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Chicken Livers and Bread

I've been cooking and baking up a storm again. Today's menu included chicken thighs using BBQ shake n' bake, chicken livers, smashed-together apple pie filling tart (pie crust was all broken so we made one big, open faced rectangular tart instead of turnovers) and homemade bread.

It's an odd assortment to be sure but it all turned out yummy!

There was going to be a photo of the finished chicken livers but somebody in the house (cough, cough... husband) ate all the food off my presentation plate while I turned my back to put the bread in the oven. grr.

Here's the recipe anyways:

Pint container of Chicken Livers (no gizzards)

3/4 cup All Purpose Flour
2 tsp. Cumin
1.5 tsp. Paprika
1 tsp. Lawry's Seasoning Salt

Plus this stuff:
Digital kitchen thermometer 
10-12" Skillet or flat bottom pan
Corn Oil
2 Tbsp. Butter for cooking with

In a large skillet, over medium-high heat, warm up enough Corn Oil to almost coat the entire bottom of the pan.

Mix dr…

I deserve a medal

Only one art thingie to show off tonight

cause I actually cooked meals two days in a row and baked today!

... all without catching anything on FIRE!!! isn't that the awesome?

Craft safe!

Caran d'Ache day 2 & 3 and a turtle

More craft-everyday stuffs mixed in with some studying:

Finished the "extras" yesterday and the "crochet" sign today. Looks like I'll need to rework the knit sign to make it blend in with the rest.

Per request, someone needed a new turtle pic so here is the progress so far. I used a bright mango-orange 3x5" card with a smooth finish as my base.

Caran d'Ache Neocolor I's: starting with orange to rough-in the shape, then going over the background with turquoise blue.

 After making a few modifications to my design with the orange, I moved onto the emerald green to start laying in and finalizing the shape of my turtle. I like to start with the lighter shades of wax sticks and then build on my design with progressively darker sticks. This way if I made a mistake with the first try I can keep layering colors until the shape is just what I had in mind.

There is probably one more set of layering to finish up this little guy, including finishing out the sh…

I caved...

It's been a long while but I finally caved and bought myself a new set of Caran d'Ache Wax Sticks (also called wax pastels). Think of these as the adult version of that 64 pack of Crayola Crayons you got all excited about as a kid. I love these!

Pictured: Neocolor I - 15 piece set

Since February is craft-every-day month, I thought I would start off with some elements to use on the new scheduling sign in the store. Above is my roughing-in phase using a 3x5" piece of card stock as my background.

Neocolor I's are capable of creating saturated, crisp lines or large areas of blended fill. It all depends on how you rotate your wax stick while using it. The sticks can be sharpened in a hand-held pencil sharpener too for added precision.

Below is the finished piece after much layering of colors, it is very saturated and bright, though the cell phone camera doesn't show it very well.

The Neocolor I set is water resistant so these images will not run if they get wet. Pseudo-…