Monday, June 12, 2017

Chalkboard Cabinet End

The easiest way to change a cabinet end? Chalkboard paint. Paint the end of a kitchen cabinet and it's the perfect place to post a menu or entertain children while you're busy doing other tasks.

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Kitty Cat Coin Purse

Both of these coin purses are made from inexpensive felt. The eyes are white pearl buttons with a circle of foam glued to the buttons. The whiskers are embroidery thread and the closure is a pretty bead that goes through a slit in the felt. Easy and cute!

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Egg-Free Meringue Cookies

Egg-free meringues that taste as good, if not better than the traditionally variety. Use the liquid from a 14.5-16 oz can of beans for each recipe. The liquid also known as AQUAFABA from chickpeas or great northern or cannelini works best because they don't change the color of the food.

1/2 cup AQUAFABA
1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar (optional)
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup PLUS 2 tablespoons confectioners sugar

Combine all ingredients EXCEPT the sugar. Whisk/beat 10-15 minutes or
until stiff peaks appear. After peaks appear, gradually whisk/beat in
sugar. Once all sugar is added, beat for an additional 5-15 minutes
until peaks reappear.

Set the oven at 225 degrees. Spoon meringues or squeeze using a ziploc
bag onto a parchment paper on a cookie sheet. (Once you seal the
ziploc bag with the sugary mixture, cut a small diagonal in the lower
corner of the bag and squeeze the meringue onto the parchment paper.
Bake for 1-1/2 hours.

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Eggless Mother's Day Cheesecake

Mother's Day is this weekend. Have you decided how to honor your mother or a significant woman in your life? I am making a cheesecake. No eggs involved in its creation. Instead of eggs, I use AQUAFABA - the liquid from a 14.5-16 oz can of chickpeas. Here is the recipe.

1/2 cup AQUAFABA
3- 8 oz. boxes of cream cheese
1-1/2 cups sour cream
3/4 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
3 tablespoons cornstarch mixed with 8-9 tablespoons water

2 cups graham crackers
4 tablespoons melted butter
2 tablespoons sugar

Mix AQUAFABA, and cream cheese together until smooth. Add in sour
cream and mix in remaining ingredients until smooth. Use an electric
mixer to blend ingredients.

Line a spring form pan with parchment paper on the bottom and grease
the sides of the pan. Mix the crust ingredients in a separate bowl.

Place the crust's ingredients into the bottom of the spring form pan
and press the mixture down using a cup. press part of the mixture
around the sides of the pan.

Pour the cheesecake mixture into the spring form pan on top of the
crust. Place into a 350 degree oven for 50- 90 minutes or until the
cake jiggles slightly.

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Gerbera Daisy in Bloom

Must be spring when the gerbera daisy begins blooming. Outside my door, in a sunny location, the lily-of-the-valley have flowers buds that are ready to open. Rhubarb has sprouted. Can the asparagus be far behind?

Monday, May 2, 2016

Painting Birds

To relax, I started painting watercolors of birds. Each painting only takes an evening to complete and each painting makes a great gift for a birthday or wedding. Take a look. The top photo features a dove, the middle bird is a woodpecker and the bottom image is a bluebird.

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Designing with a Sharpie

Look what you can do with an oil-based sharpie and a plain, white coffee cup. It becomes a one-of-a kind Valentine's gift. All right, maybe not a Valentine's gift, but really cool. And it's permanent. If you are nervous that the design might disappear in the dishwasher, don't be. It's called "Permanent" for a reason. Design away!

Monday, February 1, 2016


After getting a great deal on some organic limes, I decided to make Limecello, my version of the popular Italian aperitif limoncello.It's based on a recipe from Epicurious.

  • 10 limes*
  • 1 bottle (750 ml) 100-proof vodka
  • 4 cups sugar
  • 5 cups water
Wash the limes, then peel them so there is no white pith on the peel. To a 1 gallon jar add one bottle of vodka and lime zest. Cover the jar and let sit at room temperature for at least (10) ten days and up to (40) days in a cool dark place. After the mixture sits for a desired amount of time, it's time to make the syrup.  In a large saucepan, combine the sugar and water; cook until thickened, approximately 5 to 7 minutes. Let the syrup cool before adding it to the Limecello mixture. Allow the syrup and vodka/lime mixture to rest for another 10 to 40 days. After the rest period, strain and bottle: discarding the lime zest. Bottle and keep in refrigerator until ready to serve.

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Winter Barn Scene

It's snowing gently as I write this, so I thought I would post yet another winter watercolor. Can you imagine how prolific I will be once summer is here?!