Oolong and Some Faces: A Couch Adventure


Couch Talk


We are expecting another week of snow. The weather is predicting several snow falls of another 12-16 inches total. I am going to have to stock up on hot chocolate and marshmallows. I have enjoyed staying home and am looking forward to another week of being homebound. Being home and trying not to eat all the baking has been a struggle but I find no matter how hard I try to stop I can’t. I love baking.




This Sourdough Lemon Cake with Glaze is SOO delicious. I made two loaves this week and each loaf was gone in a day. One tip, if you make this, make sure that you use fresh lemons. It makes all the difference.



And I made two loaves of white bread.






More of what I worked on this week.



I decided to start sketching my grandparents wedding portrait. They met and were married during WWII. A few week ago my grandmother celebrated her 100th birthday. Sadly, I was unable to make it to her party but I did get a chance to video chat with her.



I am going to give this another try since the transfer left lines and I was unable to erase them.



Another In-Progress of my daughter.



I am struggling to work on this new paper that I purchased. I am used to working on smooth paper. This one has a slight tooth to it. I am slowly getting acclimated to it.



Tea Day



I am joining the T day ladies hosted by Elizabeth and Bleubeard. My tea today was sent to me by Natural Puerh.  It is a Dahongpao, a Wuyi rock (oolong) tea. This tea had a fragrant floral aroma and I thought it was pleasant tasting. I am not a huge fan of black teas as my sensitive digestive system doesn’t like them but this one wasn’t bad. I think next time I will try it again with a lower steeping temperature to see if that makes it more flavorful. I’ll let you know what I think.



Happy Tea Day,


16 thoughts on “Oolong and Some Faces: A Couch Adventure”

  • Wow Kate. Your drawings are amazing. And we’re having the same snow situation here in NH. Happy winter when spring would be nice. Where did you get your lemon sourdough recipe? It looks yummy. Stay warm and toasty. And happy T day.. Hugs-Erika

  • That´s a lot of baking, and… eating, LOL, oh, come on, we have but one life, right? It´s gotta be a yummy one.
    Love your drawings, they´re… wonderful! How much time do you need for one?
    Hmmmm, happy T-day!

  • Kate, your drawings are amazing, you are very talented, how wonderful that your Grandmother has reached 100.
    Your lemon bread sounds delicious, i don’t normally like sour dough but I have so many lemons on the tree I’ve been trying to find new recipes to use them.
    Happy T Day
    Jan S

  • Your grandparents’ wedding photo is very nice because it really shows the era when they were married. I hope your sketch of them comes out well.

    best… mae at maefood.blogspot.com

  • You have been very busy during your snow days. Your drawings are incredible. I enjoyed seeing the one of your parents in progress.

  • Too much snow:( Don’t mind being housebound but grocery shopping still needs to get done and we are trying to work it around the snow and my hubby’s work schedule. Your cake and bread loaves look divine!! And I agree that fresh lemons make all the difference!
    Your sketches are fantastic Kate-you keep getting better and better. And wow- 100- a happy birthday to your dear grandmother.
    Enjoy your teas, and keep warm.

  • Wow, your portraits look so beautiful, I’m in awe of your pencil drawings ! Those teas look fabulous and I’d love to try a piece of that yummy looking lemon cake – I just wouldn’t be able to resist eating a piece or maybe two of this …lol 😉. Wishing you a very Happy T Day! Hugs, Jo x

  • Oh, yummy! Your bread looks amazing and that lemon cake gets my juices going.
    Your drawn portraits are beautiful, especially the laughing man. You mention transfer lines. How do you transfer? I’m looking forward to seeing your grandparents’ drawing finished/re-done or whatever. That’ll be something to treasure.
    The tea looks interesting. I’m not a fan of black tea either but I make sure I steep it for less time than indicated.
    Happy T-Day,

  • When I first saw it, I thought that was Bob Newhart in the first sketch. Your grandparents drawing is beautiful. She was a real beauty.

    Your baking has made me hungry,. I would LOVE to have some of that lemon cake and would use the bread to make grilled cheese sandwiches. It was great they sent you that tea. Thanks for sharing your drawings, your baking, and the tea with us for T this Tuesday, Kate..

  • Your bakery is making my mouth water – especially that lemon cake.

    Terrific sketches! You must be pleased with your rapid progress. It’s too bad you can’t get rid of the transfer lines, because you really captured your grandmother’s beauty.

    Happy T-day! Hugs, Eileen

  • Ohhh your teas look so good and organic. I love your faces. Great detail and expression. I too have a hard time changing paper once I get use to one. Paper with tooth is more difficult for me. I like a smooth paper. However, everyone works with what they love. Have a great day today.

  • Lot’s of great sketches and your baking looks delicious! You are going to need more hot chocolate with all that snow! WOW. Stay warm and enjoy your new tea 🙂

  • Your bakes look so delicious and I bet they smelled heavenly, too. Freshly baking bread has to be one of the best smells in the world. Your portraits are amazing and how special you were able to talk to your grandmother. Happy T Day

  • Your sketches are wonderful Kate! I don’t bake very often …I really can’t resist trying everything – not good for my sugar levels!! The bread looks tasty! A very belated Happy T Day, Chrisx

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