November has been rather blustery so far. It has been up and down as far as temps.
The fashionista’s costume did not work out. I think I had better stick to sewing aprons and the like.
But I liked the costume she ended up putting together. She was a Day of the Dead girl — pink party dress, glittery silver shoes, and she did face makeup like a sugar skull. We hung little skeletons from her belt. She really did look great.
This evening is the last cooking class I have to do this year — yay! It has been fun, but it is a lot of work! I am glad this is the last class. My partner was ill last week, so I did pizza night by myself. I was a bit apprehensive, but it went well. We made pizza melanzane, potato pizza with rosemary and thyme, and pizza margherita. I got many skeptical looks as I was making the dough by hand, but the dough turned out great and they were all surprised. I use a Jamie Oliver recipe for pizza dough — it doesn’t have to rise — that you only let rest in plastic for about 15 minutes. I also use a pizza sauce recipe from his Italy cookbook. Since my partner was not coming, we didn’t have his recipes and I only had two pizza recipes, and I decided at the last minute to make the pizza margherita. Turned out it was the class favorite. I had nine people so we divided them up into groups of three, and each person made one of the pizzas and then the group shared all three. It worked out great.
This evening is creative uses for Thanksgiving leftovers. I cooked a small turkey over the weekend and took it all off the bone for class. I used the carcass to make turkey noodle soup for me and the fashionista. I am providing the recipe as a bonus for the class. My contribution to class this evening is a turkey pot pie that uses leftover stuffing as the crust and I am using puff pastry instead of pie pastry for the top crust; and some easy peasy turkey enchiladas from a recipe I found years ago that used cream cheese, salsa, and shredded cheddar.
I am finally getting the hang of wheel pottery. I trimmed a bowl last night. I have another two bowls to trim. I threw a third altered pot. And I have two vases that I hope to trim next Monday. I think I will stop by the studio on Friday after work and loosen the covers on the pots so that they are drier by Monday evening. I think I want to make some batter bowls. That might be a good project to try. My glazing still sucks, but my throwing is getting better.
Last week I read The Last Time I Saw You by Elizabeth Berg. About a group of people getting ready and attending their last high school reunion. It was sad and fun and interesting.
The Little Buddy is having his tonsils removed today and I am waiting to hear how that went. The fashionista made him a really cute memory book of his visit here last month, and I put it in the mail to him yesterday.