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Gladiolus Flower Drawing

Today I wanted to draw. I had a few minutes to sit down in my studio.

Inspiration Flower

Gladiolus

  • Comes from Latin word gladius
  • Gladius means sword
  • Associated with gladiators
  • Flower resembles a sword
  • Symbolizes strength, infatuation and passion
  • Used as a symbol of protection during the gladiator era

I really enjoyed this coloring illustration.

Happy Day

Caroline

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Gluten Free and Dairy Free Crepes

I found this on the blog:https://www.mamaknowsglutenfree.com/gluten-free-crepes/#recipe

This was a great recipe. It turned out delicious. It was like I was in Paris France again.

Ingredients

  • 2 large eggs
  • ¾ cup milk , dairy-free use almond, cashew or coconut milk.
  • ½ cup water
  • 1 cup gluten-free all-purpose flour
  • ¼ teaspoon xanthan gum (leave out if your flour already has it)
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 3 tablespoons melted butter , for dairy-free use Smart Balance butter

Directions

Beat the eggs, add rest of the ingredients.

I had to use a mixer to get the batter smooth.

Drop 1/4 cup of batter into the heated pan. Cook for 1 minute. Flip and cook for 30 seconds to a minute.

Add fruit to the crepe.

Why the oranges in the photo? Because I was originally going to make crepes with oranges and squeeze some for the juice. After inspecting they were not good to eat. So strawberries and bananas were the next choice.

Yes I added chocolate syrup to mine!

Happy Day

Caroline

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Gluten Free Rice Noodles with Salmon and a Salad

This is a gluten free dairy free and soy free meal. It is a meal for autoimmune.

Ingredients

  • Gluten free Rice noodles
  • Sesame oil
  • Lime
  • Cilantro
  • Salmon
  • Lettuce
  • Tomatoes
  • Cucumbers
  • Green onion
  • Black olives
  • Lemon basil dressing
  • Watermelon
  • Cantelop

Boil 3 tbsp water with sesame oil. Add the Rice noodles to the boiling water, cover and cook for 3 minutes. The noodles will break apart. Turn off the heat. Add cilantro and lime juice when it is finished

While the noodles and salmon cooks, make a salad.

Combine the noodles and salmon on a plate add watermelon and cantelop for a side along with the salad.

For the Drink

Ice water

Happy Day

Caroline

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Illustrating Flowers

I started a new journal. This one is 5″x8″ journal that will be dedicated to flowers.

The book In Bloom, has wonderful illustrations and directions on how to draw flowers from around the world.

Currently I am sketching the flowers. Then next week while waiting to be called in for jury duty. I will finish the sketch using pens or color pencils. Not sure yet.

I will post more as they get completed.

Happy Day

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Gluten Free Catfish and Veggies

Ingredients

  • Catfish fillets
  • Gluten free bread crumbs
  • Snap peas
  • Tomatoes
  • Cucumbers
  • Lemon salad dressing or a squeeze of lemon
  • Salt and pepper
  • Baked potato
  • Dairy free butter
  • Chives
  • Basil

Bread the catfish. I used an egg wash to coat the fish first then I put the gluten free bread crumbs on the catfish and placed it in a pan to bake on 350° for about 20 to 30 minutes.

While the catfish was baking I boiled water for the snap peas. Once when the snap peas are done which takes 4 to 6 minutes I drained the water and then added butter.

Cut up a tomato and cucumbers. Mixed together with salt and pepper and the lemon dressing or a squeeze of lemon place in the refrigerator to keep cool. Add basil for a garnish.

Bake a potato either in the oven or in the microwave whatever suits your lifestyle. Add dairy free butter and salt and pepper and chives on your baked potato.

Happy Day

Caroline

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Wednesday in the Studio

I had a few hours of personal time in-between client appointments. It was time to paint again.

The Paintings

I might reopen the Etsy shop, but under a different name. It might be open by the fall. I want to keep painting and have a larger collection.

I have the bottom colors finished. Next will be more detail using acrylic markers..

Maybe I can spend more time in the studio later this week.

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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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