Happy 4th of July

Some Quotes:

If our Founding Fathers wanted us to care about the rest of the world, they wouldn’t have declared their independence from it — Stephen Colbert

All people are born alike. Except Republicans and Democrats – Groucho Marx

Ninety eight percent of the adults in this country are decent, hardworking, honest Americans. It’s the other lousy two percent that get all the publicity. But then, we elected them – Lily Tomlin

I see Americans of every party, every background, every faith who believe that we are stronger together: black, white, Latino, Asian, Native American; young, old; gay, straight; men, women, folks with disabilities, all pledging allegiance under the same proud flag to this big, bold country that we love. That’s what I see. That’s the America I know! – Barack Obama

 

 

 

 

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Happy Birthday Canada

Still young at 151!Some quotes past and present:

In a world darkened by ethnic conflicts that tear nations apart, Canada stands as a model of how people of different cultures can live and work together in peace, prosperity, and mutual respect – Bill Clinton

When I’m in Canada, I feel this is what the world should be like – Jane Fonda

Geography has made us neighbors. History has made us friends. Economics has made us partners. And necessity has made us allies. Those whom nature hath so joined together, let no man put asunder. What unites us is far greater than what divides us – John F. Kennedy, 1961

When I was crossing the border into Canada, they asked if I had any firearms with me. I said, Well, what do you need? – Stephen Wright

Canadians are generally indistinguishable from Americans, and the surest way of telling the two apart is to make the observation to a Canadian– Richard Staines

Canada has never been a melting-pot; more like a tossed salad – Arnold Edinborough

Your majesty, I thank you from the bottom of my heart, and Madame Houde thanks you from her bottom too
– Montreal Mayor Camillien Houde, in 1939 to King George VI

 

Food: Cravings

Simple. Savory. Satisfying.

You need only a few key ingredients to whip something up in a pinch.

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Photo: d. king 1)penne 2)scrambled eggs

These simple worthy recipes for breakfast lunch and/or dinner use only three (or four) savory ingredients – an old standby of sour cream, chives and bacon no less.  On their own they’re pretty dull, but collectively they add a powerful punch to some dishes.  Something definitely to consider but maybe not to incorporate into a steady diet.

I can’t remember the last time I went out and actually bought bacon in a store because I usually reserve bacon as a side for occasional Sunday brunch.  However I was cross border shopping and ended up buying a box of uncured fully-cooked apple smoked bacon at Trader Joe’s.  I don’t know; just had a craving. And I hate frying up bacon because of all the rendered fat and this one only needed a few seconds in a microwave or frypan.  The problem is, then you have to use it up in a  relatively short time span.

For a few days I made the most delicious BLT sandwiches, but I switched the lettuce for avocado so it became a BAT instead.  So yummy with beefsteak tomatoes, good bread and mayo.

I probably won’t eat bacon for a while now, but if you have a craving as I did, here are a few easy ideas to help use it up. With sour cream and chives of course.

Breakfast Bourdain style:

Anthony Bourdain’s Scrambled Eggs

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Cook time: 10 mins Total time: 10 mins Serves: 2 servings

Here chopped bacon is fried until crisp.  Eggs are whisked and added to pan (sans milk or water). When eggs are finished cooking, a dollop of sour cream is stirred into the eggs, along with chopped chives or green onions.  It works and tastes incredibly good.

INGREDIENTS

  • 1/2 cup sliced bacon (about 2 slices of thick-cut or more depending)
  • 4 eggs, whisked
  • salt & pepper
  • 2 Tbsp chopped chives
  • 2 Tbsp sour cream

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Heat a medium or large pan (nonstick if you have it) over medium-high heat.
  2. Add bacon to pan and cook, stirring frequently, until bacon is crispy, about 4-5 minutes (if using regular).
  3. Lower heat and drain some of the bacon fat.
  4. Add eggs to pan, stirring constantly, and when set, remove from heat.
  5. Stir in sour cream, chives and season with salt & pepper to taste.

Lunch: Penne pasta with sour cream, bacon and chives 

INGREDIENTS for two (or four as a side)

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  • 8 ounces short pasta (penne, ziti, etc)
  • 6 slices bacon, chopped and cooked until crispy
  • 1/2 stick butter at room temperature
  • 1 cup sour cream at room temperature
  • Chives, chopped

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Cook pasta according to package directions and drain. Return to the hot pasta pot.
  2. Put the pot on the lowest heat setting on your stove and stir in butter and sour cream. Stir until both are melted and combined into the pasta.
  3. Stir in chives and cooked bacon.
  4. Serve at once.

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Dinner: Baked Potato

Whatever you’re having with a side of baked potato.  Tell me you don’t need any instructions on this. OR; even better: just a fully-loaded baked potato with added stuff like broccoli and cheese.  I know you want to!

We all have to satisfy our cravings.  Okay; I’m done!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Style: Summer Essential

Flip Flops

It’s June 21st, the official first day of Summer

What better time to chill out, unwind and get in a flip flop state of mind – the ultimate casual summer shoe. Not just a shoe, but a way of life.

Granted you cannot or should not wear flip flops to a board meeting, wedding or funeral, but you can definitely wear them with a skirt or dress.  Not just for the beach anymore.

Have fun with the zillion variety of designs and colors out there.

Flip Flop images: Havaianas

The HyperRealistic ART of Omar Ortiz

The opposite of Abstract

Omar Ortizborn in Guadalajara, Mexico (1977) where he still resides.

His paintings are surreal.  His work is characterized as minimalistic – described as hyperrealism where the human body is predominate, done in oil with texture-filled backgrounds.  He has also worked with pastels, charcoal, watercolor, acrylics, and airbrushing.

Omar describes his work:

“Since I started painting I have always tried to represent things as real as I can.  Sometimes I succeed and sometimes not, but it’s a fact that it is very difficult for me to do the opposite.  I really enjoy the challenge of reproducing skin tones under natural light and the nuances that it gives us, particularly in bright conditions.  I like to keep simplicity in my pieces since I believe that excess make us poorer rather than rich.”

Art moves us.  Everyone should be in agreement with this.  While we may not all agree on liking a specific piece enough to want to hang it in our home, we can admire the work for what it is and the dedication involved in bringing something to life and/or giving us something to ponder.  Everyone can visualize something different in abstract, but in realism everyone sees the same – it’s like looking in the mirror (technically speaking).

Feel-good Friday: to hear a Mockingbird

Every single morning while I was away I woke up to the intriguing sounds of what appeared to be many different types of songbirds right outside my window.  Not only birds, but frog sounds too.  

While there were plenty of other types of birds in the area, especially dainty little hummingbirds, the pleasurable noise as it turns out was made by one ordinary looking little bird.  And now I know the name of the specific type of bird – it was a mockingbird.  Which makes sense since it made a variety of sounds mocking other animals and noises, even that of a car alarm (heard in this video).  On my phone video the sounds are awesome but the picture didn’t come out very clearly so instead I found one on youtube (below).  I also came across one that calls out a dog’s name.  Amazing creatures.

After listening to these captivating sounds it made me question why in the world anyone would want to kill one.  Kiss one maybe.

WATCH:

Then I came across a post I did 3 years ago re: birds of a feather from photos I’d taken of birds from my travels:

https://girlwhowouldbeking.com/2014/10/17/feel-good-friday-birds-of-a-feather/

And I came to this conclusion….

Birds are Paradise

Beauty – Kate Somerville

Spotlight on: Kate Somerville ExfoliKate Glow Moisturizer

Included in the Rachel Zoe Summer “Box of Style.”

A moisturizer that has an exfoliant to make your face glow?  This just might be the perfect product!  – d. king

Once referred to as a “shopaholic” (although not really) I hardly shop at all anymore.  At least not in the actual stores.  I love that many products now find their way to me from like minded people who carefully select high quality ingredients that are most likely to maintain a good reputation once reviewed.  I mean what would be the fun of trying products you’re not excited about?   

“My skin never can be hydrated enough. This product is one of my latest obsessions—I apply it a few times a day for an instant refresh and an immediate glow.” – xoRZ

  • 1.7 fl. oz.
  • Key Ingredients: Glycolic & Lactic Acids, Pineapple, Pumpkin, Papaya Enzymes. and Napol Cactus Fruit Extract
  • Reduces the appearance of dullness and uneven skin texture to reveal beautiful, glowing skin.

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