Archive | October, 2010

almost fall break

19 Oct

getting harder and harder to post, mostly because

it is mid-term an a lot of stuff is due,

and i haven’t had a day off since summer 😦

on the bright side, fall break starts saturday

and i don’t have to work/go to school until wednesday.

this post will include some art and a recipe!


sir whole wheat isaac fig newtons!

adapted from cate’s world kitchen

fig filling
1 c. dried black mission figs, chopped
1/2- 1 cup boiling water
1/4 cup sugar

wheat dough
1 stick softened butter
1 tbsp milk (I used vanilla soy milk)
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 cup white whole wheat flour
1 cup white whole wheat pastry flour

1. boil the water and soak the chopped figs for 20 minutes or so. stir in the sugar and cook over medium for another 10-20 minutes

or until it is jelly/jam like. let cool.


fig jam

2. mix butter, egg, vanilla, and milk. gradually add the sugar and mix well. slowly add flour baking soda, and salt and combine.

separate the dough in half.

3. on wax paper pat the dough into two long rectangle shapes, approx. 12×3 in. spread the fig filling on one dough rectangle and carefully place the second dough rectangle on top. your ceramic skills will come in handy as you pinch the edges together, closing it up. then cut into 1″ squares.


dough with jam, sir isaac newton

4. bake at 350˚ for about 15-20 mins or until golden brown! these turned out awesome, especially with half pastry flour, because they were really soft and chewy. next time i think i will chop my figs down more than i did. yum yum yum!


and now on to some art!

half muscle half skeleton for drawing class 24x36

just finished this for class this week, very pleased with it. i worked really hard!

kate solvent transfer/painting

this is a solvent transfer that was only half successful,

so i decided to paint over it with some black and i am actually really happy with this.

it started out as a time waster, but i think i could

frame and show this.

the image of kate is from a night we closed at work together and after we clocked out,

scanned our faces a couple times smashed up in the copy machine.

i then used xylol to transfer the image onto tan bfk.

hopefully break will be fruitful and good so that i have plenty of lovely things to post



sarah z


long ado post

6 Oct

the emerging artist showcase at rug and relic was amazing!

thank you everyone who showed up and supported!

i had a blast and even made some money which is a plus!

without much more rambling this post will contain some art and a recipe,

so it’ll be a big one! let’s start with the cookies…

maple walnut shortbread cookies with chocolate filling

this is a recipe combo from

the shoebox kitchen and jane’s sweets and baking journal

3 sticks butter

3/4 cup sugar

1/3 cup maple syrup

1 cup walnuts, crushed and chopped

3 1/2 cups flour (i use white whole wheat)

1/4 teaspoon salt

bag of chocolate chips

(preferable ghirardelli dark chocolate or milk chocolate)

3 tsp nutella


okay, so there are some extra things i wish i had to make this recipe a little easier to make.

this includes a rolling pin and an electric mixer.

if you have no money like me, i have found you can easily substitute the electric mixer

with a muscular boyfriend and the rolling

pin with an empty beer bottle.


1. toss together the salt and flour

2. in a separate bowl mix together the sugar and butter. once those two are mixed, add the syrup and stir it in gently.

3. dump the walnuts you cut up into the salt/flour mixture and then slowly add the flour to your sugar/syrup/butter and mix.

-this is the intermission where you mix desperately for several minutes before you interrupt your boyfriend’s video game to make him help you mix-

4. form a nice round dough. roll it up and flatten it out on a baking sheet, let refrigerate overnight or for a couple hours (i left it overnight.)

5. roll the dough out with your fancy college-style beer bottle rolling pin (or your real rolling pin if that’s your thing) and use a cute cookie

cutter to form the cookies. bake at 350˚ for about 20 minutes or until golden.

star cookies!

chocolate filling:

-heat up some water in a pot. you need to find a bowl that fits in the pot of water that won’t get water in it, but

rests gently in the water. this is how we will melt the chocolate. i started boiling the water and then i reduced the heat

to medium after i threw the chocolate in. so yeah, you throw the chocolate in the bowl. how much? the recipe

i used said a half cup, to which scoffed and added probably half of the bag. melt the chips down, stirring often, and once

those are melted add the nutella (as much as you like, really.) once well melted and mixed remove from heat to cool before

placing on cookies.


make sure to put your coffee in between the melted chocolate and the cookies you

are about to coat, in case any of it spills.

okay, final step is to grab a teaspoon and put about one tsp of chocolate on one cookie, finally, gently place the other cookie on top!

these are delicious. i hope you enjoy.


okaaaay now some art stuff!!

drawing on tan bfk 1 hr.

his name is "hans less" we think he is swedish or something

on the top is a nice doodle i did yesterday after print making class, and the below is my completed still life (or still death?) for drawing class.


and finally, my lovely friend and co-worker kate samuelson

asked to take some photos of alex and i this summer

and she recently shared the pictures with me. they are so wonderful! she’s incredible.

best, sarah z