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Monday, May 25, 2015

mugshot Monday and cornbread pizza revisited...


(cup and saucer by Gary Rith)
You will notice, of the cup above, that it is blue with teal blue.  I was thinking a) ocean! and b) glaze it 2 colors, nearly the same, different but subtle.
It comes out of the kiln Sunday afternoon and the wife is like "I want that, it looks like the ocean!" which, as I say, was what I was thinking.

We had been in a rush to return home after going to a bike clinic in the afternoon.  Our bikes had not been out yet, it being so wintry, really (Sunday morning:  temps AGAIN in the 30s, frost out there, us out in our coats and gloves--later it was a nice 84 degrees).
Anyway, so we tuned up the bikes then rode...since I blog EVERYTHING, how come I forgot the camera for the season's first bike ride? Oh well.  We came across a garage sale and said we can only buy what fits into our pockets...and the wife got 3 little dishes and a change purse which were all pocket sized...but ANYWAY so we get back late and I want pizza.

My cornbread pizza is SUPER fast.  (recipe follows) I made a couple of changes to how I do it and I am SO GLAD, it makes it perfect.  It is not a pizza that should have tons of toppings on top, cornbread is a little too soft for that. SO I thought "put diced pepper and onion INTO no on the pizza" plus I made it in the skillet instead of 8 x 8 brownie pan.  DANG how come I hadn't done that before?

Have a great Monday!


Gary's quick cornbread pizza for 2+

-preheat to 350 and grease your iron skillet or 8 x 8 brownie pan
-in a large bowl stir:  1 cup fine cornmeal (or cornflour or just cornmeal)
1 1/2 Tbs sugar
1 teas bake powder
1/2 teas salt
-in a small bowl beat an egg then stir in:
1/2 cup milk (I use soy)
1/8 cup cooking oil

-Add wet to dry.  You can dice up half an onion, half a bell pepper (or use your imagination!) and stir that in too.  Stir several times, until nicely mixed.
-Scoop batter into skillet or pan, spread the top evenly with a wet spoon. It will be maybe 1/2 inch thick.
-Bake about 22 minutes, remove from oven.
-Top with some tomato sauce and toppings and cheese on top...not too much.
-Put it back into the oven, still at 350, for a few minutes until the cheese has melted and toppings look cooked.  Remove from oven, let it sit a couple of minutes, slice and serve OH BOY!

Sunday, May 24, 2015

front steps follow-through...



I know:  you heard me say a week ago "the new front steps are almost done, here are pics, you need to see them once the railing is on and the flowers in place!".
So there you go.  New steps into the studio.
I tell my dad "we had a bench added!" and he was like
"so you can watch traffic passing?" and I was like
"NO, so we can put flowers all over :)".

THEN, imagine my happy surprise, as we walk the dog Friday and come upon a garage sale and find these 2 massive ceramic planters in a pleasant green....I had 2 large plastic planters with sunflower and cosmos seedling in there, they fit inside the new planters perfectly, for the OTHER front steps...

have an awesome Sunday!

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Soupy in shades....

I babysit Soupy everyday, and her family doesn't dress her up like SOME people dress up their dogs. Soupy wasn't all that crazy about the idea, but I got her to test out my glasses.... have an awesome weekend!

 

Friday, May 22, 2015

a Friday confession! not an original idea, but hey....


(new bowls by Gary Rith)

I know, you all have your minds in the gutter.  Go ahead to comments, leave your own confession!

I confess:  it has been noticed around the house that I put cans and bottles away with the label on the back.  So you never know at a glance what stuff is.  I am trying to correct this.  Why on earth do I do it?

I also toy with my food between bites, pushing it and arranging it together on the left side of my plate.  I never noticed that one either until it was pointed out to me, but see no reason to change it.

I have a thing for UK accents. Well, Irish, Australian, New Zealand too (Canada, not so much...they sound like Americans, except more polite). BBC world service comes on the radio with Chloe's urgent voice "bombs over Syria, death and destruction everywhere..." and I MELT with PUPPY LOVE.  Ditto Fiona from Thistle and Shamrock....

Go to comments, what can you confess to the unwashed masses?

Thursday, May 21, 2015

bottle it up....


(new vases, OR BOTTLES, by Gary Rith)
Some people live where there are alligators and snakes in their yard, it is so hot.
We have to move our seedlings and flowers back indoors our nights are again going below freezing...

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

pretty flowers and nightmares....



Well, I THINK these mugs have some pretty flowers on them, just out of the kiln.
I am trying some brushwork ON glazes, the green mug here, as compared to the more exuberant flowers which are underglazes. All of this is new for me, exciting to try, but admittedly, I don't know what I am doing and have a lot to figure out.

Well, OK, so like I say sometimes, it feels like my dreams put me into the middle of somebody else's life, into their head.  I was dreaming just now that I was a kid in a wheelchair with a brain tumor going into surgery...DANG!  I feel awful for that kid.  I woke up pretty sharply from that one.....

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I am a full-time studio potter, sculptor, and dog walker, married to superhawt Missus Tastycake.