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Archive for the month “June, 2015”

Coming Soon…

Beginning July 1st, you will be able to find my work in the Village Fine Art Gallery at the Rochester Village Mall!

Very excited!!

‘Color is my daylong obsession, joy, and torment’ – Monet

I think this quote from Monet needs to go above the door in my studio… I’m looking for something anyways, SINCE THAT REMAINS THE AREA WHERE THE PAINT WON’T STICK!  Then I spent FOREVER in Home Depot, collecting paint swatches of EVERY shade of white, which I brought home and stuck up on the ceiling.  Found the closest match, put some on the wall paint that accidentally got on the ceiling and found it looked all wrong… so broke out another can of basic white ceiling paint – perfect match!  In high excitement, we started painting and found that the purple was coming off, the white REFUSED to blend into the ceiling and was not at all a perfect match, and nothing was right at all.

So our latest solution for the ROOM THAT WILL NOT DIE is not to apply paint all over the ceiling – trying to pounce cloud-like forms on it.  We hope it will hide our accidental paint damage (exacerbated by the painter’s carelessness), and hide all the errors made the previous people – whose undercoat still peeks through the white.


Awesome, Amazing, Easy Dessert


My “monkeybread” recipe has been a hit at many parties, but now I’ve developed an even more amazing, adult, version…

So easy and delicious!!

* 1 package frozen cinnamon rolls

* 3 apples

* a box of dates

* butter

*  dark chocolate chips

* coffee liqueur

* vanilla flavoring

* Spices: cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, dried orange peel

Pre-heat oven to 350, grease a 9×13 nonstick cake pan.

Use a pair of sharp kitchen scissors to cut the cinnamon rolls into 4ths (easier to do while slightly frozen) and put into a large mixing bowl.  Cut apples into 1/2″ cubes, toss in the mixing bowl.  Cut a bunch of dates into 3-4 pieces each (I like lots of dates), and toss them in too.  Toss in about a cup of chocolate chips.  Add a generous sprinkle of cinnamon, a light dash of nutmeg, a generous tablespoon of vanilla, and a quarter cup of coffee liqueur.  Add ginger and orange peel if you want – about half a teaspoon of ginger, and 1-2 tablespoons of dried orange peel.  Toss all of this together, mixing thoroughly.

Pour into the greased pan.  Add a few slivers of butter on top and tucked in all around.  Bake at 350 degrees until golden brown (about 45min – depending on your oven and how frozen the rolls were when you started).

Serve warm.

I don’t top with anything, but feel free to add cream cheese frosting, or coffee icing, or…?



I cannot begin to tell you how relieved I am that the paint is finally stabilizing on the walls and my sewing room will be finished soon!!!  What should have taken us 1-2 coats, has in fact taken about SIX coats of paint, from 2 different brands, but we finally have a room to move into!  While the hand-painted wisteria would have been absolutely GORGEOUS, I’m unspeakably relieved that I don’t HAVE to spend all the time and effort that would have taken.  I might still paint some on for fun, but at least it won’t be I MUST DO THE ENTIRE ROOM!

I swear though, all those layers of paint have made the room shrink at least 3″ on every side…

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