I can’t show you a picture yet because the first 2 batches magically disappeared into the mouths of friends. Thank you, friends!
Combine in a large bowl. (I use a giant Tupperware bowl so I can knead the bread in the bowl.)
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1 cup warm water
- 1 large egg
- generous pinch of salt – about a teaspoon
- 3 pinches dried rosemary that I’d ground a bit in a mortar & pestle (Next time I will use chopped fresh rosemary!)
- scant 1/8th cup Meyer Lemon Oil (I really mean “scant”. A full 1/8th is overpowering.)
- 1/4 cup olive oil
Then, stir in 1 packet of yeast.
Let sit until bubbly – about 10 minutes.
Add 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese (I tried a combo of Parm and Roman, the Parm alone was better.)
Gradually add in 3 1/2 cups unbleached flour.
Knead into a ball.
Cover with a clean kitchen towel.
When dough doubles in size, roll out to about 1/2 inch high on a floured surface.
Cut rolls and place on parchment covered baking sheet, slightly touching.
Important: “Slightly touching “except for the two rolls you have to taste test, even though you know they will turn out yummy, so fresh from the oven they are almost too hot to eat!
Cover and let rolls about double in size.
Bake in a pre-heated 350 F oven until the tops appear golden brown, about 12 minutes.
Mix melted butter and minced garlic together then brush tops of rolls.
Smile as the rolls you made disappear!
Halloween is my fave holiday!
The only drama is convincing my hubby Ray he wants to make me happy by dressing up. Lucky for me he is a good sport. I found a stellar musical note shirt and an outrageous record player necklace for the 24k gold plated bling for his Bruno Mars costume. (You knew Bruno grew a mustache, right? LOL)
I went as a paper doll!
Suggested by the tune-track playing in my head. My Popa used to sing the first couple of lines to the Mills Brothers’ “Paper Doll” to my mom.
I’m gonna buy a paper doll that I can call my own
A doll that other fellows cannot steal
I don’t know that I had ever heard the full song from the 1930s until I started this costume and went looking for it. Paper Doll by the Mills Brothers.
I saw the cute costume above. Alas, not in my size. But a good idea I thought. It’s just a front so I will be free to move, especially if I build it in 2 pieces.
- Fabric-paper means I can sit and the paper will bend without too obnoxious a crease.
- I can always recycle the paper into my art journal.
Yeah, but I have a larger bust than the model. What to do? Then I saw this coffee filter dress.
Eek! I am so not doing that skirt, but I am grateful it gave me a solution for my bustier top. Coffee papers are flexible and shaped right. Saved!
I know, I know, you might have heard me swear off coffee filters after I made a couple hundred paper and coffee filter flowers for my wedding, so this should be relatively easy… oh, the little white lies we tell ourselves!
Materials for bustier:
- Coffee filters
- Washi tape
- Color Sprays – Lindy’s seem to be the only ones that do not clog.
- Acrylic paint – white to repair a sprayed area I did not like.
- Retro Comets Stencil by Mary Beth Shaw
- Double-sided tape and packing tape
- Fold your coffee filters in thirds for the tabs and waist. Fold a bunch over leaving about a 1″ ruffle, fold a few in half, and some I simply flattened.
- Your shape is not my shape. I suggest, you kinda build the costume as you try it on, taping as you go.
- I completed the V and waist part of the bustier with washi tape.
Front of bustier before paint (the back looks pretty similar but there’s a goodly amount of tape.
Because my top had become so ruffled, I decided to go with a pencil skirt.
- Trash bag(s) so you can peel up your fabric-paper.
- Painter’s or another removable tape
- A mixture of 2/3 Elmer’s Glue and 1/3 water or Modge Podge
- Cloth a bit bigger than your pattern – I used what I had in my stash, a 25-cent pillowcase I picked up from the Pine Senior Center Thrift Store as the base for my fabric-paper. You could use muslin or cheesecloth.
- A combo of papers from your stash – I used:
- book paper – worked like a charm!
- saved baby wipes – thicker so took longer to dry
- paper wine labels – must have been backed with some kind of plastic as they did not want to play nice with the other papers
- misc previously stenciled papers
- a shopping list
- a receipt – thermal paper loses its ink
- printed tissue paper
- Stencils used:
- Acrylic paint – white mixed with water to “knock back” the colors and unify the collage. Then I stenciled with red, yellow, and blue because it would match my comic strip makeup.
- Sponges for paint
- Safety pins to attach costume to clothes later.
- Tape down your trash bags.
- Tape down your fabric.
- Paint layers of glue mixture on to fabric and papers. Tip: Generous glue over stingy!
- Let dry completely overnight and hit with a heat gun if necessary.
- Stencil over the top and let dry.
- I considered this, but why use one stencil when two will do?! Optional: Make a 6” slit in the skirt over one knee, and alternate coffee filters in slit and above it as a ruffle.
Step 3 above. Step 5 below.
I must admit, I am pretty dang stoked how my costume turned out!
There are as many amazing patterns for paper hair as there are for paper dresses. The Cardboard Collective has a good starter diy.
Serendipitously, the hat for my hubby’s costume came with a half head shaped insert. All I had to do was copy the pattern and viola! Full head wig structure.
In addition to the wig structure you will need:
- Newspaper and scissors to cut individual locks of hair
- Barrettes or bobby pins
- Tape to hold the hair in place
- Mark where your barrettes are going to clip on to hold the wig in place. You do not want to glue hair over the top of these.
- I went for curls about 1” wide cut mostly the length of the newspaper but a few, the width. I learned newspaper cut in strips curls pretty much like curling ribbon. Pay attention and if there are pics with colors you want to show, curl them out.
- Starting at the bottom, I taped ringlets in place then affixed with single and double-sided tape.
A Jack-o-Lantern full of thanks to my buddy Joe for doing such a fantastic job applying my (water soluble) make-up!
I cried my paper doll came out almost exactly as I imagined. Happy dance!
The costume was as labor intensive as I thought it would be and somewhat more difficult, but I had a truly good time making it and I was absolutely ready to PARTY!
HAPPY HALLOWEEN TO YOU!
This is my face when it is hot in Arizona and there are no cold popsicles in the freezer. Bawahaha!
I mean, you must roll that paint across your gel plate quickly or the dry heat will desiccate your printing plans.
I was speedy!
These are the StencilGirl® stencils I used….
… to create this pile of never-melting Popsicle fun!
You can get Popsicle “forever stamps” at the US Post Office for a limited time! They are even scented. (I think they smell like Jolly Rancher Watermelon Candy.) When I saw them, I knew I had to make cards!
I made gelli printed papers – some stenciled, some not, hand cut the Popsicles and sticks, and then used Inktense pencils, Sharpie Pens, a white pen, Prima Watercolors, and washi tape to embellish.
I confess that I ordered washi tape especially to match the postage stamps; I am getting ahead of myself.
Making cards was FUN! FUN! FUN! I stopped counting at a dozen.
Are you old enough to remember sharing the other half of your orange creamsicle with a friend? I guess you can still buy “twin pops” but I do not think they are made by Popsicle.
I made my “Anything is Popsicle” card first. The “half for me and half for you” creamsicle actually pulls out.
Then I thought, who wants a creamsicle when you can have a margarita?
It is no secret that I love the Loose Women stencils.
I flipped the stencil so her hand was pointing up to hold the creamsicle.
Before painting with water:
Many people like to make their own cold fruit pops! Yum!
Those stamps are too much! Watermelon and strawberry and lime, oh my! Looks like one is even dipped in chocolate.
Did you call those red white and blue Popsicle “bullets” or “bombs”?
I was on a roll! I even cut drips on a few.
Of course, I had to get snarky.
The line about the stick I read somewhere. The response, well, I had to have the last word 🙂
As long as I made one ice cream cone, I went ahead and made more.
Hey, I work from home. I must amuse myself 🙂
A different line could be: Our friendship is a sure bet.
Wishing you a cool rest of the summer chillin’ with your friends!
P.S. The stencils I used:
Stencil Club: June 2018, Nov, Aug, and Mar 2017, Nov and Apr 2016, and Dec 2013 – also sucked into the black hole, but both stencils will somehow appear in the middle of my desk in the next 24 hours…
This is what happens once a month when the Baxter (or Norman) living room becomes a music hang-out. There have been as many as 8 of us, but this month we were 4 ~ me, Ray, Randy, and George. No matter the number, there always seems to be a flow to the selections people choose. I am sharing the plays as You Tube links although half of these we simply listened to on the turntable or CD or as mp3s.
Ray started out the night with Louie Louie written by Los Angeles based singer Richard Berry. (You can read Ray’s entire post about the song here.)
Louie Louie was released in 1957 on Flip Records (as a “B” side) by Richard Berry & the Pharaohs. The 1956 songs “El Loco Cha Cha” by Latin bandleader Rene Touzet and “Havana Moon” by Chuck Berry (no relation) were major influences.
As play continued, Ray brought out his pic of Richard Berry and signed album, the trivia gained serendipitous wings.
Did you know: Richard Berry’s voice rings out on Etta James’ hit Roll with Me Henry? (That and the song Work with Me Annie by Hank Ballard and the Midnighter’s could be a post unto itself!)
Ray played Mary Lou by Young Jesse and Randy asked if he’d ever noticed that Young Jesse sang backup on Tell Me You Love Me on Berry’s Louie, Louie LP. Ray had not. (These two, I swear, they get excited like little kids! Keeps ’em healthy and happy!)
Ray treated us to a Mary Lou version by Ronnie Hawkins & the Hawks 1959 and a live version by Frank Zappa & the Mother’s of Invention (helium anyone?!).
More trivia: If you are familiar the group called The Band from the late 1960s/early 70s, not Ronnie, but the best of the Hawks eventually formed that group in the late 1960s.
I imagine you could be familiar with Werewolves of London by Warren Zevon. Have you heard Desperado Under the Eaves? Randy shared it. Having lived in SO Cal, my ears pricked up at this lyric:
And if California slides into the ocean
Like the mystics and statistics say it will
I predict this motel will be standing until I pay my bill
My hands-down fave play of the night, Sound of Silence as performed by Disturbed. (I might still be in shock that this was a pick from Ray, except how does one not like this song?) Lead singer David Draiman’s voice is amazing and if it does not give you chills please get someone to check your pulse quick!
On that heavy note, George shared a version of the Cranberries’ Zombie by Bad Wolves, you can hear how the orig lends itself to this darker version. Apparently sales proceeds from their version go to Dolores O’Riordan’s children.
George shared Skin by Rag n Bone Man, a song about holding on to someone when the love is gone or perhaps was not there in the first place.
He also shared What a Shame by Shinedown with this lyric I loved, “There’s a touch of grey for every shade of blue…”
Playing off of my downed love theme or George’s chosen genre, Randy used one of his plays for Nearly Forgot My Broken Heart by Chris Cornell of Sound Garden fame.
My theme for the night was drowned love. What songs come to your mind when you think of drowning in a sea of love? Maybe:
- Sara ~ Stevie Nicks “…drownin’ in a sea of love, where everyone would love to drown…”
- Sea of Love ~ Honeydrippers Theirs is the version I heard first in the mid 1980s. I am married to an early Rock and Roll historian and now know the original was by Phil Phillips, 1959.)
- Beaches of Cheyenne ~ Garth Brooks
- Bitter Green ~ Gordon Lightfoot “…some say he was a sailor who died away at sea…”
- Venezuela ~ John Jacob Niles 1957 Rita Connolly’s version is the one I heard first and like the best but my fave by her is Ripples in the Rockpool.
In search of songs old, new, borrowed, and blue, I picked these for music night:
New to my ears:
Lost at Sea ~ SHEL (2014) Angelic harmonies from this group of sisters! I liked them so much I bought the digital download of their first – what do we call it now – LP? Ha!
Jackie ~ Sinead O’Connor (1988) Periodically I dive into the mountain of hitherto not listened to recordings we collected over the years. That’s where I found Jackie.
Drowning in a Sea of Love ~ Joe Simon (1969?)
Capsized ~ You + Me (Rose Avenue LP 2014) This is P!ink singing with Dallas Green. Nice perk of star power – making a totally different type of album with a buddy. Ray and I played You + Me the song at our wedding.
Ghosts of Cape Horn ~ Gordon Lightfoot Lesser-known than the Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald.
Brandy ~ Looking Glass (1972) As often as I have sung along with this classic tune, I had paid no attention to who performed it. Now I grew up in the 1970s so the clothing, ahem, style, is not unfamiliar but lead singer Elliot Lurie needed to take a cue from his bandmate and at least wear bell bottom jeans. The song still gets 5 stars, but maybe satisfying my curiosity as to the singers was not the best idea.
The rest of the evening’s playlist (not including the 30 or so songs Randy could not get to!):
Burnout ~ Midland
Leonard Cohen’s Suzanne, performed by Joan Baez (I admit, I did not get to this one.)
Simple Man ~ Shinedown (originally by Lynyrd Skynyrd)
68 year old sings ACDCs Highway to Hell omg, I hope I am still rockin’ at 68, 78, 88, 98, 108 LOL
After Insanity (guitar play by Sophie Lloyd)
Havana ~ Camila Cabello feat. Young Thug a thug – her parents must be so proud. LOL
How ’bout you? I was inspired by my friend Gwen’s post to go with the groove and link up all my notes.
Do you still have 45s? albums? CDs? Have you graduated to streaming? Ever just sit and listen to music at home for the sheer joy of it?
By Ray Baxter
This iconic song was written by Los Angeles based singer Richard Berry. It was released in 1957 on Flip Records (as a “B” side) by Richard Berry & the Pharaohs.
The 1956 songs “El Loco Cha Cha” by Latin bandleader Rene Touzet and “Havana Moon” by Chuck Berry (no relation) were major influences.
“Louie Louie” became very popular in Washington state with many local bands performing it live. Two bands to actually rerecord it in 1961 were Little Bill & the Bluenotes on Topaz records, and Rockin’ Robin Roberts & the Wailers (nothing to do with Bob Marley’s group); it was this latter version where the arrangement was dramatically changed from Berry’s original. Then in April 1963 within a week of each other, two local bands from Portland, Oregon also recorded “Louie Louie;” they were Paul Revere & the Raiders and The Kingsmen.
The most popular version is the Kingsmen’s recording, and it is likely the result of the supposed “dirty lyrics” that caused an uptick in sales. An official investigation was started by the FBI, but nothing was found regarding the lyrics; interestingly at the 54 second mark the drummer curses when dropping a drumstick but this the FBI did not take note of. The actual lyrics (on next page) are quite simple and tell the story of a Jamaican sailor returning home to see his love interest. The sailor is chatting with a bartender whose name is Louie.
There are numerous musical mistakes made by Jack Ely (lead singer of the Kingsmen) and my friend and R&R historian Randy Hill told me the following:
“The Kingsmen recorded in Portland at 10:00 on a Saturday morning in 1963. The studio was actually normally a musical theater setting. The Kingsmen’s manager wanted to get a “live” feel, so he had the recording engineer raise the mic far off the stage floor. Jack Ely stood in the middle of the musicians. He was kinda sick (not drunk) that morning, plus he had braces on his teeth. Add to this the fact that he had to lean back and yell up at the mic, and you can see how everything came out slurred.
The first take was supposed to be a sound check. The drummer yelled “fxxx” shortly into the song, although it’s unintelligible. Ely came in too soon after the break and started over. Ely’s yelling “Let’s give it to ’em” and “Let’s move on outta here” supposedly came from the Wailers. Anyway, the Kingsmen were aghast that their manager wanted to release the mic check as the record. They begged him to let them do the song again, hut he was adamant that this had the raw sound he had hoped to get. The rest is history.”
Richard Berry sold the rights to most of his music (including “Louie Louie”) in 1959 for $750 to finance his upcoming wedding. Despite all the success of his signature song, during much of his adult life he saw no benefit. But then with the help of an attorney Richard was able to reclaim the rights to his song and received in 1992 his first royalty check for $2 million. Sadly, less than five years later in January 1997 he died at the age of 61 due to heart failure.
By some counts there are more than 1600 released versions of “Louie Louie” making it one of the most recorded Rock & Roll songs ever.
Today I woke up and decided to make my mom’s recipe for pizza for dinner.
One has to make dough first and it’s not like any pizza anyone else in the world ever probably eats, unless someone out there still has the 4th Ward Relief Society’s Cookbook they complied as a fundraiser in the mid-1980s – straight from the days when Campbell’s Cream of Mushroom Soup was a pantry staple.
As I pulled the cookie sheet out of the drawer to prep it for the dough I realized mom probably made it on a cookie sheet because she did not have a pizza pan. (Guess we ate so much Organ Stop Pizza there was never a need.)
Oh, yeah. And tomorrow is Mother’s Day.
Between that date on the calendar and a slight case of the monthly blues, NOW I know why I am mixing up and rolling out dough. (Hey Angel Peggy! I am tempted to drive to town and buy pecans to make Mexican Wedding Cookies, but your cookies were extraordinary.)
Bread is one of my favorite words.
Fresh from the oven bread is hands-down, over any sweet treat, my favorite thing to eat.
It is comfort and home, mother and love.
Making bread makes me cry and makes me happy.
She was perfectly imperfect. When we didn’t see eye to eye it was startling and we had to work to get back to moving forward. I never felt unloved.
Jean mothered everyone!
To all of my friends who are aching for just one more moment of mothering or chance to express thanks – I feel you. Here’s a song link to Ed Sheeran’s song Supermarket.
To all of my friends who missed mothering, I truly wish I could somehow gift you a day of my mom’s abundant care.
Oh! If you wish to try a pizza that is not a pizza, here’s the recipe for dough and all the things mom and I made with with it:
Carol’s Mom’s Rolls
Jean Jennings lived to be 92 years old. She was my mom and my grandma coz she adopted me. This recipe and my love for her go hand in hand. When I was a child, Mom would bake these rolls in pie tins then have me deliver to her friends around the neighborhood.
Add to one cup warm water in a large bowl:
An egg, a jigger or two of oil,
a pinch of salt,
sugar to taste (1/3 cup) and
one packet of Fleishman’s yeast.
Stir briefly with a fork.
Let sit until bubbly.
Mix in 3 ½ cups of flour until ball of dough forms.
Knead on a floured sheet of canvas fabric.
Let rise in bowl, covered with a towel, until double.
Knead, (punch out bubbles), roll out to about a ½ inch thick, then cut rolls and place rolls in pie tins or on cookie sheet.
Let rise until double.
Bake at 350 until tops are golden.
Don’t eat them all before dinner!
In a large bowl mix:
One cup warm water (I find that bottled water interacts consistently with the yeast.)
One large or extra large egg
1/4 cup vegetable oil (Note that at some point in her later years she swears that she uses the white Crisco that comes in bars, but Carol swears this is absolutely not the recipe she learned.)
1 teaspoon salt (If you used a mineralized salt which I have discovered tastes better, the minerals can color the rolls if you are not adding spices.)
1/4 cup oil
1/3 cup sugar
One packet of yeast
Stir with a fork and let sit for about 10 minutes until bubbly.
Then, gradually add in at least 3 maybe 3 1/2 cups of sifted flour as you stir/knead to form ball of dough. (If you use a big enough bowl you do not need to turn it onto the counter—it can rise in the bowl.)
Let ball of dough raise for a couple of hours until it about doubles in size.
Tear ball of dough in half. Knead air bubbles out then roll out on lightly floured counter top to about a half an inch high. Cut out rolls.
Place them on a pan with sides barely touching. Let them raise until about double again. Bake at 350 degrees F until tops are golden brown—about 12 minutes.
Hot Dog Things:
Make hot dog things by slicing a Kosher hot dog not quite fully through the center and stuffing with diced green chili and cheddar cheese before wrapping in dough.
Place rolls on pan with ends barely touching and let raise again until double.
Hot dogs things need a 400 degree oven and a little longer than rolls to cook.
Try not to eat them all, rolls or hot dog things, until dinner or wherever you are taking them. Great camping food for the road trip.
Carol’s roll variations:
- Olive oil—used as a replacement for vegetable oil. Your dough will be heavier and take longer to raise.
- Crushed garlic and/or other dried spices—yummy! Goes with olive oil. Add to during initial mix.
- Grated cheese—I add maybe a half a cup during initial mix.
- More sugar—sweeter rolls.
- You can get them to raise faster on a cold day in the kitchen by pre-heating the oven and letting the dough rise on top of the stove.
- I made them once adding yogurt and chopped fresh mint leaves. If you try this, you will need t adjust the flour up and the water down.
- Virginia, a woman I worked with, used milk instead of water in her rolls. I have never tried that recipe modification, but her rolls were yummy.
Grandma Jean used to bake cinnamon rolls in a deep iron pan with honey and pecans at the bottom (I believe you would need to add butter so that they would not stick).
I have tried but never duplicated the flavor of what is hardwired in my taste buds and memory. This is close….
Pre-heat the oven to 425 degrees.
3/4 cup packed dark brown sugar
1/4 cup raw sugar
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/8 tsp sea salt
1 tbsp unsalted butter, melted
Turn the dough onto a floured surface. Flatten and shape the dough until it’s a 9 X 14 inch rectangle. Sprinkle the surface with the filling mixture, leaving a 1/2 inch border.
Tightly roll the dough using the 14 inch side. Cut into 8 pieces and place swirl side up in the baking pan. Start by placing one in the middle and then surround the center roll with the remaining rolls. Brush with 2 tbsp melted butter.
Bake 20 to 25 minutes.
Cream cheese frosting
Combine with a whisk:
For the icing
3 tbsp cream cheese, softened
3 tbsp buttermilk
1 cup powdered sugar
Spoon over top of rolls and you are ready to serve!
Grandma Jean’s Pizza
Roll dough out on a cookie sheet.
Mix together I can cream of mushroom soup, one can of tomato soup and two cans of diced green chilies. Spread mixture evenly across dough.
Brown a pound of hamburger and spread it across dough.
Dice onions to taste and sprinkle across dough.
Top with cheese.
Bake at 425 degrees until pizza crust is a golden brown (about 20 mins)