Wednesday, April 22, 2009
Monday, April 20, 2009
2 cups sugar
1 1/2 cups flour
1 cup pecans, chopped
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons margarine
2 squares chocolate
3 tablespoons hot water
2 cups powdered sugar
Melt margarine and chocolate, add water, stir in powdered sugar (until icing spreads easily). Spread on brownies while they are warm. Sprinkle with pecans, if desired. 16 brownies
Thursday, April 16, 2009
Monday, April 13, 2009
In the livng room there are 4 frames hanging on the wall, below. I bought them awhile back simply for the frames with plans of someday, filling them with my own art!
Well, two weeks ago I got finally got started on a series of west Texas landscapes.
This first painting depicts a much needed thunderstorm rolling in over a cotton crop. In this region of the country, draught is a constant foe, so when the heavens open and rain pours, the farmer whispers a word of thanks and acknowledges...
OK , I'm frustrated! I'm having lighting issues today. I've been inside, outside, flash and no flash and taken and downloaded it 3 times with no improvement) Nothing about this painting changed from the first photo but the fore ground which now looks less puffy and perfect. Everything else is the same. I love it in person...but not in this photo. Don't you just hate it when people whine?
On a better note... here is the painting from yesterday. The fore ground was T-r-i-c-k-y!
Sunday, April 12, 2009
However there were a few differences. Like this big sign. Which invites the public to pick there wn vegetables.Sprouting plants! Growing crops! I mean flowers...and vegetables!
But please don't smoke near the tomatoes. Apparently it's not good for them...something about a virus. Sounds like the tomatoes are trying to send a 'public service annoucement'! That's them all wrapped up behind the live scarecrow! Frankly,I think they're a little embarrassed.
Coming up next! Crop painting....not to be confused with crop dusting. I'm currently painting # 2 in a series of cotton fields. I'm discovering the powerful beauty of simplicity. I'm not sure how many I will paint but the best 4 will hang in our home. Maybe you will help me decide?
Sunday, April 5, 2009
FUDGEY CHOCOLATE PIE
make 1, 9 inch pie
2 cups granulated sugar
4 tablespoons flour
2 tablespoons (rounded) Hershey's Cocoa
pinch of salt
2 cups of whole milk
2 egg yolks
Mix all of the dry ingredients into a medium saucepan. Stir until well
combined. Then add 1/2 of the milk (1 cup) and 2 egg yolks to the dryingredients and stir well into a smooth thick paste. Stir in remaining 1 cup of milk
and cook over medium to medium-low heat. Stirring constantly until mixture
begins to bubble and thicken. Remove from heat. Cool. Stir occasionally and pour into a
baked pie crust.
If you are a meringue fan carry on .... , but if you prefer whipped cream then cover
the pie w/ buttered wax paper and refrigerate until cool. Before serving, whip
heavy cream in an electric mixer. When cream begins to thicken, sweeten with
1/2 cup of sugar, plus 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract. Spread on top of chilled pie
and serve with a smile.
I'd like to make an important recommendation. If you are going to go to the
trouble to make this pie, bake a decent pie crust for heaven's sake! At the very
least, use Betty Crocker's Pie Crust Mix, which is far better than refrigerator or
frozen crusts. Trust me on this.
If your pie plate is a 9" deep dish or larger, double the recipe and make more
One last thing. For a thicker chocolate custard filling use Pet canned milk instead