Rollling in Hamburger: StencilGirl Column
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.
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.
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.
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,