January White sale is on now, as this is the month for sales! First created in 1878 by John Wanamaker as a way to clear out the merchandise from his department store, white sales have now become popular for sales on linens. But I’m not selling linens, you say! Well, that’s okay, I’m still having a White sale to clear out the way for new paintings to come.
Select oil paintings are discounted for the entire month of January! If you missed out on the Black Friday Sales, here’s your chance to pick up an original one of a kind oil painting, in small sizes. Also, did you know you can make payments on any purchase? Read about it HERE.
Small works of art are easily changed in your decor. Create little vignettes along with your other collectibles to add a pop of color and interest. Small paintings can be moved from room to room, displayed in a bookcase, on a sofa table, or on a desk.
Create a wall with a theme and add small paintings in a grouping. And remember to look at your art every day! Art can help us to destress and bring beauty to our inside spaces.
The January White sale will last until the end of January so you have plenty of time to pick something up. Don’t forget Valentine’s Day is around the corner! How about a Red Rose oil painting for your sweetie? A painting will last longer than a bouquet!
Complimentary Gift Wrapping comes with every purchase and if you are a U.S. resident, enjoy FREE shipping! I hope you find something you love and will become a part of your fine art collection.
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!
“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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