Pizza Christmas 2016

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Pizza Christmas Invite 2016

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Art Studio

Art Studio

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Pizza Christmas 2015

Pizza Christmas Invitation 2015

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Pizza Christmas 2014

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Violet Playing Come To My House

Violet Playing Come To My House

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Rachel playing Chopin

This is a recording from 2006… A Recital at SFSU featuring the students of Victoria Neve.
Here is Rachel playing Chopin Nocturne in F# Min Op 48 No 2.

Rachel Bierach – Chopin Nocturne in F# Min Op 48 No 2

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Playing with Rachel in Summer 1993

We helped to clear out the bamboo shoots
which shot up from the blackberry bushes.
The garden was love; these are my roots,
hunting teepee poles in the brushes.

They shot up from the blackberry bushes:
tiny stalks jabbed sister heels on the lawn,
hunting teepee poles in the brushes
until the last sunspecks were gone.

Tiny stalks stabbed sister heels on the lawn
so we’d kick them down like, “Take that!”
until the last sunspecks were gone
and the lawn would lay safe and flat.

We’d kick rogue shoots down like, “Take that!”
though ill-will was always short-lived,
for the lawn would be rakes, safe, and flat.
We gardened and were helpful kids.

Though ill-will was always short-lived,
Rachel and I caught poor snails in a jar.
We gardened and were helpful kids,
and we tried not to stray very far.

Once I caught eighteen bees in one jar–
the excitement! The bouncing off of glass walls!
But we would never stray very far
on those walks to the park, almost Fall.

The excitement! The building of bamboo shoot walls,
imagining wide open spaces,
and the walks in the rain, the beginning of Fall,
gutters flooding for milk carton boat races.

Imagining wide open spaces,
How far are the heavens? Where is the sea?
Gutters flooding for milk carton boat races,
and I’d watch from the apricot tree.

How far are the heavens? Where is the sea?
Mama? When will our new sister come?
And I’d wait, perched in the apricot tree
until the last sunspecks were gone.

Hey Mama? When will Hannah come?
Papa, fresh water? Please tell us a story?
All the last sunspecks are finally gone.
Goodnight four o’clocks, morning glories.

Papa, fresh water? Will you tell us a story?
A new bamboo teepee went up today.
Goodnight, four-o’clocks. Sleep well, morning glories.
Thanks, Mama, my feet feel okay.

A new bamboo teepee went up today–
our little sister is almost here!
Mama, do your feet feel okay?
We’ve all been waiting all year.

Our little sister is almost here!
The garden was love.  These are my roots.
We’ve all been waiting all year.
Yes, we’ll help to clear the bamboo shoots.

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Ants

They wield hearts never-taunted,
ants that climb threads over needles
or navigate numb mines of mayhem…
Obstacles equal not size or length of
excursion, number of days…(what are the weeks?)
…The ants always pressing press on,
hunting, forging beneath, betwixt, o’er,
fastened by gravity but soaring the floor…
they roam and explore, mattered but small,
flashing with company, the ants march on….
With hearts never daunted, hymenoptera apocrita
interminably search the high and down low,
The ants always pressing, they press on
to steadily track for hotter or colder…
Disinclined to a break for breath, they go on
digging the grains of sand, scaling the boulders…
Bearing lives on their shoulders, monstrously strong,
Teeming with company, the ants march on…

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Peanut Butter Cookies

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Peanut Butter Cookies with Coconut & Chocolate Chips

Ingredients
1 cup Peanut Butter
1 egg
1/2 cup Sugar
1/2 cup shredded raw coconut
1/2 cup Mini Chocolate Chips
1 tsp Vanilla

Save for later: 1 Tbsp Coarse Sugar + 1 Tsp Coarse Salt
Preheat Oven to 375 deg F

1. Combine PB, egg, sugar, coconut, chocolate chips, and vanilla.
2. Mix until crumbly.
3. Turn out onto large sheet of wax paper.
4. Fold over wax paper and roll into square/rectangle.
5. Sprinkle with Coarse Sugar/Salt Mixture
6. Cut into 1″ or larger squares.
7. Transfer to parchment paper lined cookie sheet
8. Bake for 10-11 minutes.
9. Transfer parchment to cooling rack for 2-5 minutes.
10. Enjoy!

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Wholemeal Orange Juice Pancakes (no Milk)

It’s been a while since I made buttermilk pancakes every Saturday morning for the kids.  Since I went low-carb years ago, pancakes have fallen out of the mix.

I was on Breakfast Patrol for four-year-old Violet this morning and I thought it would be nice to make a small batch of pancakes.  No buttermilk in the fridge, but I had some really nice Irish-Style Wholemeal Flour from King Arthur Flour.

Here is the Recipe for what I made.  The orange juice reacts well with the baking powder to make lots of bubbles in the batter and to lighten up the heavy wheatmeal.  These had a great texture, moist and even fluffy – which is hard to get with wholegrains.

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Wholemeal Orange Juice Pancakes (no Milk)
1 cup orange juice
1 egg
1 tbsp vegetable oil
1 cup wholemeal (wholegrain) flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt

Whisk the juice, egg, and oil; stir in dry ingredients.  Makes about four 6″ pancakes, about 1/2 cup of batter each.

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