Saturday, January 31, 2015

Geranium Leaf Bird Bath

Can you picture this geranium leaf bird bath sitting on a stump in the garden or the forest? It might not be deep enough for a bird bath but after I made it that's what I thought it should be. It's about eleven inches in diameter. I put a little texture on the rim of the bowl so birds have something to grab onto as they land on the edge. Before I made the piece I mixed up a few more mason stains and the violet is a new color for me.

I just saw the youtube clip about mysteries unseen in the world and thought I'd share it here.

Gary got back yesterday from Florida with a load of fresh fish from our favorite fish market. He even got lobster tails and fish cheeks. For the next several months we'll be eating in luxury for sure. When I showed Gary the piece above he said it looked like a pizza. He must have been hungry. Thanks for reading and for all your comments.

Friday, January 30, 2015

Savory Butternut Squash

Unfortunately I forgot to take a photo after the savory butternut squash was cooked. After taking one bite of the finished squash all my thoughts of a photo were forgotten. Here's the squash just before I put it in the oven for the second time.

Start out by slicing the squash in half, scoop out the seeds and place squash in a bath of water in a baking dish. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with nutmeg. Bake at 350 F for about 40 minutes. Leave the oven on because you're going to put it back in again briefly. I tried to scoop the squash out of the skin and keep the skin but I had no luck so I just tossed the skin.

While the squash was baking I sauteed 1/4 red onion chopped fine and a 1/2 inch cube of ginger chopped fine with butter, sage, thyme, a dash of white balsamic vinegar and two tablespoons of sugar, white or brown.

After you scoop the squash out of the skin, chop it up a bit. Discard the water n the baking dish, rub with olive oil to coat surface and put the chopped squash back in the baking dish. Drizzle the onion ginger mixture over the top, then sprinkle with some goat cheese and top with some shredded or flaked parmesan cheeses. Bake again at 350 F till mixture is warm and cheeses are melted.

I need to get more butternut squash because I plan to make this savory butternut squash again. The good thing about butternut squash is that it keeps for weeks just sitting around on the kitchen counter or in your vegetable storage area. Thanks for reading and for all your comments.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Feline Dementia ?

All of a sudden my cat Betty seems to have developed Feline Dementia. She just sits on the kitchen counter. I know you're probably mortified at her being on the counter, but I can't get her to go anywhere else. I've given her a nice comfy bed up there. I have to carry her to the kitty litter and when I do she wants to eat the sand. After she does her business she runs like a maniac right back to her spot on the kitchen counter.

She eats every bit of food I put in front of her, so now I'll have to start measuring how much I give her so I don't give her too much or too little. She's seventeen years old so I guess she's earned her special treatment. Puts a cog in the wheel for any kind of traveling we might do. I couldn't leave her unattended for more than a day. Have you ever heard of a cat with dementia? Thanks for reading and for all your comments.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Floral Platters

Winter has me craving flowers and color so I decided to make a couple of floral platters. You'd never know that this plate was wiped clean and made again. I'm using a combination of stains and underglazes.

Hope everyone is surviving the cold and snow. We got what amounted to nothing. One of these days I hope we get a winter wonderland. Thanks for reading and for all your comments.