Wednesday, July 18, 2012

In The Studio This Week....

I have been working on new artwork for a couple of weeks now. The colors are gorgeous, I have to say! I am using watercolor paint and watercolor pencils.


Yes, those are my magnifier glasses. I find that I have to use them more and more often when doing detailed work. *sigh* I really thought that middle age would never happen to me! But it seems I can't escape it...

Last weekend I took the time to bake a Pineapple Upside Down Cake. We had a church meeting/potluck luncheon on Sunday, and the theme was Hawaiian! Some of the guys made Chicken Teriyaki, pineapple, and vegetables on the grill. Oh it was so good! 

Someone also supplied fruity blender drinks.... they were delicious and refreshing:



Here is my cake before the batter went into the pans (I think it's really pretty, even in this stage):



And here is the finished product:


I don't use a recipe- This will make 2 round (8-9") cakes. Just melt several tablespoons of butter in the bottom of your pans (I put the pans right on the stove top burner over very low heat). Stir about 1/2 cup brown sugar into each pan until it forms a paste with the butter. Arrange drained canned pineapple rings and maraschino cherries in bottom of pan.

Prepare a boxed yellow cake mix. I add an extra egg and use melted butter in place of the vegetable oil. Pour the batter into the prepared pans and bake according to box directions. When done, loosen edges of cake with a knife, and turn out onto plate (if any of your pineapple sticks in the pan- just replace it on the cake. No one will ever know). Ta da! It's really really good.....

I also have been playing with a new quilt pattern. I experimented using fabric from my Apple Blossom Acres fabric line. I was going to just make a block or two, but I was having so much fun that I kept going and ended up with a whole stack of blocks.... Now I just have to sew them up into a quilt.


My sample fabric for my next fabric line will be here soon- I think I am going to try this pattern with my new fabric.

That's it for now. Have a Wonderful Wednesday!

4 comments:

  1. I love using watercolor pencils, then I can work in a chair and add the water after. I love cooked pineapple, sometimes I just put slices in the oven on low and brown them, makes a great snack.

    Debbie

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  2. Love the new fabric line. That cake looks yummy, and so easy.

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