Rollling in Hamburger: StencilGirl Column


Couch Talk

Free time for painting has been scarce the past few weeks. Last week my children were home two days, one a holiday and the other a snow day. We had an ice storm which gave us the perfect excuse to be together in the kitchen. We have family birthday parties three times a year, one for each of my children. They get to choose the entire meal and it takes a few days in the kitchen to prepare. The snow day could not have landed on a better day as my daughter’s birthday party was the following day. My middle son was a HUGE help and we cooked and baked along side each other. Due to a miscalculation on my part, I made 4 pans of stuffed shells instead of two. OOPS! I didn’t have room to freeze the extras as our 1/2 cow was delivered this week, a whooping 327 lbs of beef. Our freezers are stuffed! Our chest freezer has 6 gallons of water on top just to keep the lid closed. And every time we open our kitchen freezer, several packs of hamburger fall off the shelves. In this time period, I am thankful that God has allowed us to pack our freezers and pantries with food to provide for our family and others that may one day need it.



Back to the party prep, after hours of making stuffed shells, I turned to making sweet rolls. My daughter is not a “cake or cookie person,” as she likes to remind us, and after several years of her not eating her own birthday cake, I got wise and started making something else. Last year it was donuts and this year Sticky buns and strawberry rolls. I used a new recipe, actually a combination of several, and they turned out beautifully. It was a great weekend together, howbeit exhausting. Now onto the new week full of a different kind of business. Doctor’s appointments.


StencilGirl Column



My quarterly column is up on the StencilGirl blog today. You might be able to guess from this teaser but I have illustrated a recipe using mainly stencils. You can see the final piece as well as the process, HERE.

I would love to hear what you think so please leave a comment if you have a chance.


Watercolor Shopfront


Le Malabar is a beautiful restaurant in Paris. You can see the reference photo HERE. I painted this for an Instagram challenge that featured facades with canopy’s. My favorite part of this exterior is the flowers framing the doors and sign. So lovely! My painting is based off a photo taken by The Urban Teller on Instagram. If you want to see some beautiful buildings, check out his Instagram page. I have a lot of them on my wish lists to paint. The others make me want to travel the world.




Tea Day



I am joining the Tea Day ladies, hosted by Elizabeth and Bleubeard. My tea today is one that I have shared many times but took a year long break from drinking it. Recently, I forgot to edit my Amazon subscriptions so two of these Tiesta Tea – Fruity Paradise, Loose Leaf Strawberry Pineapple Green Tea tins arrived in the mail this week. I forgot how much I love this tea and it never disappoints. It is as delicious as I remembered and still remains my favorite.


Until Next Time.

Happy Tea Day,





16 thoughts on “Rollling in Hamburger: StencilGirl Column”

  • Hi Kate, this is soooo special to cook and bake together with your family-I still have wonderful memories of cooking and baking together at my home growing up as a child, and also with my Grandma on the farm. Your art is always amazing love your watercolors very much. Happy T hugs Kathy

  • Oh my, a half of cow? 😮 I love that your son loves to bake and cook with you. Your daughter sounds just like me regarding the sweets;) And I’ll take a savory pie over a sweet one any day! Gorgeous watercolor painting of Malabar. Going to look up The Urban Teller on IG as I love to follow profiles depicting places around the world.
    Happy T day!

  • Your rolls look yummy, and it was great your kids were home so you and your young chef could cook together. That must have been special.. Your fudgy brownies page is great over at SG. You certainly have created a yummy page. And nice cafe in Paris too. Your pieces just keep getting better and better Kate.. Have a super T day and start to March also. hugs-Erika

  • Your sweet rolls look really delicious. My husband has been baking some for me recently, though I think he would rather bake bread.

    best… mae at

  • What did you do with the extras of the stuffed shells if you couldn’t freeze them? I like it so much that your son helped you so much and you worked side by side in the kitchen.

  • Oh, Kate, I love your stenciled recipe illustration! I went to your other blog for a peek. That brownie looks real! 🙂
    And the sticky bun look delicious. So nice that your family can get together and bake and cook. Happy T day.

  • Sounds like you will be enjoying lots of beef for the next six months. Those sticky buns look beautiful and your drawing and coloring is great. I also loved the newest shop front you drew and colored. Thanks ever so much for sharing your strawberry pineapple tea with us for T this Tuesday, dear Kate. It sounds delicious. It’s been awhile since I remember you drinking it.

  • Kate, it was very heard to move past the picture of the sticky buns – wow – they look amazing.

    Awesome stencil recipe card – I visited your Stencil Girl post and that brownie was fabulous looking.

    Beautiful art here – you are so talented!

    Sounds like you are very well stocked with meat and tea- lucky you!

    Happy T-day and hugz!

  • Fun memories you make when you cook/bake with the kids. The cinnamon rolls/sticky buns are awesome!. Love the building this week. Just my color. Happy T Day

  • Those are precious moments when you you are all in the kitchen together, baking and cooking. Wonderful.! The cinnamon rolls look really nice. Good choice.
    Your shop front is beautiful. If it was closer by, I’d gladly check that one out for you too.
    I just watched the video of the making of the cinnamon rolls. They look delicious. Your daughter certainly knows what she wants.
    Happy T-Day,

  • My mouth is watering for the sweet rolls. Yummmm. More people are buy sides that are less expensive that meat in the stores. You know I love your art. Have a great day today.

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