November

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Today looks like how I imagine

God wants us to live

and feel –

pure and shimmering

wild and free

November here is more lyric than leaves

or snow

or cold

 

Where is here, you ask?

take I-68 and follow it

to the wide open roads

with big shoulders

big enough to carry heavy loads

and nothing at all

follow the road that will take you

to the place you didn’t know you longed for

 

Where clear blue November skies

meet frosted glass tides

and smoke gathers on

snow covered mountains

a polar vortex

of prismatic art

©Kristian L. Weigman
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The Woman I Am (A birthday tribute to those who helped shape me)

 

birthday photoI have always been taken

with things that have age

and history –

It is not growing older

that bothers me

it’s the realization

that time is fleeting

time is fickle –

time is ephemeral –

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But I also know  –

time is also precious

and with age comes wisdom

and I know what’s important

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When I was a child

I hid parts of myself

even to my own eyes

I would wrap myself

in a towel

and change my clothes

 under bed sheets

ashamed of my early development

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Now I walk from the shower

to my bedroom

in nothing

but

the lavender oil

that anoints my body

And I’m proud

of the woman I’ve become

Because I am the daughter

of Larry and Peggy

and the granddaughter

of James and Dorothea

and the sister of Jason

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And these people

shaped who I am

their blood is my blood

their particles are my particles

and my heart beats to their rhythm.

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And to hide myself

would be an injustice to them

So I will stand as proud as the lavender

that basks in the sun

and blows in the wind

before becoming the oil

that anoints my body

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And on this day of my birth

I will bask in their light

and feel their breath on my skin

because what’s important

is family

and love

and making the most

of fleeting time

©Kristian L. Weigman
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A Day Never Forgotten

I wrote a poem when I was 17 about the events that took place on September 11th, 2001. I didn’t share this poem on 9/11 as I had originally intended, but I decided to share it today to honor our military.

I want to say a huge THANK YOU to all of our military, past and present, and especially to the veterans who are reading this right now.

Thank you for your service, thank you for risking your life for our freedom, thank you for being the true American Heroes. I respect you more than I can say!

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Image Credit: Pinterest

Happy Veterans Day!!


A Day Never Forgotten

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Evil was present that day in September

A dreadful day we will always remember.

Lives were lost, heroes were born.

Hearts were shattered, broken, and torn.

A nation united, we will stand tall.

You cannot break us, we will not fall.

America’s saddened by the lives that were lost

But we will fight back, no matter the cost.

Osama Bin Laden may have won this round

but America will fight until he is found!

Our heads we’ll hold high in this time of mourning.

The evil that remains, heed this warning:

Wherever you go, there we will be

Wherever you turn, our faces you’ll see

You can try to hide, you can try to fight back

We will find you, we will attack.

We do not fight for vengeance, we fight for justice.

You will pay, this you can trust us.

After the chaos, after the war.

After the heartache, after the gore

You’ll bury your loved ones with hearts full of hate,

Just like we had to, this was your fate.

The years may pass by, but this day will live on forever

September 11th, we’ll ALWAYS remember!

© Written by Kristian L. Cosner
age 17
Published in The National Poetry Society Book, circa 2001-2002
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Celebrations and Surprises!

Tomorrow is my birthday and I can’t remember the last birthday I had that was full of so many surprises!

Neil and my soul sister, Amanda had thrown together a celebration in my honor last Saturday. I knew we were going to Amanda’s, but what I didn’t know was that she had made me cake, (2 in fact) or that she had decorated the place to match my personality! She is such a sweet soul, and I am so blessed to have her in my life!

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She also had lots of my favorite snacks ready for us to munch on while dinner was being prepared. The delicious spread included, a variety of cheeses, crackers, (including rosemary which are my absolute favorite) dried mango, cranberries, and dates, pistachios, and wassail!

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Neil fixed a few of my favorites for dinner: Pulled pork, homemade macaroni and cheese, and homemade coleslaw.

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Of course there was wine. Our friend’s Khristyn & Jordan joined the festivities later in the evening and we all played Cards Against Humanity!

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And of course, we had cake. Amanda made homemade vanilla cake with buttercream icing and sprinkles, just like my momma used to make when I was a kid, before I started asking for Pumpkin Spice. It was so sweet and thoughtful, and they turned out beautifully!!

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Why two cakes you ask? Well, Amanda couldn’t decide between two recipes, so she just made both, and had us play a little game to figure out which cake was which.

It was sweet, and fun, and thoughtful!! ❤ And I love her all the more for it!!


I was gifted with books, lavender tea, a new coffee mug, and a gift certificate to my favorite book store. My friends know me so well!!

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The surprises don’t stop there!

Whenever I write a blog post where I mention a celebrity or any topic relating to a specific person, I always try to share it on Instagram and tag them in it.

Well….last Thursday I shared my post about Justin Long’s podcast and I tagged him in my Instagram story.

He wrote me!!

He thanked me, called me by name, and told me it was nice of me to do! I was taken back, and I fan-girled so hard. It’s little things like this that make me giddy, and I’m like a teenager all over again with a silly celebrity crush, but I really do admire this man. He’s a fantastic actor!

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We’re Not Finished….

Neil is surprising me with a weekend getaway this weekend to celebrate my 35th birthday! I know we are going to Pittsburgh, I was told I need to bring a dress for one of the events, I know nothing else. This is my first surprise trip ever, and I’m absolutely elated to see what he has in store!! ❤ ❤

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A few more people shared songs with me and I have added them to the playlist. I have also been discovering some new music, so stay tuned for an upcoming post about that.

I am not going to share any poems or songs today, but please feel free to share yours with me. Again, I can’t say thank you enough to those who have already shared music and recipes with me. I will be doing an official thank you post some time after my birthday. There’s still time to share your favorite music, poems, quotes, and recipes with me! It really would make me day, so make like Justin Long and message me!!

Here’s the playlist if you are interested:


Also – Keep your eyes out for another podcast teaser. The editing process took a lot longer than we anticipated, but it’s coming along, and we officially recorded some usable content yesterday! We are so excited!!

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Thank you in advance for sharing your favorites. I’m looking forward to celebrating my birthday will all of you!! 🙂

* All images were taken by yours truly

Love & life lessons,

Kristian

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Gentle Hands

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I believe there is something

to this thing we call living

as I sit and watch the bare and naked branches

of a weeping willow dance in the wind

and the corpses of corn husks below –

I envision my father

In old, worn jeans, playing in the dirt

his wrinkled hands gently wrapped around a tomato

I hear the clapping of the oil

as he places a breaded green tomato

in a cast iron skillet

and “Hey Good Lookin” sifting

through the speakers on the stereo.

I’m brought back to the kitchen

of my parents’ home

where my father made

fried green tomato sandwiches

and I was just a girl in pigtails

whose small hands could barely wrap

around the bread.

smiling up at my father

as tomato seeds smiled down my chin

And as 35 edges closer

and I sit here amongst the

dead leaves

and the remnants of another summer

that has come to pass

I wonder how many sandwiches have been molded

by those wrinkled, gentle hands

and how many more opportunities I have

to eat those fried green tomato sandwiches with him.

Yes, there is something

to this thing we call living.

©Image & Poem by Kristian L. Weigman
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Celebrate Good Times C’mon!!

No, seriously, C’mon!! I really, really want to put together a spectacular blog post filled with music, poetry, and recipes that all of you share with me, but how can I do that if you won’t share?!

Help a gal out, won’t ya?! I only turn 35 once, & it would REALLY make my birthday extra special if a few more of you participated, plus it’s fun! Who doesn’t like sharing music? And you can even share your own poetry with me!! So who is up for some celebration?

Anyone????…..

*insert crickets chirping here*

Poetry:

First Poem for You

I like to touch your tattoos in complete
darkness, when I can’t see them. I’m sure of
where they are, know by heart the neat
lines of lightning pulsing just above
your nipple, can find, as if by instinct, the blue
swirls of water on your shoulder where a serpent
twists, facing a dragon. When I pull you
to me, taking you until we’re spent
and quiet on the sheets, I love to kiss
the pictures in your skin. They’ll last until
you’re seared to ashes; whatever persists
or turns to pain between us, they will still
be there. Such permanence is terrifying.
So I touch them in the dark; but touch them, trying.

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Fire Made Flash – Caspian

All American Boy – Crack The Sky


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All of the above are true! So make yourselves and this birthday gal happy by sharing some of your favorites!
C’mon and celebrate!!
Happy Friyay!
Love & life lessons,
Krisitan

 

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The Art Of Cooking

A while back I shared a post about my new favorite podcast Life Is Short With Justin Long. I included all kinds of puns and made it fun, but today, I want to talk seriously about a passion of mine, and that passion is the art of cooking.

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I mentioned in my blog post about an episode with Chef Wolfgang Puck and how his story really tugged at my heart strings. It was a very winded interview, but I took a lot from it. And it made me appreciate chef’s that much more.

After listening to this podcast, my husband introduced me to a movie called Chef! If you have not seen this movie, I highly recommend that you do. It’s on Netflix, and if you enjoy cooking, it will make you fall in love with it.

After watching the film I had this burning desire to run out to the local farmers market to buy all fresh ingredients, and make a wonderful meal completely from scratch. There’s just something about it that brings out a confidence in me and watching Jon Favreau cook was like watching what I image watching Van Gogh paint would feel like. He put so much passion into it, he made making a grilled cheese sandwich look like art. And there’s something about that, that just draws me in. Watching people who are genuinely passionate about cooking and seeing the look of joy on their faces after they taste their own creations. I’ve been there and it’s amazing. Have you ever tried a new recipe or came up with a recipe all on your own and you serve it to your friends and family, and they rave about it? All of you around that table become connected through a dish that you molded and spent hours perfecting with your own hands, and it’s a joyous feeling and I relish in it, and I love making people happy, and the fact that I can bring people happiness through food, is a phenomenal gift. I completely understand why people choose this profession.

I have not yet had the pleasure of attending one of Chef Wolfgang Puck’s restaurants, but I really, really want to. And I’d absolutely love to pay my respects and compliments to the chef, because after listening to that podcast, I know he cooks with his soul. And I really commend Jon Favreau for his acting skills and taking us through the life of a chef, because although he might not be a chef in real life, he still showed us the art behind cooking.

If you haven’t already, I recommend you listen to Justin Long’s podcast. It will leave you doubled over with laughter. Justin is a great interviewer and he alone is charming and funny, mix that with his brother Christian and numerous guests who are just as funny, and well, you get the picture.

And check out Chef! Seriously, why are you still reading this? Go on! And then come back and tell me what you thought of it!!

Thoughts? Comments? Feel free to leave them below.

And as always, thank you for reading!

Love & life lessons,

Kristian

 

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The Ticking Hand

“I’m turning older with my days but younger with my pen”- Rut Patel


The ticking hand doesn’t stop it’s ticking and another year is almost behind me as 35 approaches rapidly. Time is funny, it just seems to get faster and faster the older I get.

I’ve never been afraid to get older, and I’m actually kind of proud of the fact that I am now in my mid-30’s. I haven’t accomplished all that I had thought I would at this point in my life, and learning that I will never get to experience motherhood was a hard hit to take, but life rarely works out the way we expect it. I have learned how valuable and precious time is, and that’s why I try my hardest to make the most of it.


Poetry

The Beauty of a Busted Fruit by Natalie DiazNatalie-Diaz-When-My-Brother-Was-an-Aztec-The-Beauty-of-a-Busted-Fruit

I was introduced to Natalie by a poetry group I follow on Instagram and I fell in love. Everything this woman writes is gold!

Stardust by Lang Leav

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food and cheer

One of my favorite celebrity chefs is Sunny Anderson. Sunny reminds me a lot of myself, except I’m not quite as outgoing as she is, but she’s such a joy and a delight, and when I’m around those I feel comfortable with, I let my weirdo shine, although; I am learning to let her come out to play more and more the older I get. It’s liberating to just be myself no matter who is in the room. 🙂

Sunny’s story is quite remarkable. She got herself out of poverty, truly, I mean she was homeless sleeping on friends couches. And now that she is a well known celebrity, she still lives modestly, and I respect that. She’s surely an inspiration and a talented chef to boot!

One of my all time favorite breakfast food is Eggs Benedict, so I thought I would share Sunny’s recipe with you.

Ingredients

For the 1-2-3 Hollandaise Sauce:

  • 1 stick unsalted butter
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 3 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil or butter
  • 4 thick slices Canadian bacon
  • 4 jumbo eggs, poached
  • 2 English muffins, halved and lightly toasted

Prepare

For the sauce, in a small pot, melt the butter over medium heat. Add the yolks and lemon juice to a medium bowl and whisk together.

Slowly stream the melted butter into the yolk mixture while continuing to whisk. Take your time with adding the butter.

Once completely added, taste and season with a little salt and pepper. Allow the mixture to cool slightly to thicken In a large pan on medium-high heat, add the oil.

When it begins to swirl, add the bacon. Sear until a peek beneath reveals some color and char, then flip and do the same for the other side, this should all take about 5-8 minutes. The bacon is already cooked, you’re just going for color here.

In a large pot on high heat, bring at least 4 inches of water to a boil. Lower the heat until the water is at a low simmer. Crack an egg into a small bowl. Spray a ladle with cooking spray and pour the egg into the ladle. Gently dip the ladle into the simmering water, holding it just above the level of the water so none seeps into the ladle.

Cook like this until a light film of white forms on the egg, less than 1 minute. Then, gently and slowly tilt the ladle into the water allowing the egg to follow. Dry out the ladle and repeat for the remaining 3 eggs.

Cook until all the whites are opaque and remove with a slotted spoon, patting the bottom dry on a paper towel.

Cook’s tip; If you’re making plenty, transfer to an ice bath after poaching. Then, when ready to serve, dunk them in the still simmering water for a few seconds to reheat

Place the muffins on a plate, cut-side up. Top with the seared bacon, a poached egg, a drizzle of Sunny’s 1-2-3 Hollandaise Sauce, a pinch of paprika and a sprinkle of chives.

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Music, Quotes, & Food For The Soul

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Music:

  • Hey Good Lookin’ by Tom Hiddleston as Hank Williams

It’s funny, I share a lot of country music for someone who isn’t a very big country music fan, however; I was born and raised in the country and I have country soil flowing through my veins. My dad was a huge Hank Williams Sr. fan. It’s a little too much twang for me, but I do love that my dad loves him, and I do like this song. And I absolutely love Tom Hiddleston’s version of it. I mean, it’s Tom Hiddleston! *swoon*

  • Ain’t No Man by The Avett Brothers

These guys are a fairly new obsession of mine, and I just love everything about this song!


Poetry:

The thing about Christopher Poindexter is he doesn’t title his poems, but I absolutely love him!!

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Gahh, this man gets me every single time!! ❤


Quotes:

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quote#2 <— This!!

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quote#4 <— YAS!!!


Food!!!

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This time of year soup brings a great comfort to me. I love a good, hearty soup with a nice complimentary salad or a big hearty piece of artisinal bread. It just feels like the season and there’s something so comforting about that feeling.

So today, I am going to share the recipe I am most proud of. I have shared this before, but it’s been a while. I absolutely love to cook (stay tuned for an upcoming post about this,) but one of the greatest joys of cooking is sharing my creation with others. This particular soup is a big hit amongst seafood lovers, and it’s one of my favorites. I can say with confidence this soup is restaurant quality.

I recommend serving this with a nice thick piece of sourdough bread, lightly toasted, fresh from the oven, with a pat of creamy, real butter. Oh, I’m salivating just thinking about it. For refreshment I recommend a nice, hearty stout or a rich red, wine, such as Cabernet Sauvingnon or a good Lambrusco.

   KRISTIAN’S MARYLAND CRAB SOUP

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Ingredients:
  • 2 tablespoons Old Bay Seasoning (I typically use about 3 tablespoons, but Neil and I love Old Bay! If you live near Balitmore & can get it JO Spice is just as good.)
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire Sauce
  • 3 cups beef broth (I used an entire box of Sams Choice Organic Beef Bone Broth, about 4 cups)
  • 25 oz can diced tomatoes
  •  The juice from the diced, canned tomatoes. I find this is the perfect amount of liquid, but if you find you need more add a little water or beer. Miller High Life or Yuengling work really well in soups like this one. I prefer to use beer instead of water whenever possible, it just adds a little more flavor.
  • An 8 oz bag of frozen vegetables (corn, green beans, carrots, and Lima beans)
  • Half of 1 medium onion, diced
  •  6 oz can of tomato paste
  • Freshly ground black pepper (to taste)
  • 1 lb crab meat, cooked …I used Backfin, but lump and claw work just fine. I’ve found in soups, it all tastes good! (For true Maryland Crab Soup, it has to be blue crab, but I know that can be hard to find depending on where you live, so just get what you can, but try to get the most fresh and local crab meat, not only is it cheaper, it tastes better too.)

Instructions

  • Place all ingredients in a crock pot, cook on low for 4 to 6 hours or on high for 2 to 3. Personally, I recommend the slow method, but if you’re in a hurry, the faster method is okay.
  • Stir occasionally
  • Serve in a nice, deep bowl, top with some parsley for garnish (optional)
  • If you prefer, sprinkle on a little more old bay
  • Enjoy!!

I would be absolutely delighted if you would share some of your favorite songs, poems, quotes, and/or recipes with me!! It would make my 35th birthday extra special!!

Love & life lessons,

Kristian

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Wordless Wednesday #36

It’s been a while since I’ve shared some of my photography, so here are some of the photos I have taken during the end of summer and beginning of fall!

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baltimore sunset

I took this at a stoplight in Baltimore!

autumn trees

This was the view from my front porch in early October.

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This is one of my favorite trees

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Oakland

This is a beautiful bench in front of my favorite local book store in down town Oakland.

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morning light

I was just playing around and I captured this completely by accident, but I love how it turned out!!

Happy hump day everyone!

Love & life lessons,

Kristian

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