As I Carrie Bradshaw the evening away on this last day of September, I am happily reflective.
Some 6 years ago, I made a decision. That decision has lead to countless hours of brainstorming and projects for an artsy fartsy individual who loves to create. The decision has allowed for a love of photography and beauty products to marry together and develop a company. From Montage by Marci, which initially specialized in photography, to 303 Dolls by Montage by Marci, which began to incorporate a handful of charming homemade goods.
303 Dolls Face | Body became the company name as photography, though ever present, began to be a tool in the process of growing the skincare line, and less about the photographer and my landscape photography.
Through the various farmers markets, fairs, and bazaars, I began to.... although appreciative of those venues, sit, look around, and realize that I wanted the company to grow.... and to go in a different direction. I wanted it to be modern.. more sexy......
For quite some time now, I've been expressing my desire to have an in-loft herb garden, and while out shopping a few weeks back, I happened upon mini herb kits that came inside of mason jars. I had a couple left over from when I started storing herbs for the 303 Face | Body SubtleTEAS herbal tea line, and yesterday morning, (a day after National Gardening Day) I was finally able to plant the seeds.
A few weeks back, I'd gone over to our local gardening store here in the heart of the city, Urban Roots, to check on what sort of seed packets that were available. I decided on Marigold Signet (Lemon/Tangerine Gems), Basil (Sweet Thai), Lavender (English), and English Thyme.
There are so many things I love about our loft, and one of those is the wonderfully tall windows. Although I oftentimes miss having a balcony, I love the amount of light that we get in the loft, rain or shine.. and hope that it will be perfect in helping these awesome little herb...
Summer is literally around the corner, and the temperature these days certainly reflects that.
Dinner salad season has arrived.
This evening, I decided on a rosemary shrimp salad. To make this warm weather delight you'll need:
3 Rosemary Leaves
1 Tsp Alaea Salt
1 Cup Grapes
1/2 Cup Sunflower Kernels
1/2 Cup Goat Cheese Crumbles
2 Tsp EVOO (for cooking) 2 TSP EVOO (for after shrimp has cooked and adding all ingredients together.)
1 Tsp Ground Ginger
1 Tsp Ground Cloves
1 Tsp Sriracha
.... and 1 1/2 lb large shrimp.
In a skillet with heat on medium low, heat up olive oil. After five minutes, add shrimp. After shrimp has cooked for 5 to 7 minutes, add rosemary, cloves, ginger, sriracha, and half a tsp of alaea salt to mixture. Cover and simmer for 7 minutes.
After shrimp blend has finished cooking, add mixture to a large salad bowl. Add grapes, goat cheese crumbles, sunflower kernels, as well as remaining EVOO and alaea salt. Blend well, plate.....
I enjoyed being at a couple of my favorite outdoor locations here in Denver for this weeks 303 Home | Loft | Wellness blogs. Technically, this is the start of a new week and I should have done this blog post yesterday, but oye was I ever tired! Just going to pretend I wrapped this all up as I'd originally planned to. :)
That shot of the skyline was taken at another one of my favorite outdoor locations here in Denver, Sloans Lake. Cottonwood trees, cattails and bluegrass grow along the shoreline, and you can find white pelicans, mallard ducks, Canada geese, seagulls, barn swallows, house finches, as well as night hawks enjoying the beauty of this lake and park.
After living here for six years, my husband and I finally made our way to the annual Dragon boat Festival.
There were more than fifty teams participating in the dragon boat competition, a taste of Asia food court, lion dance extravaganza, and live performances and karaoke happening all through the day.
Last evening, I wanted something hearty and easy to make. I'd been making beauty products all afternoon and was ready for a nice dinner. Wasn't in the mood for fast food, didn't feel like going to a restaurant, and my husband had a series of meetings that day and was probably going to be as hungry as I was! :) The garlic infused turkey breasts was just the thing.
What you'll need:
The turkey breasts tenderloins, of course.
Cooking wine. ( 1/2 cup)
Olive Oil. (1/2 cup)
8 tsp minced garlic
2 tsp salt
2 tsp cracked black pepper
I did the next step in two hours, but if you're planning your meals beforehand, you can do this next step for up to 72 hours prior to cooking.
After rinsing turkey breasts, use about half of the minced garlic to spread evenly onto the top end of each tenderloin, tightly wrapping each individual slice with saran wrap.
In a skillet, prep your olive oil, cooking sherry, salt, pepper, and remaining garlic on a medium setting.
This week, I've been enjoying some of my favorite outdoor areas in the city, one of which is Commons Park.
It's wonderful to have a park like this right in the heart of the city, a bit of a break from the hustle and bustle, while connecting downtown with the highlands.
The South Platte River runs through Commons, and while standing in the center of the park, there are no shortage of amazing views of the city. It's a wonderful location to check out fireworks shows that happen throughout the year as well.
This summer, there's been an added treat, as stunning sculptures by artist Jorge Marìn have been displayed in the area.
Jorge Marín is a Mexican sculptor and painter. He has been an active figure in the contemporary art world for the last 25 years. He began to sculpt ceramic in the early 1980s. Bronze has been his preferred material for the last ten years. His work often depicts horses, centaurs, garudas, children, madonnas, acrobats, along with elements such as spheres, masks, arrows, b...