spread out the chocolate better with a butter knife after its melted to evenly coat all of the matzos. If adding nuts sprinkle on at this point.
  5. Chill the matzos while still in the pan, in the freezer, until chocolate is set. (Don’t let it sit in the freezer for too much longer than necessary, separating the foil/parchment paper from the sticky toffee is no easy feat when frozen.)

Enjoy the splendor of Passover!

pullin. out. all. the. stops.

I went window shopping with my sister yesterday and after that trip it was decided my new favorite obsession is drawer pulls. Here are some of my favorites from Anthropologie.

I also found a book of poems by Gwen Frostic, “Wisps of Mist,” and fell in love. Unfortunately I couldn’t afford to purchase it at the time, but after some research I found the book online at amazon.com for a much more reasonable price.

Gwen also has a website, chock-full of sweet cross stitch, stationary, and books.

seer. genius.

Yesterday I celebrated the Persian New Year with my lover’s family. It was a pretty interesting experience; something that I had only been told about but never been able to experience because of scheduling conflicts.

A little background: Noruz is the Persian New Year and it stems from Zoroastrianism; my knowledge of Zoroastrianism is not very extensive, so check out this book for more information. The New Year celebration changes every year with the date and time of the Vernal Equinox–this year it was 10:32 am Pacific Time.

A large part of Persian culture and celebration is the food and oh. my. gosh. is it good food. Something that is quite popular in this cuisine is the palette quenching sensation of sour (or in Farsi they call it “Torshi”). To achieve this vinegar is used like no other. Myself… not really one for sour thing, I’m much more of a sweet person–if I do say so myself :] But around Persian food and company, I’m willing to be adventurous and I was very pleasantly surprised yesterday.

Torshi-e-Seer, or Seer Torshi (I don’t know which one is proper, but I think they both work) is pickled garlic. I LOVE garlic, so when I heard my beloved was pickled I was a bit upset. Why would you pickle garlic? It’s so good as it is, and then you go and pickle it and turn it all sour. Well, despite my apprehension I tried it to find it was somewhat sweet and soft.

What?! I actually enjoyed something sour without it making my face contort and my eyes water? Needless to say the Persians adored me after that point.

After doing some of my own research I have found a fabulous blog–Turmeric & Saffron— choc-full of delectable Persian recipes and among them a recipe for Seer Torshi!

wednesday.

Today I am excited about:

  1. Almost everything on my to do list today has been crossed off, before noon!
  2. This past weekend was fantastic and I’m still feeling the good vibes
  3. A possible two-day trip to the coast with my favorite
  4. The book from Blurb came in today!
  5. So far I have two A’s on my transcript for this term
  6. This new site with crazy fashion look books
  7. I am currently in love with these bird outlines from Martha Stewart’s website and I’m using them for my door decorations for my residents next term
  8. Guinness Floats tonight with Cassy, Jonathan and Kathryn in celebration of St. Patty’s Day
  9. This new music video by Kate Nash is super cute

i’ve. been. framed.

Images from my final portfolio for Adv. Photo.

The above images are a summation of the work that I executed throughout the term. The idea was originally based off of a pretty strange encounter. I was at a relative’s house and on a bookshelf was a frame with the insert still left in the frame; on the insert was a highly idealized scene of a leggy blond running on the beach with a golden retriever. Seeing this image of  another person, someone who didn’t belong, framed seemed so strange to me. I decided I would take images from my life, images that were not highly sterilized and idyllic and put them in picture frames in big box stores so that other people could have a piece of my life in their home.

After several shady trips to Target and Wal-Mart, my work was more-or-less complete but the idea still needed to be presented. These images above aim to display this strange dichotomy that has presented itself with this idea. Unfortunately the images above are simply the images, but they each were framed with similar white framing. A frame within a frame within a frame essentially.

fin. de. siècle.

Though it isn’t exactly the end of a century it kind of feels as though it is one for me; today I finished my undergraduate education in it’s entirety. It’s been a pretty hectic week:
– a 25 page paper on the affects of popular culture on our present-day perspective of PreColumbian Mesoamerican culture
– 15 4×5 contact prints
– a portfolio so large and cumbersome it only fit in a carry-on suitcase
– 32 drawings

And to prove I’m not making all of this up, images will be posted shortly.

I am super excited for tomorrow!

  1. I get to bring back my library books that I used for my 25 page paper which will clear up a ton of space on my desk and feel pretty refreshing
  2. My friend Monica and I are going to get new gym clothes so that we’ll look stylin’ when we go to the gym all of next term
  3. Monica and I are also helping our friend Neil bake a cake for our other friend Molly, whose birthday is Saturday
  4. Leaving for home in 32 hours!!!

It is going to be a great weekend. :]

music. to. my. ears.

Today’s list of exciting things entails:

  1. I am in love with this song. My lover sent this to me yesterday and it made my day. It’s still making my day because it’s such a great song.
  2. Actually I’m just in love with this band. Check out this other great track of theirs: 40 Day Dream Listen. Here.
  3. J.Crew‘s new ‘Rainy Day’ ballet flat. I swear these were made with me in mind.
  4. My Adv. Photo class final project book is up on blurb and ready for purchase if people are interested.
  5. It’s sunny and 60°F outside! Even if I have to write my art history research paper, at least I can do it with my shades on.
  6. My African Violet (I affectionately refer to her as Veronica) has new little baby leaves!

sleep. study.

This is the first of the series that I’ve been working on in my large format class. This particular exposure is only about an hour long, but the rest of the series is upwards of 4 hours.  This body of work discusses issues surrounding omnipresence, sleep, consciousness, the environment in relation to the body and mind.