Wednesday, July 14, 2021

My Art Featured on Art Group - The Mixed Media Emporium

 I was honored yet again to have my artwork featured on the masthead of the Facebook group page for The Mixed Media Emporium - with Nina Ribena & Kylie Coo.

This is a prompt related group on Facebook. Every week on Sunday morning there is a YouTube video from Nina Ribena and another from Kylie Coo that features a specific prompt. It's what I look forward to most on Sunday mornings, grabbing a cup of coffee and watching both videos and then visiting Facebook to see what others have done.

This prompt was for the month of June, Week 4 and the prompt was Watercolor Doodles. I started out with a piece of watercolor paper that was 6 inches x 5 inches and I added watercolors in shades of pink and green and grey and a touch of turquoise and yellow to add some brightness. 

I knew that what I wanted to doodle was roses so I left certain spots pink on purpose.

I just finished the 100 Days of Zentangle 2021 with The Tireless Tangler, Cyndee Pulley and the Tangle pattern we did on day 96 was one called Pozer by Beth Snoderly and it's so easy and yet you achieve such a beautiful design that it looks like you spent hours on it. The easiest Roses I've ever drawn!

The leaves are a Tangle pattern called Anuleaf by Lila Holter and the rose buds are a Tangle pattern called Buddy by Dorothy Allison. The little fringy things with dots are just something I like to do, not sure where I saw it, but it's cute.

So I was very happy that my artwork was chosen to be featured for the week! This is my third time to have my art featured. You can find the first time HERE and the second time HERE. I think I'm getting better with a fine wine!

I find it hard to make time to do every weekly prompt, but I try to do as many as I can. It's a great group of super-talented individuals.

I'm going to try to share some of my favorite pieces from The 100 Days of Zentangle 2021 in another post. Stay tuned!

Sunday, July 11, 2021

So What Have I Been Up To?

      So what have I been up to since my last post on January 20, 2021? Well I'm still working from home so that eats up 40 hours of my week, but at least I'm saving an hour a day on my commuting time. 

     When I'm not working, I keep busy of course, trying to fit in working on art when I can.

     But today I want to share a new kitchen gadget that I bought. I'm not big on gadgets because I really don't have room to store them, but I decided to get this one because my sister in law has it and she recommended it so highly it was hard to resist.

     I introduce to you my new Ninja SP101 Foodi Flip 8-in-1 Digital Air Fry Oven.

     I know...she looks like a regular toaster oven, but she's not. Trust me, I have a toaster oven and it's now in a box of things being donated to Goodwill because this one does what that one does and so much more!

     The Ninja Flip can Air Fry, Air Roast, Air Broil, Bake, make Toast, Dehydrate, can toast Bagels and can keep food warm. 

     So far I have used it to broil Petite Sirloin Steak with french fries but forgot to take a picture. I've heated up corn tortillas to make Huevos Rancheros, I've air fried potatoes to go with the Huevos Ranchero, but again forgot to take a picture.

     Today I took pictures! Because today I made Egg Bites.

     These are supposed to be similar to the ones Starbucks sells, but Starbucks uses a sous vide method of cooking and I used the Ninja Flip.

     I want to make sure to have the recipe somewhere handy and my blog is the best way to do that.


Recipe & setting:

5 eggs

1/2 cup shredded gruyere cheese

1/4 cup cottage cheese

1/4 tsp kosher salt

Black pepper to taste.

I put all the eggs, cheese, cottage cheese, salt & pepper into my blender, blend for 30 seconds. Grease your muffin tin, I used a regular metal tin & Pam cooking spray. Fill cups to top, will make 6, I added bacon bits. Put in Ninja Flip, Bake setting for 14 min. Turn the whole tin at 7 minutes.

     That's the basic recipe but I tweeked it a bit and added finely diced red bell pepper and yellow onion to the bottom of the tin and then added the egg. The veggies had a nice crunch to them.

     You can of course do these in your regular oven but it's 101 degrees outside right now and we're supposed to get to 111 so there was no way I was turning on my oven. The Ninja Flip hardly puts out any heat at all! I just love it!

     I wish I had more time to share some artwork, but a nap is calling to me. Until next time...