Friday, November 25, 2011

Post-Thanksgiving Leftovers. Aka. My favorite meals ever.

Truth be told, Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. Its food based, focused on family and giving thanks (something many of us often forget to do), and its got great left overs.

First, and my favorite, is sweet potato biscuits the morning after. Sweet, moist, a festive orange and *amazing* with hot butter and honey....whats not to love?

Sweet Potato Biscuits

Take 3/4 cup mashed sweet potatoes (or yams)
Beat in:
1/4 cup melted butter
Mix in:
2/3 cup milk

1 1/4 cups all purpose flour OR equal parts all purpose and whole wheat flour*
Sift with**
1 tbs baking soda
1 tbs sugar
1 tspn salt

Stir sifted ingredients into wet mixture. dough tends to be very moist, but add more flour if it seems necessary. Turn onto floured board and pat dough out to 1/2 inch. Cut with floured biscuit cutter.
Cook on a greased pan at 450 for 15 minutes.


Sunday, November 13, 2011

Doggie Dress-Up

Now for something completely silly and possibly inhumane. It all started with me putting away my scarves, my dog started nudging me and one ended up on her head.
I see dead people

Waiting for the bus. Maybe when I get home I'll make perogis
What a good babushka she makes! I wouldn't of continued, but she seemed not to mind too much. obviously it made me happy, so she was game. 

Anyway, I tried to put my harpo wig on, but she thought it was was a dead animal and kept trying to eat it. However the "Marilyn" wig she wore very nicely.

I'm on the right track BABY I was BORN THIS WAY! or maybe not...


What have I gotten myself into?
She's a good dog. Somehow hasn't bitten me. Next Halloween she is getting dressed up.

Any ideas what to dress her as?

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Silver Memorial Ring with Emerald

Good Day fine people! I wanted to show a custom piece I did a little while back to ya'll. I was asked to recreate a memorial ring. So heres my design and the wax I carved. I painted the wax with a paint pen to show where the raised detail would be and to give my customer an idea of how it would turn out.

 After it was cast and cleaned up
 This was my first time using liver of sulfur.
 Simply take a tiny nugget and add hot water
 drop your CLEAN piece in
 The solution was strong enough to get a dark coat pretty quickly
 A light clean up, then polish. I had a natural emerald in a square cut in a difficult setting I actually took the stone to a professional setter because it was a pretty risky setting. It came out pretty awesome.