Bella Bohemian featured in the Jewelry Affaire Magazine

Bella Bohemian featured in the Jewelry Affaire Magazine

Hello lovely people! It’s been awhile…

Something I’ve realized recently is that I have to celebrate everything, absolutely everything, with the love of my life, friends, family, even the whole world, because my joy overflows from within. Packed with lots of happiness in my heart, I’m sharing a secret that I’ve been keeping for six months. I’m currently featured in the new Summer 2017 issue of Jewelry Affaire Magazine – a popular artisan magazine in the USA. On pages 8-9 I’m showing how to make one of my Bohemian necklaces. It’s something exciting to me since I really enjoy making things with my hands and don’t mind in explaining and sharing ideas or passing information along with those who are interested in learning new things in life.

I’m grateful and thankful for the opportunity of being published. It’s very important to see my work being recognized for the first time in a magazine, and for that I’m thrilled and very happy.

For those who know me for a very long time, know of my beginning, and to finally experience an acknowledgement of my hard work and growth feels incredible! To me, these are moments to celebrate with those closest to me, and that makes the experience even more amazing. There’re no words to express how it feels inside. It’s something completely new to me. I have this subtle feeling inside of me telling me this is just the beginning of many more exciting moments to come.

Much love to all!!! 💕 🎉 💫

 

A BIG thank you to the editor Kelly Kirchner and the entire team @stampington.

Recipe — Sumac Avocado Toast and Mediterranean Style Toast Prosciutto

Recipe — Sumac Avocado Toast and Mediterranean Style Toast Prosciutto

Hi to All and hope you’re enjoying Summer!

Today I’m sharing two new combinations of toast that I just created. Recently I discovered a new fragrant spice called Sumac, a reddish-purple powder that is used in Middle Eastern Cuisine. Since then I’ve been experimenting with other dishes such as sprinkling sumac over salads and sandwiches. It generally tastes good in hot or cold meals. The flavor of sumac is incredible, so I decide to be more creative with this spice mixing it in with avocado and pouring it on top of toasted bread. The warmth of a soft boiled egg enhanced with sumac, deliciously melts in my mouth.

Sumac Avocado Toast with Soft Boiled Eggs

Ingredients: Serves 3

  • 2 organic fresh ripe avocados peeled and diced
  • 2 tsp of sumac [About Sumac]
  • 3 soft organic boiled eggs peeled
  • 3 slices sourdoughs toasted bread
  • Salt flakes to taste

How to Prepare the First Sumac Avocado Toast

  1. Cut the avocados in half and remove the seeds, gently with a sharp knife make cuts in the avocado fresh in a cross-hatch pattern, careful not to break through the avocado peel. Then use a spoon to easily scoop out the avocado pieces.
  2. In a glass bowl mix gently with small spoon the avocado pieces with sumac, and add salt flakes according to taste. Set a side and covered with plastic food wrap.
  3. Pre-heated oven: 360°F.
  4. Toast the bread slices on a baking sheet in the oven for 8 to 10 minutes, until golden and crispy. Don’t forget to flip to brown both sides.
  5. Place the 3 eggs in a small saucepan. Cover them with 1 inch of cool water by. Bring water to a boil over high heat for 5 to 6 minutes. Remove from burner. (Since I don’t know the size of your sauce pan and hence the amount of water used, you’ll need to make the necessary adjustments.)
  6. Peeled the eggs gently set a side in small plate.
  7. Generously spread the sumac avocado mixture with a spatula on your toasted bread. Then top it off with a soft boiled egg and gently cut the egg in half with a very sharp knife. Once the yolk runs, sprinkle it with a bit freshly ground black pepper. Serve immediately with your favorite drink.

This is how the combination of the diced avocados and sumac should be mixed.

 

Mediterranean Style Toast with Prosciutto, Boiled Mini Mushrooms and Feta Cheese

Here’s another great tasting toast that is worth trying out, especially if you like Prosciutto. It’s perfect for those days when you feel like eating something simple. Thanks to the Mediterranean influence of the herbed feta cheese and the cuteness of the mini broiled mushrooms (Kinoko Sansai Serhri) that I found at the local Japanese market, you now have more options for your toast. The mushrooms are very well packaged in a thicker plastic bag, and well sealed, as they come from Japan. You’ll easily identify them in the cold section of a well-rounded supermarket.

Ingredients: Serves 2

  • 4 tbsp Basil Pesto Black Olive & Feta [I used Elki]
  • 6 organic baby spinach
  • 2 slices Prosciutto di Parma
  • 6 mini boiled mushrooms for toppings
  • handful crumbled feta cheese with Mediterranean herbs [I used the Trader Joe’s]
  • 2 sourdoughs slices toasted bread

How to Prepare the Second  Mediterranean Toast

  1. Pre-heated oven: 360°F.
  2. Toast the bread slices on a baking sheet in the oven for 8 to 10 minutes, until golden and crispy. Don’t forget to flip to brown both sides.
  3. Generously spread the 2 tbsp of the Basil Pesto Black Olive & Feta with spoon on a toasted bread. Add top with 1 slice of Prosciutto de Parma, then 3 baby spinach, and 3 boiled small mushrooms sprinkled with Mediterranean feta cheese according to taste.
  4. Repeat step 3 on the second toast. Serve immediately with your favorite drink.

 

June and New Blog Layout

June and New Blog Layout

Hello lovely people and Happy June!!!

It’s been on my mind for a while to resuscitate this blog and make things easier and organized so you could find the posts whithout much effort. I put in long hours to fix this blog also adding tags in every post to make sure things are working properly and smoothly. I deleted some older posts that I didn’t like or I guess should be less representative of what I want to write about today.

The best URL to use is https://bella.bluelf.me, especially if you’re going to log in to post replies.

There are new Social Media icons displayed in the right side of this blog, easily visible to share the posts you like. Sadly with the above http to https change, I lost all the numbers representing liked and shared posts. For now I’m starting with zero, so please start sharing again and point to (copy/paste) the URL with https:// specifically …

If you have any questions or suggestions about the new blog or blogging in general, feel free to let me know … After all I’m here because I like to hear from you.

Not too long ago we went kayaking across the Mission Bay Channel to Mission Bay here in San Diego. Something completely new to me. The weather was perfectly bright blue skies and a cool breeze blowing in our faces, and splashes of water refreshing our body. It was a lot of fun being out there in the middle of the bay. I saw for the first time an old Mississippi style steam boat full of passengers. I thought this was very cool for an old style boat like this to still be running.

These photos were taken while in the front seat of our kayak. The view is crystal clear because I was so close to many of these old cargo ships, birds and bridges. As a side note, I would not recommend for anyone to kayak in these waters because you share these waters with either powered or large other craft and their captains may not see you. Even if you wear bright safety vests it’s still a bit of a risk.

I really enjoyed being out there in the early morning and the experience of feeling the water, the sun and the smell of salt in the air, is truly amazing.

After we finished kayaking, it was time to find something to eat. Along the way, we came across these lovely pink buttercup blossoms all over the harbor. And the blue sky was a perfect backdrop for a photo.

PS: If you’re planing to visit San Diego here is the Aqua Adventures Kayaks & Paddleboards to rent.

The Huntington Library — Part 2

The Huntington Library — Part 2

As I promised, today I’m sharing more photos of The Huntington Library

In my experience, these are the best in the Southern California including: the “Australian Garden”, the “California Garden”, the “Lily Ponds”, the “Palm Garden”, the “Herb Garden”, the “Shakespeare Garden” and the “Subtropical Garden”. You’ll need more than one visit to see everything. There are 12 themed gardens to explore. That’s a lot of walking! If you plan on spending the entire day, a water bottle, some sunscreen, and wear comfortable shoes and light clothes, a wide hat, and sunglasses.

The gift shop is huge with a large collections of gifts for many a taste. The library is incredible and well organized with amazing collections of rare books and manuscripts, even if you’re not allowed to touch. After a while you’ll find yourself hungry. So you’ll be relieved to know that there are a several options to eat seasonal food made from scratch.

Have an amazing week!!

Water Lily Pond.

The Rose Garden.

The Desert Garden.

Water Fountain at Huntington Library.

The Shakespeare Garden.

The Sculpture Garden.

The Jungle Garden.

Giant Bell at the Japanese Garden.

The Huntington Library

The Huntington Library

Happy May to all and hope you are enjoying the full bloom!

Today I’m sharing some photos from my recently visit to The Huntington Library in San Marino, LA. It’s my second time exploring this beautiful place and it’s interesting to see the different gardens, e.g. the “Japanese Garden”, the “Desert Garden”, and the “Chinese Garden”, as you walk through the grounds. It feels like you’re entering a different world. It’s impressive and peaceful at the same time.

There’s so much to see, it’s best to take your time and come again to see more. The admission is on the expensive side at $23 for adults, but worth every penny …  We visited during the weekdays when it’s less crowded and allowed us to slow down and enjoy each garden, walk slowly and take photographs. When you get exhausted, find a grassy space under the shade of one of the many voluminous tree. It’s a pleasure to just sit for a moment, take in so many different blooming aromas from the gardens and listen to the water of the ponds. Either that or you’re even welcome to nap. Sounds wonderful no?

Hope you enjoy the images; but it’s a far cry from the real experience! I’ll be back with the part 2 post.

 

Beautiful happy birds singing in sunny days at Huntington garden.

The Golden Barrel cactus from Huntington Desert Garden.

Water Lily pond at Huntington Garden.

Huntington Wooden Bridge of the Japanese Garden.

Lead the way path to the Japanese Garden.

Happy Easter — Feliz Páscoa

Happy Easter — Feliz Páscoa

Hello and Happy Easter!

Easter kinda snuck up on me, so I would like to share a last minute post. As many of us prepare to express our Easter spirit, here are a few things that I came up with using egg shells I’d collected a while back. These I hand painted with non-toxic acrylic paint in between with others working things. I’d bought some flowers and I started digging inside some boxes and bags of decor and jelly beans, to name a few, to look for what I already have, to arrange an Easter flatlay.

I cut an egg box in a half and then filled it with dry petals of small roses, then added the painted eggshells with different varieties of candy and embellished with some small brown and white feathers around the eggs. Next, I shaped a nest using some dry branches which had been come with a bouquet of flowers. These branches looked kind of fancy, so I’d decided to keep them; and as it turns out today, had a chance to put them to good use by transforming them into a lovely nest that later turned into a great center piece for Easter.

I took some pictures just to share what I’m planning for this Easter Sunday.

Wishing you a peaceful and a beautiful Easter with your loved ones. 💕 🐰

 

San Diego in Bloom

San Diego in Bloom

San Diego and the whole California state, to me, is the most beautiful place right now to visit. Warm air, clear and bright blue skies, and a sparkling, calm ocean. Spring is a time for renewing our energies! Wake up early and appreciate every moment and feels its rejuvenating powers. Watch nature unfold, turning into fields of super blooms in so many different hues to enchant our eyes and intoxicate us with its fragrance.

Here are a few photos that show just a bit of the beauty around town. Hope you enjoy the photos as much I did taking them.

Wishing you a lovely Spring …

Pink dreamy flowers sprout forth ...
Pink dreamy flowers sprout forth and turn their faces toward the evergreens and sun near my home.
Beautiful carpet of purple and white flowers.
Beautiful carpet of purple and white flowers from the Flower Fields in Carlsbad.
Carpet of multicolored flowers.
Carpet of multicolored flowers from the gardens around town.
View of La Jolla shore.
Spectacular view looking of La Jolla shore.
One of the little beaches in La Jolla.
La Jolla beach has some small beaches that are great for swimming, snorkeling and scuba diving. Just be mindful of the large rocks in the sand.

Super Smoothie with Strawberries Bananas Oats and Nuts

Super Smoothie with Strawberries Bananas Oats and Nuts

I’m excited to share this super smoothie with you, packed with vitamins and minerals. It’s a refreshing, energizing and satisfying drink for any day or time, especially when you are a little hungry but don’t feel like eating a heavy meal, or if you’re too busy running errands and have little time, this is the perfect smoothie for you! So if you’re one of those people who jets out the door without breakfast in the morning … need I say more?

.. enjoy every sip, tasting the nutty flavor and tender crunch of the cashews, macadamias and hemp seeds. It’s healthy, delicious and rejuvenating.

Hope you enjoy this drink as much as I did. 😋💚

 

Super Smoothie with Strawberries Bananas Oats and Nuts

Ingredients: Makes 2 tall glasses

  • 3 organic bananas fresh and peeled
  • 4 organic strawberries fresh rinsed without stem
  • 2 tbsp organic raw cashews
  • 1 tbsp organic raw macadamias
  • 1 tbsp oats
  • ½ tsp honey (optional depending how sweet your bananas and strawberries are)
  • 3 handfuls ice cubes
  • 1 cup organic unsweetened almond milk

Toppings

Sprinkle with raw shelled hemp seeds, approximating 1/8 tsp, divided between both glasses.

How to Make:

  1. Add all the smoothie ingredients in a blender and press crush first and then blender on high until smooth.
  2. Pour smoothie into tall glasses.
  3. Top each glass with raw shelled hemp seeds and serve immediately with a straw.