Monday, April 22, 2013

Kite Festival

On Saturday afternoon we went out to the 'burbs for the Flights of Fancy Kite Festival.  This was my first kite festival, and it was actually a good deal more fun than I expected. It was perfect kite weather- just a bit breezy, blue skies, a slight chill, but not cold or too windy. We first walked around the grounds of the community college where the festival was held, checking out the huge house-sized kites from the KC Kite Club, and then made our way over to the fields where the amateurs (us) were trying their hands at kite flying. As we didn't know what to expect, we came kite-less, and were more than pleased when there was a huge trailer selling all manner of kites. We were also relieved when sprout set his sights on an $11 model, and not one of the significantly costlier versions. We flew our little orange kite for quite a while, and little man got so excited at the soaring bit of nylon that he couldn't stop jumping around (he also got too excited to hold onto the kite- note to parents of small children). Once the thrill of the kite wore off we cruised the food trucks, had a light snack, and called it an afternoon. All told, I had forgot how much fun kite flying is- the exhilaration of the breeze, the fun and skill of maneuvering a kite, the simplicity of it all, and in this instance, the shared sense of community. Go fly a kite!

Monday, April 08, 2013


The most conspicuous sign of the arrival of early spring in Kansas City is decidedly the magnolia trees. Huge blooms, slight fragrance, and a tree full of blossoms. In the Midtown area there seems to be a few trees on every block, such as the two gorgeous trees in front of KCAI's Jannes Library. So lovely!

Sunday, April 07, 2013

April First Friday

This weekend brought fantastic weather to the KC area. We took the opportunity to do some gallery hopping on Friday evening in the Crossroads.

Sprout was interested in the graffiti, or as he referred to it, "the painted walls." He informed us that he would like to paint the walls when he gets big...... hmmmm.....

 One of our first stops was Simlandscape 5 at Vulpes Bastille, an exhibition of Derek Dobbins' work (one of my former students).

Lots of galleries in the East Crossroads were full, and the weather perfect. Food trucks were out, people were using lots to play disk golf, and we even saw a pop up outdoor restaurant.

Another show that we enjoyed was Beneath the Respirator, showing photography work seen below.

Wednesday, April 03, 2013

Roasted Chipotle Tacos

What to do with half a leftover cauliflower and  half a leftover sweet potato? Roasted Chipotle Tacos!

We tossed the cauliflower and potato with chipotle peppers in adobo sauce and a bit of olive oil, and roasted for about 25 minutes. The scent was heavenly, if a bit spicy. Top with chopped cilantro and serve on corn tortillas with fresh arugula, a bit of cheese, and a dollop of sour cream to cool down the heat. A side of cilantro lime rice finished off the meal.