"A Southern Mom, Daughter, Sister, Granny, Dog Lover, Crafter, Painter , Java Junkie Queen, and Friend".

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Magic and my Inner Child!

Greetings Everyone,
Wow, I have been away for awhile.....I came back from swimming with the manatees, and straight to the surgeon for surgery to correct torn meniscus on my left knee! So, surgery went well, and I feel great,  and am back to painting.

While recuperating from surgery and being up late one night, I ran across Harry Potter! I love that fella....lol.....and I love the wonderful way these stories made children, and yes, adults too, remember what it was like to be a child again and believe in magic! When we were growing up, our parents always allowed us to dream and imagine and believe are sorts of magical ideas. So, I started thinking of my inner child and also the way my daughters were as children. I would look outside and they would be building castles out of the pine straw in the yard......running around with their arms out saying they were flying, and I just loved it! So, here is my newest painting.....






"I put my crown on, and the Magic begin.....the castle appears....I can see the King and Queen...and my pet dragon comes...then, we play together all day! Won't you join us! Put your crown on!"

See ya soon and Blessings to you,

Deborah

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Swimming with Manatees! FUN!!

Good Sunday Morning Everyone,

Wow, I haven't posted in over a week, but, I knew I had to take the time to finally share with everyone how awesome it was to go swimming with the manatees with my sisters and my Mom! I can't express to you how special it was to have my precious Mom with us during this journey. As I had mentioned before, my Mom had spent the last 7 years being the main caregiver for my Daddy while he battled Pic's Disease, a rare form of brain disease. After, Daddy's death in December, we knew we needed to get Mom back out there and let her know, "that Daddy would want her to continue living"....and so we planned this awesome trip to Crystal River, Florida to swim with the manatees.

I can't count the laughs....the smiles.....and yes, a few tears.....I will never forget this time with her and my sisters.....so, here we go....








 So, if you find yourself in Crystal River Florida and want to swim with the manatees, contact River Ventures and schedule your trip with Captain Mike....he is the best! It was so much fun and a trip I will never forget!

Blessings,
Deborah




 

Friday, February 27, 2015

Going to Swim the Manatees!

Good Friday Morning,
I'm so excited! In a few hours I will be leaving South Georgia and traveling with my Mom and my two sisters to Crystal River, Florida to SWIM WITH THE MANATEES! OMG!
 As, most of you know, my precious Daddy died on December 21 of last year. My Mom had been his constant companion and care giver along with one of my sisters for the past five years. We were fortunate enough to not have to place Daddy in a nursing home. He was provided a wonderful aide and all the equipment that my Mom needed.
Mom loved Daddy, but I saw her sacrifice so much and give up so much to make sure Daddy had whatever he needed.....so, now, and knowing Daddy would love that Mom is venturing out....the excitement is overwhelming.

I can't wait to see my Mom in a wet suit and swimming with us and the manatees.....
https://www.facebook.com/RiverVentures?pnref=story 


Can't wait to start this adventure and to share it with you!

Blessings,
Deborah

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Veggies for Lunch!

Good Sunday Morning,
So, I couldn't sleep this morning, so, I'm up and sharing....
This past week here in Southern Georgia has been a cold one! Now, I know it isn't anything like the rest of the country has been experiencing, but for us, it has been cold! On Thursday, I decided I did not want soup, instead, it was veggies!
The first in the oven was one of my favorite combos....mixed potatoes and onions. Simply prepared....sliced red potatoes mixed with peeled and diced sweet potatoes mixed with onions! Yum! I added diced onions and a generous amount of olive oil and seasoned with some of my favorite spices then placed into oven on 350 and cooked until tender:

 Second, was Fried Eggplant! This was so good....and, again, so simple to prepare. Washed and peeled eggplant that I sliced into thick pieces, since this was going to be my main course. I used garlic seasoned bread crumbs and added some Italian seasoning and creole spices! Good...right! I dredged each piece into milk then into the bread crumbs, and using my "trusty cast iron skillet" fried each piece over medium heat as I didn't want them to cook to fast. I also fried these in olive oil which added even more flavor:





 Finally, I had an avocado that had to be eaten, so, I sliced it and added it to the plate, I can't tell you how much I enjoyed that plate of luscious veggies!


Sometimes, it is these simple and comforting meals that I enjoy the most!
Blessings,
Deborah

Monday, February 16, 2015

More Funny and Whimsical Women!

Happy Monday Everyone,

The last week I have been in a painting mood! I love bringing all my whimsical women to life! They bring me much joy, and they even sometimes sell....lol! I plan on going to a big festival in May, in Palatka Florida, called The Blue Crab Festival! Yes, they do have tons of blue crab there and they are delicious!

So, mindset is into bright and colorful and fun signs....paintings of my funny women....and lots and lots of my Bohemian bracelets, but, let me share these newest paintings with you:


 
 Now this "little lady" has her fancy hat with a big feather in it....her feather boa.....and her brightest purple dress and I think she is ready to go make some history!



Now. of course, we all know It's Best to be Queen.....even if it is for just a day or even if it is in our minds....lol!



This perky lady right here lives her life to the fullest exuding every color in the rainbow.....she laughs....she loves......and a big hug for everyone she meets!

So, more whimsical and funny women and more on the way....

Blessings,
Deborah

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Parmesean Zuchinni Sticks! Yummy!

Happy Thursday everyone!
I have been working on new paintings and signs and jewelry and am not really ready to share pics of those, but, decided to share a recipe that I tried the other night.
I love veggies! I can't really think of any veggies I do not like, so that makes cooking for me easy. So, when my neighbor gave me a couple of huge zucchini, I decided to try some baked Parmesan zucchini sticks.

After washing them, I cut off each end, then cut them into halves. I then cut each half into strips, as many as I could from each half. I then took my old and scorched 9" glad baking dish. I sprinkled a small amount of olive oil into bottom of dish. I laid the strips in one layer in dish and then added a small amount of olive oil across top of them. Then using a small amount of McCormack's Italian seasoning just to help bring the flavor out in them I sprinkled across the top.

I had pre-heated the oven to 350 and placed dish into oven. I let them bake until I could tell with a fork they were tender. At, this time, I realized I didn't have any fresh Parmesan, which I thought I did! Now, ya'll know I'm a bargain shopper, and love shopping at all the local Dollar Stores. So, I did have a Dollar General Parmesan cheese on hand and used that to sprinkle on top of the zucchini and let bake on top for about 5 minutes. And, Voila, look how good they turned out:







 
I have to admit that I ate "the whole thing" and they were delicious!

Blessings,
Deborah

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Telling It Your Way!

I've always been a storyteller and I learned from the best, my Daddy! Daddy could spin a story into a tall tale and make you believe it. We grew up always asking Daddy to tell us stories.....whether they were the wondrous stories of his childhood growing up on a farm in rural southern Georgia.....or stories of his cases he tried in the courtroom.....or him retelling stories from our many family vacations! And, we loved them, and that tradition is something that us four children have carried with us each day of our lives. I love nothing more than being with my friends or family and all of us sitting around sharing memories and making new ones for the stories to continue.
I never thought I would meet anyone that loved to "spin a yarn", or talk and laugh til you can't laugh anymore.....or who had more stories to tell than me, than my precious neighbor and friend, Ms. Flo. As you know, if you follow my blog, Ms. Flo celebrated her 80th birthday in October and I just love her! We sit everyday on the porch and drink our coffee and talk and gossip and laugh, and sometimes cry! She is such a hoot! Her stories of what all she has witnessed in her 80 years.......7 children....and I can't count the grandchildren and greats! She marched in the civil rights movement and worked full time....well, I could go on and on.
So, this week, a saying came into my head and I knew she was my inspiration for the words, so I set out to painted her in her younger years. 





 The quote..."The beauty of story telling is to do it your way", again I used mixed media of clippings from magazine, and is something I just thought of and knew it was about my friend! I hope you enjoy it, as I so enjoy creating this paintings and bringing them to life!

Blessings,
Deborah