FLOWERS, WORK IN PROGRESS + 45/52

autumn flowers
autumn flowers
This little corner of the internet has been screaming for attention lately, I know..  The lack of sleep from the past months plus many other things gathered together don’t really make me feel like I am above water with all I have to juggle.  Thank you for having patience with me and for still visiting this place.  I won’t lie, the thought of quitting this blog came to my mind a few times, mostly when I feel overwhelmed knowing the things that I would like to do and the things that I can actually do.  I am learning to take things slowly thought and I will get the hang of it somehow.

I try keeping fresh flowers in the apartment because as much as I love the holiday season I don’t want for fall to go away yet, not just yet..

I have been prioritizing and postponing some of my personal projects for 2015 since this year is almost gone.  You can see a sneak peek of an 10″x 14″ illustration that I am working on right now. Here is the first sketch, from a few months ago.
work in progress / november 2014
work in progress / november 2014 Sammy + Emma:  They are a handful and so incredibly cute too.  I will blink once and Emma will be one year old, blink again and Sammy will be a teenager.  I do wish there would be a pause button to keep still some of these sweet moments that go away so fast, but I guess pictures are pretty good too. :)
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NOVEMBER CALENDAR

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line-2Hope you will enjoy this new calendar with a warm cup of coffee/tea/chocolate! Have a beautiful November everyone! :)

“What is real is not the external form, but the essence of things… it is impossible for anyone to express anything essentially real by imitating its exterior surface.”

~ Brancusi ~

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Sammy: It’s really hard for him to stay still.  –  Emma: It’s really hard for her not to look cute.

BEET SOUP

beet soup
beet soup

Let me share with you one of our favorite, healthy, rich and delicious comfort soup recipe that works perfectly with this cooling weather.  I shared the photo above on Instagram a couple of weeks ago and I have been asked for the recipe ever since.  Everybody in our family loves it and honestly it’s really easy to make.  I am not following any specific recipe, I have been adapting it over the years and I usually make a bigger pot so that we can have it as left overs for 1-2 days.  The amount of veggies can vary too, depending on your preference. If you like the soup lighter, add less vegetables, I usually add a lot of them and the soup it’s pretty thick.

BEET SOUP / For proximately 5 Liters/ 170 Oz of water, you will need:

3 tablespoons olive or sunflower oil

1 medium onion, peeled and finely chopped

2 large beets, peeled and chopped

2-3 potatoes, peeled and chopped

3-4 carrots, peeled and chopped

a little piece of celery root, peeled and chopped

1 parsley root, peeled and chopped

a few ribs of celery, sliced

fresh parsley leaves, chopped

2-3 tablespoons vinegar

salt and freshly ground pepper

sour cream

DIRECTIONS: Heat the oil in the pot on low heat, place the chopped onion and cook for a few minutes until soft but not browned. Stir in beets, and cook for 1 minute. Add the rest of the chopped/sliced vegetables and water and leave everything to boil (around 20-30 min) on medium heat, stirring occasionally.  Season lightly with salt and freshly ground pepper.  Once the vegetables are tender, remove from the heat and add 2-3 tablespoons of vinegar. Allow the soup to cool slightly and serve it with 1-2 spoons of sour cream, a few chopped parsley leaves and s+p according to taste.

Enjoy! If you have any questions please let me know! Hope you will give it a try! :)