Can you believe it? Two months worth of daily drawings! Yay yay yay! This may be the end of the streak. I may be taking a blogging drawing break for a week. Maybe I’ll do reruns, my favorite past illustrations for a week. I haven’t decided yet.
Oh and the bread pudding recipe has been added to my last post.
The other day I made some bread pudding. Alan doesn’t like bread pudding but Isabelle does. I mean she REALLY likes it. Maybe that’s why she prefers to have it fed to her, instead of doing it herself. That way she doesn’t lose a single bit.
Update- I combined two recipes (one from Cook’s Illustrated and one from Cook’s Country) to make these individual bread puddings. I’m not exactly sure what I did but here’s what I think it was:
Individual Bread Pudding for Four
- 1 tablespoon unsalted butter, melted, plus extra for greasing ramekins
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/3 cup sugar, plus 1 tablespoon for cinnamon sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 1 cup milk
- 1 cup heavy cream
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/8 teaspoon table salt
- 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 4-5 slices of firm white bread, cut into 1 1/2 inch squares (5 cups)
- OPTIONAL, 4 tablespoons chopped bittersweet chocolate
- Butter 4 ovensafe ramekins.
- Make cinnamon sugar by mixing 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon with 1 tablespoon of sugar. Set this aside.
- Whisk the eggs and 1/3 cup of sugar in a large bowl. Add the milk, heavy cream, vanilla, salt, and nutmeg. Whisk together and transfer to a large measuring cup for easy pouring.
- Set aside 1 cup of bread. Fill each ramekin with remaining bread squares (if you want a hidden surprise you can add 1 tablespoon of bittersweet chocolate after the first layer of bread slices). Pour custard over bread. Let sit for 20 minutes while you heat the oven to 325 degrees with the rack in the middle position.
- After the 20 minutes wait, put remaining 1 cup of bread in each ramekin pushing down to partially submerge. Brush the exposed bread with melted butter then sprinkle with the cinnamon sugar. Bake for about 25 to 30 minutes. The puddings should be set but still a little bit wobbly. Let cool and then scarf it down.
Number of servings: 4
Isabelle quite adores Maggie. Have I ever mentioned that? She used to adore George and I’m sure she still likes him but she’s over the moon about Maggie. She always asks for her, “Meg-gie! Meg-gie!!”. Then she’ll sit there watching and repeats what they’re saying. I can’t blame her. Maggie is adorable and I do love the ferocious beast with his big red removable spots.
So I thought I’d make her a Maggie doll. I didn’t want it to look just like Maggie, I just wanted her coloring. The doll was quick to make. I used some flesh colored cotton fabric I had laying around and some wool felt for her hair. I haven’t decided if that’s the way I want to go or instead use yarn for the hair so I didn’t sew it down. Clothes are trickier for me to sew so I tested with muslin and this is what I came up with.
It doesn’t look like Maggie at all! But actually, I quite like it the way it is, faceless and everything.
Well Isabelle took a look at her and didn’t say Maggie but she did deem her worthy to dance with.
I’ll just need to sew down her hair and give her a yellow top and a blue skirt and some shoes and socks and see if she’s Maggie enough for Isabelle. If not…back to the drawing board and something more Maggie looking.
Can you tell I haven’t been on top of my drawing lately? I know I’ve mentioned it repeatedly on how I start late in the evening. I hate that because then I’m rushed and I’m not really happy with the result. But I keep on plugging away. It’s almost been two months and I don’t want to break my drawing streak with the excuse that it’s too late in the evening.
But of course then that’s how you get quick one pane scribbles like this that don’t really make sense.
I was trying to show Isabelle making a mess and getting flour everywhere while “helping” me bake cookies. Ok it was a total cop out last minute drawing.
Pictures work so much better here.
She really did get the flour everywhere. But she had so much fun. She didn’t want to stop even when the cookies were done. So I had to gave her a little bowl of flour to mix some more.
I do love making cookies with Isabelle.
And the best part? When we’re done playing we actually have cookies to eat!
I almost didn’t draw today. I was too distracted taking pictures of Isabelle with spaghetti on her nose. And her face. And all over her hands.
And busy making her a doll.
But draw I did. I rushed this out. I think I’ll experiment with my drawings when I have more time and not at 11:30pm at night.