Sunday, January 26, 2020

Sunday Food and Pets Post - Snuggly Pets

Winter Sunrise

Hello my Friends! 😊

I hope you're all doing well and enjoying life! I love that the days are a little longer so that I can take the dogs out much earlier and see the sun rise! I took the above photo yesterday morning.


This is how my world looked this morning, we got two feet of snow overnight. Let the shoveling begin, bah! 😟


With that snowfall, the path to the woods is officially inaccessible.

Charlie, Marlene and Jack

So it's back-road walking until April. That arctic cold snap is gone and we are now having a nice "warm" spell. I'm very pleased because that means I can take all three dogs out each day for a walk! Usually I only take Charlie because it's too cold for Marlene and Jack. I hate to admit it but those two are getting on in age and they really suffer when it's very cold out.

Oscar, Dana and Leo

The cats are very happy to be snuggling by the heater on the couch in the living room!


We've mostly been eating leftovers and food from the freezer. Alex is vegetarian for the most part, but I often enjoy a simple dinner of baked fish and veggies.


Simple comforting meals are great for winter, like stir fries.


Soups and Homemade Bread are a staple in this house during the cold months! I made some Leek and Potato Soup for Alex and an Apple Pumpkin Soup for me! I always make double or even triple batches of soup so that we can put the leftovers in the freezer and have them for future meals.


I started four more Camemberts over the weekend, two are at the brining stage and two are air drying. These will be ready in March. 

Oscar and Jack, cuddling in Jack's bed

Big Boss Leo - How is he comfortable??

I know that some of my friends visit my blog only on Sundays. I posted the following message on my Thursday post, so I'm going to repeat it today if you don't mind:

On a personal note, I wanted to let you all know that the next few months will be jam-packed for me. I am taking even more art classes, I'm working on a project for a home business, and in a few weeks the house hunting begins! We'll be traveling from here in Quebec to visit homes in New Brunswick and Nova Scotia. And if all goes well, we'll be moving in May. I may not post every Sunday but I will definitely be keeping up with the art date on Thursdays. I am so happy that so many people are joining in! It's very motivating and so much fun to see your art, so thank you!!! πŸ’•

On that note, I'll wish you all a nice end to the weekend! Alex and I can't wait to get out of this area, all we can hear are the ROARS of snowmobile engines...day and night, it's horrible. When we moved to this village in 2015, you could hear a pin drop - but since a new mayor was elected he turned the village into a tourist area. I'm sure some people are okay with that, but we definitely are not!

I'll see you all on Thursday for our art date, the theme is Glow! 🌞🌞🌞

Thursday, January 23, 2020

Thursday Art Date: Chinese New Year; and Paint Party Friday!


Hello Friends! 😊😊😊

Welcome to Thursday's Art Date, today our theme is Chinese New Year. Tweety Bird is like me, he loves to celebrate every occasion! I admit folks, I stumped myself again with this week's theme. Since 2020 is the Year of the Rat, I went with a rat theme!


You may have noticed, charcoal is fast becoming my favourite medium! Here is my cute little charcoal rat.


This is my charcoal drawing of old movie tough guy James Cagney...what does this have to do with this week's theme? Some of you may have guessed already! 


James Cagney is famous for the line "You Dirty Rat!!"...but...in fact, for movie buffs out there, James Cagney never actually uttered those words. In the 1932 film "Taxi" he came close to saying that, but he actually said "Come out and take it you dirty yellow-bellied rat!" Adding "yellow-bellied" makes it more of an insulting threat doesn't it? 😁 Here's the one minute clip! I had such a crush on this actor...he can sing, dance and act and in real life he was a farmer. What's not to like??? 😊


Rhino News: We finished the head, ears and chin! Looks like it may be two more lessons before we finish this wrinkly fella!


Our weather is still too frigid for words...this photo tells the story...look at my frozen hair!! Looks like spaghetti lol!

On that chilly note, that's all for now folks! But please check out the link widget below to see more Chinese New Year artwork! And please join me on Sunday for my food and pets post. 🐾🐾🐾


I'm also linking up with Paint Party Friday tomorrow!


On a personal note, I wanted to let you all know that the next few months will be jam-packed for me. I am taking even more art classes, I'm working on a project for a home business, and in a few weeks the house hunting begins! We'll be traveling from here in Quebec to visit homes in New Brunswick and Nova Scotia. And if all goes well, we'll be moving in May. I may not post every Sunday but I will definitely be keeping up with the art date on Thursdays. I am so happy that so many people are joining in! It's very motivating and so much fun to see your art, so thank you!!! πŸ’•

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The glowing sun, setting over Summerside Harbour in 2008 - I called this photo The Maestro because of the way the tree's branches were "conducting" the sunset!

January 30th: Next Thursday's theme is Glow. Click on the link for ideas and inspiration! Remember it's all about creating. You can showcase your paintings, drawings, photography, sculpting, baking, poetry...whatever you like! πŸŽ¨

Thursday Art Date With Rain. Click on the link for a description of the art date as well as a list of upcoming themes. 

Don't forget to add the URL link to your post (not your blog) to the link gadget below to share your wonderful creations! The link gadget expires Sunday at noon (EST).

⚡⚡⚡⚡  Be forewarned ⚡⚡⚡⚡ If you include a link that doesn't follow the art date theme, it will be removed! Thanks for your understanding and for respecting my fellow artists who put their minds, hearts and souls into creating art for the themes!

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Sunday, January 19, 2020

Sunday Food and Pets Post - πŸŽ‚ Alex's Birthday! πŸŽ‚


Hi Everyone! 😊

For those of you in cold climates, are you keeping warm? With daytime temperatures reaching "highs" of -25 C, it's just too cold to be outside for very long! In the winter, when the sun is out and the sky is blue, that means frigid temperatures! It sure is beautiful on the mountain though! 


It's so cold that even our rugged little husky girl Charlie needs a sweater and some boots for her daily walk! 


Charlie and I are the only ones with the stamina to handle an hour walk every day in this cold weather! (The selfie was her idea!) 😁


Alex's birthday was last week. I asked him what he wanted for dinner. He said he didn't want dinner this year...just a BIG breakfast with TWO birthday cakes. I made his Gramma's recipe for Toasettes, some Lacy Hash Browns and my Fart and Dart Beans. I also made him Iced Coffee and one of his favourite cocktails, a Strawberry Gin Fizz.


His two birthday cakes were a Kahlua Cheesecake and a tiramisu cake.


This cheesecake was simply decadent! The recipe is a bit intimidating because of the number of ingredients, but it's super simple to make! It has an Oreo cookie crust with a layer of chocolate ganache, then the cheesecake filling AND a sweet creamy topping covered with ganache threads...total winner!


I made this tiramisu cake totally from scratch - including the Mascarpone Cheese! This was definitely delicious, though my Mascarpone recipe didn't make enough, so the cake was rather flat. Also, I feel like the ingredient amounts may have been a bit off in the original recipe...I'll include the recipe link here, though I may have to tweak a few things before I add it to my own recipe archive!


Another fondue night!!! (Good thing I exercise every day!)...this is one of my favourite fondues: Tomato Pizza Fondue. Believe it or not, this was a "clean out the fridge" meal! I had a bit of Fontina cheese lying around and a half loaf of bread so I figured why not? 😊 


Before the cold snap, we had a few days of heavy snow and high winds. Here's Marlene braving the winds - she loves to be outside!


Here's a photo I took while I was in bed watching some art lessons...cats and dogs sleeping all together - I love our pets! πŸΆπŸ±πŸΆπŸ±πŸΆπŸ±


Once Jack gets a toy, he won't give it up! Look at this silly little hound dog with a big ball in his mouth. 

We are entering another cold snap and then a few days of heavy snow, so I am HIBERNATING!!! See you on Thursday for our art date! The theme is Chinese New Year!

Thursday, January 16, 2020

Thursday Art Date: Jagged and Ice; and Paint Party Friday!


Hello Friends! 😊😊

Welcome to Thursday's Art Date, today our theme is Jagged and Ice. I decided to go with an Ice theme for my art this week. Bugs Bunny is on his way to the gold medal with his ice skating! I don't think Daffy Duck is too impressed though. 😏


I've been doing a lot of charcoal drawings, I used toned blue paper for this one. It's very subtle, but there are blue hues in this paper. I used a lot of white charcoal for my drawing of an iceberg.


Here's another iceberg - this time on black sketch paper with white charcoal. This paper is called ArtAgain, it's recycled, I love that! Those look like icy waters!


It was rough trying to shovel out after the ice storm last weekend. There was a layer of ice, probably 6 inches, plus a foot of snow on top...this little finch didn't let that stop him though. He pecked his way right through the ice for the sunflower seeds below!


My art classes continue to bewitch me!😊 This is my Rhino after live lesson number four - we've been working in vertical sections each week. Last night we worked on the forehead, eye, jaw and chin. We also added darker values to the area around the nose and mouth. I love these classes, I get to interact with students from all around the globe! And everyone is very supportive. There's a forum we all belong to and we exchange progress photos and encourage each other, it's very cool! 


On that note, thanks friends for your support too, it means the world to me. πŸ’™ Almost to the day two years ago, I posted my first drawing. It was Chilly Willy, the little Looney Tunes penguin who cried ice cubes. I've been very public about my artistic journey, which was very difficult for me at first, but a very warm thanks to all of you who have made it so easy to showcase my creativity! πŸ’™ 


Here is a black and white collage of photos I took during our icy winter weather. I'm very much looking forward to spring!!

Well, that's all for now folks! But please check out the link widget below to see more Jagged and Ice artwork! And please join me on Sunday for my food and pets post. πŸΎπŸΎπŸΎ


I'm also linking up with Paint Party Friday tomorrow!

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January 23rd: Next Thursday's theme is Chinese New Year. Click on the link for ideas and inspiration! Remember it's all about creating. You can showcase your paintings, drawings, photography, sculpting, baking, poetry...whatever you like! 🎨

Thursday Art Date With Rain. Click on the link for a description of the art date as well as a list of upcoming themes. 

Don't forget to add the URL link to your post (not your blog) to the link gadget below to share your wonderful creations! The link gadget expires Sunday at noon (EST).

⚡⚡⚡⚡  Be forewarned ⚡⚡⚡⚡ If you include a link that doesn't follow the art date theme, it will be removed! Thanks for your understanding and for respecting my fellow artists who put their minds, hearts and souls into creating art for the themes!

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