design, essay

Creating an Environment for Productivity

I got a new vacuum, and I'm absolutely delighted. Some might look at a vacuum and think of all the chores they have to do. I look at that vacuum and love it as a new tool. Why? Because it will help me keep my space clean, and a clean space is conducive to productivity.… Continue reading Creating an Environment for Productivity

ATB home studio
Art, essay, Music

Magic Can Come From Routine

Creativity is mysterious, but there is one constant in a creative life: You have to make space for it. Making space requires carving out time. The amount of time is up to you. It could be 10 min. a day, or an hour a week, for example. If you establish a routine and stick to… Continue reading Magic Can Come From Routine

Adventure, Food

The Fiji Food Truck

This past Saturday was a beautiful, sunny one in Suva, and we took advantage of the good weather and took the dogs for a walk by the seawall. Before we moseyed to the water's edge, we stopped by The Fiji Food Truck, stationed at Albert Park in downtown Suva. The menu offers a varied selection… Continue reading The Fiji Food Truck

smoked chicken alfredo
Food

Fettuccine Alfredo with Smoked Chicken

We order smoked whole chickens from a local butcher from time to time. They're great to have around because they're versatile--you can use them in sandwiches, wraps, salads, etc. They're also quick and easy toppings for pasta and rice dishes. I chopped up some smoked chicken for an alfredo for dinner last night. The chicken… Continue reading Fettuccine Alfredo with Smoked Chicken

cocoa infused rum
Food

Cocoa-Infused White Rum

When we visited KokoMana, an agri-forestry operation in Savusavu that makes artisinal chocolate, we brought back a bag of cocoa nibs to use for a home-brewed stout. A few days ago, hubby placed most of the nibs package in a cloth bag that Fijians use to hold kava powder when mixing with water. He soaked… Continue reading Cocoa-Infused White Rum