We were social distancing outside, when I met up with Alicia, Louis and their son, Jasper and their Jack Russell Terrier, Otto, who is a major character. Jasper was very grateful for the sketchbook I brought him. He loves to draw. We had a very nice visit talking about their new house. They have just started painting inside. “We have a lot to do.” Said Louis.
I met Rocky the American Bull Dog and we really clicked. Rocky jumped in my lap. He’s a large, magnificent dog. The breed is an American dog that was bred in the 1860s. It would be fun to do a portrait of him. I don’t have a photo of him yet to share. He’s a long legged, muscular dog who is mostly white in color with brown markings on his head. His head is much larger than a boxer. Rocky is so friendly. He hangs out with Maggie, an aging Mastiff.
As I prepared to leave, Alicia asked me would I like some cucumbers and I said yes. They have bees and have given honey for presents. They have their own chickens. I asked if they were planning on having chickens at the new house. They didn’t know if they were allowed to yet.
Alicia surprised me, when she gave me six fresh eggs, two giant cucumbers, a massive zucchini and some incredible green beans to take with me. All of which I have enjoyed and cooked with. Just look at the color of the scrambled eggs! Can’t find better eggs than from the home grown and fed chickens.
And the hits keep rolling on…
Here’s a link to a previous post of mine for Alan’s recipe for Banana Bread Chocolate Chip Cookies. They are really delicious.
Here’s a the Peach Pie Recipe that was new to me from Taste of Home. The only addition I made was adding cardamon to the spices and doing an egg wash on the crust. This was a Trader Joe’s crust, which I had never used before. It took a while to thaw in the air conditioned room. Impatience did not pay off, when I tried to roll it out too soon. Word to the wise…
In these times of Covid we had another round of protest followed by looting and burning in Minneapolis. It is more than anyone will tolerate here. African American Civic leaders took a stand against the destruction of property, as well as standing in front to stores, whose windows had been broken, and stopped people from looting in the heart of downtown.
In the face of chaos, I keep busy. My focus has been to paint working in acrylic. Acrylic paint is a challenge, but I persevere to learn this medium. Here’s the latest phase. It is unfinished but parts of the vision are beginning to work. It’s from an old photo I made in Golden Gate Park in San Francisco, California at the Golden hour of sunset.
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Dave’s Dahlia’s are a tradition for me to view and photograph in August. Dave always comes out of his house to visit with me. This time I lowered my mask so he would recognize me. This year he has many new Dahlias, which he pointed out to me and named them off. Dave has such a talent and knowledge of Dahlias. When I asked him names he began to reel them off to me along with which ones are new and which ones were not the color he ordered. To me they are all exquisite.
Thanks for stopping by my kitchen.
Have a fruitful week wherever you find yourself.
Keep on Keepin’ on!