Lists: Food

I am a serial list maker. I collect and hoard them. I like to check things off too. I made these lists a couple months ago--how have I done so far?

dishes + desserts i want to make this year

1. gluten-free strawberry napoleons
2. semifreddo (HONEY SEMIFREDDO. Ice cream you can easily make without an ice cream maker.)
3. frozen yogurt pops (VANILLA FROZEN YOGURT. Heavenly. I need to make this again, without the vanilla.)
4. taquitos (Joy of Cooking. Another winner.)
5. tamales
6. chicken mole (Cooking Light--chocolate and chicken? Everyone was happy. Really.)
7. thai basil curry
8. saffron rice
9. gluten-free granola
10. gluten-free cakes like bob's red mill

ingredients i want to try this year
1. currants/currant jelly (TRIED IT--it's supposed to be delicious in fruit tarts, which I haven't tried yet)
2. parmigiano reggiano (TRYING IT--everything feels fancier when I grate a little over the top)
3. vanilla bean
4. black japonica rice
5. creme fraiche
6. goat cheese (again)
7. figs (again) (I was going to pass, but I gave in and bought a box. They were a treat on their own, though I do recommend figs with sweetened ricotta as well)
8. prosciutto (I ended up with Serrano, and we would eat it in something again)
9. maseca

red balloons

My life is full of beautiful, fragile elements. I am a mother. I am a wife. I am a collector. I am a writer. I am lucky to hold such a beautiful bouquet of balloons.
Welcome to my creative journal, my collection of projects, ideas, and attempts in many creative fields. Film. Food. Handmade. Design. Photography. Sewing. Raising my children. This last one may be the most creative endeavor of all.
My hope is to organize myself enough to learn more, and to dedicate more time to writing. I also hope to do more creative and fun activities with my kids.
My sister-in-law shared this lovely quote with me, and it has stuck--
"Let us then, be up and doing. With a heart for any fate; Still achieving, still pursuing, Learn to labor and to wait." Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Here's to new beginnings, to focusing, to seeking new skills, to being more organized, to being more creative, and to doing creative things. Most of all here's to doing.