green smoothies in the morning


So today, I just had to share my breakfast because it feels & tastes so succulent, rich, vibrant and alive. It’s a green smoothie with a Katariina twist. What’s the twist? Well I can’t drink anything cold or with ice so it is room temperature but still so yummy. The ingredients change with what is on hand but todays was made with:

Kale, arugula, banana, blueberries, blackberries, stevia leaves from my garden, a few mint leaves, hemp seeds, chia seeds & water. After I blend it all up in my super-duper blender I top it with cacao nibs, goji berries and coconut.

It’s so good and feels great to drink. I just had to share. Oh I learned how to make these from the Raw Food masters, the Louks Family. They wrote a book called Rawumptious Recipes and it is filled with so many good recipes that you can make from your backyard garden, or front yard in our case. Thanks Jeff!

goji, cacao and coconut

street art in houston heights


I’m captivated by the street art I discover on the walls throughout Houston. Some are there and then they are painted over by some beige blob of paint to keep the color and messages hidden. This one above seems commissioned because there is a suitcase that sits in front of it daily. It’s gorgeous and makes me smile every time I drive by.

Here are some of the newer ones I’ve spotted. Some are sprayed, some stamped, some stenciled and then filled in with pen and the most intricate are pasted on. I think being one of these sneaky creators of anonymous art sharing is going on my bucket list.

on shephard near w 14th



this one seems like a stamp

red zebra sprayed

these flowers outside my door

I got out my lensbaby yesterday to play around with a bit. It’s so fun and I love the blurry, fuzzy effect. I also just realized it make a great macrolens – just not so steady.  I have had this lens for years now and I feel like I’m just now understanding how to get the best exposure, but don’t ask me, it’s truly an intuitive process for me. I’m not a techy and don’t pretend to be.
I can’t stop photographing sunflowers, blooming, dying, stretching, glowing, decaying, ever changing each hour and each day as the sun moves across the sky. We started these with seeds and now look at them. I’ve never really photographed flowers before but these babies are infinitely intriguing to me.

Michelle Obama was on Disney yesterday in a commercial teaching kids that they can grow their own vegtables out of any old carton or bag and give themselves great nutrition. I found this inspiring and so forward thinking. Wouldn’t it be cool if everyone in our neighborhoods grew their own little urban gardens and shared the booty with each other!! We’ve got pumpkin plants to share and tons of tomatoes of all kinds, basil, stevia, rosemary . . .