Sketching!

This week I wanted to learn to Sketch! This was something I wanted to do for a long time.

I have had no formal training in drawing or painting and I love both equally. Sometimes I watch a YouTube video and I instantly want to do the same art. But then I forget about it all together, and also I don’t have the right pencils or even a sketch book!

So last weekend I decided that I am going to finally start sketching. I went to the store and bought a sketchbook and variety of charcoal pencils (I did a happy dance in my head) :).  Couldn’t wait to get started.

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This is the first sketch I have ever made a I think it came out pretty well.

I have started another sketch and will post it once it is done! Hope you all like it!

-Kisses

theraotown

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Breakfast for Dinner!

Deciding what to eat for dinner has been a constant struggle in my household. Breakfast for dinner can always be a good idea! These 2 are my favorite recipes for dinner.

EGGS BENEDICT with HOLLANDAISE SAUCE

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INGREDIENTS

  • Eggs for poaching
  • Biscuits
  • Turkey
  • Hollandaise sauce (below)

INSTRUCTIONS

Bring the water to a gentle simmer. Drop the eggs in the pot, cover, and remove from heat. Let eggs stand and poach for about 3-4 minutes. Once the eggs are done remove them from water using slotted spoon and place on a paper towel to soak up excess water. Drizzle with hollandaise and serve.

HOLLANDAISE SAUCE

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 egg yolks
  • 2 teaspoons water
  • 5-6 tablespoons cold butter, cubed
  • 2½ teaspoons lemon juice
  • Salt and pepper to taste

INSTRUCTIONS

Place the egg yolks and water into a bowl and whisk together. Place bowl over double boiler and continue to whisk until egg yolks have slightly thickened and become lighter in color. While whisking constantly, begin adding cubes of butter. Be careful not to scramble the eggs. After all the butter has been added, the sauce should be pale yellow and quite thick, but still smooth enough to drizzle off the end of the whisk. Add the lemon juice and whisk together, then salt and pepper.

 EGG MUFFINS

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  • 5-6 eggs (egg whites for healthier option)
  • tater tots
  • a little milk
  • grated cheddar cheese
  • peppers, diced small
  • diced turkey
  • salt and pepper to taste

Bake the tater tots for 10 mins at 400 degrees. After removing the tater tots from the oven, lower oven temperature to 350 degrees. Sprinkle your toppings over each cup. Pour your egg mixture in each tin. Bake at 350 degrees for about 20 minutes, or until the egg is cooked. To remove from the pan use a fork to pop them out.

Hope you give it a try!

-Kisses

theraotown

Siblings Love!

This week I wanted to talk about my baby sister (not a baby anymore) and me.

She was mistaken for a boy for quite a while (probably because of the short hair, ha-ha).  I am seven years older than her. As a baby she was super clingy!! She wanted everything I had, tore everything I loved apart (typical sibling rivalry).  Mom kept saying I had to be nice to her because she is “small” (not fair… right, seems funny now). But, I was also (still am) super protective about her.

I remember bringing my neighborhood friends’ home every day when she was a newborn, which annoyed the crap out of my mom mainly because we were all rolled up in sweat and mud from playing outside and had to be constantly reminded to wash our hands before touching her.

We played dress up and ruined mom’s clothes and makeup…danced to the songs on the radio and when she had exams, I made question papers for her to answer and graded her, like a teacher…those days were fun :).

She is the best sister and best friend I could ever ask for <3.

What is your favorite childhood memory?

-Kisses

theraotown

Bowl of Goodness!

The winter winds in Chicago can be “Chilling” and getting out of the house can sometimes be a less than pleasant experience for me.  Luckily last Saturday was a “good day”, most of the snow had melted away, though still COLD!

Well, I recently moved from Arizona to Chicago…and all I can say is I am handling the Chicago winters extremely well!

OK, back to the point, my husband and I decided to have a lunch date in Chicago downtown. Back in Arizona I had a favorite Chinese place and since the move I haven’t yet found “the one” Chinese food place yet.

We came across this Chinese restaurant “Topwok”, and decided to give it a try. The place had a nice ambiance and it was pretty packed too. The service was great and the food was authentic.

The portion size was huge, which meant I could take it home and eat it again! (YAY) :).  I may have found my new favorite Chinese place though still not as good as the one in AZ.

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My photography skills may not do justice to this, but the food was good!

Let me know what is your favorite kind of food?

-Kisses

theraotown

Apricot Nails!

The winters in Illinois can get depressing by the minute. Everything feels so dark and gloomy.

So I thought I shall give myself a manicure using spring/summer color nail paint!

I used “REVLON PARFUMERIE – Apricot Nectar” which by the way was a Christmas stocking gift from my husband! It smells amazing too!nailedited

The manicure is 4 days old and nail paint lasted pretty well (thanks to Sally Hansen – Double Duty). My finger nails grow fast as you can see my cuticles, and my toe nails, well that is a completely different story.

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This color makes me happy :).

Do you guys like this color? Let me know…

Positive feedback and comments are always appreciated!

– Kisses

theraotown