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Another Painting Night

It’s been a busy week. Well I started to make some changes. I’m going to make a major decision soon. It’s going to go fast. I’ll announce later.

Painting on Canvas

Tonight I was able to spend time at the craft table. I did yoga it was needed. I have been busy, running around and feel like I needed to pull away and create.

This began as a scribble. Then I started to pick colors. This time I wanted pastel, quiet colors. The first layer is on the canvas.

I’ll let it dry and hope to paint in a few days.

Happy Day

Caroline

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Sunday Morning Painting

It’s been awhile since I sat at my art table. It’s been a difficult few weeks. I learned of a new diagnosis as to the reason my legs swell. There’s no cure. But eating less carbs and mostly eat fruit and veggies will help maintain my health.

This morning I organized my snacks and put some in containers to have for this week. I’m also going to make my lunch for tomorrow before the end of the day.

I took another job something to make extra money on the side. I’m hoping it will be full time at some point. I get to work from home with this job. Yeah.

I want to return to painting and reorganize my Etsy shop which I closed. I won’t reopen it until I paint consistently.

New Paintings

Here’s what I have been painting lately. It starts as a scribble on canvas then I make it into an image. Flowers tend to be my topic.

Happy Day

Caroline

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Second Page Stitching

Rue Paris is coming along. First page has been completed.

Setting up for another page. I’m working the center out.

I’m eager to get more stitching time. My work schedule has been busy. I feel like it’s going to get busier in a few weeks with the stress of the world. I’m still keeping my Saturday and Sunday as my stitching days.

Pray for Ukraine.

Happy Day

Caroline

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Friday Painting

Lately it’s been difficult to sit and paint. Mostly because of fatigue and chronic pain. But tonight I felt some energy to paint.

First I did a 10 min yoga evening stretch. Then I painted using water color. And decided to get a canvas out and painted in acrylic.

Paintings

Of course I will be working on the acrylic painting when I have a chance. Hopefully tomorrow after work I’ll have some energy.

Happy Day

Caroline

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Saturday Stitching

Today I worked for a few hours, then went home and took a nap. I have been exhausted. My profession is mental health counseling and I have been busy. Next week even more booked than this week. So having a few hours to stitch has been nice.

Rue Paris Cross Stitch

I have one more column to stitch and the first page will be completed. Definitely have many more to go.

This pattern has tons of color changes. It will certainly keep me busy for a long period of time.

Below is a close up of the many colors for this pattern.

Stay tuned for more updates

Happy Day

Caroline

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A Gluten Free Quinoa Salad Bowl

Today is Friday so it is a clean out the refrigerator day. I took out chicken to defrost and I looked in my refrigerator and noticed I could put together a salad bowl.

Ingredients

  • Lettuce
  • Avocado
  • Asparagus
  • Quinoa
  • Pineapple
  • Grilled chicken
  • Salad dressing-lemon basil by Paul Newman

Cook the quinoa according to the package I made one cup of quinoa and two cups of water bring it to a boil and then turn it off.

While cooking the quinoa boil water and place the asparagus and a pan and cook until tender.

A grilled chicken and then cut in small strips.

Cut an avocado and chunks. And tear lettuce for the salad.

Place of lettuce in the bowl and then put the quinoa on top along with the avocado and asparagus and the cut grilled chicken.

Add pineapple on top along with a salad dressing.

This salad bowl was actually good and it filled up my hungry stomach.

Happy Day

Caroline

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Gluten Free Lunch and Dinner Ideas

Lunch

Eating gluten free and dairy free has helped me to be more inventive with my meal ideas.

Today I made a plate of cucumbers, tomato cut in wedges, guacamole and gluten free crackers. With hot tea. Then I had a few gluten free Oreos.

Dinner

The new Dutch oven was used, along with the new pans. They cooked this meal wonderfully.

Make rice. Then cut in slices zucchini and yellow squash and cut red onion in thin sliced. Saute with salt and pepper. Then add the mushrooms.

Then cook the shrimp. I used frozen cooked shrimp. I put cold water on the shrimp before it was heated up. I put butter in the pan. Then later I added coconut aminos for added flavor.

I put a sliced avocado on the side along with watermelon and cantaloupe.

Happy Day

Caroline

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New cookware

I have been searching for new cookware. I like using nonstick pans but once they get scratched it’s not healthy to keep using them.

I was looking at stainless steel, but the cost of them has increased and I couldn’t justify spending that money on pots and pans that I don’t use. So I opted for nonstick pans. I also chose to buy the pans only not the entire set.

I wanted a smaller Dutch oven as well.

These products are amazing. The quality and how it cooks food evenly is unbelievable.

I’m very happy I spent my money on these products.

Happy Day

Caroline