Monday, September 26, 2016

Menu: Dinner with Girlfriends

Menu
Roast Pork Tenderloin with Chimichurri Sauce
Roasted Zucchini
Roasted Garlic Potatoes
Steamed Carrots

Pumpkin Roll with Bourbon Vanilla Frosting


Chimichurri Sauce -
Great accompaniment to pork, beef, or fish. Use as a seasoning for roasted vegetables.
Note - most recipes call for oregano or cilantro added. Since I don't care for the flavor of either, I omit them.

scant 1/2 cup olive oil
1 bunch Italian parsley, washed and dried
3 garlic cloves, crushed
1 tsp red pepper flakes
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp salt
1 tsp black pepper
1 shallot, chopped

Blend all ingredients in food processor until smooth.
Cover and refrigerate until smooth. Can be stored for up to a week in the fridge.

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Blessings

This week has been filled with blessings.
I worked on some projects that were fulfilling and rewarding. I like to learn new techniques and use different mediums, so this week I continued to work with glass, fabric, beads, and paint.
I spent a few days organizing my space. It was exhausting, but the hard work pays off. I love the ability to find things when I need them, get to my supplies easily, and downsize.
I spoke with my daughters and loved hearing their voices and opinions, as always.
I tried a new sushi place with a friend and we were pleasantly surprised.
My tennis matches this week were challenging and fun. I had great partners, great opponents, and great weather. Can't ask for more!
I went out with friends who brought along an old friend of theirs. It was a fun night to meet Diane and spend time together.
I worked on my tennis with some better players this week at clinic. It was so humbling to play with such skilled players.
I made my first pot of Butternut Squash Bisque. Fall is in the air.
I'm looking at recipes for pumpkin (of course) and apples. Can't wait to take in the fall flavors.



Saturday, September 24, 2016

Making Signs

Last week, I was asked to make 2 signs for a couple of upcoming festivities. I was given a lot of freedom, the only requirements were to get the date, time, and info correct. The first task was for a pool party that features Hawaiian dancers. 
This was a fun one to create a sketch and then make a poster.
I liked the bright colors and of course, the Hula Girl.

The next one was a Save-The-Date for a tennis social. This one was a snowbird social, so I needed to create one of those.
And here is the finished poster.




Thursday, September 22, 2016

Glass Fusing: Wavy Bowl

This project was very fun. I started by cutting 2 ply of glass into a round circle 12" in diameter. I added staring lines of white and blue noodles.
The first stage was to fuse the plates together.
The second stage was to slump the plate into a mold. Because the slumping process is not "perfect" some of the edges folded more than others. I don't know if this was because this side of the dish was closer to the heating elements and became hotter and "more liquid" or not.
I like the way it turned out. I love the turquoise color.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Latest Drawing

I've been working on a few drawings. Here's one done with colored pencil on a weathered board paper. I tried to get rich colors and texture with the green.

Monday, September 19, 2016

Fused Glass: Second Piece

Here is my second piece of completed fused glass.
The piece is 6 inches X 7 inches, 2 ply glass. The first layer, which you can't really see is clear glass and the top layer is the blue and teal glass. I wasn't sure how it was going to end up, but I was hoping the colors would meld into the clear glass. The white lines are rods (stringers) that are very thin and break easily. I wanted something that would break up the color, without taking away from it.
I love the result. The colors formed nice rounded edges, there is a bit of clear glass peaking through and the dish slumped nicely into the mold so it has a slight U shape to it.

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Blessings

"Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things." 
Robert Brault

This week I have been blessed with family and friends who cared for me.
I went to dinner with friends before they departed for a trip overseas.
I played tennis during the week and enjoyed being in the sunshine and the great weather.
I was in contact with all my siblings and my father and thought of them often.
My father wrote a lovely thank you letter to his customers, acknowledging 30 years of friendship and service.
I've been taking some cookie decorating classes and enjoying the process of learning more about ways to improve the process.