Friday, April 7, 2017

Wesleyan Artist Market!!! Getting Ready!

Thursday, April 27 - Saturday, April 29 is one of my favorite shows that I do all year.
This year will be my 7th year attending.

Having had a child who attended Wesleyan School, I love going back every year to this amazing campus.
They do such a terrific job with this entire show!

So.  Here are some of the pieces that I will be showing!

Back again are my signature acrylic framed watercolors

Also added to the mix are my new watercolor abstracts!

Please join me for this fabulous show!
Have a great day!

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Dear Cate.

Dear Cate,

Today you turn 5.  Today I want you to know how special you are.
Today I need for you to know how talented, creative, beautiful both inside and out you are. I want you to know that I love how you love me. I love it when you pray for "Gigi's shoulder" in preschool without anyone asking you to pray for me.  You are a compassionate soul.  One who takes the world and runs with it.  I love how you just know that you can do things.  That you aren't stopped by fear and you take the bad and turn it in to the good. You rode your bike even though one pedal fell off.  You rode your scooter after the brake broke and never complained once. You jumped up and played outside with the toughest of kids after you put a knot the size of Mt. Everest on your head. You sit quietly for hours and color or build or work a puzzle.  You aren't afraid to speak up when you need to for those to hear you. You take up for your friends or for those less fortunate than you. Do you know how these things that you don't even realize you do will shape your life? You will be tough as nails. You will shine like a diamond in a moment of despair.  You will always find the good in life's situations.  And best of all, you will be there for those who need you.
You are one of the most precious people in my life.


                                   I love you !

Friday, February 24, 2017

Lemony Chicken Artichoke Soup!

For some weird reason I have craved Lemon-chicken-artichoke soup for 3 days now.
Such a weird thing to crave huh?

I couldn't find a recipe that looked like what I was craving, so I made my own!

Oh goodness, I gotta admit, it was good.
Really, really good!

Here we go!
Start with these ingredients:
That would be
6 pieces of chicken tenders
A large handful of sliced mushrooms
1 or 2 cans of quartered artichokes (drained)
3 smashed garlic cloves
4 green onions chopped
Truffle oil or olive oil
1 can of Coconut milk
Box of Chicken stock
Lemon juice
Marsala (if wanted)
Tsp. of thyme
salt, pepper

In the most beautiful copper pot you've ever owned from Home Goods (my friend Susie would be so proud) heat up about 2 TBSP of the fabulous truffle oil that your hubs gave you for Christmas.
(hey. it was an amazing gift.)
Or you can use olive oil.

Add the smashed garlic

And saute

Add the onions and let them get a bit tender

Then the chicken and brown

Remove the chicken

Not sure why I didn't add the mushrooms before the chicken but oh well.
I added them now but had to add a bit of chicken broth because it was too dry and starting to burn.
It all worked out.

Add the rest of the box of chicken broth to the mix
I will tell you that it is hard to photograph with one hand cooking.

Now add one can of drained quartered artichoke hearts
*tip - try to remove any tough outside leaves that you can

Now add about 1/2 cup of lemon juice

And a can of coconut milk

It was really smelling good in my house by now.

Add the chicken back in and all seasonings

And bring to a boil

Reduce the heat to low

Cover and simmer for about 1 hour

After 1 hour, remove the chicken and pull apart

If you do not have an emulsion blender get one.
It will change your soup lovin heart

Blend for about 20 seconds.

Re-add the shredded chicken

It needed something else, so I added a bit of cumin and a little more salt.
I also added another can of drained artichokes to thicken and about 1/4 cup of marsala for richness
Cook on low for about 20 more minutes

It was perfect!

I'll be eating leftovers for lunch!

Have a great day y'all!

Thursday, February 16, 2017

I Have an Idol

His name is Kevin Chambers.
He doesn't have a clue who I am, however we have actually been in a few art shows together and even been published together in an Atlanta magazine!

You see.
I've always wanted to sculpt. And he is a master sculpturist.
I think my love of sculpting started when I um. (true confession time)
created the Arc de Triomphe for my then 7th grader for his school project.
Since he's 31 now, I'm sure he won't get suspended from Franklin Road Academy.
How the teacher did not know he didn't do it was beyond me because all of his friends called him out on it.
It was good.
Like really good.
But I digress.
Sculpting (to me) is just something of a mind blowing thing to ponder.
How in the world can anyone create the image of a person, or thing
out of a lump of clay and then actually make it stand up?
I'm taking a class.
When I finish RT and Wesleyan.
That will be my next project.
In the meantime...
some of the works of Kevin Chambers


He's pretty amazing don't you think?

Have a great day y'all!