Friday, August 27, 2010

Gratitude Friday

I am thankful for....
1. Seeing the beautiful moon behind the clouds - making the clouds light up
2. Time with Michael
3. Brightly colored post-it notes
4. Time to find some balance again
5. Jellybean Lip Balm

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Go-To Summer Grilling Recipe

This was a recipe I found on Tasty Kitchen. I made this recipe several time this summer as it was just so easy but full of great flavors. And very juicy chicken. Since I am just cooking for 2 (but liked leftover for salads the next day), I cut this recipe down slightly. And so this is my altered directions slightly.

4 whole boneless skinless chicken breasts
1 whole Lemon
2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
1 tablespoon dried basil
1 tablespoon dried tarragon
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon black pepper

Rinse your chicken and place it in a gallon-sized ziplock bag. Zest the lemon into the bag. Then juice the lemon and add it to the bag. Next add in the red wine vinegar and the herbs. Seal the bag very well, then shake and roll around the bag until all of the ingredients are combined and the chicken is coated. Lay chicken flat in the bag and place it in your fridge for at least 30 minutes or up to several hours. Grill chicken for 5-8 minutes per side or until fully cooked and juice run clear.

* I used dried herbs, but if you use fresh herbs and garlic it would be even better I am sure.
* A teaspoon of black pepper is just a guideline. I use probably a little more then a teaspoon but we like pepper.
* I added the red wine vinegar because I felt it needed a little more liquid. But if you don't have it and need more liquid add more lemon juice.
* You want the herbs to really soak into that liquid so make sure you have enough liquid. So again up the lemon juice or red wine vinegar to get those dried herbs hydrated again. And to make sure the herbs really coat the chicken

Monday, August 23, 2010

100 Things | Skirts and Barefoot

27. I like to wear skirts.

I have always been a girly girl. Even as a little girl I liked to dress up. When I lived in Cleveland, I dressed up quite a lot. I had girls nights out, dates and just time out with friends. So I got in the habit of wearing skirts and dresses. And I liked it. It just makes me feel good to wear them. I feel more feminine and pretty. And now to this point in my life, I don't even own very many pairs of pants. Just a couple of pairs and then few pairs of lounge pants.

28. I like to be barefoot.

I like socks as I said in another post. And I love shoes (have more then my closet can handle). But ultimately I come in the door and I kick off my shoes. I like to be at home barefoot. When fall arrives, I love the cool crispness that allows for sweaters and warm socks. But I also get sad because I can't just be barefoot as much.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Creating Art

An old Notes from the Universe: The shortest distance between you and your time for creating art, Darby, is thinking that you already have it and acting the part.

It is one that I should read daily!

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Eat Pray Love

The night before I left Minnesota 2 of my Aunts, a cousin, my Mom and my sister had a girls night out. We went to see Eat Pray Love. There is this fancy movie theater there with a VIP lounge and exclusive seating. We arrived and had drinks before in the lounge and then ordered food and drinks that they deliver to us in the theater. It had seating with skinny tables between each seat for the food. All the food came with cloth napkins and nice plates. Not paper.

I am one of these people that can take the movie for a movie that stands alone without the book. And vice versa a book doesn't need to match the movie. So I went in with an open mind and new that they would never be able to capture the intensity of the book. I wanted to enjoy the movie just for itself and I did!

If you are wanting to see it and want it to be exactly like the book - don't see it. It will probably disappoint you. If you understand that they can't capture the intensity of the emotions book due to some of it is just not possible to me on screen but also because of length of the movie - then go see it. I think Julia Roberts was really good person to play Liz Gilbert. And I think they captures many wonderful moments of the book. Many of my favorites parts or quotes got in the movie.

Such as this one...this quote is from the section on Italy - Chapter 25 (Bead 25) page 75. Liz is talking about all the changes the Augusteum has went through. But I like what the message of the quote....

"It is merely this world that is chaotic, bringing changes to us all that nobody could have anticipated. The Augusteum warns me not get attached to any obsolete ideas about who I am, what I represent, whom I belong to, or what function I may once have intended to serve. Yesterday I might have been a glorious monument to somebody, true enough -- but tomorrow I could be a fireworks depository. Even in the Eternal City, says the silent Augusteum, one must always prepared for riotous and endless waves of transformation."

Entertainment Weekly had an article on Eat Pray Love the week it came out. And one thing I found out was Richard Jenkins who plays Richard at the Ashram talked to the real Richard before going to film and said it was the best 45 minute phone call he ever had. But he went on to say that he was sorry that Richard died before being able to see the movie. That made me sad to think that Richard is gone. He died of a heart attack.

And last but not least...OH MY Javiar Bardem....SO SEXY. He definitely made the movie better.

So I liked the movie. I would see it again. And I will want to have it when it comes out on DVD.

So we are home now and busy with work. I have been suffering with a migraine that I have had for a week. And I know it is just because I am crashing hard.

Friday, August 13, 2010

Gratitude Friday

I am thankful for...
1. time with my family during this important time
2. being here for myself - to get some things I needed for my grieving process
3. shrimp burgers - which probably don't sound appetizing but it is a childhood favorite that I can only associate with the last place on earth you would think to find them - North Dakota
4. summer rain storms
5. really getting some good things from the book Women Food and God

Monday, August 09, 2010

Of Bees and Mist

Of Bees and MistOf Bees and Mist by Erick Setiawan

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This review is long overdue. I was thrilled when I got the offer to read this book - as I love to read. And particularity like fantasy books. But I will admit I was a little hesitant on IF I would like this book based on reading the synopsis of it. I was wrong as it ended up being a page turner for me. I stayed up until 4am to read because I just couldn't put it down. It surprised and delighted me.

I would call it a mixture of fable and fantasy. Erick Setiawan has a wonderful imagination to create such a fantastical novel. The characters are throughly developed and the setting is magical and intriguing.

This story follows Meridia, who grows up in a cold, unfeeling home. Her mother acts as though she often isn't there. And her father despises her. Her parents aren't a loving husband and wife. Instead they barely interact with each other. So essentially Meridia is invisible in her home. One day meets Danial at the town fair. She falls in love with him and they marry. They move in with his family and at first his family seems nice and happy - totally opposite of her cold harsh childhood home. But things change and she finds out they aren't what they first appeared to be and she might have escaped one unhappy house and to end up in one that is more disturbing to her.

I was really engrossed in the story of Meridia. I rooted for her and felt like she was a friend. I was sorry to see the book come to end and knew I would miss her.

All those details might sound like an everyday domestic drama story but there is much more to this book. Again it is a magical and captivating place with deeply developed characters. It is a book that is hard to explain and hoped to be picked up to experience bees and the mist.

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Saturday, August 07, 2010


Just a few of the artist I liked from the art festival we attended yesterday....

Friday, August 06, 2010

Gratitude Friday

I am thankful for...
1. the opportunity to read/review another book...IN THIS WAY I WAS SAVED by Brian DeLeeuw. I still need to do a review of OF BEES AND MIST by Erick Setiawan. I really enjoyed it to the point of wanting to just turn around and read it again.
2. the seafood boil we are going to have this weekend - I love seafood. It isn't something Michael enjoys so I don't make it that often.
3. Owl stickers
4. going to Minneapolis' Uptown Art Festival today - seeing some great art that inspires me
5. time spent with family

Thursday, August 05, 2010


I get these emails called Notes from the Universe. They are notes with positive outlooks.messages of life. This is one I opened up recently that I needed to hear....

It is OK. You are alright. You needn't second guess anymore, Darby.

Everyone is safe. Nothing "bad" is going to happen. All of the promises have been kept.

And you could not possibly be more adored.

Sometimes I just like to hear things are going to be alright.

Wednesday, August 04, 2010

Good Things

Just doing a little list of good things that I am thankful for even though it isn't my usual Gratitude Friday....

* spending quality time with my sister
* seeing the movie Eclipse
* the rain
* great dinner - my sister made shrimp wonton soup and then stir fry veggies on rice with an Asian sauce that was spicy and SO SO good!
* starting a new book that my sister had - Women Food and God - which I think I am going to enjoy

Sunday, August 01, 2010

Gratitude Friday (on Sunday)

I am thankful for...
1. my cousin picking me up at the airport
2. being able to be there for April and Joe's wedding reception
3. seeing my parents, sisters, brother-in-law, nephew, Aunts, Uncles, cousins and Grandma
4. having a slumber party with my Grandma. (more on this later)
5. the wonderful food and company at the reception