Pie Day!

December is a month of fun and festive activities, and the month starts off right with pie day December 1st.

Fruit Pies

Caramel apple pie, cherry pie, cranberry apple pie, apple pecan pie, pumpkin pie, key lime pie, kiwi lime pie, frozen lemonade pie, pear and sour cherry pie.

Pies with Chocolate

Chocolate chess pie, triple layer chocolate pumpkin pie, chocolate black bottom pie, chocolate cream pie, brownie pie, eclair pie, cafe au lait pie, smore pie.

Pies with Nuts

Honey nut crunch pie, pecan pie, more pecan pie, peanut butter pie.

Cream Pies

Black raspberry cream pie, easy ice cream pie, coconut custard pie, cranberry ice cream pie, banana cream pie, cookies and cream pie, holiday eggnog pie, grasshopper pie, millionaire pie.

Better Choices

Lightened pumpkin pie, gluten free pie crust, moo-less chocolate pie.

Tiny Tastes

Peach pie pops, apple fried pies, whoopee pies, cranberry pies, cranberry meringue pies, pumpkin chiffon pies.

Yum!  Some of those pies look really yummy.  I think my favorite is either pecan, pumpkin or key lime.   What’s your favorite pie to eat and do you have a favorite to make?

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Be Yourself

“”Be yourself. No one can say you’re doing it wrong.”  Snoopy”
Charles M. Schulz

I am one of the many people who grew up with the Peanuts gang, and it was a sad day when Schultz died.  But in addition to sharing his passion for creativity with the world Schultz also shared a unique and inspirational perspective with all who would listen.

I share this quote from Snoopy and his creator because it is a word of encouragement for all of us who are creative.  It’s human nature to criticize things unfortunately.  Maybe you’ve had people tell you they didn’t like your work or what you created.  Maybe they’ve even said that you weren’t “allowed” to do what you did.

I’m going to agree with Snoopy and say that they’re wrong.  If what you’re creating is an extension of who you are and what you love, there’s no one in the world who can say that it’s not right or done wrong.  You’re the only one who knows if what you’re creating feels right and makes you happy.

So this holiday season as you create the many gifts and givings you make, remember that people find, buy and like your creations because they’re created by you.

FF: Dale Anne Potter

Happy Friday!  Today we’re talking with Dale Anne who is a textile mixed media artist.  She creates works of art with words, quilting, painting, fabric, and nature.

Why are you passionate about mixed media, textiles and being creative?

ART brings me JOY everyday.  13 year ago, I came to realize ART is part of my daily life and my life is ART.  I call myself a Textile Mixed Media artist because I usually start an artwork using a textile of some kind and then add non-textile items to it.

What got you started with mixed media as a hobby/business?

I started quilting 29 years ago. In 2001, I wanted something more from quilting & started playing with my own designs plus exploring ideas with paper, collage, altered books, stamps, etc. I started calling myself an Artist and exhibiting my work.

Do you have a few favorite items you’ve made?

I’ve had many favourites over the years…. My first exhibited pieced was a favourite – still is: Sedna, Inuit Goddess of the Sea.   My first hand painted piece was “Wildflowers“, and my latest favourite is my “O Canada” piece.

What exciting future plans do you have for your work?

I find myself always evolving and this past June, I had the good future to visit Madrid, Spain – not only see AWESOME architecture but to view some Masters artwork in one of the art museums.  I see my work going from pictorial to more contemporary/abstract  The colours and lines are calling me!

Do you have any tips/inspiration to share?

I always tell my students to “OPEN YOUR EYES”, inspiration is all around us, we just have to learn to SEE.  The trees show us lines and many shades of green.  The sky shows us many shades of blue, but also the amazing colours of a storm brewing, the movement of the clouds – in fact, just the other day, I was pointing out that the clouds were like someone had done cross hatching with a huge paint brush.  The landscape shows us many colours, and lines.  The architecture gives us endless possibilities of design.  Our homes – look at the profile of a lamp, that design could be the start of something big.

You can connect with Dale Anne at her website, Facebook, Twitter, Zazzle, Red Bubble, Cafe Press, YouTube, and Talk Fusion.

Thank you Dale Anne!  I love your reminder to open our eyes!  Opening mine today meant seeing a beautiful sunset!

The Big Thanksgiving Event

Hopefully by now you’re just about ready for Thanksgiving!   We talked last week about the yummy food to make for the big day, and on Monday we talked about some fun crafts you and the kids can do together.  Today we’re bringing it all together with some decorations and table ideas to make your celebration shine.

Decorate the Entrance:

Turkey luminarias

Place Cards:

Pilgrims

Turkey prints

Leaves

Table Extras:

Turkey nut holder

Pom pom toms

Oak leaf bowl

Decorating the Table:

A festive table cloth

A Thank-You to your Guests:

Cute finger puppets

And if you’re still awake and still have time, Better Homes and Gardens has 28 more ideas for you to choose from.

I’m getting out my egg cartons and making a couple of nut holders for my family!   Have a Happy Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving Crafts

Last week we talked about Thanksgiving food, today we’re talking about Thanksgiving crafts, and Wednesday we’ll bring the whole thing together with thoughts and tips for setting up the big day.

Glowbird

Tiny Toms

Garland of Leaves

Thanksgiving Blocks

Thankful Centerpiece

Flaming Candle Holders

Cornhusk Votives

Thanksgiving Cards

Folded Leaves

Little Gobbler

Upstanding Pilgrim

What great craft ideas do you have to celebrate the season?  Share your ideas below.

Let’s Talk Turkey

Thanksgiving is just a week away so I thought we could start our planning of the yummy feast right now!  If you’re looking for something to change up your traditional holiday feast, here are the usual components with lots of new ideas for you!

Stuffing:

Cornbread sausage, roast turkey, apple and onions stuffin muffins, ciabatta stuffing with chestnuts and pancetta, old country, three bread, stuffing muffins, southwestern, wild rice, apple and sausage, stuffing cups, stuffing bread bowls, old fashioned turkey, mushroom pecan.

Dinner:

Herb roasted turkey, simple turkey, best gravy, cranberry glazed turkey, rosemary garlic turkey, brined roast turkey, orange roasted turkey.  And if you’re not a turkey fan, there’s beef tenderloin and chutney honey ham.

Sides:

Warm crab dip, sweet potato surprise, glazed carrots with pistachios, mashed potatoes, twice baked potatoes, potatoes with carrots, parsnips, and brussels spouts, stuffed sweet potatoes, pumpkin bean soup, cheesy mashed potato pots, lemony brussels sprouts, pumpkin dip, wild rice with dried fruit and nuts, braised potatoes, spicy tofu lettuce wraps, butter pecan sweet potatoes, scalloped potatoes, beet and apple salad, green bean casserole, nutty butternut squash, *gluten free* biscuits, honey wheat rolls.

Drinks:

Ginger beer, cranberry apple crush, sparkling cranberry rose, lavender infused lemonade, bourbon coolers, mulled red wine sangria, ginger cider, blissini.

Dessert:

Sweet tom turkeys, pumpkin gingerbread trifle, pumpkin roll cake, pecan squares, pear, apple and cranberry crisp, pumpkin maple bread pudding, carrot and pineapple cake, strawberry pretzel salad, fall fruit tart, marshmallow pilgrim hats, pumpkin pie, coconut key lime pie, mini cranberry meringues, fruit and nut chocolate sticks, old fashioned apple pie, cranberry ice cream pie, cranberry and apple crumble, old fashioned pumpkin pie, aut-yum leaves, *gluten free* pumpkin muffins, sweet turkey treats, almond bars, harvest pumpkin scones, thanksgiving muffins, pecan pie, pumpkin pie, chocolate peanut butter pie, black walnut shortbread cookies, chocolate cream pie, easy pumpkin mousse, fried pies, mile high cranberry apple pie, apple toffee tartlets.

Well, I think it’s time for me to try out some of those stuffing recipes (my favorite!!).  What’s your favorite part of the Thanksgiving meal?

Beautiful Breads

The holidays have a lot of great flavors, so to get started, let’s start with the basics.  Today we’re talking about bread.  Bread is a staple for many families and the holidays are a perfect time to be baking homemade bread.  Whether you have it ready for breakfast or you serve it on the table for guests, here are some yummy recipes to try.

Basic Breads:

No knead dinner rolls, buttery crescent rolls, sourdough bread, honey wheat bread, golden pita bread, mulit-grain sunflower bread, sandwich rye bread, honey oatmeal bread, gluten free whole grain bread, artisan bread bowls, oatmeal breakfast bread.

Savory choices:

Skillet cornbread, garlic rosemary flatbread, rosemary cornbread, herb focaccia, harvest grains bread with grape seed flour, golden cheese bread.

Sweet Slices:

Banana walnut loaf, coconut pineapple, cranberry bread, Irish soda bread, eggnog bread, pumpkin spice quick bread, wreath bread, challah bread, orange spice bread, turtle bread, pistachio poppy bread, apricot orange cranberry bread, cinnamon bread, fruit and nut braid.

I love sourdough breads, as well as sweet breads.  What are your favorite breads?