D-Squared T-Squared – Week 52 and Wrap-Up

 

 

For our final creative joint-activity of the year, Mister and I opted for a food project for New Year’s Eve: Goose. For those of you who eat goose each year during the holidays, this may seem like a non-event. But neither Mister nor I had ever prepared a goose before. Hell – I’ve never even eaten goose. Unless you count foie gras, which I should, but don’t.

 

 

Anyhoo, we found a recipe and then watched several videos on the YouTuber, after which I felt ready to tackle the bird. (For the record, the only changes we made to the original recipe were 1. adding zest to the salt/pepper mixture spread on the bird and 2. cooking the hell out of the poaching liquid, as there was only fat in the pan after roasting [no pan juices].) And y’all, because cooking does not freak me out, that was it. The goose was not only gorgeous, but also divine. It got rave reviews and I happened to love it.

 

 

Now! This marks the end of our weekly, organized-ish D2T2 activities. I won’t claim it was easy to undertake creative endeavors each week. And sometimes we, well, we failed. But all in all, it was a cool experiment. Our right brains were kicked into gear and we tried some things we otherwise wouldn’t. There was photography, painting, food, flipbookits and outings. There were other things, too, and some are still in-process. But if I’m telling the truth, I’m grateful it’s done. I’m also grateful to have done it. I loved working with Mister on projects. That interaction was a new experience for me. And though I practice artistic action fairly regularly, Mister doesn’t always get to. So, to my mind, this was good for him, too. Not only did he get to use his creative muscles, he also got to show just how creative he is. Sadly, not everyone gets to meet the artist within.

 

 

 

So, yes. Drunk-Dial Think-Tank has shut the lights and closed its doors. But it will never really be gone. To misquote Hippocrates, “Ars longa. Vita brevis.” Art is long. Life is short.

 

 

 

True dat, Troy. True dat.

D-Squared T-Squared – Week 51

 

 

Mister and I went on a creative outing this past week. Our target? The Frederick R. Weisman Foundation.

 

I’ve been before, true, but Mister was new to the experience. And honestly, I felt like a newbie, too. That’s how spectacular this place is. We were simply awed by the collection and I would go back again! For reals!

 

As photos are not allowed inside the structures, Mister snapped the above photo outside (totally allowed). I love that the Foundation extends their love of art to their mailbox. I love the mailbox, too.

 

As I’ve written before, if you find yourself in the Los Angeles area and can get a reservation for a tour, please do. It’s a fascinating collection. One you’re not likely to forget.

D-Squared T-Squared – Week 50

 

 

I told you about how Mister and I made marshmallows for the first time and that they were to be part of our holiday sharing. Now I’m telling you about the rest of the package.

 

Stealing Taking a tip from UseRealButter, we decided to keep the cookie factory closed this year and make from-scratch cocoa mix instead. Having tried the finished product, we are quite happy with our decision. For the record, I did alter the UseRealButter recipe slightly by adding cayenne pepper. I don’t know what to tell you. Sometimes I just can’t help myself.

 

When all was said and done, we barely made enough of these to cover our service folks and one neighbor. And that’s okay. The packages are pretty and the mix and marshmallows are truly homemade. And Mister and I were definitely in a loving holiday mode while we put these babies together. That counts for something, right?

 

As we wind down this year’s clock, I have no idea how we’ll wrap up these little weekly creative missions of ours. I do know this, though: it sure has been fun.

D-Squared T-Squared – Week 49

 

 

I think I’m off by a week somewhere with these D2T2 creative projects, but now isn’t the time to worry about that. Instead, I’d like to introduce you to our Ugly Sweaters!

 

The above photo is sort of the “before” shot, as it mostly shows what the sweaters looked like when I found them at the secondhand shop. But then Mister had some ideas for the back of his sweater. And I had an idea for the arms of my sweater, and before we knew it, we had added some flair…

 

 

 

Mister fashioned a Santa face from felt for his sweater (he did lose an eye during the party) and I sewed dingle-berries to the arms of mine. Personally, I think the world could use more dingle-berries – all the way around.

 

Anyhoo, our big plan is to keep these sweaters, and embellish them each year. As Mister has hoarder tendencies and I don’t enjoy shopping, hanging on to clothes is pretty easy for us. Making these sweaters more heinous than they already are will be quite the task, however. I mean – just look at the danged thangs!

D-Squared T-Squared – Week 48

 

 

Mister and I tried our hands at making marshmallows this past week. We’ll be giving them as part of our holiday sharing this year. I got the recipe here. The only changes we made were to spread the marshmallow cream on a prepared cookie sheet instead of in a square pan (which made the final product thinner), and we cut them with a star cookie cutter instead of cutting them into squares.

 

How do they taste? Like the most lovely marshmallows I’ve ever had.

D-Squared T-Squared – Week 47

 

 

I hate to say it, but as the end of the year approaches, our creative endeavors are slowing. I mean – they’re not, but they are. Wha?

 

Take this last week, for example. The most creative focus I experienced had to do with food. As it was Thanksgiving, that isn’t too surprising. And believe me when I say it was creative.

 

But I feel like that’s incidental creativity. And though I certainly enjoy the spark and the finished products, it seems a little cheat-y as far as D2T2 aims are concerned. Dems da breaks, though, and that’s all I’ve got for this past week. A select few were actually around to sample my creative food-ing. As for the rest of you – you’re just gonna have to trust me.

 

There’s always next week, right?

D-Squared T-Squared – Week 46

 

 

This week I was solo in my crazy creative endeavor. I attended a cheese-making class. Cheese, y’all! Cheese!

 

 

Held at The Ebell – a place I’m presently smitten with – the class was taught by Chef Louis Pechan and it was awesome. I’ll be honest though, it wasn’t what I expected. I’ve been to many a cooking class and based on those experiences, I thought I’d get more of a hands-on evening.

 

 

When I walked in and saw the beautifully set tables with their fascinating centerpieces, I knew I was way off. The class turned out to be a watch-and-learn sort of gig. So I watched. And I learned.

 

 

Chef Louis demoed Halloumi cheese…

 

 

Mozzarella cheese…

 

 

Burrata cheese…

 

 

(Ricotta cheese was also made, using the whey from the Halloumi process.)

 

 

Anyhoo, after a couple of hours of cheese-making, we were treated to a stunning feast, featuring the cheeses we’d seen being made. It was amazing, y’all. I was a happy, happy gal. And then something incredible happened: We ate our centerpieces! They turned out to be baby radishes “planted” in a layer of yogurt, with pumpernickel bread crumbs on top. Edible centerpieces! I loved it! And I’ll definitely be stealing that idea.

 

 

When all was said and done, I felt like I got a pretty good overview of basic cheese-making. I definitely felt inspired to give it a go at home in the near future. And though I learned it is cheaper to buy cheese than to make it, I won’t be deterred. I mean, I didn’t witness gold being made or anything, but it still felt like a bit of magical dairy-based alchemy. And I loved it.

Update: D-Squared T-Squared – Week 45

 

 

Our gal-pal Tiffany’s Iggy Pop project is coming along. She’s a crazy-creative chick and I can’t wait to see her finished art. In the meantime, she shared some pics!

 

 

Enjoy!

 

D-Squared T-Squared – Week 45

 

 

When Mister and I first came up with the concept of “Drunk Dial Think Tank” and all its creative possibilities, our hope was to involve other folks and their ideas. While we’ve occasionally pursued projects with friends, it’s been rare. And the ideas have thus far come from us. Last weekend changed that. In fact, the project had nothing whatsoever to do with us. We were merely along for the ride, helping out where we could.

 

Our friend Tiffany is working on a project involving Iggy Pop. It’s a photo mission and it’s pretty flippin’ cool. She’s snapping pics of Iggy all over the world, in various situations and locales. While at sea together, Tiffany accepted our help with this art project. Mister and I may have thrown out an idea here and there, but make no mistake. The project is all Tiff. And it’s spectacular.

 

As it’s her project, we await a sample of her work. When she’s ready, we’ll share. Until then, Iggy Pop and Tiffany rule. Just like always.

D-Squared T-Squared – Week 44

 

 

This past weekend was, as you know, Halloween. So I talked it over with Mister and set a goal: carve a pumpkin to look like a kid we know.

 

We happen to like this kid, and we also happen to like his parents. So it mattered to us. But we also figured, worst case scenario – just toss the danged thang in the trash. It was worth a shot, right?

 

After muddling around with a picture in Photoshop – the longest part of the project – we deemed the affected photo acceptable. The rest, as they say…

 

In the end, I didn’t think the punkin looked much like the kid, but it wasn’t offensive either. Our friends liked it, and that’s all that mattered.

 

For the record, I wanted to add devil horns. But you know how people be about they babies.