Sunday, November 28, 2010

Did I say Bacon? The Baconator Rules!

Hi friends!  
I'm hoping everyone had a delicious Thanksgiving weekend.
I am bursting at the seams to share our Bacon Turkey adventure!
While in L.A. two weeks ago my dearly beloved caught some episode on the Food Channel about a bacon wrapped Turkey Breast.  That idea became the Holy Grail of Thanksgiving this year.

The weekend before Thanksgiving we did a trial run and it was delicious.  Unfortunately, we ate the left-overs until Wednesday.  The next day we did it again for Thanksgiving!  It was even better, we had gotten the initial quirks out of the dish, however by then it was a little hard to choke down more leftovers.
Fortunately, our son, Rob gladly took them home with him.

I'd like to share our delicious process with you.  (Pardon our pictures of mugging for the camera!)
1. Buy a boneless turkey breast (we used a butterball)
2. Butterfly the breast and pound it slightly to flatten.
3. I made a stuffing ahead of time of Couscous mixed with mushrooms, onion, garlic, red pepper, celery, thyme, salt and pepper. (You could really get creative, use your own recipe, whatever you feel is festive!)

4. Spread the stuffing on the breast, roll the turkey breast into a bundle and tie it with twine.
5. Make a latticework of woven bacon on wax paper.  Place the Turkey roll on the top of the lattice and roll towards you.  This will make a woven bacon cover for your turkey roll.  Place the wax paper turkey roll in the refrigerator to set.

6. Fire up the B-B-Q and grill that bacon turkey goodness!  We started on high and took it low to cook for about an hour and a half!

Woo-hoo!!  We christened it the Baconator!

Here's hoping your Thanksgiving was as delicious as ours was.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010


What is new in the studio?  Since mid- October I have been ripping and gluing in my latest journal.
I took a weekend workshop with the amazing Ms. Kelly Kilmer called Rejuvenations and haven't been the same since.
I took the class to have a breakthrough in my art.  I wanted to let it all out and play like never before on paper.  Ripping tearing gluing is good for the soul.  (Not to mention a new fascination with decorative tape!)
Yesterday I filled the last page and can't wait to continue adorning the journal with writing, taping and glitter.
Here are a few photos, more to come-

Love from the studio,

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Where was I in October?

The fall seamed to fly by.  My dearly beloved and I left the Bay Area on the last day of September and traveled through the Southwest on and epic journey.  We drove 2800 miles through California, Nevada, Arizona, Utah to New Mexico and back.  All in 16 days!
We visited friends and favorite haunts in Santa Fe, hiked a little of the North Rim of the Grand Canyon and saw some of the most beautiful skies and mesas imaginable.  There was searing heat, thunder, hail, rain and cold, followed by more heat.
We were blessed to see the aspens turning in the forests outside of Santa Fe. To say it was beautiful doesn't even touch the emotions I felt while hiking through a rain of golden leaves.  The wind sounded like water and the white of the aspen bark was ghostly.

And oh yes- the sky, the sky, the sky!