September 29, 2006

pizza night!

friday night is traditionally our pizza night, has been for quite some time, and we (i) usually make it from scrach. here's how it's done:

3 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp salt
3 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp yeast (dry active)
1 cup warmish water
dash of sugar

  1. pre-heat oven to 425 degrees. dissolve yeast in water, add sugar. a foamy surface will soon appear- this is called proof. if it doesn't start after about a minute or two, add a wee bit more sugar.
  2. meanwhile, combine flour and salt (whisking is good for this) in the bowl of an electric mixer (or a large bowl if making by hand) and stir in olive oil.
  3. once yeast has proofed, add it to the dry mixture. using your mixer with the dough hook (instert pirate growl) on low mix until all combined. sometimes you may need to add more water or flour (tbsp at a time) depending on the weather and your altitude.
  4. continue to kneed the dough until it is nice and smooooooth in texture and soft to the touch- that's when you know it's ready. remove from mixer and divide in half.
  5. smush each half on greased pizza sheets from the centre out, as shown below my one of my lovely assistants, seth.

6. now's the fun part: topping! as you like it... me? tomato sauce (hot n' spicy) mozzarella, and basil pesto (classico makes the best- but don't forget to tab the excess oil once finished baking)

7. bake in pre-heated oven for 13-15 minutes on middle rack. slice and enjoy!

the result:

September 23, 2006

past pieces

i was just looking at some images of some of my old paintings and i think i'll post some of my favourites. this one is actually four, each one about 11x14" watercolour on really thick medium cold press paper. named spring, summer, autumn, and winter (duh). i did these probably about *gasp* 8/9 years ago and they've held up pretty well, moving across the country twice and being stuck in the basement for a couple years now. right now they're still in the basement, in one of my portfolios waiting for some nice frames so they can maybe go up on the walls, but who knows that may never happen. i'm not sure if i want every piece on display at our house to be mine. i do have a great painting of a cow jenn brission (who totally rocks, btw) did for me in the hallway by the kids rooms, and a very large norman kritsch indian peace pipe painting in our living room. we've also got a klimt print in the living room as well, along with my yellow submarine macfarlane toys. be careful not to touch sgt. pepper, his head might fall off :(
i don't know why i feel like telling all this to the universe, but hey why not...

September 12, 2006


we've got this wind chime hanging off one of the rafter tails by the back deck. not too loud, not too annoying. today while beating the rug (one of two we own) out on the line i swung a wee bit too far and completely knocked the weight off! woops!
(okay this was a really stupid post but it was either this or potty training which i'm sure most of you are just dying to hear about... so i'll post that maybe tomorrow ;) )

September 11, 2006

busy bees

the first week of school came and went. ella is full day in grade one, and seth is going to preschool 2 afternoons a week. *deep breath in... hold... exhale*

i've been pretty busy the past couple of weeks, working at home and in studio- trying desperately to get up to speed so i can actually make money, school volunteering, driving ella to her dance class (ballet), trying to help derek with work on the house. last night we re-arranged all the junk in the basement to make room for insulation, vapour barrier, drywall and a powder room. hopefully there'll be enough room for me for doing stained glass. (i should really write that on our houseblog... maybe later...) got a new camera because our old digital sucked. i don't really have much to write about and i'm in studio right now so i don't have any scans of my sketchbook to post... maybe i'll do that later too, but for now i must work...

September 01, 2006

so, what's new?

while chatting with andre today on messenger, i got to thinking... how many of us from sheridan's class of '95 are out there? what have you been up to in the last decade? are you still animating, or have you found something else interesting? have you moved around a lot, or have you firmly planted roots? who have you worked with since leaving school? any interesting stories to tell like the time when i...?

c'mon i know you're out there- leave a comment or add me to your messenger list!

i leave you with this pic: