Spinach-Feta Scramble

This is the most frequent thing we make for breakfast (aside from cereal and protein bars). Mostly it is a Cory specialty. He'll usually put in red onions, spinach, cheese (or whatever we have) and always yellow mustard. Cory loves yellow mustard, which is weird to me because yellow mustard is not really very good and dijon mustard is amazing. But there's no accounting for taste (in mustards, obviously his taste in women is impeccable).

Dress Illustrations

Of all my classes, the one that is hardest for me is fashion illustration. I am struggling a bit with both the "fashion" and the "illustration" aspects.

While I love fashion in the personal sense (I like shopping and dressing up) I don't pay much attention in the broader sense. Perhaps also it is a bit too open ended and I have too many ideas. How can I possible pick just one design? And once I pick one, what if it looks terrible or boring after I spend a lot of time on it.

The illustration part is difficult too. I don't consider myself a bad drawer (except for I still can't get my faces to not be terrifying) but I know what good drawing is and mine is not it. It is frustrating when what ends up on the paper is not a fair representation of what is in my head.

The cure for both is clearly more practice, and luckily it is a lot of fun to draw. It is fun to turn an idea into something concrete and to play with how small changes can make a big difference.

Cookbook Review: Super Natural Every Day

Now that I'm not working, I have a lot more free time and have started cooking more. I love baking but I am much better at baking dessert than at actually cooking dinner (I am also much better at eating dessert). I have more mixed feelings about cooking. Sometimes it is super fun and delicious, sometimes I make a huge mess of it.

As part of a way to help pick out recipes, I've started picking just one cookbook for the week and trying out several recipes from it. This week was Super Natural Every Day by Heidi Swanson. She also does the blog 101 Cookbooks which I really enjoy and have used before on this blog (Sesame Tempeh Salad).

Overall, I like the cookbook. It is vegetarian and very focused on vegetables. For that reason, and the fact that it is very natural food/health focused, I found the dinners a little unsatisfying. I'm not interested in putting in a ton of work for "Dilled Green Beans with Seitan". The recipes were mostly straightforward but did have a tendency to require atypical ingredients, such as Pomegranate Molasses used in "Pomegranate-Glazed Eggplant with Tempeh".

Hello again!

It is a little embarrassing to see my last post beginning "Happy 2013" considering we are in 2015 now. However, we mustn't dwell in the past!

I started out this 2015 rather inauspiciously, being the most sick I have been in a very long time: fever, sore throat, headache, the whole shebang. I spent most of the very beginning of 2015 asleep.

Despite the poor start, I'm very excited for this year and it has some big changes for me. My last day at Amazon was on January 2 and I am now enjoying the freedom of being unemployed. I enjoyed my time at Amazon (not the least being the opportunity to meet a certain fellow developer) but was feeling unsatisfied. Maybe it is something like the 7 year itch (6.5 years in the tech industry), getting burnt out, or getting just not taking enough care of myself.

Rather than turn entirely into a slug, I decided to pursue something I've always been interested in but never had a chance to fully explore: costume design. I've always loved costumes and have been interested in making them (done sketches and things) since I was little. I enrolled in some sewing and fashion design classes to improve my skill and so far I am loving it. Getting an opportunity to be hands on, make things, and learn new skills is great.

Part of reviving this blog is to have a place to share what I'm working on, and hopefully hold myself accountable. I don't want this "sabbatical", as my mother is calling it, to be an extended vacation. Rather, I want it to be an opportunity to explore and accomplish things I didn't have time to before. To that end, I'm going to attempt to post at least once a week with what I'm working on. I promise there will be some baking related posts, for sure, but also more posts about my other projects. Since I am already behind (damn cold), here is a summary of the classes I am taking.