Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters

Mufaro's Beautiful DaughtersMufaro’s Beautiful Daughters was a play performed by fourth graders at GW Childs Elementary School at 16th and Wharton in South Philadelphia.

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Muda Mudi

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Broad Street Line Exit on Walnut

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Treasure Trove of Trash

Roku remoteI’ve written before about my favorite home entertainment device and the wonderfully weird channels found on it, but I’ve recently uncovered a Treasure Trove of Trash that I did not know existed, and it was right under my nose!

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Raspberry Ricotta Cake

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I love a good one pan cake. This recipe came from Bon Appétit – it’s easy to throw together, and it’s delicious! Seriously, I’m going to have to make another one because it’s going to be sad when someone eats the last piece. Yeah, it’s that good.  Continue reading

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Rimworld – Stranded

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J. L. Curtis has branched out into outer space, and fortunately for me, he’s taking his favorite illustrator along for the ride. I’ve illustrated the covers of Jim’s The Grey Man series, which take place on modern day Earth. Now Jim marks his entry into the science fiction genre with Rimworld – Stranded. If you have an e-reader or tablet, head over to Amazon now where this short story can be had for less than a buck.

Not only is science fiction new to me, but so is the program used to create this cover. This is my first venture using vector art program Affinity Designer. I’m still getting used to the tools, but I like it a lot. This may turn out to be my tool of choice for all my book covers, stay tuned!

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Lemon Crumb Loaf

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A lemony loaf with an crumbly topping and fresh fruit. It was the perfect light dessert for our BBQ on Saturday night! And the perfect light breakfast on Sunday.

  • For the topping:
    • ¼ cup plus 2 tablespoons flour
    • ¼ cup granulated sugar
    • pinch of salt
    • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
    For the loaf:
    • 1½ cups flour
    • 1 cup granulated sugar
    • 1 teaspoon baking powder
    • ½ teaspoon salt
    • 1 5-oz can evaporated milk
    • ⅓ cup vegetable oil
    • 2 teaspoons lemon zest
    • 2 large eggs
    For the glaze:
    • ½ cup confectioners sugar
    • 3 teaspoons lemon juice
  1. Preheat oven to 350º and grease a 4′ x 8″ loaf pan. In a small bowl, combine flour, sugar, salt. and butter for the topping. Set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl, stir the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt together.
  3. In a large bowl, whisk evaporated milk, oil, zest, and eggs, add dry ingredients and stir until just combined. Pour into prepared pan, and sprinkle with reserved topping. Press down gently with fingertips. Bake for 60 minutes, check for doneness with a toothpick inserted into the center, you may need to bake for an additional 5 to 10 minutes – I did.
  4. When finished, remove from oven and cool on a wire rack for 15 minutes. Run a knife along the edges, and turn loaf out of pan. Let cool completely.
  5. Whisk the confectioners sugar and lemon until smooth, drizzle over loaf.
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Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

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There were three spotted, overripe bananas in the fruit bowl begging to be a banana bread. I wanted to try something different, so I substituted peanut butter for some of the oil, and added chocolate chips. Because chocolate chips make everything taste better.  Continue reading

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Above South Street in 1991

1991-rooftop on South StreetThis is me gazing at Center City from the roof of an apartment on South Street I was living in at the time.

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Italian Market Festival 2016 – The Pole

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After nineteen years, the greased pole is back at the Italian Market Festival! The thirty foot, lard coated pole has prizes at the top for anyone daring enough to try. These guys made several attempts, drawing a massive, cheering crowd. I’m not certain if there were any winners, but it was fun to watch, and great to see an old tradition brought back to the festival! More photos behind the cut.  Continue reading

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Italian Market Festival 2016

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The festival was in full swing yesterday – we weren’t gonna let a little rain get in the way!  Continue reading

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Ronald’s Raygun

Ronald's RaygunI was having some fun playing around with shapes and gradients in Affinity Designer. This program and it’s sister, Affinity Photo, have made justifying a monthly subscription fee for vector and image editing software very difficult. When they come out with their page layout program, I may be forever lost to Adobe.

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Penrose Diner

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Chocolate Chip Cherry Cookies

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The upside to getting up really early in the morning, is having time to bake cookies and eating them for breakfast. Cherries and chocolate and a great combination!  Continue reading

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