Wednesday, April 13, 2011

It's Oh So Quiet...

... and I am enjoying the sleepiness that feels in the home the tranquillity feels like paradise. I am watching nature awake from it's sleepy haze and we are entranced by it. To the point of meditation. We are cooking, cleaning, redecorating all in a steady almost meditative state. As in nature pulling us by some invisible great force or thread to do beautiful things to our space without much effort. I am certainly not feeling that Spring cleaning rush and madness that some feel. I am doing it good, steady, calm, purposefully and peacefully.

adrianairis La Dulce Vida

We are purging the old with ease and mindfulness. I've inculcated in my children the value of what they own... not to destroy their things... just in case and maybe one day they can share them in the future with someone. This habit now has created a spectacular library and wardrobe. Now Mia is reading Maia's books... Maia is reading Jorge's and Jorge is reading ours. A beautiful cycle of recycling which now brings conversations about old books, clothes, fashion and everything we had stored. We go back in time and travel while we look through our time capsules. We are cleansing our space and clearing all the doors of perception making everything seem infinite. A Target shower curtain find open up possibilities to what was a very dark bathroom. 
Now the birdbath... as we call it, is the girls favourite room.

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Yesterday I posted the ferns that I knew would be open by today... She, yes, my friend. My fern is a she...Like I is now open to the world... We are the catalysts for our own change and growth. Is not where we stand but in which direction we are moving... 

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Made some red rice with white bean and applewood bacon that was too die for... Made it by serendipitous ways being that I need it other ingredients but it came out so good. Recipe at the end...

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And that my friends is my midweek... Enjoy the sweet life...

adrianairis La Dulce Vida

Applewood Bacon White Bean Rice


    3 cups of White Rice, medium grain 3 cups of water 1 can of Tomato Sauce 1 Cup of Vegetable Broth 1 packet of Sazon Goya (with Coriander and Annatto) 2 tbsp. Extra Light Olive Oil 1 tbsp. Sofrito 1 tbsp. Garlic (chopped)
    1/2 cup of celery
    1/2 cup of chopped onions
    1/2 cup roasted fire tomatoes
    1 can White Bean (drained)
    1/4 lb of Smoke Applewood Bacon
Oregano, Cumin and dried Thyme were added.


Pour 2 tbsp. of extra light olive oil to heat in a caldero (cauldron) on the stove on medium heat. Mix in the tomato sauce, sofrito, garlic, bacon, sazon and other spices (optional). Fry these ingredients lightly (in spanish: sofreir) for about 3-4 minutes.
Pour in the 3 cups of water and broth and mix. Taste for salt, and add some if needed. Mix in the 3 cups of white rice, beans and mix again.
Let rice cook on medium heat for about 15 minutes or until you can see little holes on the top. Mix the rice again, from bottom to top and lower the heat to low. Cover with lid and let cook for about 15 minutes more. Check on the rice and it should be cooked and soft. If rice is still a bit hard, you can moisten a napkin and place it on top of the rice and cover. You may also add a bit more water, mix and allowing the rice to cook for another 5 minutes after covering with lid.


  1. What a sweet glimpse into your week. Thank you. You family is beautiful.

  2. its fun to spring clean I think
    i started putting our winter stuff away but must leave some out for camping, cold nights in colorado when camping.
    i wish you could just give me a bite of that thru the computer.

  3. im the same way. i hate to toss anything still in good condition so we make it a point to pass it on.

    btw - yum!! but i dont feel like cooking today. ;)

  4. Great photos...the rice dish looks delish!

  5. Love the hot bath sign! And that rice looks awesome.


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