instagram photos

This last week zoomed by for me. I had a few freelance projects that took up a lot of time, but I did find moments to take a few noteworthy photos that I shared on instagram.

Surprisingly, I seem to have found plenty of time to do some meaningful cooking this week. Since September I’ve been following a “Paleo” style diet, which essentially means that I don’t eat grains (especially wheat) or refined sugars (and I limit natural sugars for the most part too). I do eat some dairy, which is a Paleo-purist no-no, but I don’t have a bad reaction to it, so I do eat some cheese, and cream, and butter.

Does that sound awful to you? Well, truthfully, before I started I thought it would be SO HARD, but I gave it a shot for a month, and then I was hooked. Mostly I was surprised by how easy it is to maintain once you get going with it, and I have a ton of fun trying out new recipes.

This week, I made kale chips, fish salad “tacos”, and BROWNIES! Yes, brownies. Seriously. They are good.

kale-chips
I made these kale chips and ate them all within 24 hours. Ok, maybe it was more like 12 hours.

fish-salad
I had some leftover roasted tile fish, so I decided to make a fish salad. I stuffed it into some crisp romaine leaves for some paleo “tacos” with beet and carrot salad on the side.

brownies
Brownies! I made these as a trial run. My mom’s birthday is on Thursday, and she’s eating Paleo style too, so I thought it would be fun to have a wheat-free birthday treat. These are made with almond meal and sweetened with dates! If you’d like to try to make a batch for yourself, see the recipe on my friend Val’s blog, Oh Hopscotch!

Besides eating and working, I also found the time to be creative. I had a good time messing up my clean studio, doodling recklessly in my big sketchbook, and working on the pages of a collaborative sketchbook I’m a part of.

art
the bottom two images are a little sneak preview of the pages in the collaborative sketchbook, “portrait : landscape” that I’m a part of.

I got a fun surprise in the mail this week too. My first mailart from Kati Driscoll, a talented artist from Delaware.

mailart
I was so excited to open the big envelope this present came in, and was so happy to see the bright red bow around a big box that was just for me! I knew I was going to get spoiled, so I decided to take some photos of the box. and then Otto with the box. and then of all the envelopes that were in the box. i didn’t pause to take photos of the actual stuff that was in the envelopes, so I snapped a shot of the aftermath.

Lastly, I took a couple of photos of some quiet moments. One with Otto basking in the sun, and another while waiting at a stop light on a very blustery day.
moments

There were several days where I didn’t have a chance to take any photos at all, but I captured some happy, inspiring moments. I’m looking forward to see what this week has to offer!

11 thoughts on “instagram photos

  1. Aw! I’m so glad you liked everything! It was fun to put together even though I fussed about it for, like, weeks! It’s been years since I sent any sort of mail swap. ALSO! Thanks again for your parcel which wasn’t even granted the dignity of a photo op! I loooooved everything! It was like you read my mind!

  2. Anika, i’ve been meaning to tell you I got my package…i was so blown away…your work is so awesome! And the package was out of this world amazing. Thank you thank you!
    rhya
    ps…i can’t make kale chips without eating them in one sitting.

    • yay! so glad to know it arrived safe and sound. I wanted to give it plenty of time to get to you before bugging you about it. :) And thanks! Very happy that you liked it, even if it did take me forEVER to send something to you. :)

  3. I love seeing your studio and the happy doodles in your sketchbook! Your life seems very balanced and peaceful. I can’t wait to see yr contribution to the book
    -excitement!-

  4. I’ve been clicking on all your instagram pictures via twitter for a while now so it’s nice to see them with a few words about your week on your blog. I think I’ll try some kale chips soon too as everyone seems to be raving about them. If I love them, I’ll grow some in my garden.

  5. Fun post, with a little bit of everything! Am very intrigued by your kale chips ~ sounds like something I should try. I enjoyed seeing your instagram sets and am also super thrilled about your contribution to the portrait:landscape ’round-the-world book! :D I’ve added your images to the book’s blog page and it’s nice to see how the book started in color, transitioned to black and white, and now you and Carol have brightened the palette again. Very beautiful!

  6. hi! somehow I missed this post. Where in the heck have I been?… thanks so much for the props on the brownies! I’m glad they turned out for you :) Happy Wednesday!

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