Thursday, March 22, 2018

Watercolor Seashell #3


Watch me as I paint the 3rd in the Seashell Series. I used watercolors and a simple sketch.

You can find this illustration made into a sticker here

#Friday Face #2

Each Friday SKTCHY offers a free drawing/painting challenge. Once you sign up, they send you a picture of a face and a weekly art tip on Fridays. This was my second week participating and I am still enjoying it.

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Beach Art

Art is all around us. I think it's like hunting treasure, you have to keep looking for it.
 Sometimes, art is just there and you are lucky enough to stumble upon it and frame the shot!
 Other times, you have to make it, before you eat it.
 Other times, you just make it out of found objects.
Other times, you are in the right place at the right time and see a string of pelicans flying overhead.
And other times, you are just grateful to see the beauty in things.

Monday, March 19, 2018

Lentil Stew Recipe: What I Eat for Lunch Each Day

Since we started with new eating habits, following the 4-Hour Body Diet Recommendations, we've been eating Lentil Stew for lunch everyday.
This was such a new experience for me, because I didn't care for lentils, previously.
Lentils, are a super healthy food, rather inexpensive, and quite un-offensive.
I make a large pot of stew once or twice a week, portion it out into individual lidded glass containers, and we have lunch (or snacks) for a few days,
The great thing about this recipe, is that I have just a little prep to do to make the stew, can keep most things on hand, or purchase when on sale, and can alter the stew according to what is available.
It's rather easy to make.
 I make a mirepoix with carrots, celery, onions, garlic, bell peppers (red or green) and crushed red pepper flakes.
After this mixture softens, I add a 15 oz can of tomatoes (diced or whole).
Then I rinse 1 - 1/2 cups of lentils and add them to the pot.
I add 4-5 cups of Chicken broth and cook until the lentils soften.
Then, I add additional vegetables (peas, green beans, spinach, broccoli, brussels sprouts, kale, greens, etc)
I cook this down, until the stew thickens and then let it cool. I portion it out and place it in the refrigerator where I take out each bowl as needed and heat it up before serving.
The stew is both filling and light. You can add a splash of vinegar before serving, if you like.

Lentil Stew

3 T olive oil
2 carrots, peeled and chopped
2 celery stalks, chopped
1 tsp Red Pepper Flakes (or less to taste)
1-2 bell peppers, chopped

1 15 oz can diced or whole tomatoes
1 - 1/2 cup dried lentils, rinsed and checked for pebbles
4-5 cups Chicken Broth (more may be needed)

1 cup chopped frozen spinach or 2 cups fresh spinach leaves, chopped
1 cup frozen peas
1 cup frozen green beans
(You can add additional vegetables at this point, broccoli, kale, brussels sprouts, greens)

Heat olive oil in a large pot. Add carrots, celery, red pepper flakes, and chopped bell peppers. Cook 10 - 15 min over medium heat, until mixture is soft.
Season with salt and pepper.
Add the can of tomatoes and stir. When the mixture is heated, add lentils and chicken broth. There should be enough liquid to cover the lentils by a couple of inches. Add more broth if needed.
When simmering, lower heat and simmer for 15 minutes.

Add frozen vegetables and let simmer until the mixture is thickened. 
We like a very thick stew. If you like more of a soup, then don't cook down as much.
Let cool, then place in a covered container (or multiple containers) and refrigerate.


Sunday, March 18, 2018


This week has been full of blessings.
The sunrises have been breathtaking. Gorgeous skies with sharp orange and light reflecting off the water. Just a miracle to see!
My sister and niece arrived from Maine to visit. It has been wonderful visiting with them! We took a road trip to visit their friends on the other coast of Florida. What a great trip!
March 17th, St Patrick's Day, is my favorite holiday! I made some Irish Soda Bread to celebrate.
Jon, Allie, Ellie, M, and I celebrated St. Patrick's Day dinner. Plus, we had matching hats and necklaces.
This week, I went running for the first time in months. I ran 4.72 miles and it felt so freeing.
I'm enjoying spring, here, in Florida.
I had more sales from my Red Bubble Store. Thank you, so much!

Friday, March 16, 2018

Watercolor Shamrocks Time-Lapse

Here's a very quick video to combine St.Patrick's Day and art!

St. Patrick's Day is one of my favorite holidays. I have so many happy memories and traditions that I love to go through every year. My grandmother, a proud Irishwoman, made Irish Soda Bread every year. As my grandmother aged, her tradition was shared and my Italian father would take over the reins. As all the children got their own homes and families, we each prepared the bread.

Each time I think of St. Patrick's Day, I remember. Each bite of the bread, I remember.

It's a blessing.