Friday, November 30, 2012

Happy Birthday Sweet Girl

 It's finally here....

...after much anticipation.... is my sweet daughter's 7th birthday.

It's been a wonderful week of excitement and expectation.

It's going to be a perfect day.

We will celebrate with cake, ice-cream, laughter, and love.

Happy birthday my sweet beautiful Megan.

You are my joy and my inspiration.

(Today is also the final day of Art Every Day Month. Create your life...EVERY DAY.)

Thanks for checking in  xx

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Lollypop Lollypop

Counting down to the big event tomorrow.  It's not a birthday without candy...

  ...and the KING of candy is a lollypop!

 Especially if you are about to turn seven.

It's Day 29 of Art Every Day Month - make art your life.

Thanks for checking in xx

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Ice Cream Treat

 A birthday isn't a birthday without ice-cream.

 It's a good thing I love ice-cream too.

 So, thinking about how to celebrate my daughters 7th birthday has been lots of fun.

 We're going to keep it simple, maybe pizza followed by cake and ice-cream.

 Maybe a few friends to join the fun.

So as I've been contemplating the big event, I've been playing in my Stillman & Birn "Epsilon" Series Sketchbook.  Definitely one of my favorites, and the perfect coupling with Caran dAche Neocolor II Water Soluble Pastels.

It's Day 28 of Art Every Day MonthCapture your moments in a sketchbook!

Thanks for checking in. xx

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

A Cherry on Top

 ...and the birthday week continues...

 Life is normal for everyone around us, but for a six year old, about to turn seven, it's glorious.

And to top it off, she was made 'Student of the Week' at school this week.

 How could life get any better?

 So sweet treats and cupcakes are the focus of my sketchbook 

It's Art Every Day Month - Day 27.  Capture your joy in color.

Thanks for checking in. xx

Monday, November 26, 2012

In Celebration of.....

This week is my daughter's birthday week...on Friday she turns 7. 

I love that children put magic and excitement into aging.

Really, you can't stop it, it's inevitable, and we should all celebrate our birthday milestones far more magically than we probably do.

With a soon-to-be seven year old, a birthday is an event that needs lots of discussion and analysis.

She's at the delightful age where she wants to hear the story of her birth over and over.

We've been pouring over photo's from her glorious life, and she's been spending a lot of time beginning to come into her "awareness-of-self" stage in life.

It is truly beautiful to watch, and I'm as as much into the excitement as she is.  

Today is Day 26 of Art Every Day Month....make art and be free!

Thanks for checking in. xx

Thursday, November 22, 2012

When Artists Cook

Hi, Jennifer McLean here and I'm Canadian. Yep, that means we already had our Thanksgiving, in early October, if you were interested. We tend to have a quieter celebration than the ones I hear my American friends have. Our day is usually just a few family, no dressing up or extra preparation, just turkey with all the fixings and a few rented movies. It's kind of nice, a holiday that isn't hectic. 

Mom and I have even started tweaking recipes so they can be made a day ahead of THE day, taking the pressure off even more, allowing everyone, including the cook, to relax and enjoy themselves.  The one thing I still do every year is count my blessings. I try and think of just how lucky I have it, what I'm thankful for who I love. This year I made a little visual that helps me see the things on my mental list.
My Thankful Chart
  1. Family - I've been reminded this year just how fragile family can be as I get older. Loyalty is always a good thing.
  2. Friends - I'm incredibly lucky to have the extraordinary friends that I do. I just wish I lived closer to them. They're worth every effort to stay in touch, they are all beautiful people and I'm a lucky girl.
  3. Health - I work on this daily. This year I've seen some real strides toward where I want to be. Yay!
  4. Love - This is the most important thing. Love one another, it's good for you.
  5. Peace - I try to be kind to everyone, hoping that in kindness, as it stretches from person to person, there is always a glimmer of a truly peaceful world.
  6. Hope - With the bombardment of all the negative things I hear on television and the internet, I fight to remember to keep hope alive.
  7. Joy - I try everyday to increase it. Even if only to remember to smell the proverbial roses. 
  8. God - Although in a small bubble, not small in my life. Only something very personal, something I don't talk about in public. I feel no need to talk about my spirituality, it's between me and the Universe.
  9. You - My blog friends. I feel lucky to know you all and to share with you, back and forth, our love of art. It adds immensely to my daily happiness.
As I mentioned above, mom and I have been tweaking family recipes to find a way that they can successfully be made the day ahead so the one cooking on Thanksgiving day isn't overwhelmed. We found some serious success with this potato recipe. I call it Rustic Romanoff because we have a fancy potato recipe that has been a family staple for most of my life. But this tweak is easier to make and better if let to sit in the fridge for 24 hours before baking it off. Here it is, ENJOY!!
Rustic Romanoff Potatoes

  • 3 large russet baking potatoes
  • 1/2 - 1 cup sour cream (or light sour cream)
  • 1/2 - 1 cup mayonnaise
  • garlic powder to taste (or minced fresh garlic)
  • salt & pepper
  • 4 - 6 oz old cheddar cheese (grated)
  • 1/2 lb bacon
  • 4 green onions (finely chopped)
  • 1/2 Tbsp parsley
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  1. Wash, poke, wrap in foil and bake the russet potatoes until done, approx. an hour.
  2. Let potatoes cool completely then dice up into 1 inch cubes.
  3. Sauté the bacon until tender/crisp then break into small pieces.
  4. Mix up all the ingredients together in a large bowl with the diced potatoes and bacon, reserving some cheddar to sprinkle on the top.
  5. adjust spices to taste.
  6. Pour the mixture into a 9" x 12" pan and spread generally smooth. Sprinkle remaining cheese on top.
  7. Bake for approx. 1/2 hour at 350 degrees or until hot and bubbling. Serve immediately.
  • amounts are general, use the amount needed to make the mixture creamy.
  • the recipe can store in the fridge before cooking for a minimum of 24 hours and can also be reheated as leftovers with great success.

Happy Thanksgiving to you!


Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Autumn Belongs To The Artist

Remembering moments.

Getting out in nature with my sketchbook.

I have been amazed by the Autumn colors this year.  
Perhaps it's because I live in a new town and I've never seen an autumn here before.

The nature trails were filled with color.

There is no doubt that autumn belongs to the artist.

It's Art Every Day Month...capture your life in your sketchbook.

Thanks for checking in xx