You never know from where inspiration will come….

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Jester Lampwork Focal
Jester Style Lampwork Focal

When I was cropping this photograph it occurred to me how the gray in the design blended so well with the background. It almost seemed as if the bead was completely transparent except for the red and black detail in the center. I like the effect so much, at least the illusion of it, that I have added it to my list of things to do in one of my next torch sessions. Hopefully the reality of the design will match the imagining!

For those who don’t remember when I named this design, I remarked how the pattern ¬†reminded me of a court jester’s collar. I had also called this style “zipper” but everyone liked Jester so much that it just stuck.

What are cinnamon rolls and soft serve ice cream?

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Cinnamon Rolls I Crave

Cinnamon Rolls I Crave

Two of the things I crave most when I have a migraine (after that ‘sick’ part of the migraine is over, that is!).

Right now my eyes and ears are not playing nicely with my head so lampwork, hammering metal, grinding gemstones, photography, reading, computer work, and pretty much everything I normally do on a daily basis is out of the question. That leaves eating. Once I’m over the worst part of my migraines I tend to crave different types of bread and ice cream. Most other foods just don’t taste right (well, that’s my story, and I’m sticking to it!)

These cinnamon rolls (seen dough form above) are easy to make and my absolute favorite cinnamon rolls to eat. The hardest part is to not eat them so I typically freeze them individually and microwave to warm them at my leisure.

The last time they were made it was a joint effort of mine and Colin’s. When we got to the rolling part, he took one end I took the other and we nearly completed the most beautiful log of raw cinnamon rolls before we both stopped short, looked at each other and uttered the king of all exclamations… “oops”.

Unfortunately, as we got to the end we both realized simultaneously that we had forgotten to put the cinnamon and brown sugar on before rolling. You haven’t truly experienced a greasy mess until you try unrolling unwieldy, wobbly, and slippery, buttered dough. Luckily we were triumphant and the picture above are the rolls getting ready to be baked.

If you would like to try the recipe, you can find it on my recipe site, Recipe Drawer. Enjoy (and save me some, I don’t feel up to baking right now!)