Pizza Pies on Pi Day

"Carnitas and Jalapeño Pizza" Cedar Park, 2019
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“Carnitas and Jalapeño Pizza” Cedar Park, 2019

こんばんは and happy Pi Day!

To celebrate the occasion, I made a couple of Costco thin-crust pizzas (the boxed ones in the freezer section of the stores). I like these pizzas but since I had some leftover carnitas and a couple of jalapeños, I decided to replace the pepperoni on one of them with these toppings. I wasn’t sure how the combination would taste, but I think it turned out pretty good! And then the other pizza had double-pepperoni. 😆🍕

Speaking of pizza, whenever I make a frozen pizza, I always feel the need to spice it up a bit by adding oregano, garlic powder, black pepper, and a few shakes of red pepper flakes on top before it goes into the oven. And sometimes if we have some shredded cheese handy in the fridge, I’ll add a little. It takes just a minute but I think it adds so much. 😊

I hope you had a nice day!

またね~

I Made Beef Stew in the Instant Pot

"Beef Stew" Cedar Park, 2019
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“Beef Stew” Cedar Park, 2019

こんばんは。How’s it going?

Tonight I made a basic beef stew using our Instant Pot. It turned out pretty good! It doesn’t have a very complex flavor, but its simplicity is the key to its beauty. We had some homemade crusty French baguette for dipping in the rich broth, which was just perfect. (Thanks Mariko!)

I found the Instant Pot Beef Stew recipe at the Life Made Sweeter website, and made a couple small adjustments, by omitting the celery (yuck) and adding some canned peas right at the end. Prep was very easy, but I think it’s better to brown the meat using a pan on the stove since you can finish browning the meat in much less time than it takes using the Instant Pot’s sautee function. However, if you want to save yourself from washing another pan, then you can use the Instant Pot for all the cooking.

I think I’ll search for a stew recipe with more spices, but this one is good to keep in the recipe book(marks). Simple and satisfying. ☺

I hope you had a great day!

またね~

Tablet Sketching

"Sketchpad" Cedar Park, 2019
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“Sketchpad” Cedar Park, 2019

I’m still trying to sort out in my mind the advantages or disadvantages of digital sketching vs. analog sketching (or even if it’s important to know what they are), but I do know that in the realm of digital sketching, the iPad/tablet experience is way better (for me) than using my Wacom digitizer on the desktop computer.

Basically it comes down to how intuitive and natural it feels. And the ease of use is a huge advantage that the iPad has. When I want to sketch, it literally takes seconds to be drawing on the iPad. In contrast, with the computer, I have to start the software, then File, New, enter in the dimensions, look at the wonky interface and try to remember the keyboard shortcuts. That’s a lot of brain activity even before I start pushing pixels! Plus, I have to be sitting at the desk in the home office. With the iPad, I can sketch anywhere.

Of course, I’m just a hobbyist so I have different needs than a professional illustrator, but for what I am doing, the simplicity of Procreate and the iPad is just perfect. I still think iOS is weird, but once I am in Procreate, it’s a lot like just drawing in a sketchbook. In fact, I renamed my iPad to “Barron’s Sketchpad” since that is pretty much why I bought it.

Anyway, below is one of my latest sketches, and below that is the timelapse video of my sketching process. It’s so fun!

I hope you had a nice day!

またね~