honolulu museum of art workshop

The Honolulu Museum of Art invited Tae and me to lead a Low-Commitment Projects workshop, and I happily flew to Hawaii last week for the event.  Our participants created their own cut paper words and phrases, then mounted them on mat board for framing.  We set up each station in the classroom with cutting mats, practice sheets to cut out, X-acto knives, pencils, and tote bags.

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Pretzel Pizza with Kielbasa, Apple, and Cheddar

by brittany on November 26, 2015

pretzel dinner tart

Sorry for the worst photos ever.  My enthusiasm for Pretzel Pizza with Kielbasa, Apple and Cheddar means that I’m willing to post these awful photos because I want to get the word out about this recipe as soon as possible.  I’ve made it twice in as many weeks, which is totally unheard of at our house.  It is relatively easy (easy enough for a weeknight) and is probably on my husband’s top 10 dinner list now.  In fact, I plan to make it over Thanksgiving weekend for the whole family.

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Low-Commitment Projects: Natural Foods, Part 2

November 23, 2015

I couldn’t stop.  I made more Natural Foods paintings so there’s a nice little collection (last set and this set combined, above).  See Low-Commitment Projects for more photos.

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Hot Springs National Park, Tile Details

November 21, 2015

We were really wowed by the tile at the Fordyce Bathhouse at Hot Springs National Park.  Look what you can do with a bunch of tiny squares–amazing.  Here are photos of a few favorites.

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Roasted Red Peppers with Walnuts

November 19, 2015

I prepared this little dish of Roasted Red Peppers with Walnuts as part of a tapas spread, and it turned out to be my favorite element.  The think I love about hosting tapas-style is that each individual dish doesn’t need to be very complicated–just good, tasty ingredients.  For this one, pomegranate molasses enhanced the sweetness of […]

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Hot Springs National Park, Bathhouses and the Grand Promenade

November 14, 2015

    After we hiked at Hot Springs National Park, we visited the Bathhouse Row and the Grand Promenade.  The bathhouses are stunning.  Some serve park functions and some are leased to private businesses.  The lighting in some of my photos is weird because it was evening.  I’ve arranged the photos in the order we […]

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Palisade Point Hike

November 12, 2015

The Palisade Point Hike is a little trek that makes you feel triumphant.  A grand view always has that effect.  While it requires a bit more uphill hiking than I’d prefer, it isn’t the worst and is quite worth the effort.  Also, on the way to that spectacular view, the old growth forest and Fret Creek […]

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Hot Springs National Park, Hiking

November 7, 2015

This is our sixth annual national park visit, and we went to Hot Springs National Park in Hot Springs, Arkansas (so far, we’ve done Olympic, Glacier, Crater Lake, Redwoods, and Acadia as well).  We didn’t have much time to spare this year, but we did have frequent flyer miles, so we decided to visit this, the smallest park […]

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Simple Couscous Salad with Avocado

November 5, 2015

This year, we’ve enjoyed an especially long tomato season (thanks, climate change!) and I’m taking advantage of our last cherry tomatoes with this Simple Couscous Salad with Avocado.  It is a fairly predictable combination–parsley, cherry tomatoes, couscous, scallions, avocado, and a lemon juice dressing–but those flavors just work so well together.  We found it hard to […]

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Low-Commitment Projects: Natural Foods, Part 1

November 2, 2015

For this week’s Low-Commitment Project, I painted a bunch of Natural Foods.  Here are a couple of rocks.

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