I have always believed the African proverb that says ‘it takes a village to raise a child’. As we remember mothers today for the hard work, diligence and dedication they show in raising their children and for the many hats they wear when running their households, let’s take a pause to remember those who have nurtured us in one way or the other. Those who give us encouragement when we need it the most.These people, you know, will always be there for you no matter what. To the village that help me become who I am today, I say thank you and I appreciate you dearly.
There is one standout person I remember today. Thank you for being my nurturing creative ally. Remember these shoes? They’re like a charm bracelet to me because it reminds me of the many times you’ve encouraged me in my creative journey & helped me stay true to myself. This is my virtual message in a bottle to you. I hope you stumble upon it one day (if not, I will keep it here for you) and hopefully show it to you myself. So that you know, that out of sight (FOR ME) is never out of mind. Love u no matter what. Kemi xx
Discovering art in open spaces is kind of my thing! So stumbling upon one is sheer delight!! I walked past a local cafe and discovered it was also an art space where creative minds could meet and exhibit work. There was no way I could walk past after seeing the sign and not go in. Infact, before I could blink I was already in the cafe!
Once in the cafe, my eyes wandered around the impressive art works but one particular artwork caught my attention. It was work by artist 'Robin Beuscher' whom I know little about, but am sure would pop-up on google if anyone is interested in his work and tries to find him. Maybe I should google him to see other works he's done. I digress, anyways, going back to my discovery story, I saw the artist's work and it's one that would make a great dinner conversation. It's called 'Nude Crude: A Figure Study Painted in Oil.'
It addresses the wide ranging impact crude oil has on the world economy, life and art as a whole. It's certainly thought provoking!
Recently I’ve been coming across situations daily that made me question why it’s easier to see the glass half-empty instead of half-full. When positive mindset is considered to be a driving force in improving wellbeing, isn’t seeing the glass half-full a positive thing? Then, why don’t more people embrace this approach? With the advancement of social media and the prominence of digital imaging perfection, along with the stressful impact of modern daily living, could it be that we are overloaded with ‘Too much information’ that we can’t see straight?
I know we all have a choice in the decisions we make, but I also believe what we see daily impacts our lives sublimally. So what is the solution? There is a proverb that says’ Only the person going through a difficult situation will know how it feels.’ Which simply means, the solution, is to ‘know thyself’. Because you are your own best judge, you do what is best for you. Find what works for you and stick to it. I’ll let you into a little secret, ’you don’t have to have it all’. The illusion of the ‘must have’ fad is purely that, ‘an illusion’. It fills a temporary void and before you know it, you’re back to where you started. So, in the midst of the maze of daily living, be your own compass and make your own way, using the resources that comes your way.
When things go well, acknowledge those moments and when things go horribly wrong, focus on the things that are going well for you in that moment, no matter how little or insignificant they are. It’s called ‘seeing the glass half-full’ and that my friend, may get you through. Also, finding people or things that re-enforce your glass half-full mentality is key to keeping you positive no matter what life throws at you. No good thing is achieved in a hurry, so take your time to fill your glass.
Valentine’s day is about showing love and appreciation to those we hold dear. Who show us unconditional love everyday without requesting anything in return and we know who they are. To them, I say happy valentine’s day! Love is not a one day event, you are appreciated and loved everyday. Never stop loving, neither be weary of doing good, because you are the ray of sunshine that lights up our world in these dark crazy uncertain times.
Luv always, Kemi West xx.
My quest to find fresh healthy breakfast alternative led to this interesting combo. It's quite a filling winter warmer!
Had a wonderful time at Women and Youth Art Foundation ceramic workshop. Met some great artists who were incredibly humble and wasted no time sharing their artistic knowledge with me, as WY Art Foundation is about impacting knowledge in the community and society at large. Their next workshop is on 6th, 12th and 13th of April 2019. See link below for details:
Luv WY ART foundation!
Glad to find a new home for this ethnic inspired hand bound book. It's about to start it's journey as a well cherished recipe book for an up coming chef!
With winter comes cravings for comfort foods and for someone like me with a sweet tooth, the challenge is finding sweet things I can eat that are enjoyable and healthy when eaten in moderation. That's why I chose Puff Puff, a popular West African dumpling. It was nostalgia that led me back to this beautiful snack, as I remember fondly eating it at family gatherings as a child. From the moment I poured the flour into a bowl, to the moment I mixed the ingredients together by hand, I couldn't help but smile, as I remembered fun childhood memories from innocent young times. I guess that's why some say that cooking is therapeutic.
Puff puff is traditionally made with plain or self-raising flour, but I wanted to make a contemporary version using organic and gluten free ingredients. It's a dish for someone with a sweet tooth, so I used a 100% organic coconut sugar and as the coconut sugar wasn't so strong to taste, I used organic honey as a side sauce to give it a little tasty sugary boost! Puff Puff or West African dumpling as I like to call it, is usually deep fried and for this I used 100% organic rapeseed oil. Achieving the right consistency took some experimentation as the conventional puff puff is usually a rounded shape, but using an alternative flour with xanthan gum as a binding agent came out really well I could barely tell the difference. The proof as they say, is in my picture! Hope you find your perfect winter warmer. Bon Appétit!
Welcome to my blog, where I share things that inspire me. My faith, nature and the simple or imperfect things in life, are what brings me joy and inspire me to create. I look forward to sharing my inspirations with you. Thanks for stopping by!