Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Glass and Things:)

So, my Dad's back home from Napa and I, myself, am just getting back to the studio. This Thursday is my last intermediate class with Michele at Mitcavish Glass Studio. Really cool final project I've got going, if I do say so myself - and I do!
It's this layered glass project, where we're "painting" with powdered glass. I've got a cherry blossom thing going on, and in each layer there're flowers and branches, and eventually a quote from Gandhi, "Be the change you wish to see in the world."
In total, it will consist of 5 layers of glass and I can't wait to see how it turns out! I'll add photos to my gallery as soon as the pieces are finished. Michele has been firing the kiln madly for the last week and the shelves are still overflowing with projects that need to find their way in.
I went to the studio today and drilled some holes in some slumped lamps that Michele has been working on; I'm going to help her wire them so that I can learn how to make my own cool lighting...
And that's that! Just sitting on the couch with a blanket on, cuz it's COLD! (Not that we've had 10 inches of snow or anything like that, just poor insulation in this wretched old house:( ) And enjoying a nice glass o' wine. It's Todd's new cheap favorite: Big House Red from Bonny Doon.
Tomorrow, I'll be heading to the studio to unload the kiln of the 1440F pieces we fired on top of dura-board, and getting it ready to fire a full fuse. But, since Michele just ran out of thin fire (Dog Gonnit!), we have to brush on about 5 layers of kiln wash (brush, let it dry, brush, let it dry, brush,...you get the picture) before we can load it up again. I'm very anxious to get my pieces in for their last firing (hopefully) before full fusing them all together in a dam. Barring any touch-ups that need to be made, that's the final step before my masterpiece is through! Ya-hoo!

Monday, February 26, 2007

Millet-Cauliflower "Mashed Potatoes"

Many of you probably do not know, but in a former incarnation as a vegan, Todd attended the Natural Gourmet Institute for Food and Health. So, he's got a great collection of incredibly healthy recipes. This one, in particular, is easy!!
As the name suggests, this could be substituted for mashed potatoes, but would also make a great breakfast.
For health benefits of millet, check out this link at World's Healthiest Foods!

1-1/4 cups millet
1 onion, chopped
2 T oil
1 head cauliflower
1 tsp salt
4 cups water
shoyu (to taste)

1. Wash and drain the millet.
2. Saute onion in oil until translucent.
3. Saute millet in oil with onion until it darkens and smells like popcorn (approx. 10 minute), stirring constantly.
4. Add cauliflower, salt, and water, and bring to a boil, covered.
5. Simmer until very soft and moist for about 40 minutes. All liquid should be absorbed.
6. Put millet and cauliflower through a food mill, season with shoyu.

Thursday, February 22, 2007

Ok Already!!

Well, since I had so many posts about beer, and nothing so far about glass or thoughts, I decided that I'd simply start another blog specifically for beer. You can visit it at http://beer-calyxann.blogspot.com/
Nuff said:)

Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Testing, testing, 1...2...3

Here we go! This, hopefully, will be the first of many installments in my new blog...where, oh where shall I go from here?


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