Tag Archives: Family

Like it’s Christmas in the Room

No gifts to give, they’re all right here
Inside our hearts the glorious cheer
And in the house we see a light
That comes from what we know inside

I’ll come to you, I’ll sing to you
Like it’s Christmas in the room
I’ll dance with you, I’ll laugh with you
Until it’s Christmas in the room
Until it’s Christmas in the room

~Sufjan Stevens, “Christmas in the Room”

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11.22.2010 – Bits and Pieces*

11.23.2010 – To Scale*

11.24.2010 – Almond Toast*

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Great Grandma Ahlquist’s Almond Toast (Svenska Mandel Skorpar)

Almond toast is a hybrid between a shortbread cookie and a biscotti.  My brothers and I would get this sweet treat as part of our breakfasts when visiting my Swedish grandparents.  I make almond toast every Christmas now that my ninety-two-year-old grandma is no longer physically able to do so. Like most Swedish baked items, almond toast is buttery with a subtle almond flavor.  My family enjoys them with their morning and evening coffees.  Njut!

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup butter (softened)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp. pure almond extract
  • 4 cups flour
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • ½ tsp. baking soda
  • ½ tsp. baking powder
  • ¾ cup finely chopped (roasted) almonds

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350° F.
  2. Mix together butter, sugar, sour cream, eggs, and almond extract.
  3. In a separate bowl mix together flour, salt, baking soda and baking powder.
  4. Add (¾-1 cup at a time) the flour mixture to the butter mixture, and mix well.
  5. Add almonds to batter.
  6. Transfer batter to a greased pan (I use a glass 9″x13″ baking dish and a glass bread pan)
  7. Bake for 45 minutes.
  8. Cut into strips, remove from pans, and place strips on a cookie sheet.
  9. Return to oven (250° F) to dry and lightly brown for 45 mins-2 hours (I like them on the more toasted side, so I dry for 1.5-2 hours).
  10. Cool, and store in an airtight container.

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11.25.2010 – O Holy Night*

11.26.2010 – SoCal in Winter*

11.27.2010 – Textures* (The Huntington Library, San Marino, CA)

11.28.2010 – Many Thanks to Trader Joe’s Unsweetened & Unsulfured Dried Pineapple Rings*

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Blogtrack:
– Bikini, “American Mourning” (listen HERE)
– The Winston Jazz Routine, “Through the Snow” — for AIA & AGL who are making their way back to NY (listen HERE)
– Washington Mile, “All of Your Blue” (download HERE)
– Beach House, “Take Care”

Under the Weather

11.8.2010 – 4×4* — The only thing I could “concentrate” on was organizing the recipe binders and boxes I received from my grandma.  I’m not sure what it was about the 1950s suburban housewife and the affinity for jello, mayonnaise, and shortening, but, needless to say, those recipes found a new home in the recycling bin.

Oh, and happy birthday BWJ!

11.9.2010 – Jamba*

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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While conducting a major purging/fall cleaning over the weekend, I came across the following poem I clipped from the Edinburghian literary magazine, Small Fry Magazine‘s first issue (Dec. 2001):

the first love

green light of river,
invertebrate night slipping
under water,

I know the distance of you,

the voice of you,

the hardly gone but absent heart
of you.

The balcony, a tree bleeds
spring
rain washed Bottlebrush hush of
afternoon school ten years past.

This is the first love, this
blue sky blue I
follow, awhisper, to the other life,
the time well
where
there is the silent curve of your
hand in my hair

where
breeching moons
reach for each other

and separate, a necessity of orbit.

I remember,
this place,
from which I rise like a phoenix,
a time blossom, born.

I am home,

this sunshine,

eye of this -my-life,
born, breaths,
first love,
old love,
love from earth opened
like a wound, fearless.
And you, and they, and love’s
trajectories, scars across continents,
the debris of this first love.
I gravitate to where I began.
Centrepoint,
and land like my heart beating.

~m. noble

For a reminder of the crisp and ancient beauty of Edinburgh see these photos by Brian Ferry of the blue hour.

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Blogtrack:
– The New Amsterdams, “Slight Run”
– The Walkmen, “Blue as Your Blood” — Watch the Gothamist House & Foglight Films video filmed at the NYC Public Library here.

My Life in Colors

9.18.2010 – Monotone*

9.19.2010 – View Drive-bys * (Long Beach, CA)

9.20.2010 – Salt Water*

9.21.2010 – Dreams on Wheels Diptych* (Irvine and Orange, CA)

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Blogtrack:

THIS beautiful (and downloadable) mix courtesy of Michael of Threading in the Choirs.  And THIS project supporting and showcasing the musical endeavors of several talented muscians.

Brooklyn Time

9.8.2010 – Buckled Up* (Fly Over Land, USA)

9.9.2010 – Good Morning Brooklyn!* (Brooklyn Heights, Brooklyn, NY)

9.10.2010 – Skull vs. Boom* (Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY)

9.11.2010 – Meet Me Where Art and Sky Collide* (Storm King Art Center, Mountainville, NY)

9.12.2010 – Books and Stations* (Brooklyn Heights, Brooklyn, NY)

9.13.2010 – Blue on Blue* (Fly Over Land, USA)

9.14.2010 – In Borrowed Space / On Borrowed Time* (Little Red Journal)

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The following playlist can be heard HERE:
– The Whitest Boy Alive, “Burning”
– Delta Spirit, “Bushwick Fire”
– Local Natives, “Wide Eyes”
– Good Old War, “Window”
– Sufjan Stevens, “Heirloom”
– The Tallest Man on Earth, “Like the Wheel”
– Deer Tick, “Ashamed”
– The Low Anthem, “To Ohio”
– The Snake The Cross The Crown, “Maps”
– Sharon Van Etten, “Love More”
– The Walkmen, “Stranded”
– Kings of Convenience, “Boat Behind”
– Band of Horses, “Infinite Arms”

Back in the Saddle: August

8.1.2010 – Summer* (Tustin, CA)

8.2.2010 – Garlic* (Mount Hermon, CA)

8.3.2010 – Study* (Mount Hermon, CA)

8.4.2010 – Custom/20* (Mount Hermon, CA)

8.5.2010 – Gratitude* (Life, CA)

8.6.2010 – All Caps* Diptych (Mount Hermon, CA)


8.7.2010 – Vintage* (Grandmother to Granddaughter)

Back in the Saddle: July, Week 2

7.8.2010 – Rules of Engagement* Diptych (Santa Cruz and Big Basin State Park, CA)

7.9.2010 – Warning!  Simple(r) Times Ahead!* Diptych (Scotty Valley and Felton, CA)

7.10.2010 – Evening Light*  (Mount Hermon, CA)

7.11.2020 – Zayante* (Mount Hermon, CA)

7.12.2010 – Almond Butter* (Felton, CA)

7.13.2010 – Farmer Markets Make My Heart Happy x4* (Felton, CA)

7.14.2010 – Patterns & Poetry* (Mount Hermon, CA)

7.15.2010 – Verve* (Pleasure Point, Santa Cruz, CA)

7.16.2010 – Happy Birthday Mom!

Back in the Saddle: Part 4

6.13.2010 – Birthday Blooms* (Felton, CA)

6.14.2010 – Run Over.  Fallen.  Diptych* (Mount Hermon, CA)

6.15.2010 – Oh Tuesday, this is how you make me feel* (Mount Hermon, CA)

6.16.2010 – Key Rings* (Arroyo Elementary School –> Seen the World)

6.17.2010 – Photo fail but…Happy Birthday JHA!