Sunday, January 25, 2015

The Best Salad Dressing EVER!

I mean like really ever....EVER.

Peanut - Ginger Dressing


Okay, so there is this organic lunch place right up from my studio.
It's called Bella's Best

Lisa and I walked up there for lunch the other day.

omg is all I know to say.

This sweet lady makes this Organic Kale salad.

So I haven't stopped thinking about that salad.  It truly was one of the best things I've ever eaten.
I told her she needed to bottle the salad dressing and sell it.

I, of course had to try and re-create it.

and, I got it pretty darn close.

So.  Here is what I used:

That would be peanut butter, honey, sesame oil, garlic, soy sauce, vegetable oil, unseasoned rice vinegar, a lime, sriracha sauce, ginger, salt and sugar
and a blender.

you literally dump it all it and mix on high
I have a Vitamix which is a mega blender and will blend virtually anything.  I mean anything.  If you have a normal blender, you may want to chop some of your stuff up first.
(and, if you don't have a Vitamix, get one)
best 500.00 you will ever spend.

this is all it made.
Next time I am going to triple the recipe.

Here is the recipe!

 Dump it in the blender and mix away!

And this is what I did for the salad:

A handful of Kale 
chopped red pepper
chopped red onion
handful of yellow raisins

Mix it up and add the dressing!

Have a terrific Sunday ya'll!!!


Friday, January 23, 2015

You Can Paint!

Well, part of my New Year's goals is to teach 1 Art Session per month.

I love, love, love teaching these classes, and it helps me so very much in my own art!

For the past two nights I have held my first art class of the year!

Here is what we were worked on:

my dress series.

I use one of my dress paintings as the example, but I encourage my students to step out of the box and do their own thing!

I could not have been happier with their results!

You Can Paint!

Aren't they terrific!

If you are interested in an Art Class in your city, please contact me

Just a few notes:

*currently teaching a 24 x 24 dress painting from my dress series
*a min. of 10 students, max 12 students
2 day/night, 4 hour (total) class 
*all materials included
*no experience preferred ;)

have a terrific day y'all!

Sunday, January 18, 2015

BE a Better You 2015 Tip!!!

A group member on my Facebook page BE a Better You 2015 posted this life changing article that I have to share with you my friends!

This is something that I have literally searched for for years!

it is long, long, long but so worth it!

24 Must-See Diagrams That Will Make Eating Healthy Super Easy

1. For fruit-ophiles.

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Some diets require precision. Yes, even fruit portions.

2. For 5-minute dinners that are sure to be healthy.

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For more information on what makes these meals so easy: What Nutritionists Eat When They Only Have 5 Minutes to Prep a Meal, via Women’s Health.

3. For when you’re doing the caveman diet.

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This food guide will help you maneuver the Paleo way of life.

4. For picking the perfect avocado.

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Look, ma! A life hack! More on this here.

5. For smoothies fit for royalty.

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Smoothies should be considered cheat food: they’re so easy to make, super healthy, and also taste amazing! Visit Lexi’s Clean Kitchen to read more about them.

6. For smoothies that you have no excuse not to make.

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It will almost be like you’re not even trying. And oh, did we tell you that there are 8 MORE healthy smoothie recipes that only use three ingredients? YOU’RE WELCOME.

7. For the new “It” food, the Mason jar salad!

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8. For tea so excellent you’ll forget other liquids exist.
What’s a coffee? You can read about the various kinds of teas here.

9. For soup that’s healthy and oh so delicious.

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Impress your mom without batting an eyelash: these soups are all just different twists to the same basic recipe. Read more at All Souped Up, via Shape.

10. For making the salad dressing of gods.

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Your friends will constantly hound you for the recipes. Check out DIY Salad Dressingfor more information plus a bit extra…yummy salads!

11. For when you’re treating your lovely self to a night in.

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Who says cooking for one can’t be fun? Throw away those frozen dinners, stat! You can find the recipes at The Ultimate Healthy Grocery List When You’re Cooking for One, via Greatist.

12. For yummy-fying grains.

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There are other grains aside from rice and quinoa, people! Push the envelope and make it your resolution to try more of them this year. How to Cook Grains at PopSugar will teach you more.

13. For making “guesstimation” of portion sizes a thing of the past.

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Did you know that your hand is the easiest way to measure a half-cup or three ounces of your food? Yaaaaaaas.

14. For vegetarians looking for other sources of protein.
That means all vegetarians. Info, recipes, and more recipes at at 12 Complete Proteins Vegetarians Need to Know About, via Greatist.

15. For spotting the hidden sugars in your food.

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Sugar is a clever little thing, and most Americans get way too much of it (between two and three times the recommended amount!). So get informed, read through the ingredients to make sure you’re not getting any more than you should. Check out 56 Different Names for Sugar, viaWomen’s Health for more.

16. For knowing your nuts.

For getting your nuts straight.
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These make really healthy snacks! You can put them in little Zip-lock bags to munch on throughout the day.

17. For the definitive ranking of all the veggies.
Treat yo’ self! To only the healthiest vegetables, that is.

18. For DIY hummus that’s as awesome as your Lebanese college roommate’s grandmother’s.

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Okay so maybe her recipe is still waaaay better, but at the very least it’ll make you feel more Bohemian. And give you lots of hipster cred, too. Pop over to 13 Different Ways to Make Hummus for more.

19. For marinating your meat to utter perfection.

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Come on, we all know marinating can make or break a meat recipe. Get your meals closer to restaurant level by reading How to Marinate and Make Better Food.

20. For substituting bad ingredients with the good.

For healthy recipe substitutions.
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Good news for all sweets lovers: You can still make and eat the fluffiest, yummiest baked desserts without the self-loathing that comes afterwards. Congratulations! More about these here: 83 Healthy Recipe Substitutions, via Greatist.

21. For fans of salad in search of more adventure.

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If you’re the type who lives, breathes, and eats salads, but are tired of having the same thing errrday, then this is for you: Salads That’ll Make You Love Lunch Again, via Prevention.

22. For when you want to be up close and personal with your vitamins.
Get intimate with your letters.

23. For remembering the superfoods alphabet.

For remembering all your superfoods.
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Too, too easy. You can do this in your sleep. Find out more in detail at The Healthiest Superfoods, A – Z, via Greatist.

24. For proper superfood storage.

For how to store all your healthy foods.

have a terrific day y'all!!!

Saturday, January 17, 2015

A Lovely Little Bridesmaid's Luncheon!

So yesterday I hopped in my vehicle and headed back to my hometown of Dothan, Alabama.

I love going home.

It makes me think and reminisce the entire trip.
Which brings me to my blog coming this Monday about growing up a white girl in the deep South in the 1970's.
It's going to be kind of a "no holds barred" tell all, kinda/sorta.  You won't want to miss it.

Back to this beautiful luncheon!

I had the honour of joining two friends in hosting a beautiful luncheon for my friend Mitzi's daughter Lyndsey who is getting married today!

Now.  You will probably find this funny.

Mitzi and I had never met face to face until yesterday.
Nor had I ever met her daughter.

When Mitzi told Lynsdey yesterday that we had never met, she was like "mom? really? and she is giving my bridesmaid's luncheon?
(my daughter said the same thing)!

So why?

Well, Mitz and I became friends on Facebook about four years ago and have since become "Penpals" of sorts.

I love her to pieces and will be friends forever.

She has been a loyal patron of my art and a wonderful friend.

Before you think I'm crazy (or she is) let me say that she went to high school with my brother, and I went to high school with her brother.

So we both knew this was not a "Catfishing" thing.

So, enjoy this beautiful luncheon!

Beautiful Lyndsey meeting friends!
a gorgeous venue!

Steph would not let me take her beautiful pic!

but finally got one of her and the other hostess Karen!

I learned a tip about posing....I learned that to strike a pose you must jut your chin out and lower it. That's the beauty pageant way.  I never knew that and honestly couldn't do it....
which is obvious....

we got a little silly stealing the hair off a mannequin....

I'm going red.

MOB in the middle, bride on the left, and friend on the right!

I had to snap this beauty!

she's precious.

And I got to give Lyndsey her very first piece of original art!

Happy wedding day beautiful Lyndsey!