Wednesday, July 27, 2022

πŸŽ¨πŸ˜‹ Thursday Art and Dinner Date: The First Thing You See Today & Garlic Scape Powder!

Welcome my Friends, to Thursday's Art and Dinner Date! (Posted on Wednesdays!) 😊😊

🎨For our 🎨 Art Date 🎨, today's optional prompt is "The First Thing You See Today". Please feel free to share any art you've created, we would love to see it!

Tweety Bird is very lucky! The first thing he sees each morning when he opens up his eyes is Granny bringing him breakfast in bed!! πŸ’˜  This will be my face for Nicole's Friday Face Off! I'm also joining Gillena for her Art For Fun Friday post! 

I hope you're all getting my comments! I noticed that my comments seem to disappear when the comment form is on the same page as the post. The message above appears, but the comment doesn't always get to you! Just please know that I do visit if comments disappear! And if anyone from TADD who participated doesn't see my comment within 5 days of the post, please let me know! 

David posted a beautiful photo on his blog last week of a Red-spotted Admiral butterfly. His wife Miriam took the photo and I asked him if I could draw it. Well, it started out looking pretty realistic, then as I usually do, I veered away from the reference photo! I still like how it turned out! I used Prismacolor pencils to draw this; and odorless solvent to blend!

The first thing I see each morning are the sweet faces of Jack, Baby Oscar and Raven!

When I remember to leave my curtains open a little, I also see a beautiful sunrise over the woods and mountains! I painted this with acrylic paints.

πŸ˜‹For our πŸ˜‹ Dinner Date πŸ˜‹, I made a delicious Pull Apart Bread, using my No Knead Bread and blended Homemade Pizza Sauce for dipping! It's made with garlic butter, Mozzarella and Parm...all melted in the oven. A nice comfort food treat!

Breakfast Chalupa!
Aimeslee told me it's not a burrito if you don't roll it up, it's a chalupa! Thanks Aimeslee! 😊

Another quick meal is roasted potatoes on tortillas with Homemade Salsa.

In the garden, I picked about 4 cups of blueberries! I'm lucky that I have wild blueberries all over my acreage. Too many to pick, but this is a good start! I think these will turn into blueberry simple syrup!

I also picked my garlic scapes! I didn't plant as many garlic bulbs this year, only 16. When the scapes start to curl, they're ready to harvest! If you don't harvest them, the plant puts a lot of energy into turning those bulbs into flowers and your garlic won't be as large had you snipped the scapes off!

I dehydrated them and ran them through the blender to make garlic scape powder! I'll be uploading that video in the next few weeks! 16 garlic scapes made about 7 1/2 teaspoons of garlic scape powder!

On the video front:

For Rain Frances Art, I recorded the Sunrise Video! I used a Bob Ross technique in this painting!

For Rain Frances Art For Kids, I have How To Draw Ketchup! This was fun, made me crave a hot dog lol!

For Rain's Kitchen and Garden, I'm sharing a Basil Update...

...and an easy beginner tutorial on How To Insert An Image With A Clickable Link in your post and on your sidebar. I used the TADD button as an example, but this goes for any photo with any link! If you'd like other Blogger tutorials, feel free to ask!

That's all for now folks! Please check out the link widget below for more 🎨 artistic πŸŽ¨ and πŸ˜‹ delicious πŸ˜‹ creations! See you soon!!! πŸ’— πŸ’— 


Upcoming Art Prompts For Rain's Thursday Art and Dinner Date: click on the links below for a description of the prompt and inspiring images! (Prompts are optional!)

August 4th: Lines and Contours
August 18th: Figure Drawing

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

And for the dinner date, please feel free to link up your foodie post! πŸ˜‹

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  1. Good morning Rain, Your butterfly is beautiful! and so is your sunrise-I am still working on those over the lake.
    Your food sounds delicious, loved that you dried all the garlic tops. I am off to watch your videos.

  2. Your art makes me happy. Thank you Rain. You are lucky to have blueberries! Perhaps you could freeze some or make jam also. Have a blessed day

  3. I love your butterfly art! The shadow underneath really makes the butterfly lift right off the page! I've never used solvent to blend Prismacolor pencils -- in fact, I've never even heard of that method! Will have to check out a YouTube tutorial or something.

  4. Posts with embedded comments are MUCH harder to comment on at the moment.
    Love your creations (culinary and artistic) and am sure that Miriam will be proud to have been your inspiration for that beautiful piece.

  5. Lovely art today Rain, the butterfly and sunrise is
    'wow'. The food looks so good. Lucky tweety bird with breakfast in bed!

  6. Hello Rain,
    I love all your art, the butterfly and sunrise are favorites.
    Your furbabies are adorable, they all look so comfy.
    We have two large blueberry bushes but the birds and critters get to them before they can be picked. Your pull apart bread looks and sounds delicious.
    I have never heard of garlic scapes, is it ground to be used as a season like garlic salt? Take care, enjoy your day!

  7. The butterfly turned out really beautifully, Rain. The sunrise is fabulous, I will watch your video a little bit later. Oh, and the pull apart bread - that looks so delicious and I'm sure it tastes wonderful. I make a no knead bread with whole wheat flour; it's very popular in my household.

  8. Thanks ES for validating my frustration with the embedded comments!!! ♥

    Eileen, yes! It becomes a garlic powder. Though my blender isn't powerful enough to make it a powdery dust, it's fine by me! No additives!!!

  9. Cloudia, if I have the time I will harvest more blueberries for the freezer for sure! They take a surprisingly LONG time to pick though, so maybe next summer! (I say that now lol)

  10. That sunrise painting knocks me out! I love it! And all your food... I think we're having pizza for dinner tonight because nothing got defrosted and Rick's not a big eggs-for-dinner kind of guy, unlike me! Happy week. (Oh and love the pet trio on the bed!)

  11. love your beautiful sunrise and the butterfly. :) .

  12. Blogger has recently become unable to deal with comments from commenters who have cookies turned off. Recently, some browsers began to automatically turn off cookies and to prohibit other ways that predatory advertisers track your activity on the web. Evidently, the comments were collateral damage to this effort at protection of your privacy. I'm not sure if this is all correct but it's my understanding that it's why a lot of people have a new problem.

    best... mae at

  13. I don't know, what I done... and can write now a comment. Hurrah.

    Yes, artwork helps in this hard time, Rain having some fun and forget all other things. I must smile with your drawings. That's good. Many hugs to you 😘

  14. You do a lot of yummy cooking and baking! And art of course. The sunrise, ohhhhh... awww...I came here via Kathy :-)

  15. Hi Rain! Hope you are having a wonderful week. That butterfly and sunrise are fab creations! Love seeing your bread, fruit and garlic and herbs, and the food...yum! I'll be back to link later, but wanted to pass on some additional Tex-Mex tortilla lingo: your first photo of the breakfast chalupa looks like when you pick it up you can bend the tortilla almost to a taco shape (almost) -- that's a chalupa. Now, in your second photo with the potatoes, that tortilla looks either skillet fried or deep fried until crisp and you could pick the tortilla up on an edge and it's so crispy it doesn't bend at all without breaking -- THAT's called a Tostada. LOL, I know, picky picky. One very favorite Tex-Mex menu item round these parts is called a summer salad tostada - crispy flat taco with shredded lettuce, diced tomatoes, taco meat, beans, grated cheeses and salza. It's usually treated like a side salad. Then, there's the Queso Chip, a fried flat crispy tortilla smothered/covered with smooth yellow-white queso cheese. These 2 are usually served together, either by themselves as a salad plate or accompanying the main meal (ie, burritos, enchiladas, tacos, carne guisada, etc., with rice, beans and guacamole). Dang it, I just made myself so hungry! heehee. Later! xoxo

  16. I love the butterfly this is real art.
    Your dogs and cats are sweethearts.
    The food looks delicious.
    Greetings Irma

  17. Hi Rain. I agree, that Google comment line is often something of a nuisance and I can't always tell if my comments are reaching out. Google does have a habit of changing things that work perfectly well. "If it's not broken don't fix it"

    Imagine having too many blueberries? Ours are mostly imported from counties thousands of miles away so really can't taste anything like your own. I can't get my head around what garlic scapes are so I will have to Google it. Meanwhile we are trying to grow some in pots from garlic brought back from Greece and some from shop bought Spanish garlic.

    Enjoy your weekend and keep taking the garlic.

  18. You did a great job with the butterfly, Rain. Congratulations! The best blueberries I ever had were ones I picked wild in northern Ontario near Timmins. We had to keep a close eye out for bears who are equally fond of them, and in reality need them to help to prepare for hibernation.

  19. Your morning faces are similar to mine. You have to love it, don't you? And that's a wonderful sunrise painting. I love native blueberry season. We have them here. I made a blueberry crumb cake loaf the other day. I will have to share that. I need to try some garlic too. I didn't know about scapes. Or chalupas. There are so many fun things to learn, earn't there Have a wonderful end of the month Rain. I always enjoy visiting as there is so much to learn and see. Hugs-Erika

  20. You are such an amazing person! Wow.
    (ツ) from Jenn Jilks , ON, Canada!

  21. A happy Thursday to all


  22. your butterfly is beautiful and that sunrise painting is just stunning!!
    I do have to remember to check spam for comments left me that for some reason sometimes get sent there- yours is one that was in my spam comments a few times lately:(.
    Again, I sure wish I had a neighbor like you to learn how to reap the benefits of gardening from - nothing like it.
    And your food all looks so good but it's been so hot here that I'll just have a nice salad and cup of those blueberries:):).
    Always love seeing your sweet fur babies too.

  23. Wow, I had forgotten about Grandma in the Tweety Cartoons ... Love your painting of her. You really do a great job with your cartoon characters. I really love the prismmacolor Red spotted Blue Admiral Butterfly ... I don't think you veered off very far, it looks great to me.
    I think that anyone who has pets who treats them as family will know what it is to be greeted by them first thing in the morning. We have talked about this before, right:) I wouldn't have it any other way.
    A beautiful sunrise ... intense for sure and your trees are wonderful( I still have trouble making trees look real in a painting :(
    As for your food ... I love the idea of pull apart bread and I love what you put in it ... It might be in my future :)
    I love anything Mexican as long as it isn't too hot ... Your Chalupa looks great and I will no doubt try that too. I never thought of putting salsa on potatoes ... sounds good.
    Blueberries are on of the healthiest foods you can eat and you have your own wild source ... you are indeed blessed. Loved you post as always. I learn from you every week and at my age, that is a wonderful thing. Stay well, Rain ...

    Andrea @ From the Sol

  24. Wow. your harvests are astounding Rain.
    Luv that happy ketchup you drew.


  25. Hello Dear Rain,

    I'm blown away by your art. The butterfly is so realistic - it seems it will gather it's wings and fly off the screen.

    Your furry children are absolutely adorable and you do cook quite a storm in the kitchen and the garden don't you.

    Yummy blueberries and garlic.

    I wish you happy, joyous days filled with love, light and laughter.
    Natasha <3

    Here's what I wrote recently:

  26. ...once again Rain, you amaze me, how do you do all of this? Thanks for hosting.

  27. Happy Friday Rain. Thanks for dropping by and linkibg to Art For Fun Friday


  28. Hey Sis! As you know I have been pretty ill. Today I am up and that's a good thing. LOL Great face entry this week, well every week. I am so glad the basil is doing well. Mine, for some reason is not. I mean it's good and I use it but it doesn't seem to want to grow. LOL. It looks like this type of food may be in my past. boo hoo hoo. Great videos today too.

  29. I really like your colorful paintings this week. Very different from your charcoals. Just love that butterfly and your red and orange painting. Fantastic!

  30. I'm enjoying catching up here. Good job on your art..always!!

    and your food and...i wish I could roam around your property - i imagine it would be quite a treat.

  31. Wow, so much in this post, Rain. My takeaway is I need to learn more about garlic scapes. You are so industrious, and full of so much information. Love your sunrise painting. What a glorious sight that must be to wake up to.

  32. Dearest Rain,
    oh I envy Tweety for his granny who brings breakfast in his bed - such a nice big strawberry! Yummy! :-D
    As for the disappearing comments: I've found that the comments aren't really "gone", but that for some unknown reason the machine recognized them as spam and therefore have to be released manually by the blog operator. Unfortunately, this happens again and again since a system change...
    The photo of the Red-spotted Admiral butterfly is wonderful, as is your painting of it. And every morning you are presented with a wonderful sight - either of your sweet menagerie or of the dreamlike sunrise!
    Luckily I already had dinner, otherwise I would have to lick the screen now because of your delicious food photos. But a few blueberries would still work ;-) It's great that you have so many of them in your garden!
    I also want to thank you for sharing your blackout experiences with me and my readers - 7 days in these conditions was definitely tough. But you learned so much from it - I think that's important!
    All the best and happy weekend!

  33. Butterfly and sunset are awesome ~ Your whole post is loaded with goodies ~ Happy Weekend to you ~ Xo

    Google has created a mess with comments ~ not sure what is happening ~

    Wishing you good health, laughter and love in your days,

    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

  34. I tried to leave a comment three days ago, but the "publish/preview" links were not there. I even refreshed, but couldn't get it to show. I'm not sure if it's MY internet/blog, or yours, but they were not talking to each other. Today I made sure the publish button was there before I started writing.

    Comments going to embedded texts are often going to spam. I try to check my spam at least twice a day. I found the comment you left me a couple of days ago in my spam folder and my comments aren't embedded.

    Your butterfly is lovely. I was very impressed. I also like your beautiful sunrise you drew.

    Isn't it fun to wake to your wonderful pets looking and asking when they will be fed (GRIN)? One of mine (yes, Squiggles) wakes me when he wants to be fed, whether I have just gone to sleep or slept a few hours.

    Your bread looks delicious and your chalupa looks like something I might eat. Potatoes of any type are my weakness, so I would eat the potatoes with salsa or the chalupa.

    I had to laugh at your basil. For me, it is the easiest thing in the world to grow from seed. I suggest finding a farmer's cooperative where they sell seed in bulk. The seed will last for at least five years (mine has and I bought 1/8th lb) and still produce more basil than you will be able to eat each year. Use a small spoon and sprinkle some of the seeds on good potting soil. Within days you will see the fruits of your labor. More basil than you can harvest in a single week. and it just keeps coming and coming.

    I hope this doesn't wind up in spam. Have a super happy week, Rain. Sorry I couldn't play this week, dear.

  35. Blogger and commenting is causing many of us problems ...
    I always have to check the spam folder as it seems (incorrectly) many are ending up there!

    Lovely art, I especially like the butterfly.

    All the best Jan

  36. Rain - I love the photo of Jack, Oscar and Raven - they look so happy together! Blueberries - around here, huckleberries are ripening, about two weeks later than normal. Need to get picking!

  37. It is hard to decide what is more beautiful Granny in blue or the Spectacular blue butterfly wow you are amazingly talented my friend!

    Your food makes me speechless. So delicious it looks.

    You mentioned about bear sighting. Hope nothing to worry about


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