Monday, December 21, 2009
Three favorite cats: Lovey, who went to the Rainbow Bridge this year; Little Bit, who used to live with me, and now lives with my sister-in-law in Florida; and Earnest, a co-workers very important feline.
These are my cats: Left is Grady, who is waiting at the Rainbow Bridge, Right is Tooky, who has a loooooooooooong expressive tail, and in the middle, Fanny, the Queen of the House.
Sunday, December 6, 2009
Saturday, December 5, 2009
Here's the recipe I 'm sharing:
Butter Pecan Cookies
3/4 cup chopped pecans
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
1/3 cup sugar, plus more for coating
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 cup all-purpose flour
Preheat oven to 350°. On a baking sheet, toast pecans until fragrant, about 6 minutes. Let cool completely; finely chop. With an electric mixer, cream butter for about a minute. Add 1/3 cup sugar and cream until light, about 1 minute more. Beat in vanilla, salt, and flour, scraping down sides of bowl, just until dough comes together. Fold in pecans. Separate dough into 12 pieces; squeeze dough to shape into balls. Roll in sugar. Place, 3 inches apart, on a baking sheet.
Gently flatten with the bottom of a glass (reshape sides if necessary). Sprinkle with sugar. Bake until golden brown, rotating sheet halfway through, about 15 minutes. Sprinkle with more sugar. Cool cookies on a wire rack.
Wednesday, December 2, 2009
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Monday, November 9, 2009
Sunday, November 8, 2009
Thursday, November 5, 2009
Sunday, November 1, 2009
Saturday, October 31, 2009
Sunday, October 25, 2009
Saturday, October 24, 2009
Monday, October 19, 2009
Sunday, October 18, 2009
The iris watercolor started with a rubber stamp. It was then watercolored and highlighted with pearlized watercolor.
Thursday, October 8, 2009
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
Here's the original photo. The reason it's not so clear is that the original 'photo' was a video capture from a bad vhs copy of the film. But doesn't that give it an antiquey look?
That's the dress I wore on the day I married Frank, February 7, 1998. I bought that dress in a store that was close to the Big Chicken in Marietta, Georgia - but that's another story...
Sunday, October 4, 2009
The Statue of Liberty was created by the citizens of France as a gift to the United States. It was not shipped to the United States in one piece, but in several. The first piece to arrive was the arm holding the torch. The piece was put on display at a park in New York, and visitors flocked to see the curiosity. The building seen beside the arm no doubt sold souvenirs and postcards!
Here is a photo of the massive foot of the statue, with part of the torch in the background.
Financing of the statue was obtained by individual donations from the people of France. Here, the top of the statue is displayed in a park in France before being shipped to the United States.
The Library of Congress website is an excellent source of royalty free public domain photos. Though not all photos shown on this site are in the public domain, it is easy to determine this. It's a wealth of interesting photos.