Wednesday, May 25, 2022

Thursday Art Date: May Flowers - 🌸 Flowers Blooming 🌸


Welcome my Friends, to Thursday's Art Date (posted on Wednesdays)!! 😊😊 Today our theme is May Flowers - Flowers Blooming! Flowers sure are blooming here in rural New Brunswick! Bugs Bunny is doing a little plein air painting in the flower garden today! The prompt is optional! Please share your art! ♥


On Friday I'll be joining our friend Nicole's Friday Face Off! Every Friday she hosts Friday Face Off on her blog, where you're encouraged to show off your art face! This is from Nicole's blog: "Only one rule, your post hast to feature a face, human, alien, or animal. It can be in any art medium." Please join in on the fun! ☺ I'll also be joining Gillena's Art For Fun Friday! Let's share our art! ♥

If you'd like to watch the video of me doodling, be my guest!


I did some art therapy this week too. Besides October, May is probably the busiest month for me. There just seems to be so much that needs to get done outdoors that I find myself overwhelmed at times. This was a very relaxing watercolor painting that I did...I took my time and didn't worry too much about the end result.

I recorded myself doing this real-time painting video, it's up on my Rain Frances Art YouTube Channel!


More art! I put together a #shorts video of me drawing Yosemite Sam! (Shorts are vertical videos that are less than a minute!) 


I'm trying to come up with a cartoon "me" for introduction videos...this is what I've got so far. It was surprisingly LONG to get this drawn! I'm trying to learn animation too...it's a bit over my head though. (That oval thing I'm holding will hopefully end up being a pizza!)


My best student, Lily, followed along with my How To Draw A Blue Whale lesson on my Rain Frances Art For Kids YouTube Channel! She's doing SO well!! For those who have commented on Lily's drawings and paintings in past posts, THANK YOU!! I've forwarded all of those comments to her mom - I think it's so important to encourage and validate kids who do beautiful and creative art! ♥♥

Speaking of kid's art videos, my latest is up, How To Draw Hammers!


I'm so pleased that I was able to harvest a few dozen sprigs of asparagus over the last week! I left 2/3 of the sprigs in the bed to encourage strong and solid root formation! But as of next year, THEY ARE ALL MINE!!!! Oooh can't wait! ☺


Our favourite asparagus dish is to make some Crepes, sprinkle in a little Cheddar cheese, place some steamed asparagus inside, roll them up and bake them until the cheese is all melted! I'm joining in on Kathy's Food Wednesday post today! We share foodie photos, recipes and ideas, it's a lot of fun if you'd like to join in!

Remember that fresh Upland Sandpiper who was flirting with me? I found him! And her! There are two of them living in the blueberry fields across the road!

Potatoes and raspberries! Here's my latest gardening video I did for Rain's Kitchen and Garden YouTube Channel! I got my potatoes planted in my raised bed; and 3 raspberry plants planted in another raised bed. I'm so happy that is done, it's hard to be out there with the black flies!


My three little furries are all doing well! ♥♥♥ Baby Oscar's ear infection is cured....Jack is just Jack - my little sunshine...and Dana is doing well on his meds. Did I mention this? Dana the tabby cat's behaviour started to take a nose dive when his lifelong friend Leo passed away last November. He'd been attacking Baby Oscar and Jack, incessantly meowing and "barbering" (over-grooming). He was grieving poor baby...but his behaviour was really disrupting the family. We took him to the vet for tests, he's in good health - so he's on an anti-depressant for cats - yes, that's what you read. At first I wasn't too excited about it, but it's DOING WONDERS for him. He's calm, affectionate and sweet again. ♥

I know I haven't been commenting much lately but I am following your blogs and visiting to see what you're all up to! ♥ The baguette video is recorded and is in line for editing! This week I'm transplanting most of my seedlings and planting more seeds into the ground and my raised beds! Monthly shopping just did NOT happen this week and we are bare bones for food, I'll have to force myself to get this done next week...just means I get to be more creative in the kitchen! ☺ June will be a fun month for the art date if you want to follow the prompts, it's all about:

COLOUR!!!


That's all for now folks! Please check out the link widget below for more artistic creations! See you soon!!! πŸ’— πŸ’— 

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Upcoming Art Dates For Rain's Thursday Art Date: click on the links below for a description of the prompt and inspiring images!

June 2nd: Colourful June: Pink
June 9th: Colourful June: Yellow
June 16th: Colourful June: Red
June 23rd: Colourful June: Purple
June 30th: Colourful June: Silver and Gold

This art date is all about creating. You can showcase your paintings, drawings, photography, sculpting, baking, poetry...whatever you like! You can follow the weekly themes or post any art you like! 🎨

Don't forget to add the URL link to your post (not your blog) to the link gadget below to share your wonderful creations! Please revisit to make sure you don't miss those who join in a little late! All spam and non-related links will be removed! The link gadget will be available until the following Wednesday!

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Wednesday, May 18, 2022

Thursday Art Date: May Flowers - Pollination - Birds!! 🎨 Share Your Art! 🎨

Welcome my Friends, to Thursday's Art Date (posted on Wednesdays)!! 😊😊 Today our theme is May Flowers - Pollination! Following the prompt is optional! Please feel free to share any of your art, we would love to see it!

Tweety Bird is happily spreading pollen to the sunflower patch that Granny planted for him 2 weeks ago! He's eager to snack on those sunflower seeds!

I'm so happy to say I've spotted several Hummingbirds at my feeders lately! I caught what I think is a male Ruby Throated Hummingbird, hovering and feeding. It's 14 seconds long, if any of my bird-loving friends would let me know if it's a male, I'd appreciate it! I slowed down the first part of the video while he was hovering!


This is my watercolor Hummingbird painting. I really enjoyed doing this painting!


We splurged and bought a screen house! I can't express how happy I am! We don't have the budget to build a screened-in deck for a few years, so this is just perfect! It's in the backyard and faces the bird feeders and the backwoods! Black flies, deer flies and mosquitoes...do your worst!!! ☺


Speaking of birds, you will likely laugh at this! While I was walking Jack on the blueberry field trail, I kept hearing a wolf whistle. For those of you who don't know what a wolf whistle is; it's the whistle that (usually) men make when they see a pretty woman. (Though I've been known to spurt out a good wolf whistle when I sees what I likes lol!) 😁 So here I am thinking there is some creep in the woods laying it on thick lol...after some research I found out that it was an Upland Sandpiper. I drew this in ink and graphite - a quick doodle. 

This isn't my video, but I've embedded it so you can hear that wolf whistle...tell me ladies...if you'd never heard an Upland Sandpiper wouldn't you have thought the same thing??? ☺☺ Maybe my ego needed a little stroking lol!

Lots of videos to share! On Rain Frances Art YouTube Channel, I have a real-time painting lesson How To Paint a Hummingbird in Watercolors!

On Rain Frances Art For Kids, my latest drawing lesson is up: How To Draw A Blue Whale!

On Rain's Kitchen and Garden, I have a few videos. Why My Seedlings Didn't Make It. Sigh...not all of them died, but some of them - I have replanted!




Food, glorious food! I made the baguettes again and I think I have the recipe right. Next time I make them I'll record myself for a video. We had them with Smoked Cheddar and Apple Cider Fondue, very delicious! I'm linking up with Kathy's Food Wednesdays - why not check it out? Lots of great foodie ideas! ☺



Baked Fettuccine. I boil the pasta, heat up some of my home-canned spaghetti sauce, top it with Parm and Cheddar - and it goes under the broiler until the cheese is nice and brown! We had the leftover baguettes with this pasta dish! ☺ 


I tried a new recipe this week, Veggie Pot Pies! I usually make my pot pies in one big dish, but decided to try them in individual pans. This was my first time using a hot water crust pastry recipe and I'm so glad I tried it! It was a learning curve, but I plan to try this method again! It's somehow really healing for my hands to knead warm pastry dough!! 


I had a spinach salad as a side and Alex had steamed broccoli! Oh they were so good!




Lemon pie with graham cracker crust. So delicious! I used a boxed pie filling, the brand is Shirriff's. I just followed the directions on the box and it turned out really yummy. It's funny, I feel like I'm transitioning from all-scratch baking to sometimes boxed/prepared baking. Maybe I'm just too busy these days?


That's all for now folks! Please check out the link widget below for more artistic creations! See you soon!!! πŸ’— πŸ’— 

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Upcoming Art Dates For Rain's Thursday Art Date: click on the links below for a description of the prompt and inspiring images!

May 26th - May Flowers: Flowers Blooming

June 2nd: Colourful June: Pink
June 9th: Colourful June: Yellow
June 16th: Colourful June: Red
June 23rd: Colourful June: Purple
June 30th: Colourful June: Silver and Gold

This art date is all about creating. You can showcase your paintings, drawings, photography, sculpting, baking, poetry...whatever you like! You can follow the weekly themes or post any art you like! 🎨

Don't forget to add the URL link to your post (not your blog) to the link gadget below to share your wonderful creations! Please revisit to make sure you don't miss those who join in a little late! All spam and non-related links will be removed! The link gadget will be available until the following Wednesday!

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Wednesday, May 11, 2022

Thursday Art Date: May Flowers - Sun and Water!! 🎨 Share Your Art! 🎨


Welcome my Friends, to Thursday's Art Date (posted on Wednesdays)!! 😊😊 Today our theme is May Flowers - Sun and Water! Following the prompt is optional! Please feel free to share any of your art, we would love to see it! ☺

Daffy Duck and Bugs Bunny are spoiled rotten aren't they? I'd love to live their lives of luxury in the Sun and Water!! I've been busy this week with videos for the YouTube Channels!

For Rain's Kitchen and Garden channel, I have two videos, in one I talk about Leggy Seedlings, how to help them and I share some frugal ideas on how to trellis them!

In the other video, How To Fertilize Your Garden, I talk about the conifer trees we planted last fall and what I'm using as fertilizer to help them thrive.

On Rain Frances Art For Kids, I'm sharing a new video: How To Draw A Green Pepper!! Thanks to everyone for their support on this channel, I've gotten some great feedback and the channel is slowly growing!


Here is Lily, a wonderful young artist, proudly showing her beautiful starry sky painting! She followed along with my painting lesson "How To Paint A Starry Sky"!


That was part one of the video; this is Lily showing her painting from part two! Way to go Lily! ♥


Here's my latest #shorts video for Rain Frances Art. It's about 45 seconds, I'm drawing the Road Runner with some funky 60's music in the background!


I'm so excited, my asparagus is starting to pop up!! I planted roots in the spring of 2020. When you plant asparagus roots, you need to leave them be for 2 years. The third year (which is now!!!), you can harvest about 1/3 of them (so I've read). This will help them really develop a good root system. After the 3rd year, you can harvest them all and they should come back for 10 years or more! Nicole my friend...it IS worth the wait if you have the space!!! 


I put up my Hummingbird feeders this week. Cloudia, Jeanie, Nancy, David, Phil, Irma, Eileen, Jenn, Tom, Diane, Monica, Carol, Traude, Bill, Sallie and all of my bird-loving pals will be proud of me, I've been keeping an eye on the migration map! There was a Ruby Throated sighting in a town about an hour away from me just this week, so I'm hoping they'll be back soon to visit my feeders!


On the food front....I will try not to drool as I type this....I MADE THE BAGUETTES! Oh dear...those of you who follow me on Instagram saw this already! They turned out amazing! We had them with my Homemade Camembert Cheese and it was such a delight! PS: David...my arteries thank you, but wanted to let you know that Rain eats plenty of leafy veggies and drinks her fair share of red wine to help with those cheesy fats! 😁

Here's a 15-second video to show you the crunchy outside and the soft, fluffy inside!!! Those pans were definitely worth it. I will share the recipe in the next few weeks, I need to tweak it just a wee bit and my intent is to film myself making them for a foodie video!


I'm linking up with Kathy's Food Wednesdays this week! Why not join in? We share foodie posts and recipes!!! ☺ It's great for new ideas! Here's what I call my pizza-fish-soup. I just put a fillet of white fish in foil (this is Tilapia I think), top it with homemade Pizza Sauce and some Parmesan cheese and bake it in the foil at 450 F for about 20-30 minutes. The Parm mixes with the sauce to make it a nice creamy type of broth. I topped this with a bit of Mozzarella, very delicious!

Thanks for all of your lovely comments on this blog, on YouTube and on Instagram!!! ♥♥ Let me know in the comments what you're all up to! Any gardening? Baking? Spring has sprung here in the Northern Hemisphere!!


That's all for now folks! Please check out the link widget below for more artistic creations! See you soon!!! πŸ’— πŸ’— 

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Upcoming Art Dates For Rain's Thursday Art Date: click on the links below for a description of the prompt and inspiring images!

May 19th - May Flowers: Pollination
May 26th - May Flowers: Flowers Blooming

This art date is all about creating. You can showcase your paintings, drawings, photography, sculpting, baking, poetry...whatever you like! You can follow the weekly themes or post any art you like! 🎨

Don't forget to add the URL link to your post (not your blog) to the link gadget below to share your wonderful creations! Please revisit to make sure you don't miss those who join in a little late! All spam and non-related links will be removed! The link gadget will be available until the following Wednesday!

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Wednesday, May 4, 2022

Thursday Art Date: May Flowers - Planting Seeds!


Welcome my Friends, to Thursday's Art Date (posted on Wednesdays)!! 😊😊 Today our theme is May Flowers - Planting Seeds! Following the prompt is optional! Please feel free to share any of your art, we would love to see it! ☺ Granny is such a sweet lady, she's planting Sunflowers for Tweety so he can eat the seeds...and Catnip for Sylvester so he can roll around like a happy cat! 


I've been watching the squirrels at the bird feeder lately, they LOVE sunflower seeds! I drew this squirrel with ink pens and graphite pencils.

The real-time drawing lesson is up on my Rain Frances Art YouTube channel! How To Draw A Squirrel!

My latest kid's art video is up too...How To Paint A Starry Sky. PS: Thanks Tom!!! I'm so happy you and your little granddaughter enjoyed my How To Draw A Bee lesson!!! ♥

My 500 seeds are starting to grow!!! So exciting! Here is a video I posted on Rain's Kitchen and Garden with the latest update!


I treated myself to a baguette pan and baguette couche!! (A couche is a piece of linen where you wrap your baguette dough as it rises.) This week I'll be attempting to make some amazing baguettes! I'll try to record the process and put it up on my channel...wish me luck!! My oven is horribly wonky so I'm praying to the bread angels for help on this one!


My friend Iris has never heard of Poutine! Oh Iris...you are missing out! ☺☺ This is a very Canadian dish...French fries covered with cheese and gravy. It is a Quebec original, usually made with Curd cheese. I make mine with Mozzarella and sometimes Cheddar cheese and I top it with Homemade Chicken Gravy.


I've made so many variations over the years, this week I made a Pizza poutine! Instead of the gravy, I used hot pizza sauce! It's amazing comfort food! (And an amazing weight-gainer lol!!) I made a Thanksgiving Poutine the last few Thanksgivings...oh boy...what a treat!


I tried a new dessert this week and my photo doesn't do it justice. It's a Lemon Pudding Cake.
 


This is the photo from the original recipe from An Italian In My Kitchen, and doesn't that look yummy? Mine didn't turn out that way but it was still delicious! I'm linking up with Kathy's Food Wednesdays this week! Why not join in? We share foody posts and recipes!!! ☺


That's all for now folks! Please check out the link widget below for more artistic creations! See you soon!!! πŸ’— πŸ’— 

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Upcoming Art Dates For Rain's Thursday Art Date: click on the links below for a description of the prompt and inspiring images!

May 12th - May Flowers: Sun and Water
May 19th - May Flowers: Pollination
May 26th - May Flowers: Flowers Blooming

This art date is all about creating. You can showcase your paintings, drawings, photography, sculpting, baking, poetry...whatever you like! You can follow the weekly themes or post any art you like! 🎨

Don't forget to add the URL link to your post (not your blog) to the link gadget below to share your wonderful creations! Please revisit to make sure you don't miss those who join in a little late! All spam and non-related links will be removed! The link gadget will be available until the following Wednesday!

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Monday, May 2, 2022

I CAN'T COMMENT ON BLOGGER!

My Friends, I dedicated today to visiting blogs and commenting. I got to comment on maybe 20 blogs, then I got this - Jenn this actually popped up on your blog when I was trying to comment about the porcupine!!!



"You have created the maximum number of comments for today, please try again tomorrow"??????

So frustrating!

More comment issues: My friend Leigh blogged about this and it's worth mentioning again. If you have your comments set to "embedded"...there are always problems. Just wanted to mention that! Please know that I've visited your blogs, but can't comment now!!! I used to visit more than 100 blogs each week and this is a first, Blogger please get your act together!!!