Sunday, February 10, 2019

Daily Outfit: Forest Freegan

It was a rare cloudy sunday off work.  I wore an outfit made almost entirely of pieces I found at the clothing swap.  The only things I already owned were the shoes and pins.  It's wonderful being able to survive on a semi-freegan lifestyle in this city.  Especially since I get to go to the Book Thing, a place to find free books, dvds, video games, and records.

The pins.  Robin Hood was Right! I bought at the Charles Village Festival a few years ago.  The wooden leaf was carved by some guy at the fairy festival's grandfather.  And the black pin with the moth is the logo for a Baltimore psychedelic duo Dasombra.

The AJJ shirt from the Clothing SwapThe forest is on fire but we're gonna let it burn.  We're controlling it, we've got it handled, thanks for your concern...

The brown cardigan from the swap had two loops that I used to fashion a close with this acorn.

Saturday, February 9, 2019

Recipe : Creamy Basil Avocado Pasta

Eat your greens!  This delicious creamy pasta dish can be whipped up in less than 30 minutes.  I like to make it when I get off in the afternoon.  It's perfect for a light lunch, or even a decadent dinner.

penne pasta
2-3 cups baby spinach
1/4 cup fresh basil
1/4 cup grated parmesan
2 tbsp olive oil
1 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper
1 tsp italian herbs
lemon juice
garlic clove

First, Put the salted water on the boil.  Then start prepping the sauce.  Slice up and scoop out the avocado, mince the garlic clove.  Put penne pasta in the water.  Combine avocado, spinach leaves, basil, olive oil, salt, herbs, pepper, garlic, and lemon juice in food processor.  Add to pasta when al dente.  Done!

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Daily Walk in the Park

I used to be so happy just picking up little bits of wood and trees, Wandering outside delighting in the breeze...Now im a wandering poet on these city streets ...

I went to the park today for a long walk. The trees were still bare withthe chill of winter in the air.  I saw scampering squirrels ice skating on a frozen puddle in the clearing.  I found a dead fox covered in ivy in a glade.  I meditated in a magnolia tree, let it embrace me...

Found an old spell I forgot about in a tree and when I went home I still felt happy...

Monday, February 4, 2019

Music Monday: Teshaleh

Hope everyone is having a great start to the week!  Today we are featuring Teshaleh, a folk metal band who just released their first EP (congrats on that, btw).  This track, In Taberna based on an ancient latin poem, is the perfect song to get the party started at the local inn after playin' some D&D and dancing.  Check em out!

Sunday, February 3, 2019

The Clothing Swap 2019

The Clothing Swap is a Baltimore tradition.  Founded in 2013 by Anna Grothe, this semi-annual
event has become a community of cool people swapping clothes.  From fabulous forest frocks to vintage 60's pieces, most of my wardrobe since moving to the east coast has come from this swap.
When I first came to Baltimore four years ago I attended the Clothing Swap in a park off Keswick Road in the Hampden neighborhood.  I ran into friends, coworkers, and all sorts of interesting people swapping clothing of all colors, sizes, and shapes! 

Men's T-shirts donated by local design company Horse and Hare

I recently attended the first Clothing Swap of 2019 and came back with a lot of wonderful pieces: a black literary witch dress covered in the text from a dictionary page, a handmade hemp renaissance dress dyed purple, gratuitous green garments , an Andrew Jihad Jackson band tee, shirts with the covers of my favorite books printed on them,  vintage 60's florals, a corset belt, a red velvet mini dress, lingerie, and so much more!  I can't wait to share some of these clothes in my upcoming daily outfit posts...

Now for my Clothing Swap strategy:  I usually go through my closet a week before the event.  I sort, organize and get my clothes in order while purging many items to make room for the new goods!  I wash a load of donations and fold them up into a box.  Then the day of the swap, I load that box into my cart and walk to the swap.  I usually arrive early, sort clothes into their respective sections.  Then I start to make my rounds with the cart, tossing in any green or brown basics while keeping my eyes peeled for cute dresses.  I usually stay throughout the whole event as people show up at all times to bring their old clothes.  Like a bird of prey, I stalk the stylin' folks to see what they put down then swoop in to grab it.  It's also fun seeing friends from the community and catching up.  I can't tell you how many friendships I've struck up just by pointing out a cute color or pattern and telling some stranger "This is so you!" or "Look it's in your color!"

If you live in or near Baltimore, I highly encourage taking advantage of this swap.  If not, why not start your own swap in your city?

Saturday, February 2, 2019

Happy Groundhog Day!

Here's hoping my forest friends have a good Groundhog Day / Imbolc! May the winter winds blow away and thaw your chilled hearts! I'm taking the rest of the weekend off to attend the clothing swap (with intention to find foresty frocks), make dinner and listen to Beirut's new album with my guy.

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Recipe: Spinach & Basil Hummus

Ahh, hummus. The food of the gods. Ever since my boyfriend bought me a new food processor for the holidays, I've been experimenting with homemade hummus. Today I decided to try something so green, just looking at it feels healthy.  I give you...Spinach & Herb Hummus

2 cups soaked garbanzo beans
2 cups spinach leaves
1/4 cup tahini
3 tbsp olive oil
4 tbsp fresh basil
1 clove garlic
1 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper

To make, add garbanzo beans 1/4 cup at a time to food processor and mash em!  Add tahini and pulverise until smooth. Set aside in separate bowl.

Next, shred spinach in food processor and mix with hummus base. Add oil, salt, pepper, garlic and basil.  Put back in the food processor for a final spin and you're done! 

Garnish with more basil and serve with pita bread.