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Tuesday, March 03, 2015

More birch trees


I was able to die cut a number of the birch tree die cuts from the painted water colour paper, and decided to try another collage.  I cut down some water colour paper to 4x6".  I swooshed different colours onto the paper - a variety of blues, some ecru, pearl white, and greens, to give a nice horizon, blue sky, and clouds, in metallic water colours - can you tell I like those?


I took some scrap pieces and cut them into organic curved pieces for the foreground, painted them in greens and inked them.


Then I glued the pieces over each other across the front, using gel medium.  I like how it turned out.  I just wish I backed the piece onto a thicker piece of board to give it some substance.

Monday, March 02, 2015

PB+C Rice Krispie Squares...


Made this the other day as a little dessert/treat for the guys when we had friends over for dinner.  It was another incarnation of Gravymania.  I made a spicy bacon gravy and a roasted onion/jalapeno gravy with venison/beef broth leftover from some venison shanks Jim did in the slow cooker the other day.

Anyways, I had this idea for awhile, to make a peanut butter cup Rice Krispie square.  This makes a 9x13" pan and this is all that remained.  I sent some home with the guests too.  You get the marshmallowy sweetness and crispiness of rice krispie squares, with the salty yum of the PB and chocolate is, well chocolate - soooo good!

Anyways - it is a layer if PB rice krispie, a layer of PB fudge with PB cups, another layer of PB rice krispie, topped with a layer of PB chocolate, sprinkled with marshmallows.


PB + C Rice Krispie Squares
makes 1 9x13 pan

Layer 1
2 tbsp butter
1/3 cup smooth PB
3 cups Rice Krispies
3 cups mini marshmallows

Layer 2
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup smooth PB
1/2 tsp vanilla
1 1/2 cup icing sugar (may add a bit more if too thin)
Reeses PB cups, minis

Layer 3
2 tbsp butter
1/3 cup smooth PB
3 cups Rice Krispies
3 cups mini marshmallows

Layer 4
1 cup + smooth PB
2 cups dark chocloate, chopped
mini marshmallows

Putting it all together...

Grease a 9x13 pan.

Layer 1
In a sauce pan over medium heat, heat butter, and PB, stirring well, until melted and smooth.  Add marshmallows.  Stir well until melted and smooth.  Add to rice krispies, in large mixing bowl and quickly mix well together.  Pat into bottom of pan while still warm.  Covering with plastic wrap or waxed paper/parchment paper may make it easier to pat out and smooth the sticky rice krispie layers. Set aside to cool.

Layer 2
In clean pan, melt together butter and PB, stirring until smooth.  Add vanilla and sugar, mix well. Pour over layer 1, and sprinkle with PB cup minis.  Allow to cool.

Layer 3
Prepare as for Layer 1, and spread over last layer.

Layer 4
In the saucepan over medium heat again, melt the last measure of PB with the chocolate and stir well, mixing until smooth.  Spread over Layer 3.  Sprinkle mini marshmallows over top.  Or mini PB cups - or both.  Or none.  Let cool to room temp, then cut into squares.

Warning - sticky, gooey, PB and chocolate goodness....

Sunday, March 01, 2015

Art is just another way...


I prepped several pieces of water colour paper the other day, with random washes of colour.  I took another piece and made something similar to the piece I posted about a couple of days ago.


I used the floursih stencil and a circle stencil, and layered them over each other, with the flourish beneath, and a circle over top, and added the pattern with Pumice Stone.  I went over the edges with it too.


I then went over the flourishes with a gold gel pen to high light some edges, and added the sentiment in copper.  I again used glass gel to add a bit of texture and sparkle.