Smoking Turkey and Mushrooms: Daily Art Practice



Couch Talk


We had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday with family but it went way to FAST. The food was delicious and this was the first year we had a smoked turkey. Now I don’t want it any other way. It was SO moist and the smoked flavor was infused throughout the whole turkey. It was yummy!!

This year we didn’t do any Black Friday shopping. The past few years the deals have been terrible, making it not worth it to leave the house and fight the crowds. All I can think about is the reports of people getting trampled and that definitely kills the desire to go shopping.

We did however get a Christmas Tree. One of our family traditions is building a Lego town and train around our Christmas tree and every year we save money to purchase a new building. This year we purchased the  Lego Police Station. My boys have fun designing and building the track, while my hubby builds the new addition. I’ll share a picture once everything is up.


Daily Art Practice


Today, I have a variety of things to share from my sketchbook. I found this little mushroom growing in my cactus plant, I guess it needs to dry out more. It was a pleasant surprise and I decided it would be the perfect thing to sketch. I put it in different poses and sketched it with my fountain pen. I used ink that was NOT waterproof so it could bleed to become shadows.



This next little sketch is of “Grogu.” My son is a huge Star Wars fan, so I gave this a try in watercolor. I did this on Canson XL Watercolor paper, of which I am not a fan. The color lifts with each additional layer which is a problem since watercolors is all about layers. But since I have a huge pad, I am using it for practice.



Lastly, is another food painting inspired from the Tea With Bea book.




Tea Day



I am joining the Tea Day ladies, hosted by Elizabeth and Bleubeard. My Tea today is Harney Sons Hot Cinnamon Spice Tea , a delicious and spicy tea that I would highly recommend.

Happy Tea Day,


14 thoughts on “Smoking Turkey and Mushrooms: Daily Art Practice”

  • We had smoked turkey too. Usually my brother-in-law makes a roasted and a smoked turkey, but this year we only had smoked.. It sounds like you had a great holiday weekend . My daughter and her husband do a lego train and a whole set up too (under their tree). I think it’s a great idea , and I bet yours looks awesome. have a great T day and week ahead. hugs-Erika

  • Smoked turkey sounds quite delicious – and I’m not a big turkey fan in general, but I would love to try that. I also like your traditin of building a Lego town and train around the Christmas tree, that is so lovely. Happy T day!

  • I never had a stuffed turkey… not a German thing, I suppose.
    Nice traditions – looking forward to the Lego around the Christmas tree, and my… it looks as if you can just pick the cake and really eat it, awesome! Great work. Happy T-Day.

  • I love the idea of a family tradition of a Lego building and train track. I’m sure that is one family tradition that will be passed from generation to generation.

    Your drawing ere amazing, The mushroom is great and the Star Wars character is adorable. Of course, I love your cheese cake. Zero calories, too.

    Cinnamon spice sounds like something i would enjoy especially at this time of year, Thanks for sharing your art and your tea with us for T this Tuesday, Kate.

  • I love smoked turkey too. We had ham as a travelling turkey seemed way too much and my SIL had a gift card to the HoneyBaked Ham store.

    Love the lego police station! Such a great idea to do the town every year.

    Your watercolors and sketches are fabulous. Especially the food. Wow.

    Happy T-day and have a fabulous week, Kate. Hugz

  • smoked turkeys are so good-we still have our smoker so may do that this summer.
    Love your sketches. look forward to seeing your lego train and town-are you watching the lego masters competition? I think the final is this week they have amazing builds Happy T

  • Cheesecake…. yes please!! What a wonderful Christmas tradition with the legos! Our town decorates along our Concho River every year and most people drive through it but we bundle up and walk through it. Just beautiful! Happy T day! Hugs! deb

  • the Lego village sounds like a fun tradition. After all that work putting track and buildings together, I could go for a piece of your cheesecake. Happy t Day

  • Hmmm I’ve never had smoked turkey. It sounds delicious.
    I love the idea of a Lego town built around the Christmas tree, Don’t forget to send photos when it’s all set up.
    What a shame about that water color paper.
    Hubby is now unconscious so things are now less fraught. It’s a question of waiting now. We have soft music playing and it’s okay…
    Happy T-Day,

  • So pleased you had a wonderful Thanksgiving with your family and smoked turkey sounds amazing – yum! Cinnamon tea is one of my favourites and I’d love to try some, thanks for the recommendation 😊. Wishing you a very happy T Day! Hugs Jo x

  • Smoked Turkey sounds great. What a wonderful tradition you have – my boys would have loved that. Your sketches are absolutely wonderful – must confess that the cheesecakes were my favourites! Belated Happy T Day, Chrisx

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