Now More Than Ever

May 29, 2017

As we kick-start Summer this Memorial Day, remember those that have been lost in service to the nation. If you have a flag, display it, if you don’t have one…get one and, if the one you have is in disrepair…dispose of it properly and replace it.

photo: gp

 

 

 

 

 

 

Not too big…

May 25, 2017

not too small. But, just right. Garden shed, studio or just a little place to hide out, the Muji Hut is any and all of those. At just under 100 square feet it features a covered porch, sliding glass door, an additional small window for cross ventilation and a wood burning stove. The surface materials of plywood and concrete with the exterior of charred cedar are the perfect complement to the simple shape with its sloped shed roof. While Muji is not currently offering the Hut outside Japan, you might start scoping out the yard for the perfect location should that change or they decide to offer plans only. A little something to inspire if you’re not taking off for the holiday weekend.

 

photos: https://www.muji.com/jp/mujihut/en.html

 

 

 

A Good Place to Start

May 22, 2017

It doesn’t take much to create a little something special. Keeping things simplequietmodern is key, as is careful editing of design and material. Let’s start with materials, shall we? My absolute favorites…raw plywood, concrete…and the addition of charred cedar. Stay tuned.

photos: Muji.com

 

 

 

Lentil Tacos

May 2, 2017

Just in time for Cinco de Mayo…Lentil Tacos. Four ingredients , a stack of corn tortillas and fifteen minutes….Ole’. Dinner is served.

G’s Lentil Tacos

1 package Trader Joe’s Steamed Lentils ( 17.6 oz)

1/2 small red onion diced

1/2 packet Trader Joe’s Taco Seasoning Mix

1 19 oz. can diced tomatoes with green chilis or lime and cilantro

1 tablespoon general use olive oil

 

Heat oil in skillet and sauté onions for two minutes. Add taco seasoning and continue cooking for 2 minutes. Add the precooked lentils, tomatoes and 1/2 cup of water, stirring to combine.Bring mixture to a simmer and cook an additional 5 minutes.

Serve on grilled corn tortillas street style with some additional chopped onion and cilantro or fully loaded American style with your favorite taco toppings.

 

photos: gp

 

 

 

 

 

Easter Bake

April 2, 2017

Even with a short list of ingredients baking bread can be a tricky undertaking. This recipe for Milanese Raisin Bread might be the exception. The addition of the raisin soaking liquid to the 50/50 ratio of flour to fruit gives this rich rustic loaf it’s distinct sweet flavor and deep brown crust. My test loaf actually cut and tasted better after a couple of days, so you’ll be fine baking it off ahead of time if you decide to add it to an Easter menu. The thought of pairing this with a sliver a baked ham and a touch of grainy mustard has me thinking…you might want to make two.

 

Photos:gp

Final photo, https://food52.com/recipes/66796-pantramvai-milanese-raisin-bread

 

 

 

 

Pick One…Any One

March 30, 2017

Easter and Passover are just around the corner and nothing makes a simplequietmodern statement  than a classic glass cylinder vase filled with flowering branches. From your own yard, a friends garden or a trip to the market, this exercise is simple…pick a single type, fill your vase with water, grab your secateurs and give each branch a fresh clean cut. Done.

 

Top to bottom:

Pussy Willow,Forsythia,Yellow Twig Dogwood,Lichen Covered Branches,Quince,Tulip Magnolia

all photos: http://www.shopterrain.com/fresh-faux-flowers/?cm_sp=Homepage-_-week032717-_-Branches

 

 

 

 

Sorry…

March 5, 2017

I just drifted off. It’s March. It’s cold. And, a bunch of Daffodils can only do so much. Close your eyes and picture this. A tiny poured concrete casita in the Mexican desert. One bedroom, one bed, one bath, an indoor/outdoor kitchen, a pool and a private beach. Perfect.

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photos via  https://www.gardenista.com/posts/one-bedroom-desert-view-tiny-casita-mexico-swimming-pool-included/