Sunday, September 24, 2017

Creative Life A thru Z ~Big Question for J

Creative Life A thru Z 

J is for Join In 

Big Question 

What are you eating?

With all the parties of the season its hard to remember to eat well. It's hard not to eat those cookies, and homemade candies. But just try to remember that not everyday in the month of Dec. is a holiday. If you can manage to eat health whole foods most of the time and save the special foods and sugar goodies to a minimum you will not only feel better but maintain a over all healthy radiance to the holiday season.
The Cauldron,
11" x 14"
Jean Hart,

While healing you must remember nourishment and rejuvenation. Healthy, regular sustenance is important, as symbolized by the cooking pot.

Creative life A thru Z ~ Lets Get Cooking

Creative Life
A thru Z
Let's Get Cooking

This week Fall came in like a tiger!!
Cold Rains, Snow, and Morning Fog!!
Baby, it's cold outside, so lets make soup. 
I'm cooking out of the 
The Soup Bible book. 
I turned the page for this weeks soup. 
As I read through the recipe, I noticed that this recipe used 
condensed cream of potato soup. 
Well, I'm trying to learn to cook with fresh ingredients. 
So, with the inspiration of this weeks soup I went off recipe a bit. 
I will give you the Soup Bible books recipe, and in italics you will read what I did.   

Fresh, fresh, fresh ingredients.  

Truly is there anything more fun then whisking? 

Homemade Bacon Potato Chowder, with a glass of Pinot Griss Rose from France

Dessert, camel apples 

Bacon Potato Chowder 

4 slices of bacon, 
( I did a pound of bacon)
1 large onion, chopped
4 cans ( 10 3/4 ounces each) Campbells's Condensed Cream of Potato Soup
( I did not add this)
4 soup cans milk 
( I added 2/3 cups milk, you can substitute almond milk if you want)
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
2 large russet potatoes, cut into 1/2 inch pieces. 
(I did not do this)
2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese
1/2 cup chopped fresh chives 
( I added , one large leek,  4 stalks celery, 6 Brussels sprouts, 1 can Great Northern white beans, 
8 cups of chicken broth,2 2/3 cups water,  2 cups dried potatoes with 1/4 cup butter )
Part of this recipe came from the 
Betty Crocker cookbook. 
So, it's a combination of the Soul Bible, Betty Croker and ME. 

1. In 2 quart saucepan, heat water, butter and salt to boiling over medium high heat. Remove from heat. Stir in milk and potatoes just until moistened. Let stand about 30 seconds or until liquid is absorbed, whip with fork, set aside. 
2. In 6 quart heavy stockpot, cook bacon over medium heat until crisp. Use slotted spoon to transfer bacon to paper towels, leaving drippings in stockpot. Add onion and pepper and celery to stockpot. Cook 4 to 5 minutes or until onions are translucent and lightly browned. Add potatoes and broth to stockpot. Beat with whisk until ingredients are will combined. Continue to cook until heated through. 
3. Transfer soup to bowls. Top with bacon, cheese and green onion. 
This will make 8 servings. 

Be Inspired, 
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Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Two Minutes In Nature~sitting by the stream

Creative Life A thru Z
J is for Just Being

Sometimes you just have to sit with nature and reflect. 
Meditation is the best way to be at peace with yourself. 
Just Be for two minutes and see how wonderful you feel. 
Two Minutes In Nature


I love this new series!! This is a great hobby to do with your family.

Be Inspired,


Monday, September 18, 2017

Creative Life A thru Z~juxl puzzle

Creative Life A thru Z
J is for Juxl puzzles
This is my juxl puzzle for J

Words are powerful . Have you said something positive to yourself or others today? 
for intstuctions on how to draw a juxl puzzle go to my blog 
Creative Life A thru z
Week ll 
J is for Join IN 

This drawing came from my morning art journal. 
Once I had connected the lines, I could start to see a form take shape.

I used colored pencils to color her in and the beautiful girl you see here came to life. 

Words have some much power, be very careful what you say to yourself and others. 
This reminded me that it has been awhile since I looked up and wrote down affirmations. 
Today will be a good day to do that. 
Be Inspired, 

Let's get cooking

Creative Life A thru Z
Jean Hart Artwork 
Cooking is always a good idea. ...
Let's get cooking* 

Part of my creative life journey is cooking in the kitchen. 
Last Christmas Kerry gave me a cookbook, 
The Soup Bible, 
more than 100 recipes for delicious and satisfying soups. 

Now that Fall is here I think it's time to crack the spine and see what's cooking in this book. 
Hearty beefy beer soup

1 tablespoon vegetable oil
3/4 pound round steak, cut into 1/2 inch cubes
1 large onion, chopped
2 medium carrots, sliced
2 stalks celery, diced
5 cups beef broth
1 bottle 12 ounces stout or dark ale 
3/4 teaspoon dried oregano
1/4 teaspoon salt 
1/8 teaspoon black pepper
1 can kidney beans, rinsed and drained
1 small zucchini, cut into 1/2 inch cubes
4 ounces mushrooms, sliced 

1. Heat oil in Dutch over or large saucepan over medium heat, add beef, onion, carrots and celery. Cook and stir until meat is no longer pink and carrots and celery are crisp tender. 
2. Stir in broth, stout, oregano, salt and pepper, bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat to low, simmer 45 minutes or until beef is fork tender. 
3. stir beans, zucchini and mushrooms into soup. bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat to low, simmer 5 minutes or until zucchini is tender. 
makes 6 servings

Dinner the second night was the hearty beef beer soup and a caramelized onion and mushroom with paperjack grill cheese sandwich. 

This soup was amazing, we just couldn't get enough!!
Winner, winner for cold winter nights for sure. 
And the grill cheese sandwich, out of this world. 
5 stars and no left overs. 
Be Inspired, 

Saturday, September 16, 2017

The question this week, J is for Join IN

Saying Good Bye to Summer
Jean Hart Artwork

Yes, it's time to bring in the chairs, wash up the kayak, and say good bye to summer. 
The question for this week is;
What's a new place you've recently been to? 

This summer we bought kayak's. 
It's been an adventure getting them on the car, and down the road. We bought the car racks and now the road is open to us, limited only by our imagination. 

Last week as a last summer trip we went to Salmon Creek Reservoir, Id
So much fun to take the kayak's off the marina where we live to somewhere new. 
It's a dessert reservoir as you can see, no trees. 

Kerry spent the morning teaching me about the lee side of the shore where it was less choppy, and to go into the wake when the speed boats came by. 
It was the perfect way to end summer. 
I'd love to here where you went. 
Share, like, comment. 
Be Inspired,