Archives for January 2010

Duo Boots on Sale!

You know that I’ve gushed about Duo Boots here before, the UK company that sells custom-fit boots. That’s a hallelujah moment for those of us with skinny bird legs or pleasingly plump calves. I’ve tried to buy boots on a whim in stores–but nothing fits. NOTHING! It drives me and the salesperson mad. I first fell in love with these from Duo:

I bought them in 2006 and have worn the dickens outta them. Seriously, I think people are sick of seeing me in them. But, strangers, ooo, they love them. I get stopped all the time about these boots.
I’ve been pining to buy some more and finally got my chance last year for my birthday. I made up for lost time and ordered two.
Basic black heel and plum suede…because life is a little more fun in purple boots.

If I could take advantage of the sale (and you should!), I would order these ruby slippers–at over 50% off!
And these, too, since I’m dreaming.

I think the price is a deal for a fabulous-fitting, long-lasting boot. Shipping is a bit steep from the UK, but my order arrived in two days! How’s that for instant gratification? The only scary part of the whole transaction is: what if the boot doesn’t fit right? You have to foot the bill back to the UK, which isn’t cheap. This happened to me once. Three out of four boots isn’t bad, however. I recommend calling the company once you have chosen your style to get help on fit and size because not all the boots fit the same. Okay, girls with calf issues, go browse!

My Thing for Yellow Peeps

My obsession goes way back. Yellow + Peep = Love True, sometimes love hurts like when you are hanging from your marshmallow neck (no peeps were harmed for this painting). Or, it is so, so cute when the yellow peep offers a glimpse of your manicured toes.

These Enzo Angiolini shoes (Merry Ann, $79) that I saw at Nordstrom would be kicking it right now in my closet if it weren’t for the fact that my pale, veiny feet looked horrendous in these yellow shoes. Gross, I know. Someone with beautiful olive skin, please go buy these for yourself. For me.
So they won’t ever be mine, but they did inspire me to try Polyvore for the first time. Finally, I know. Since I’m so 1887 in my computer skills–yeah, not even 20th century–I still haven’t figured out how to add these shoes to Polyvore so I’m working with a pair of Christian Louboutins. Not as cute, in my opinion, but you get the idea.
Here you have Homeschool Mom by Day…
Yellow Prep
And, I Actually Lived the 80s…

Yellow Punk

To Yellow Shoes for the Missus…

The Missus
And, Dressing Inappropriately for My Age…

Yellow Heels
What a versatile pair of shoes. Too bad I looked like Swamp Thing in them.

Biscuits & Gravy

We’ve been eating strictly vegan at the house for almost two years now. I’ve found that I can replicate a lot of our favorite recipes without trouble. I was thrilled when my friend Joy recommended the drop biscuit recipe from The Joy of Vegan Baking by Colleen Patrick-Goudreau. Fast, easy, and delicious–which is perfect because a Southern girl has got to have her biscuits and gravy!Biscuits & Gravy–it’s the best of beige eatin‘!
Drop Biscuits

1 2/3 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
2/3 cup nondairy milk
1/3 cup canola oil or melted Earth Balance margarine
Preheat oven to 475 degrees. Combine flour, baking powder, and salt. Add milk and oil or margarine and stir until mixed. Batter is sticky and thick. Drop walnut-sized scoops onto greased baking sheet. Bake until bottoms are golden, about 8 minutes.
****I use whole wheat pastry flour.
Vegan Cream Gravy

1 onion, coarsely chopped
2 garlic cloves, chopped
1/2 cup blanched almonds, without skins
3 cups water, divided
5 tablespoons flour
Saute onion and garlic in a bit of oil until soft. Add onion and garlic to blender with almonds, 1 cup of water, and flour. Blend until almonds are ground and mixture is smooth. Pour almond mixture into saucepan to heat until thick. Add remaining 2 cups water to achieve desired consistency. Season with salt and fresh ground pepper to taste.
****Sometimes I use cornstarch instead of flour and vegetable broth instead of water–depending on how I want the gravy to taste. The almonds yield a beautiful creamy color and satisfying smooth texture–you won’t believe it’s not dairy! (The flecks in the gravy above are from the skins on the sliced almonds I used–I was out of blanched.) The gravy keeps well in the refrigerator for a day or two–just add a bit of water to thin when reheating.

Painting With the Girl

I wish I loved doing crafts with my kids, but I don’t. Am I allowed to say that? Other moms out there rock the crafts with their progeny–I just can’t. But what I love to do is color, paint, draw with my kids. It is hard to decline an invitation from my daughter to sit with a cheap tray of watercolors.

My daughter can create for hours. Like a little artist, she will take an idea and explore it in different ways, burning through a stack of papers.
I have sheets and sheets of these types of amalgamated forms. She combines thick line with thin line and seems to enjoy how they play off each other. I think these are absolutely fabulous and a perfect example of why I LOVE children’s art. It would feel so unnatural for me to try to make these drawings, yet she does it with the greatest of ease and confidence.
But her absolutely favorite subject is princess with flower, of which she never tires.

My girl, how will you inspire me next?

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