Sunday, February 17, 2013

Glazing, glazing, glazing

10am until 3:30pm today, this was my world. Glazing stones! Each one is painted with two to five different glazes, one at a time. Bracelet sized stones are not too bad, but doing earring stones, which are small, is a bit tedious. Three shelves are now in the kiln firing.

Tomorrow morning I hope I will find wonderful results, and I will post an after shot! Though I am amazed that they way the elements are popping out of their channels and hanging that it keeps on going. I bought back ups because about 4 firings ago I was sure something would go amiss. It is now at 1415 degrees, and I hope I haven't jinxed it by noting it!

I hope you are having a relaxing Sunday!

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Cedar, Salmon and Maple

I have been doing cedar planked salmon on the grill for the past year. My nephew gave me a rough cut cedar board and we cut it into 8" lengths, sanded the topand are able to use them time and time again. Usually I just salt and pepper the salmon and cook it but last night I tried something a little different since we had friends over. I am going to keep the glaze on hand from now on!

Ginger Maple Glaze
In a small pan combine: 1 cup pure maple syrup, 2 tablespoons finely grated peeled fresh ginger, 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice, 3 tablespoons soy sauce (I use gluten free) and 2 tsp of minced garlic. Simmer it for about 30 minutes until it is thick. Add another 1-2 tbl fresh lemon juice.

On your cedar planks (that you soaked and lightly oiled) lay green onions (I used some right out of the garden), then the salmon and brush on a nice layer of glaze. The grill was on high and was about 485 degrees inside. Put the planks on, shut the grill and don't open it until13 minutes later.

Serve over mustard-garlic mashed potatoes. Yum! I also served a medley of Swiss Chard, kale and spinach from the garden with a salad (also from the garden!) on the side. A definite keeper!

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Monday, February 11, 2013

From That to This

Etched sterling silver earrings. I have finally ordered some supplies to make it easier for me to do my etching on sterling. In the past I hand drew each design before soaking it in the acid. I still hand draw my patterns, but now it won't take nearly so long! These are 2-1/4" long including the handmade ear wire that closes, so it makes it more difficult to lose an earring.

Such fun to try new things!!