The 2019 Year in Review is a little montage video of last year’s epic highlights. I can’t believe it’s the start of a new decade! 2019 flew by, don’t you agree?
I didn’t get as much painting done as I would have liked. This coming year I am making myself a goal to do way more Plein air painting. It’s not a New Year’s Resolution per se, but a small goal I’d like to complete. I tend to allow other things in life to take away from my painting time. I’m sure if you are an artist, you can relate.
This video, “2019 Year in Review”, brings back so many fond memories and I’m hoping to create many more this new year!
Here are some of the images from the video you weren’t able to fully see:
I hope you had a wonderful New Year Celebration! Until we meet again – Cheers! ~Rhonda
Christmas Deer Mugs in Red or Green created from my Christmas artwork, are perfect for coffee, tea or yummy hot cocoa!
Collect them all for your special holiday occasions. These cute 11 oz Christmas Deer Mugs make great last-minute gifts or stocking stuffers. Hurry and order now to avoid the rush! Click on the Gift Shop tab in the heading under Ye Old Christmas Shoppe to purchase your mug. Your choice of “Happy Holidays”, “Merry Christmas” or “Ho-Ho-Ho”. Bucky and his little bird friend bring you joy this Christmas season!
Hear Ye, Hear Ye, just into my Gift Shop are Pewter Snowflake shaped tree ornaments! These sweet little ornaments measure 3″x3″ and are created from my Christmas collection of oil paintings. They arrive gift boxed and ready to hang or give to that someone special.
Christmas Teddy Bears Tree ornament is so cute! Who doesn’t love Teddy Bears? A boy Teddy and a girl Teddy send their message of Christmas love and friendship!
Do I sound like a commercial? I apologize, but I’m so excited to bring new merch to my site! My Christmas oil paintings are part of my private collection, and I’m happy to be able to share them with you in this way. Check out the Gift Shop for more ornaments.
Who doesn’t love candy? Add that sweet goodness to a vegetable and yumminess is born! How does one make Candied Butternut Squash? Read on and grab the recipe. Your family will love this delicious side dish. It’s almost a meal in itself.
This summer I grew Butternut Squash and although the yield wasn’t as high as I’d hoped, there was still enough squash to have a small stash for winter.
Here’s your grocery list for the recipe:
Butternut or Acorn Squash – (one squash makes two servings)
Cloves or Allspice
How to make Candied Butternut Squash;
Wash the squash then cut in half. You will need one half per person depending on the size of the squash. Place in a shallow baking dish lined with foil. The foil makes for easy cleanup.
Scoop out all the seeds and membranes using a spoon and discard.
Next, you will add some pats of butter then sprinkle cinnamon generously over the butter and squash.
Continue on with the rest of your spices, sprinkling nutmeg, cloves or allspice, and a bit of salt. I don’t use measuring spoons for this recipe, so I can’t give exact measurements. Use your eyes and your senses to decide how much to use of each ingredient. A hint of caution here, cloves and allspice are very powerful so don’t go overboard.
Now you are ready for the best part of the entire dish; the bacon and brown sugar!
Lay as many strips of bacon over the squash as you desire. We like two pieces per slice of squash because we Love bacon! Make sure the bacon doesn’t fall down into the squash or it won’t crisp in the oven, because it will be lying in bacon and butter juices.
Lastly, sprinkle brown sugar liberally atop the bacon. It’s the brown sugar that makes the bacon and the squash taste like candy. If you prefer, you can use maple syrup instead of brown sugar.
Place the dish in a preheated 375-degree oven and bake, uncovered, for one hour. If you have a convection oven, keep an eye on your squash towards the last 15 minutes of baking, as this is the time when the bacon can become a bit too crispy because of the sugar. If your squash isn’t quite fork tender 45 minutes into baking but your bacon is overdone, simply cover with foil and lower the oven to 350 degrees.
Prepare for a feast;
When your squash is finished cooking you can discard the fat built up in the hole of the squash, or if you like, you can mix it all in. I prefer to dump mine out so I don’t have all that fat in my diet. My husband loves butter and bacon grease, so he mixes his in with the squash. I know!
Your family will love this dish because of the sweetness of the brown sugar, and the natural sweetness of the squash. It’s almost like eating warmed pumpkin pie or eating candy for dinner! I serve this dish with beef, such as Ribeye, or Tri-Tip. Candied Butternut Squash is almost a meal in itself so you don’t really need any more food to complete your dinner except maybe a nice glass of red wine.
Candied Butternut Squash is a perfect side dish for these wonderful Fall days. It would also make a perfect accompaniment to your Thanksgiving dinner. I hope you give this recipe a try!
As promised in the last blog post, here are a few favorite fall paintings and tips on how to decorate for Fall using art. For those who are the DIY types, you can easily purchase art supplies and create your own Fall decor. Acrylic paints are the easiest to use for a quick Fall creation.
In conjunction with fall elements, such as garlands of autumn colored leaves, using art as part of your decor enhances your space. Candles, nuts, dried flowers, satin floral arrangements, and many other Fall-themed items, will enliven any room. Your guests will feel welcomed and cozy with the addition of these decor ideas.
Decorating with Art ~
“Pumpkins” oil on canvas is a favorite little painting I created just for use in my Fall decor. At 4″x4″, this small painting is a perfect addition to any tablescape.
Surrounded by a candle, dried corncobs, and chestnuts atop a fall-themed table runner, the “Pumpkins” oil painting makes a bold statement.
Decor Ideas ~
You can see how using small Fall-themed paintings in your decor creates a unique feeling since art can help set the mood for this beautiful season. Mixing store-bought items with original paintings in your decor brings about a quality of richness to your environment because it’s all about texture and color.
One of my favorite decor ideas is to display small paintings with a garland of fall leaves as a backdrop. “Abstract Leaves 2″ is a 4″x4” oil painting on gallery wrapped box canvas. The painting sits on a shelf in the entryway and adds a pop of vibrant color.
Here you can see the companion piece to this oil painting sitting to the left on the same shelf:
Fall is all about explosions of color and is my absolute favorite time of the year! I am inspired each season to paint new art works of vibrant color to celebrate the season like this painting:
“Autumn Leaves” 4″x4″ oil painting adorns a dining room side table.
You can see how easily I changed the design of my side table simply by moving the “Autumn Leaves” painting to the opposite side.
Celebrating Nature ~
A colorful celebration of leaves reminds us of the beauty of nature. In this next painting, cool hues of purple and blue are juxtaposed with warm tones. “Colorful Fall Leaves”, a 4″x4″ oil on gallery wrapped box canvas, shares the space of the entry way shelf.
Hanging Artwork on a wall adds to a Fall-themed decor, as well. “Lil’ Pumpkins” oil painting can be seen on the gallery wall and is painted in oil on a 6″x6″ panel. The painting is framed in black with a gold liner which makes the pumpkins vibrate with excitement. Click HERE if you’d like “Lil’ Pumpkins to be yours!
Aspen trees are the subject of the painting below. The painting is on 8″x10″ canvas and is titled “Aspen Trees in Fall”.
How do you decorate for Fall using art? Do you paint your own paintings? Leave a comment below, and let’s chat! Much Love ~ Rhonda
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“In art, intentions have no place; only results. In good art, the results do not have to be explained. As a matter of fact, there is but one kind of art and that is good art. There is no comfortable halfway station; it is either fine, or it is not art.”
John F. Carlson “Carslon’s Guide to Landscape Painting”
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