Tuesday, August 26, 2014

CREAM PUFF CAKE

CREAM PUFF CAKE!

Eclair Cake

It's recipe time again. Found another one I had to share. I had a little swimming party last Saturday night and my friend, Anna, brought a delicious, unusual cake. It looks and tastes like a delectable cream puff. Honest. I am not sure where she got the recipe but we all loved it and I thought you might like it too. The name of it is 'Eclair Cake' but I renamed it because to me, it tastes exactly like a cream puff. After all, a cream puff by any other name is still a cream puff. LOL. It is every bit as good if not better after being refrigerated. Enjoy!

Here is what Anna said about it:

“The eclair cake is from the Atchafalaya Legacy cookbook a friend from New Orleans gave me. I'm almost embarrassed to give you the recipe. You won't BELIEVE how easy it is to make!!!! It will totally ruin my reputation. But here goes.

Ingredients:

1 box graham crackers in squares
2 small boxes vanilla instant pudding mix
3 cups milk (I used Homestead creamery regular)
1 (8 oz) Cool whip
1 can chocolate frosting (I used Duncan Hines dark chocolate fudge)
Method:

Do not grease pan. I used a 9x13" pan for this. Mix together the pudding, milk and Cool Whip. Layer a pan with graham cracker squares. Layer of pudding mixture. Another layer of graham crackers and another layer of pudding mix. Top with another layer of graham crackers. Put chocolate frosting in the microwave to soften (30 sec then another 30 sec worked for me) Pour over the top of the layer of graham crackers. Refrigerate at least 1 hour. Enjoy!!!!

This is so easy, you can make any time you need an easy dessert. Just be sure to leave enough time to chill in the frig.

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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

GODDESS CEREMONIAL ALTAR

GODDESS CEREMONIAL ALTAR

Goddess Ceremonial Altar

New series! Well, it's a new series again I should say. I created 3 altars many years ago. They sold right away and for some reason on another, I never made any more. I sort of found out why when I started making them again. They are time consuming! I do have a lot of patience though-I mean, look at my B-dazle car! My art car took 6 years in the making and 23,000 beads. I started it in 2000 and finished in 2006. From then on it's been patch, patch, patch.

My B-Dazle Art Car

I created my altar with a clay base and used mosaic tiles and beads. I found a neat looking beaded pendant and used it for her 'crown.' She is approximately 4 1/2" wide x 5" deep x 12" high. You can use a candle for the base of the altar or put a small pot onto base for use as a burning bowl or incense. She makes a dynamic centerpiece wherever she is placed. She is priced at $115 and is available for immediate shipping. I accept Paypal or checks. You can e-mail me and we can go from there. Also, if you are local and want me to hold her for you and bring to the market on Saturday, I'd be happy to do so.

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Tuesday, August 12, 2014

DECADENT GARLIC SOUP

DECADENT GARLIC SOUP

Garlic Soup With Garlic Keepers

I tried to come up with an appropriate name for the garlic soup that was served to me last week by a chef friend of mine. Chef Stratton hosts small dinner gatherings about every 2 months in his home for all of us who are fortunate enough to attend. The adjectives I considered were, scrumptious, delectable, luscious, delicious, yummy, pungent, extravagant, luxurious and the list goes on and on. I finally decided that the soup is richly decadent. Perfect name for it; Decadent Garlic Soup. I've printed the recipe below, with permission from Stratton. He says he doesn't remember how he came up with it but if I know him, it was from plenty of experimentation.

I have 2 of my garlic keepers for sale. Number 1 is very ornate. She looks sort of like a mosaic with her green trade beads. I have price her at $28. She is 3”wide by 3” deep by 4 1/2” high and has a green oxide glaze.

Sold. Thank you Mary and Doug

Garlic Keeper number 1

Garlic Keeper number 1

Number 2 is smaller with a dark green glaze with hints of blue and purple. Her beads are a deep purple shade. I have priced her at $22. She is 3” wide by 3” deep by 3” high.

Garlic Keeper number 2

Garlic Keeper number 2

You can e-mail me if you are interested in purchasing either or both of my latest Garlic Keepers. I accept Paypal or personal checks.

Here is the recipe for the soup. Hope you love it as much as I do. You might want to double this recipe because everyone who has a bowl, usually asks for more. It tastes great the first time around and every bit as wonderful the second or third day if left in the fridge.

DECADENT GARLIC SOUP

INGREDIENTS:

4 Whole garlic heads
1 Quart plus 2 cups chicken stock
6 egg yolks
1 Cup parmesan cheese, grated
1 T. Extra virgin olive oil
6 Fresh sage leaves
3 Sprigs of thyme
2 Whole bay leafs
S and P to taste

METHOD:

1. Peel and grate the garlic. I used my food processor.
2. Heat olive oil in large sauce pan. Large enough to hold 3 quarts
3. Add garlic and saute til it becomes golden.
4. Add whole herbs and saute briefly.
5. Add the chicken stock.
6. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer partially covered for 30 minutes.
7. Remove whole herbs
8. Whisk together the egg yolks and parmesan cheese until thoroughly mixed.
9. While whisking, slowly drizzle 3 ladles of stock into the egg yolks and cheese.
10. Then, while whisking the stock, slowly stir back in the eggs, cheese and stock. This is called tempering. Must be done slowly so the eggs do not curdle.
11. Continue whisking until it comes to a boil. Remove from the heat and using an emersion blender, puree til smooth.
12. Taste and adjust seasoning with s and p if needed.
13. Garnish with fresh sage leaf in each bowl and a very small drizzle of olive oil. Now..sit back and enjoy the soup and the compliments!

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Tuesday, August 5, 2014

THE HERBALIST GODDESS PLANTER

THE HERBALIST GODDESS PLANTER

Herbalist Goddess Planter

Several of my customers have asked me to create more of my planters with pots on top of their heads. Usually they are very large and therefore more expensive. So, I've sculpted The Herbalist planter quite a bit smaller and more affordable, plus, she is just the right size to fit most surroundings (and lighter too!) So here is your chance to own a very unique planter.

Close-Up of Dragonfly

Here is the story I have given to her.

THE HERBALIST

She is a teacher, healer, wise woman and keeper of the old traditions, Each day, with great reverence, she gathers the herbs for the needs of her many friends. Basil for love and good wishes, sage for wisdom and long life, rosemary for remembrance, lavender for devotion. Her garden is a special place. A place where birds and butterflys abound and where laughter and solitude each have their place and where some say, the secret to the universe can be found.....

~Cheryl Dolby~

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The Herbalist is 6 1/2 wide by 10" high and 4" deep. I sculpted her with stoneware clay and used stains and glazes for the finish. She is priced at $135. If you would like to purchase her, please e-mail me and we can go from there. If anyone from another country would like to purchase, I can check on shipping to your country.

Thanks for viewing.

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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

EASY WAY TO DRY HERBS

EASY WAY TO DRY HERBS
FEATURING NEW GODDESS TEA VESSEL

Goddess Tea Vessel

The easiest way I know of to dry herbs quickly is to gather and place in brown paper bag. Be sure to label it. Close and let dry in your car for about a day. End result is that your herbs are crisp dry and your car smells heavenly.

I've prepared a little video where you can watch the process. You can also review an earlier post on the subject of herbs.

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My latest Healing Woman Goddess Tea Vessel is 8” wide by 5” deep by 5” high.I use only lead free glazes and she features one of my hand sculpted bas-relief faces. She is $78. and can be purchased from me directly by contacting me at my e-mail address. I prefer to use Paypal but I also take checks.

Thank you so much for viewing.

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Tuesday, July 8, 2014

NAMPEYO NATIVE AMERICAN PLANTER

NAMPEYO NATIVE AMERICAN PLANTER

Nestled in the Lobelia and Nasturtium plants

Nampeyo is the name of the Native American Hopi woman who taught me how to create polychrome pottery. I fell in love with the people-the Hopi tribe- who gathered at Isomata in the San Jucinto mountains of California. They traveled from the first mesa in Arizona. It was not only the teaching of making the sacred pots that endeared me to them, but the fact that I was able to listen to the stories the elders told while we waited for the for the sheep dung kiln, that we had built, to burn down and reveal our work. I wrote a story about Bonnie Nampeyo and created a special post about her and our class which you will find here.

Nestled in the Chives

In honor of Nampeyo, I have created this small planter which is 5"wide x8 1/2" high x 4"deep. I used stoneware clay which was fired to a high temperature so that she can remain outside all summer. I used some turquoise for embellishment. She is just $38. To purchase, please e-mail me and we can go from there. I prefer Paypal or a personal check.

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NAMPEYO

In the village of Pollaca, Nampeyo hand sculpts the clay that she gathered from the ancient archeological site of Sikyatki. With Yucca brush in steady hand, she paints the same designs that were handed down from one generation of women to the next.

She works from sunrise til sunset so that she will have enough pots ready for the dung sheep firing that is the traditional kiln used by her people. Her life is not easy but she would have it no other way..for her’s is the life of the Hopi Indian.

Cheryl Dolby

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Tuesday, July 1, 2014

GARLIC CHEESE ROUND AND VIDEO

GARLIC CHEESE ROUND
AND
VIDEO

Garlic Keeper and Scapes

How exciting it was to harvest my first crop of garlic! The yield was not as plentiful as I had hoped for but definitely enough for me and mine to share for several months.

I have available 2 more of my garlic keepers. You can contact me via e-mail if you are interested in purchasing. They are $28. each. I prefer to use Paypal or I take checks. I prepared a little video below of me making the garlic round and sculpting the bas-relief face that adorns the top of each garlic keeper. They are all individually sculpted originals made with stoneware clay and non toxic glazes. Each are 5"high x 3 1/2" wide and deep.

Textured Blue Garlic Keeper

Sold. Thank you Angie!

Another Picture of Blue Garlic Keeper

Purple Garlic Keeper

Another Picture of Purple Garlic Keeper

I made this wonderful Garlic Cheese Round recipe with the scapes and fresh garlic. Hope you like it.

Garlic Cheese Round

2 8-oz. package cream cheese-softened
2 t. dried whole basil
2 t. caraway seeds
2 t. chopped fresh chives
2. t. dillseeds
1 whole garlic bulb, crushed
Sprinkled Lemon Pepper seasoning
A garlic scape if you are lucky enough to have one
Chop garlic in food processor. Add cream cheese and then all the other herbs except the lemon pepper seasoning. Mix till blended. Place in serving bowl and sprinkle with the lemon pepper. Keeps in the refrigerator for many days.

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Tuesday, June 24, 2014

RENAISSANCE WOMAN AND QUEEN ANN'S LACE CRACKLED PLANTERS

RENASSIANCE WOMAN
AND
QUEEN ANN'S LACE CRACKLE PLANTERS

Full Picture of Renaissance Woman

Sold. Thank you Elsie!

I've been experimenting recently with crackle glaze for some of my sculptures. I could visualize my planters all crackled and looking as though they were dredged from antiquity. (I mistakenly said eternity on the video but I guess either could be right) For Renaissance Woman, the larger of the planters, I used "Fools Gold" which reputedly brings money to the holder. Hopefully it will bring fortune to whoever purchases her. I also used an intricately carved wooden piece for forehead, crystals and an antique sphere for the crown. She is 8”w by x6”D and approx 15” high. I have priced her at $110. I'm including the story I wrote for her below.

Close-Up of Face

The smaller of the two planters I have named Queen Ann's Lace. Along with the crackled glaze over stoneware clay with 2 firings, she includes an old bronze colored beaded headpiece. I also found a lovely golden angelic face with purple dew drop for the center.She is 5”w by x 4”d by 11”high and priced at $78. Her story is also shown below.

You can purchase either planter from me directly by contacting my e-mail. I accept paypal and checks.

Usually my planters can be kept outside all winter because they have been fired to a high temp but in the case of the crackle planters, since I've used delicate embellishments like the beadwork, it is best to display inside. I just couldn't resist using that beautiful beadwork on her though.

Close-Up Detail of Embellishments

Full Picture of Queen Ann's Lace

Close-Up of Face and Embellishments

Close-Up of Crackle

RENAISSANCE WOMAN

She wore a cloak sewn by nature and she was driven by an unquenchable thirst for unity. She was a renaissance woman..with an eye to the future and a tear for the past.

QUEEN ANN'S LACE

She is inspired by angels. They whisper to her of another day. A day when she had roses for tea for a long days reverie. Crystal and lace, heirloom flacons and a porcelin smile. Her pale beauty shows an ambience of that of a romantic visionary, of one who is celebrating purity on the highest level.in a way only she chooses to remember.

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Tuesday, June 17, 2014

GODDESS BURNING BOWL-VESTA

GODDESS BURNING BOWL

VESTA

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Sold. Thank you Angie!

I have named my home Woodloft because I believe anything worth owning is worth naming. The video below was taken in one of my many gardens (I'm obsessed with flowers and water ponds) which I call the labyrinth garden. I hope you enjoy viewing.

I named my burning bowl Vesta which in Roman it means 'guardian of the sacred flames.She has a stern, austere look-as though she holds fast and can conquer any situation in life. She is 4 1/2” w x 4 1/2” deep and 9” high. I created her with stoneware clay which I kiln fired along with the stained glass basin she features. I also used abalone shell and turquoise as embellishments. She is priced at $68. If you would like to purchase Vesta, please just click my e-mail. We can go from there. I prefer Paypal or checks.

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The burning bowl is traditionally used as a means to rid oneself of bad habits or annoyances by writing them down on a piece of paper and burning them. Community church has a ceremony held once a year in which a very large burning bowl is used for the entire congregation. I came up with the smaller more personal bowl some time ago. When you are not using your sculpture for doing away with problems, the stained glass basin can be used for incense or the burning of a small candle.

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Stained Glass Basin

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Tuesday, June 10, 2014

PASTA ANDIAMO!

I just found a new, fun way to make pasta. Hope you enjoy the video and thanks for watching.

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Tuesday, June 3, 2014

GARLIC!

GARLIC!

4 Goddess Garlic Keepers

Last fall, I decided to try my hand at growing garlic. I grew it once before but was disappointed when my harvest was comprised of the most miniscule cloves of garlic I had ever seen! This time, since the deer, ground hogs, rabbits and other animals seem to eat every vegetable I plant, I decided to plant my garlic in my vegetable garden. After doing a web search and it seems that most animals will stay away from the scent of garlic. I decided to order the most exotic garlic starters I could find. I have Spanish Roja garlic, Italian Lococonia, Maisky , Elephant, Chinese Pink even garlic from Transylvania! (I'll be naming that one-”Dracula's Nemesis.”

Garlic Garden

I used only the best fertilizer-Black Gold- and other organic fertilized soil. Planting took place in October and I was up and down, just like my garlic scapes all winter with worry. The scapes on garlic are only supposed to come up one time in the spring. Because of an extraordinary winter, with temperatures alternating from very warm days of 70 and dropping to the teens, my scapes made an appearance about 5 times. Nowhere have I read about this happening to garlic before.

Scapes

So now, the garlic scapes have been up once again for a few months and supposedly I will be able to harvest in late June, when the stalks start to turn brown. I am so excited about it. If any of my readers have advice for me concerning my garlic, please let me know. I can use all the help I can get.

Garlic Queen Journal

In the meantime, I plan, if I have a large enough harvest, to display and sell my garlic along with my artwork at our Farmer's Market this summer. A friend suggested that I create garlic keepers to sell along with the garlic. After experimentation, I am pleased to offer my original Goddess Garlic Keepers for sale. They are priced at just $28. and are approximately 31/2"x 5"x 31/2" and the purple one is a bit smaller. They all feature one of my bas-relief faces on the cork lid along with some beautiful glazes.

Garlic Keeper Number 1 -Rustic Apricot

Number 1 Sold-Thank you Beth!

If you'd like to purchase one of my new series, please e-mail me with the number/color you'd like. I like to use Paypal or checks.

With Lid

I'll name my garlic “Draculas' Nemesis” Pavaroti's Italian, Spanish Flamenco and the rest will be aptly named for the country as well. I think I'll call myself “The Garlic Queen.”

Garlic Keeper Number 2- Purple Plum Shino

Sold. Thank you Gloria!

With Lid

Garlic Keeper Number 3-Textured Brown

Sold. Thank you Gloria

With Lid

Garlic Keeper Number 4-Light Yellow

With Lid

Thanks for viewing. I'd appreciate any tips you can give.

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Tuesday, May 27, 2014

FLOWER POWER

Your's Truly Set Up at the Roanoke City Market

For those of you who are new to my blog, every so often I feature a picture or two of my art car-B-Dazle. She has 23,000 beads, bangles and bows and took me 6 years to complete. We had our first weekend of “Festival in the Park” over Memorial Day and naturally, I just had to purchase lots of flowers from the farmers.

B-Dazle-1990 Nisson. She is 24 Years Old. Next Year She'll Be An Antique (Just Like Me!)

For today's offering, I am featuring “Brownyn," which is Welsh for dark and Pure. She is 6"wide x 11"x high 5"deep and I used stoneware clay which has been fired to a high temperature so that she can stay outside all summer without any problem. I added a beautiful crystal and other embellishments to her. She is $68.00. You can e- mail me if you are interested in purchasing her and we can go from there. I accept checks and Paypal.

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Thanks so much for visiting today and a special thank you to Joe Light and Rick Stump for taking and sending me the pictures.

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