Bird Watching

 

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Looking South – Snakes Alive!

Wildlife for sale on 9th Street.

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The Brotherhood of Post-Apocalyptic Mutant Dinosaurs

Father RexFather Rex of The Brotherhood of Post-Apocalyptic Mutant Dinosaurs.
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Cherry Tomato Tart

What I love about shopping on 9th Street is that you never know what you’re going to find on the stands – boxes of baby arugula, two red peppers for a dollar, or cauliflower in a hue that would make Prince proud. So many times I’ve gone there with a game plan, only to switch it up when something else caught my eye. On Sunday morning, I spotted jewel toned boxes of cherry tomatoes on a stand right outside of Esposito’s, I immediately bought two. I’d figure out what to do with them once I got home… Continue reading

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French Strawberry Cake

9th Street had gorgeous boxes of strawberries on Saturday, I picked up two, one would be macerated for brunch, and the other for this cake. I’m a big fan of “one pan wonder” cakes – this one is light, custardy in the middle, and studded with strawberries. The perfect ending to our Easter feast!  Continue reading

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Potato Kugel

When I was mulling over side dishes to go with my Easter ham I spotted this recipe on Smitten Kitchen for potato kugel. Shredded potatoes tossed with onions, flour, and eggs – baked in a well oiled cast iron pan – like a pan full of hash browns that you can slice into wedges. Yep, I’m all over that. Happy Easter! Continue reading

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Swing and a Miss

deadly blowHere is another doodle with Derwent Dark Wash pencils. This one was done in a Canson XL Mix Media pad which I will be using regularly just as soon as the Sketchbook from Heaven is exhausted which I’m sad to say will be soon.

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Bow Tie for Spring

Calling all modeling agencies – I have a handsome, six foot tall, seventeen year old with a perfected brooding expression, and he can pull off a bowtie!

I whipped up this tie in less than an hour, no advanced sewing skills needed. For a how-to, go here!

 

 

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Looking South – The Royal Theater Part II

The back wall has been obliterated, the chain link fence removed. I’ve written about the demolition of The Royal Theater before, this is all that remains. It will soon be gone and sadly forgotten. One more photo behind the cut.  Continue reading

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Looking South – Train Shed

This area of Broad and Washington is in the throes of being developed into apartments and retail space. Fortunately, this train shed which served as a stop for President Lincoln’s funeral train en route to Illinois, is on the National Register of Historic Places and will be saved. The location had train service since 1836, and the structure was built by the Philadelphia, Wilmington, and Baltimore Railroad in 1878. Additional photos behind the cut.  Continue reading

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Chocolate Chip Rice Krispies Cookies

I stumbled across the recipe for these cookies searching for something else. I haven’t made them in years, so I thought I’d give it a whirl yesterday afternoon. The addition of the Rice Krispies make these cookies crispy-crunchy and adds a certain lightness to them.  Continue reading

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Palm Weaving

The yearly ritual of palm weaving on 9th Street.

 

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Exhuming Dead & Buried while Drawing

I returned to my Roku’s Amazon Video channel in order to bask in trash that I can halfway ignore while sketching. The great thing about Amazon’s Prime besides the expedited shipping is the addition of Prime video which is promoted as having a lot of original series and big Hollywood movies, but it’s packed about hip deep with trash. This is where I live. While trawling through the dump that is Amazon’s video library I came across Dead & Buried (1981) which I haven’t seen since it was first run on HBO back in the early ’80s.

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South Philly Varmint

When Joe calls me after he’s left for work, it means one of two things – he’s forgot something or he’s seen something crazy on his way to work. Such was the case yesterday morning when he spotted this fellow hanging about 7 feet from the ground on a fence in between 13th and  Broad on Washington Avenue.

 

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