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Susan
middle Tennessee
You are an extraordinary woman, how can you expect to live an ordinary life? ~Louisa May Alcott
Interests: when asked if the glass is half full or half empty, i always respond "my glass overflows!, " blending all my passions into a balanced and harmonious life of family-friends-furbabies-travel-photography-good food-and wordsmithing. Oh yeah, and I love Doris Day. The first words I ever strung together were, "By the light" as in "By the light of the Silvery Moon." Mom sang it to me when I was a baby.
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If could have a super power, what would it be? Telepathy, telekinesis, teleportation? Mine would be time travel. And no other decade captures my fancy more than the 1940s. To imagine April in the 1940s, all you have to do is watch the Fred Astaire/Judy Garland movie Easter Parade. It... Continue reading
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It was 74* and sunny two days ago and today is freezing and snowing flakes the size of silver dollars. Needless to say I don't want to leave the cottage today, so I'm making a large pot of soup. This is the first time I've made soup in my Instant Pot, a recent gift from my brother for my birthday. I like this recipe because it's Paleo and Good Carb and reminds me of another fav - Turnip Green Soup. I have no idea what Whole30 is, but I bet it's that, too. If nothing else, it's delicious! Try it!! Instant Pot Smoked Sausage, Navy Bean & Vegetable Soup Ingredients 1/2 bag dry navy beans 1-2 tbsp olive oil 14 oz smoked sausage, quartered and sliced into bite-size pieces 1 onion, diced 2 cloves garlic, minced 2 carrots, peeled and chopped 3 stalks celery, chopped 1 tsp thyme 2 tsp... Continue reading
Posted Mar 11, 2017 at Charm of the Carolines
Maria, I believe the circular chrome portion of the table is simply part of its design. It certainly adds to the structural integrity of the table. Thank you for stopping by! susan
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When I was a young lady, my boyfriend invited me to spend Christmas Day at his grandmother’s house up on the plateau towards east Tennessee. We enjoyed the trip and conversations with his family and a delicious feast prepared by his grandmother. Of course I was taught to always say ‘thank you’ but upon returning home my mother instructed me to send a “Bread & Butter” note with a small gift of boxed linen handkerchiefs. When relaying this story to a group of ladies, many had never heard of a “Bread & Butter” note. It is a rather odd name for a note of thanks for someone’s generous hospitality. One of the ladies found this thorough article by Elizabeth Cottrell from the blog Heartspoken regarding “Bread & Butter” notes, and I’d like to share a portion of it with you here. Term first used in the United States Michael Quinion,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 3, 2017 at Charm of the Carolines
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Each February the Kiwanis host an indoor Yard Sale to benefit Imagination Library. It's a great way to get a jump on your spring cleaning, but that only works if you don't return to shop and haul a load back home. I thought I was going to get out the door with only a small purchase of an "Occupied Japan" child's teapot. Isn't it adorable??? But then Dwaine Beck picks up the microphone and makes an announcement that the books are FREE!!! I can't say no to a good book, especially a southern Junior League cookbook, from Savannah, no less. And though I love seafood and can't wait to make some of the fish recipes, I choose a meal based on the ingredients I had in the cupboard... Spanky's River Street Homestyle Chile. I'm not sure why the recipe says this dish is very hot. It wasn't hot with spice... Continue reading
Posted Feb 28, 2017 at Charm of the Carolines
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Hello Sunshine! Upon attaining enlightenment it is said that the great Vedic gods presented the Buddha with an offering of eight Auspicious Symbols, each carrying a special blessing. I love this concept of Auspicious Symbols, and I’m sure many of you do, too. A Rainbow, a Butterfly, a Cross, all... Continue reading
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Today I'm pleased to introduce a guest blogger, my buddy Skip Torrans, owner of Torrans Manufacturing Company in Jefferson, Texas, which manufactures retro-inspired metal lawn furniture and picnic coolers. He is also the author of "A History of the Metal Lawn Chair...What We Know Now." Skip is a kindred spirit, lover of all things vintage and nostalgic, and a talented storyteller. Please enjoy his thoughts below, a wistful stroll through beautiful, mid-century picnic coolers. Acton Vintage Metal Picnic Coolers Just the very mention of anything vintage or retro conjures up nostalgic mental images of happy times from what has affectionately become termed as “back in the day.” It’s a play on words your parents or grandparents would say when admonishing you over some seemingly odd infraction or other. Something like, “Why back when I was a kid we didn’t have electric lights and fancy TV sets. All we had was... Continue reading
Posted Feb 3, 2017 at Charm of the Carolines
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I love history and cooking, so it's no wonder I'm devouring my new purchase, Anne Byrn's book American Cake. Many recipes have caught my eye and I can't wait to make them. Water Cake is just one of the recipes. Ms. Byrn tells us the recipe originated with in South Carolina at the rice plantation of Harriott Pinckney Horry in the 18th century. Mrs. Horry wrote down her "reciepts" in a diary which have been published in the book A Colonial Plantation Cookbook. According to her diary, Harriott was the daughter of Eliza Lucas Pinckney, a strong woman who pioneered indigo cultivation in South Carolina. Harriott housed Revolutionary War refugees when the British occupied nearby Charleston. After the war, Harriott entertained General George Washington at her home and traveled, writing about her journeys, meals, and discoveries. I can't wait to get my own copy of her diary. It's the closest... Continue reading
Posted Feb 1, 2017 at Charm of the Carolines
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January Morning at Andrew Jackson's Hermitage​ 6 x 8 oils on linen Today is so beautiful, warm and sunny, I decided to treat myself to a day at The Hermitage, home of President Andrew Jackson, to paint en plein air. Not many January days are 65* and glorious! Continue reading
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This morning I'm daydreaming of the first official day of spring here in Maury County, MULE DAY!! Continue reading
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Inspired by a short article from Southern Living magazine... Certain sounds are distinctly Southern, the hum of cicadas on a warm summer night or the rumble of hot thunder every afternoon during the dog days of summer. But the South’s true calling card is the melodic sound of a beautiful Southern accent. Not all accents are alike, but just enough sweetness carries over from Appalachia to Alabama to East Texas to tie them all together, marking a certain Southern way of speaking. And a Southern drawl doesn’t go unnoticed… if someone’s ever stopped you mid-sentence or insisted you say “y’all” one more time, you might can relate. Here are things only those with Southern accents will understand: 1. You're constantly being told everything your accent is or is not. “Oh my gosh, your accent is so_____!” Cute, Strong, Funny, Subtle, Strange… 2. You experience two instances where it genuinely gets... Continue reading
Posted Jan 29, 2017 at Charm of the Carolines
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Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner are enthusiastic Contemporary Art collectors and display beautiful works of art in their home. Their guidelines for collecting art art simple; it must be a piece that they both LOVE and can LIVE with. They became inspired to try their hand at painting. The couple is now a fan of painting “date nights.” My guess is that they are 'colorists.' Photo Credit Courtesy of Ivanka Trump via Instagram. Continue reading
Posted Jan 29, 2017 at Charm of the Carolines
Sandra, This post is about Mrs. Pence and her watercolor paintings. Charm of the Carolines is my personal blog. Mrs. Pence is not connected with this blog, so don't be offended if she doesn't respond. The best way I know to reach her is through the contact page on whitehouse.gov and her personal twitter handle @secondlady. Best of luck!
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"We are all artists. And some of us are painters." ~ susan elizabeth jones Tony Bennett is best known as a legendary singer and entertainer. Yet as a child growing up in Astoria, NY, one of his first career ambitions was to be a painter. Bennett was commissioned to be the official artist of the 2001 Kentucky Derby and created two original watercolors for this historic racing event ("Kickin' Up Dirt 1", "Kickin' Up Dirt 2") Many of his paintings depict scenes from his window in New York. I am more drawn to his paintings with colorful flags both at home And abroad Wonder if he would consider teaching a workshop?? Continue reading
Posted Jan 27, 2017 at Charm of the Carolines
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Cherry Blossoms Class Demo 12 x 16 acrylics on canvas, $100 Great class tonight. Exceptionally talented artists. Continue reading
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Feathering My Nest 12 x 16 acrylics on canvas, $360 Continue reading
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Hello my little Sugar Lumps! Welcome to the month of Love! To be the shortest month of the year, February is my favorite. Not only is it the month of Prophesying Groundhogs, Valentines, Superbowls, Mardis Gras and Presidents, it is also my birthday month. And if that isn't enough, February... Continue reading
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Sunday afternoon I enjoyed the beauty of Columbia's Athenaeum Rectory and the company of seven artists. We painted the Nest. Great job ladies!! Nest class demo 12 x 16 acrylics on canvas, $100 Continue reading
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Recently I had the pleasure to teach a group of talented artists at the Centennial Club in Green Hills. We painted a study of Claude Monet's Water Lilies. Above is my class demonstration painting. Continue reading
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Karen Pence, wife of Vice President Mike Pence, is an artist and her specialty is watercolors of homes and historical buildings. As Second Lady, Mrs. Pence will continue to bring attention to Art and art therapy programs. "She was the honorary chair of the Art Therapy Initiative at Riley Children’s Hospital in Indianapolis and is a member of Riley Children’s Hospital Foundation Board. She also serves as a board member for Tracy’s Kids, an art therapy program for several children’s hospitals in the Washington, D.C. area. She has observed art therapy programs in Israel, Canada, Japan, and Germany," according to her page on whitehouse.gov. Photo Credits: whitehouse.gov stock headshot and Sharon Butler at twocoatsofpaint.com for photos from the Indiana State Fair. Continue reading
Posted Jan 21, 2017 at Charm of the Carolines
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Karen Pence, wife of Vice President Mike Pence, is an artist and her specialty is watercolors of homes and historical buildings. As Second Lady, Mrs. Pence will continue to bring attention to Art and Art Therapy programs. She was the honorary chair of the Art Therapy Initiative at Riley Children’s... Continue reading
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The first ever peaceful transition of power after bitterly contested popular elections fought by principled partisans occurred in America in the “Revolution of 1800,” after elections that gave the Republican party led by Thomas Jefferson control over both the presidency and congress. Both the Republicans and their opponents, the Federalist... Continue reading
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The first ever peaceful transition of power after bitterly contested popular elections fought by principled partisans occurred in America in the “Revolution of 1800,” after elections that gave the Republican party led by Thomas Jefferson control over both the presidency and congress. Both the Republicans and their opponents, the Federalist party, believed that the fundamental principles of democracy were at stake in the conflict between the two parties. Sound familiar? And yet America prospered and became the greatest nation on the planet. Today, once again, the world will watch the peaceful transition of power in the U.S. Donald J. Trump will be sworn in as the 45th president, OUR President. Let us pray for his success. God bless America. Continue reading
Posted Jan 20, 2017 at Charm of the Carolines
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Apple 8 x 10 acrylics on canvas Enjoyed painting with the ladies today at Rippavilla... Continue reading
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"I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear." ~ Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Continue reading
Posted Jan 17, 2017 at Charm of the Carolines