Friday, March 25, 2011

Making and Baking

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It was a busy day today.  I had meetings on my side of town this morning as well as web conferences so I worked from home today.  The "making" of the title was more in the evening and I'm planning on blogging a whole post about that project as soon as everything is done, but I'll hit a couple of high points here.

I have developed a bit of a fondness for the Starbucks White Chocolate Mocha Latte with Peppermint.  So much so that in a week a cheapy espresso machine will pay for itself.  Made my first attempt today.  Pretty good if I do say so.  I made it with a spoonful of white chocolate chips and a spoonful of peppermint hot chocolate mix.  Add espresso and steamed milk made with the Mr. Coffee Espresso maker that I just added to my kitchen arsenal and you've got a pretty good representation of the Starbuck's version in my opinion.  (It should be said I'm not even a remote coffee snob - I don't even like coffee - I'm going for the chocolate and mint taste in this).  Yum.  And, at the cost of the coffeeshop, in three drinks the whole ensemble pays for itself.

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I've been trying to get a picture of this blue heron since I moved in to the house three years ago.  I finally got a shot of it today that I thought was at least postable.  Still not perfect.  I've never seen a bird so easily spooked. 

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I was in my "studio" most of the evening tonight working on a project.  You saw the papers that got built over the weekend with the torn book pages.  They got a whole lot more treatment tonight.  Everyone helped (although Lindsay declined the photo opp)!

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Right now the art pieces are hanging out in this stack of books flattening out until tomorrow or Sunday when I can mount them and get them finalized for sending off to their new homes.  I'll do a full post with loads of pictures before I send them off.

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I'm off to Evansville tomorrow for part of the day for a conference for work.  I will go down the normal way, but think I might swing back home through West Baden Springs and stop in at the French Lick Winery.  That sounds like a good way to break up the drive and relax a bit.

Have a great weekend.

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