Monday, October 25, 2010

In Which Leah Spins A Yarn

There once was a place where the people were made of string. It was a tricky place to get around; you had to trod carefully so as knot to step on a loose bit that would make a person come undone. Winding a person back together was trickier still. Dance parties and cats were generally avoided. It could be a loopy place, but the people were warm - even if their brains were a little fuzzy.

Friday, October 22, 2010

get in the kitchen and make me a pie (pretty please, with whipped cream on top)

Pick out a happy little sugar pumpkin. Have a bonding moment and watch the leaves turn outside.

Thank the pumpkin for taking part in your culinary experiment. Now cut it open (don't worry, the pumpkin can't feel a thing). Scoop out the goop - that's the fun part. Be sure to coat those seeds in a bit of olive oil, add a sprinkling of salt, and bake. It's good snacking while you're hard at work in the kitchen.

Slice the pumpkin into chunks and steam in a pot with a bit of water. When the pumpkin pieces are soft and cool, smoosh them up. It's fun to squish the pumpkin between your fingers. Add a bunch of tasty goodness to the pumpkin mush in a perky-colored mixing bowl.

Pour the bowl of yummy orange stuff into a pie crust and bake.

Slice. Serve. Eat.

Everybody wins!

Thursday, October 21, 2010

It's that time...

The jack-o-lantern lights are alight...

And greeting guests at the door....

Skeletons are out...

Ghosts are flying...

And pumpkins are ready for kitchen delights... (you'll see the results of that in my next post!)

Happy Halloween Time!

Monday, October 18, 2010

Rock the Paint

I (finally) finished my brother's painting which was originally supposed to be a Christmas gift... ahem.... and I am really happy with it. It's time to share the final product.

My little bro is a rockstar - literally, and figuratively. He plays in an awesome cover band that does gigs in the greater Chicago area, and music make his world go round. I tried to rock out with my brushes and create something that would complement his musical interests as well as his minimalist decorating style.

I pulled out my acrylic paints and went to work. I am also exploring the use of upcycled materials in my artwork, so I included 2 overexposed Polaroid prints that I drew on with a paint marker, as well as cutouts from the wax paper pallette on which I mix colors. This makes me feel so much better about using disposable pallette paper, because I am now reusing them. Score!

This is meant to be a gestural, ink-and-brush style representation of a guitar, paired with the line drawing of a generic amplifier on Polaroid paper. The shift is intentional. It just seems appropriate.

Rock on, Little Bro!

Friday, October 8, 2010

In Which Leah Ventures Into the Kitchen Again

I'm trying to be a cook again.

Every time I've attempted this in the past, I've thrown my hands (and potholders) up in disgust and stormed away.

So we shall see.

I successfully made crab cakes last week, and even Justin approved. And - get this - I MODIFIED the recipe. That's unheard of in my world. But doing so made me feel like I took a big, badass leap forward in the food world.

Additionally, I purchased a real knife. Like, one that actually slices through things. It's amazing, really, what a good knife can do. Perhaps this has been my problem all along: I was always prone to kitchen knife injuries (and my mom no longer allows me to use them in my parents' kitchen!), but maybe the knives just sucked. Huh.

Hopefully this knife can cut the spaghetti squash I bought today. I've never baked a squash in my life. Sure, I've eaten many, but I've never done the work. I also plan to cut open a pumpkin and make a pie... and no, I've never made a pie (of any sort) before in my life, either.

"What did she ever eat?!?!?" You may wonder to yourself. Sometimes I wonder that same thing. I think I ate a lot of Chef Boyardee Ravioli.