Sketchy

by Stefani on 15-July-2009

Hi folks!

The boys have been at Backyard Bible Clubs this week (think Vacation Bible School, on a small scale, with fun teenage teachers, in backyards around town instead of in a church), so I've had a little bit of free time in the mornings. 

There's a lot to be said for some morning quiet time. 

A lot! It's really kind of astonishing how much you can get done in 2 hours if  you have no distractions. You know I adore my distractions and will freely give them what's left of my youth and sanity but DANG it's nice to play solitary artist now and then. 

I clear the sink of dishes, wipe down the counters, fold and put away the clothes, then turn up the radio way too loud, grab myself a chilly diet coke and M&Ms that I will not have to share with anyone else, cruise the internets and sketch a bit for the new (soon to be out, pinky swear) Book of Days.

Ahhhhhhh. 

Here's what I did this morning while listening to the "all 80s all the time" station (Chaka Kahn anyone? Raspberry Beret?) 

Girl Genius

She's a work in progress, but I kind of love her. If I were to have a daughter (I'm not dropping any hints here, just speculating) that's pretty much how I imagine she'd be… quirky and smart and tough, totally able to hang with the dudes. 

On a completely unrelated note, I am learning to make sushi rolls. I used this recipe for the rice (but with a teaspoon, not a tablespoon, of salt), and filled it with imitation "krab," avocado, cucumber and cream cheese). Super delish, if not quite as pretty as I'd hoped. I did some like this with the rice on the outside, but found it much easier with the Nori on the outside after that. 

This is How We Roll

Any sushi experts out there want to give me some newbie tips? And um, anyone have any ideas about what I should do with the remaining 3/4 full package of "Krab?"

Happy Wednesday all! Stay cool out there!

Marcia July 15, 2009 at 11:01 am

crab alfredo, salad, garlic bread, and a nice glass of wine…
I think your quirky girl is great!

Lindsey Alyce July 15, 2009 at 11:34 am

This makes me want to make sushi. And turn up the radio.

Stefani July 15, 2009 at 11:37 am

Thanks! And mmmm…. that sounds like a very fine use of the leftovers! Duly noted.

Terri July 15, 2009 at 11:45 am

Krab is great on salads! You could also make hot krab dip. 🙂

Amber July 15, 2009 at 11:52 am

I’m with Terri on the krab dip. Or there are always krab cakes.

And I’m pretty impressed by the sushi. I only tried it once or twice but mine didn’t look half as good as yours. This is one of those things I buy ready-made because it just scares me.

Stefani July 15, 2009 at 11:55 am

I was kinda scared too, but they’re really not so bad. I think the biggest problem is that when you make them at home you end up with SO much. There’s only three sushi eaters in this house and we had enough for about 10!

The Krab is in log form. Weird I know, but works great for the sushi. So I don’t think I could make cakes with it. And I’m not even sure about dip. I think it’s going to have to be chopped up in to a salad or pasta dish.

Jennifer July 15, 2009 at 12:12 pm

Leftover Krab? More sushi!

I’ll come over and finish off your extra sushi… It’s one of my favorite things to make and EAT! YUM! We always roll the Nori on the inside, too.

Janice July 15, 2009 at 12:16 pm

ohh, sushi is EASY and fun!!! It just takes practice likea anything else. Wet your fingers….and sort of pull in and tuck and roll – think rolling up a sleeping bag, ya know how you pull ‘back’ and ‘in’ to adjust the skew..? Same thing with the sushi matt…kind of pull back and in. Don’t know if that makes sense. GREAT first try. 🙂

Luv your sketch. 🙂
Janice

kristi July 15, 2009 at 12:59 pm

crab rangoons, I would love to learn to make sushi, would save so much $. “Your daughter” reminds me of the young girl in Up.

Myrnie July 15, 2009 at 1:17 pm

Mock crab…well, dump it in the food processor with a little mayo, then use to make a great seafood salad (maybe with peas and pasta?) Or, it freezes amazingly well for the next time you get a jonesin’ for sushi…just freeze in chunks as big as you’ll need 🙂 Yum!

I love that little girl- so spunky!

Amy J July 15, 2009 at 2:17 pm

What about your “crabbies”?

I like your girl too. I hoped I’d have one of those and I wound up with a super-girly girl. Into sequins and lip gloss and stuffed animals. I love her to bits!

melissa July 15, 2009 at 2:19 pm

I think that we’re going to have to make our own sushi next week. Shrimp instead of Krab, though.

Diane July 15, 2009 at 3:57 pm

Mmm, yum. I like to put in avocado or thin slices of carrot, too. And what did you dip them in? I like to mix equal parts tamari or soy sauce and vinegar — YUM. Oh my. I’m so hungry now. Who’s making dinner around here?! Oh, that must be me…

Catherine July 15, 2009 at 4:07 pm

I make macaroni salad (noodles, sweet pickles, cucumber, tomato, red pepper, chopped lettuce, mayo) and add the imitation crab meat.

I’m having a VBS week here and LOVING it as well. I’ve gone to breakfast with friends, had pedicures with friends, and got tons of cleaning done.

Catherine July 15, 2009 at 4:12 pm

BTW, I have girly girls who don’t mind picking up caterpillars, making mud pies, and pulling creatures out of the muck on the dock as long as they can wear a dress while doing it.

I thought I would wind up with geeky, inquisitive girls like your sketch. Instead, I have geeky, inquisitive, adventuresome princesses with manicures and fake make up on…

One day, I will learn to complete a thought before hitting post…

steadymom July 15, 2009 at 4:31 pm

I love your “girl.” And I imagine she’s quiet, too.

Jamie

Regina July 15, 2009 at 6:06 pm

I like to do “sushi hand rolls” where you take the nori or a leaf of lettuce, spread the rice onto it, and then fill it with “crab”, cucumber, tuna fish (canned or sushi grade raw), or whatever your heart desires. Good approach for people who are apprehensive about sushi – kind of fajita meets Japanese food. Great for a fun dinner.

Dawn Suzette July 15, 2009 at 6:44 pm

Your girl… love! Kinda reminds me of someone I know!
Sushi… yum! We all love sushi here. My brother used to have part of his food budget set aside just for sushi… I think it was more than the rest of his grocery bill… making it at home is a great idea!

Mad Woman July 15, 2009 at 7:59 pm

Mmmm that sushi looks good. I’ve always wanted to learn how to make it, and maybe one day I’ll get there.

Sounds like you know how to make good use of your solitary time. I would have sat on my backside and read a book 🙂 I love the girl you sketched….she epitomizes everything I think about my daughter!

Lia July 16, 2009 at 8:37 am

Ha! I just said the same thing on the colorized version!

Lia July 16, 2009 at 8:43 am

My husband makes our sushi. I prefer the inside-out rolls myself, but apparently they’re just too hard. He gets sashimi grade tuna at our HEB for ours. It’s so good! Don’t be afraid. We only have 2 sushi eaters, so he makes 2 rolls and then pan sears the left over tuna and the boys eat it like steak. They love it and we don’t wind up with 6 giant sushi rolls!

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