Monday, April 30, 2012

I Say Crockpot, You Say Slow Cooker

I have a crockpot, also called slow cooker. I haven't used it a lot. One of the handles is broken.

But it still works. So when I saw pork loin on sale I decided to put the two together. The roast pork loin was about 2 1/2 pounds.

I recently bought some crock pot liners from Amazon. The crock pot lifts out of the outer heating element, but anything to save time!

I chopped some onions, carrots, celery and potatoes.

I rubbed salt, pepper and rosemary on the pork before putting it in the crock pot.

Into the crockpot it went, along with a cup of chicken broth and 1/2 cup of soy sauce.

I cooked it on low for 6 hours. When it came out, it was fork tender.

And delicious! In fact, it was so delicious I bought another roast and did it again. This time I used 1 1/4 cups chicken broth and 1/4 cup of soy sauce.

I wanted to use some of the leftover pork for a sweet and sour pork stir fry, but I didn't have enough leftover from either roast because I kept eating it with the vegetables or in sandwiches. It was so good, I couldn't seem to save any for the stir fry. I guess I'll just have to make another one.

Giraffe #48, will you help me write this recipe down so I don't forget it?

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Doodling Along

I had to go to a meeting yesterday. As many people are wont to do, I began doodling. I started with fans.

Moved on to abstract.

And leafless trees, which I love drawing.

Then I picked up some highlighters.

Pretty cool? So of course I decided to see what my students could do with this idea. I knew they would be awesome. I just had no idea how awesome. Some of these would look great mounted and framed.

The strip at the top is actually the practice one, but I think it turned out great.



Giraffe #47 is quite awed by these works of art, too.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Theme-It Thursday

Jessica Hische
is for Umbrella. I've always wanted a really fun umbrella, but I've always had plain ones. 

I don't use an umbrella very much, unless it's raining hard. It always seems like a lot of trouble to put it up and drag it around with me. 

If I ever needed to use an umbrella a lot, maybe I'd get a hot pink one like this.

Hot Pink

I wonder if I would sing and dance in the rain if I had this umbrella?

Ballet Lesson by Degas

If I carried this umbrella I would always be assured of seeing a rainbow.


If my sister ever saw me with this umbrella she'd claim it immediately. She loves dragonflies as much as I love giraffes.

Stained Glass Dragonfly

And speaking of giraffes, here are a couple of giraffe umbrellas.

Giraffe Print

I like this umbrella, but it is no longer available. Too bad. It would be fun to carry this around, even if it wasn't raining.

U is for Unicorn. If unicorns were real animals they would certainly be fun to ride. But looking at unicorn art is wonderful, too. This is from a website dedicated to the magical world of unicorns.

Unicorn and baby

In this world you can ride a unicorn over the rainbow. What must that be like?

U is for Unicycle. If I can't ride a unicorn, maybe someday I could learn to ride a unicycle. If I was going to do it, I'd want to wear a snazzy outfit like this woman.

Riding a Unicycle

Guess what these children are riding? Giraffe unicycles! Yes, that's what the tall ones are called. Now I really have to learn. If these children can ride a giraffe, I can too!

Giraffe unicycle
U is for Ubiquitous. That's what giraffes are around my house. Giraffe #46, you just thought you were beautiful. I'll bet you didn't know you were ubiquitous, too.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

The Hats Have It

I love fashions from the 1920s, 30s and 40s. The clothes have such elegance and grace. When I watch old movies I wish that those styles would come back in fashion. And the hats. Oh, the hats. How I wish I could wear one like this.

Or this one. I made a necklace from polymer clay with this design on it. I gave it to my sister, but I'm planning on making another one for me. This is called a cloche hat, notable in the 20s. It is also called a flapper hat.

Isn't this one beautiful?

And these are so jazzy.

One of my favorite actresses of the period, Louise Brooks.

I used to wear my hair in a similar style because I thought it was so chic.

I also love the wide-brimmed hats of the 30s and 40s.


Good try, Giraffe #45. Not exactly a hat, but who'd want to cover up that adorable head, anyway?

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Feathers in My Ears?

A store near me sends out $10 off coupons periodically. In the past I've received these and gotten some really nice items. I've never paid more than a few dollars per item, since I always try to pick something that is as close to $10 as possible. I've gotten jewelry that I either like:

Or plan to take apart and reuse to make other pieces of jewelry.

And I've gotten watches that I love.

I haven't gotten any coupons for months until this week when I suddenly got two! When I walked to the jewelry counter (always the first place I check) I spied a pair of earrings I knew I must have. I've always loved long earrings, and these are definitely long.

And what could be better than a matching necklace?

I've never worn feathers, but these are so pretty and in colors I love. I can't wait to see what my students think. Now where did I put those earrings?

Giraffe #44