Thursday, February 28, 2013

Pope Love, Popeular

In a world where much of the world LOVES the Pope, this NEW design from the 'Embassy of Ideas' is to honor that!

All Things Pope:
Catholic Church
Vatican City
St. Peter's Basilica

Patti Friday, Photojourno, reporting from inside 'The Art Dept.' at the international 'Embassy of Ideas'.

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Family News From The Embassy

Some highlights (in pictures) for February 2013! (and Jan was pretty great too!..come to think of was the whole winter so far!)

Nory was born - a sweet baby girl in Kuwait

Bubbyland Population: 5 

We played with a white, robotic, Persian cat

We had a lot of snow

I began a new series of paintings

Now, bring on Spring.

Peace Love Create Art

Photo Credit: Nory in Kuwait flag and newborn image: Emily Abbott Photography

Patti Friday, Photojourno, reporting from inside 'The Art Dept.' at the international 'Embassy of Ideas'.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Flavor That Food Without Salt

Make foods tasty without using salt. Try these flavorings, spices, and herbs:
For Meat, Poultry, and Fish
Beef Bay leaf, marjoram, nutmeg, onion, pepper, sage, thyme
Lamb Curry powder, garlic, rosemary, mint
Pork Garlic, onion, sage, pepper, oregano
Veal Bay leaf, curry powder, ginger, marjoram, oregano
Chicken Ginger, marjoram, oregano, paprika, poultry seasoning, rosemary, sage, tarragon, thyme
Fish Curry powder, dill, dry mustard, lemon juice, marjoram, paprika, pepper
For Vegetables
Carrots Cinnamon, cloves, marjoram, nutmeg, rosemary, sage
Corn Cumin, curry powder, onion, paprika, parsley
Green Beans Dill, curry powder, lemon juice, marjoram, oregano, tarragon, thyme
Greens Onion, Pepper
Peas Ginger, marjoram, onion, parsley, sage
Potatoes Dill, garlic, onion, paprika, parsley, sage
Summer Squash Cloves, curry powder, marjoram, nutmeg, rosemary, sage
Winter Squash Cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, onion
Tomatoes Basil, bay leaf, dill, marjoram, onion, oregano, parsley, pepper  

Patti Friday, Photojourno, reporting from inside 'The Art Dept.' at the international 'Embassy of Ideas'.


Friday, February 15, 2013

Flowerland Friday

It should be the law. Not just a local law, but an international law, set forth by civilized peoples everywhere. It would be signed in ink by each country. The 'Flowerland Friday Law': 'Every home on Earth shall have fresh flowers on Friday.'  Brilliant!

In other beautiful news, here are some blog posts to check out this weekend:

Peace Love Create Art,

Joni of Cote de Texas is showcasing her redesign.

Amy Merrick took a trip to Joshua Tree

Alison, a.k.a. Coriander Girl got a new bunny!.

Ink and Peat is featuring some really hip modern clay.

India Hicks writes a delightful post on Sunshine Funerals.

Carolyne's book 'Flowers' is now in my cozy book shop!

Did you hear that Saipua took a dreamy trip to Australia?

and finally, if you are planning a wedding or special event this year, 'blush and metallics' are in.

Patti Friday, Photojourno, reporting from inside 'The Art Dept.' at the international 'Embassy of Ideas'.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

New Baby and A Week of Love

So thrilled to announce the birth of my 5th Grandbabe in Kuwait. February 12, 2013. "Nory", the prettiest of new baby girls. My Kuwait Girl pens a lovely expat blog here.

So many are opting and begging for houseplants or living centerpieces for Valentine's Day. Could this be a trend?  Ask your favorite Floral Designer.

Valentine's Day is so fun and awkward for little ones. Imagine the shyness in the primary grades. So, so sweet. No chocolate needed!

Take time to smell the roses and be sure to check out the new magazine by the team at Made By Girl.

Pia has big news too!

Wow! Love is truly in the air.

Dear Reader, I love you! PFXO

Patti Friday, Photojourno, reporting from inside 'The Art Dept.' at the international 'Embassy of Ideas'.

Monday, February 11, 2013

Hello Monday Happiness

Mondays are the most amazing day of the week. Hmmm. Perhaps I need to strike through that. All days are pretty darn nice and sweet and important. Different for different reasons for different people. 

Take Thursday for example. Apparently more couples make love on this day and most friends (singles) head out on the town on this evening. 

How was your weekend?  Did you have a lot of snow to shovel or were you lucky enough to lounge in hot sunshine? (I have a dear friend in I'm not mad at her. Well, maybe just a tad.)

I feel the most motivated to do really well with my 'Jollitude' lifestyle - on Mondays.  I have been eating mostly plant-based foods, reading up (educating myself) and am enjoying this journey very much.

I have become somewhat addicted to a television channel eqhd. Their tagline is 'it's smart in here' and I agree. 

"eqhd™ celebrates ideas, perspectives and ways of life around the world by bringing your family smart, compelling documentaries and commercial-free feature films that will inspire and engage you. Challenge your mind and feed your curiosity with a channel that doesn't shy away from divergent opinions."

The Olive Route is magnificent.  Inspired by Carol Drinkwater’s bestselling books, The Olive Route provides a compelling insight in to the Mediterranean Olive culture. In this series of documentaries, take an unforgettable journey across the Mediterranean and discover the secrets of the olive tree, a symbol of life and spirit of peace in the Mediterranean for thousands of years.

Do you have a channel addiction? 

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Patti Friday, Photojourno, reporting from inside 'The Art Dept.' at the international 'Embassy of Ideas'.

Thoughts of Egypt

Celebration 2.0

we would have held hands on the streets
and embraced for the journo
swooping me off my feet
wiping the blood and tears from my face
but that was another eleven, eleven
now you find me in the crowd
searching for my name
the likes of which you had not seen
blue eyes blurring, watering
and you chase me, hunt me
on the wall, behind the wall
a toppling message collapses bricks
our palace now empty
we are alone with our new desires
liberating freedom, passionate words
now I find you in the crowd
knowing your name intimately
repeating the comments I had not heard
brown eyes weary, hopeful
and I chase you, hunt you
we could have held hands on the streets
and embraced for the journo
lifting each other off our feet
wiping the blood and sweat from our face
but this was another eleven, eleven
instead, we chose to make love
and it was revolutionary

- Patti Friday, Poet Industries (From the book 'Society o f Prophet Men')

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Patti Friday, Photojourno, reporting from inside 'The Art Dept.' at the international 'Embassy of Ideas'.

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Michael Pollan Food Rules List

1.       Eat food
2.       Don’t eat anything your great-grandmother wouldn’t recognize as food
3.       Avoid food products containing ingredients that no ordinary human would keep in the pantry
4.       Avoid food products that contain high-fructose corn syrup
5.       Avoid food products that have some form of sugar (or sweetener listed among) the top three ingredients
6.       Avoid food products that have more than 5 ingredients
7.       Avoid food products containing ingredients that a third-grader cannot pronounce
8.       Avoid food products that make health claims
9.       Avoid food products with the wordoid “lite” or the terms “low fat” or “nonfat” in their names
10.   Avoid foods that are pretending to be something they are not
11.   Avoid foods you see advertised on television
12.   Shop the peripheries of the supermarket and stay out of the middle
13.   Eat only foods that will eventually rot
14.   Eat foods made from ingredients that you can picture in their raw state or growing in nature
15.   Get out of the supermarket whenever you can
16.   Buy your snacks at the farmers market
17.   Eat only foods that have been cooked by humans
18.   Don’t ingest foods made in places where everyone is required to wear a surgical cap
19.   If it came from a plant, eat it; if it was made in a plant, don’t.
20.   It’s not food if it arrived through the window of your car
21.   It’s not food if it’s called by the same name in every language (Think Big Mac, Cheetos or Pringles)
22.   Eat mostly plants, especially leaves
23.   Treat meat as a flavoring or special occasion food
24.   Eating what stands on one leg [mushrooms and plant foods] is better than eating what stands on two legs [fowl], which is better than eating what stands on four legs [cows, pigs and other mammals].
25.   Eat your colors
26.   Drink the spinach water
27.   Eat animals that have themselves eaten well
28.   If you have space, buy a freezer
29.   Eat like an omnivore
30.   Eat well-grown food from healthy soil
31.   Eat wild foods when you can
32.   Don’t overlook the oily little fishes
33.   Eat some foods that have been predigested by bacterial or fungi
34.   Sweeten and salt your food yourself
35.   Eat sweet foods as you find them in nature
36.   Don’t eat breakfast cereals that change the color of the milk
37.   The whiter the bread, the sooner you’ll be dead
38.   Favor the kinds of oils and grains that have traditionally been stone-ground
39.   Eat all the junk food you want as long as you cook it yourself
40.   Be the kind of person who takes supplements – then skip the supplements
41.   Eat more lie the French. Or the Japanese. Or the Italians. Or the Greeks.
42.   Regard nontraditional foods with skepticism
43.   Have a glass of wine with dinner
44.   Pay more, eat less
45.   Eat less
46.   Stop eating before you’re full
47.   Eat when you are hungry, not when you are bored
48.   Consult your gut
49.   Eat slowly
50.   The banquet is in the first bite
51.   Spend as much time enjoying the meal as it took to prepare it
52.   Buy smaller plates and glasses
53.   Serve a proper portion and don’t go back for seconds
54.   Breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince, dinner like  pauper
55.   Eat meals
56.   Limit your snacks to unprocessed plant foods
57.   Don’t get your fuel from the same place your car does
58.   Do all your eating at a table
59.   Try not to eat alone
60.   Treat treats as treats
61.   Leave something on your plate
62.   Plant a vegetable garden if you have space, a window box if you don’t
63.   Cook
64.   Break the rules once in a while

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Patti Friday, Photojourno, reporting from inside 'The Art Dept.' at the international 'Embassy of Ideas'.
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