of hats, flashes and wine

to my mother who is always encouraging, gently pushing me to be creative (“why aren’t you taking pictures and blogging………??!”), and helping me to look outside of myself. She always surprises me with her incredibly deep thoughts and perspectives, and is especially one of my favorite people to open a bottle of prosecco with. join us sometime.

thanks for letting me borrow your flash and lenses, ma. they are kinda cool.

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remnants from fall

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a hat

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flashes of acorn

 

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night

brushing teeth

brushing teeth

waiting for matt to come home–late classes on tuesday.

tired of looking through bad papers that make me want to rewrite them and tell the student “this is what writing is.”

or telling them that they need to spell “psychology” correctly,  because you really don’t want your paper to be about “christianity and phycology (the study or algae)” or about “christianity and physiology (the study of living systems’ functions–this could be a decent paper topic).”

scribbling in note books. checking numbers. just sitting here. waiting.

listening to the jane eyre soundtrack. love dario marianelli.

been working a lot on wedding projects for my sister. the ring and date have been set.

matt is enjoying classes. ordered books keep blocking my front door. no more books. my dad is never going to help us move again.

been reading wilkin’s women of the word. i greatly recommend it. opening my eyes to looking at scripture historically and culturally. training me to have different objectives to reading and applying. it would be so much easier to read and check it off my list. but it is good to be challenged and take a new approach.

we love atlanta. it has been lovely not to have it feel like a big city, living in decatur. but there are plenty of “big city” things to do when we get the itch.

we’re attending our first life group tomorrow night. being the new people again definitely lends a lot of perspective. however, it has been nice to not jump back into crazy.

we have sent in all our paper work. taken all our tests. waiting for the ok to get fingerprinted and start our home study. ready to have babies under our roof.

maddie's block prints with my necklaces sitting on top

maddie’s block prints with my necklaces sitting on top

let’s talk indian food

pencil wall at SCAD

pencil wall at SCAD

for a while now, my mom and i have been cooking the best naan in town. and i know all of you who have tried it have felt the same. so without further ado, i now present you with the magical naan key to unlock your wildest longings for butter and carbs.

indian-style flatbread “naan” from the best international recipes:

(makes 8, 6-7 in. breads)

2 3/4 cups bread flour, plus extra as needed

2 1/4 t. instant or rapid rise yeast

2 t. sugar

salt

1 cup water, room temperature

1/4 cup plain yogurt

1 T. olive oil, plus extra for bowl

combine dry ingredients in stand up mixer. mix until blended. add water, yogurt and olive oil on low speed until shaggy dough forms (30 seconds- make sure you have your dough hook on). turn mixer to medium speed. knead for about 8 minutes until dough is smooth and glossy. add addition 1 T. increments of flour while kneading until bowl sides are clear.

transfer dough to clean surface and knead for a minute. shape into ball and place in oiled bowl for 45 minutes to an hour. at this time you can punch the dough down and wrap in plastic wrap for up to two days (sometimes we like to do this, so with each meal you are eating fresh naan). or…

cut dough into 8 equal portions. roll into balls. cover and let sit 10 minutes. for each ball, roll flat with a pin into a 6 inch circle, dusting with flour if sticky. set aside. heat skillet to medium to high heat. work with one piece of dough at a time. stretch dough slightly and lay onto skillet. cook until small bubbles appear (30 seconds) and flip. cook until bottom is speckled and deep golden brown in spots. brush with butter (and i like garlic salt too!). finish cooking the rest and eat. eat. eat.

-my mom uses her huge pancake/sandwich electric griddle for this, so that you can cook 4-5 naan at the same time.

-also, these reheat on the stove really well. furthermore, making a double batch is always a huge plus: carb and butter heaven.

 

saag paneer (my ultimate favorite) from food.com

1 t. turmeric
1/2 t. cayenne
salt
3 T. plus 1 1/2 tablespoons vegetable oil
12 ounces paneer, cut into 1 in. squares
1 (16-ounce package) frozen chopped spinach
1 medium white onion, finely chopped
1 (1-inch thumb) ginger, peeled and minced (about 1 tablespoon)
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 large green serrano chile, finely chopped (seeds removed if you don’t like it spicy!)
1/2 t. garam masala
2 t. ground coriander
1 t. ground cumin
1/2 cup plain yogurt
whisk together the turmeric, cayenne, 1 teaspoon salt and 3 tablespoons oil. drop in the cubes of paneer and gently toss, taking care not to break the cubes. let marinade while prep everything else. thaw spinach. puree in a food processor until smooth or chop up finely. heat pan to medium heat, and add the paneer as the pan warms. after a few minutes, give the pan a toss; each piece of paneer should be browned on one side. fry a little longer and then move paneer to plate.
add the remaining 1 1/2 tablespoons oil to the pan to fry the onions, ginger, garlic and chile. saute the mixture until it’s evenly toffee-coloured (15 minutes). if you feel like the mixture is drying out, add a couple of tablespoons of water. add the garam masala, coriander and cumin. sprinkle a little water to keep the spices from burning, if you haven’t already. Cook, stirring often (3 to 5 minutes). add the spinach and stir well, incorporating the spiced onion mixture into the spinach. Add a little salt and 1/2 cup of water, stir, and cook about 5 minutes with the lid off.turn the heat off. add the yogurt, a little at a time to keep it from curdling and then add the paneer. turn the heat back on, cover and cook until everything is warmed through (5 minutes).