Drizzle Me With Honey :Daily Art Practice
Not much happened this week. My daughter was sick and that kept her home for most of the week. Aside from spending time with her, I didn’t do much else. We had a lot of wonderful snuggles and reading time and I did get some painting in while she was on the couch. I love being by myself during the week but it is great being reminded that she still needs me. I am looking forward to spending the holidays with them while they have off.
I am sure some of you have noticed that I haven’t been sharing any food pictures as of late. One reason is that I keep getting notified by WordPress that I am almost out of storage space for pictures. Mind boggling since I pay through the nose for my domain name and they want me to pay more for unlimited storage. So, I have been going back through my archives and deleting older posts. Second, I have been baking the same old things so I don’t feel the need to share those pictures since you have already seen them. From here on out I will only share new recipes that I try.
Recently, I ordered the book Layered: Baking, Building, and Styling Spectacular Cakes, through my local library. I have had SO much fun with this book since checking it out. I spent two days painting some of the cakes in this books, as the photography is gorgeous. I will share those in another post. Since we had a bunch of apples that needed to be used, I decided to try the Honey Apple Cake recipe over the weekend.
I think this apple cake would be delicious without frosting on it, maybe as muffins or bread. You can see all the chunks of diced apples through the top of the cake…YUM!
This was a 4 layer cake, a little ambitious for Saturday dessert. In between the layers is a ‘honey sour cream buttercream.’ It was made with a swiss meringue base so the texture was light, fluffy and not at all sweet. On top is a ‘oatmeal and walnut honey crumble.’ The general consensus was they liked it. My one son remarked that he enjoyed that the frosting “wasn’t too rich.”
I completed it with a drizzle of honey.
I am still trying to take at least one online class a week. The following classes were all free through Etchr Studio on Youtube. They have a lot of talented artists.
I really enjoyed this class as it was my first entire painting in gouache.
I haven’t ventured into landscape’s so this was new to me. I enjoyed the practice with gouache but definitely need more practice in order to feel comfortable with it.
I am very interested in watercolor portraits and find it the most difficult part of watercolor. I found her approach interesting and easy to follow and was pleased with the final result. I purchased her mini workshop and am looking forward to improving my skills.
I am joining the T day ladies, hosted by Elizabeth and Bleubeard. My tea today was Zest Tea Energy Superberry Samba Green Tea, sent to me by Zest Tea. I really loved this flavor. The last flavor that I tried from this company, I didn’t enjoy because the bag steeped for a long period of time and the tea ended up being too concentrated. With this one, I steeped the bag for no more than 10 minutes and it turned out just right! I feel like this tea is a Goldilocks and the three bears scenario, too much or too little won’t be good. Now that I finally got the steeping time down, I think I will enjoy the rest of the flavors without having that punch of caffeine from a “too long steeping time” .
Happy Tea Day,