Lemon Berry Parfaits, Jennifer Segal Style


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Do you know about Once Upon a Chef? OMG! Jennifer Segal has such a wonderful world there. It’s all I can do not to get on a plane and arrive at her doorstep, beg for a couple days to just sit in her kitchen while she makes her magic. Not only a talented chef featured in name brands but a super sweet person. I know because my design firm created her website. I had the pleasure of spending time absorbing her vision and how she had created a very large following in a very short period of time. This was as close to chef stalker-ish as I will get. So inspiring. Her Lemon Berry Parfaits are the perfect summer dessert. I plan to enlist my SF chef, Cynthia in some shared fun with this recipe.

Bernice the Proud Baby Maker (Jack Rabbit)

Niya Christine. Copyright

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I love how jack rabbits are skilled at camouflage. I stayed in a resort last summer in Scottsdale AZ. The resort was stunning. Lots of fountains and pools, a gorgeous view of a red rock canyon. And, if this wasn’t perfect enough, the restaurant served my favorite Chardonnay, La Crema. I was vacationing from work stress and 24/7 intensive rabbit care of my eldest rabbit who almost died. It took 4 months to restore him. So guess what I see in the first hour my stay? Yes, a gaggle of baby jack rabbits. Tiny, fast little creatures, bravely begging for food from strangers. Nonetheless, my first evening wasn’t spent in my best dress, lightly sipping Chardonnay, chatting it up with the locals (that came the next night). Nope. I scrapped for apples, salad makings and water. I planted the jack rabbits little picnics under cactus and desert bushes. It was fun. I felt like a female 007 of jack rabbit food-feast bliss. When I looked the next day, everything was munched to the core. Apparently, they had a very good night.

This jack rabbit gives the hunters out there a challenging look. “Do you really think you can beat us? Do you really think you can take us out? They don’t call me Bernice the baby-maker for nothing. I’m the happy mother of 192 babies this year alone. We love to make more of us. It’s our thing!”

Jack rabbits are cool!



Grumpy Old Man Rabbit

Copyright. Niya Christine

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He doesn’t mind that he was born with pink accents. What he minds is that we are looking at him, bothering him when he’s got important rabbit business to do. So we get his behind and his perturbed expression. I like him. I’ll call him Picasso.


Project notes: This is the final of this mixed media, mono print cycle. Wow, such a ride.