It's not even Thanksgiving yet and I'm already working on my Christmas dinner menu. That's because, for ONCE in many years, I'm not hosting Thanksgiving! Don't get me wrong, I love that turkey dinner. I've got it pretty well in hand, although when we moved to this home I had a bit of an adjustment just getting used to the new oven, new refrigerator space, new grocery stores, etc. But this year we are to be guests of relatives, so my thoughts are drifting to that other big day! I'm switching from the big bird to the little ones...Cornish hens. I'd like to think about quail but I'm a bit chicken (harharhar).
Once you have the main course in mind, then there is the big question of the sides. I have been wanting to make my old famous mushroom lasagna with the homemade pasta and five pounds of (expensive) specialty mushrooms. But 1.) I don't have access to the local farm in Illinois where I used to buy big sacks of mushrooms for a cheap price, and 2.) the Mr. is not a lasagna fan. To make a dish that takes two days of preparation and then have him not love it is a waste.
This brings me to the Diva's challenge...Gourdgeous! I am going ahead with my lasagna with a twist this year. I'm going to use mushrooms, some toasted ground hazelnuts (from our trip to Oregon this summer), a nice Béchamel sauce with nutmeg and....THIS bad boy:
Which, of course, brings me to the Diva challenge. This little image seems a dim reference to the glorious real thing, but I love this new pattern anyway!
Suzy Mosh has asked us to use the letter "M" and patterns by Kathy Barringer. I chose Margaret Bremner's Moving Day, Carla Jennings' Maise and Kathy Barringer's Antique.
The Square One: Purely Zentangle focus was Verve. I have never used this before, but I sat there on Halloween and started playing with it. Things got a little spooky...
|Something is watching you!|
THROWBACK THURSDAY #5 - MOST UNUSUAL
As I go back over a couple of years worth of Zentangle drawings that I have done, I wondered what was the most unusual thing I have done. When I first got the Renaissance tiles, I was very taken by their aged appearance, and I started thinking about the old drawings done in the various natural sciences. Even the most distasteful examples of life on this planet look beautiful in the hands of these artists of old. So I decided to draw my take on some life forms. Looking back, I see that my techniques were rudimentary, but oh, I had fun! I'm planning a new series using some new enhancements such as colored pencil or watercolor and marker shading, but didn't feel the need to wait for that eventuality. Here is what I did back a while ago. My favorite part is the high heels and high top sneakers on the grasshopper!
What have you done that is unusual? I'd love to see it, so click on the Mr. Linky and post it here!
Thank you for stopping by today, and know that I cherish all your thoughts and comments, and especially your participation in Throwback Thursday.