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so far, i’ve found this is the best type of exfoliation.

i went to the nature preserve with my extended, slightly dysfunctional chyler family : )


fairy land.

climbing in the tree : ) ah norah


on sunday, (…i’m blogging a lot!! paha) we woke up and cooked food before we went to church. check out the pjs! : ) i was thankfully behind da camera..

[my belly is full of rolls.] after church we had scrumptious food.

and pie : )

good day. kudos to the cooks!


dear hannah, i made this for lunch, substituted tofu with chicken, for the only reason that i didn’t have any tofu and i knew i needed some protien. not that buckwheat soba noodles aren’t filled with protein :) anyways, check out this lady’s cooking website. <3 sigh.

yum. lunch with friends today was that. i love the ackwardness that we experience together and still love eachother despite ketchup spilled on shirts, “frozen sugar bom-boms”, milk with a little coffee added, brazillian roast chicken and honey mustard chicken sandwiches, asking permission to ask naive questions, laughing, lusting after the waters’ dreads, trying to understand that dulce de leche did not mean “flan”, bellpeppers or no bellpeppers, overall ackwardness.

i mean, overal loveliness. this is a conversation we had.

me: “hey, so, i found something out about myself.”

cally+ban: “oh no. what?”

cally: “that you are bi?”

me: “no! that i like french movies.”

ban: “ohhh”

cally: “thats even worse.”

me: “but i like them! i like subtitles.”

then we proceeded to petco to buy some more fishes, since all but one of mine died. i didn’t end up buying any. ban parked way too far away from the store anyway, they would have died in the heat.

i am falling more in love with you every day, friends.

*and more. :)

You would never think to make kale into chips…it is weird to cook and to eat. At least, it was the vegetable that my mom would buy and then cook like spinach and we would gulp down quickly.

Anyhow of course I was reading a back issue of Bon Appetite and read this and thought it would be yum. I was right. Beware, they are addicting.



a bunch of kale, rinsed, dried, cut lengwise in half, center ribs and stems removed

1 tablespoon of oilve oil

Preheat oven to 250. Toss kale with oil in large bowl. Sprinkle salt and pepper. Arrange leaves in single layer on one or more baking sheets. Bake until crisp; about 30 minutes for flat leaves and up to 33 minutes for curly leaves. Eat. Yum.

Craftiness of my sister Clara: (i love love love it!)

felt cases

She’d make you one for your phone or iPod or mp3 player if you wanted.

Lemon Rosemary Chicken

3 chicken breasts
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 onion, chopped,
4 small red potatoes, chopped
2 carrots, chopped,
1 lemon, cut into chunks*
Sprigs of rosemary, torn apart
1 garlic clove, minced
1 cup chicken stock
Salt and pepper to taste

In a large wok-type pot or Dutch oven sear the outsides of the chicken breasts in oil. Add onion, potatoes, carrots, and lemon. Cook for a few minutes on high and add chicken stock, rosemary, garlic, salt, and pepper. Simmer on medium-low for an hour or until chicken is cooked through and vegetables are tender. Stir occasionally. Serve with a little rice or with rolls.

I find that the beauty of cooking something like this is that you can add anything you have in your vegetable drawer or modify it to your tastes. Experiment; that is my only request. :)

*I seeded the lemon and after the chicken was cooked the lemon rinds were soft as they had been simmering in the chicken stock for an hour. I didn’t eat them and picked them out though you could eat them; more vitamin C, no?

I made this up last night for my mom and dad’s anniversary and they loved it. It has a tangy lemon-rosemary sweet taste that is not to overpowering.



con⋅tent [kuhn-tent]
–adjective 1. satisfied with what one is or has; not wanting more or anything else.
2. British. agreeing; assenting.
3. Archaic. willing.

–verb (used with object)

4. to make content: These things content me.

i could write so many things about this week end; but here are some pictures that speak a million times more than anything i could write.

the heart speaks through silence.


[izzies of course; or chuck and cindy’s wedding beer]





closing with a picture of new shoes from target.



Chocolate Chip Banana Bread


2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup mashed ripe banana (2 to 3 medium)
1/2 cup butter (melted)
1/2 cup sour cream
2 eggs
1 cup chocolate chips
2 Tbsp cocoa powder
1 Tbsp vanilla extract

1. Heat oven to 350°F. Grease bottom only of 9×5-inch loaf pan. (Or two smaller pans)

2. Combine all dry ingredients except chocolate chips in a small bowl. Mix wet ingredients in large bowl and then add dry ingredients and blend well. Pour batter into prepared pan. Sprinkle chocolate chips on top of batter and mix in a little.

3. Bake 50 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes; remove from pan. Cool completely on wire rack. 1-2 loaves depending of what sizes of pans you use. *Good with cup of milk




i had a little celebration for my friend and her three month anniversay with a special boy. :D not pictured. :(

i made chocolate chip banana bread. i sort of made up the recipie and i will post it in a second.


of all the pictures we took of eachother this is the most decent. haha.


we ate it up fast!