I'm starting to add my hand-made jewelry to the Peg Loves Web site. The pieces online are ones where I have a handful of the same piece whereas the majority of the jewelry I make I only have one to sell because I cannot find the same materials locally. So once I make them and sell them, they are gone. I'll probably post more of the unique pieces after bazaar season ends.
how incredibly fun this would be
8-course tasting menu that is absolutely worth the four hour process at The Inn at Langley
cherry covered chocolate
still don't like oysters but it tasted fresh, briny and interesting
pretzel roll with goat's milk butter and salted radishes
"baked potato" - potato foam with bacon, chives and fried potatoes in potato skin consomme
chef at work
code with cardamom fluff, carrot foam, fresh peas and carrots
lamb loin in a glass jar of hickory smoke
lamb loin with buckwheat, morels and a bubble of bernaise sauce
crenshaw melon sorbet atop of marinated goat's milk feta (my first taste of crenshaw melons and I love it)
strawberry sorbet atop fresh strawberries, buttermilk meringue, lemon puree (tasted like Starbursts candy) and goats milk cheese enveloped in gelee with a streak of anise
A new study published in the Journal of Clinical Investigation shows that consuming food with saturated fat may help fend off negative emotions. In the study, the participants were fed through an unmarked stomach tube of either a solution of saturated fatty acids or a simple saline solution. They then listened to sad music and looked at photos of sad faces. Those that had a stomach full of saturated fat were more upbeat than those who were "fed" the saline solution. MRI scans noticed a similar pattern; the fatty solution seemed to dampen activity in parts of the brain that are involved in sadness.
The study does have some limitations, however. There were only 12 participants and all were of normal weight. Further research is needed to see both if other diet components besides saturated fat could have an effect on the brain, and if brain reactions vary among weight levels.
But for the time being, the study does show evidence that eating healthy is quite challenging since that pint of Ben & Jerry's ice cream you're craving isn't just psychological but also biological. Had a bad day? Go ahead, have another scoop of Chunky Monkey—it'll make you feel happier.
I love a good challenge and selling to these bazaar crowds has been interesting. It's been fun to see how many people I can engage. Not only am I selling jewelry, dogs books and other homemade items but I've also jumped into helping my family sell their gorgeous handmade scarves. At the first bazaar, I think the shoppers were overwhelmed with the selection. Lots of visual stimulation and the urgency to see every booth in this huge convention center kept people from really taking the time to browse. I could see these people trying to swallow it all in. Even one of the ladies manning our booth ran off after hearing about a great deal on sandals at a nearby booth. With all this hoopla you literally get seconds to try to get people's attention. I had to reel people in while they were walking and only vaguely listening to what I'm selling. But once they stop, it's such gratifying feeling. It's just a nibble but for me it's a big because you stopped that fish and just maybe that fish might bite. It also doesn't hurt that these crowds appreciate handmade items. I'm going to be sad once the bazaar season ends.