I hope everyone has a fabulous Halloween, and that all of you do not get too hyper after eating all that candy and chocolate! The free coffee at McDonalds is probably not going to help either :P.
This past weekend, a group of us went over to a friends house for a potluck Halloween Party. A couple of my friends came over before the party to help my sister and I bake cookies and prepare a few dishes. We made this recipe with a few modifications. We replaced white sugar with brown sugar, and replaced the egg with a tsp of cornstarch and a tbsp of water. (We have a few egg allergies in the family, so whenever we buy a carton of eggs, we end up throwing half of them. We’ve been cooking egg free for over a year now!) The cookies ended up looking a little boring, so instead of adding more sugar on top, we sprinkled a few Oreo Crumbs after 5 minutes of baking. These cookies were a huge hit, and I’m going to be baking another batch or two for my office potluck this Thursday.
One of my friends dressed up like Dr. Doofenshmirtz from Phineas and Ferb. 10 minutes before we left for the party, we realized that his costume would not be complete without a Platypus. I had some old construction paper, so we decided to ‘whip up’ a 10 minute Platypus. (Though I haven’t watched the cartoon before, the Phineas and Ferb Music videos are amazing!!)
Owls seem to be very “in” in the art world. I’ve stumbled across many Owl cards, Owl stuffed toys, and even Owl needle felts. I have to say, some of them are extremely cute, and I might try my own stuffed toy sometime soon.
In the interim, here is a quick Owl doodle I did using my Stabilo pens. Not complicated art by any means, but it did keep me occupied during my commute!
I was going through un-uploaded art photos when I came across this classroom doodle of an Apple, inspired by a Macbook that was being used by a student in front of me. This past month, Steve Jobs passed away, and I thought it would be a good time to post the Apple on my blog to remember his contributions to technology.
I did a quick acapella of a song I learnt from my music teacher. Saawariya Ki Rang Raachi is a Carnatic Bhajan in Raagam Janasamodhini.
It was a one shot recording, and I know it’s not perfect, but the song is a very beautiful one, so I do hope you enjoy it.
It is my first of hopefully many more video recordings.
My eyes do some weird things in this video, so for that I apologize.
One of my favourite people EVER celebrated his 22nd birthday this past weekend. He is a guitar player and a huge music lover, so I made him this card using toned paper and nu pastels. It really worked with the gift our group of friends got him, which included Plattan Headphones, and a gift card to Best Buy.
Also, I finally changed my boring signature to a slightly less boring one! I decided to play on the fact that Sri’s Arts line up so well. What do you all think?
For the second Christmas order of the season, I made a dozen individually crafted gift tags. I used acrylic paints and pens on Canson watercolour paper, and tied them up with simple red ribbon. If you are interested in ordering Gift Tags or Cards from Sri’s Arts, please email me at srisarts at gmail.com. Enjoy :)!
I hope all of you had a wonderful Navrathri season, filled with Golu’s and Garba. I also hope everyone had a great Dussera/Vijaya Dashimi.
Though Navrathri/Diwali season is one of my favourites, we invariably end up with way too many apples for one family to finish, which is why my sister and I decided to make Apple Crisp. We made it twice; Once during the big Navrathri weekend, and again last weekend when ‘apple season’ was over. This recipe makes the absolute BEST apple crisp I have EVER had (Even store bought), and it literally evaporates from the kitchen.
If you like apple crisp, and even if you don’t, you definitely MUST try this out. It also helps if you have poor unsuspecting friends visit- They make great apple peelers.
I got the recipe from this link: http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/apple-crisp-ii/detail.aspx, and with several modifications (More ‘crisp’, less sugar), this was the recipe I used:
- 10 cups all-purpose apples, peeled, cored and sliced
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/4 cup water
- 2 cup quick-cooking oats
- 2 cup all-purpose flour
- 1.5 cup packed brown sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 cup butter, melted
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
- Place the sliced apples in a 9×13 inch pan. Mix the 1/4 cup brown sugar, 1 tablespoon flour and ground cinnamon together, and sprinkle over apples. Pour water evenly over all.
- Combine the oats, 1 cup flour, brown sugar, baking powder, baking soda and melted butter together. Crumble evenly over the apple mixture.
- Bake at 375 degrees for about 40 minutes.
( I personally like a lot of topping, but if you don’t I would suggest using 1.5x the original ‘crisp’ quantities)