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The Canon G9X reminds me of my grandfather’s old camera, especially in this nifty case. It’s a great camera, but there’s no viewfinder… which kind of kills the whole nostalgic feel of it.  But it sure takes a pretty picture.

Another go at the Sprinkles red velvet for a work function. 

Red house on a Snow Day. 

And the Snow Moon.  I set the tripod out on the back porch, froze my butt off and this is the best I could do. The elusive moon never looks more beautiful than in your eye. 

A patient male cardinal in winter waiting for lunch.

Another male cardinal, all bright and vivid, probably gets more of the cardinal ladies.  

The posterize setting with the stud cardinal.  

I take the train at the crack of dawn and get to watch Brooklyn wake up.

Water and air in Asbury Park.

 

Another school recess has started! So I must clear my plate for new offerings and doings. 2016 is moving fast. Let’s stop and look for a moment.

Green means go.IMG_6409

Flat iron.IMG_6394

Building Brooklyn buildingsIMG_6415

Open-faced beet and tahiniIMG_6449

Switching buttonsIMG_6582

Trial for classroom Valentine activity
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Success!
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Life merging has paperwork.
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2016 is 1/12 complete.

January is new routines inside old comforts, like the best vegan chocolate chip cookies: your own.IMG_5977

It’s taking care… with a Long Island rec. center membership bonus: nobody in the sauna with you.
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It is having fire with the snow… with tempeh.IMG_6159

It’s inspiration from the ground; the potato plays nicely with everybody.
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It’s ever-expanding comfort zones.
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It’s morning walks.
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It’s wrapped in pink sometimes.IMG_6255

It’s watching the show from the window seat…IMG_6243

and staying on the sunny side.IMG_6286

Finding your roots…IMG_6329

in all its different colors. (Blankoma or white beets are super sweet and less Earthy. Why have I never had these before?)IMG_6332

It’s taking what you need from before, and tucking the rest neatly in colorful boxes. So there’s room for more…PicMonkey Collage

Beautiful snow striations.IMG_5039

Winter’s last word.IMG_5069

Dumping peaks.IMG_5071

Blackstrap yolk.IMG_5074

Who dun it?IMG_5082

M.O.B.‘s California burger in Brooklyn.IMG_5112

Carrot poker chips.IMG_5168

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Winter Storm blizzard Juno had us homebound.
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Though trusted Lonnie predicted many more inches, the final accumulation was about 10″.IMG_4358

It barely hit the garden gnome’s knees.IMG_4372

Of course the shoveled pile was much more impressive.IMG_4394

For lunch, scratch-made seitan.IMG_4374

And chocolate brownies to get rid of the DandiesIMG_4398

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IMG_6317And BOOM, it’s mid-February. 2014 has been exhausting thus far. Partly because I work in a field that has been changing since I entered it. The cyclical lulls of ebb and flow that most jobs have don’t exist in teaching. New York City teachers have to be in constant motion. A new teacher evaluation system, new national standards, and the role of standardized tests are huge burdens, not to mention just trying to teach the children, nurture their emotional development, and help build their social intelligence. By 3pm, I am ready to run home. By Thursday I’m usually spent, wrung out. And this winter weather has added to everyone’s ability to make the best of the day.

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IMG_6443Unfortunately my dear blog has been mostly neglected during this winter hustle and bustle. But with a week off to decompress, I’m ready to spend more time with you, dear blog. And we’ll be back in the high life again. Steve Winwood.

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What a delight to get a snow day on what would be my second day back at school! While we were snowed in, I took care of business. Like making a hearty breakfast: vegan French toast! PicMonkey Collage2Nevermind running out to the grocery store to pick up milk and eggs before the storm, this French toast requires neither. And what a way to use up the rest of the bread.

DSC_0006These are perfect little French toast bites. Add some Earth Balance and maple syrup and I can eat a dangerous length of bread. Save some for later and they taste like fast food french toast sticks out of the nuker. Secretly good.

PicMonkey Collage1With temperatures dropping to the single digits, we took in the outside cats, much to the upheavel of our 3 resident cats. The huge ginger cat, aka The Big Galoot and the sweet little fluffy girl who’s been tugging at my heartstrings, aka Hippie Frank.

IMG_6093Parking lot snow mountain.

DSC_0073My garden, winterized. Happy Snow Day!

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The “Blizzard of 2013” came and left us with a covering of cotton white.IMG_2680

In moon boots and pajamas, I checked it out.IMG_2686

Vitamix fun: white bean artichoke cilantro pestoPicMonkey Collage5And fool-proof roasted Brussels.

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Beets two ways. Veggie-Go’s fruit leather. (Best. 15 calories. Ever.)PicMonkey CollageRoasted beets. I drooled on my shirt when I rotated them in the pan.

Scalloped potatoes a la mandoline.PicMonkey Collage2Creamy, herbed potatoes will help me face the work week.

House-made seitan.PicMonkey Collage3Bring on Monday!

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