I purchased a Faber-Castell Polychromos 36 colored pencil set. Worth every penny. It took me a couple of days to finish my first piece; a colorful Zentangle inspired butterfly. I love the bold, vibrant colors, but am struggling to blend them. I am used to black and white values using pencil, charcoal, and pen. Usually, it is harder for me to work with color. I'm starting with basics, and plan to form my technique for shading with these pencils gradually. They are very high quality. I love them so much more than Prismacolor pencils. They are oil based rather than wax based, which makes them sturdier and allows for superior blending. I'm committed to my practice and continue working on more pieces as the inspiration comes. Once I get these pencils down, I'll go ahead and upgrade to the 120 set.
Spending more time at home has encouraged me to get creative in the kitchen again. I have significantly missed creating in the kitchen like I used to. This weekend, I hosted a family gathering. I made kebabs for the first time of chicken, green bell pepper, red onion, and mushrooms. The flavor and texture were amazing. I am definitely going to make these again and add some sirloin steak next time. We also made some macaroni salad. A special family recipe that we love. We enjoyed smores around a fire pit for dessert and chilled with some OG tunes.
I am switching up my breakfast this week with whole wheat toast topped with whipped cream cheese and raspberry preserves. The flavor is bold, and I love that it is not overpoweringly sweet. Just the right amount of crunch combined with some cheesy creaminess and tangy fruit. I think of it as a cheesecake shortcut. Granted, I have officially broken my plan to be vegan, I am feeling better about my food choices. It could be worse, and I'm definitely not eating fast food every single day like I used to.
I made some peach tea popsicles with lemon slices this weekend as well. Perfect for those hot summer days when we feel like we're going to melt into a puddle, they are so refreshing. Also, super fun to make, especially with kids. Ha ha.