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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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With my love for all things from the 1940s, here comes a recipe just in time for Thanksgiving.... Sausage & Prune Dressing reprinted from the November 2014 issue of Yankee Magazine. May have to try this one... Ingredients: 10 ounces pitted prunes, roughly chopped 3 tablespoons olive oil, plus more for pan 1-1/2 pounds sweet Italian sausage, casings removed 1-1/2 large onions, any type, diced 2 celery stalks, diced 3 large cloves garlic, minced 3 to 4 teaspoons kosher or sea salt 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper 10 fresh sage leaves 4 cups chopped Swiss chard (from 1 bunch), large stems removed 1 pound two- or three-day-old crusty white bread, cut into 1-1/2-inch chunks (see "Note," above) 2 cups reduced-sodium chicken stock 1 large egg Instructions: Preheat your oven to 350° and set a rack to the middle position. Lightly oil a 9x13-inch baking dish... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Charm of the Carolines
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In my Christmas Movie Marathon waiting out the Cold Virus running its course, I watched Christmas in Connecticut (1945) with Barbara Stanwyck. It's a favorite and a classic! During WWII, Jeffersonson Jones and a fellow sailor float in a liferaft for 18 days after his ship has been torpedoed. While waiting to be rescued Jones dreams about steak and baked potatoes, asparagus with hollandaise sauce, chocolate cake and ice cream. However, the doctors at the Naval hospital have a different idea about the nurishment needed for the shipwrecked survivor: a bowl of milk with a raw egg floating in the center—even though his shipmate dines on steak and chicken Maryland. Still dreaming of that special meal, Jones comes across the menu of the month by Elizabeth Lane, “America’s Best Cook,” in Smart Housekeeping magazine: a Christmas dinner featuring roast goose, bernoise, walnut dressing and giblet gravy, cranberry-orange relish, buttered green... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Charm of the Carolines
One highlight in being sick for three days has been the opportunity to pull out all my favorite Christmas DVDs and to get a jump on watching them before the Holidays begin. Holiday Inn, White Christmas, Christmas in Connecticut, A Christmas Story, and The Holiday are my favorites. What I didn't know was a short film from 1945 also resides on the DVD of Christmas in Connecticut. It won an Oscar in 1946 for best Short Film. Why have I never heard of it?? Now there is another title on the list of favorites, Star in the Night. Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Charm of the Carolines
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I"m feeling much better today, thank you. But for the past three days I've felt under the weather and haven't left the house, changed out of my jammies, or consumed anything beyond hot tea and tiny little Vitamin C -packed citrus fruits. (With the exception of yesterday afternoon when my parent dropped off a care package on my front steps containing soups, Gaterade, turnip greens and other comfort food essentials.) Severe cold? Flu? I don't know. It's cold and rainy and I feel miserable. I'm just ready to feel like my old self and get back to work painting, teaching, decorating the display window downtown for Christmas, preparing for my upcoming Studio Sale. I'm even excited about our family's non-traditional Thanksgiving Pizza plans later this week and spending next weekend volunteering at the 150th reenactment of the Battle of Spring Hill. And then the Columbia Christmas Parade which is always... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Charm of the Carolines
Happy Holidays! The Holidays are upon us. It seems like the time between Halloween and New Years speeds by in a blur. One minute you are trick-or-treating with the kids and next you're packing up the Christmas decorations to store away for next year. So my wish for you this... Continue reading
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Creating a new collection of small paintings titled Puddles & Play. Red Wellingtons 6 x 8 acrylics on archival-quality panel, $140 Continue reading
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November 2, 1966- A rare, early-season snowstorm strikes the mid state, as Nashville ties its record for greatest one-day snowfall for November, measuring 7.2" Two year old Susan loves the early season snowfall. My cousin Karen was visiting and had to stay longer than planned due to the heavy snowfall. The meteorologists are excited to be predicting flurries this evening. I hope we see a few this far south in Columbia, but it won't be the earliest flurries by far. Continue reading
Posted Nov 16, 2014 at Charm of the Carolines
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Friday evening we painted with palette knives at the Family Center in Columbia. I love how different each painting looks, each artist making their mark with unique brushstrokes and color choices. Beautiful job ladies!! Continue reading
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We painted Christmas presents, literally, at Rippavilla this week. Continue reading
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Yesterday I spent a lovely day painting with several talented artists at The Renaissance Center in Dickson, TN. We painted portraits of our own homes. After a lecture on shapes, values, atmospheric perspective and linear perspective, it was time to begin. I always recommend starting as far back as possible... Continue reading
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Missing my sweet friend Kitty Bray this weekend. After teaching a Pet Portrait Workshop at The Renaissance Center in Dickson, TN, yesterday, I drove up I-40 to McKays Used Books. I love this store. I always arrive with a box of used books and get a credit large enough to purchase more. Yesterday I found a book titled Southern Grace, Recipes and Remembrances from The W. My first memory of The W was in the late 1980s when a young man I was dating from Columbus, Mississippi, invited me to visit his family for the weekend. Columbus, Mississippi, is a beautiful southern town full of antebellum homes and this impressive university. I remember Jim driving by the front of the school and pointing out the sign to the school that he said he and his dad donated. Today, Kitty's daughter attends The W. I haven't cooked any of the recipes... Continue reading
Posted Oct 26, 2014 at Charm of the Carolines
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Ladies of Robertson Fork Church painting barns and lighthouses this evening. Sweet ladies. Continue reading
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Enjoyed painting with the talented students at The Art Attic. We painted our own versions of a simplified seascape inspired by an E. H. Potthast work. Continue reading
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It's always a joy painting at the Marshall County Arts Guild!! Continue reading
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Enjoyed teaching at Maury County Arts in the Park this past Saturday and already looking forward to next year's event! Continue reading
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Happy Autumn! One of the core principals of becoming a professional artist is to paint consistently. People desire art they recognize and want others to recognize. Think of Van Gogh, Thomas Kincaid, Mary Engelbrecht, Hunt Slonem, Banksy and others whose work you recognize immediately. I've always been taught that the... Continue reading
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Happy Autumn! One of the core principals of becoming a professional artist is to paint consistently. People desire art they recognize and want others to recognize. Think of Van Gogh, Thomas Kincaid, Mary Engelbrecht, Hunt Slonem, Banksy and others whose work you recognize immediately. I've always been taught that the more an artist paints, the more his/her recognizable style develops. And this might be true for most artists. However, the more I paint, the more styles and mediums and subjects and tools and processes I want to utilize. As much as I love cottages, I can't imagine painting only adorable cottages or only pet portraits or only anything else. What my paintings may lack in consistency they make up for in "painterlyness"... loose edges, luscious colors, lots of layers and a selection of subject matter that bring to head and heart mental postcards from home.... beloved dogs, rural and small... Continue reading
Posted Oct 20, 2014 at Charm of the Carolines
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Chills? Fever? Cold or Flu? I never really gave it much thought. Chicken soup and bed rest seems to be the remedy for whatever ails. However, while watching season 2 of Downton Abbey in the marathon to prepare for the upcoming season 5 starting in the US in January, I got curious about the Spanish flu epidemic of 1918. As quickly as it takes to serve the first course at dinner, three people in the Downton Abbey household come down with symptoms. In the early days of the last century, people died of flu, pneumonia, childbirth and in other scenarios that we don't worry about much anymore. This I knew. What I didn't know is how many people were affected by the pandemic of 1918 and 1919. More than 50 million people were killed. To put that in perspective, it was five times more deaths than the military personnel deaths... Continue reading
Posted Oct 13, 2014 at Charm of the Carolines
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What a delightful way to spend the evening painting with my friends at Maury County Park! Great job ladies!! Continue reading
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What a lovely day painting with my friends Kitty and Rachel at Rachel's parents' home just off the Natchez Trace Parkway north of Natchez, Mississippi, Brandon Hall. One of the advantages of painting at a Bed and Breakfast that is also a special events venue is that there are plenty... Continue reading
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I've just spent the past week in Natchez, Mississippi, and just across the Mississippi River in Louisiana. If there is anything I've learned this week it's that the "South" is not one culture.... it's comprised of MANY diverse, delicious and colorful heritages and cultures. Just to list one thing I discovered was Mayhaw Jelly. Where has this been all my life?? The Mayhaw tree grows in moist soil found in southern wetlands and along creek and river banks. The berries ripen in April and May and are picked to make jelly. And since August 1, 2014, The Mayhaw is the official state fruit tree of Louisiana. To make Mayhaw jelly, you must pick the fruit and boil it in a large stock pot or dutch oven and then let it cool. Strain fruit pulp from the juice using a cheesecloth. Measure out 6 cups of Mayhaw juice and return to... Continue reading
Posted Oct 6, 2014 at Charm of the Carolines