Wednesday, September 15, 2010
Monday, September 13, 2010
Friday, September 10, 2010
Sunday, September 5, 2010
This is a photo of the holly berry trees in our front yard. This Spring when the trees were flowering the bees from our beehives went crazy for them. Now we get to enjoy two trees full of berries.... and of course the honey.
Some friends had us over for a lovely dinner the other night so I decided to make baklava. In the rural south there are no unsalted shelled pistachios to be found so I ended up making it using macadamia nuts instead. Even Bella and Fanny (the friends dogs) wanted to check out our baklava breath after dessert.
Here is the recipe:
1 pound filo frozen dough (defrosted)
1 pound macadamia nuts chopped finely
1 Tablespoon orange blossom water (you can find this in middle eastern grocery stores)
honey (enough to just barely hold the nuts together
1/2 pound melted butter unsalted
Layer 1/2 of the pound of filo dough by drizzling butter on one sheet you have placed in the bottom of a baking pan. Place another sheet of filo dough, then drizzle butter, then another sheet of dough. Continue until 1/2 pound of filo dough has been used.
Spread the nut mixture over the layered filo and then layer the remaining filo on top, finishing with butter drizzled all over the top. Cut into finger food size pieces.
Bake at 350 till browned on the top and bottom.
For the sugar syrup:
1 1/2 cup sugar
1 cup water
1 Tablespoon orange blossom water
1 Tablespoon lemon juice
heat the above items in a microwave until the sugar dissolves. Let it cool. When the baklava comes out of the oven, cool it for 15 minutes and then pour the syrup over it
Friday, September 3, 2010
Have you ever come across something that has been out there for a while and you say to yourself "where have I been?" or " How did I miss this?" There is a great series Robert and I have just devoured called "Art 21" on PBS. It goes into artists studios and they talk about their ideas, work habits, past works etc. etc. This was so inspiring.... I cant begin to tell you about it all. So many things are now computerized and the work is right on spot. Check it out if you can. We saw it on Netflix direct feed but am sure you can find it on the web somewhere. Also on the PBS site they have discussion and help for the classroom when viewing this series. How good is that?
Here are some great little friends I have been working on. Their faces are made from discarded woolen sweaters and the bodies are made from scraps of a upholstery manufacture. I gave one to a friend in the hospital. She is a tiny, elderly lady. She called it her little hug because it fit closely under her chin and gave her comfort. She is all better and her bear sits on her day couch, happy as can be for the occasional hug. They each have a different expression. If I sew one ear in a bit shorter than the other they look inquisitive. If their eyes are sewn a bit to close, they look concerned. They make me laugh. I make 3-5 at one time and when finished, I have them peek around the corner and talk to my husband, Robert. Their arms are sewn in after stuffing, so they become animated with just a hint of movement. I haven't named any because you know.... once you name them they are yours forever!
Thursday, September 2, 2010
For many months we have been working on what will be a new shop for us in Southern Virginia. Some of the items to sell I have been making in my studio. As it fills with wonderful colors and textures, it makes me happy just to be in it surrounded by all the creations. My sister in law Hallie gave us the rack I have all my aprons on. I never thought I was well organized but the rack has helped a lot. Thanks Hallie!
I've been making collage type cards in the two racks on the table. Another find from Hallie! My old trusty Featherweight vintage singer has done well for me over the years. And a bit of the fabric haul to the right and remnants of the old bead shop (excuse my boring writing and type that seems to change mid stream. Blog posting is new to me!)
I have tried to do an around the room view of the studio. Hopefully you get the idea.