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Apologies, again— I know I said I’d update more, but as luck would have it, I had been quite preoccupied with week-long out-of-town work succeeded by another week-long ailment, which unfortunately I still have. So now, while waiting for a check up in the hospital, I decided to take advantage of this interval and finally get to answering TAs.
I hope everyone’s having a better, healthier week than I am!
My apologies for being incredibly MIA recently!
Apart from being quite preoccupied, I haven’t been using my DSLRs much— my Canon, for the most part, has unfortunately been malfunctioning, so I’ve predominantly utilizing my iPhone. Consequently, my Instagram has been the most updated, if anyone would care to check it out :)
In any case, I will get down to business
to defeat the Huns and start replying to TAs before I make my way to normal Tumblr programming.
Thank you to new followers, and to everyone for being patient as well. Hope every one of you is doing awesomely!
Mumford & Sons //
Wuthering Heights OST (2011)
The chilly weather lately reminds me of icy, foggy days in Italy, walking through fields and listening to this song.
Anonymous asked: Are you close with Katpertierra and Inkycherie? You three have so many similarities and I love your blogs. You’re all posting recipes too! Super cute ^^
Aw thanks! They’re two of the incredibly lovely people I’ve had the honor of meeting and befriending online :) it’s such an amazing thing, virtually finding people who you can get along with!
Anonymous asked: do you photoshop the photos taken by your phone? or do you just simply edit them using an app?
The weather lately has been a much better sunny-and-breezy combination than it was during the holidays; and such lovely climate called for some brunching outdoors, which was exactly what I had earlier today with my brother.
I had been meaning to make some Lembas/Elven bread since before Christmas, so yesterday I finally decided to put my hair up in braids, crank up some Enya, and channel my inner Galadriel.
My first batch didn’t turn out so well visually but was pretty good, taste-wise. Even so, I opted to improve on it— which it did! My second batch today came out much lighter, with a crunchy top (I did leave it a bit longer in the oven than intended; an oopsie, but it turned out okay!), a soft inside, and an almost dissolve-in-your-mouth consistency.
So here is the recipe, from my (figurative) elf ears to yours:
Lembas Bread (Lord of the Rings “authentic” Elven bread)
- 2 1/2 cups of flour
- 1 tablespoon of baking powder
1/4 teaspoon of salt
1/2 cup of butter
- 1/3 cup of sugar (I used raw sugar)
- A dash of cinnamon
(too much might make the bread’s color darker)
- 1/2 teaspoon honey
2/3 cup of heavy whipping cream
(keep adding if the dough is too dry. I ended up putting almost up to 1 cup)
- 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla
- Preheat oven to 425F.
- Mix the flour, baking powder and salt into a large bowl.
- Add the butter and mix with a well until you get a grainy, crumbly mixture.
- Add the sugar and cinnamon, and mix them thoroughly.
- Finally add the cream, honey, and vanilla and stir them in with a fork until a nice, thick dough forms.
- Roll the dough out about 1/2 in thickness.
- Cut out 3-inch squares and transfer the dough to a cookie sheet. Criss-cross each square from corner-to-corner with a knife, lightly (not cutting through the dough).
- Bake for about 12 minutes or more (depending on the thickness of the bread) until it is set and lightly golden. Makes 10-12.
And more iPhone-shot photos— some leisurely outdoor painting and lovely photo walking. In case you haven’t seen them on my Instagram yet, haha.
Anonymous asked: I don’t have anything to ask. But Sara Blake’s “Artist vs. Artist” reminded me of you.
I just googled her and her works are beautiful. So thank you :) I couldn’t seem to find “Artist vs. Artist” though; care to direct me?
Anonymous asked: do you bring your art materials everywhere you go? what’s usually in your bag when you go out?
Many apologies for not having updated for quite some time.
I spent the entirety of the holidays with my family up in our rest house— extensively restful yet vibrant days, and almost devoid of virtual contact. Besides that, my Canon conked out in the midst of it so I was left to capture moments with my phone, some of which are pictured above.
Thank you to my new followers and for the messages, which I’ll get to in a bit. I hope everyone had a blissful Christmas, and wish you all a jovial new year ahead as well!
Christmas in Rome, December 2012.
Sorry I don’t really have new stuff much, having been busy these days and all. But happy weekend and four-days-til-Christmas to everyone!
One of my favorite restaurants in the world, Casanova, located in Carmel, California.
The restaurant was homey and exceptionally lovely. The original owner was Charlie Chaplin’s cook, and the “Vincent” on the plate in the third photo refers to famed painter Vincent Van Gogh— they have the actual table Van Gogh used before his death, which my mom and I were totally fangirling over, haha.
One of my personal favorite fairytale towns— Carmel, California.
Anonymous asked: you’re so great ate isobel :))
Thank you so much :)
Anonymous asked: Hi Iso, reading your blog makes me think you’re a family oriented girl, may I ask what is your favorite family picture? Have a great day. :)
Two of the eight books I’ve (quite unstoppably) purchased in the past month— The Curious Incident of the Dog During the Night-Time by Mark Haddon, which I’ve been wanting to get for a while now; and Stories, collected and edited by Neil Gaiman and Al Sarrantonio, featuring a selection of short stories by the two aforementioned writers, along with about 25 others (including some favorites such as Chuck Palahniuk and Jodi Piccoult).
Admittedly, I bought the latter for my brother on his birthday with the intention of reading it myself, haha.
I’ve been a bit under the weather again, so the past couple days have been spent in bed with these lovely companions of mine.