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Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Music In Our Home!

Happy Tuesday...
Wow, yesterday was my 59th birthday! I can't believe how blessed I have been in these 59 years and how sometimes, something in our life happens, and a whole new life opens up, and that is what happened when i became disabled. As, I've shared before, I had to have a way to supplement my income, and this whole new life of jewelry making and becoming a self-taught whimsical folk artist happened....and I love it!
I love music and it has played an important part of my life....from going with my Grandmother Minchew to a primitive church way out in the country and listening to those folks lift their voices to the Heavens......or when I fell in love with Davy Jones of the Monkeys and discovered Rock n' Roll!!!!!! But, the most precious memories of are my Daddy playing, or as we called it, "plunking a few chords on the geetar"! He knew how to play "pretty darn good for a lawyer", and he taught my brother, Dickie, to play also. We would travel far and wide to bluegrass festivals, or barbeque's where there would be music.....or just sitting at home listening to Daddy and Dickie play. As, the years went by and Daddy became sicker, my brother and cousins would come and play for him. I also have a nephew, Dante, who is a consummate vocalist and musician and has had several bands and won several awards......Oh, how I love to hear that young man sing.....So, with all that in mind....I searched the web and got several ideas and grab some from here and there.... that shows my love of music and memories in our home....but, first, I want to share with you one of my favorite pics of my Daddy doing what we called, "pickin and grinnin"....
Isn't that just the greatest!!! So, now with all that in mind, here is my funky guitar painting:

I so loved doing this painting, while thinking of Daddy and all the others in my family that music has played an important part of their lives.


Saturday, July 18, 2015

My Version of:Lydia Bastianich Eggplant and Turkey meatballs

Happy Saturday Morning Everyone,
Way down here in South Georgia it is already very hot at 4am! Yes, up very early this morning....as the "old folks" use to say, "I am down in the back"! Now, I don't know if that is just a southern slang or if that phrase is used everywhere, but my back is out! From a bad wreck years ago, to several falls, I have suffered from herniated disc in the cervical and lumbar region of my back.....okay, enough of that....let me tell you about this awesome and easy recipe. 
I love watching Lydia on her cooking show....she seems so down home in an "Italian way" and watching her the other day she cooked this great recipe. So, my version is prepared this way...I put about 1/4 cup of olive oil in bottom of frying pan and then diced up a large onions....salt and pepper added and then covered the pan. I peeled a medium to large eggplant and diced it and added to pan. I then put a spoonful of fresh garlic, and added oregano, and other spices. Now at this point, let me say that Lydia had added yellow squash and zucchini, but, I didn't have any.

I let the eggplant and onions stew down, then i added 1 can of diced and stewed tomatoes....also, let me say, i should have added another can and that would have made more liquid in the sauce. As, you will see in one of the pics, once I added the meatballs, there wasn't much sauce. Now, on to the meatballs....easy peasy....1lb of ground turkey....3/4 cup of Italian bread crumbs, 1 egg, and some Italian seasoning to taste. You do not cook the meatballs before placing them in eggplant mixture.....after the sauce has cooked down some you then add the meatballs and cover. They will cook slowly in the sauce and be so tender....now, for pics:

 This was served over fettuccine noodles and was delicious! This recipe was actually very easy to make and I shared with 2 of my neighbors and they loved it....so, give it a try!

Saturday, July 11, 2015

DIY Iced Coffee Concentrate! Yummy!

Happy Saturday morning Y'all!

Now you know I love my coffee...java....nectar of the Gods! I swear, I know when i go to the lab for blood work, that my blood has to be brown! I have shared before that way back in the 90's, I use to have several coffee shops and I miss them, and we served all the coffee drinks that are so popular right now. From Caramel Macchiato's to plain old coffee!

Of course, during the summer months our frozen drinks and iced beverages were the most popular. We would brew a batch of regular coffee in our big urns and then after cooling transfer them to pitchers and they would be refrigerated. The other day while sitting on the porch I got a "bad hankering" for some iced coffee! Now, I don't have those big brewers not big pitchers, so, I started thinking and this is what I came up with:
1 large Mason jar
1/2 cup of ground coffee
1/2 cup of cold water....
place these into Mason jar and stir to make sure the grounds are all wet. Then I added cold tap water to finishing filling the Mason jar. I then placed jar into fridge over night.

Now, here is the tricky part...draining the brew! I had no cheesecloth, which would have been my preferred filter to use to drain, so, I improvised! I placed TWO coffee filters in my regular coffee maker and SLOWLY, and I mean slowly poured the mixture through the filter. I say slowly as you will be pouring instead of brewing and if you pour two fast, the sides of the filter will collapse and you will then have grounds and have to pour again!

I ended up with almost a full jar of the cold coffee mixture. Now, I love strong java, so, I'm calling mine "concentrate" because I used a 1/2 glass of the brew to 1/2 glass of milk, creamer or whatever I wanted to mix mine with! I do apologize for not wiping the condensation from the jar before pics:

So, if you enjoy iced coffee and would like to have a small amount just for you...then this is the way to go. Enjoy!

Monday, July 6, 2015

Embrace Your Inner Gypsy!

Happy Monday Everyone,

Gypsy...bohemian....wild.....eclectic.....yes, that side we all have where we want to put on a long skirt and colorful gauze blouse and layer with a fringe shawl and lots of necklaces and go out side and twirl! Well, okay, maybe that is stretching it and we do not have to put on the necklaces, because while twirling they might hit us in the face! lol

I'm talking about that side of us where we can put feathers in our hair and even add some beads.....I know for me, my gypsy side is that person who wants to explore new places.....meet new people.....just Stand in Awe of Life!

 So, sometime soon, take a moment for yourself and step outside and still your heart and soul, and let your gypsy soar!


Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Key West Bungalow-Folk Art

Greetings on this Tuesday morning,

I hope every one's week has started out great, and where ever you are, I hope it isn't too hot! So, as you might have guessed, I love the ocean! I especially love the Florida Keys, and my visit there a month ago has made it more clear I need to live in the Keys! My sister and I are making concrete plans to start this journey of "island living on island time" starting next year! Yes, next year!

This got me thinking of what my "dream Key West bungalow" would look like, and decided to paint it, in my own unique folk art style...blending colors of turquoise and pinks and purples....and working on abstract blending of paints to resemble plants and other parts of the whole painting. This is what I came up with:

Don't you just love it! I doubt very seriously if I will ever be lucky enough to design and own my little pink bungalow, but it doesn't hurt to DREAM!


Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Rosemary and Sea Salt Scrub

Happy Tuesday evening,

When my sister, Katherine, and I were in the Keys several weeks ago, we had the awesome experience of using the resorts spa. It was a beautiful and emotionally pleasing place, and the massage I received was wonderful....helped my fibromylagia tremendously! In the ladies changing and shower area, they had all of the spa products for your own personal use, but, they also had a locally made Himalayan pink salt hand and foot scrub. It was a beautiful light pink color and the texture on your hands and feet was very pleasant.

We had seen in several  shops many versions of locally made salt and sugar scrubs....and yes, we sampled every one! So, that got me thinking today. I wear flip flops almost every day.....I have many different pairs.....lots of colors....I love them, but, they are not always the best support for my bad ankle, nor are they best protection for my feet. I decided to try and make myself a scrub with what I had on hand in my home. I used 1 1/2 cups of Mediterranean sea salt I had, mixed with 1 cup of olive oil.....and then to add a fragrance to it, I took some of my dried rosemary hanging in the kitchen and stripped to large stems and chopped the rosemary. i then mixed all together, and if I have to say so myself, it works wonderful!

I'm going to experiment with some different options and may try and make jars for resale, but, until then I will be enjoying this daily on my hands, feet, and elbows! Give it a try!

 I'm really excited about this scrub and really want to work on refining this recipe and making more!


Friday, June 5, 2015

dk's Style Hut and my bracelets!!

Good Friday Morning,

So, do you remember those cute, bohemian bracelets I made months back? Well, if not, here is a pic:

Aren't they so cute? Well, anyway, I had given my sister, Kathy, several of them for her birthday right before we left to go to the Keys! She just loved them! So, while packing for my trip, and gathering all jewelry together that I thought I might like to wear while down there....that "little voice in my head said that I needed to take all the rest of the bohemian bracelets I had left", and , well, I packed them up!

Even though, while in the Keys, we did a lot of swimming and exciting water sports, we did some shopping, of course! We found every little consignment shop and neat little boutiques that we could find. In Marathon, we went into this adorable boutique called dk's Style Hut. I didn't realize at the time that my sister had the bracelets on that I had given her, and one of the owners noticed them and told her how cute they were and asked where she got them, and of course Kathy said, "my sister made them"!

Needless to say, I told her that I had more with me back at the resort and I would gladly bring the rest in for her to look at. So, two days later, I took them in and she purchased them from me to sell in her shop! I was beyond excited I can tell you that! This is the perfect place for my bracelets to be. I'm now back home and fixing to start on more to send her, so, please go to her Facebook page and show her some Like and let her know how happy you are that she had Three Dawg Lady's bracelets in her shop:
So, please go share some love on her page and for me, Three Dawg Lady Designs!