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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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Easter afternoon 1967 at my grandparents house in Milan, Tennessee. My cousin Karen and I (the only grandchildren at the time) received a duck and two chicks along with our Easter Basket. Bless their little hearts, the chicks were dyed hot pink and turquoise. Wishing you a joyous Easter. He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay. ~Matthew 28:6 Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2018 at Charm of the Carolines
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To receive the Wet Paint Monthly Newsletter directly to your inbox, simply email susan@susanejones.com and request to be added to the list. Enjoy! When I was a young teenager, I loved to spend a summer afternoon at the neighborhood pool reading Seventeen magazine, listening to the sounds of kids splashing... Continue reading
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Continuing my research of Irish recipes I ran across this interesting one for Colcannon. I've never heard of it before, but it doesn't look too difficult or fancy. It's made from hearty, stick-to-your-ribs potatoes, cabbage, leeks or onions and a bit of bacon. Colcannon can be a main entrée or a side dish. Colcannon Ingredients 2 1/2 pounds potatoes, peeled and cubed 4 slices bacon 1/2 small head cabbage, chopped 1 large leek white, chopped 1/2 cup milk 1/4 cup butter, melted salt and pepper to taste Place potatoes in a saucepan with enough water to cover. Bring to a boil, and cook for 15 to 20 minutes, until tender. Place bacon in a large, deep skillet. Cook over medium high heat until evenly brown. Drain, reserving drippings, crumble and set aside. In the reserved drippings, sauté the cabbage and onion until soft and translucent. Putting a lid on the... Continue reading
Posted Mar 14, 2018 at Charm of the Carolines
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I've really enjoyed working on my family's genealogy and learning about our Scots-Irish roots. I wish I had known this when my grandparents were living to learn any history or stories or recipes that come from that region. As it is I'm left to do my own research. Last week I made Corned Beef and Cabbage. Today I tried my hand at Irish Soda Bread. It was much easier than I anticipated. From Wikipedia, I learned, "Soda bread is a variety of quick bread traditionally made in a variety of cuisines in which sodium bicarbonate is used as a leavening agent instead of the traditional yeast. The ingredients of traditional soda bread are flour, baking soda, salt, and buttermilk. The buttermilk in the dough contains lactic acid, which reacts with the baking soda to form tiny bubbles of carbon dioxide. Other ingredients can be added such as butter, egg, raisins,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 12, 2018 at Charm of the Carolines
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In graduate school I had a "Graduate Assistantship" whereby I worked 20 hours a week in the International Student Services office and was paid minimum wage, however all of my tuition was waived. It was worth it! Not only did I take the required courses for an MBA, but I also took German, Vegetable Gardening, and a variety of other fun classes. Furthermore I worked for Handicapped Student Services taking notes for two students, one a quadriplegic junior and the other visually impaired freshman. So not only did I have my classes, but I sat in their classes taking notes. I love classes. I love to learn. It was a fun gig. In Vegetable Gardening I learned that a tomato is biologically a fruit but legally a veggie. Who knew? I also learned that in middle Tennessee April 15 is the 50% mark for a hard freeze. Meaning you have... Continue reading
Posted Mar 7, 2018 at Charm of the Carolines
Hello Michael, thanks for writing. The photo you asked about was loaned to me by a family friend.
Toggle Commented Mar 5, 2018 on Gram Parsons at Charm of the Carolines
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March has never been my favorite month. My friend Carol challenged me to find at least one thing every day in March that I love. She says God loves March, that's why he created it. I just need to look harder. I'm enjoying my search. In the 1970s my Dad researched his genealogy and gave his research to me. I've spent the last year researching my Mom's side. Additionally I purchased the DNA kit from Ancestry.com and was thrilled to see the DNA corroborated the research. Although we have ancestors from all over western Europe and Scandinavia, a large number are Scots-Irish. It may not be St. Patrick's Day yet, but I'm excited about celebrating my Irish roots this year and have gotten a jump on the celebrations by making Corned Beef and Cabbage. Corned Beef and Cabbage is not hard to make. I never even attempted it before last... Continue reading
Posted Mar 4, 2018 at Charm of the Carolines
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My beautiful friend Judy is a loving and dutiful wife to her husband who is feeling quite under the weather. What started as an aching back turned out to be "the disease which shall not be named" after several doctors visits. Words are powerful. So I will never give the disease more power by speaking its name aloud. But Love is more powerful. Comfort food made by the loving hands of caring friends is powerful. Prayer is Powerful. And God Almighty is Omnipotent and is Pure Light and Pure Love. He's got this. All I have to do is say the prayer and bake the comfort food. So Tuesday evening, Judy and her sweetie will be dining on homemade Turnip Greens Soup, French Baguette, and a special dessert for her Decatur-born husband, Bodacious Alabama Boy Bait. r Bodacious Alabama Boy Bait To be completely transparent, my recipe was strongly inspired... Continue reading
Posted Feb 26, 2018 at Charm of the Carolines
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It was a lovely Sunday afternoon painting with these amazing artists... Continue reading
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Since I teach several classes using the same lesson plan, I end up with multiple class demo paintings each week. This little bird is the second completed. Continue reading
When traveling through Louisville, my dear friend Scott purchases a bucket of KFC and enjoys it by the graveside of Col. Sanders at Cave Hill Cemetery. It's his own way of showing homage to a life well lived. So happy to hear you are a fan as well.
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To receive the Wet Paint Monthly Newsletter directly to your inbox, simply email susan@susanejones.com and request to be added to the list. Enjoy! I'll be honest. March is not my favorite month. In fact, it's my least favorite. It's duplicitous, all promises of warmth and spring and maybe even Easter... Continue reading
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Looking forward to spring and Mule Day!! Continue reading
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Just playing around with edges this afternoon. Here's a peak... Continue reading
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In this morning's Creative Spirits class we practiced painting with complimentary color underpaintings. I'm pleased with the results. See how it's done... Continue reading
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This sweet girl was the foster of my friend Cathy and was adopted by her forever mother for a whole week before she crossed the Rainbow Bridge. Both Mom and Foster Mom are heartbroken. This portrait was commissioned to pay homage to a sweet and loving pup who will forever... Continue reading
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So much fun painting with my special friends at Maury Hills Church. Thank you Jan for assisting and thank you Leesa for inviting us. Continue reading
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Wanted looser brushstrokes and softer edges, so I painted the Beach Lab again. Continue reading
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Practicing the "colorist" approach to painting this morning... Continue reading
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I'm freezing and have cabin fever and can't paint another winter bird. So here is a Spring Chickadee. We'll use this as a reference painting for one of my February paint-along classes. Continue reading