Happy Tuesday Friends!
Hope you are having a good week. We are OK but a couple of the kitties are a little unwell, nothing serious at the moment. I finally got around to watching some of my Domestika classes after I was reminded that they existed last week by Kate’s post lol. (Funny story, I logged in to find out what classes I had and ended up buying another class!) I am also thinking hard about what I am going to do this year for the #100dayproject which starts on 22nd February. Anyone else joining in this year?
Today’s Art . . .
Today’s art is this art journal page using a free printable from Everything Art. They have a challenge this month to use the printable and their colour palette. The printable and challenge details can be found on their free Creative Sparks course library if you’re interested. I am also linking this to Erika’s theme of Seeing Red on AJJ as it contains a lot of diluted red ie pink.
I used two copies of the printable, one in reverse, and fussy cut the images. I wanted to see if I could use everything in one page so I played around with the images to see what I could make out of them. I used every single element from both of them to create my imaginarium garden scene. As you can see my keyboard, you can tell I am doing this at my computer while watching one of the Domestika classes I purchased last year in a sale and then forgot all about. So at least I am now watching them, even though I am working on something else rather than something in the class!
As I looked at these items, they started to look like something else to me, so I coloured and cut them up further using the hearts, butterfly and moth wings to make birds and the frogs and butterfly body to make an unusual creature that looks to me like half koala and half frog lol.
Currently Reading . . .
I’m currently reading this book by Nick Louth. It’s book seven in the DCI Craig Gillard series. The books are set mostly in and around Surrey in England.
TOTAL for 2023
1. Ragnar Jónasson – Whiteout
2. Ragnar Jónasson – Winterkill
3. Lucy Foley – The Paris Apartment
4. Ian Rankin – A Heart Full Of Headstones – Inspector Rebus #24[/b]
5. Lauren Beukes – The Shining Girls
6. Ann Patchett – The Dutch House
7. Stephen Blackmore – Bottle Demon
8. Val McDermid – How The Dead Speak – Tony Hill/Carol Jordan #11
9. Stuart McBride – No Less The Devil
10. Rebecca Netley – The Whistling
11. Nick Louth – The Body in the Marsh – DCI Craig Gillard #1
12. Nick Louth – The Body on the Shore – DCI Craig Gillard #2
13. Nick Louth – The Body in the Mist – DCI Craig Gillard #3
T Stands for Cacao Spinach Smoothie . . .
Last week I shared my green juice which was made with celery, cucumber, kale, apple, ginger and lemon. Today I am sharing my smoothie which is full of banana, almond milk, spinach, blueberries and organic cacao. I’ve been having one of these nearly every day as I find the chocolately taste is comforting in this cold weather and it helps hide the spinach taste! The difference between a smoothie and a green juice is basically the pulp. A smoothie is made using a blender which retains the pulp and gives a thicker consistency, and the juice is made with a juicer which separates the pulp from the juice. There are different types of juicers, centrifugal are cheaper and masticating which are usually a lot more expensive but generally supposed to be better. I’ve had my centrifugal juicer for years, it’s getting on a bit now but still does the job so I have no plans to upgrade. My smoothie today was made in my blender which is an attachment for my Kenwood Mixer which I’ve also had for years. I’ve never been tempted by a Vitamix! So what happens to the pulp leftover from making the juice? It is basically tasteless fibre since all the goodness has been extracted into the juice, but it can be tossed into soups or stews, or made into veggie burgers, or my favourite, put into a salad wrap. Failing that, it can go straight into the compost heap but I rarely have to do that, it depends how much juice you make and drink every day.
Let me know what you think in the comments. As always, thanks for reading and Happy T Day!
free printable, stabilo all, ink and paint splatters, tombow markers, fineliner, glue, watercolour paper,