Tuesday, July 31, 2012

BBQ Turkey Sliders

My bridesmaids including my sister are still my closest friends. And there is one thing they all have in I created this recipe for my oldest, dearest. She lives far away in Colorado and wanted something, quick, easy and of course, tasty. Now, all the girls except my sister have tried this out. It's a hit. So I'm documenting here for easy access for the girls and all my readers!

This recipe is closely related to the Lemon Mint Chicken Sliders with Cumin Aioli but more back yard barbeque with cut offs and beer than evening get together with summer sparkling and sun dress.


Barbeque Turkey Sliders

  • 1 lb ground turkey
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup bread crumbs (optional*)
  • 2 tsp. Lawry's seasoning salt
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • 2 Tbs bbq sauce
  • slider buns
  1. Mix all ingredients together.
  2. Form into small patties.
  3. Bake at 350 for 15 minutes.
  4. Serve on slider buns with your usual burger things (onions, ketchup, mayo, tomatoes, bbq sauce etc.)
8 Servings (2 - 2oz. patties per person)
Nutritional content includes the buns and bread crumbs: Calories 261, Fat 10.2 g, Carbs 22g, Protein 20.7 g
*Nutritional content without bread crumbs or slider buns (for all you low carbers) : Calories 148, Fat 8 g, Carbs 1.6 g, Protein 16.2 g 
Monday, July 30, 2012

Turkey and a Giveaway

Our trip to Turkey (and Greece) was amazing. An absolutely unforgettable journey with the love of close family and the joy of great sites...and, oh, did I mention the cuisine?

I'll be doing a four part post about our trip. If you are on your way there, the little tips and suggestions may prove useful. Or perhaps, I can pique your interest enough to launch you into embarking on a trip of your own to Turkey?

Also, in the next couple weeks, I'll be doing my first giveaway. So stay tuned.

Today I leave you with an enchanting tourism video...

Saturday, July 28, 2012

I Don't Know What to Say

I really don't and anyone that knows me, knows that that rarely happens. My dad's speech at our wedding began with, "We all called her Chatty Cathy!"

By this time Turkey has enraptured me. So I'll leave you with some pretty pictures (you know how I love the pretty) and a little film.





Thursday, July 26, 2012

Exotic Ahi Tuna with Mango

I love sushi. But it's pretty pricey to be going out and eating it with any frequency. So, sometimes I buy a sushi grade Ahi steak at Costco and play around with ingredients. It's cheaper than going out and it's always a charm when I get a high five from the husband for something delicious. I only wish I could think of a better name for this one!

This would be a super treat to serve at your next gathering!

Exotic Ahi Tuna with Mango

  • 12 Oz. Ahi Tuna steak
  • 1/2 ripe mango
  • 3 Scallions (green onions), cut into slivers
  • 1/2 English cucumber, chopped
  • 1 bunch cilantro
  • 4 Tbs sesame oil
  • 4 Tbs Soy sauce
  • 2 Tbs Chili sauce
  • 2 Tbs roasted sesame seeds
  • 1 Tbs black sesame seeds (not to be confused with Nigella seeds most often found in Moroccan cuisine)
  • 1/4 cup blanched almonds or toasted mac nuts
  • White pepper and Himalayan pink salt to taste
  • 1 Package Wasabi Rice Crackers
  1. Chop (small) tuna, cucumber, 1/2 mango and green onions.
  2. After chopping place all in a bowl and refrigerate.
  3. In a food processor, combine Chili sauce, sesame oil, soy sauce and bunch cilantro.
  4. Pulse until you have a sauce.
  5. Remove bowl of mixed ingredients from fridge and add sauce.
  6. Mix to coat.
  7. Add sesame seeds, almonds (or mac nuts) and salt and pepper.
  8. Plate, garnish with radish sprouts and add crackers.
  9. Enjoy!
4 Servings
Nutritional content includes the crackers: Calories 434, Fat 22 g, Carbs 34 g, Protein 25 g
Nutritional content without crackers: Calories 333, Fat 20 g, Carbs 14 g, Protein 24 g 
Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Glass Tile Adornments

I love to go to my husbands tile showroom! I am always inspired by the stuff he has there. He and his partner do quite a bit of work in natural stone but his partner deals more frequently in pool tiles. I found some scraps last time I went and I put my crafting skills to work.

This morning I was motivated to make these little bracelets so I can give them as simple, inexpensive, chic gifts to ladies I care about.

Materials: Pinking shears, felt, glass, ceramic or shell tiles, a glue gun, some needle point thread, needle point or tapestry needles, sewing needles and thread and some hemp twine or fancy skinny ribbon and buttons.
With the pinking shears cut a straight line at the edge of a felt piece. Glue each glass tile to the felt with the glue gun. Cut off the strip of glued tiles on the other side using the pinking shears again.
Next, sew on the button. Be sure to measure your wrist. Sew the button on with a needle and thread as you would with a shirt button. Next cut a button hole on the other side. (Felt has poor integrity becasue it is not woven) You need to reinforce the button hole otherwise you'll lose the bracelet. Use the embroidery thread and blanket stitch around the small slit twice. After you tie it off glue a tiny piece of felt above and below the button hole after your reinforcement. You've just completed the bracelet and it's ready to wear. 

An alternate way to create a closure for your bracelet is by looping fancy string (as pictured) through a button with button holes big enough to accommodate the string. Then glue the string to the felt on the underside of the bracelet. Secure with a piece of felt that you glue on. On the other side of the bracelet you'll need a loop with which to fasten the bracelet to your wrist. Make a loop with the fancy string and glue it the same way you did on the button side. Again secure with glued felt. Before you do this step, measure your wrist so that you have a bracelet that fits comfortably. 

The finished product is pretty, unique and handmade.
Sunday, July 22, 2012

Poppy Pods

At the bottom of Poppies and Paperbacks, there is sometimes an advertisement to buy poppy pods. In my naive curiosity, I researched why anyone would want to buy a poppy pod. They're pretty when in a vase and fresh next to blooming Icelandics...but besides prettiness, why all the fuss?

I found all kinds of things. Professed cures for cancer, bed time tea, DIY projects and crafting uses and then I came upon this...

"I woke up avalanched under a junkyard of pain, my body a trap of torn nerves and trashed organs. An oily rash of sweat had soaked through my pillow and into the mattress. I was coughing, confused and crazy with anger. A throbbing, deep-pink chemical sunburn covered my face; my bowels were spitting hot mercury. I slid out of bed and dropped to the floor, the weight of a snarling mountain gorilla bearing down on me. I saw myself in the mirror as I fell. I looked puffy."

I suggest reading the entire article because, mostly, it's written so well. But also because it's a very unusual story. Just click on any word in the above excerpt.

Source for this and the following...

Friday, July 20, 2012

Knife and Saw

I wasn't sure if I should start this post with Frabjous Find or label it under Art and Design. Well, it's both!

Knife and Saw is a design house begun by a guy named Mike Brigham. I found him while visiting Dwell recently because I was trying to get ideas for our "shop," "man cave," "basement," what have you. We are trying to shape the joint up so we can use it as a functional space instead of simply stowing camping gear.

I think most any space can have design elements included to make it uniquely yours, adding comfort and aesthetic.

Brigham hit the nail on the head or in this case hit the bike on a bookshelf!

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Bring Your A Game

It's a music mix today. Enjoy! Yup...all the song titles begin with the letter A!

1. Across the Sky - Emilie Autumn
2. Any Second Now - Depeche Mode
3. Another Sky - Scenic
4. Alfie - Lily Allen
5. Animal - Miike Snow
6. Actor Out of Work - St. Vincent
7. Adult Education - Hall and Oates
8. Additcted - Amy Winehouse
9. All I Believe In - The Magic Number + Amadou & Miriam
10. Aha! - Imogen Heap
11. Australia - The Shins
12. April In Paris - Count Basie
Monday, July 16, 2012

Peanut Butter and Jelly Protein Bars

This recipe has been adapted from the Dashing Dish. I love to visit Katie there. She is so inspirational and when in doubt I consult her beautiful site which offers guidance from her, exercise methods and routines and health conscious recipes that include Weight Watchers points. Although I do not personally know her, she is my friend.

As most of you know, I have been weight watching since February and have been successful in losing a substantial amount of weight. The trick is keeping it off which takes fastidious constancy, commitment and consistency - the 3 C's! When I feel weak, I say a wee prayer and seek the help of this sweet girl. Sometimes I look for specifics and sometimes I just seek her good spirit.

Anyway, as I said, I've adapted her recipe, not because it wasn't perfect before, it was. It just so happens though that I wanted a bit more protein per serving than her original recipe provided. It's still her recipe, just a bit tweaked.

Katie recommends freezing these for longevity and pulling them out of the freezer whenever you need a snack on the go which is great because they are jam packed with protein. The protein will stave off your hunger until you sit down to a proper meal.

Peanut Butter and Jelly Protein Bars

  • 1 1/2 Cups Protein Powder (I use Bob's Red Mill Whey Protein Concentrate)
  • 1/2 Cup PB2 (Peanut Flour - you can get this at most natural food stores)
  • 3/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 3 Tbs unsweetened apple butter (less carbs than apple sauce - weird)
  • 1/2 Cup skim milk
  • 3 egg whites
  • 4-5 packets of artificial sweetener of your choice
  • 3 Tbs strawberry jam (Katie called for no sugar added - I only had regular in the fridge)
  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Spray 8x8 baking pan with cooking spray.
  3. Mix all ingredients together except strawberry jam.
  4. Pour batter into pan.
  5. Mix Jam with a tiny bit of water and drizzle on top of batter.
  6. Bake for 15-20 minutes.
Nutrition Facts:
9 Servings
Calories per serving 116, Fat 1.4 Grams, Carbs 12.6, Protein 15 Grams

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Pearls of Wisdom

While we are in Turkey, let me leave you with this morsel of goodness that keeps me going through the trials and tribulations of trying to be a blogger...

It's so difficult not to compare ourselves with others we perceive as more successful, more knowledgeable or better off. The key word there is perceive.

I know a woman who has a very successful blog (no names to protect the innocent) but she also has a sister who is very sick. I know another man (again no names) who has a wickedly famous design blog but he just found out his wife has been unfaithful. And, I know a woman who has 27, 000 followers on Pinterest, a prolific Etsy store and a sponsored art site but she just lost her house.

I am certainly not trying to focus on the negative. I'm just saying that though P and P is not sponsored (yet), and I don't have tons of readers and I'm no authority in blogging, my sister is healthy, my husband is faithful and we have a sweet little cottage to call our own. When we put things in perspective and couple that perspective with hard work and patience, I think anything can happen!

Original photo by Tennesee Bunny finished artwork by me.
On that note, please tell your friends about Poppies and Paperbacks, follow me on Pinterest, follow me on twitter and come visit me anytime on Facebook (although, I'm not terribly consistent on "the book").
Thursday, July 12, 2012

Card Tricks and Illusionists

Magic is alluring. It's a talent like dancing or singing It's extremely appealing and most people wish they could do it.

I love cards. I love the art on vintage playing cards. I love the feel and texture of a deck of cards and perhaps because of all this admiration I love card tricks too.

The following film I realize is an ad campagin but I challenge you to follow his hands to see what he does and how to do it. I love it so much it gets me a little crazy. Like Elvis. Ellusionist is a pretty awesome website if you, like me, love a card trick and slight of hand. It's quite sexy. Check out Theory 11...their creativity is whimsically malicious. Like I said, I wish I could dance, sing, act and do magic!

The videos are pro quality and bonus, they have great music.

Look closely here, lest you miss the fascination....

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Gala Darling

I was fishing around on Twitter and noticed that I consistently check on a woman named Gala. She has a blog called Gala Darling: A Radical Self Love Project and is she ever a darling. She is like a gum drop or a gingerbread house; clever and complicated and sweet. Gala Darling is sometimes witty and always charming and when she has a link on her Twitter feed I cant help but want to experience what Gala finds so appealing. I've never been disappointed. And I'm feeling the love...the neighbor love that is! Gala was recently in San Francisco.

This lovely displaced Kiwi has created a home for herself in New York City and has incurred a passion of teaching women how to love themselves. I have learned so much from her. Mostly that I love her. I love her style, her kindness and her undying love for her dogs! I especially love how she teaches us as ladies, that we can love ourselves. She is pink and lavender and tangerine. She is sequins and shine in the summertime. She is a cupcake and red licorice. She is enthusiasm and beauty and art. I love her. I wish I knew her. For now, I'll keep her close to my heart and visit her with at least weekly frequency!

Look at this....
Print by Kevin Dart

Gala Darling: Gorgeous but never takes herself too seriously.

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Frabjous Finds - Metrode

I never tire of excellent leather goods. for that matter, I never tire of excellent. And, I ask who does? Yeah, well, cruising the internet one day I came across a Seattle based company called Metrode that sells amazing leather bags and such. In perusing their media, I came to notice they have all kinds of amazing things. Since I'm eyeing this grey tote, I thought I should share.

Of course you need a new wallet to go with your new satchel.
If you know me, you know I love love love a clutch!
It's a woven leather basket.

Friday, July 6, 2012


After the US, I have the highest readership in Sweden. Ironically Sweden is at the top of the travel list. I wish the husband was on that page with me. He's quite interested in Spain. I could take it or leave it.

We are leaving for Turkey on the 11th of July and I am in full on travel mode. Trips to Marshall's for little gifts for everyone. Travel size everything. Stocking up on sunscreen because in Bodrum it's $50 for a 6oz. bottle and washing the clothes figuring out what wont wrinkle and deciding whether I care if it does or not.

So next year, for our 5 year anniversary...Do we do Spain? I would much prefer Sweden. In fact, an entire Scandinavia trip would be exceptional. Romantic fantasies of vikings and the sound of a sweetly touched Swedish language and tall blonde men are a real draw for me.

I would love to stay at Treehotel and bask in the summer sunshine with a good Swedish drink.

I want to see Sarek National Park. The naturalist in me finds sanctuary in open spaces and peaceful environments. This is one of the natural wonders of the world I would venture to guess.

Photo: Johannes Jannson

Photo: Johan Assarsson

When I was small, my mother would take me to a wonderful store. It always smelled like spiced tang and had an air of wood nymphs and a spirit of Gnomes (although Gnomes are actually of Swiss origination). In any case this store was called The Orange Horse. It was a little proprietorship of all things Swedish especially the beloved Dala Horses. I want to bring back several of the little orange horses as treasures. 

Simple Virtues

And let's face it. The Nordic cultures are ancient and creative. They've had to be since they have survived harsh winters for millennia but these elements have provided for great art and antiques. I would love to go to a Swedish art and antiques auction at their famous (and very old) Auktionsverket.

Sweden sounds very appealing, doesn't it? Perhaps we can cross our fingers in hopes that the husband will concede to a trip to Scandinavia!

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Cinnamon Seed Protein Bars

As most of you know, I have been dieting since February. My low carb lifestyle can be daunting and boring even when I am extremely fortified. As boredom sets in, I seek out new foods and this is where a diet in the past has always caused me to run into trouble. I think I've devised some save tactics and this is one of them.

I really like foods on the go because I, myself, am always on the go. For instance, it is 11:30 AM right now and we have already been to a tire store, a garage door store and Home Depot. I drank a protein mocha for breakfast and now I'm off to Marshall's and Ross in preparation for our trip to Turkey. I know I'll get hungry but I'll want a snack not a full on meal. For busy run around days like today, I like a protein bar. The problem is that I have yet to find a protein bar that is both low in carbs/sugar and calories and high in protein.

My usual is a Kind + Protein bar. Very tasty but clocks in at 210 calories and 15 grams of fat. I keep them handy though because they are also only 11 grams of carbs and have a good punch of protein at 10 grams. I thought I might be able to do a little better without sacrificing taste so I invented the Cinnamon Seed Protein Bar.

Despite the fact that this is not a food blog, I have yet another recipe to share with you.

Cinnamon Seed Protein Bars

  • 1/2 Cup rolled oats
  • 1/4 Cup currants
  • 1 Cup Protein powder of your choice (I use Bob's Red Mill Whey Protein Concentrate)
  • 1/2 Cup puffed Quinoa
  • 2 Tbs Pumpkin seeds
  • 1/4 Cup sunflower seeds
  • 3 Tbs flax seeds
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 egg white 
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 tsp poppy seeds
  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Prepare an 8x8 baking dish with cooking spray
  3. Mix all ingredients together except cinnamon and poppy seeds.
  4. Pour batter into baking dish and smooth flat.
  5. Sprinkle top with cinnamon and poppy seeds.
  6. Bake 10-15 minutes.
  7. Let cool and cut into 10 bars.
  8. Enjoy!
10 Servings
150 Calories, 5 gms fat, 15 gms carbohydrate, 11 gms protein