Monday, January 16, 2017

Slow Cooker Beef Stew on MLK Day

Hi everyone, it's that kind of weather today - beef stew weather.  Chilly, clear, crispy is the kind of weather that calls for something hearty and hot.  I like that I can make it early and head out for a wintery walk before enjoying it with a baguette and good red.  Yum!  Slow Cooker Beef Stew  So, how are you all today?  It's Martin Luther King Jr Day in the States and we think of him with honor and respect for everything that he did to bring this country together and to make things right.  We all need peace.  Try to find your little corner of peace today whether it's a dinner with friends, or a nice walk in the woods.  The warm feelings that you gather inside will grow and spread to others. Tomorrow I'll bring this peaceful feeling into work with me and pass it on to my students.  I try to do that everyday and I can't if I feel all tapped out.  Just wondering, what helps you refuel?

Thursday, January 12, 2017

What's up with fashion?

I try to stay hip, really I do.  Even as a preschool teacher I still like having that "je ne sais quoi"/"you know I used to live in Europe, and work in a marketing department" kind of air.  It's kind of hard when you're dealing with dirty diapers and paint.  Low-rise pants definately do NOT cut it, but I do try.  So, here's my issue - what is actually in fashion?!! Does anyone really know?  Elle says; stripes, mules and sneakers.  Boring.  I feel like it's all comfy clothes or sheer clothes.  The comfy clothes I rock, the sheer not so much - but where's the fashion trends in all this?  I know, I know, I am really not in that informed.  I mean I just bought a flannel shirt so I am very behind the times, but it truly was easier in Sweden.  There everyone knew what colors were in, and as long as you had something new in that color you were doing good.  Individual, schmidual I say - just tell me what's in and I'll add a little something to my wardrobe.  Why's it got to be so hard? Check out  Can you help me please?
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Thursday, January 5, 2017

Swedish American of the Year

Hello, this lovely lady Emily Tepe - artist IVA - was awarded the Swedish American of the Year in 2015 and she does a nice job of explaining what it meant to her to be awarded this honor by the VASA Orden of America.  It is a great honor.  2016 it was awarded to Nils Lofgren of Bruce Springsteen's band the E Street Band!  It's not an easy thing obviously being awarded this recognition wonder how I could "finagle" an intro? ;-)

Saturday, December 31, 2016

Happy New Year!

Dear readers, wishing you all a Very Happy New Year filled with love, and prosperity plus a little something magical to make it extra special!  Thank you for continuing to read my blog.  

Next summer we're headed to Sweden which will make my year extra special too!  xo

Tuesday, December 27, 2016


Have you read about this adorable little thing they're doing in Malmö?  They've created a miniature restaurant for mice called Il Topolino on Bergsgatan with a store called Noix de Vie!  James Corden puts it best on The Late, Late Show by stating "So Sweden is the Best Place Ever". Just get past the political stuff on this video and you'll be in the know.  Otherwise here's a link that will explain the newest, and smallest art work to hit the streets of Malmö.  Hope that you like it!  The mice do!
This begs the question "Why the hell are we not living in Sweden?"  :-)

Thursday, December 22, 2016

2016 God Jul!

I know it's not really time for a time travel, review-your-year type post yet, but I was just working on a photo book and it was making me all sentimental like. 2016 was brought to you by the letter "L". Lots of love, laughs, learning and limiting goals.  How's that work you say?  ;-)  I think it's the letting-go that sometimes lets things in.

I decided to focus on my new job teaching Montessori (hence the learning) at the expense of growing Start2Art, my art teaching biz.  It just seemed smarter to do one thing right than be pulled in so many directions.  Plus of course I had the third "job" at home, the busiest and most important one of kids and household.  And my blog!  Thank you!  You did get put on hold, a bit, but you stuck with me so I appreciate that.
Me on the right with my work, and my painting buddy with her painting on left

Also art was on my to-do list this year and that paid off in spades!  I sold my first painting, actually THREE, and I am thrilled!  There's more space on my walls so now I need to make the time and space to fill them up with new paintings.  I also am working on fitting art classes into my new teaching position, more on that hopefully in 2017. Fingers crossed. :)

So, what's next?  More Montessori, more painting, more being a mom, and hopefully more travel.  I feel the need, the need for seeing new things and exploring new places.  So, if you know someone like me, here's some thoughts for gifts: the-ultimate-gift-guide-for-travelers/  And that's how I tie this blog post up with a big Christmas bow! God Jul to y'all! 

Sunday, December 18, 2016

Party Time!

Check out these amazing sandwiches that my friend made for my art show on Thursday.  They were front and center on the smörgåsbord and looked as well as tasted delicious.  The party was a great success, and I'll post more pictures soon, but first take a peek at how to make Swedish sammies. :)