Saturday, April 20, 2013

Looks Like Forest

I think this sampler is filling out nicely and is getting much closer to being done.  It's well balanced, too, and I think it'll make a very beautiful pillow.

April Fool's Flowers

On April first, we had a lovely day and the tulips opened up for the first time.  Then we had two weeks of cold again!  The tulips never really recovered their beauty after that first day, so they got fooled.  At least I got the pictures on the right day.

Friday, April 19, 2013

Springy Temari

Ana picked this pattern out of a temari book for us to do.  There was just a picture of a ball without instructions.  We're figuring it out as we go.  In the end, there will be four daffodil flowers on the ball.

Dinner At Maximilian's Pub

We went, for the first time, to Maximilian's Pub on Decebal.  It was good, and we stayed for several hours.  There were about ten of us.  The food was excellent, and we had a wonderful time.  Lots of beer, lots of wine, and lots of talk.  So, for the wine... someone else and I split a Fautor cabernet sauvignon.  The wine had a "soft" feel to me, and a long finish.  I'm not good about the whole hints of thing, but I do know it was very little minerals, which was a good thing as far as I'm concerned. 

We split some appetizers.  The only one I got a picture of was half the plate of chicken wings.  I had zeama, and it seems the restaurants around here are deciding it's better to cook it using white meat only and having a good spice to it.  That's great news.  

I had duck breast with berry sauce.  It even came with a baked apple.  You know how duck can sometimes taste greasy and even a bit stringy?  Neither was the case here.  The duck was tender, flavorful, and beautifully presented.  Andreas had something called rabbit ragout.  Rabbit is on a -lot- of menus here.  It's something Andreas enjoys, and he said this was particularly good.

 Three of us split three desserts.  They were chocolate lava cake, peach pie, and apple puff - in reverse order of the pictures.  We agreed that the apple was best.  The peach pie only had peaches on top.  Inside was apples.  The chocolate cake was very, very dense and very, very right but not very, very chocolate.  Cappucino was good too!

All Green

I used three shades of green this session: some for the shutters, some for the tree.  Definitely am getting closer to the edge of the page on the chart, but still.  It's slow going.

Thursday, April 18, 2013