Sunday, November 23, 2014

the results of all that cooking

Well, that was fun. We had our Thanksgiving dinner yesterday because the Girl and her family are going on vacation over the Thanksgiving holiday week. Instead of everyone coming out to our place though, we went in to theirs. The Boy and Wife came too so everyone was there and the food was all really good and it was great to all be together and be having a good time.

mold material cleaned off but not washed

Before we left, Marc opened the kiln and broke the little castings out of their molds. They all came out pretty well, even the peach. It came out pretty darn good. I was a little nervous about the peach and the first report was that I might be disappointed as it looked kind of dark and when I went over there to check it out, it did look dark in the mold, in the kiln. But once popped out of the mold and brushed off, it looked pretty good. I even gave it a quick wash and set it in it's little recess on the side of the cast box.

As you can see, the box still needs to have some excess glass ground off. And I might have changed my mind about having the feet cast in bronze and just use actual peach pits since I'm not making any progress on the finding a foundry mostly because I'm not looking. And instead of casting the top in glass or bronze, I've been thinking about making one of wood only that will only work if I can find a piece of peach wood big enough to make it. There's a small peach orchard down the road so I'm going to go see if they have any dead trees.

So, those few nights of the temperature dipping down to freezing last week triggered the two ginkos and Friday I thought they looked definitely lime green and this morning, they had turned yellow. I think this is the first time the whole tree has turned yellow. Usually, they just drop their leaves over a period of time or the weather will come later when they are already naked from the top to the middle. And the sky has been clear blue and dry today so they have had a beautiful blue background.

Well, I got the last mold filled today and so the last two are in the kiln. Tomorrow I will start the cold work.

For those that wanted the pecan pie recipe, here it is:

Pecan Pie

3 eggs
1 cup sugar
1 cup blue label Karo
1/4 tsp salt
2 tsp vanilla
1 1/2 cups pecans
1/2 stick butter, melted

Beat eggs, then add sugar,Karo, salt,vanilla, and 1/2 the butter. Stir well. Stir in pecans. Pour into unbaked pie shell. Springkle the remaining butter over top of pie – give pecans a kind of glaze. Bake at 350˚ for 45 minutes. Be sure and get blue label Karo – that makes the difference.


  1. glad you had a great family get-together! the peach looks awesome! can't wait to see how you put the rest together! lovely gingko!

  2. Love that pie, I will try it out in a few days. I really enjoy cooking for a crowd, but not so keen on the cleanup.HA!

  3. My little sis used to make a pumpkin praline pie I would like to find again. It was pecan on the bottom with pumpkin on the top.

  4. They were belaboring pumpkin and pecan pies on NPR yesterday seeming to think we need to move on to 'other' desserts. Cannot say I am with that change at all. I love both pies!! Beautiful work. When sold are they to be mounted on a wall?

  5. Your pieces are amazing, the tree beautiful.

    Happy Thanksgiving.

  6. A real pecan recipe from the Pecan Girl! Thank you!
    And thank you for sharing your art with us all; it's a beauty to behold, and appreciate in all its stages and trials.

  7. ...looking for a foundry, you say?...

  8. love that you had Thanksgiving when it was good for all. I always appreciate folks who can make room for good sense instead of fussing and fuming. Everyone looks well fed and happy.
    The peach is gawgerous. Love it. I look forward to seeing the others done up.
    Our peach tree just let it's leaves freeze in green. I guess she didn't want to give it up too soon.
    Yum on the pecan pie....I haven't made one in ages. I should cuz the CUckoos love us some pecan pie.
    xoxo Oma Linda

  9. I think that peach came out terrific. You should be happy with that! Ginkgos were one of my favourite fall trees when I lived in New York -- every year they turned such a brilliant gold color.

  10. Gorgeous peach, gorgeous trees, and pecan pie - who could ask for more?


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