Make spinach dip- except
Instead of Spinach use Kale
Instead of Mayo, use Greek Yogurt and Olive oil
Toss Kale with olive oil and herbs and spices- lay out on a cookie sheet and "bake" at 150 till they are like chips
Kale side dish
Sweat garlic, onion, ginger, add Kale, lemon or lime juice, soy sauce or salt, pepper, a little water, cover and simmer till as soft as you want the Kale to be-- you can add some honey too.
Kale, Carrots, Beets, apple for sweetness, dash of citrus (to help your body utilize the iron)
Add Kale to any soup.
I love being an artist. I've had to learn to also be a business woman as part of being an artist without a "day job". It isn't the easist thing to learn to be linear about some things while also allowing the non linear aspect of my being to create~ I'm doing it and getting better at it everyday.
I have seen a few posts on FB that come off as complaints about not having paid vacations, steady pay, 401Ks, etc. Ya know what, EVERYONE has it in them to be an artist. The choice to WORK as an artist and not also be an accountant, shoe salesperson, manager - is a CHOICE. I'm glad I don't see people who have 401Ks / job perks whining that they don't get to take the time to make art, travel and hang with artists, philosophizing. If I did see such posts, I'd suggest they start making art until it compels them to focus so much time on it that they can let go of the job with the perks. If the struggle of being out on a limb as an artist is so scary you start thinking the world owes you something- get off the limb, get your feet on the ground and go apply for a job with built in, obvious, growth opportunities. There is a reason that so many successful artists come from wealthy families; their finances make it easier to allow the work to come through- the choice seems easier for them. If you are struggling financially and you choose to continue making art, raise money for it with gratitude, not a sense that anyone owes you, and negotiate appropriately for each commissioned work. Know it's the work that is being paid for, not you and your lifestyle. Sometimes we work for free as part of the process, sometimes we get paid well and that too is part of the process. Learning to save, plan and negotiate is part of the choice that requires us to develop our planning, deductive reasoning and the instincts required to support the lifestyle. You can get a job that is not 9-5. You may not be good at it at 1st, but you'll survive with it. I know a grown man (in his 30's) who was being taken care of by a single mother who was struggling to feed her child. He cursed, insulted and wailed against my suggestion that he "man up". He announced that we are no longer friends when I shared the reality that anyone owes him for his lifestyle choices. His art is good, but the world can live without it coming through him. If the art is necessary for the world, it will come through someone. Like being a parent / guardian of children-
being an artist is a responsibility and a choice. No one owes you because you made that choice.