Swiss Cheese In My Cookies :Daily Watercolor Practice
Today is a very long post so I hope you have a hot warm cuppa something. First off, I wanted to share my new Swiss Cheese Plant. It is itty bitty but I spied it at the nursery when I was supposed to be shopping for garden plants. It was a steal for $2.99 as I know these go for $60-$100 as a mature plant. They have beautiful leaves and I hope that I can keep it alive long enough to get it to a mature size.
Our plumbing was finished up last week and the whole process was mostly painless. Except for the various patched wholes in our ceilings and dining room wall it wasn’t that bad. A drywall screw was left in my daughter’s carpet and got sucked up by the vacuum while cleaning up the dust. The screw broke the belt and now I have to wait another week to put the bedrooms back together until the belt can be replaced. But that is the worse to come out of it. They found a few potential water lines waiting to break so I am very thankful that we got this done otherwise we would have had significant water damage somewhere down the road.
I did quite a lot of baking this week. Maybe I felt like I was trying to make up for previous weeks where I did none, nevertheless, my freezer is finally full again. I didn’t get pictures of all my baked goods as sometimes I get side tracked by other things. Imagine that!
First up is snickerdoodles. The recipe came from the cookbook, The Colonial Williamsburg Tavern Cookbook. This is a really fun cookbook for those of you that have ever been to Colonial Williamsburg. As a child, we vacationed there a lot and I have some wonderful memories. I loved visiting the houses and shops of Williamsburg and seeing the people dressed in period costume, acting like they would have back in the day. My favorite shops to visit were the apothecary, millinery, silversmith and the candy store. The gardens were lovely and arranged in an English style. I loved when we had the chance to sit and rest on the benches in a secluded spot. It has been over 20 years since I have been there but I would love to go back and introduce my children to the culture and arts of Colonial Williamsburg. They have a virtual tour of several buildings that you can check out HERE.
Recently, I have had to make more dietary changes and one of things I have had to cut out is BBQ sauce. While browsing my copy of The Big Book of Kombucha: Brewing, Flavoring, and Enjoying the Health Benefits of Fermented Tea, I found this recipe for Kombucha BBQ Sauce. While is doesn’t have the smooth consistency of BBQ sauce from a bottle, I am really enjoying this alternative on my chicken and burgers.
After a month of slacking off when it comes to sourdough, I finally made a few loaves of Sourdough Cinnamon Raisin Bread.
The brownies I made this week have frosting but since I didn’t take a pic, I figured this previous batch of brownies would do.
I made another batch of oatmeal raisin cookies from the cookbook, Specialties of the House: A Country Inn and Bed & Breakfast Cookbook.
Lastly, I made gingersnaps as well but forgot to take a picture. Where is my brain?
This past weekend I was over at the PaperArtsy blog. I made a mixed media card for the theme Mandala. I hope you will stop by and take a look. You can check it out HERE.
My column is up on the StencilGirl blog today. I made a piece of art using only stencils and watercolors. Who knew stencils were so versitile?!! You can check it out HERE.
Daily watercolor Practice
If you made it this far, thanks for staying with me. Here is my daily practice of at least 30 minutes.
If you recall, I got the book Imagine a Forest: Designs and Inspirations for Enchanting Folk Art, for my birthday. The first two pictures are lessons from the book.
In this next one, I was practicing with my new Lamy AL-Star Fountain Pen To outline the flowers. Not sure I like what I did but I like the pen.
And then I had some food inspiration from Dearannart | Anna Koliadych. The following are step by step photos on her blog.
Lastly, I found a photo on Pinterest and tried to paint her.
I am joining the Tea Day ladies, hosted by Elizabeth and Bleubeard. I recently found out that I am sensitive to black tea and cinnamon. I don’t know if you noticed but I LOVE cinnamon in my teas. It has been a difficult adjustment and it has only been two weeks. As an alternative I am using lemongrass. Two years ago I grew it in my garden and dried it into wreaths. It sat in my cupboard for that long as I was unsure if I would like it. Surprisingly, I like the lemon flavor and I am very pleased that it tastes nothing like grass. Now I am thinking I may go back to the nursery and pick up one of these plants. It grows like a weed and now that I know that I like it, I can dry the extra.
What is your favorite herbal tea or tisane?
Happy Tea Day,