Thursday, July 20, 2017

Deliver Us From Insipidness

Is that asking too much?

Quotable Quotes for 200

Cheesy Chicken Enchilada on a Bed of Spanish Rice--¡Muy Bueno!

Monday Meal Was Pure Comfort Food

Hamburger gravy bites on cubes French country bread with fried Summer Squash!

Dinner on July 16

Experimented with using some beautiful button mushrooms in place a buns on some slider sized burgers this past Sunday.  Delicious!  But messy as hell.

American Color Pencil Society Exhibition

Got out to a wonderful art show at the Mansion at Strathmore Performing Arts Center last week.  All works executed in color pencil.  No shit.

Sunday, July 09, 2017

Perfect Lazy Sunday Meal

A simple tossed salad with my new favorite Vadallia Onion Dressing and some homemade Potato-Corn Chowder.

A Wonderful Summer Afternoon at the National Arboretum

Romeo Discovers a Hole at the National Arboretum!

I realize that this is not Breaking News.  But for Romeo, it was pretty exciting, if brief.  He was all over this little freshly dug hole smelling it stem to stern and then the entire perimeter.  For clues to what exactly, I'm not sure--not even sure he knows, but he can't resist!  That is until something else catches his attention and then--off to the next discovery.

Saturday, July 08, 2017

Frédéric Bazille and the Birth of Impressionism

Ran down to the National Gallery of Art today to catch the special exhibition "Frédéric Bazille and the Birth of Impressionism" before it closes on Sunday.  I have long admired what little I knew of this B-List Impressionist, and today I grew greatly in my admiration of his skills.

I made the mistake of going to the West Building where the NGA's Impressionist paintings are on display only to discover that this show was being presented in the Modern I.M Pei East Building.  And there were these lovely posters to point me to the correct building.  They featured one of his early self-portraits.
I didn't bring a camera since I assumed that photography would not be allowed, but it was allowed with the exception of select works borrowed from private collections.  So I did the best I could to capture a few of my favorites with my smart phone's camera...  
"The Beach at Sainte-Adresse" Oil on canvas 1865 from the collection of the High Museum of Art in Atlanta, Georgia
"Still Life with Heron" Oil on canvas 1862 from the collection of the Musée Fabre in Montpellier, France
"View of the Village" Oil on canvas 1868 from the collection of the Musée Fabre in Montpellier, France
"Fisherman with a Net" Oil on canvas 1868 from the collection of the Arp Museum Bahnhof Rolandseck/Sammlung, Germany
"Young Woman with Peonies" Oil on canvas 1870 from the collection of the National Gallery of Art Washington, DC
"The Ramparts at Aigues-Mortes" Oil on canvas 1867 from the collection of the Musée Fabre in Montpellier, France


...and Cooked!

Mid-summer Phlox Fun!

White Lilies



Tuesday, July 04, 2017

A Red, White and Blue Buckle!

A Buckle is an idiosyncratically New England fruit cake/pie in the company of Cobblers, Crumbs, Slumps and Crisps.  This one was made with Strawberries (RED), Granny Smith Apples (WHITE) and Blueberries (BLUE).
The basic recipe can be found at the New York Times Food section under Summer Berry Buckle.  I did not, like Melissa Clark, sprinkle mine with cinnamon before cooking.

Some Little Garden Zoo Pics

 White-tailed Deer
 Lesser Kudu
 African Wild Painted Dogs
Common Warthogs 
 Galapagos Island Tortoise
Hyacinth Macaw and Toucan 
As the Assistant Little Garden Zookeeper, I have to say that sometimes this job freaks me out!  Like right now, for example: I swear one of those Meerkats just moved!
Slender-tailed Meerkats

Romeo 4th

After getting up early and taking a long walk on the Park trails; where we encountered a doe white-tailed deer and her twin newly born fawns--amazing they were in their brilliant white-spotted coats with white stripes down their necks--we returned home and had only one task.  Nap time!