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I always aspire to be more organized. Some days, I feel like I'm getting better, but then there are other days when I realize I have 5 lists going and nothing is really getting done. Overwhelmed much? I love how Meghan at Clean Eats Fast Feets stays so organized. I dream of being that good some day…
Last week was a really good week at the old homestead. I'm not sure if many of you know this, but my husband is an illustrator. He works long hard hours. He's extraordinarily talented (at least I think so) and my job (one of many, but the one I do for him) is to help him with promoting work and keeping the books. Talk about the blind leading the blind here. Well, we are starting a new direction in the work he offers. We recently started screen printing his work! So, last week was all about putting some artwork on a garment from start (creating a screen) to finish (screen printing a t-shirt). He is incredibly good at illustrative design, working for many years creating logos and commercial artwork, so this is a natural progression for his work. He has worked digitally for years and as an artist, he has the need to do something more artistic with his hands. Pulling ink through the screen and seeing an image he created come through was extremely exciting! I can't wait to see where this takes him in this new venture!
So, Monday was spent prepping the screen for photo emulsion. I was terrified of this. I have never worked with anything light sensitive in my life. I'm a personal trainer and chef. Lucky for Tony, I'm also artsy fartsy, so while this was scary, it was also fun! I trained a few clients and found my way into the kitchen to play with more hazelnut meal too. Hazelnut Crepes!
Filled with Daiya folded and browned on each side to melt the "cheese".
Folded and served with caramelized bananas with dairy free ice cream on top.
(makes 9 medium crepes)
1/2 cup Bob's Red Mill Hazelnut Meal
1/2 cup Bob's Red Mill Gluten Free All Purpose Flour
1/4 tsp guar gum
1 cup egg whites
1 cup almond milk
2/3 cup water
2 TBSP dairy free butter, melted
Mix everything in a blender and blend for 3 minutes. Refrigerate for 4 to 24 hours. Cook in a buttered or oiled non-stick pan flipping when bubbles form on top of the crepe. I used a 1/3 cup measuring cup for each crepe. Serve savory or sweet!
Tuesday was a runch day! Lunch time runs are becoming a favorite of mine. I felt like a caged animal that had been released when I got out in the sunshine! Hit a PR and then fueled up with a kabocha sandwich on protein flatbread!
Wednesday was the day we actually worked with the photo emulsion. We coated our screen and got things ready to wake up before the sun came out on Thursday morning (happens anyway, but we needed the dark that day for work). I trained clients and got a little bookkeeping work done. Have I mentioned how much I hate that part of work? UGH!
Thursday was a crazy day. We got up, had a little coffee and then got to work exposing and cleaning our screen. We went with a fun design for our first try and I'm amazed at how well it turned out.
We also printed shirts! So much fun!
I also spent 4 hours driving kids around to various things and trained clients. It was a busy, but super fun day!
Friday was Friday, need I say more? I got in a great run with Tony, got some tax stuff done (I still have some to do) and then relaxed with my men watching a movie.
Saturday was a day of errands with Tony. We started our morning with a cup of coffee before the sun came up (we are apparently getting old and can't sleep in) and ended up having an incredible brainstorming meeting! I love seeing him so excited about art in a different way. He loves what he does with comics and that will always be a passion of his, but see him look forward to new opportunities really inspires me. I'm a lucky girl to have him in my life. He has given me a beautiful family and a comfortable place to live. I could never ask for more. Love him! We also made our way to the art store for more ink! I can't wait to play with these!
I finished the weekend with a 6 mile run with Tony. It's the first 6 miler in a long time that felt good. It was needed. I also spent the morning working on laundry while Tony took our oldest out to drive on real roads for the first time. That part was a little hard to deal with. I have no idea where the time has gone? Everyone survived safe and sound, including the car. Again, I couldn't ask for more.