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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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The Mini-Monets were impressive with the painting of The Christmas Box. Great job ladies!! Continue reading
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What a fun evening painting with these lovely artists. They are neighbors and friends and Lefties. Beautiful work ladies!! Continue reading
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Lovely afternoon spent painting House Portraits with these talented artists. Continue reading
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We enjoyed an afternoon painting Christmas Ornaments in the Mini-Monet's painting class for young artists. Excellent work ladies!! Continue reading
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"Tis the Season for recipes that use Turkey leftovers from the Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners. One of my favorites is a recipe given to me by student and friend Cynthia Young. She is an amazing cook! After you have carved all the meat off the holiday turkey, don't throw away the carcass. Turn it into Turkey Bone Soup. Turkey Bone Soup Turkey Carcass or a few pieces of turkey on the bone purchased from your butcher Water to cover carcass, about 64 oz Onions, Carrots, Celery, all diced Pickling Spices, plus extra cinnamon Rice Salt and Pepper, to taste Over medium heat, bring turkey bones and water to a boil to make your turkey bone broth. (Keep in mind, this stuff is magical if you or someone you know is suffering from a cold.) While boiling the turkey bones, add pickling spices. I use enough to fill a large tea... Continue reading
Posted Dec 8, 2017 at Charm of the Carolines
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Mr. Vice President, Mr. Speaker, Members of the Senate, and of the House of Representatives: Yesterday, December 7th, 1941 -- a date which will live in infamy -- the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan. The United States was at peace with that nation and, at the solicitation of Japan, was still in conversation with its government and its emperor looking toward the maintenance of peace in the Pacific. Indeed, one hour after Japanese air squadrons had commenced bombing in the American island of Oahu, the Japanese ambassador to the United States and his colleague delivered to our Secretary of State a formal reply to a recent American message. And while this reply stated that it seemed useless to continue the existing diplomatic negotiations, it contained no threat or hint of war or of armed attack. It... Continue reading
Posted Dec 8, 2017 at Charm of the Carolines
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Give the Gift of a Creative Experience to yourself, your family, your friends. Call or text 615-668-8263 to purchase a Gift Certificate for a Painting Class that will bring joy for a lifetime. Offered by Spring Hill,TN Parks & Recreation, classes are in the Winchester facility at 563 Maury Hill... Continue reading
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Thanksgiving at the Jones home typically means a big dinner with Turkey and Cornbread Dressing. For years my mother made the dressing and I made the giblet gravy to go with it. To this day, that is the flavor of Thanksgiving. Any other dressing would be sacrilege. But Thanksgiving is several days away and we've been invited to our friends' home in Mississippi for the day, so we've been relieved of duty. I'll probably make deviled eggs to take, but I'll also take a secondary dressing. It won't have the glory and position of the Cornbread Dressing, but it will make a nice side dish. Sourdough Stuffing with Sausage and Roasted Squash This delicious sourdough stuffing with sausage is a creative and delectable blend of sweet squash, salty sausage, and tart sourdough. Yield: About 6 servings Ingredients 1 loaf sourdough bread, cut into 1/2-inch cubes 1 large butternut squash, roasted,... Continue reading
Posted Nov 20, 2017 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! Every person ever born was and is an artist. We all possess a creative spirit, and it must be honored. You know I love to paint, but... Continue reading
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I love the movie Christmas in Connecticut! It's a 1945 film starring Barbara Stanwyck as Elizabeth Lane, a homemaker columnist for "Smart" magazine who writes about her idealistic, romantic life in the country of Connecticut (think WWII-era Martha Stewart). But she really lives in a small New York apartment and can't boil water. The world she has created for the magazine is completely fabricated, until she is forced to create it in order to entertain a war hero (Jefferson Jones played by Dennis Morgan) for Christmas. Elizabeth Lane writes about the farm, her cow, her husband and baby boy, the spinning wheel by the fireplace, and most of all her homemade meals with delectable dishes that would make your mouth water. Again, completely fabricated. Except her beloved uncle Felix is a chef, and he supplies the ideas and recipes to her for her column in the magazine. Now let me... Continue reading
Posted Nov 19, 2017 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! “Some beautiful things are more dazzling when they are still imperfect than when they have been too perfectly crafted." -- La Rochefoucauld, Collected Maxims and Other Reflections... Continue reading
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For several years I held a class for kids ages 7-11 called the Mini-Monets. I haven't taught it in a couple of years, but decided to offer it again this fall. What a joy!! Continue reading
While reading one of my vintage etiquette books, I ran across the proper way to serve Café Brulot. I've never heard of café brulot, and according to the passage, it was almost unknown in 1960. But what a lovely custom! According to Emily Post... In many houses of the south of yesterday, making café brulot was an established ritual. On a huge silver tray was arranged a collection of little dishes and boxes holding slivers of lemon rind, orange rind, cloves, cinnamon, sugar, a decanter of brandy, and a pot of very hot, black, freshly made coffee. In a deep silver bowl went a variety of spices, rinds and brandy. The lights were dimmed and and the brandy ignited. While the concoction blazed high, coffee was added, little by little with the ladle so that the fire would burn as long as possible. What a charming custom! Below is the... Continue reading
Posted Oct 21, 2017 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! Welcome to October!! My favorite month of the year!! Nope. It's not my birthday. It's not even Christmas. Not sure why I love October, but I just do! The weather is PERFECT! And the holidays are just around the corner. It's the best month of the year! FAVORITE PODCASTS For the past couple of years, I've been completely obsessed with listening to podcasts. I listen each morning while getting ready for the day, and then during the day while I'm painting or walking the dog or driving in the car, and finally when I'm getting ready for bed and attempting to fall asleep. Several friends have asked me to recommend my selections to them, so I thought why not recommend them to all of you who don't... Continue reading
Posted Sep 22, 2017 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! Welcome to October!! My favorite month of the year!! Nope. It's not my birthday. It's not even Christmas. Not sure why I love October, but I just... Continue reading
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This morning was spent with two lovely ladies and talented artists painting in a semi-private lesson. One of the artist had already painted a piece using a reference photo of white flowers and green apples, but the other artist wanted to try her hand at it. I suggested we paint... Continue reading
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You can imagine my surprise to find Columbia's main downtown thoroughfare blocked off Sunday evening and the street set up for an evening supper. It was a the Columbia Main Street's sponsored "Good Earth Farm to Table" event prepared by downtown eateries including Southern Tre, Puckett's, Hattie Jane's Creamery, Square Market, Citie's, Christy's Cafe, Don Pepe's Taco Shop, Asgard Brewery, Muletown Coffee and featured Amber Falls Wine. All food ingredients were gathered from local producers. Guests included members of Columbia Main Street and filled the 80 seat table. The weather was lovely and a good time seemed to be had by all. Continue reading
Posted Aug 28, 2017 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! September is the New January September is truly one of the most wonderful times of the year! Attending school is a distant memory, yet "Back to School"... Continue reading
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Ready for another Book Give-Away?? Not reading assignments or reading for work or reading for self-improvement, just reading for the lazy afternoon in the porch swing enjoying the birds sing pleasure of it. Thank you authors and publishers David Poyer and Lenore Hart of Northampton House Press who have graciously gifted me with a few books to read and to give away for your summer reading. All you have to do is leave a comment here with your email address. A winner will be selected at random on August 12, and you will be contacted by email for your shipping address so that I may mail you your prize. And until then you can "LIKE" Northampton House Press on Facebook or visit their website to see all of their books and ebooks available. The book we will give-away is The Night Bazaar by a variety of artists and edited by... Continue reading
Posted Aug 22, 2017 at Charm of the Carolines
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This morning Jane Pauley shared with us her "simple pleasures" summer vacation on CBS Sunday Morning. I don't want to make her jealous, but her description is just another day at Windy Acre Cottage. Plus we have the joy of listening to the Courthouse clock tower chime in every hour along with church bells. We pick figs from the backyard tree and bike to the neighborhood farmers market to purchase fresh eggs, veggies, and honey. Supper is served on Grandma's china and many times using her recipes. We can catch our own fish at the dam, and catch lightning bugs in the evening. Here we know our neighbors' names and which pet belongs to which family. The Sheriff encourages his deputies to watch the "Andy Griffith Show" in the evenings. And for a little excitement there is a honky-tonk or two within walking distance down by the river. I've never... Continue reading
Posted Aug 21, 2017 at Charm of the Carolines
It's hot. H.O.T. 3T Cayenne for a paste recipe to cover 2 pieces of chicken. But it's not the hottest. Prince's Hot Chicken now purchases Habanera pepper which is rated 100,000 heat units because the patrons were getting used to the cayenne at 60,000 heat units.
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August 3 is National Watermelon Day. How do you plan to celebrate?? Parades, seed spitting contests, Watermelon Queen? Learn about its origin here... Trentloos_2016-08-08T21_09_23-07_00 Continue reading
Posted Aug 2, 2017 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! Recently I caught a report on a morning news broadcast stating a recent study suggests Making Art is Good for your Brain. I've always known this was... Continue reading