Monique Mcclellan

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The Art of Eating Through the Zombie Apolalypse: A Cookbook and Culinary Survival Guide by Lauren Wilson

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Sour Marble Cake dusted with powder surgar
How can anyone mess up a yellow cake made from a box mix? Find out in this month's Cooking Gone Awry.Read more...
pile of pumpkins
Celebrate pumpkin day with fun history facts, decoration ideas, and tasty recipes!Read more...
total solar eclipse
Are you ready for the solar eclipse on Monday, August 21, 2017? We've got info on when and how to view it in San Jose.Read more...
Jars of plum jam
Years ago, the plum tree in my mother’s backyard overproduced. These plums were small and sweet with purple skin and yellow pulp. I think they are used to make prunes. You could pop one in your mouth and I know it’s not lady like to say but spit out the pit. No matter how good they were after a while my family got sick of eating them. So, one of my friends convinced me to make jam with the rest of the fruit. I never made jam before, but she assured me that it was easy. I found a recipe...Read more...
Sign of Municipal Rose Garden
A year ago, I had the opportunity to go to San Jose Municipal Rose Garden as part of a drawing Meetup group. The only part of the title of the group that I can remember is Doodlepalooza. The group met on a weekday around lunchtime. I only had enough time to start a pencil sketch of the fountain before I had to go to work in the afternoon. I told myself that I would come back one day and finish it by adding color. I finally got an opportunity to come back … a year later. Visiting Rose Garden is...Read more...
orange coffee cup with pencils with the sjpl.org logo on them
National Pencil Day is on March 30, so whether you use a professional-grade graphite pencil, mechanical pencil, colored pencil, or the humble No. 2 pencil, go out and draw today.Read more...
Linus, a character from Peanuts, is holding his security blanket.
Do you crochet, knit, quilt? Or do you want to learn how? Donate your cozy talents to Project Linus.Read more...
sweet potato pie
Remembering Thanksgiving Every year my Mom would make sweet potato pie for Thanksgiving. This southern dish was a rare treat during the holidays since we didn’t usually have desserts in the house. It’s always the first of the leftovers to disappear. But one year when I was a teenager, the sweet potato pie tasted funny. Everyone at the table took only one bite of their slice of pie. Turns out she accidentally put baking soda in the pie filling throwing off the taste of the pie. FYI baking soda is not an ingredient used to make sweet potato pie. All...Read more...
yellow and red tomatoes from flickr
This past spring, I’ve been conducting an experiment on growing tomatoes indoors. I got the idea from reading Indoor Kitchen Gardening: Turn Your Home into a Year-Round Vegetable Garden by Elizabeth Millard. In a previous blog, I discuss my previous two attempts at growing tomatoes. Now that summer is almost over. I wish to write about my success and failures of my third attempt. Battling Pests The good thing about growing tomatoes indoors is you don’t have to deal with pests. The first time I grew tomatoes in my mother’s backyard. The raised bed was infested with snails. Wearing rubber...Read more...
photo of the facade of Santa Clara de Asis Mission
This month the South Bay Urban Sketchers went to the Mission Santa Clara de Asis on the campus of Santa Clara University . This group meets once a month on the weekend to sketch at a different location. I’ve been to Mission Santa Clara back in 2011 for a day trip for a California History class at De Anza College. The subject of the course was on Junípero Serra. This mission is the 8th mission founded by Serra in 1777. It is the first mission named after a woman, Saint Clare of Assisi. And this mission has been destroyed by...Read more...