Lately I have found myself wanting to actually decorate my home. Before we have always had family photos displayed, a few candles here and there, some pottery that my brother made, but no real artwork. Looking through magazines, watching TV, and even online, you see homes that are beautifully decorated, they seem warm and cozy and reflective of their owners. Looking around my home you see mostly bare walls and what feel like empty spaces. Don't get me wrong, we have stuff. We actually have a lot of stuff, and the last thing we want to do is accumulate doodads and trinkets and 500 decorator pillows just to make our home seem "decorated". But I can't help feel that our home does not reflect who we are. If you took down our wedding pictures, people would probably have a hard time guessing that we lived there.
I've been trying to find some uniquely "us" art work to go over our headboard, and just can't seem to find it. What I really want is some sort of insanely biology/chemistry nerdy awesomeness, but all I have been able to find are cartoons (while cute and witty, not us), or photoelectron scans of diatoms, and while certainly nerdy, neon green and magenta aren't really us, either. My other issue has been attainability. I've found some awesome pieces of art out there, but I just can't shell out $1600 for something! Both physically and mentally. Thats a LOT of money to hang on the wall. I have this discussion with my brother all the time. Being an artist, he feels that the price of a piece of work should reflect its collectability, and while I agree, that means the less likely I am to buy it. See, while I want my house to look nice and inviting and reflect who my family is as individuals, I really can't justify spending anything more than pocket change on something that may look nice, but really is just a dust collector. And this is why my walls are bare.
So, the only thing left to do is to make my own art. I've been scrounging around the house trying to pull some DIY magic out of random things I find. I've gotten some fun ideas off of Etsy and Pinterest, and have been having a blast turning scraps into fun things. And while none of them are really art, I feel like they have added a little somethingsomething to our home, and I have thoroughly enjoyed making them!
This plum torte, on the other hand, is a work of art. I don't think I will ever be able to look at a plum again without my mouth watering for this tart. It's moist, its buttery, its juicy, its utterly believable. Ladybug and I ate the crap out of this thing, both as a breakfast, a mid-afternoon treat, and a before bed snack. It is beauty in its simplest form.
Plum Torte (The Naptime Chef)
1 stick unsalted butter, room temperature
3/4 cup sugar
1 cup unbleached all purpose flour (I used 1/2 whole wheat flour and added 2 tbsp of wheat germ )
1 tsp baking powder
12 plums, pitted and cut in half (italian or purple plums are best)
pinch of kosher salt
1 tsp cinnamon
2 Tbsp sugar
Preheat oven to 350.
Cream the butter and sugar in a mixing bowl until pale and fluffy.
Turn the mixer down to low and add the flour, baking powder, eggs, and salt.
When the flour is incorporated, increase to medium speed and mix well.
Spoon the batter into a 9" or 10" springform baking pan.
Arrange the plum halves skin side down in the batter.
Mix the cinnamon and 2 Tbsp sugar together in a small bowl and sprinkle over the plums.
Bake for 45-50 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted comes out lea.
Remove from oven and allow to cool completely before removing the springform pan.