February 14, 2014

Happy Valentine's Day & Some Random Things


Happy Valentine's Day, everyone! 

Our little Valentines from Last Year

Before I go off to celebrate Valentine's day with my family, I wanted to share a few things.

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I've really enjoyed blogging in the past few months. I am grateful for all the comments you have left here (thank you!) and for the new friendships I started to establish. But I also have to admit that it's been challenging to post on a regular basis while I try maintain my life with two little kids. It seems the harder I try, the more things get in my way. Trying to accomplish something while surviving motherhood is more challenging than I expected. The lack of time is what I struggle with, both during the day and at night. 

That being said, I'm not giving up on this blog. This is my creative outlet, and I am following through with what I decided to do. When I came to this country twelve years ago, the only way I could pursue my Bachelor's and Master's degree was through my determination. I was determined not to give up. 

I am now determined to continue this blog. So, here is the plan. I want to write three posts a week, ideally Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. But some weeks, the best I can do may be two posts per week. I want to give myself and this blog a year to see where it takes me. 

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This is what I did yesterday while the kids munched on their afternoon snack.


I used a 14" x 17" heavy weight paper for pen and ink drawing, and did a wash using a tea and coffee mixture. I have stained paper with coffee before and this time I wanted to try it with tea, which ended up being too weak for a wash. So, I added instant coffee granules to the still warm tea water. 

While the paper was still damp, I applied a light wash of red paint (I used Cotman's cadmium red watercolour paint) and then splattered the same paint with a brush. I did like the splattered effect, so I repeated the same technique using the ultramarine blue. It only took me about 10 minutes to do the whole thing, and I like the way it turned out. 


I think I'm going add either a pencil or pen drawing to this. What do you think? 

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Last of all, I baked this dessert this morning, and it was divine. (note: I like my dessert tart and not too sweet.)


This is Martha Stewart's recipe, called Cranberry Clafouti. You can find the recipe, here. The only thing I added to the original recipe was some maple syrup to the whipping cream. This is a trick I learned from a maple syrup baking class I took a while back. Adding a spoonful or two of maple syrup (I used Grade B, dark maple syrup for this) to heavy cream gives the cream richer flavor than just using granulated sugar. The sweetness in the cream will also counter balance the tartness of this dessert. 

My plan was to celebrate Valentine's Day as a family with this red cranberry treat. But I just peeked into the kitchen and the half of the dessert was already gone! I might have to bake something else. 

Steve and I are not going out tonight. We will try to have a date night at home after the boys go to sleep though, only if we don't fall asleep with them. Wish us luck.

Wishing you a Valentine's Day full of hugs and kisses! 
 


8 comments:

  1. The clafoutti looks fabulous. I haven't ever found a clafoutti recipe I've loved. I often find them a little "eggy". But I haven't made Martha's...I find her recipes to be the best.
    I don't think you should pressure yourself to post if it's not feeling fun to you. Creativity is an ebb and flow between outward and inward expression. Especially for an introvert-extrovert hybrid :) Sometimes great blogs go dark for a few weeks. As a reader it can be disappointing but you know the author is just recharging. I really do appreciate all the work you put in your blog...it totally shows. I'm sure you'll wake up in a week or two and have to stop yourself from posting five things in one day...it seems to work that way.
    Or you could just blog like me, iPhone pics with rambled thoughts! Anyway--happy Valentine's Day!

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    1. This Clafouti (Clafoutti?) is not eggy, so you might like it. I really appreciate your honest opinion, Stephen. I guess it's just my personality to put pressure on myself. I am a part Extravert and that makes me want to "announce" everything that goes on my mind, too ;) It's just my way of saying, "I'll keep blogging." You'll never know, I might end up posting just once a week :)

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  2. Love the artwork! You did such a great job, the colors are so pretty against the tea and coffee wash! Martha's recipes are the best! Happy Valentines Day!
    E+J

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    1. Thank you, Eddie! Hope you and Jaithan had a wonderful Valentine's Day, too.

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  3. i love that you invested in your creative outlet with the time you had and experimented with something you'd been wanting to try. i think it's cool, and your boys will benefit from seeing you do things that are creative. art time with them could allow you to do some more of this, and as they age, their attention spans for it will be longer.

    that caflouti looks AMAZING!!! i am going to go check out the recipe!

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    1. Thank you, Jenn! I recently started to share my creative process with my boys and they just love watching me work on my projects. It's fun sharing my passion with them.

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  4. Both the artwork and the claufouti look wonderful. You still have such little ones at home with you, over the years as they grow older your life will wax and wane and you'll find time to devote to personal things. Blog when you feel like it and don't blog when you don't, but most importantly do not put pressure on yourself to do more than you feel ready to do.

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    1. Thank you for your kind words, Gam. I'll make sure to take it easy and not to put too much pressure on myself :) Hope you had a wonderful Valentine's Day! ox

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