Did Leonardo Eat Pizza?: Daily Art Practice
We have been having a bit of a draught here in the Northeast but thankfully God sent rain this weekend. After about a month, I had to water my plants and of course the next day, it rained. We installed raised beds last year and I have been implementing the Square Foot Gardening method, loosely. We splurged and used their soil mix: 1/3 peat moss, 1/3 vermiculite, and 1/3 compost. It is supposed to keep the soil aerated as well as keeping it extremely moist. I have certainly found that to be true as I barely have to water. I would highly recommend it if you love a low maintenance garden, I know I do!
Daily Art Practice
I had some time to watch Mixed Media Little Portraits on Etchr Studio’s Youtube channel and I followed along and made these little sketches. I used oil pastels that I haven’t touched in years. It was fun to give this a try.
Tea and Poetry
Our theme for this week was Leonardo DaVinci. Here are the books that we enjoyed from our local library.
Leonardo’s Horse was a story about one of Da Vinci’s greatest sculpture’s that he was not able to complete in his lifetime. My daughter loved this story.
My children’s (especially the boys) also loved the book, Leonardo’s Monster, as it told of young Leonardo and one of his paintings that is still missing.
My daughter enjoyed flipping through this book, The Art Of Leonardo DaVinci, that had a lot of pictures of his most famous works.
I purchased the book, Leonardo’s Notebooks, last year with the intention of coping each drawing for learning purposes. Well, as usual the time has gotten away from me and I have barely cracked this book open. I did however bring it out for this study and I copied the sketch of the horse that is the topic of the first book above. I was reminded how fabulous this book was. It not only contains sketches of the works we are most familiar with, but sketches of his inventions, sculptures, studies of human anatomy and more.
We are loving the “Who Was” Book Series. The book, Who Was Leonardo da Vinci, had a lot of information about his early life that I didn’t know.
We read a few other books but I won’t bore you as these were the best. I highly recommend visiting the children’s department of your library. They have great books with beautiful pictures. During the summer, I don’t have time to read a lot of Adult fiction books because of the length so I love that I can still learn and read along with my children, not to mention the beautiful illustrations that big people books don’t have.
Since Leonardo was from Italy, we chose some Italian food. I tried to find out what Leonardo ate but there was mostly speculation about him being a vegan. Besides, I wanted to make it fun and enjoyed for the little as they wouldn’t have been happy with just nuts and plant- based food.
We made pizza dough in the bread machine to cut back on time (and stress) and the children took turns rolling out the dough. After the proofing phase, they decorated half of the pizza each with their preferred toppings, mushrooms, pepperoni and onions seemed to be popular. We made two pizzas and only 4 pieces were left! I’d say it was a hit!
Our dessert was Cannoli Cake topped with berries and mint from our garden. We are still dealing with some sickness in our house, so I told my son I would make everything sugar-free. We do not allow our children to eat sugar while they are sick but nowadays there is honey, coconut sugar and maple syrup that make tasty substitutes to almost any recipe. This recipe was easy to adapt but I wasn’t a fan of the cake as it was a bit dense as it didn’t call for any rising agent. I would love to try Cannoli Cake again but with a better recipe. Regardless, my son loved this and ate most of the cakes himself.
I am joining the Tea Day ladies, hosted by Elizabeth and Bleubeard. Since my children love Earl Grey, we purchased a new-to-us flavor, Earl Grey Creme.
Do you have any favorite Italian recipes?
Happy Tea Day,