Baby Back Ribs

The Boy is all about eating meat off of bones – he is a true carnivore who loves chicken wings and turkey legs. So when I was planning my menu for the fourth, I decided on baby back ribs with a dry rub and barbecue sauce, needless to say it was a huge hit!  Continue reading

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Happy 4th of July!

Celebrate America!


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Looking South – Train Shed Update

More of the restoration process of the Train Shed on Broad and Carpenter Streets. Additional photos under the cut.  Continue reading

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Looking South – Letters on Washington

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The Morning the Earth Shook

A book cover I did for a new novella available for Kindle by J.L. Curtis.

A year after Calexit, the last US bases in Southern California are under siege, with their power and water cut off. Their perimeters are under constant probes by a now hostile nation. There is intelligence the government of California is planning a final all-out action to overwhelm the last bases and claim the spoils of victory for their own…

But the men and women in uniform aren’t going to let their bases be overrun, especially after the murder of their dependents. This is their story, a novella of the last military withdrawal from California. And if there’s one thing the Sailors and Marines are not going to do, it’s go quietly!

It’s available here!


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Sketchbook Dragon

Sketchbook DragonI decided to set aside my toothy Canson XL Mixed Media sketchbook for a smaller, inexplicably smoother Canson XL Mixed Media sketchbook to sketch the toothy beast above. The newer sketchbook was purchased at a local Walmart strangely enough and is the same brand and make as a 7-inch by 10-inch pad and the halved sketchbook, but it feels noticeably different. The smoother texture seems to take the water soluble graphite pencils a lot better. I don’t know if Canson’s stock varies that much or if Walmart gets irregular lots. Whatever the case, I may be stocking up on sketchbooks at Walmart.

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Marinated Celery and Avocado Salad

This is a nice, light salad for a hot summer night that goes well with burgers or grilled chicken. Just three ingredients tossed with oil and fresh lemon juice and seasoned with salt and pepper – this salad will be on permanent rotation around these parts!  Continue reading

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Dragon Fruit

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Looking South – The USS Olympia

The Boy and I took a stroll to the Spruce Street Harbor Park yesterday, and we got to check out the USS Olympia. From Wikipedia:

USS Olympia is a protected cruiser that saw service in the United States Navy from her commissioning in 1895 until 1922. This vessel became famous as the flagship of Commodore George Dewey at the Battle of Manila Bay during the Spanish–American War in 1898. The ship was decommissioned after returning to the U.S. in 1899, but was returned to active service in 1902.

She served until World War I as a training ship for naval cadets and as a floating barracks in Charleston, South Carolina. In 1917, she was mobilized again for war service, patrolling the American coast and escorting transport ships.

After World War I, Olympia participated in the 1919 Allied intervention in the Russian Civil War and conducted cruises in the Mediterranean and Adriatic Seas to promote peace in the unstable Balkan countries. In 1921, the ship carried the remains of World War I’s Unknown Soldier from France to Washington, D.C., where his body was interred in Arlington National CemeteryOlympia was decommissioned for the last time in December 1922 and placed in reserve.

In 1957, the U.S. Navy ceded title to the Cruiser Olympia Association, which restored the ship to her 1898 configuration. Since then, Olympia has been a museum ship in Philadelphia, where it is now part of the Independence Seaport MuseumOlympia was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1966.

Olympia is the oldest steel US warship still afloat.


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Strawberries & Ladyfingers

The strawberries on 9th Street were gorgeous over the weekend, I decided that strawberry shortcake would be on the menu for our Father’s Day dinner. I didn’t want to make biscuits or sponge cake – I wanted to try something different. Ladyfingers came to mind, although typically used in tiramisu – they were a fab pairing with strawberries and whipped cream!  Continue reading

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Happy Father’s Day

A photo I took of the fellas in Rittenhouse Square in 2000. Happy Father’s Day to all the dads out there, especially to my Joe – I couldn’t be more grateful for what a wonderful dad he’s been to our son.

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Looking South – Train Shed

Train shed on Broad & Carpenter being stripped down to it’s skeleton in order to be restored and incorporated into some new construction. The ongoing process has been fascinating to watch. More photos behind the cut.  Continue reading

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No-Knead Cinnamon Raisin Bread

I made this loaf for my friend Bebe, who loves raisin bread. I’ve never seen a no-knead recipe that used milk as an ingredient – so I thought I’d give it a shot. It was a success!  Continue reading

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Not Quite Heaven

I thought I was being quite clever when I came up with the idea for replacing my favorite but sadly exhausted Sketchbook from Heaven. My idea was to get a larger sketchbook and chop it in half so it more closely approximated the cheap sketchbook’s size and shape. It fits easily in my backpack and I can retrieve it in a flash, but it’s just not the same. It’s resisting my attempts at doodling interesting doodles. I guess size and shape aren’t everything.

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