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Donya Kiana

Welcome!

It’s been a long time coming….I finally created a blog. Here I will mainly post my personal fashion photos, advice, & my inspirations. I’ll also post about music & the felted items that I create & have for sale here.

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Spectacular Cats

We recently purchased an antique toy piano for a song but the cats seem to think it was purchased for them….16711802_1859009934370823_2015396165002058792_n

New Orleans Cemetery

One of my favorite places that I visited in New Orleans is the Carrollton Cemetery. Here are some photos:

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Wintertime

HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL!

I hope that you all have enjoyed your holiday season. I spent the Winter Solstice at Green Field Village’s Holiday Nights with my family & two of my dearest friends. In about a week I am heading on a trip to New Orleans. There will be many photos and updates to come!

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Just added…

these vintage shoes to the shop. Check them out!

NEW EP!

On Hallows Eve I released my new EP titled ‘Widow’ via bandcamp.

Listen here:

https://donyakiana.bandcamp.com/releases

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Taking a break

Hi everyone! I just started this blog so I doubt anyone is paying attention…..but I have to take a break from social media for awhile for personal reasons. Thanks for your support.

Supper time

Tonight I made French onion/mushroom soup, orange balsamic salad, and herb roasted potatoes.

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I’m not good with making recipes because I don’t measure things, but here’s the best I can do. Feel free to change to increments of your liking. Guesstimating is strongly encouraged…. If you have any questions, ask in the comments!

These recipes served 5 people, and there was leftover soup.

French onion shiitake soup:

1/3 cup of butter or earth balance

1 large onion

2 large shiitake mushrooms, sliced into bite sized strips

1/3 cup sherry or red wine

3 cloves of garlic, diced into tiny pieces.

2 tablespoons of thyme

About 6 quarts of water…maybe more.

1/3 cup (or to taste, depending on how salty you want it) of beef or vegetable bouillon

2 tablespoons of flour

Melt the butter. While the butter is melting slice your onions into rings then slice those rings into thirds. Caramelize the onions in the butter. Add the mushrooms and cook for another minute or two. Add the flour, mix. Add the sherry, stir well, and let cook for about a minute. Add the water, then add the rest of the ingredients. Stir. Simmer until mushrooms are tender, stir every so often. Shred your choice (I prefer Swiss) of cheese and add it to your bowl of hot soup. Also add croutons. Eat once the cheese is melted and croutons are softened.

Croutons:

Oregano

Salt

Olive oil

Garlic salt

Marjoram

Bread

Cube the bread then add spices to taste. Lightly coat in olive oil. Toast. (These can be made in large batches and frozen). Add to the onion soup and the salad.

Salad dressing:

I used about a half cup of orange infused olive oil from Berkeley olive grove but you can squeeze a quarter of an orange into a half cup of olive oil.

2-3 tablespoons Balsamic vinegar

1 clove crushed garlic

Whisk.

Herb roasted potatoes:

About 7 medium potatoes 

1/2 cup melted butter

1/4 cup olive oil

1 – 2 tablespoons of (preferabbly fresh) rosemary

1 – 2 tsp salt 

1 tsp smoked paprika

1 tsp paprika

3 TBS chopped parsley

Cut potatoes into bite sized cubes then mix them with all other ingredients. Make sure that they’re evenly coated in everything. Roast in the oven on convection bake  375  until golden and lightly toasted on the outside and soft in the middle (see image). I used stoneware but if you’re using a metal baking sheet I suggest oiling it first so that the potatoes don’t stick to it.

Loreena McKennitt

This October I’m going to see my all time favorite musician, Loreena McKennitt, perform live in Ann Arbor. I’m so excited!!

Loreena has been an inspiration to me throughout my life with her music & style. Her music touches my soul in a way I can’t explain, it’s like she transports me back in time to a life I lived before this one.

If you haven’t heard of her before, listen to this lovely song & become a fan!:

 

Felted items

✨I’m going to start working on and selling my felted items again. If you’re interested in making a custom order, my flat rate is $30 for this sized item. If you add up the amount of time that I put into creating these (about 10 hours) it’s worth more than $30, but I personally wouldn’t be inclined to buy one because it’d be too expensive for my budget. So I’d appreciate it if you felt like giving or can give more, but it’s not required.✨

Pictured are two of my wizards, a lamb, No Face from Spirited Away, and a saloon girl. I’m open to making any type of doll or creature. Contact me if you’re interested.

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