Gary Jackson: Fire When Ready Pottery
A Chicago potter’s somewhat slanted view of clay & play
Categories: art fair, food

Okay, so if shopping for pottery, chatting with artists, and hanging out with some creative folks is not enough to convince you to come out this weekend to the Prairie View Arts Invitational…. maybe this will???

Categories: food, stamped

Rosene’s yummy chocolate carrot cake…
made even “yummier” on a handmade stamped platter!

Categories: food, holiday

Why choose on National Pi Day?!… err, PIE DAY!!!
Especially when there are BOGO deals & sale bargains everywhere!

I’m just celebrating TWICE!
Classic over-achiever!!!

Categories: food, holiday

It’s March 14th… with makes it 3.14… which makes it National Pi Day!
Which also makes it NATIONAL PIE DAY!!!

Be sure to check out your local bakeries, pie shops and pizza parlors for “today only” celebratory specials!!! Many places have deals on slices or even whole pies for just $3.14 today only – many while supplies last!

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Categories: classes, food, mugs

Last night was the final class for my Tuesday night beginning wheel students. They all did an amazing job this session… so we ended it with an amazing potluck & mug exchange! We all submitted a handmade mug disguised in a brown paper bag. And then with a fun White Elephant kind of picking-trading-stealing game, we all went home with someone else’s mug as a class souvenir! I came away with this beauty by my teaching assistant Susan Slogoff. Inside and out… just perfect.

And top treat of the night?… at least for me?…
oh, they know me oh too well... HOMEMADE OREO’s!!!
Best way to this teacher’s heart is through my stomach!
Thanks Teresa – you’re MY FAVORITE!!! Ha!

Categories: classes, food

Last night in my LILLSTREET THROWDOWN class, we were treated to the most amazing cupcakes ever!!! Patti (aka “Peggy Burnish-ine”) baked these wondrous confections for us.

Let me explain… bottom layer of graham cracker crust. then a layer of chocolate. Then the chocolate cake batter with graham cracker crumbles in it, topped with another layer of chocolate… and then the best ooey-gooey, light & fluffy marshmallow frosting ever… toasted marshmallow to boot!!! As you can clearly see… they were VERY much enjoyed!!!… repeatedly!

Sadly, I had to explain to her that there are no “extra credit” points in the THROWDOWN for sucking up to the teacher. Valiant effort though!!!

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Categories: Chicago, family, food, Taylor, weather

Another wonderful day with beautiful blue skies
as far as the eye could see. Happy Sunny Sunday pedal on!!!

Followed later in the day with ice cream with my sister Jen and niece Taylor!
First you work it off… and then…

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Categories: classes, food

Another “sweet” night in class…
Not only was it a big night for the LILLSTREET THROWDOWN class…
but we also had plenty of OREO treats!!! Easter snacks as well as some OREOs “imported” all the way from Costa Rica!!!

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Categories: food

It’s a dairy-product… for strong teeth & bones, right?!
Amazing flavors… Darkest Chocolate, Salted Peanut Butter & Chocolate Flecks… and my new favorite Bangkok Peanut with coconut & a touch of cayenne pepper!!! Great ice cream, crazy cool flavors and a wonderful staff that actually encourages you to taste-test as many flavors as you want to… at Jeni’s Ice Cream!!!

Categories: food

As if a normal package wasn’t enough fun… now it’s a PARTY!!!
Looks like we had 33% more fun last night in class. WHOO-HOO!!!

But who are we kidding… didn’t we all really want the cookies to actually be “party sized”
and HUGE like the one on the front of the package??? Who’s with me???