I started my photo challenge post for the “escape” theme, but between track meets, orchestra concerts and work obligations, it has stagnated (due to it becoming a bit more elaborate of a post than I had planned, as I spent time reflecting on, or perhaps planning, my escape). . . . But, while replying to comments (as a procrastination strategy in response to my other obligations), John at From the Bartolini Kitchens reminded me of an easy weeknight recipe I like to make when time is limited (when I don’t have time to make the really delicious ideas posted by John!).
Pasta with Brie, Mushrooms and Arugula — just ignore the stray dog hair that found its way into the bowl . . . such is life in Kat’s house.
In less than half an hour, dinner is on the table by making Pasta with Brie, Mushrooms and Arugula, one of Real Simple magazine’s recipes. My entire family enjoys this recipe, and it is easy to change up, perhaps by adding a little garlic and prosciutto next time? The brie with white cooking wine creates a light creamy sauce without becoming too heavy, and that sharp bite of baby arugula is always tasty. I used baby portabella mushrooms (you know, the other dark meat) which I think added a bit more flavor than regular button mushrooms. A mix of mushrooms could be a nice addition, as well.
This recipe has found its way into my tried and true recipe binder for repeat use. If you give it a try with some twists of your own, I would love to hear about them!
Ciao! ~ Kat
While climbing Giotto’s Bell Tower (Campanile di Giotto) in Florence, Italy, I could appreciate the patterns covering the Duomo as I peeked through the windows of the winding stone stairwell.
Climbing the 414 steps of the Tower provides such an incredible overview of Florence’s many patterns — from the red-tiled rooftops to the colorful marble exterior of the Duomo. I could not share just one photo with so many rich patterns to choose from!
Click on any photo in the gallery to start the slide show.
Giotto’s Bell Tower
The many patterns of the Duomo
Viewing the Duomo from the Bell Tower
Looking down on the Baptistery
Florence from inside the Bell Tower
The Duomo, the City, the surrounding hills
Red-tiled roof patterns
Patterns of rustic red and gold
Making all 414 steps worth it!
Ciao! ~ Kat
This post was in response to the Daily Post’s Weekly Photo Challenge. ”Pattern” was this week’s theme. Everyone is welcome to join in the Challenge; further details on how to participate and links to others’ responses are found here.
“It is from numberless diverse acts of courage and belief that human history is shaped. Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring, those ripples build a current that can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance.” ~ Robert F. Kennedy
I try to avoid politics and divisive topics on this blog, but because I view this subject as one of human rights rather than politics, I am sending out this message of hope and support as Minnesota’s House of Representatives debates and votes today on extending the freedom to marry to same-sex couples. Hoping that Minnesota continues its tradition of inclusion and equality.
Ciao! ~ Kat
The Bohemians gathered and partied until one of their own crashed the event and ended the fun, all on a Sunday afternoon in northern Minnesota.
The coast is clear — party time!
Calling to his friends, the party invitation is issued.
One, two, three, four . . . let’s get this party started!
Incoming . . . party crasher!
The remaining guests look miffed, as the party crasher remained unconcerned.
Bohemian Waxwings are such handsome birds; often confused with Cedar Waxwings, the rusty-orange undertails of this group of birds collecting at the water dish confirmed they were the larger Bohemian variety. A handy guide for telling the two varieties apart can be found on the 10,000 Birds website. During the fall and spring migration seasons, we often have large groups of waxwings congregating in our crabapple and mountain ash trees, gorging themselves until they are intoxicated on the berries.
The late spring or extended winter (depending on whether you’re a glass half-full versus glass half-empty kind of person) has resulted in extended migration patterns for a large variety of birds, making for some interesting sights and birdwatching. As I ran errands yesterday, I was treated to the awesome vision of what appeared to be over 100 white pelicans circling overhead, twisting and turning on the wind currents — akin to a murmuration on a smaller scale (although large groups of pelicans are referred to as “squadrons” or “pods” rather than “murmurations”). It brought to mind that captivating starling murmuration video, recorded by two young women from their canoe:
Take the time to let the simple wonder of nature touch you at least once every day.
Ciao! ~ Kat
The moon shining like a beacon from high above, a night-light casting that magical bluish light throughout the trees surrounding me . . .
Ciao! ~ Kat
This post was in response to the Daily Post’s Weekly Photo Challenge. ”From Above” was this week’s theme. Everyone is welcome to join in the Challenge; further details on how to participate and links to others’ responses are found here.