Monday, July 28, 2014

Goblin Grits: Raw Almond Cacao Snack

Goblins don't show up in the human realm too often, but whenever they do, they're often on add journeys looking for places to stay. If yours is ever a house they come knocking on, perhaps you'd like to go a step further than providing a bed and whip up a snack to enjoy together (just, whatever you do, don't offer them tea). It just so happens goblins are some of chocolate's biggest fans, probably because it fuels their souls (much like humans)--and Silkworm and I got our hands on one of their favorite recipes.

1/2 cup almonds (raw or roasted is fine)
1/2 or 1 TBSP maple syrup
1/2 or 1 TBSP coconut oil
1 or 2 TBSP cocoa, cacao, or carob powder
Pinch of salt
Pinch of cinnamon (optional)
Food processor or blender

*Makes 1 serving.

Step One: Use your food processor or blender to grind the almonds alone first. You want them to be as chopped up as you can possibly get them, ideally most of them the size of a large grain of sand with a few itty bitty pebbles here and there. It is very important to do this step first or getting the right texture will be nearly impossible! Some food processors have a hard time grinding almonds down into tiny bits when they're wet.

Step Two: Add the rest of the ingredients and blend again until everything is evenly incorporated. The texture should be like sticky cereal or something I'm at a loss of words to explain. Fall-y apart-y.

No need to serve with a spoon, they'll eat with their hands.

- Drizzle melted chocolate on top and refrigerate to harden.
- Make the mixture thicker by adding a bit of coconut oil and roll it into balls, which you can then coat in melted chocolate to make truffles.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Nineteen: Week 6

I'm documenting being 19 years old with a 365 photo project--one photo for everyday of my twentieth year. Click here to find out more.

Day 35
July 18, 2014

Day 36
July 19, 2014

Day 37
July 20, 2014

Day 38
July 21, 2014

Day 39
July 22, 2014

Day 40
July 23, 2014

Day 41
July 24, 2014*

We're giving up.

We don't mind. We photographed the sunset last night thinking, "This is gonna be lovely for Day 41!" and it felt icky thinking that for some reason. It spoiled it in a way. We just wanted the sunset to be a sunset and not Day 41.

But have no fear; we're not gonna stop taking way too many pictures for our own good! Naturally, we'll keep posting those from our relevant adventures here, and we also post a lot of never-before-seen stuff on our Tumblr, too, whenever we can't work it into this blog. And there's always our Instagram, which we'll be back to updating regularly once we find a decent smartphone to spend all me monies on because my iPod's battery is essentially officially dead.

Anyway, these past six weeks were fun, but we're finished--and it's a good thing, because I have a feeling putting an end to this 365 is going to make for a surge of untamed inspiration in no time.

Chalking the Streets with Truths

Silkworm and I took my mom's bike (Lucy, my bike, is feeling a little under the weather and has to go in for a check-up) to the bay to write our favorite quote in the shoulder of the street with chalk. It took about six pieces of chalk in total but only less than ten minutes to get it all down, because we were racing what looked like a mini storm brewing in the sky. A guy walked past with his dog and told us "Hope the rain doesn't wash it away," and then we thought about it and came to the conclusion that it would kind of add a dose of magic if it did.

It's since drizzled a tad and now it's dry outside, but the weathermen are assuring us the evidence of this Mission of Magic will be cleaned up in tomorrow's showers (con thunderstorms).

"We are here to laugh at the odds and live our lives so well that Death will tremble to take us."
- Charles Bukowski

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Every Bunny We Saw Today

Silkworm and I are starting a new project series on Zauberbear called "Every Thing We Saw Today", in which we will spend one day per project photographing a specific thing, such as flags or heart-shaped things. It's kind of like a scavenger hunt, and even more like making an abstract constellation out of a day.

A couple days ago, I was outside crocheting under the maple tree in our backyard when all of a sudden I looked up to see a bunny standing no more than four feet from me. It seemed completely nonchalant, or oblivious, to the fact that a human was sitting so close. But we stared right at each other, and then it hopped away in no rush at all.

That bunny wasn't the only bunny we've seen, lately. They've been frolicking everywhere, especially when we go out on our morning bike rides. So for our first Every Thing We Saw Today challenge, we went on a special bike ride an hour before sunset and spent it photographing every bun we saw on our new favorite bike route. The first few photographs are also extra buns from the flower field we went to check out after a lady selling flowers at the farmer's market invited us to come see it.

One bun...
Two buns, three buns...
Baby bun! (Three and half buns...kidding, four buns!)
Secret bun meeting in the flower fields to discuss human control! (Five, six, seven buns...)
Eight buns...
Deer count as buns, right?
Nine buns...
Ten buns...
Find the bun! (Eleven buns...)
Twelve buns...
Thirteen buns, fourteen buns...
Fifteen buns, sixteen buns...
Seventeen buns...
Eighteen buns...
Nineteen buns!

We're thinking of going back to this street for sunset bike rides every evening, now.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Nineteen: Week 5

I'm documenting being 19 years old with a 365 photo project--one photo for everyday of my twentieth year. Click here to find out more.

Day 28
July 11, 2014

Day 29
July 12, 2014

Day 30
July 13, 2014

Day 31
July 14, 2014

Day 32
July 15, 2014

Day 33
July 16, 2014

Day 34
July 17, 2014

I missed half of this week's photos and had to make up for them on the last day of the week (I think that's my new flexible rule).

I'm worried this 365 is going to bum me out eventually. I like the idea of pushing myself to shoot everyday and finding time because I'm a dedicated and passionate photographer and it makes me feel validated, but I'm thinking it might be healthier to let inspiration crash into me whenever it pleases, rather than speeding around throwing myself at sparks. I don't want to burn out for sparks, I want to burn in a wildfire.

I'll keep it up and see how it goes.