Happy weekend to everyone.
I had a great, happy, productive week and it calls for Denise’s happiness project.
It all started last Saturday with my dad birthday party that is a huge thing every since I can remember. After college (or maybe even during college) he decided to throw a big annual gathering every Saturday after his birthday inviting all his college buddies. And throughout his life more people got invited and some didn’t show up anymore. I grew up with this scenario and I just love it. I meet those people every year. Some I don’t even know their names but somehow its just right. You take part in each other’s life maybe just for this one night.
I had time to walk around the neighborhood taking pictures. Well, actually I didn’t feel like taking pictures but had an assignment for my photo class. And isn’t it great that inspiration comes when you least expect it? I was suddenly seeing so many interesting lines and found so many perspectives of this one building I stumbled across. I love this. And the weather was nice too – crisp winter air.
Another thing I started this week – again – was using my yoga app. I woke up with back pain and decided to give it try again. Isn’t it amazing how fast one (me!) forgets how helpful, relaxing, good something is? So I did yoga two days in a row and hope to do more of it in the future.
A few other things happened for me this week that left me optimistic and energized (like this Shrimp Pak Choi Risotto with Coconut milk) but they don’t fit in here right now.
Overall I am happy. And I look forward to the weekend. Are you doing anything fun?
Did you know I love love love risotto? Well I do. And that is probably the only reason I would agree to walk into an Italian restaurant. Because pizza… not my thing. Not at all. Maybe once a year. Pasta ok, but than I can do this at home any day. For years I thought – and was told – risotto is so hard to cook and it takes forever. Well, guess what: not true.
I only make risotto when I am cooking for my own. The lastest risotto I made was this awesome Shrimp Risotto with Pak Choi and coconut milk. To die for. Really.
You know what’s surprising to me: it’s the first risotto recipe on craftaliciousme. How did that happen? I’ve so many yummy recipes and improvise even more. So it’s time to post this one.
Shrimp Risotto with Pak Choi
You need the following ingredients when you cook for one really hungry person (me!) or it would work for two when there is a dessert later on.
♥ 1 shallot
♥ 1 cm of ginger
♥ 2 tbsp olive oil
♥ 100 g risotto rice
♥ 250 ml strong vegetable broth
♥ 100 ml coconut milk
♥ 4 shrimps
♥ 1 pak choi
♥ chilli powder
♥ 1/2 lime
1. Peel and finely dice shallot and ginger.
2. Heat oil in a pot. Add shallot and ginger. When shallot glazes over add shrimp and fry a bit more. Now add risotto rice and let glaze over.
3. Add broth and coconut milk one bit after another. ( I am way too impatient to do this and usually dump it all in at once. Don’t know what the difference would be.) Reduce heat and let simmer until liquids re absorbed (approx. 20 min).
4. Wash pak choi and cut into strips. 5 minutes before rice is done add the stem pieces to the risotto. Let cook for remaining time.
5. Add salt and chill powder to taste as well as leaves of the pak choi and grated parmesan.
6. Set table and risotto is done.
Enjoy your risotto. I could eat it for breakfast. Really it’s so yummy. Do you have a favorite risotto recipe? Please leave a link in the comments I would love to venture and try new ones.
Every one of you who has read more than one post here knows I am winter crazy.
So it should not surprise that I am beyond excited when I see the tiniest snowflake.
A couple weekends ago I woke up and snowflakes were dancing in the air. After having a quick coffee I grabbed my camera and went to the park.
My mission: catching the untampered winter wonderland. Unfortunately I was not the only one with this idea. The park was filled with morning joggers, dog walkers and excited kids sledding down every available rise in the ground.
I craved for some quietness and alone time but obviously that wasn’t going to happen… the perks of living in a city.
Anyhow I went some lonelier pathes, and came a across a few birds feeding on seeds someone had left.
I am usually not so much into birds and animals but I found it interesting and challenging to try to snap a good picture. It was tough. These are my best shots.
After two hours or so the park became even busier, my stomach louder and my feet colder so I headed back home for breakfast.
I want to repeat my snow walk in the park on a weekday hoping for more solitude. So please snow, come and delight us again.
Have you taken a snowy winter walk? What’s your favorite place to go?
Happy snow wandering
I started in a slow Saturday over here.
Sleeping in, drinking a coffee while reading an article in an older flow magazine and just enjoying the stray snowflakes outside.
And my thoughts went back to last week and it was a happy one.
First of all: SNOW. It started with a photo tour through the park on Sunday morning before breakfast. I spent hours trying to capture birds and snowflakes. And then more snow on Wednesday where I walked to my appointments just to be on the dancing snowflakes.
Then second: I took a ton of pictures. I am not sure if I have mentioned it here on the blog but I started a photo class at the community college in November. Every other week we get homework and have to work on a project. This past week and was trying to catch up on 2,5 tasks. We just started with architecture photography and here is one of the many shots I took.
It was a beautiful day out. I ones again realized how happy it makes me to be outside, walk and look directionless through my neighborhood. I also managed to get in a ton of steps which made me pretty happy too.
And then I took time to cook myself some lovely meals this week. I am usually too lazy or have to make something we both eat. This week I came up with an awesome Shrimp Pak Choi Risotto. Stay tunes, the recipe will appear on the blog.
As you can see my week has been blessed. Hope yours has been too.
Now of to Denise to check out more happiness.
I just realized it’s been ages since my last recycle quick tip.
Last year I was lucky to win one of Annette’s calendars. Well 2016 is over and I really thought the calendar was too cute to just hand it over to the trash bin. So: What to do with old calendars? I asked myself.
While I was writing down my goals – one being to write birthday cards to every person this year as I have been doing back in 2015 – an idea struck me.
Why not make postcards…
Well the how to is too easy but still here it is:
- find an old postcard for measurements
- get out a craft knife and cutting mat
- Figure out what part of the calendar you want to use
- cut away
- draw the backside – remember to meet legal requirements, you don’t want your card to be returned to you.
Here you find German requirements.
- write postcard and make someone happy
Well that’s what I did with my calendar. I also have a couple nice photo calendars which will be put into frames.
What your you doing with old calendars? Let me know in the comments.
I’ll be adding this quick DIY to Herzblutprojekte and Wow me Wednesday. Go check them out to find more inspiration!