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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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Many of you already know that I teach at The Art Attic in Franklin, Tenn, which is the studio of an amazingly talented artist Shannon Haas. Shannon was recently commissioned to paint three paintings of cows for a new restaurant in our town, Tupelo Honey Cafe. The Creative Spirits class... Continue reading
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If you are from Tennessee, chances are you love football, and more specifically and not necessarily in this order: 1) the Tennessee Titans, 2) Any team playing the Ravens, and 3) whichever team Peyton is currently playing for. Peyton led the Tennessee Volunteers to the 1997 SEC Championship in his senior season and he never left our hearts. I remember attending the first Tennessee Titans game in Nashville when we played the Indianapolis Colts for the first time at home. As much as we love the Titans, our dear Peyton, playing for the opposing team, received a standing ovation. And after this afternoon, Peyton becomes the oldest quarterback to take his team to the Superbowl. And he's given this Titans fan a reason to watch. Looking forward to Superbowl L. Continue reading
Posted Jan 24, 2016 at Charm of the Carolines
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I am preparing for an Art Camp for Adults and teaching the "sculpting" approach to painting. Here is the progression: Continue reading
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Happy Groundhog Day! Happy Birthday to me!! Happy Chinese New Year!! Happy Art Camp Day!!! Happy Valentine's Day!!! Happy Presidents' Day!!! Happy Mardi Gras!! Happy Leap Day!!!! February is a month to Celebrate!! A big Thank You to former student Cary Blue for alerting me to an Ebay auction of... Continue reading
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On this cold, snowy day, I'm enjoying the warmth of my studio with four dogs and one cat drapped about and a steaming cup of tea. And painting, of course. Continue reading
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In the Creative Spirits painting class I teach on Tuesday mornings, our study of late afternoon light continues. Continue reading
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Fun night painting with younger artists. Love these adorable faces!! Continue reading
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My sweet friend Sonja demonstrated how to make homemade dog food at an event this weekend, and she sent home with me the results and the recipe. I warmed up the stew and served it over a bit of dry kibble to my two dogs and two fosters who are with me until we can find a forever home. They lapped it up. They lapped it up. Can you say "Food Coma?" The main ingredients in the recipe are turkey and pumpkin. I know exactly how they feel. It wasn't too long we celebrated Thanksgiving with copious amounts of both and with similar results. Thank you Sonja!! Candi Suzanne’s Favorite Stew Grain Free Homemade Dog Food Ingredients: 2 Pounds, Protein, Ground Turkey or Canned Salmon are Good Options 1Bag/2 Cups, Spinach, Washed and then Chop Fine 1 Bag/2Cups, Carrots, Shredded and Chopped Fine 2 Cups, Squash, Zucchini, Yellow, and/or Butternut... Continue reading
Posted Jan 17, 2016 at Charm of the Carolines
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In the Creative Spirits class on Tuesday mornings at The Art Attic in Franklin, we are studying late afternoon sunlight and its affect on our color selection in paintings. It's a challenging subject to tackle, but these students are not afraid of a good, creative challenge. I love their works... Continue reading
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What a pleasure to lead a group of talented artists to paint a lovely winter cardinal. Great job ladies!! Continue reading
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Today I'm working on my reference paintings for February classes. I think I'll use this one for a special Valentine's Day class sponsored by Spring Hill Parks and Recreation. Singles can paint it as a single painting. Couples can paint it as a diptych. Plus it's painted with palette knife,... Continue reading
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We enjoyed an afternoon of painting yesterday at The Art Attic. Our subject? Memaw's Marmalade. Breakfast Anyone? Continue reading
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This morning I had the pleasure of painting a commission for a long-time collector. Meet the family's newest addition, Cheney. What a beautiful pup!! Continue reading
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New for the New Year I'm creating programs for Spring Hill Parks and Rec.... birthday parties for children and adults, baby showers, bridal showers, and team-building workshops for area businesses. Today I am working on the sample paintings and brochures to promote the events. Continue reading
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So Annelle came through and shared her recipe with me for her grandmother's Boiled Custard. I had to try it, and will say I will never purchase pre-packaged Boiled Custard again. Homemade Boiled Custard is the BOMB!!! Here is Annelle's Recipe: But wouldn't you know I didn't have all the ingredients. So this is what I made... Susan's Boiled Custard 7 cups whole, organic milk 7 egg yolks 1 cup sugar 1 tsp almond meal 1 Tsp Vanilla In a big pot, pour in milk and turn heat on medium to heat the milk, but not let it boil. In a bowl whisk together egg yolks and sugar and set aside. When milk is hot, pour a little into the egg/sugar mixture and whisk to warm it up. Continue to add hot milk to warm up the mixture. When you are confident the eggs won't curdle, pour the mixture into... Continue reading
Posted Jan 2, 2016 at Charm of the Carolines
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Can you believe it's already 2016?? Seems like only yesterday we were partying like it was 1999. But it's true. Welcome to 2016. Do you have any traditions or rituals to ring in the new year? I tend to cook on New Year's Day. And I usually use the ham bone from Christmas dinner or the ham bone plus turkey from Thanksgiving leftovers wrapped and frozen for a month. I have several recipes that use these items, like Gumbo or Turnip Greens Soup. But today I made a family favorite, Hoppin' John. Hoppin' John satisfies my nostalgic need to eat black-eyed peas and pork for New Year's luck and prosperity. Some say the tradition of eating it for luck started after the Civil War, when Union soldiers raided Confederate food supplies. They took everything except for the black eyed peas(which is stored like a dried bean). Southerners were spared starvation... Continue reading
Posted Jan 1, 2016 at Charm of the Carolines
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Annus Mirabilis noun an·nus mi·ra·bi·lis \ˈa-nəs-mə-ˈrä-bə-ləs : a remarkable or notable year Don't you just love new beginnings? The year is full of them, most notably January 1 to coincide with the calendar, and then there is Easter when the earth springs to life and we transition to warmer weather... Continue reading
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Art Camp for Adults! It's very similar to Art Camps offered to kids, but I've switched out Mimosas for juice boxes. Join me!! Continue reading
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My southern sister Annelle is one of the best cooks in these parts. Just look at this photo of her family's dessert, including her homemade Boiled Custard made from her grandmother's recipe. I'm inspired. When asked for the recipe, Annelle posted this... Well, she wouldn't be the first Southern Belle to closely guard a secret family recipe. But she did share this secret.... Annelle stirs her recipe constantly and vigorously with this fancy Pampered Chef whisk. Stay tuned. I don't have a fancy whisk, but I plan to attempt this piece of culinary art on Christmas Eve day for my family's Christmas Eve dinner. Wish me luck!!! Continue reading
Posted Dec 22, 2015 at Charm of the Carolines
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I'm exhausted, but it's a good kind of tired. Today I taught two classes and a workshop. In fact I teach many days and forget to post the photos here. The Creative Spirits class ran from 9:30am to 10:45. The Rooster Paint-Along ran from 11:30 to 2. And the House... Continue reading
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I've been southern since the day I was born, but yesterday I heard about a traditional southern dish that I've never heard of before, and it got me curious. The first and most popular use of "Cooter Pie" came from the Urban Dictionary. An affectionate name said to someone jokingly with a southern, trucker like accent. Usually very loudly and followed typically by laughing and associated with boob slapping. Well, that was a first, too. Boob slapping. Really?? Apparently a "cooter" is a turtle. That is, in the south. The Urban Dictionary had many interesting definitions for this word that simply don't apply to this post. Turtles are hunted a variety of ways, including "noodling" which is a hunting style I was aware of, though I've never been cooter noodling. Once while frog gigging, one of the boys caught a turtle and cut off his head with plans for making... Continue reading
Posted Nov 29, 2015 at Charm of the Carolines
Hi Sgt Mike, I'm sorry I don't know how the love story of Josephine ends, but I will research it and let you know. The current love story of Joey + Rory has my attention and prayers. If you are not familiar with this couple, I encourage you to read the past few posts on Rory Feek's blog. http://thislifeilive.com/ Thank you for your service. And Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!! Susan
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