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30 Drawings of Mandalas

Drawing Challenge

This challenge is to doodle 30 mandalas. Why, you ask? Just for fun, and to get myself focused on art and creativity again.

I am working out of a hardback sketch book, 8″ x 11″ using a black pen and crayons, color pencils or gel pens. This is something I can do before I go to sleep. Resting my legs under my weighted blanket after a long day. With my work schedule, taking care of my pets and resting my body, I won’t be able to finish these in 30 days. The outcome will be having 30 doodle mandalas.

I started drawing this evening. Here is my rheumatoid arthritis hand. Swollen, puffy and joints are in pain from all the drawing.

The completed drawing will be posted later…

Happy Day

Caroline

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Gluten Free Pasta Casserole

There’s nothing like a pasta casserole. It’s a warm dish that can be served with a salad.

This is a gluten free and dairy free recipe. I don’t make pasta often since I eat for Autoimmune disease. As an option, ground beef can be used instead of ground turkey.

Ingredients

  • Gluten free pasta
  • Gluten free tomato sauce-i use Paul Newman’s
  • Dairy free parmesan cheese-spaghetti cheese
  • Dairy free parmesan cheese shredded
  • Ground Turkey
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Gluten free turkey gravy mix

Bring water to a boil cook pasta half of the time.

While pasta is cooking, brown the turkey, add salt and pepper.

Mix water and the gluten free turkey gravy mix.

After the turkey is cooked, add the gluten free turkey gravy mix. Bring to a boil, then turn heat down.

Add the tomato sauce to the turkey. Mix well. Turn off heat.

Sprinkle the dairy free parmesan cheese on the turkey mixture. Mix well.

Drain the pasta when it is done. Then put in the pan that can be in the oven. Add the turkey mixture. Mix together. Add the dairy free shredded parmesan cheese on top of the the casserole.

Put in the oven on 350f. For about 20 minutes or until it looks like the cheese is melted or brown. Remember, dairy free cheese does not melt like cheese with dairy.

Out of the Oven

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Caroline

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Gluten Free Southwest Chicken Salad

This is a simple recipe. It is gluten free and dairy free. Of course you can add dairy free shredded cheese to top it. (I am not a huge fan of dairy free shredded cheese). I like to make simple recipes, with little time in the kitchen and more time enjoying my meals.

Ingredients needed:

  • lettuce
  • follow your heart ranch dressing
  • black beans
  • corn
  • grilled chicken
  • gluten free taco seasoning
  • gluten free tortilla chips

Rinse the black beans and corn in a strainer. Then warm them in a pot adding the gluten free taco seasoning. Once warm, take it off the stove and let cool.

Add salt and pepper to the chicken and grill. Cut into strips.

Put lettuce, chicken and black bean and corn mixture on top of the lettuce. Add follow your heart salad dressing

Serve gluten free tortilla chips on the side.

Happy Day

Caroline

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Faceless Self-Portrait

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I really need to complete this painting…maybe that’s my goal to meet by spring.

Self-portrait Acrylic Painting

This is a painting about me and my dog taking a walk in the metro parks. We used to walk there every weekend during the summer and into the autumn season. She is now 13 years old. Our walks are shorter but she still loves them.

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Caroline

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Day 17: Your Pet

These are my paws. My studio and this blog is named after my them. I always call them 4paws when I’m looking for them, especially the cats!

I have a white cat who is mischievous, knocks things off the counter. Broke about 3 items. He’s been living here for 6 months. I love him and don’t get overly mad at him breaking things. My sentimental items are locked in a cabinet, so he can’t easily get to those.

My dog is about 13 years old. It makes me sad she older. Definitely seeing old age in her. She was my aunt’s dog, I took her in after she died.

Then there’s the revolutionist. Always up to something but is too afraid to do it. She’s a sweetheart. She’s all about me. She will cuddle by me, but she’s a large cat and it can become uncomfortable.

And finally my blind cat. She’s my nighttime buddy. She gets excited to jump on my bed and lay on her pillow by me. She loves to be held, well I think she does. Lol. She walks up and down the stairs, will run the white cat downstairs. And she loves playing. Blind yes, but really she has the same behaviors as a cat with eyes.

And I want to share I had 4 other cats prior. I terribly miss them. One was a shy little Maine coon. The other was a stray I took in. Tabby cat. Boy, she didn’t put up with anyone’s BS. Except mine. Loved her dearly. And a black cat, who was my sister’s but he preferred me. He was in love with me. And then the calico. Loved her. She was Miss house manager. She kept me on my toes. My heart breaks without them.

Happy Day

Caroline