A Happy Peach

Things that make my heart smile…


Contemplating Cupcakes…

Muuwaaahahaha!!!! I’m back again. I pose to you this question, is there such a thing as a contemplative cupcake? If not, there should be, at least a mode of cupcake contemplation. Youtube suggested Red Velvet Cupcakes, and now that suggestion is seducing me, at this very moment.

Behold the Red Velvet Cupcake recipe

And it’s Frosting

On a more sensitive subject, one of chauvinism. I think it’s unnecessary for people to think of cupcakes as being something reserved solely for women. It’s a small cake, there isn’t any need for sexist remarks. In no way should the proud cupcake emasculating.  Stand tall my sweet and tasty friend, stand tall.



My dear Friends, what a week last week was. I was both busy and under the weather. But I am on the mend and looking forward to taking some time off and then going on to another project soon. I have got a few things I wanted to blog about, but I thought I would break it down a little bit. This post is, as the title infers, going to be about croquettes, you know those fried little tasty things. So here goes…

Lately…I’ve been thinking about croquettes. I try to stay away from as much fried foods as possible in an attempt to be healthy. My attempts at eating healthy tend to fail as many a time I just didn’t allow my self the forethought to plan out my meals and end up with something quick and easy. A predicament that I do not enjoy. I think I’ve been curious about croquettes because I’ve been watching a bit of Japanese programming and those little fried patties turn up a lot. Now initially I wanted to make the Japanese version.

I thought I might even put them in a bread. Funny how the Japanese call bread pan, that’s spanish for bread. Ok, maybe not funny haha, but interesting? OK maybe just interesting to me…

On Friday I took the plunge and gave it a go. Unfortunately I didn’t have beef or pork, and felt it both too late and myself too lazy to go and get it, much less grind it. I did a bit of a search and I found that the world of croquettes was a very open and varied one. I settled on Alton Brown’s recipe for Tuna croquettes (click for recipe and video :D). It was relatively easy and quick. I didn’t have green onions, which is odd because I normally do, so I just minced a couple of tablespoons of regular onion. I also didn’t have Dijon, so I used regular. And just for crunch I put in some celery. Also, I didn’t have parchment paper, but I just put them on a bounty towel, but I am sure any sort of water absorbing paper will be good.  They were tasty. I had never had such a dish before. It was a shallow fry, and I did it in grape seed oil, so I’m hoping the cooking process was a lot less unhealthy, or at least a little. The croquettes themselves were actually not very greasy. And may go very well with your favorite sauce, such as a tartar sauce. I think it’s one of those dishes that I will make when I don’t know what to cook and am in the mood for fish.

Just so you know, my instinct is not to cook canned tuna (yup I used a can rather than the pouch). But my friend had told me that she used to cook it up with rice and onions, at first I was put off, thinking canned tuna was just for tuna salads. But after I thought about it, I figured it was worth a try. I had cooked it with some pasta and it was relatively tasty, and good protein if you are in a bind.

On a side note, if you are ever in the Los Angeles area and want to try a Cuban version go to Porto’s. They’ve got this potato ball thing that is pretty tasty. It reminds a bit of Venezuelan seasonings, so that was nice and familiar. They also sell ham croquettes, which I haven’t tried. I will say that their pastries are good too. I am not as big a fan of their deserts, but their breads and other baked items are quite good.

I hope you guys are doing well. I also hope I get enough time and energy to post again soon.


Lazy Friday Evening…

It feels like this Friday has dragged on for three days. I suppose some days just feel like it. It is likely that I feel this way because my kiddies were extra excited today. Keeping up excited wee ones can be oh so draining, fun but draining. After my kiddy time I went to run some errands; one of which was finding something quick and easy for dinner. I opted for one of those Bertolli Tomato Florentine and Tortellini with Chicken Soup, which turned out to be pretty yummy. I threw in bits of garlic loaf that I picked up from the market yesterday. I am pretty lucky because my Fresh and Easy bakes Il Fornaio bread on the premises. If you are ever in LA, I love their location in Santa Monica. You can sit on their veranda and watch the beach while you’re having lunch. Then pop out to the Promenade for a bit of shopping and sight seeing.

After my warm and hardy supper I popped on my computer and now I am here. While I was running errands I decided to take some pictures. I was also playing with the photos, wasting time with that.

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After my slideshow playtime I couldn’t stop thinking about Il Forniao. While writing this post I got a little distracted and started looking at their videos.

But I kept thinking about food. And now I am thinking about this. Although the bacon isn’t too healthy, but this seems like a nice dish to make. I just wonder if I can get that brand of pasta.

So I’ve rambled for a bit, I am fully aware that this post is aimless, directionless and totally random. I think that’s what happens when you are tired and opt for the computer over rest. But now I am thinking of how soft my pillows are, and will inevitably relent to their siren song. I hope you all have a lovely night.


Wonderful You!!!

It’s been a few weeks since I started working with the kids. And I’ve managed to find my rhythm. Some days are better than others, but really isn’t that the way that all things are. It’s been my intention, for a while now, to write a bit of thanks to my blogging friends. Your support and encouragement has helped me tremendously. I am really at a loss to express how truly grateful I am.

It’s been a little over a year since I started blogging, which made me feel a bit nostalgic and reflective. To be honest when I started to blog I was not sure what to write or if anyone would read what I wrote, I then thought worst case scenario I just end up talking to myself. And then I started commenting, and the bloggers would reply and some even visited my little blog. Thus, I began to really enjoy this interaction.

From there I just wrote what ever I was thinking about at the moment that I thought would be nice to share. I found that some people shared my interests and we had some wonderful conversations. It has become such a wonderful environment, because you are all such fantastic friends. Because you all have been so great, I felt the freedom to think creatively as well as share new things that I was trying. I am not sure if I am blogging because I am taking a different path in life or if blogging has led to my different choices. Regardless of the correlation or if the two are mutually exclusive,  one this is certain, I am happy for both and appreciative of your friendship. So in my long and unintentionally rambling sort of way I wanted to say thank you. You, my friends, are unequivocally the best part of blogging.



Whilst waiting for a break in the rain…

Photo taken with pinhole setting

Today it finally rained. The sky seemed to have been toying with us, promising rain since this weekend, but not squeezing out a drop. Just when I thought it was all a big tease I awoke to rain. I was excited to see the rain, but a bit irked that I had to drive to work in it. Ah well, sometimes the weather is like that.

I left early, just to make sure I would make it there on time. While weather was taunting me, traffic was not. I arrived early. I decided to wait a bit in my car before trekking my way through puddles to get to my classroom. Listening to the radio I looked up and out the window of my car. Right in front there was this really pretty flower playing in the rain. Peering out from my  windshield I thought how pretty it all looked through the drops of rain. So I took out my camera and took a few pictures.

For some reason the fish eye feature made me think of a snowglobe with these pictures. Does it make you think of anything in particular.

This makes me think of an evergreen, but it also makes me a bit dizzy.

Anyone know what type of tree this is?



Today’s Journey…

Lately I’ve been a bit busy and feeling a bit run down, trying to stay healthy and fighting off a cold. That is the inevitable risk one takes when working with kids, cootie infestation. Thankfully I am pretty healthy and have managed to not really get too sick, but just a mild version of a cold seemed to try to take hold. So I fight on, the current score is Danielle – 1 Kiddie Cootie – 0.

But being run down from a variety of stresses has made me feel that today should be a lazy day. I have got a long weekend, since the kiddies have a long weekend. I was in need of a replacement bulb for my headlight and decided to take a bit of a constitutional. The crisp wintry air was refreshing as I walked against the brisk winds. My scarf flew around as the thought came to me that I should have worn a thicker sweater. It may sound strange, but I enjoy these sort of cloudy almost gloomy days. With their promise of rain the dark clouds break up the onslaught of seemingly perennial summer days. For me it’s a welcome change of pace.

It inspired me to take out my little Olympus, whom I think I should name Ollie, and snap away. This time I went with the pinhole setting. I think they came out pretty well. I went with a slide show and a gallery display. Let me know what you think.

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My Dear Friends,

My lovely friend Andy has awarded me with the Versatile blogger award. He seems to get a lot of awards, and they are all well deserved. He has a fantastic blog, I feel it is unabashedly him. I love that he is brave enough to allow himself to be vulnerable and share with us his emotions. I think it’s something that is discouraged a lot of times. If only we were more accepting of our emotions and expressive of them I think we would all have more honest relationships. That was my long-winded way of saying thanks and paying tribute to Andy.

Onto the list of seven random facts about me. First, to know me is to know that my Spanish is not as it should be. I say should be as Spanish was the other language spoken, quite frequently, in my house. I can understand most of it, bearing in mind I have to sit there and translate it in my head into English, but I am too shy to try to speak it. The problem is the conjugation of verbs, my pronunciation is fine. So now you know my secret shame.

Second, I have favorite Spanish words. One of my favorites is llamativo. It literally translates to, “it calls to me.” According to Merriam-Webster it means flashy, showy, striking. I prefer to think of it as things that beckon my name. You know those things that are just so lovely that they draw you in.  It’s like some sort of tractor beam and you can’t help but go towards the object of your affection. And that’s how I use it, when describing something to my Mom and I can not explain why I love it I tend to say it has “llamativo” funnily enough there is always some sort of hand gesture that goes along with it. Incidentally that’s the third thing, that I talk emphatically with my hands.

I took this picture because, well because it called to me. My fourth random thing is that I am a glasses wearer. I don’t mind them, but I’m not in love with the fact that I need them sometimes. My fifth random thing is my  love for the color red. I really like it in all it’s forms. I am also glad that as a grown woman I can pull off red lipstick better than when I was a teenager. I looked like I was going to married off against my will when I wore it, a sad little thing that was perhaps traded for a goat. The synopsis makes me feel a bit sad and queasy.

Fifth random thing, when I’m a bit down I tend to put on make-up. I just play around and dab here and there. Sometimes I end up looking like a clown. Other times it comes out great. Most of the times I end up doing my nails. I can’t explain why, but playing with color just makes me happy.

Sixth random thing, I am not a fan or reading directions. I am more likely to just dive in when I have an idea of what is going on. I’m not above reading directions, just sometimes I like to play around and learn from my playing.

Seventh and final random thing, I like to collect cups and tea pots. I like the shape and colors. I love that someone took the time to create something beautiful with care.

The last step is to award the prize to 15 other bloggers. I think I’ve passed this on to many of you at one point in time or another. I am going to nominate all the bloggers who are reading this right now. I would love for you to accept the award and if you’d like do a post and comment below linking so others can see  your seven random facts about yourself that would be fantastic.

Thank you my friends!!!


Super Bowl Sunday…

Superbowl Sunday is a big day for folks in the U.S. You can go out during game time and the first thing you notice immediately is that the streets are empty. You can also hear a block wide silence followed by a hardy cheer from fans interjected with the occasional “Oooooohhhhh!!!”

It’s a time for ribs, barbecue, wings, pizza, beer, chips, dips and hoagies. It’s definitely not a girly moment. I am not a football kind of gal, so I find it nice to drive about and do my weekend shopping in the afternoon. What I do like about Superbowl Sunday are, oddly enough, the commercials. Companies go all out to create what they hope to be funny and memorable ads. A lot of times they are successful.

Here are a few that had me chuckling (they mostly seem to be cars huh?):

Do I know how to waste time or what? Eh, wasting time can be good. Let’s your neurons relax.