Thursday, April 13, 2017

Watercolor a Challenge

Back to basics.  Trying to master watercolor  is at best, frustrating.   Looking for that translucent and loose feel.  More practice is needed.  Here are my efforts so far.

4 X 6 
Archers 140 lbs cold press

16 x 11
Archers 140 lbs cold press

16 x 11
Archers 140 lbs cold press

Friday, January 6, 2017

White Quinoa with Roasted Mushrooms and Garlic

1 cup cooked white quinoa
1 1/2 sliced mushrooms ( 1 small pack )
2 cloves garlic

Put mushrooms and garlic in small flat pan (like pie pan) roast in 350 F oven for 15 - 20 minutes.
Mix quinoa with roasted mushrooms and garlic. Fluffing with fork.  TaDa your done!
Makes 2 servings.

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Quinoa Salad with Avocado

1/2 cup sprouted red quinoa
1 avocado diced
1/2 cup diced red onion
2 diced green onions
1/4 cup chopped walnuts
1 med diced Roma tomato
1 tbs olive oil
1 tsp apple cider vinegar
Salt & Pepper

Add all ingredients to small bowl. Add oil and vinegar and salt and pepper to taste.  Mix well serve.

To sprout quinoa, add 1 cup quinoa to container with cover.  Rinse quinoa well about three times.  After rinsing fill container with fresh water and cover.  Let container sit on countertop overnight.  In morning rinse quinoa and drain very well.  Dry out container and put drained quinoa back in and cover.  It will last in refrigerator about four days. ( This method of spouting works well with other grains as well as lentils.)

Friday, January 22, 2016

It's been a while.

A little something I did while recuperating from a broken right femur and broken left shoulder.

Tessie a long haired Chihuahua 

Tessie is my friend Diane's little baby.  She was 14 years old.  I had just finished this painting and she died of cancer the next month.  The portrait captures Tessie's beautiful dark brown eyes.  It is done in watercolors on 140 lb cold press paper.  

Something very special has happened.  
On January 9, 2016, my second Great-Grand Baby was born.


6.5 LBS 18 1/4 " LONG


PROUD PARENTS GENA & JAKE (my 2nd grandson)



That it for now.  Lots of things have been happening but it is much too much for this post.
When I am fully recovered from these broken bones, I will write more.

Until then, God Bless!

Saturday, July 5, 2014

"Eat to Live" Breakfast

Healthy and Tasty 

Simple and Delicious!


1/4 cup Old Fashion Oats (uncooked)
Juice of 1/2 Orange
1 Tablespoon of chopped Walnuts
1 Medium Banana chopped

Mix raw Oats and Orange Juice and nuts in small bowl, microwave for 45 seconds.  Mix in copped Banana.
Serve  with remaining 1/2 of orange and sliced Peach.

Options: Use any fruit or nut combination you like.


Sunday, April 13, 2014

Microwave Meat Sauce

1 large serving or two average servings


4 oz. Beef ground
1/2 cup Picsweet Seasoning Blend, Frozen onion, pepper, celery and parsley
.5 tsp Garlic
2/3 cups Crush Tomatoes
1 tbsp. Italian Seasoning
1 tsp. Parsley, dried
1 tbsp. Parmesan Cheese, grated


In a small glass bowl, mix all ingredients but use only half of the Parmesan cheese.  Cover with a dish and cook in microwave for 5-6 minutes, makes about 1 2/3 cups of meat sauce.  Serve over pasta.   Sprinkle the other half of the Parmesan cheese on top. 

Nutrition facts per serving:  WW Points 4

Calories: 188.9 Total Fat: 11.3 Sodium: 321 Carbs: 8.6 Dietary Fiber: 1.5 Protein: 12.5

New and Old Paintings

Here are a few paintings I have been working on the past month.


This was  15 minute painting.  It is done in watercolor.
I was trying to achieve a fluid movement since the topic for March was "underwater".
It was not submitted because I did't quite like it.  I'm working on another one, we'll see.

This is a screen capture off Google maps the March topic was "Slovenia."

I found this woman on a bus and thought she would be a great subject.

This painting is done in oils.  I have de-cluttered the shot to achieve  better portrait.

It turned out pretty good.  Unfortunately, I could not submit it because she was in Croatia not Slovenia!  

 Llica 10000, Zagreb, Croatia     


This is a 2' x 3' oil painting of my first grandchild, Brett.  I cannot put my hands on the photo.  I'm reworking it  bit to give it more detail.   I painted this when he was two years old (he is now 28) .

 That's all for now.  Hope you enjoy.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

I'm on a roll, thinking up all sorts of fast and easy recipes that make one or two servings. They are loaded with Protein and low in calories.

Here is the latest:

Microwave Tuna and Noodle Casserole


1 cup Cooked Pasta, linguine

1/2 cup Tuna, Canned in Water, drained

1/2 cup Campbell cream of mushroom w/ roasted garlic

1 tbsp. chopped Scallions, raw

1/2 cup Great Value Peas & Carrots, Frozen, and Drained

1 tsp Worcestershire Sauce

1 tbsp. Parmesan Cheese, grated

1 tbsp. Bread Crumbs Panko

Salt & Pepper


In small bowl, mix tuna, cream of mushroom soup, Scallions, Worcestershire Sauce (you can add a tbsp. or two of water to loosen up the soup). Spray a small shallow baking dish with cooking spray, add 1/2 of pasta, sprinkle 1/2 the Peas and Carrots, pour half of the soup and tuna mixture over this layer. Repeat to use up remaining pasta and Tuna mixture. Mix Panko and Parmesan Cheese together (this will prevent clumping of the cheese). Sprinkle cheese and Panko on top. Cover loosely with a dish (to let out steam- do not use plastic wrap) and cook in microwave for 5 minutes.

Nutritional Info  
WW Points 5

Calories: 210.0  Fat: 2.9 Carbohydrates: 31.6 Fiber 1.5 Protein: 14.7

TaDa!!  Very tasty, if I do say so myself.