Italian Market Festival 2018 – Day Two

Day two of the annual Italian Market Festival – the weather cooperated, there was a good crowd, great food, music, and the Procession of the Saints! More photos after the cut!  Continue reading

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Italian Market Festival 2018

The traditional climbing of the greased pole! More photos under the cut.  Continue reading

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The Atomic Warrior – The Vector Version

The Atomic Warrior - Vector VersionHere is a version of my Atomic Warrior character that I produced in Affinity Designer. I had a notion of what if George Lucas was never able to get the money he wanted to shoot Star Wars and instead put it together on a shoestring budget. This was my villain. I used it as the basis of a Halloween costume for my son.

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View from the Broad Street Line

City Hall visible from the stairs at the Walnut Street stop.

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Lemon Tart

I love lemons. When I was a teen, I spritzed myself with Love’s Fresh Lemon Body Mist and shampooed my hair with Lemon Up shampoo. Aah, Lemon Up shampoo – the yellow bottle with the plastic lemon cap! It’s still available online, but you’ll pay five times more for it than your mom did at the Stop & Shop – there’s a price for nostalgia! I’ve since moved on to baking with lemons, instead of smelling like one. This lemon tart is the perfect combination of sweet and tart, delicious with a dollop of whipped cream or a scoop of vanilla ice cream.  Continue reading

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Crybaby!

My current obsession is taking photos of produce graphics. I spotted this beauty while shopping at Giordano’s on 9th and Washington!

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Just Like Heaven

A year ago I was polishing off what turned out to be one of my all-time favorite sketchbooks which I referred to as The Sketchbook from Heaven. I tried to find or, in some cases, make a replacement, but nothing fit the bill. As luck would have it, my eagle-eyed wife found a very similar sketchbook by the same manufacturer at the same store this past Christmas. The difference between this and last year’s sketchbook is that the covers are colorfully festooned with graphics meant to entice it’s intended juvenile audience. The graphics didn’t do anything for me, but I carried the book with me everywhere and kept it close at hand in case inspiration struck.

…but it wasn’t the same. I only occasionally jotted a note or scribbled something down. It seemed similar to the old sketchbook, but it wasn’t the same. The inspiration did not strike.

Sigh.

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Strawberry Cream Cheese Tart

The strawberries in the market on Saturday were too gorgeous to resist. I bought two quarts – one for eating, and one for dessert. A tart shell, brushed with melted dark chocolate, with a sweetened cream cheese filling, and crowned with sliced strawberries was in order. This tart is so pretty and summery and delicious!  Continue reading

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Broad Street Run 2018

Great turnout for yesterday’s Broad Street Run, and the weather was perfect! Photographs  by Joe.

 

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Cornflake Peanut Butter Cookies

These cookies are no bake, take less than 15 minutes to throw together, and they are delicious! It sounds like a recipe taken from Family Circle magazine circa 1958, on the same page as the hot dog casserole and a Jello mold salad made with canned asparagus and mayonnaise – but trust me, you’re gonna love these cookies!  Continue reading

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Ask Your Father

Ma, it says right here that they’ll send ya ‘ONE PREGNANT MALE who will give birth to as many as 25 babies!’ How can that be, Ma? How can that be?

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Looking South – El Carnaval de Puebla 2018

El Carnaval de Puebla took over Washington Avenue on Sunday – it was a visual wonderland! More photos after the cut.

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The Three Graces

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Looking South – John’s Water Ice

John’s Water Ice has a magnificent sign, and their water ice ain’t bad either! They’re located at 8th and Christian Streets, and are open for the 2018 season!

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