Saturday, September 22, 2012

blueberry crumble

 

{a blueberry crisp}

the elements

  • the filling

    • 6 cups blueberries, fresh or frozen
    • 1/2 cup sugar
    • 2 tablespoon arrowroot powder
    • 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
    • 1/4 teaspoon coarse salt
  • the topping

    • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
    • 1/2 cup rolled oats
    • 2 tablespoons coconut flakes
    • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
    • 1/2 teaspoon coarse salt
    • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
    • 1/3 cup sugar

the method

  1. preheat oven to 375 degrees. make the filling: mix blueberries, sugar, arrowroot, lemon juice, and salt in a bowl. transfer to an 8-inch square baking dish.
  2. make the topping: stir together flour, oats, coconut, baking powder, and salt. cream butter and sugar in a mixer until pale and poofy. stir dry ingredients into butter. using your hands, squeeze topping pieces together into clumps.
  3. sprinkle topping over filling. bake until bubbling in center, haloed by the divine light of delicious, and brown on top, about 1 hour. transfer to a wire rack, and let cool for 30 minutes before serving.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

urban wildlife : morning walk : armadillo

Nine-banded Armadillos are solitary, nocturnal animals. They become more active during the night, twilight or just before sunrise. They can dig some really deep burrows at roughly 8 inches wide, 7 feet deep, and 25 feet long. They are highly territorial and always mark their territories. However, while females are exclusive with their territories, males tend to overlap into others territories. Their body has an excellent mechanism to get across lakes, ponds, and marshes. The armadillo either inflates its stomach and intestines with air, and floats across the water, or just sinks down and walks across the bottom, using its sharp claws. Their tail helps them to leap nearly three to four feet into the air, this leap particularly comes in handy to scare off predators, who come quite close to them. They do not curl up into a ball, as believed, but can easily leap and outrun its predator.

He was a cutie.

source 

destination : fredericksburg, texas

summer would not be the same without a drive to the wee hamlet of fredericksburg, texas and a walk down historic main street.  farewell, summer!

xo

Saturday, August 25, 2012

energized enthusiasm : saturday

this saturday, the handsome man and i are celebrating birthdays, life, and gratitude.
i awoke early and tried my hand at gluten free biscuits with fig jam and honey.
soon we'll be off to barton springs to lay in soft grass on the hillside, daydream at the sky, and contemplate dipping into the frigid waters.

wonderfully, barton springs is quite close to one of our positively favorite restaurants, (seriously, we've been there twice this week already) casa de luz. oh my, such blissed out foods.
later in the afternoon, handsome man and i will be following part iv of a yogaglo workshop.
 
we love weekends!
 
xo
 
 

Monday, August 20, 2012

summer salad project : six

lettuces, tomato, pea, black bean, pickled beet, with raspberry vinaigrette and herb de provence. 

Monday, August 13, 2012

storied imaginations







stories that we are given and that we create ourselves dream us up into who we are.  they provide us with order and meaning, examples of ways of living and dying.  they give us our goals.  we tell ourselves stories all day long, everyday.  shouldn't they be the most authentic that they can be? a lush imagination can bring us back to what is truly in our hearts. that storyteller can be sparked by a daily dose of playtime practices like those below.

1. vision boarding/art journaling. clip clip clip glue glue tape. any pictures or words from any magazine, brochure, packaging, advertisements, anything affixed to any other surface like paper, cardboard, a wooden panel, or canvas.
2. sending yourself postcards. no, it's not sad and desperate. the mystery and excitement of receiving a message from afar is positively unparalleled.
3. go for a walk.  i know, everyone says that, but seriously. on my morning walk this morning i came upon a family of deer, a dead rabbit, a tejano dance off, runners, and a brilliant sky. don't run into anything particularly exciting?- begin to imagine what could be going on in all those houses you're passing, and vroom vroom.
4. write. write snips, lists, essays, summaries, numbers, words. i am most fond of my grocery list meditation. i imagine every shelf of pantry and cupboard, what is actually there, and what i want there. so-called 'morning pages' have a lasting and powerful impact on those who undertake a more disciplined approach to getting their stories out of their heads and on paper.
5. eat food that has been cultivated and prepared with care. sensate focus has a profound effect on our story of reality, can form memories, and can change our expectations about the future. take time with meals. the plants and animals that we eat grew to fruition relatively slowly and developing a meditation practice over your food can be an excellent way to slow down as well and nourish.

express express express

xo

Friday, August 10, 2012

nourish well : hibiscus tea


Hibiscus tea is an infusion made from crimson or deep magenta-coloured calyces (sepals) of the Hibiscus sabdariffa flower, an herbal tea drink consumed both hot and cold by people around the world. Hibiscus tea has a tart, cranberry-like flavor. It contains vitamin C and minerals and is used traditionally as a mild medicine, as it is believed to reduce cholesterol. Certain health authorities have been working to build awareness around the diuretic properties of the tea, and its effectiveness in the treatment of urinary tract infections.  The perfect drink for high summer, whether or not you have high cholesterol or a urinary tract infection. win win!



Wednesday, August 8, 2012

intention : challenge : ability

by setting intention, defining goals, we choose our systems of action that we wish to engage in. it's the theater of the individual, the making of reality, and ultimately, by the setting and achieving of chosen goals, the defining of who we are. we draw on our inherent abilities and acquire new skills in order to meet the challenges that we have chosen to accomplish our goals. intent is a package deal that way. this utilization of ability and acquisition of skills is then adaptable to new sets of challenges and goals.  and so it goes, and along the way we engage with the world, while designing and highlighting a complex and unique individual.  that marriage of engagement and self differentiation is something i've certainly been meditating on as of late. what challenges are you going to choose to define yourself?

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

tuesdays

tuesdays are for possessing your tools for self-mastery and a sense of self-assurance, understanding the properties of your environment, and uncovering fresh solutions to complex situations.

Sunday, August 5, 2012

blog remaster

treasure:mapper is undergoing a revamp, renewal, relative re-envision, in order to reflect my more directed focus on holistic health, mapping mind-body wellness, and hunting down and examining tools for whole self realization. emphasis will be placed on the alchemical and cartological approach to lifestyle design that incorporates health, wealth, peace, and happiness. the great work goes on. ~

xo

elle

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

party : high tea







lovely day, indeed! 
 thanks to k. and to ron for the photographs.

xo

Saturday, June 9, 2012

summer salad project : five

cauliflower, radish, mushroom, basil, more olives, lemon vinaigrette.

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Monday, June 4, 2012

summer salad project : three

nicoise-esque with green beans, olives, red onion, large sardine, roasted zucchini, 
parsley, mustard vinaigrette.

(blur is due to impatience to begin supper.)

Sunday, June 3, 2012

destination : greenbelt



a. a terribly excited puppy named cooper.
b. tadpoles.
c. cicadas, breeze, seclusion.
d. sprawling out on rocks.
e. sun + water.
f. iced hibiscus tea. mmmm....
g. welcome summer!


xo

summer salad project : two

greens, basil, spaghetti squash, tomato, goat cheese, lemon vinaigrette.

Saturday, June 2, 2012

summer salad project : one

spring salad with peas, blackberries, and arugula, parsley, and
cucumber from the garden, raspberry vinaigrette.

xo

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

friday excursion

last friday i orchestrated a solo playdate to my most favorite museum, the harry ransom center.  if there was a heist that needed to be staged, the explosives expert, ex pick-pocket, midget, the inside man, and i would all convene at the hrc. adventures should always happen on fridays.

is this a first edition of the authorized version of the king james bible, 1611, pforzheimer collection?  yeah, pretty much.  




xo