Blue Plate Special

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Here’s one last #doodlewashdinner for the road. This spring, we have been making our own chicken salad. While painting this I learned that it’s a little difficult to draw chicken salad and make it look appetizing, but let me assure you that this lemon-y, craisin pecan goodness is so fresh and perfect for a warm evening. Pair that with some warm, soft homemade pita bread and a bowl of fresh fruit, and you’ve got a perfect spring or summer dinner.

Congratulations to everyone who participated in #doodlewashdinner, and thank you to Charlie for the challenge! It has been so great seeing everyone’s beautiful meals this month!

Inky Emma

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The lovely Birgit Winter mentioned Pitt artist pens in a recent discussion about go-to art supplies, and I got curious and started researching. Then, out of the blue, my family surprised me with a package of them! This is the first piece I did to experiment with them, a little character design of Jane Austen’s heroine Emma Woodhouse. I am head over heels in love with them and the different thicknesses of lines that they produce. Can’t wait to continue playing with them.

Thanks to Birgit for the recommendation and to my folks for the surprise! Art supplies are the way to this girl’s heart. ❤

Liebster Q&A!

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Happy Friday, everyone! The wonderful Sissh of Sissh Art Journal has nominated me for a Liebster Award! The Liebster Award is a way to get to know other bloggers, discover new content with smaller followings, and to celebrate blogs that we love, so a huge thanks to Sissh for the honor! Along with the award are some fun questions that I am going to answer below. If you want to know about squirrel meat, P.G. Wodehouse, and awesome yet obscure people from history, continue after the jump:

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Scooby Snacks

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So here’s something a little different. The other day I found myself watching some Scooby Doo (long story) and imagining what the characters would look like in the 2016. It was fun examining each character’s style and seeing how that might translate into today’s fashion.

And yes, it isn’t a modern reimagining unless someone has an undercut hairstyle. 😛 I thought it fitting that Shaggy, as a typical hippie, got updated into a typical hipster.

 

Illustrated Recipe: Coq Au Vin

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Today’s contribution to our #doodlewashdinner brings you something special that I hope to keep doing: an illustrated recipe! This was a complete experiment and I am so pleased with how it turned out. Hopefully it is both decorative and informative (and hopefully you can read my handwriting!).

This is an essential French recipe that I’ve added to my repertoire in recent months, Coq Au Vin. I started out with this recipe from Food Wishes (apologies in advance for the innuendo) and have altered it a few times, experimenting trial-and-error style. It’s finally reached a place where there are consistently good results. It is so rich, decadent, and satisfying. If you try it, please let me know!

Herbs for Mother’s Day

Not sure if this one counts for a #doodlewashdinner exactly, but I think fresh herbs are so important to cooking, so I’m gonna throw it in here. 🙂

This is a gift that my sister, my dad, and I put together for my mom for Mother’s Day. We love cooking together and using fresh herbs in our meals, so we thought we’d give her the beginnings of her very own herb garden!

Since I have the least green thumb in the family, I left my sister to pick out the actual plants (parsley, thyme, basil, sage, oregano, rosemary, and some beautiful flowers). My part of the plan was creating these little tags, inspired by the Thank You Herb Gifts Tutorial from A Night Owl. Hand lettering is still pretty new for me, so I’m excited to continue trying and improving that skill.

My mom really loved the finished product. I was so glad that we were able to create something special for such a wonderful lady. 🙂

Little Land Girl

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If you’re a history buff, I have two TV shows to recommend to you today: the documentary series Wartime Farm and the ITV drama Home Fires. Both tell the story of the British home front during World War II. Wartime Farm sends three historians to work and live on a 1940s era farm for a year using period technology, while Home Fires shows the wartime efforts of the Women’s Institute. Both really wonderful, and both really good motivators for a day of cooking and cleaning.

Anyway, long story short, I got inspired to design a land girl taking a break after a long day’s work. Enjoy!