Friday, August 30, 2013

Lemon Basil Cookies

We interrupt this program to bring you a very important recipe.

Today is Last Fridays at work.  We didn't have very much time to plan this month, since I was away and Derek was prepping for cooking classes he taught this week.  Our last minute food decisions involve tapenade, homemade gazpacho and lemon basil cookies.  I found this recipe on back in May, and they are really good.  Trust me.  Go now to the store and buy basil and lemons.  Make the cookies.  Eat them, preferably with a bottle of bubbly.  That's what I will be doing later today.



3/4 cup butter, softened
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1 large egg
1 tablespoon lemon rind, grated
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1/3 cup fresh basil, minced (can use lemon basil)
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup pistachios, finely chopped
3 tablespoons granulated sugar


1.  Beat butter on medium using an electric mixer until fluffy; add 3/4 cup sugar; beat well.
2.  Add egg, lemon rind, lemon juice and minced basil; beat until blended. 
3.  Mix together flour, baking soda and salt; gradually add to the butter mixture, beating until blended.
4.  Cover and chill 1 hour.
5.  Mix together nuts and the 3 tablespoons sugar.
6.  Roll dough into small balls (about 1" diameter); roll each ball in nut/sugar mixture.
7.  Place onto ungreased baking sheets (I used parchment paper on the baking sheets).
8.  Flatten each cookie using the bottom of a glass (dipped in sugar first if the dough sticks to glass).
9.  Bake in preheated 350 degree oven for 10-12 minutes or until light golden brown.
10.  Allow to cool on wire racks.


Thursday, August 29, 2013

Thank You For Being A Friend

Hey, remember me?  I live here.  But I've been conspicuously absent for the past 20 days.  Life went crazy and poof!  There you go.  Thank you to everyone who has continued to read my blog, even though I have not been able to post anything new - I don't know who you are, but I know you are out there. 

Now.  I have lots to report and no time to do it in, so let's just have this little recap:

This is what has happened in the past week or so.  The first four paintings are going home with my sister (with a few extras, but don't tell her) as soon as I pack and ship them.  Daisy Dog actually sold twice - TWICE! - on the same day, no less.  Kathy (my sister) bought it and about an hour later I got an email from Etsy saying someone else bought it through my Etsy store.  Yikes!  I told Kathy I would paint her another one that looks more like her dog Ruby.  (Now I've gotta come through with that....)  Blue Skies also sold through Etsy.  PB&J sold here at the gallery while I was in Vermont, and Pinhead sold yesterday.  Craziness.  Absolute craziness.

At a later date I will catch you up on my sister's visit to Montana with her family, and my subsequent trip to Vermont to see my dad.  I also need to clean my house, get caught up at work, mow the lawn and help Derek stain the deck over at the house, fix my left taillight, pack up some of my crapola, and fix my terrible eating habits.  I will not be doing all of this today.

Stay tuned....

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Two Quick Things

Here are two quick things I learned the other night:

1)  Bubbly goes remarkably well with scrambled eggs and peas.

2)  Bubbly goes just as well with popcorn.

Yes, I learned both of those things on the same night.  It was madness.

Rock and roll.

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Dog Days of Summer

With a title like that, I must start this post with a poodle:

That's my girl.

This post is going to be a short mish-mash of nonsense, and for that I apologize right now.  A lot has been happening in my little world, and this past week I wasn't sure if I was coming or going.  On the good side, we had a spectacular event at work last Thursday evening.  Rough estimates are that between 300 and 400 people came through the door.  Yessirree.  And my painting sold.  One more time?  My painting sold.  HA!  Thank you Donna!  I never got a picture of the wall with all the Bigfork paintings, and since mine is such an oddball size it is hard to photograph by itself.  This is the best I could do:

Derek named it "Locally Grown."  It is interesting how many people have commented (positively) on that painting.  I shall start another one ASAP.

Also on the good front, remember "Sheepsies?"  My very first sheep paintings.  They sold over the weekend.  YAY!  I REALLY need to start painting again.  The giant rooster is still in the sauna - not sure I am ready to pull that one out again yet.

On the crafty front, here is the project I mentioned:

I rounded up five clear glass vases, one from home (who knew I had a vase on top of my refrigerator?), one from the garage down at the house, one from work and two from Derek's girlfriend Mandie.  I cleverly applied rubber bands, then sprayed them with several coats of glass frosting.  Yes, I saw this idea on facebook and pilfered it.  Here is a finished product:

I'm not sure how durable the glass frosting is, although one of the suggested uses on the can is for the inside of bathroom windows or shower doors.  I like how they came out.

On the irritating front, here is a picture of one of my window boxes at home as it looks now:

Were the deer using my window boxes as their own personal buffet?  Yes.  Did this piss me off?  Yes.  Did I replace my flowers with silk flowers?  Yes.  Did I show THEM?  Yes.  Hmmmfph.

Lastly, on the bad front, my dad is back in the hospital and it is looking a bit grim.  I don't want to talk about it now, because it is weighing too heavy on my mind.  I think this is part of the reason why I haven't been painting.  There's a lot of turmoil up in my head; I wish I could go to my happy place with a glass of bubbly and a palette knife and let it all go for a while.

P.S.  I don't want to end on a sad note, so I will end with a teaser.  There is other news on the good front but, again, I don't want to talk about it yet.  I don't want to jinx anything....!