Feline Friday

Similar Shot, Better Camera

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Barricade Street Art

As seen on 13th & Carpenter Streets.

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Fudgy Brownie Cookies

These cookies are like a brownie in cookie form – chewy, but slightly crispy -and very chocolate! I made them for the lifeguards at our pool, but it looks like I’m going to have to make another batch, because they seem to be evaporating in my kitchen! Continue reading

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Saturday Morning on 9th Street

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Feline Friday

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Oatmeal Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

Due to July’s stifling heat and humidity, I haven’t been baking as much as I’d like. So when the thermometer dips below 90º, I pull out my trusty mixing bowl and hand mixer, and get to work! This recipe is the perfect combo of three classic cookies, and are a big hit in our house. Continue reading

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Feline Friday

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Happy Birthday Dan!

Today is my friend Dan’s birthday – world traveler, photographer, and all around good guy! To celebrate the occasion, I made this fruit tart – it’s the perfect dessert given the bounty of fresh fruit available this time of year. Happy birthday Dan, hope you have a magnificent day! Continue reading

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Gone and Already Forgotten

Another cheap sketchbook has bitten the dust. It wasn’t a terrible sketchbook, and I would probably pick up another one if it was on sale, but it contained none of the magic of the improbable Sketchbook from Heaven. For reasons unknown, ideas would just bubble up from the pages of that original sketchbook. This pad from Dick Blick had no magic. It was a slog killing it off.

Oh, well.

There are a few partially finished or partially started sketchbooks of varying quality that I will throw in my bag. Let’s see if I can wring any magic from them.

I had a teacher in art school who taught a freshman illustration elective, and she referred to sketches or drawings as “your dirty little marks.” She wasn’t the happiest of people. See my dirty little marks HERE.

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Family Photo Restoration

Slowly but surely, I’ve been scanning old family photos and restoring them. Judging from the style of the clothing, this portrait looks like it was taken in the teens. Also interesting is the woman on the left, who is wearing pince-nez glasses with a suspension chain which most likely connected to her ear so that they could be easily removed and not lost.

I believe the woman on the left was my grandmother, but I have no idea who the other woman is. A sister? A friend? And why did they go to a photo studio and have their portrait taken? Unfortunately, there is no one to ask, and no info on the back of the photo.

Original scan behind the cut. Continue reading

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