Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Homemade Postcards

I was at Aaron Brothers and positively salivating but also a bit bewildered by all the mixed media materials.....no wonder artists are broke.  Well I'm no artist, but I do want to create.  I made this postcard to send to my friend, Shannon.  I found the old-fashioned post card template via Google images.  The Queen Elizabeth image is from a book about coronations, which hadn't been checked out since 1985 and which I weeded from my school library.  The poem conveys a panic attack I recently suffered, but I stuck that iconic image of British posters admonishing citizens to endure the stresses and strains of World War II--the only spot of color in this black and white collage.

Friday, June 1, 2012

California (Bay Area, that is--one of the most diverse spots I know) Hot Wings

I love Buffalo Hot Wings, but I wanted to put my own spin to preparing them. Instead of tossing roasted chicken wings in butter and Crystal hot sauce, I omitted the butter and added Sriracha hot chili sauce (not really Asian, but an Asian American fusion invented ingredient) and Cholula hot sauce (my favorite condiment in Mexican restaurants). I've served these wings to neighbors at our little social gatherings, and my friends who relish fiery sauce have enjoyed these appetizers. Here's the chive-ranch dressing from Dave Lieberman's cookbook, Young & Hungry that I serve as a cooling condiment. Again I tweaked his recipe to me and my neighbors' tastes and dietary wishes by substituting nonfat sour cream and plain nonfat Greek yogurt, lowfat mayonnaise, using an extra teaspoon or two of the vinegar, and then adding a decadent tablespoon of Salem blue cheese: 1/2 cup sour cream 1/4 cup mayonnaise 1/2 cup plain yogurt A few pinches of salt 2 teaspoons white vinegar 1 garlic clove, pressed 6 grinds of black pepper 1 tablespoon water 1 small bunch of chives, chopped I plan on serving this dish to a work-related potluck to I hope rave reviews.

Friday, February 10, 2012

To-Do Craft Project

I remember making a God's Eye in art class at elementary school with yarn and dowel rods, and this Etsy blog had me agog. I so want to make one again! I must remember to revisit this one: http://www.etsy.com/blog/en/2011/how-tuesday-weaving-a-complex-ojo-de-dios/?utm_source=bronto&utm_medium=email&utm_term=Weave+a+Ojos+de+Dios%21&utm_content=etsy_finds_020812&utm_campaign=etsy_finds_020812  I ended up buying this and like it a lot even though the husband kind of detested it.  I love yarn art and handmade!