Sunday, May 27, 2012


We love Risotto at our house.  So, I thought that I should share one of our favorite recipes.

2 cups Arborio Rice
olive oil or butter (as much or little as you would like) I use about 4 Tblsp Olive Oil
1/2 Cup White Wine
32 oz Chicken Stock (one box)
Fresh Grated Parmesan Cheese

Add Olive Oil to a large pan
Add rice and stir for a minute or so
Add White Wine; stir until absorbed
 Add Chicken Stock 1/2 cup at a time.  Making sure liquid is absorbed before adding another 1/2 cup. Stir constantly.  Continue until all chicken stock is used.
 Add about  1/4 cup or more Grated Parmesan Cheese

Container of grape tomatoes
two cloves of garlic
lots of Olive Oil
red pepper flakes
Fresh Basil

In another pan:
Add lots of Olive Oil.  No set amount, but I use a lot.  It depends on how much you want to drizzle over the rice at the end.  I'd guess 1/4 cup to 1/2 cup
Slice garlic.  As much as you would like.  We use two cloves.  Brown them in the Oil and then remove them to add on our plates at the end.
I then cut grape tomatoes in half and add to hot Olive Oil.  Be careful, they pop a lot.
Add as much red pepper flakes as you like
Cook until tomatoes are soft

Spoon over Rice, add Fresh Basil, sliced garlic and more fresh grated Parmesan cheese

I think my oldest daughter made this up.  It's really good!!!

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Still In A Blue Mood

Gus Monet

Blue Cat III
I guess I will call this my "Blue Period".  LOL  I have a new little," Blue Cat III" painting, and an update on one of my WIP paintings.  I'm calling the dog painting, "Gus Monet".  My dog, GusGus, was the inspiration for this painting, and it's turning out kind of blue/green, which reminds me of Monet's water lilies.  Both paintings, I guess because of the blue, don't photograph very well.  Or, I can't get them to photograph, they really don't show the depth of color that they do in person.  I need to work with my camera more.

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Two New Works in Progress

I've been in a blue mood, paint wise, lately.  It's funny how your color likes and dislikes can change...I've never really been a real fan of Blue before, but I'm loving it right now.  Lots of work left on these two paintings...I'm thinking the blue dog won't have that much blue left when I finish him. The cat lady is a mixed media piece.  I started out using Matte Medium and pages from the French Novel I've been tearing apart.  I like to see the words through the paint, so I'm thinking more washes and light color.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Draw Something Addiction!

If you haven't heard about the new sensation, "Draw Something"...  I can tell you that, if you like to draw, it's addicting!  Tons of fun, too!  You don't need to draw well...just be able to get your point across.  Most of the time stick figures work just fine.  But, if you like to can be as elaborate as you would like to be.  Check it out, and I'm on facebook if you want to play!