Ever since my wife picked up a cheap, wire-bound, scratch pad from a Target store for me as a Christmas gift, I now take cheap sketchbooks seriously. Throughout the years I may have bought every name brand of artist drawing pads available in art supply stores, but nothing has brought me as much joy as an anonymous doodle pad that had a blank cover. Now whenever I see cheap sketch pads at stores that would not otherwise sell art supplies, I don’t ignore them. I never know what may become the next Sketchbook from Heaven!
The pad of paper pictured above is from Five Below which is a chain of discount stores. It is an enormous 18-inches by 12-inches and only set me back $5. That’s pretty good for 100 sheets of paper particularly that size.
Will it be as good as the little sketchbook from Target? It’s huge so it’s not as portable as the little book, but I couldn’t pass it up for five bucks. Only time and some drawing will tell.
We were in the market for a new computer and I was hearing great things about the current Mac mini with Apple’s new M1 chip. The video reviews I watched were mostly enthusiastic for Apple’s entry level desktop computer so I decided that I would head on down to the local Apple store to pick one up.
It was a cold, rainy weekend – perfect reason to hunker down, watch movies, and bake something. This weekend, it was this sour cream poundcake with orange zest and chocolate chips. I love the orange – chocolate combo, you can eat this for breakfast or dessert! Continue reading →
Turkey kielbasa, potatoes, and peppers sautéed in one pan and dinner’s on the table in thirty minutes – my new go-to meal on Sunday night! This recipe is pretty flexible, I had mushrooms and some fresh spinach which I tossed in, although I imagine that any leftover veggies you have on hand like broccoli, zucchini, or asparagus would be delicious additions too. It’s a “clean out your fridge” kind of dish! Continue reading →