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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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Today we remember and honor the 2,403 citizens of the United States who were killed in the Japanese surprise attack at Pearl Harbor in Hawaii on December 7, 1941. And salute the members of the Greatest Generation who answered to call to defend Freedom. “Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few.” ~Sir Winston Churchill Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Charm of the Carolines
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Disclaimer! This is a very old recipe and I take NO responsibility for how it tastes! Take a pottle (half a gallon!) of sweet thick Cream, and the white of eyght Egs (8 eggs), and beate them altogether, with a spoone, then put them into your cream with a dishfull of Rosewater, and a dishfull of Sugar withall, then take a sticke and make it clene, and then cut it in the end foursquare, and therewith beat all the aforesaid things together, and ever as it ariseth take it off, and put it in to a Cullender, this doone, take a platter and setae an Apple in the midst of it, stick a thicke bush of Rosemary in the Apple. Then cast your Snow upon the Rosemary and fill your platter therewith, and if you have wafers cast some withall, and so serve them forthe. Consider the availability of ingredients... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Charm of the Carolines
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On the day after Thanksgiving there is inevitably thoughts on what to do with the leftovers. My personal favorite is to make Gumbo. Over the years manufacturers have offered their suggestions. You probably won't find me making any of these, though I do find them hilarious! Cranberry Candles, anyone?? Or skip the cooking altogether and just make a TV dinner. Or for those worried about stretching their ration points, there is alway spam... Don't forget liquor and cigarettes Or Hot Dr. Pepper. And we can always look forward to Christmas ideas for the coming days... Continue reading
Posted Nov 25, 2016 at Charm of the Carolines
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We had a great afternoon painting our beloved furbabies at the Pet Portrait Workshop at the Art Attic. Great job ladies!! Continue reading
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Thanksgiving Greetings to you on this special American holiday. Continue reading
Posted Nov 24, 2016 at Charm of the Carolines
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Yesterday I saw a segment of a news magazine program on the benefits of Turmeric. I've never cooked with Turmeric, but I'm always open to trying new things. Seems it can be added to just about any dish to spice it up. One thing it didn't warn against was how staining it is. Between painting and cooking with pomegranate and turmeric, I've ruined a brand-new shirt. So be warned, especially if you are naturally messy. Guilty. Spiced Pomegranate Rice Ingredients 4 Servings 2-3 tablespoons good olive oil 1 small onion, diced 1 garlic clove, peeled, crushed or equivalent minced 1 cup basmati rice 1 teaspoon ground turmeric 1½ cups chicken broth ½ cup pomegranate seeds 2-3 scallions, thinly sliced ¼ teaspoon Aleppo, Chili, or other red ground pepper or to taste Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste Preparation Heat oil in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat.... Continue reading
Posted Nov 21, 2016 at Charm of the Carolines
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One of the sweetest Christmas dinners I've ever attended was given by my sister-in-law 25 years ago when she was a student at MTSU and had only been dating my brother a few months. Beth lived in Natchez Place apartments, across the street from campus and the home of the... Continue reading
Hi Robin, Pumpkin Chess Pie, yum! I don't have any more recipes from Bell Buckle Cafe, but I'll do some research and see what I can find. Might have to drive over there and investigate further.
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Jason Saunders opens his studio for two days each autumn to show and sell the work he has painted over the past 12 months. I was able to attend the Open Studio on Friday afternoon. It was heaven! Jason and his family live on a farm just south of Leipers... Continue reading
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Each time I find myself on the far west side of Nashville, I like to treat myself to a visit to McKay's used bookstore. It's a treasure trove full of books, audio books, DVDs, comic books and video games for sale as little as a nickle. On a recent visit, I found an adorable first edition cookbook filled not only with recipes, but adorable watercolor illustrations and pithy quotes. It's Autumn by Susan Branch. I would love to meet Ms Branch. I think we are kindred spirits, Sistahs! One of the recipes captured my fancy and even though I don't have a working oven at the moment (lightning strike), I had to make it. Out comes my precious, red "Easy Bake Oven" to make Indian Pudding. The hardest part of this recipe was adjusting ingredients to fit the pan that fits in the Easy Bake Oven, adjusting the bake time... Continue reading
Posted Nov 13, 2016 at Charm of the Carolines
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Last night I had the pleasure to visit the home and studio of Mark and Lori Putnam in Charlotte, Tennessee. They were hosting an Open House and Paint-out. I also registered for the Lori's painting demo, which was amazing! Lori recently hosted a workshop in Limoux, France, and gave us... Continue reading
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The Chicago Cubs won their first World Series championship in 108 years with a thrilling seven-game triumph over the Cleveland Indians. And for his efforts on Wednesday night and throughout the series, Franklin, Tennessee's own Ben Zobrist was named World Series MVP. Ben Zobrist is the first Cub ever to win a World Series MVP, since there was no such award in 1908, the last time the Cubs won it all. Zobrist drove home the go-ahead run in the 10th inning of Game 7 with an RBI double, and for the series was 10-for-28 with two doubles and a triple, hitting .357/.419/.500. It culminated a fruitful first season as a Cub for Zobrist, who won the World Series in 2015 as a member of the Kansas City Royals, as well. After signing a four-year, $56 million as a free agent with Chicago last winter, Zobrist hit .272/.386/.446 with 18 home... Continue reading
Posted Nov 4, 2016 at Charm of the Carolines
Yes, Valerie. I foster mostly with Russell Rescue of Tennessee, but also work with Pet Pals of Maury county and Snooty Giggles. It's very rewarding work that I highly recommend.
Toggle Commented Nov 4, 2016 on American Cake at Charm of the Carolines
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Foster Failure. Welcome to the family Max!! My cup overflows. Literally. My cup overflows with puppy dogs. With the adoption of Max, I find my home at capacity and will no longer be able to foster. Although I will miss the joy of fostering, I can't help but love my adorable new furbaby. New as a permanent member of the family, but not new to the family. He's lived here since January 1 when he was found hungry and freezing as a stray on the steps of Riverside Elementary. When a foster parent adopts their foster pup, it is called "Foster Failure." I find this term perplexing. It's a failure but it's also a win. But so are so many other "failures." J.K. Rowling's manuscript of Harry Potter was rejected by 12 publishers before the Bloomsbury Publishing took a chance on it. Ms. Rowling was the first author to become... Continue reading
Posted Oct 22, 2016 at Charm of the Carolines
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This week I had the pleasure to meet Kevin, Wanda, and MooShu MacPherson at his presentation at the Brentwood Library sponsored by the Chestnut Group. I've been a huge fan of his work ever since I learned about plein air painting seven years ago. And though I think of Kevin... Continue reading
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Foster Failure. Welcome to the family Max!! My cup overflows. Literally. My cup overflows with puppy dogs. With the adoption of Max, I find my home at capacity and will no longer be able to foster. Although I will miss the joy of fostering, I can't help but love my... Continue reading
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“The recipe for American cake looks something like this – one part technique and history from a homeland, one part available ingredients, and one part American spirit.” – Anne Byrn, American Cake Can't wait for my newest book to arrive. American Cake is the creation of Nashville-native Anne Byrn, most commonly known as the Cake Mix Doctor. It's part cookbook and part history book According to Ms. Byrn... Cakes have been my passion, obsession, and occupation. I have enjoyed a celebratory, eyes-wide-open life marked by cake, candles, and good times spent with family and friends. Which is why I wrote American Cake, to show how cake has always been part of the American story. I share the deep and real stories and authentic recipes behind our country’s classic – as well as lesser-known – cakes, from past to present. It was a sweet experience… to pardon the pun. And had... Continue reading
Posted Oct 21, 2016 at Charm of the Carolines
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We enjoyed a fun and creative evening painting at the Center for Sustainable Stewardship in Franklin last night. Palette knife classes can be a bit messy and challenging, but the results are beautiful!! Continue reading
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Painting with a palette knife is not easy, but these artists practiced and were able to paint beautiful portraits of this cow, Ms. Ima Bovine. Continue reading
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These ladies did a great job painting portraits of the regal, old barn on Carters Creek Pike Continue reading
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Today in Creative Spirits we painted a water lily blossom and lily pads. We are spending October and November painting water. Continue reading
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I love Brussel Sprouts and keep them on hand in the freezer to pop in the oven to roast with carrots and onions and other veggies often. But occasionally I'll cook them on the cook-top, simmered with other delicious flavor combinations. Here is a favorite recipe that is savory and sweet. Brussel Sprouts Lardons Ingredients 2 tablespoons good olive oil 6 ounces bacon, 1/4-inch diced 1/2 white or yellow onion, diced 1 1/2 pounds Brussels sprouts, trimmed and cut in half 3/4 teaspoon sea salt 3/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper 3/4 cup dried, sweet fruit like golden raisins or diced prunes 1 3/4 cups Chicken stock or broth Heat the olive oil in a large skillet and add the bacon. Cook over medium heat until the fat is rendered and the bacon is golden brown and crisp, 5 to 10 minutes. Remove the bacon to a plate lined with... Continue reading
Posted Oct 13, 2016 at Charm of the Carolines
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Awoke this morning to my first really Autumn day, beautiful sunny day but chilly and crisp. Decided to make my own version of Sausage and Lentil Soup for supper this evening, loosely based on Ina Garten's recipe from her book Barefoot in Paris. Ingredients 1 pound French green lentils, or in my case, a partially used bag of brown lentils in the pantry 1/4 cup olive oil, plus extra for serving 4 cups diced yellow onions or in my case, one bag frozen, diced white onion 4 cups chopped leeks, white and light green parts only (2 leeks), or in my case, one cleaned and chopped leek 1 tablespoon minced garlic (2 large cloves), or a spoonful of minced garlic in a jar in the fridge 1 tablespoon kosher salt, or in my case, freshly ground sea salt 1 1/2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper 1 tablespoon minced fresh thyme... Continue reading
Posted Oct 10, 2016 at Charm of the Carolines
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A couple of weeks ago several of my students and I met at Jerry's Artarama where manager Amanda Micheleto-Blouin led a class on Gouache. Many of us had never heard of gouache and the those that had still had never painted with it. Yesterday Nancy Parrish invited all of us... Continue reading
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During WWI a nation-wide effort was made for Americans to voluntarily restrict their meals to make food available to send overseas to troops and those starving in war-torn countries. In April, 1917, millions of men, women and children were patriotically participating in "Meatless Mondays" and "Wheatless Wednesdays." After three years of devastating warfare, western Europe was in a state of ruin. Food was extremely scarce—the war had disrupted transportation, turned farmers into soldiers and left the fields that were not battlegrounds to be tended by women, children and the elderly. Many of the Allies, particularly in France and Belgium, were starving. With the imperative of feeding the war-stricken combined with the nutritional needs of American soldiers heading for France, the newly formed U. S. Food Administration opened its home front campaign by declaring "Food will win the war." To further its mission of persuading Americans to voluntarily restrict their use... Continue reading
Posted Oct 5, 2016 at Charm of the Carolines