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Monday, January 17, 2011

Looking back...

Have you ever had one of those days where you reflect on where you have been?  For some odd reason that keeps coming up in my life of late.  Maybe it is because I am going through one of those incubation periods creatively, or just plain burn out.  I do not know.  But, creating anything is like pulling hens teeth.  I am using some of the techniques I teach in my Alchemy class and it is helping.  I thought you'd get a kick out of seeing me in my early days of doll making.  Here is a shot of me working on one of my cloth dolls that I designed myself.  It is taken in my favorite studio space I ever had.  It was the top floor of where the art store that I work at used to be located.

Our store moved last year to a space around the corner from the old space.  I still have dreams about working in the old space and being able to go to my studio on my lunch break.  This was twelve years ago believe it or not.  Now I am creating in clay instead of cloth.  Marching to my own hero's journey.  Fortunately the ideas are still swimming around in my head.  I am going to attempt to scribble them down before they evaporate.  Oh, one of the exercises in my class is one of using favorite foods to trigger creative energy.  So, I made a batch of sweets I call cookie crack.  It is a toffee like cookie bar made out of saltine crackers of all things.  This stuff is so addictive I nick named it cookie crack.

Cody's Cookie Crack

2 sticks of butter
1and 1/2 cups brown sugar packed
1 and 1/2 sleeves of saltine crackers (enough to cover bottom of 9x13 inch pan
2 cups of chocolate morsels
1/2 cup chopped nuts of your choice.  I use mixed
Preheat oven to 350 F
cover 9x13 baking sheet with parchment and then line with crackers.

In a saucepan melt butter and sugar together until bubbly and let it cook for three minutes stirring constantly. Spread mixture over crackers and bake in oven for ten minutes.  Remove from oven and sprinkle chocolate morsels over hot cracker mixture.  Let chocolate melt and then spread with a spatula over the cracker mixture to coat.  Sprinkle the chopped nuts over the chocolate layer and let cool completely.  Now you can break into small cookie size pieces.  Enjoy!  Bwahahahaha....

Anyway, hope your Monday is a good one and the week flows like sweet honey for you.  If I get any good scribbles I will try and share them with y'all.  Cio!


Deborah Thomas said...

Cody, how about posting your recipe for the cookie crack? Sounds deelightful in an evil sort of I need cookies...NOT!
Love your weekly emails..and I know how you feel about being in a creativity challenged place right now. I can't even get myself to do more than read the stuff you gave us in the alchemy classes. But then my attention span is short these days and it's hard to focus. Better times ahead for both of us I am sure.

Cody Goodin said...

Hi Deborah, I posted the recipe as you requested. Thanks for the encouragement.

Pattee said...

I'm right there with Cody...

But I'm so stuck!!!

Cody Goodin said...

Hopefully your visit with friends will inspire you.