Summer is on it's way and I can taste that sweet, juicy, ice cold watermelon already! And to add a little whimsy to the season, I have listed my Watermelon Uncle Sam in my ETSY Shop. Also listed is one of my Cage Dolls. This one is Paris inspired. You will find them listed here
We had freezing rain and snow this week. Rare for our part of Texas. It was beautiful! This is the view from my studio/nest...
...and this is the view from our front door with a zoom lens.
It's cold and raining outside today, but not like any thing we had earlier in the week. A perfect day to warm things up by being in the kitchen baking up some healthy Buttermilk Bran-Oat Muffins. These are not real sweet. You can add more sugar or honey if you like and what ever fruit you have on hand. A healthy fiber filled addition to your breakfast or snacks.
Buttermilk Bran-Oat Muffins
Preheat Oven to 350 degrees
In the bowl of my mixer I add the following and let it sit in the bowl for about 10 minutes:
1-1/2 cup bran flakes
1/2 cup uncooked oats
1 egg, beaten
1 cup buttermilk
1/4 cup vegetable oil or 4 tablespoons melted butter
4 tablespoons molasses (optional)
1/2 cup chopped fruit of your choice (apples, plums, banana, raisins, etc.)
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
After about 10 minutes, mix to incorporate and then add:
1/4 cup sugar (or 1/2 cup if you want sweeter)
1 cup flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon or ground ginger (optional)
Mix well. Put cup cake paper cups in muffin pan or grease muffin pan. Fill each compartment with about 2/3 full. Bake 20-22 minutes. Cool and enjoy. Makes 12 muffins.
It's a new year and time for new beginnings and new adventures. My arm/shoulder kept me out of creative commission most of last year but I'm hoping this year will be better. I'm looking forward to creating again...what ever it may be Creating is healing and good for the soul!
I have been enjoying the season and the cooler, rainy weather. Did I mention I love rainy days? They put me in a creative mood but for the last few months I have been trying to heal a bad right arm which makes creating difficult. I did this cloth, handpainted Thanksgiving Lady sitting in a rusty can for our dining table back in the year 2000 when I was having fun painting and doing Ebay. She is again gracing our table this year and she brings back sweet memories of the good old days. I can already smell the turkey roasting and pies baking in the oven! I know it's early, but...HAPPY THANKSGIVING!
Gone are the glory days of Ebay, but I have recently found myself returning there to list in hopes of reviving those fun and exciting times.
I am in the process of downsizing and I currently have a listing for my Paris Cage Doll. She is one of a kind and from my private collection. You will find her listed HERE ON EBAY. Thank you for your interest.
I am still redecorating and reorganizing my Studio/Nest. It was like Christmas when I found several boxes of my sketches and patterns from a few years ago. Here is my latest pattern from unfinished work in 2008...can you tell I'm running a wee bit behind?
This instant download epattern was inspired by a vintage postcard.
I have been busy redoing my old Hoosier cabinet. I have had this cabinet for over twenty eight years and it was old, old when I bought it. It has been many colors. I painted it black about three years ago but now I'm going back to white. I love the way it turned out with white paint and new brushed nickel with porcelain insert handles. On to the next project...