Monday, July 28, 2008
1. Go on a picture-taking trip with my husband.
2. Guerilla art of some kind.
3. Go jogging at least 3 times.
4. Commence and finish artsy chandelier project.
5. Get more modeled clothing pictures up in my etsy shop.
6. Have 20 things made for craft show.
7. Cross off three things on my 101 list.
8. Schedule first dance class.
9. Continue prettifying the front of our house.
10. Do some random bit of niceness.
Keep me accountable!
Thursday, July 24, 2008
This newest one just may stick. I thought that it would be interesting to do something artsy after I finished a book now and then - artsiness based on the book. Here's my first stab at it:
That Summer in Sicily was a little bit of a let down. I adore Marlena de Blasi's books. They are so sensual - and no not in a love story kind of way - more wonderful descriptions of Italy and how everything tastes and smells and feels. Well this book is her retelling of a tale she hears in Sicily. So there's a little of Marlena and her Venetian, but more of it is Tosca's tale. And it isn't a bad story - full of romance and intrigue and Sicily. So after my initial let down I did enjoy it. And I wanted to kick off my crafty book project by playing with my pastels. Here's the result:
Friday, July 18, 2008
Chester is a super cute kids book! The author wants to write a book about a mouse but her attention-hogging cat has other ideas. Adorable!
Black Pearls was filled with dark and creepily retold fairy tales. I have such a weakness for fairy tales, and this one did not disappoint. I liked how the storyies were told from different points of view (Prince Charming tells Cinderella's tale, the magic harp telling Jack & the Beanstalk). My favorite was Cinderella's story, but Gretel's story was wonderfully haunting as well.
Mary Roach's books are fascinating. Science books filled with little known facts, frequent wonderful gross bits, and funny asides. I really enjoyed Bonk.
Artisan Bread in 5 Minutes a Day helped me get over my intimidation of bread baking. Positives: the bread was yummy and not too hard to make. Negatives: the bowl of dough took up a good bit of room in my fridge. My bread wasn't very pretty (my own fault I'm sure). Also I want to give the whole day-long kneading and punching down dough thing a try. I do like a challenge!
Watched In Bruges the other night. Darker than I expected, but good. I do love Ralph Fiennes in this role.
Thursday, July 17, 2008
Wednesday, July 2, 2008
The danish braid recipe was chosen by bakers at Sass & Veracity and What's Cookin'? You can find the recipe at either of their sites. Here's what I learned:
1. When looking for cardamom, it comes ground or in whole pods. The pods still work if you take the time to grind them in a food processer. If you think you can crush the little black seeds, you will be wrong. When you throw the seeds in anyways, the dough will look charmingly flecked with little black dots. However, the flavor will also be restricted to those little zingy black dots as well.
2. When you're filling is way too juicy, you should consider straining out some of those juices. When your what the hell attitude prevails and you spoon in the filling with all that extra liquid, don't be surprised when it leaks all over the place and makes your kitchen look like a crime scene. Raspberry juice will also burn to the bottom of the pastry. Luckily, the burnt jiuice peels off easily.
This is one of the prettiest baked goods I've ever attempted. I took it in to work for coworkers to devour and stunned them with my bravery at attempting this recipe. It was pretty darn delicious.