Saturday, December 24, 2011

Limon tiramisu

Earlier this year my daughters and I went on a cooking school vacation to the Amalfi Coast, Italy;
 and we learned to make lemon tiramisu. 
It's going to be our Christmas dinner dessert....

Whip the egg whites

Whip the heavy cream

 Mix the marscapone with a lemon zest

Make a lemon sugar bath

add some limoncello to the bath

Dip the ladyfingers in the bath;


Wishing Everyone a Very Merry Christmas

Saturday, December 10, 2011


Watched the eclipse of the moon this morning.  Perfect morning!  photo compliments of KOLD.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Our morning walk

We walk every morning - me for a little exercise - and Homer -my dog- for his morning constituion.  and I like to get up early.  As the days get shorter it been dark when we start out.  The bonus is seeing the sunrise over the mountains by our house.  Awesome!

Monday, November 28, 2011

A Class Project

Yesterday I took a class with NC Black here in Tucson.  And I made this etched anticlastic formed bracelet.  This is my second class with Andrea and Les...  and they are superb teachers.  The etching part of this class was based on their experimentation to bring galvanic etching to the home studio....  NO MORE CAUSTIC CHEMICALS!  We etched using a car battery charger, water, a copper plate and cupric sulfate (root kill).  Then we formed the bracelet using the tools that they manufacture back in North Carolina.  You can visit their webiste to learn more...  I love my bracelet and plan to make more.  Yes I bought tools!

Sunday, July 31, 2011

Fall Colors

I think the fall fashion color selections from Pantone were made just for me. Started making beads today in bamboo and phlox and nougat. Will post pictures soon...

Thursday, July 21, 2011

A great storage container

I love ice cream. My husband and I eat way too much of it. But, hey, it's hot here in Tucson. Ben and Jerry's has been a long time favorite; and then I spotted this brand and had to try it. The bonus is that it comes in a container with a screw on lid. Perfect container for stuff in the studio! And the "Sea Salt Caramel" is wonderful.

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Torch Enameling

I took a class this past June at Bead and Button with Melissa Manley on torch enameling copper. It was a great class. I decided to order the Swanstrom disk cutter from Rio Grande to cut my own disks. Wow, it cut them like butter.
Now I'm creating a sampler set of Thompson Enamel colors to help me decide on a color palette
It's amazing how different the enamel looks on the copper compared to the bag. Lots of colors to do........

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Dinner Party tonight

the Menu
Sausage bites with Apricot Balsamic Dip (Rachel Ray)
Caprese Salad (the Pioneer Woman)
Sicilian Beef Tenderloin Rolls (old family recipe)
Pasta Primavera (the Silver Palette Cookbook)
Pinot Grigio
Ciabatta Bread (Beyond Bread Tucson)

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Queen of the Night

Most of the year this plant doesn't look like much. In fact you could almost think it was dead. But then once every year it blooms with amazing fragrant flowers. Luckily we were invited to a neighbors last evening to see the event.