Tuesday, December 29, 2009

What did you get for Christmas?



   I have always loved to to crafts and paint, but I only painted with acrylics. I have secretly wanted to try my hand at oil paints but could not justify spending the money on it. When we were in Kentucky I met a women named Betty Travis. She paints  wonderful murals,in oil. I talked with her about painting with oils and she said I should just do it.  I told her I would love to  get the starter set I saw at Wal-Mart. I was shocked when on Christmas day I opened my gift and it was the starter oil set and some canvases  to start on! Steve was standing behind me when I said that I would like the set.  I was so excited ! And astonished that he got it!


I was a little bit discouraged after starting on Sunday, but I think I have gotten the hang of it.Picture 001

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I still have a lot of work to do ,but I can tell what it is and I think it has dimension. I have also started painting a Tuscan scene  on a plate that I have had for years and have not done anything with.Picture 002

The paints go on very well on glass! If you don’t like it,wipe it off!

I was going to show you how I made my  Panettone bread but, I lost all pictures off my computer and and the pictures I took during the making are lost but I can give you the recipe.


  • 2 pkg. dry yeast
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 tsp. salt
  • 6 to 6 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 tsp. grated lemon zest
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups raisins (mixed golden and regular)
  • 1/3 cup pine nuts ( reserve 1 tbsp. for garnish)
  • 1 cup mixed, chopped candied fruits
  • Melted butter
  • Confectioners' sugar


  1. In a large mixer bowl, combine yeast, sugar, salt and 2 cups of the flour. Heat water with butter and lemon peel over low heat until very warm (120 to 130ºF). Add liquid to dry ingredients; beat for 2 minutes at medium speed. Add 2 cups more of the flour and the eggs; beat 3 minutes. Stir in almost all of the remaining flour. Knead dough on floured board about 8 minutes until smooth and elastic. Place in a buttered bowl, cover and let rise in warm place until doubled in bulk, about 2 hours. Punch down; knead in raisins, nuts and fruit. (Do not try  to mix in fruit with the flour, I did and it will not rise as well if you do. So please follow the directions and it should turn out right.  I like to try to find these things out for you, so you don’t have to mess up your bread!) I do what I can!
  2. Shape into 2 round loaves and place in 2 greased 9" cake pans; brush lightly with melted butter. Let rise 1 to 1 1/2 hours until doubled in bulk.
  3. With a sharp knife, slash the top of each loaf to make a cross. Bake in a 350ºF oven 45 to 55 minutes.
  4. Turn onto rack. Brush lightly with butter. Garnish with remaining pine nuts. Dust with confectioners' sugar. Serve with Orange Butter.
  5. ORANGE BUTTER: 1/2 cup butter,1 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar ,2 tbsp. orange juice,1 tbsp grated orange zest, dash angostura bitters (optional)
  6. Combine all and beat until fluffy.
  7. This bread is terrific toasted !

You have got to check out the bathroom vanity that Steve fixed ! I liked the way it looked before,Bathroom 4 Sept 09 

But now it looks awesome!

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Doesn’t it look so much better?

I should have gotten Him the table saw much sooner!

Now look at the bins in the kitchen, The idea was to use baskets, but I could not find another one to match. Another view of kitchen - Thanksgiving 07

But now it looks great! Steve turned them into pull out bins! They are so much better now!Picture 007

We also got some new hardware for the other drawers to match,They are what I wanted to begin with!Picture 008

Well I’m off for now ! See you back here real soon!

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