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A Piece

Colors bleed,

Mixing and twisting;

Becoming one.

Light defies darkness;

Casting aside,

Into the shadows,

While instead gleams thrive.

Someone is watching you;

Your eyes meet.

Dare to look away?

No…stay.

Question their story,

Push the boundaries;

Enter their fantasy.

I’ve been drawing. It seems like it has taken over my life once again. The poem is inspired by artwork. If you label yourself as an artist you understand, not being able to look away. Wanting to understand everything about the piece.

Recently I’ve decided to redraw my old drawings. As I started, I discovered that my old drawings are from 10 years ago…! (I never throw anything away…)

I now have 10 more years of experience, 10 more years of supplies, 10 more years of patience.

I’ll share the few I’ve done. It’s only been 2 days since I decided to try this…and remember I have a 2 year old. It’s been hard to stop my creative bug; and return back into a responsible mama…

09-03-11

I believe I found this off the internet. I have no recollection of where or by whom…but I am sure it did not look like this.

It’s not too bad. But seeing it makes me wonder why I didn’t measure out a square…or even attempt to make the border straight…

08-11-21

This is my impression of my impression from 10 years ago… I like this one better!

I went all spiffy on it and added the stars detail with paint… because I can. 😎

Next one…

09-05-11

This picture…I believe the stance of the girl was off the internet, but it was just a black line drawing of the girl. I did all the rest from my imagination.

I must say. I still like this one. It’s inspiring! Embrace life! Be free!

08-11-21

This one is still beautiful, but it seems more… graceful. I’m actually not completely done with this one. I still need to add some details.

In all of this, it has been fun to go back in time and see my old self in my art.

Maybe you should try this too! Dig through the drawers and find a drawing, painting, doodle; and redraw it. Maybe your skills have improved too!

Enjoy your Thursday! May it be filled with color!

Art Life Today!

Since I’ve moved my art stuff into the living room I’ve actually been drawing more! I didn’t realize how much I’ve missed it…

For Christmas this year I’ve planned to give people paintings. I’ve finished part of my mom’s and I’m in the process of my little brother’s.

I found out from my spies (mom and sister) that there is a painting that my brother keeps seeing at Home Depot. It’s a print of course, but I totally understand. It’s by Leonid Afremov. He is my favorite artist!! But the painting is not one of his typical ones; which gave me a challenge. I love challenges. 😎

So when you are painting someone’s art I believe in drawing it first. Because then you put your own spin on it. Why paint it exactly the same? That’s boring. It’s your impression of their work. So in a way…it becomes your own.

This was day one.

I decided to use my markers. I knew it was not going to give me the effect I wanted, but I was going to put in the effort and frame the end product.

I actually used the perspective training you get in fifth grade…it actually looks. This is the first time I’m mapped out my drawing. I usually just wing it!

Well…

Again I forgot to take pictures of the stages. But this is the finished product! I actually really like it! It is already framed and finished.

You don’t get that wet feeling with markers but it still works.

This composition was on accident.

I had the wood slices on my desk…I needed a propping type thing… I really liked how this picture looked so I’m sharing it. Haha 😂.

So now all I have to do is paint! I’m planning on using a canvas I found from the thrift store. Repurposing!! I’m using oil paints! And because of the smell; I’ll be doing this outside.

So excited!

I haven’t painted with oil paints in almost…4 years! 😳 I’ve missed the smell; I like the smell. It reminds me of my college days where I took a painting class twice a week; it was an 8 hour class…!

My set-up is on a folding, lifted table. Drop cloth for cleanliness! And I’m located under the carport. It is a prefect makeshift painting area!

Mapping out my canvas…

This is my first time doing this…I thought I should because there is a lot of perspective involved, and that is not my strong suit, with freehand.

Day one!

Again another first…I used to make my first layer just by just coating the canvas with the primary color…in this case it is white…so I found that ridiculous. So I did what my teachers were trying to tell me, and mapped out my painting with thin paint.

Weird…it actually works! 😅 This is going to save me so much paint! I was just stubborn before…

Well that as far as I go today! Don’t worry I will be better at taking pictures through my process.

Enjoy your Wednesday! We are off to story time at the library! 🌼

Word Of The Day: Flexuous 08-04-21

Synonyms: bending, crooked, curving, meandering, serpentine, etc.

The start,

Is vast,

Calming cheer,

Peaceful.

Troubles and worries,

Never exist.

Middle…

Constantly fast,

Never care or fear.

Always gleeful,

Twists and turns,

Whatever you please.

Persist.

Life.

Was it all a riddle?

Still living in the past.

Career disappeared.

Body crooked and feeble.

Desires still burns.

But feel the cool breeze.

Resist.

End…

My time has come.

Life stabbed by the knife.

Waddle down the path,

Only to fiddle and twiddle.

Shows great contrast.

My destination cleared.

Direct like a needle.

No returns.

God hear my pleas.

Missed.

I wrote about life. The journey of life has twists, turns, hills, and great falls. That what I thought of when I read the synonyms of flexuous.

Take life one day at a time. You never know what’s around the corner.

Enjoy your Sunday 🌼

“Life”
Digital Art
by emily2jane
08-07-21

Change!

We decided to completely change the layout of our house… now three days ago…🥸

Haha! I mean completely! We moved our bedroom from the second floor to the basement. My art room from the basement to the living room. Eli’s bedroom from the second floor to the basement. The guest bedroom from the basement to the second floor.

The hubby’s “man cave” (more of a desk area) from the living room to the second floor; he now has an official man cave. He is super stoked!

All around it is now a better layout. We also get all the luxuries that we initially wanted. A bedroom with a bathroom attached. Laundry on the same floor as our bedrooms. And a man cave for the hubby.

But it meant carrying our king mattress down two floors and a queen mattress up two floors…😳 it was a lot! I’m amazed the hubby did not strangle me, as he tried to direct me and I was hearing the opposite. Haha!

I’m sore and exhausted. But I still have organizing to do! Which I like organizing! I would say it is a guilty pleasure. Especially now, since our house is completely flipped, I will be happy and content with all my new projects!!

Hope your life has not been completely flipped, but change it up and do something new today! It might just surprise you! 🎉

Change
emily2jane
08-05-21

Journey With Cookbooks #23

Well as I scrolled through Pinterest and I found this recipe!! Wow! I showed the hubby and it was decided that we should have this for dinner.

🤤

Since we decided upon this we had to go to the grocery store to get buttermilk, sriracha sauce, coleslaw, and buns. Yummy here I come!!

Buttermilk and the spices!

My luck of spicy is not the greatest so I decided to only do half the desired cayenne pepper. Hopefully it was still be yummy and not burn my face off.

Defrosting

The bacon will be cooked later. First I must deal with the chicken.

Start your engines!! Begin!

I decided to cut the breasts in half and do six smaller chickens. The recipe said to do a full breast for four breasts. I did three and made it into six-ish servings.

The prepared buttermilk.
Chicken.
😂 haha

When doing the smashing I got out the smaller of my two rollers. The hubby was next to me and he said, “Use the bigger one.”

I said, “I want to use this smaller one, in case it breaks.”

Him: “You don’t have to worry about that, you won’t have that much force…”

Me: “SMASH! Smash! Smash!” -the hubby walked off. Since one of my hits, broke off a piece of chicken from its whole. 😂 haha!

All the chicken has been beaten! Mwahahahaha!!
This is is lunch.

We have gotten to the point that one pizza can feed all three of us. It should be able to feed another person but the hubby was hungry…one piece for Eli, two for me, and the rest to the crazy eating machine!

😎

The recipe said to let it marinate for at least four hours. So I will be back in a bit to complete this blog…

Prepare the coleslaw and let it sit for a bit in the fridge.

We got a prepackaged bag of the shredded coleslaw. I found a secondary recipe for the dressing.
Yum!

I know some people are not a fan…I wasn’t either, but now I love it on certain foods!

I’ve been adding more songs to my favorites list!!
The spicy, honey sauce…

🥵 wow! That sauce is killer…as in melt my head off!! I split the concoction in half and added way more honey!!

My trusty frying pot!!

We got this pot from someone who was moving…best pot ever! Sturdy and free!!

Bacon…

Baaaaaccccccon…..!!! Mwahahahaha!!

Dust the chicken.

That’s a lie!! Coat that chicken with the flour mixture, until you think it can no longer take anymore…then add more!!

😳

That is for one sandwich… maybe next time I’ll cut the chicken breasts into thirds…

I also found out, that you should never place fried chicken on paper towels; it ruins the crunch. So I used my cookie rack.

More tunes!

Tunes are key to a successful dinner!! 😎

Oooooo

I know this is strange, but as I’m writing this post, the song, “Let’s Get It On,” came to my brain…haha 😅

Anybody order a tall sandwich?

It will be a challenge, but somehow this sandwich is going to fit in my mouth. 🤨

Looks Like Photo: 10! My sandwich is taller but that perfectly fine. Bigger is better!!

Taste: 10!!! 100!! Wow! It was amazing! Worth the wait and time! But for my sandwich I put the coleslaw on top of the chicken and bacon. My bun was not soggy!!

Easiness: 8…since there was lots to do and it did take some time. But I will say…it was easier than making orange chicken. Will definitely be making this again!!

I’m currently in a food coma… Enjoy your day! I will be trying to move…in the next hour…or more…🥱

Journey With Cookbooks #22

Ramen… I was craving ramen and we did not have any of the prepackaged kind…I love that kind!!……..

Sorry. Just got distracted thinking of ramen, and the many ways to eat it!! So I decided to attempt to make some from scratch. I already am expecting this to be a fail, but I’m trying it anyways!!

Looks yummy!

Well I am just going to admit early. It will probably taste strange since I don’t have several of the ingredients. I will say, this recipe does not call for the many authentic ingredients…but I want ramen so I’m still going to make some!!

First fail…

It called for green onions. I don’t have any. I was going to use a yellow onion…but I don’t have that either…so red onion it is…

At this point it is smelling similar to the instant ramen…maybe it will work!!?

Cook the noodles!

Again a fail…it called for ramen noodles…I had egg noddles. I thought that would be better than spaghetti noodles…

Can you feel my uncertainty and lack of confidence as you read…haha! I know I can!

Well…I improvised again…

The recipe didn’t call for celery, but me, with my “extensive knowledge”, decide to try it. Probably since I thought this was going to be a flop I decided to go with the flow…

Add the beef broth…

It smells delicious! I’m sure it would have been better with the right ingredients, but I must say it smells alright!

Round steak.

It said to garnish with some steak and green onions. I at least have the steak! I’m not a complete failure. I only was going to use a few pieces for my dinner. I’ll cook the rest up when I make leftover servings.

The broth…

Still smells good. I’m not going to try it until it’s complete.

Sizzling steak!

At least I know one part of the meal is going to be edible.

Noodles.
Add the noodle…
Looks pretty good!

It would look prettier with the green onion garnish…but alas the time has come to see if it is a fail or not…

Wow! 🥵 Spicy! I only added 1/8 tsp of red pepper flakes…maybe when you cook red pepper flakes they increase in spiciness…well that’s a bummer.

The overall taste is not too bad, but the spiciness really hits you. The steak is a nice addition.

Look like photo: 2. Let’s be honest it looks nothing like the photo. I gave it a two: since there is broth, meat, and noodles…

Taste: …? 3…wow that’s a sad, sad score. Reading these scores you are going to be turned away. But I gave it a three because I could taste the instant ramen flavor under the the spiciness… 🥵 the spicy…wow. But I think it would have been better if I had the right ingredients.

Easiness: 9. It was pretty easy. It consisted of putting everything in a pot and cooking it. I just wish I had done a better job.

Thankfully the hubby was on a night shift. Meaning my complete failure was not for both of us… and Eli had Mac n cheese.

Well…I might try this again in the future…but I think I will just bite the bullet and buy the instant ramen when I want some! Ramen………❤️

Enjoy the rest of your day!

Journey With Cookbooks #20

Trying a Pinterest recipe…I wanted to try something new.

Looks delicious. However it was a little more work since I had to make the pizza dough. Whereas the recipe called for store bought.

My normal pizza dough recipe but rolled into several balls.

The meat is currently defrosting.

Chopped onions

Just keep chopping…

Pretty much a normal meatball recipe. Bread crumbs, onion, egg, salt, pepper, etc. I used my hands to mix the meat.

I don’t know what you are thinking…but I’m thinking we will be eating these for forever.

I had a cheese snipe. She was telling me she was helping.

My spaghetti sauce

I decided to use my spaghetti sauce recipe. I only made half the amount.

The dough!

I also had a dough snipe…😑

Not too bad!!

Just keep wrapping…

Just keeps going, and going. Eli was “counting” them for me.

Egg was the tops. I think I’ll only be eating two of these for dinner…

They look yummy!!

Maybe it is a good thing there are so many. I want to eat them all!! Mwahahahaha!!

Spaghetti sauce done!! I let the sauce simmer for about 40min.

🧐…?

What is this you say? It is for dessert…!

Yum!

Except I forgot to make a vegetable… nothing healthy. Also I didn’t want the bottom of the Wellington to be soggy. So I separated the two.

It was a success! The hubby went back if a third one. Also asked for a couple extra for his lunch tomorrow.

Look like photo: 10! My first recipe in a while that looks correct.

Taste: 9. I liked them but the hubby said he wishes there was a better ratio between meat and dough. Less meat…

Easiness: 6. Because I had to make the dough. Also there were several steps involved. A long recipe but worth it.

So overall a great recipe! Will be making it again in the future. It would be a great potluck dish.

Journey With Cookbooks #18

I tried a new recipe. I asked the hubby…

“Any preference for dinner?”

“I really want some spicy fried chicken!! But I’ll wait for when we go pick up my parents.

“So any idea?”

Something spicy!”

So if you can tell by that statement…I choose a spicy recipe!

Spicy Mongolian Beef

The picture looks delicious! But I wonder how spicy is spicy….

Well…

I didn’t realize I was “doing a new recipe” until I was beginning the frying of the beef…so I have no photos of the process beforehand.

To sum it up: I used round steak; because that’s what I had. I thawed and sliced it in strips along the grain. I marinated it in 1 TBsp of soy sauce for 10-ish min. I then added and coated the meat with 6 TBsp of flour. It called for cornstarch, but I never have cornstarch. Then I prepared the pan for frying.

I already did the first round of meat!

I will say. I know understand why you use a wok. It’s tall, deep, and the oil that explodes won’t burn you. I got burned. Not bad, but wow did it make a mess. This was my solution…

It worked. But man did it hurt when the oil got me…!

I was pretty proud of myself coming up with this idea on the spot. I only had about 30sec to think of something. Since the meat was already cooking.

I stopped mid way to take a picture. This round I cooked less time.

With the guard, mitt, and tongs, I probably looked like I was battling the stove.

But I won in the end! 😎 Yum!

Round steak is quite tough but it looks like it cooked correctly. We will have to see when we eat it. Soy sauce and flour made a thick goop that covered the meat before I cooked it. It really does look like I fried it. It has some crunchy spots!

The sauce. And the additional spices…for the SPICY!!

The recipe called for red peppers. Which of course we don’t have and I don’t want to go to the store. Mostly because I am in my pjs already. So instead I used cayenne pepper. I only put 1/2-3/4 tsp. I didn’t really measure. I just sprinkled it; we will see how spicy I made it!

sauté…Sauté…SAUTÉ!
Our trusty rice cooker.

I started the rice when I was defrosting the meat. So it should be done here soon. Right around the perfect time, I might add. 😎

I added the sauce.

The sauce consisted of soy sauce, brown sugar, and oil. I believe since the spicy part needed to sauté, the sauce will just take on the flavors.

I will explain this picture.

I realize this picture looks the same as the one above but I added the watered flour mixture. (Most people use cornstarch) but if you can see those small clumps in the top center…that is flour that cooked and formed a lump. I tried to whisk it in…it wouldn’t so I… just scooped them out and then…

Look! No more white clumps and thickening up nicely.

Yep. I cheated! I decided to take out the imperfections instead of trying to make it work. Mwahahahaha!

Add the steak!

Looks really yummy. I think I should have cut the meat up thinner, but since it is not the steak it really called for I wanted to make sure I didn’t make a texture similar to shoe.

Looks yummy!

I still don’t know if it’s too spicy. I didn’t taste it.

Well I finished the food, and I will say… WOW! That was a bit spicy. Good! Definitely still delicious, but spicy. So two and half glasses of milk later…

Taste: 8.5! I think I will measure out the cayenne pepper next time. And maybe stay between 1/4-1/2tsp. Just to be on the safe side. I give it an 8.5 because it was almost too spicy. I prefer spicy to be enough where I can still enjoy it.

Look like photo: 9.5! Just because their steak looks thinner.

Easiness: 8. It wasn’t the simplest recipe to follow. Since some steps were left out and I had to improvise. Also the exploding oil; which is considered my fault because I did not have the correct pot. To understand look at the next photo…

😳

I don’t know if you can see all the oil splatters…but I will be cleaning this stove constantly these next few days. Because the burners are probably covered in oil splatter as well. 😑

Leftovers

It made a decent amount of leftovers. Two servings like this.

Leftover sauce

I might use this on some chicken. I think the flavor of the sauce will taste just as good on chicken.

This watermelon is from the 4th. I feel like I’ve been eating it everyday and it never seems to be making a dent…when will it be gone?

Enjoy your Thursday!! The week is more than halfway done. 😎

Journey With Cookbooks #17

Today’s recipe was a repeat with a twist!

The fried chicken taco, but as…

Only frying the tortilla and using ground beef. I wanted the crispy crunch from the tortilla but I didn’t want to eat something drenched in oil. The husband approved.

We are trying to eat better. I love food, but I am discovering I gain weight easily now as an adult…I miss the younger days…

Anyways…

Again defrosting. It seems to be taking forever.
Also the tortillas…

I forgot I already used up all the tortillas…so I have to section some off so they defrost faster. Now it is definitely a good thing I am frying them or they would be super soggy. 😣

I think, I thought I would be cooking for a billion people…I had a brain fart.
Only about 1/2” of oil.

Normally I would probably add some oil, but instead I just went with what I had. It should be fine.

So I decided to dry and remove as much of the excess oil as possible. Paper towels are awesome!
Huh?

At this point I decided to add to my cooking preparation. Salsa. Homemade! I found a recipe a while ago and it was a big hit with the hubby and Eli! And me. But no one really cares. Haha 😂

The recipe.
Combine all to bowl. The sweetness used in this recipe is honey. And I didn’t have a jalapeño, and I didn’t have any red pepper flakes…so I just used 1/2 tsp of cayenne pepper.

We have a large food processor; I got it as a Christmas present. But sadly I never want to use it because I would rather not have more dishes. I know that is stupid and lazy, but I am that way occasionally.

The hubby wants 3 and I will have 2.
Meat!

So for the meat, I will say I did drain off all the excess fat off the meat. I didn’t want any extra calories. So didn’t add the spices and chilies until after.

4 rounds in my mini food processor later…!!
So the extra tortillas, I made as chips. So that when I want a snack I can have some chips and salsa.

The chips are just fried. I didn’t add any salt or lime juice. I wanted them to be a vessel for the salsa.

The garnish.
Eli’s dinner.

I was not about to fight the battle today. If she would eat…she ate some of daddy’s breakfast, all of her own, a big serving of Alfredo noodles, and some cookies today so far.

Back to the cooking. Now I know why to add more oil.

Because after I finished the chips I only had a thin layer of oil covering the bottom of the pot. Not good. Could have burned the pot…

The process of my creation. I thought of it after I made the hubbies plate. Mwahahahaha 😎
A dollop of sour cream.

The thought was…to cover the tortilla with the amount of sour cream you would normally top your taco. But let’s be honest. That dollup is huge…! I used way too much. Did I wipe the excess…no. I did that throughout the recipe but not now. Makes no sense.

Meat layer.
Cheese.
Topped with lettuce and drizzled salsa.

It was delicious. We had planned to eat it flat like that, but as soon as we picked it up, it folded into a taco.

It is not really a recipe I can score. Since it was a mash up of ideas.

But taste…10!!

Last Day.

Today is the last day I can spend with my family on our visit. So I am going to enjoy it to the fullest.

Some pictures from our trip…💕

Lots of fresh yummy fruit from grandma’s yard! I ate 12…? the first afternoon I got to my mom’s house…🤣
Elizabeth got to hold a chicken! Haha I don’t know if she liked it or not…
Beach Day!! Eli loved the ocean!!
She kept wanting to go farther and farther!
Day at the zoo!! So many animals!!

Just a few photos of our many great adventures! So enjoy your Friday! Because that is exactly what I will be doing! 😎