Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Favorite Forest Food Books!

The other day, I had to wait in a bookstore for Jesse to get out of class.  Since I was going to be there for hours, I decided to read a ton of books.  I caught up on some graphic novels, did some sketches from drawing books, browsed the craft books, the gardening section, and the cookbooks.  The Forest has really become an all-encompassing lifestyle blog, and I have been focusing on developing more recipes this year.  I wanted to get some inspiration for new recipes, so journal in hand I headed over to the cafe with a stack of books and a case of mushroom sushi!  Here are my favorite forest food and drink resources:

The Forest Feast I've always been a fan of the Forest Feast blog, I just love the way Erin Gleeson styles her food photography  When I found out she was publishing a cookbook, I hoped I could one day read it.  Luckily, the shop had one copy in stock.  I must got to say there are a ton of amazing recipes utilizing ingredients I often have on hand.  It was nice being able to flip through the book, however, in the intro she seems to have a vibe that she got into the forest to cash in on her client's "earthy" tastes.  All in all, I would love to own this book one day!

The Drunken Botanist Mixology is a new skill I'm just now branching out onto.  It started with a mushroom cocktail, and I plan  to publish original drink recipes every now and then on the Forest.  This beautiful hardcover book by Amy Stewart is the kind I'd like to have on the bookshelf next to our bar!  Reading this book was a real eye-opener for me.  For example, I had no idea pine liqueur existed!  This book is perfect for anyone who might relate to the title of "drunken botanist".

The Mushroom Feast I already have this book, and I would definitely recommend it to anyone who loves cooking with mushrooms!  So many possibilities, and many french inspired dishes.  The author shares amusing anecdotes with each recipe, and one in particular really intrigued the recipe for champignons à la crème, author Jane Grigson mentions a french film starring Françoise Rosay where she seduces a young man with the recipe!  After extensive research, I still can't identify the title of the movie, and the author never mentions it.  Shame, I wanted to make the dish for Jesse and watch the movie before our french class ends!

Friends of the Forest, what are your favorite cookbooks or forest-inspired recipes?

Monday, April 14, 2014

Daily Outfit: Mushroom Monday

Friends of the forest, I dubbed today "Mushroom Monday".  Why, you ask?  Well, I simply felt like it.  I drank my morning coffee in a blue mushroom mug, made a playlist of mushroom-themed music, wore a mushroom outfit, and plan on making a mushroom dinner!  (There was a slight problem, though.  I kind of wish I could re-do this outfit photo to feature a green skirt I wanted to wear, but thought looked bad.  I've got it, I'll re-take it when I can and replace the photo in this post!)  We went on our march to the forest and hunted for mushrooms!

Monday, April 7, 2014

Music Monday: My Silver Lining

One of my favorite bands, First Aid Kit, is releasing a new album, 'Stay Gold'  This is their hit single from the new album.  I always get really excited when a band I love releases new work (on a sidenote, Woods is working on a new album as well!)  The best part is, First Aid Kit will be playing in LA soon and I've already ordered my tickets!  I can't wait to see them!  Enjoy the song, forest friends!

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Words of Wisdom: When Trees Fall...

Time for words of wisdom wednesday!  I had a great craft tutorial lined up for today, however, plans fell through when the technique didn't turn out so well.  I need to fix it up by tomorrow.  It's easy to feel like a forest failure at times like these.  That's why I try to remind myself that the forest is a wild, natural place that has it's own cycle.  When a tree falls in the forest, just let it fall...

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

The End of the Forest?

Well, friends of the forest, you knew this day would come someday.  I'm leaving the forest.  There's just no point in trying for six years when no one ever comments on this blog.  I think I'll give up the green lifestyle, go find a real job, trade in the bike for a new car payment and go live in the city.  In fact, that's what I'll call my next blog "The City".  I will blog about everything but the boring old forest.  Don't cry critters, it's just the natural progression of life.  This song by Rasptuina sums up how I feel:

"The scene wasn't what it used to be
the scene is never what it used to be
so that's how we quit the forest..."

Bye-bye, forest friends!  Forever...

Monday, March 31, 2014

March in Review: March to the Forest!

Whew, they don't call it "march madness" for nothing!  This has been one of the busiest months for me this year, with two birthdays, three parties, and much more!  I can't wait to have a nice, mellow month in April.  This month I got into the habit of marching to the forest every monday morning to collect supplies.  On my route I find lavender, oranges, lemons, rosemary, acorns, cattails, and collect cans to recycle!  I call it being a "freelance forest ranger", I get a chance to clean up the local woods and earn a little money for it!   Other things I loved this month were picnics, green & white, clovers, being really productive, making plans, dreaming big, having parties, developing drink recipes, playing games in the forest, thrifting, purchasing peter pan lingerie, trying new crafts, mushroom cocktails at night while watching Hanna-Barberra's hillbilly bears, potato pinecones, gardening, getting healthy, aloe vera juice, spending time with family, having crazy parties, dancing to 40's music, making a new blog layout, celebrating my birthday, having the luck of the irish, coincidences, lost weekends, living life in a whirlwind, a forest mess.

Fun Films:
The Lost Weekend
The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug
Gypsy Girl

Fresh Forest Songs:
March of the Flower Children - Seeds
We Intertwined - The Hush Sound
Sitting in my Tree - The Idle Race
I'll Plant My Own Tree - Judy Garland
Indoors of Outdoors - Je Suis Animal
Green Door - Jim Lowe
Mississippi Mud - McGuire Sisters
I Want to Be Free - The Honeycombs
Every Little Thing I Do - Dion & The Belmonts

Forest Folk Bloggers:
The Baking Bird
Blue Eyed Night Owl
Victory in Wonderland

Forest Finds: Birthday Haul

Gosh, it feels like ages since I've been thrifting (these days I don't have a ton of extra cash to buy whatever I want, and live in one room now, before when I had three rooms!)  Being able to go thrifting like this is a special occasion, once-in-a-lifetime event now!

Jesse took me thrifting to our favorite haunt Grammy's where I picked up these salt and pepper shakers for 50 cents!  

While my mom was in town, we went on a huge thrifting trip together.  She bought me this music box.  Since the tiny dancer inside was gone, she put a small tree in it's place!

New books.  Drawing trees, Herbs, and Garden Magic!

My main birthday present from Jesse was this owl candy dish holder from Grammy's.  Perfect for right next to the bed!  We already ate all the candy in it!