Friday, January 13

Snowflake Keepsake Watercolour Painting


It has been blustering cold these past few weeks where I live, and the snow has not stopped at all. I've been home numerous days due to roads being closed and poor driving conditions. Last week, the days I did end up going to work, my drives have been almost twice as long due to all the snow. It is scary sometimes, driving and not seeing even the hood of your vehicle. It just sneaks up sometimes too - where it will be nice at work, and nice at home, but somewhere in middle it's not. I go slow, and make it home :)

But once I'm home, and I look out - the snow is beautiful. And I do love being cozy inside drinking copious amounts of tea while the snow falls - or, being out in the snow trudging through it with my snowshoes. It has got to be one of the best outdoor, winter workouts. Especially if you have to break the path yourself!
"Snowflake Keepsake" - Original watercolour painting

It is no surprise then that I painted this Mason Jar winter painting. "Snowflake Keepsake" brings together those huge, fluffy snowflakes that I love so much, together with the Mason jar motif that I have really been feeling this winter (and that has shown up in other art work as well).  

This painting came together so much better than I could have imagined, and I'm so excited to share it with all of you :) 

Monday, January 9

2017 Watercolour Calendar and FREE print!

https://www.etsy.com/ca/listing/163952076/2017-12-month-calendar-watercolour-trees

I am pleased to be offering a 2017 calendar this year! It was on Pre-Sale in 2016, and I have a few left.

https://www.etsy.com/ca/listing/163952076/2017-12-month-calendar-watercolour-trees

This year's calendar features a lot of new artwork - some that have yet to been added to the store! So a lot of fresh, new artwork to grace your desk and walls with.

https://www.etsy.com/ca/listing/163952076/2017-12-month-calendar-watercolour-trees

As always, it comes with a mini-easel to display the calendar. I've also included the option this year to just receive the cards to display as you wish. That way, those who have purchase the calendar with the easel in previous years can just opt for the cards and re-use their easel if they wish.

https://www.etsy.com/ca/listing/163952076/2017-12-month-calendar-watercolour-trees

As an incentive for the remainder of January and February - all orders will include a FREE 5x7" print of your choosing from the shop. All artwork presented in the shop can be printed 5x7". When checking out, just include the name or link to the print that you wish to receive in the 'Notes to Seller', or you can message or email me after with your choice. You can find this calendar in my online shop, here.

Sunday, January 8

Cook With Angie: Roasted Butternut Squash Soup

 
Winter days have us craving comfort food to warm the soul. This simple soup is silky and delicious! You can make it with typical pantry items. We used a Butternut squash that we purchased from a local farm stand in the fall.


I typically do not like winter squash - it has just never tasted amazing to me. But, in this soup - the celery gives it a more 'mixed vegetable' taste, and the squash makes it super creamy without having to use any cream. Making it so much more healthy. If you would like to make this soup vegetarian, just substitute in vegetable stock for chicken stock.


This soup recipe does not take a long time. While roasting the squash takes the longest time, you can throw the squash in the oven while doing other things around the house. Then when you take it out to cool, start prepping everything else and go on wards from there. You could even do that the night before!

Total cooking time: 45 min - 1 1/2 hr.         Serves: 4-5

Ingredients:
  • 1 medium - large butternut squash
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 2 - 3 stalks celery, chopped - I included the leaves on the stock and everything, no need to waste
  • Olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1/4 tsp. nutmeg
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup
  • 4 c. chicken stock (I used pre-made)
  • Salt and pepper to season
Step One. 
Preheat the over to 425 degrees Fahrenheit. Cut your squash into quarters and scoop out the seeds and 'innards'. Place squash on a baking sheet and drizzle with olive oil. Roast until soft. (~ 30 - 45 minutes). Take out of oven, and let cool to touch so you can remove the skin from butternut squash. Set aside

Step Two.
In a pan, drizzle in some olive oil and saute the garlic, onions and celery until soft.  While cooking the vegetables, heat up the chicken stock to boiling.

Step Three. 
In a blender, or food processor, combine the butternut squash, cooked vegetables, and half of your chicken stock. Add nutmeg, maple syrup and salt and pepper to taste. Blend until smooth. You may have to do this in batches depending on the size of your blender. Stop to check the consistency of the soup - if you would like it thinner, add more chicken stock. I typically use all the chicken stock, as I enjoy a more soup-like consistency.


To serve, spoon into a bowl and drizzle with some olive oil.  Sprinkle some nutmeg on top and enjoy :)

Monday, January 2

Happy New Year!

I would like to welcome everyone to the New Year! It always feels so amazingly refreshing to start a new year. Last year was a pretty amazing one over here. It was very busy, but big things happened! I'm looking forward to an even more amazing year this year - with much bigger plans!

My biggest accomplishment (besides getting married to my favorite person ♥) - I started teaching! Yes! That's right! I've begun teaching short private group painting lessons. I'm still pretty new and it's all very fresh and exciting - but it's the stepping stone to much bigger things. It is something that I quite honestly never saw myself doing - I'm pretty shy in front of people I don't know. But I pushed myself, and here I am! :)

I feel that experience has pushed me to be more this year. I have some exciting goals I am hoping to set for myself in this New Year. And I cannot wait to share them with all of you! :)

Happy New Year everyone!!!