Tonight, I tried a new recipe for oven fried eggplant, which I got out of my Cooking Light cookbook. Basically, it involved chopping onions and mixing them with light mayonnaise, making a breadcrumb and Parmesan mixture, and then lightly coating the eggplant pieces first in the mayo mixture and then in the breadcrumb mixture. I wouldn’t say it was the easiest recipe I’ve ever made since it required a lot of dishes, but the eggplant came out pretty tasty!
I traveled back from Arizona this afternoon, so I’m super tired. Why is air travel so exhausting? I’m guessing it’s the stress and dehydration, but it’s still pretty crazy how draining it is.
Anyways, because I’m sleepy, I decided to make these lemons really quickly. To do this, I just cut out the lemons shapes from construction paper, drew the outlines and dots with a thin marker, and then glued them to a white piece of paper. Super easy!
We took a drive around some lonely desert roads this afternoon, and I managed to get a few good shots of some mountains and deserted buildings. Photographing the buildings was especially fun for me. I guess I like the idea of documenting how these structures—homes or gas stations that were once very important to people—have slowly decayed and returned to nature.
It’s kind of funny, I suppose, that I’m in Arizona and instead of drawing a sketch of mountains of cacti I drew what appears to be a Midwest country road. Maybe tomorrow I’ll do something more Southwestern.
We went to an art expo today where lots of Arizona artists were showing their work–there were oil paintings, watercolors, sculpture, jewelry, etc. In the outdoor sculpture section of the show, I snapped a few pictures even though it was technically against the rules. Don’t tell anyone!
Vacationing in Arizona means taking pictures of cacti! I suspect I’ll end up taking about 200 photos of saguaro catcti alone. They’re such amazing plants, probably because they are somehow human-looking, with their straight backs and expressive arms. It’s sad when they start to die and their arms start to droop and decay away. Hopefully, I won’t see any of those over the next week.