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Friday, January 22, 2016

Dinner from the garden and beyond

I started making dinner tonight and realized that everything had come from my garden, either because I had frozen it or freshly picked from a protected winter garden.  I created pesto earlier in the year in the usual way but then added an extra ingredient from the wild, poke greens.  From the winter garden I picked leaves from both cabbage and broccoli.  I still had tomatoes from the summer garden that had been picked green and allowed to ripen. What you don't see are mushrooms that were found in the woods, dehydrated and rehydrated for this meal. For me it is always so satisfying to create a meal from both found and grown food.  Also pictured below are the flowers from the broccoli plant which are also both pretty, and edible!

Monday, January 11, 2016

A Plant that should NEVER be eaten... Jimson Weed

A beautiful but dangerous plant, Jimson Weed or Moon Flower.

I have a friend who is a luthier .  He thought it would be fun to paint on a blank violin and I agreed!  This is one of my favorite painting which just happens to not be on a stretched canvas.  I just reduced the price of this masterpiece on my ebay site. :-)  To visit my ebay gallery and possibly bid on this painting/instrument click here  My pal will totally dress this out to a playable violin for you too!  To visit my artist blog where you can purchase one of my books on painting either the still life or landscape in oil, click here  These books are full color, step by step, and written in a very easy to understand way.

Saturday, January 2, 2016

Making ginger beer

Did you know that you can make your own carbonated, non alcoholic, ginger beer?  It is very easy.  I just pulled a recipe off of the internet earlier this year and have been making it ever since.  This time I am experimenting with these balloons so that I don't have to worry about the carbonation blowing up my glass jars.  It seems to be working and they look very festive for the New Years Day Calendar, don't you think?

Author book event next week

Both Scott and I will be hawking our wares at this book event at the Tulsa Public Library next week.  It is an annual event and we are happy that we get to participate this year with both of our books.  If you are in Tulsa or the area... please stop in and introduce yourselves.