Surfing, Art and Food from the Fourth

by Joan on July 6, 2010

My new purchase (blockprint by Ken Swanson)

Well, that was a fun 4th of July weekend!  Lots of good times with friends, yummy food and cold cocktails – what more can you ask for?  Here in Boulder we had a massive downpour on the evening of the Fourth that dampened the fireworks display, but other than that it was near perfect.

Here’s three things from the weekend that are worth sharing…

Found It On the Web
Catalog Living.  It takes those overly-staged photos from catalogs and puts really funny comments about the people they imagine would live there.  It’s fairly new, so it doesn’t take long to look at them all, but my two favorites are here and here.

Found It at the Cherry Creek Arts Festival
Don and I went to the Cherry Creek Arts Festival yesterday.  Since we’ve been at the beach for the past ten or so years on the Fourth, it was a complete pleasure to stroll the aisles and look at all the things we can’t afford.  Here’s some of our favorites…

  • Fortune Sitole – We loved his mixed media works portraying life in South Africa townships.
  • Ken Swanson – He has a great series of prints that were perfect for the kitchen (they’re under the Man On Earth link), however our kitchen has no available wall space…bummer.  But I couldn’t resist his blockprint that seemed to written specifically for me (see above!)
  • Anthony Hansen – His metal works are so fun, and at the festival he had individual numbers that would be great for the address sign on a house.
  • Alan Klug –  This guy is really talented, everything in his booth was beautiful.  The variety of his work highlighted the fact that sometimes Don and I like TOTALLY different things.  He loved this (it made me feel lonely and depressed.)  I liked this.

My Mother-in-law Found It
If you dropped by our house any Sunday afternoon, you would find, in addition to Don and I, the following:  my parents, his parents, some kids, two happy dogs chewing on bones, usually a few friends and lots of food and drink.  We call it Sunday Supper, and we have a great time.  The 4th of July edition highlights included oysters on the half shell because my dad loves them (it was my first time shucking an oyster – so glad my fingers are still intact) and flank steak because that’s a old Hobbs family favorite.  Two new items were on the menu because Don’s mom gave me a couple of recipes from Bon Appétit and I thought we’d give them a try. The grilled corn with a yummy honey-ancho butter was simply awesome.  The root beer baked beans were a hit as well!

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Deb Haugen October 12, 2011 at 8:56 pm

Thanx for that root beer beans recipe, it made my bar b Q tonight!
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