Thursday, August 29, 2013

Recipes: Homemade Granola

I had been giving myself a hard time for not painting more often throughout the week, neglecting to realize that What I was actually doing was splitting my time between 2 passions. Painting and Cooking/Baking! Home cooking from the heart is definitely an art, and so I will begin respecting it more and posting some of my creations.
By popular demand :), here is my Granola Recipe.  I invented it myself, and a thrilled that it's successful!

My Granola.  Evelyn Glover

Preheat oven to 250

Have at the ready for last step:
1/3 C dried Blueberries
1/3 C dried Cherries
1/3 C currants

In a large bowl, mix:
3 C Rolled Oats
1   C  Chopped Pecans
1   C  Chopped Walnuts
1/2 C Sunflower Seed Kernels
2 T ground flax seed (I do mine in spice grinder)
1/4 C + 2 T of Brown Sugar
1  t  Kosher Salt
Sprinkle in lots of cinnamon. I use 2 types.

In a smaller bowl combine:

2   T Honey
1/4 C Pure Maple Syrup
1/4 C Vegetable Oil

Now, pour wet ingredients on dry, tossing with a Granny Fork to coat the dry.
It won't be a very wet mixture

Spray 2 large cookie sheets with cooking spray oil and divide the coated oat mixture, spreading it out flat on each sheet.

Bake 15 Minutes, then stir and redistribute for even browning.

Do that 5times.

After 1 hr 15 minutes you'll be done baking.

Take out of oven, sprinkle with the dried fruit from step one,
Wait for it to cool.

It's fantastic, if I don't say so myself!


Sunday, August 25, 2013

Work #96 Holland's 25th Birthday Present

This started surrealistic, but took a turn towards the fantastic when our daughter fell in love with it.  I must admit that from the inception, it looked like something she'd love and I knew ultimately it would be hers.
Anyone who knows Holland, knows this is right up her alley!
Happy 25th, dearest daughter.

Here is a closer look:

Holland loves it, but asked me to emphasize the fairy, so I increased her glow and de-emphasized the Monarch Butterfly a little bit.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Work 94 Blasted Artichokes!

I started too thick, didn't establish contact with the table, grew sick of my subject, painted without heart.  Also, I tickled -vs- stroked with the brush. Wow!

  Behold: The Blasted Artichokes.
Work abandoned and signed  (not entirely proudly) 7/13/13 (maybe its the date?...)

Monday, August 12, 2013

Work 95 Poppies

This was a palette knife excersize in class. I like how it turned out, after all! 
Lesson learned on this one: silence my cast shadows.  I have a tendency to make them far too lively.

I just realized I didn't paint the table top.. There is time to calm the shadow.. I'll be back..

I am missing some of my needed darks, but, I think the shadow looks quieter.. Only too solid.  But that's for another day..

Okay. Time to stop!

Now I'm happier because it's more nuanced. There is play with reflected color. An element whose absence was more felt than seen.