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Monday, April 30, 2012
The mugs up there? Awesomeness. If I may say....they have a cat on there that I have been drawing lately, and these are the first mugs with him.
I made fried pizza again this week. You will recall exactly a week ago I made it the first time, after the NY Times did an article on fried pizzas at restaurants. We are not talking deep fried southern, but Italian: a little olive oil in the pan and a couple minutes crisped each side to give a nice rich crust on there. Somebody commented recently that it is excessive and fatening. WELL, maybe deep fried pizza at the state fair, but a couple spoons of olive oil? And havn't we buried the myth about carbs being evil? I mean, keep in mind, for example, in our house as a vegan, I have to eat something (not just twigs and lawn clippings). And splitting an 8 inch pizza topped with soy cheese and veggies with the wife...are you trying to tell me a pork chop would be healthier? (that was a joke a few years ago in a Janet Evanovich Stephanie Plum book--her sidekick Lula was on a no carb diet and packed her purse with healthy pork chops instead :)
You will recall that there is a cute little corgi across the street named Soupy...Penny's good friend. They have a ball...well, Penny races around and Soupy kinda enjoys the spirit of the game....
Sunday, April 29, 2012
Cooperstown is in mountains (little mountains, big hills, whatever) with Glimmerglass Lake. The town is head to toe with beautiful old mansions, I swear, every street has beautiful homes, inns, stores. The baseball thing is only a small part of it all, and oh my, the gardens too....
Saturday, April 28, 2012
Cooperstown might be the PRETTIEST town in the world....maybe the prettiest in New York state, anyway. The whole baseball thing is only part of the town, it is in mountains with a lake a lot of arts....and a lot of money....(there is a second item just below it, Godzilla chewing on a house)
SPEAKING of monsters chewing on things:
Believe me when I say it, I may be the world's best BAKER, potters often like to bake, it is similar, you know? The dough, the forming, the mixing, the baking, anyway, but every year, as longtime readers know, I DO TRY to plant some things...I usually fail miserably, but my cosmos and marigolds may have a small chance, they sometimes grow for me...hope SPRINGS eternal!
Friday, April 27, 2012
In other news, let's just say that I was playing up the Ralph Lauren cowboy thang on Thursday....I bought a bale of hay! Or straw? I have never bought hay, or straw, before. I have all this grass to seed in my yard plus a big hump of dirt we have not yet decided what to do with, so I was like "what can my lazy self toss onto that hump so it is not all weeds in a week?" and I got 2 bags of clover at Agway with my grass seed. The bags say something cover with blahblah blah, and I don't know what that is, and the helpful agway person (I love agway! they always have cats from the shelter there for adoption :) shows me this 50 dollar bag of pellets, to cover grass seed or clover seed. She says "cover with this...or straw" (or did she say hay?) And a bale of hay OR straw is merely 5 bucks! I am like "wow, i have never bought straw OR hay before!" and it fits into the little car trunk and smells GREAT, like horses.
I don't own a cowboy hat. But I look pretty flippin' rugged here on my bale of straw, don't I????
Below is the yard BEFORE the hay..or straw...
Don't you love these mugs I made? I do! Have a great weekend!
Thursday, April 26, 2012
OK, my fact and dream? It is a fact that I ordered some groovy bamboo teapot handles this week...oh how I LOVE bamboo handles, and they can be hard to find, and therefore, another fact, I am making a boatload of teapots to go with them! Another fact, the photo below is not mine. I put it up because although I could tell you I dream of winning a spot in the show I am entering Saturday in Cooperstown (see yesterday's blog post with monster eating a car, etc), and I also dream that one of my teapots makes it into Lark Books 500 Teapots book, it is also true that I am shaken by a dream I had last night.
I do not usually have anything but lollypops and puppydog tails to write about in my charmed life, but do you believe in dreams? Do you believe in a sixth sense? I think things can drift in on the tide, like stoppered bottles washing up on a beach. I had the most horrific dream last night where I was a child in a prison camp for children. You will recall of course that Charles Dickens was placed in debtors prison as a child along with his family, and, of course, events of 1939-1945 in Europe and, well, many orphanages over time. I dreamt I was in a horror factory like that, very realistic, very detailed in the dream, but at least I had a friend or 2 to try to cope with it. Where did that come from? I am not reading anything about the subject, and it does not represent my own childhood, so I wonder if it is a fragment of somebody else's memory or experience (come to think of it, although I read Elie Wiesel's NIGHT 15-20 years ago, my dream was like his his story....sigh....). Anyway, you have a dream like that and you find yourself quite shaken in the morning and hope that because of it you can make somebody's life a little better today, and I hope you have a great day yourself!
Now go to comments and give your fact and dream!
Wednesday, April 25, 2012
is exactly what you need: a shark chasing a croc around the rim of a bowl, it could be yours! Then you would be a whole lot cooler :) For sale now at my etsy shoppe.....
Tuesday, April 24, 2012
KILN just opened, NOW! Cooling indeed, and like I said yesterday, check out Godzilla in the upper right, eating a car!
Monday, April 23, 2012
The wife was my sous chef...and photographer....
Fried pizza, Gary style
-into one cup warm water, add one teaspoon yeast, one tablespoon sugar, let sit 5 mins, until foamy
-add 2 tbs oil, like olive, some shakes of oregano, basil, dried hot pepper flakes
-stir in 2.5 cups white flour, adding more flour if needed, so it is not sticky, then turn out onto floured board
-knead a few minutes until lovely and elastic, place into oiled bowl to rise covered with a tea towel, about one hour
-preheat oven to 400 and if you have a pizza stone, get it in there (if you don't have a stone, rather than doing 2 small pizzas in a row seperately, you can prepare them both at once and bake together on a cookie sheet)
-punch dough down, divide in half, and knead one of the halves leaving the second aside for now--put some oil, like olive oil, into fry pan (ours is iron and what, about ten inches wide?) and turn the pan to high at first...when the oil is shimmery and hot, turn back to medium, pat and push and pull the dough into a thick round that fits your fry pan, so like, 8-10 inches wide, and place into hot pan, frying each side about 2-3 minutes until there is a nice crisp bit of crust developing on each side, then remove from pan (turn stove top off) with spatula and place onto paddle (or if frying 2 at once and using a cookie sheet, add a little more oil again and fry the second dough and set them side by side)
-coat the dough with a little tomato sauce and some things like some chopped bell pepper, olives, cheese, onion, (soy for us) sausage, (vegan) cheese over the top of it all, then slide it into the oven, bake until the crust is browning nicely and top looks good, 15-19 minutes
-pull that one out, set it on a rack to cool, start the next half of dough, etc
Goodness its tasty!
Sunday, April 22, 2012
(new pottery and artwork by Gary Rith)
Oh gosh, here is a favorite. I remember during our honeymoon in '93, me and the wife were staying in a castle on the Maine coast and there was a billiard room and she was always beating me at pool and we had MTV on...not having a TV of our own...and loving this video.....
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