Thursday, July 28, 2011

Stay Tuned.....

Next week I will start working on a project to recreate a "Norman Rockwell Christmas." I am very excited to work on this project! Christmas of 2010 at the North Carolina Museum of Art I viewed a Norman Rockwell Exhibition. I was enchanted by Rockwell's artistic ability and seeing the texture of the paint he applied to canvas was an experience I will never forget. The prints of his work are wonderful but seeing the paintings added a whole new dimension that is unseen in the prints.
I have a feeling that this is going to be a fun challenge and not to mention it is going to be a magazine cover for December 2011. More details and photos to come so stay tuned!

Saturday, July 23, 2011

The Doggie Children [ aka. furry bundles of happiness]

Here they are! Our babies, Tyrone and Itty Bitty! I am sure you can place the name with the face, it is easy to do. They are so sweet and bring me happiness day in and out. Tyler and I have had them both since they were puppies and now they are 6 years old. Their gray chinny chin chins bring tears to my eyes because I can't imagine life with out them. I love them with all my heart and they are two of my best friends... forever!

Amy’s Zucchini Apple Bread

This is one of my best recipes that I have conjured up lately. It all started with a HUGE zucchini I picked from the garden at my Nana and Pawpaw’s house. When a zucchini gets so too large on the vine its flavor is not the best for eating it alone, so once this happens you have to make zucchini bread out of it. At least I felt this was the only choice and my moment to conquer the beloved summer treat!
My husband [Tyler] always rolls his eyes and laughs at me because I refuse follow recipes. He thinks my confidence in baking is cute and he is always my guinea pig for the sweet treats I make. I feel I have an instinct that knows what ingredients will work well together, so while baking I follow my heart and let my taste buds lead the way.
As for the apple part of this recipe, started with my husband’s good intentions. He had purchased some apples to eat and with him not being a big fruit eater… they were never eaten. I do not like anything to go bad so I decided to use them in the zucchini bread. While baking I always experiment by adding in things that we have just sitting in the pantry. In this instance we happen to have some pecans and dates, so I added them to the mix as well!
My favorite thing about this Zucchini Apple Bread is it has that salty and sweet quality all at once, and the zucchini and apple make it super moist! Not to mention… I am a sucker for anything with dates and pecans!
½ cup of butter, softened
½ cup of white sugar
½ cup of brown sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
1 cup of all-purpose flour
½ cup of whole-wheat flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp of salt
¾ cup zucchini, shredded
½ of an apple, remove the core
1 cup of chopped pecans
1 cup of chopped date pieces
Step 1:
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees
Step 2:
Place butter, white sugar, brown sugar, vanilla and eggs together in a mixing bowl, and beat with an electric mixer until creamy.
Step 3:
In a separate bowl combine all-purpose flour, whole-wheat flour, baking soda and salt and mix well.
Step 4:
Slowly add the flour mixture to the sugar mixture, while using the electric mixer to blend the batter until smooth.
Step 5:
Shred the zucchini and the apple.
Step 6:
Add zucchini, apple, dates and pecans to the batter and fold in gently.
Step 7:
Spray loaf pan with cooking spray, add batter to pan and bake for 1 hour or until tester comes out clean.
Step 8:
Let cool and enjoy!

I feel a great substitute for the apple would be crushed pineapple and a substitute for the pecans would be shredded coconut! If any of you do this let me know… I would be thrilled to know how it is!
~Happy baking to you all! I hope you enjoy it as much as my family and I have.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

If You Are Looking For Some New Reads

I suggest you check out the blog of someone who is very, very dear to my heart The Deep Wood Ramblings of Rocky Hall who just happens to be my Daddy! Here you will see a collection of short stories and poetry inspired from the happenings in his life. Enjoy and feel free to follow him if you would like!


Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Beautiful Bedding

photographed by Randy Poplin

This is a photograph that I recently art directed for Dillards to advertise this bedding called "Autumn Flowers." If you like what you see this bedding will be in Dillards stores and very soon!

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

2011 Garden Snippet

My stress relief is the "happy accidents" that come from my garden. I love the day to day surprises that it gives me, whether it is the beautiful flowers, foliage or cute critters they attract!

My Dining Chair Revamp

This is a set of four dining chairs I inherited from my Daddy and I knew they had potential! With a little sandpaper, paint, fabric and elbow grease I revamped them and made them my own! What do you think?