I'm having a little laugh at myself this morning and thought I'd invite you to join in the fun. I was playing with my birch ring brooch concept, and wanted to have a birch ring within a birch ring. I was going along, la di dah, when I looked down and saw a big wooly eye staring at me instead of the fabulous brooch I had envisioned. AN EYE.
Wait! If I turn it the other way, it sort of looks like a papoose. Or an eye at an angle. Not quite what I was going for. Maybe if I avoid using eye colors on the next one....or maybe they're all going to look like eyes to me... I don't know. Maybe I should make two of them and wear them on the back of my hat so my kids really think I have eyes on the back of my head.
Anyway, it was a concept I had to try.
On another note, after an initial unsuccessful attempt at cheese-making, I am proud to say that I made a ball of, what is quite possibly, the tastiest mozzarella cheese in all of Minnesota last night. Using my handy-dandy kit from UrbanCheesecraft, and a gallon of non-homegenized, Minnesota-grown, organic whole milk from Cedar Summit Farm that I purchased at our tiny little local food co-op (which just moved to a more convenient location, I'll add) this weekend. Success! My first try involved a Wal-Mart brand milk and I suspect it is ultra-pasteurized which extends shelf-life but doesn't do much for cheese-making.
I paired the cheese with some toasted french bread, a sun-dried tomato spread I made ( minced sun-drieds, olive oil, and balsamic vinegar - yum!) and some diced tomatoes and garlic. Oh so tasty. If you've been on the fence about trying cheese-making, you should really try it. The mozzarella came together so quickly and easily that I can't believe I didn't try it sooner.
Sorry, there are no pictures of the cheese, it was devoured before I could capture it.