Wednesday, August 3, 2022

Rain's Thursday Art and Dinner Date

  Welcome everyone, I am posting for Rain's art and dinner date-find link in my sidebar.

   Last week we were blessed with lots of rain and cooler weather, this week the rains have stopped for the most part and we are getting back to hot summer temperatures, well it is August smiles.

   With all the rains we have had it really helped the perennial garden I was working on this spring, and I have spotted hummingbirds and butterflies on the flowers-very excited about that since this garden was planted for them especially.  Here is a little video I took on Monday morning.

  I also wanted to share a garden link about wintering over your petunias here  

     The petunias you see in the video are in a very very large vintage copper pot that many years ago one of Larry's family members drilled a bunch of drainage holes into (horrors)-he grabbed it when they were done with it and I finally planted in it. These petunias I picked up at the Amish greenhouse early this spring-they were twice the money as regular petunias-but so worth it-more gorgeous, filled out more and they handled the extreme heat well too.   So I was curious about the wintering over.in that article.  I am not set up to do this, but anyone with a small greenhouse area that has allot of light in the early spring might be worth a try. 


   I did play with watercolors and my stamps this week too.


I was happy with this one mostly My paintings still look like a kid painted them, so I guess I am still a kid at heart haha


For my dinner date

   Remember the strawberry-blueberry keto Ice cream I churned?  One night this week I scooped some of this ice cream into a bowl, over the top  added a little Hershey's no sugar chocolate syrup, and then added fresh strawberries on top-that I had sliced and added a little agave to, so it would make some syrup. For mine I also added a little whipped cream on top-yum



We have had lovely sunrises here so another morning I wanted to try painting one This piece is so so but better than my past attempts


   For a side dish for us one day I sauteed fresh mushrooms, zucchini, sweet peppers, radishes, and added in a little corn Also served up fresh tomatoes and cucumbers with cheese along with grilled chicken breast



I almost forgot to take a photo of the grilled chicken this is the left overs. I don't use salt at all, love Mrs. Dash Lemon Pepper


   Thanks so much for dropping by

40 comments:

  1. Petunias LOVE cooler temps... not freezing mind you.. but the cool temps of Spring and Fall they thrive.. Your perennial garden is looking lovely . its alot of work! I have alot of work ahead of me... I could not see the petunia video.. wanted me to sign up to some Gmail account and make it my primary?? I have yahoo.. I don't know but i have no greenhouse nor room inside so probably wouldn't work for me.. All your food always looks yummy.. Today we are having Spaghetti with zucchini and mushrooms and whole wheat noodles.. Hubby is not a tomato sauce lover.. I tell him he shouldn't have married someone 30% Italian...lol I think its so difficult to do landscapes in watercolor.. I think one trick may be to work in layers.. Do a layer.. let it dry then go back in.. let that dry .. etc... Ofcourse the same can be applied to acrylic too.. I think the more layering and making sure you add in shadows say under your trees may give it a more 'grown up feel' to you.. But i love your paintings as they are too.. I only mention it because you seem unhappy with what you think is a child like attempt.. I'am loving Diane Antone on YouTube.. but her pieces are whimsical and i'm not sure you would like that.. But i think her way of painting very simply is a way to get a handle on watercolors.. So you only want to do landscapes? She has a few on there.. Hugs! deb

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    1. thanks so much Deb, I always appreciate input to improve my painting experience

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  2. Kathy, what a delicious lunch you have prepared!
    You should not worry about what your paintings look like, the important thing is that you can express yourself with what makes you happy

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    1. Thank you, yes I appreciate that comment, as I do enjoy playing with paints and the first one did me make happy

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  3. Your sheep painting is charming and I really do love the sheep. That dessert looks so good!

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    1. I love sheep too so was thinking ah I have stamps for that smiles

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  4. Rain and summer again, sounds great and plants, birds and all on top!
    I love your sheep.
    I have a sign hanging here, saying "if you haven´t grown up by 40 you don´t have to" - enough said? ;-)
    Hmmm, your food looks yummy and healthy. Hugs from here.

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    1. I love that quote no fun growing up-hugs I love sheep and remembered I had these two stamps-the small sheep was hand carved I bought it on etsy from a shop in France several years ago

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  5. Your watercolour painting with sheep is really nice. Would love to try that zero sugar syrup.

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  6. Lovely art you did and the food looks so good!

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  7. great food
    luv your water colours.
    Have a grand Thursday

    much💚love

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  8. Glad you got some cooling off time. We haven't hit over 70° this year. Ice cream looks so good as does the meals. Have a nice day today.

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    1. the cool week was a wonderful break. hoping you are feeling better-hugs

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  9. Elizabeth asked me to pass on this info: Bleubeard and Elizabeth are still unable to access her computer but want you to know they are not avoiding you and will visit once they are back online.

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    1. thanks Erika we had a huge storm here last night wonder if she got the same

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  10. I have noticed that too that perennials really love the rain this is the first I have ever planted them I usually just had a large veggie garden, bulbs and annuals

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  11. Your garden certainly has benefitted from the rain. We have had a lot of rain this year as well and I think the weeds took advantage and grew helter-skelter everywhere. As for your paintings, you do well with trees ... I can't get a tree to look real when I paint with watercolors ... your's look great and the sheep just make the whole scene. As for your food ... I could die for your ice cream and the toppings (sugar free chocolate? I haven't seen it before) but strawberries agave and whip cream I'm all into :) Your dinner looks delicious and healthy and I see my favorite spice, Dash lemon-pepper. I have to watch my salt intake too ... no fun at first, but I got used to it and now if eat something with salt on it, it tastes too salty :) Your sunrise is lovely and I especially like the reflection in the water. Living on a lake is a wonderful thing ... I am sooooo jealous :( , but happy for you :)

    Andrea @ From The Sol

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    1. Thank you so much Andrea, I appreciate your comments very much about my painting. this ice cream turned out so delicious! I really like the Mrs. Dash seasonings too-I have not used salt in over 40 years now, I don't even add to any bake goods either. the sunrise views here on the lake are really amazing hugs

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  12. Our garden could do with some rain ...
    Your food sounds great and looks delicious.

    All the best Jan

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  13. I wish you could send some rain my way Kathy. Even my perennials are wilting and some are even dying back. But I do have a yard full of bees, hummingbirds and butterflies too, so that is good. Your ice cream sounds yummy, and your side dish looks yummy too. I hope your week is going well. hugs-Erika

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    1. i wish I could send you some rain too and also to Deb in Texas she is really dry too. we had the chocolate-espresso ice cream with strawberries tonight--Happy weekend comin gup hugs

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  14. Love the sheep and the sunrise. Sheep I see rather often but not sunrises. From where I live I see the sunsets behind trees. :)

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    1. I love sheep too-awesome you can see some nearby. once we get our dock finished we will be able to see the sunsets from there-the sunrises here are very specail

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  15. Wonderful post ~ love your watercolor paintings ~ and yummy looking food ~ Xo

    Wishing you good health, laughter and love in your days,

    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

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    1. thank you so much, I appreciate that very much-Happy Friday and weekend

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  16. Your garden is looking great, glad you got some rain. We've had rain too, which the garden definitely appreciated 😊. Your paintings are gorgeous, loving those sheep and the sunrise over the lake. That dessert looks amazing too, so yummy! Happy August! Hugs Jo x

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    1. Hi Jo Happy August and weekend, the rains have really helped the perennials so am thankful for that. the dessert was really good and thank you about my paintings hugs Happy Friday and weekend too

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  17. ...right now, fresh vegetables from the garden can't be beat! Enjoy your weekend, Kathy.

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  18. Beautiful garden. We are hoping for rain. The sky is gloomy but no rain. Nice water colour painting. We are all kids at heart. Have a wonderful weekend.

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    1. Good morning, hoping you get rain soon there are so many that need rain and not getting any. thank you about my painting Happy weekend

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  19. Hello Kathy,
    Your garden looks lovely, I am sure it appreciates the rain. Your watercolors are great, I love the sheep. The ice cream with chocolate and strawberries sounds yummy. Take care, enjoy your weekend.

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    1. Hi Eileen, thank you so much, yes we are very thankful for the rains we have gotten here. I love sheep so had to grab the stamps Happy weekend

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  20. I loved walking around your garden - you have done so well in such a short time. Your water colours are great - don't be so hard on yourself! The icecream dish you made sounds yummy. I have been making granitas - some better than others! I love the way you made your side dish, I have never tried cooking radish - we just have them raw....you know what I'm gong to soon! Hugs, Chrisx

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    1. Hi Chris, I appreciate your comments about my watercolors. I have not made granitas may need to look into those. I learned about cooking radishes from my husband using them in stir fries when we had veggies fresh from our garden. He spent time in Japan when we was very young and before i knew him so I think he saw it done over there.
      Happy new week-hugs

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