Tuesday, January 27, 2015
Posted by Aubrey Levinthal
Even though we only got about 3 inches of snow, there was enough hype over the "Blizzard of 2015" to get me two snow days. I stayed indoors and off the roads like the good citizen that I am, and used the time to do some creative projects I've had on my mind for quite some time.
The first (above) is a Nugget pillow! Nug loves to put her head on a small pillow. I have one with sequins on it and another with embroidery from Mexico, both that I really like, that she is constantly drooling on. So I figured I'll make her her own pillow. (Because that's not a spoiled dog or anything.) And then I saw this cat pillow, and figured "oh! if I make it look like Nugget then she will know it's hers." And so far its working. I always knew there was genius inside that thick head of hers.
Staying with the theme of pillows, I decided to give another one a face lift. A couple months back I bought a box of Rit dye for like $2 to jump on the dip dye bandwagon. I tried that with a white shirt and the results were terrible.
But I love the pillow pictured left, it was just getting dingy even after being washed. So I threw it in a dye bath and rewashed it and I love it now. It's funny because in my paintings I keep covering original paintings with a uniform layer of blue. I think I just need to put my whole living room in a blue dye bath.
And what kind of snow day is it without cooking? Especially a soup. So I made a minestrone. It's pretty classic although I used gluten free noodles which turned out surprisingly well, sometimes they disintegrate, and some aged balsamic on top.
The one big family secret I will share and my mommom would be so distraught to know I am doing this...add a sweet potato to broths. They disintegrate in a good way and sweeten and thicken the broth. We do it with chicken soup and I did it with this soup and it really added to the flavor.
And finally, I replanted this pig pot! My friends gave me this amazing planter for my birthday and I had been keeping basil in it. But that all died, its too cold in the kitchen. So I split succulents and replanted them here. I recently learned about this which I guess a lot of people know but I had no idea. You can take an arm of a succulent and plant it in the soil and it will grow roots. I tried it with another planter and its been about 4 months, so far so good. It's great because when my original three little pots are looking leggy I just break them off and replant.