Wednesday, July 8, 2015
CHOCOLAT POTS DE CREME
Chocolat Pots De Creme
Sometimes I am looking for a recipe that is simple, elegant and refined. I found this wonderful chocolate dessert on Pinterest a few months ago. It is hard to believe that it only takes a few minutes to make and it is all done in the blender!
Pots De Creme means pots of custard and is a classic French dessert. Here is the recipe. Hope your guests think you have slaved hours in the kitchen and you'd be a fool to tell them otherwise! Just kidding. I know you will want to share this recipe. Oh, by the way, I did change it around a bit. I used 4 oz of the semisweet and 4 oz of the bittersweet chocolate chips. Nice blend. The recipe originally called for 8 oz of either one.
4 oz. Semisweet chocolate chips
4 oz bittersweet chocolate chips
3 eggs, room temperature
1 tsp vanilla
¼ t. ground cardamom
5 oz hot coffee
l. Combine chocolate hips, eggs, vanilla, and ground cardamom in the blender on medium speed til fully combined.
2. While blender is running, remove the funnel cap from top and pour hot coffee into the mixture slowly. The coffee must be very hot.
3. Mix for 1 minute till smooth
4. Divide into 4 small cups
Chill in fridge til set-about 4 hours. I served mine with a dob of whipped cream.
Monday, June 22, 2015
Sekhmet Goddess Altar
I named my Goddess Ceremonial Altar after Sekhmet. She was known in Egypt as Lioness, protector of the pharaoahs, Solar deity, daughter of Ra and fierce hunter. Her name means 'the one who is powerful.
Last week I sculpted my Sekhmet Altar and since then I seem to see images of her as well as other ancient Egyptians everywhere. While at the flea market a few days ago, I found an Egyptian bust and I just had to have it. I will display my Goddess Ceremonial Necklaces on it and use for any future Egyptian sculptures. The two together strike a powerful image
Sekhmet is 6"wide by 5" deep and 14"high. Her face, as is the entire piece is an original. I handsculpted her from stoneware clay and mosaiced with gold smalti and used several unusual mysterious pieces to adorn. If you are interested in purchasing her, she is $89. You can e-mail me and we can go from there. I will ship anywhere.
Thanks so much for viewing.
Monday, June 8, 2015
EXCITEMENT AT WOODLOFT
Lots going on this summer at Woodloft. (my home) I tackled several of my back of the burner projects including refurbishing this Peggy Pots sculpture. Years ago I created her from lots of pots, a gourd for the head, old shoes and garden tools. She has a brand new look this year.
Next, I renewed my “Lily” pond mannequin. I had found an old mannequin at our local flea market, Happys. I get a smile on my face when I think of this place. There are vendors from the many mountains in our area and lots of treasures. I added moss and silk sunflowers this year. She seems to acquire a new personality each year.
7 circuit Labyrinth
Above is picture of my labyrinth. It is a 7 circuit labyrinth. My friend, Mark Williams, brought me a beautiful crystal rock for the center, which he found in the area where he lives in Floyd, Virginia. Apparently there are a lot of crystals hidden in among the rocks in that area.
Crystal Rock in Center
Sign in Book for Labyrinth
Beans and more beans. Since I'm using most of my land for my garlic project, I have had to plant my beans and tomatoes in containers. I have a mirror hanging in the labyrinth area so I decided to place some of the pots in front. This way, it will look like I have twice as many or more. I'm hoping the beans will travel up along the branches I've placed in front and climb over the mirror. It's a fun experiment. I'll try to remember to show pictures of how it looks later this summer.
Pole Beans Climbing to Mirror
Finally. After many years of hoping, wishing and dreaming, I decided to move forward on having an authentic Italian brick and stone pizza oven built. Lewis Conner has been a rock wall mason all his life and his work is phenomenal. Looks like another few days and it will be finished!!! I hope I can wait the long month before using while the oven cures. I'm gathering lots of pizza and bread recipes to use and hoping to be up and running by the 4th celebration we have here each year.
Lewis Hard at Work
Look, the Chimney Has Been Placed!
Last but not least..my garlic farm. I started it 2 years ago, experimenting really. This year, I cannot believe how wonderful a crop I have. Of course, I won't know how it really turns out until I dig up those golden nuggets. How I love garlic! I'm planning on braiding them and making all sorts of luscious dishes from them. I will probably be setting up on the market in July, if they are ready..but of course, you can't rush mother nature. I'll be selling my stoneware clay garlic keepers, garlic confit, garlic salts and sprinkles, garlic cheese round and pesto. There will be more items as well.
Small Area of Garlic Farm
I love the way this garlic keeper turned out. The glaze is a rich greenish shade almost a teal color. I used a crystal on the top next to hand sculpted bas-relief face. She is 4"w by 4" deep and almost 5" high. I have priced her at $32. She would make a lovely gift or a gift for yourself. If you'd like to purchase this one of a kind piece, please e-mail me and we can go from there.
More excitement to come..lots more going on!
Posted by Healing Woman at 6:34 AM
Monday, May 18, 2015
CREME BRULEE FRENCH TOAST
Creme Brulee French Toast
My friend, Louise, had a special treat on Mother's Day. Her son made her a lovely breakfast including Creme Brulee French Toast. After she told me how delicious and easy it is to make, I knew I wanted to try it. As usual, I had to improvise on one of the ingredients but it did turn out delectable. I think it would make a wonderful dish for overnight guests since the toast is made the night before and simply baked in the morning. Hope you try it. (Recipe original from Allrecipes.com)
CREME BRULEE FRENCH TOAST
½ cup butter
1 cup brown sugar
2 T. Maple Syrup
6 slices 1 “ thick French or Italian Bread
1 ½ Cups half and half-and-half
1 t. vanilla
1 t. Grand Marnier
¼ t. salt
Zest of 1 orange
Melt butter in pan. Add brown sugar and maple syrup. Stir till dissolved and pour into a 9x13 inch dish. Remove crusts from bread and arrange in dish. In another bowl, whisk eggs, half and half, vanilla, Grand Marnier, salt and orange peel. Pour over bread and chill overnight. Bake in a 350 oven for 35-40 minutes till puffed and lightly browned.
Thursday, May 7, 2015
BURNING BOWLS AND BEAUTY
Oceana Burning Bowl
I just finished two new burning bowls that I think you will like. The first one is called “Oceana.” I used a conch shell necklace along with several other shells that I had been saving for her. She is 5" wide x 6" deep x 10"high.
The second burning bowl is of Frida. I always love creating Frida. She was so vibrant and of course loved her flowers. I used several antique pins as her headpiece. She is one of my originals in stoneware clay. I used stained glass for the basin. She is a bit smaller than Oceana. She is 4" x 4" x 8" high.
Frida Burning Bowl
On to Beauty. I was lamending about a beautiful pot I had mosaiced years ago. It always looked charming in the garden. Last year, I forgot or rather neglected to bring it inside. We had a very cold winter with sub zero temperatures and the terra cotta under the tiles buckled. End result was that the tiles peeled away little by little. At first I was disappinted but when I looked closer, I found the terra cotta had a beautiful coating of green mold growing on the outside. It looks as though it has been sitting in a forgotten garden for ages now and I have grown to love the look. Just proof that if you are unhappy with the way something in life looks on the outside, peer a little closer. There may be untold beauty within.
The two featured Burning Bowls are $68. each. I accept Paypal or personal check. You can e-mail me and we can go from there. Thank you so much.
Tuesday, April 28, 2015
Sold. Thank you so much Alicea!
Close-Up of Crystals
She raises her head high and feels the power flowing through her crystals as they reach toward the light, all the while transmitting white light energy.
She feels the vibrations as her body accepts the healing power mirrored from the sacred stones of ancient cultures in a time she vagely, yet intuitively remembers.
She knows the stones are empowered with elements that transform the spirit and she surrounds herself with with these sacred objects to guard herself from negativity and allows the energy to flow through her mind and soul as she cleanses, renews and heals herself.
After finishing my crystal Burning Bowl I wrote the Crystal Healer poem. I felt a need to do a cleansing and ceremony with her to banish the very negative energy I encountered from a troubled person recently. I knew I needed the healing powers of crystal to assist in my ceremony. She has done her job well and now I present her to you for sale. Crystal Healer is an original and is 5 "wide x 4 1/2 " deep and 9" high. She features 3 beautiful quartz crystals. She is $68. I am hoping she will find a home with a loving and caring person. You can e-mail me if you would like to purchase. I take Paypal or personal checks. Thank you for visiting.
Close-Up of Face
Close-Up of Base
Posted by Healing Woman at 7:14 AM
Monday, April 20, 2015
KRISPY KREME BACON DOGS
KRISPY KREME BACON DOGS
Being a fan of “Chopped” cooking television show, (the show where contestants have to come up with a meal given the strange ingredients in their baskets) when I heard what my friends, Stephanie and Chuck were bringing to our themed dinner club (this theme being street foods) I couldn't imagine ever even tasting anything that sounded so greasy, rich, bad for you, etc. You get the point. But, I found that after I tried one, I couldn't stop eating them. They were my absolute favorite of all the interesting and delicious foods served last Sunday. Members brought falafals, curry chicken salad to go, chicken wraps, chicken develed eggs with ginger, tiramisu-just to name a few of the delicious offerings.
Stephanie Arrives With Foxy Road Kill
Chicken Curry To Go Cups
Stephanie arrived with a fox that her father had hunted and stuffed. She proclaimed that her contribution was 'road kill.' Then, she and Chuck gave everyone a Krispy Kreme hat and we all were aghast when we saw what was inside the box. Those Krispy Kreme Bacon Dogs looked a bit strange. Strange that is until you take one bite! Wow. The sugar, salt and the combination of ingredients were certainly a winner.
Stephanie said she got the idea online somewhere and then she concocted her own brands and method for making. Below are a few pictures of the other great foods presented and the recipe for the Krispy Kreme Dogs.
Chicken Lettuce Wraps
KRISPY KREME BACON DOGS
Nathan Hot Dogs
Bacon (best brand you can find)
And of course, hot Krispy Kreme DOUGHNUTS.
Wrap hot dogs in bacon, roast on grill or in oven, place in sliced crispy cream doughnut and dollop with raspberry preserves. You may need a tooth pick to hold together.
Monday, April 13, 2015
Brad Procak with Probiotic Sparkling Kombucha.
Mother load, immortal elixir, symbionic, tea kvass. Adjectives connected with some sort of new and exotic karate move? Wrong. They are terms used in the fermenting and brewing of a longevity tea called Kombucha.
Being back on the Farmer's Market in Roanoke this year has felt good. We have a lot of new artists and farmers and even a new market manager. Eric Pendelton seems to know how to bring the best to the market. One example is 'Tha BEST Kombucha.” Brad Procak and his family moved to Floyd, Virginia few years back because being health-conscious, they wanted to live in a community where eating and growing nutritious foods in the norm. They made a good choice. Floyd is not only known to be populated by organic food and health enthusiasts but is also becoming a destination for Blue Grass and Old Time music.
Brad pouring tea
Brad started his business in kombucha brewing because he wanted to provide organic foods that are beneficial for his family. After family and friends started enjoying his teas along with his desire to add to the betterment of people, he decided to take it to the next level and has been selling this amazing probiotic beverage on the Roanoke Farmer's Market.
Years ago, I harvested my own kombucha after a friend from China gave me a starter, which is called a 'mother.' He told me that in his family and in his community in China most people drank kombucha because they knew it to be a cure for cancer and other ailments. I was excited and kept mine going for a few years but because of time restrictions, I stopped making it. My interest was renewed recently after drinking some of Brad's citrus ginger kombucha. I was hooked. To me, and apparently many others, it tastes better than a good glass of champagne and a lot easier to purchase than making your own. Another one of his standard teas is the longevity tea. This tea boasts large amounts of wheat grass which is purported to cleanse the body of toxins.
I can give an honest testimony about Brad's kombucha. After grieving for my son, Charlie, who passed away last October, my spirits have been down, to say the least. Drinking 1 cup of this wonderful elixir a day has given me an amazing lift. My energy level has risen tremendously. It is like the spring tonic you heard about your ancestors taking or as Ray Bradbury quotes in his book 'dandelion wine,' "The medicines of another time, the balm of sun and idle August afternoons, the faintly heard sounds of ice wagons passing on brick avenues, the rush of silver skyrockets and the fountaining of lawn mowers moving through ant countries, all these, all these in a glass."
Close-up of New Serenity Series cup
Sold. Thank you Gloria!
Many like to drink kombucha cold but you can also heat it up for a warm luxurious cup of tea. What to serve it in? How about one of my new Serenity tea/coffee mugs. This is a new series for me and seems to be a winner. I am offering my “Patience” cup for $30. It is 4 1/2" round by 4" high and holds a very generous cuppa. I created an original bas-relief face and used a rich glaze. There is also a nice indentation where you can place your thumb. If you are interested in purchasing, you can e-mail me. I can ship anywhere in the continental USA. I accept personal checks and Paypal. Just let me know and we can go from there.
Close-up of Inside of Cup and Thumb Rest
If you are interested in finding out more about“Tha BEST Kombucha, you can catch Brad on the Roanoke City Market most Saturdays but if you would like to contact him, here is his e-mail (email@example.com)
Posted by Healing Woman at 8:16 AM
Monday, January 5, 2015
STUDIO RENOVATION SALE!
Sold. Thank you Tina!
Armes Burning Bowl.. means 'prophetess' in Welsh. She is 4 1/2" w x 4 1/2 " deep x 9" high. Stained glass basin-sculpted with stoneware clay that has been kiln fired. Great to use for ceremony or to burn candle or incense. Normally priced at $68-Sale Price is $45.00
I have decided to start the new year of 2015 with a big sale. Some of you may know, I lost my beautiful son, Charlie, last fall and as a result, my creativity has all but disappeared. I think the key to healing is to stay busy so I cleaned out my studio and even added more space by renovating my garage. By doing this, I am hoping that I will find my muse in my new and pleasant 'atelier.' (French for studio) Featured in the sale will be either work that I previously kept in my home and called 'my own', items that were on Etsy or slow moving artwork that I've had around a long time. Also featured are items that I found during renovation. Some are very old and I'll have to call them, vintage Cheryl Dolby.
Now is the time to take advantage of the very low prices I have placed on each item, and it is the time for me to begin anew with new series and new one of a kind pieces that I hope to start soon! Of course the sale pieces are all original. I can ship immediately and will be glad to ship to another address and gift wrap. They all come with one of my stories (except the garlic keepers) I take Paypal or personal check. If you see anything you want, please e-mail me and we can go from there. Hope you have fun shopping. Double Click for Close-ups. Here we go!
Goddess "Oceana" Standing Sculpture. She is 24" high x 12" wide x 12" deep. I used some wonderfully old shells and an antique shell pendant. She is hand sculpted and kiln fired and quite frankly...heavy. I would imagine someone from Roanoke might be interested in taking her home as the shipping will probably be well over $100 to states closeby and if you are in Ca..probably closer to $150-200. Of course, with the low price I am offering her, you may just want to give yourself that gift you have been waiting for. She was priced at $350.(galleries price similar ones I have created for between $400-$550) Sale Price: $235. A really good deal for someone!
Blooming Spirit features dried roses from my garden and encaustic wax and acrylic. She is 8"wide x 10" high and 1 1/2" deep for easier hanging. Was priced at $118. On Sale for $60.00
Nampeyo planter. 4" wide x 4" deep x 9" high. Some turquoise and silver embellishment. Was priced on sale for $45 and now even bigger sale price of $35.
Sold. Thank you Tina!
Flame Spirit. Wall hanging with old African basket, lots of great necklaces and horsehair, original stoneware clay face. 9" wide x 30" long. Was $118. Now on sale for $70.
Angel of Sacrifice. Fresco Look-3-dimensional Halo. Batik paper for dress. Acrylic. 12"wide x 15" High. Angel was priced at $165, then $145. I decided to put her on sale for $100. I love this one.
Sold. Thank you Karen!
Sold. Thank you Beth!
Timekeeper Box. Fresco effect-painted into textured paint-Old watch piece and key. 8 1/2" square x 4" high. Beautiful Old Box. Was $125. Now $65.
Last Two Garlic Keepers From the Year. Garlic Keeper #1 has a brown glaze and is approx. 4" wide x 4" deep by 4" high. Was $28. Sale Price is $20.
Garlic Keeper #2 is a deep green and smaller than number 1. She is 3" w x 3" deep by 3 1/2" High. Was $22. Sale Price $18.
Freda Oil Painting. Features Oil and Encaustic Wax. Dimensions are:11"wide x 14" High and 1 1/2" deep cradle for easy hanging. She's vibrant and luscious. She was $165. Now $100.
Sold. Thank you Trish!
Native American Switch Plate Cover. Wolf on head with snake. 4" wide x 8 1/2 High. Was $58. Sale Price is $35.00
The Crone. This small wall hanging was from a series I created many years ago. I wrote the crone story just for the series but have used it in other pieces since. It talks about "Wing-ed Woman" so I created her hair out of horsehair which I placed wildly about her. She is approximately 8" wide by 8" high. The series was always priced at $32 but Sale Price is just $24.
Sold. Thank you Tina!
Sold. Thank you Jackie!
Just Two of my "Philosophy Art Dolls Available. I tried to give each doll an old world look. They are whimsical with moving legs and arms. Left is "Jump Off Cliffs and Build Your Wings on the Way Down" and on Right is "The Moment of Absolute Certainty Never Arrives." Were priced at $38. Sale Price is $18 each.
Ancient Herbalist Planter. She is 5" wide x 8" deep x 12" high. Hand sculpted stoneware clay featuring a beautiful crystal. She was priced at $89. and the Sale Price is $55.
French Angel Planter. Even though she is small, ( 5" wide x 4" deep x 10" high) I had her priced at $86 because of the time it took to create the very textured crackles in the glaze. She is sale priced now at $58.00
Sold. Thank you Yavia!
Goddess Tea Vessel. I love this vessel because she is so unusual. Serves about 1 1/2 cups-2 cups. She is 8" wide x 5 1/2 " deep by 4 1/2" high. Was $78. Now Sale Price $58.00
Sold. Thank you Yavia!
Power Woman Goddess Ceremonial Necklace. Power Woman is approx. 3" wide x 8" high and 13" from the neck to face. Original. She can be used as a necklace for ceremonies, dressed up or down or hung as a wall piece. All my necklaces have been $125 in the galleries, $85 wholesale and Sale Price for Power Woman is just $65.00
Renaissance Woman Ceremonial Necklace. Approx. 3" w x 8" high x 13" from neck to face. Was $85. Sale Price is $55.
"She Who Knows Her Own Sacred Sound." Goddess Necklace. 3" wide x 6" high x 12" from neck to face. This beautiful butterfly woman is a bit heavy and might be preferred as a wall piece. Price Now $58.
Healing Woman Goddess Necklace. Size= 3" wide x 7"1/2 High by 12 1/2 from neck to face. Now $60.00
"She Who Follows the Path of the Ancient Mystery Schools" Goddess Necklace. Features Old Coin. 2 1/2" wide x 7" high x 11" from neck to face. Sale Priced at $55.
Oceana Wall Hanging. I used shells gathered from my journeys and sculpted her face with stoneware clay which was then kiln fired. She is approx 8" wide x 18" high. She was priced at a reasonable $89. Sale Price: $64.
Sold. Thank you Beth!
Truthseeker Vessel. 10" wide x 3 1/2" high x 4" deep. I love steampunk-old keys, watch parts. This small box actually has a secret drawer but I can't remember how to open it! It's unique. On Sale for just $35.00
Polly Pincushion. I used to sell a lot of this series and had one left. She's colorful and fun and can be placed horizontal on a sewing table or hung on the wall. 9" wide x 9" high. Was $42-Now on Sale for $22.
Earthwalker features one of my clay faces, horsehair, a stone nautilus shell and an arrowhead. She is 11" wide x 13" high. Was $89. on sale for $48.
Sold. Thank you Francie!
Gypsy Woman Journal. Paper Batik and lots of luscious purple yarn. 9" wide x 10" high. Was $65. Sale Price is $38.
Gypsy Woman Journal. I call this one "Celebration" She's so cheerful with her rich yarn. 9" wide by 10" high. Was $68. Sale Price $40.
Gypsy Woman Journal-Cloth front and back. I stitched this one with metallic thread and used the free motion stitch. 10" x 10" Was $89. Now on sale for $58.
Gypsy Woman Journal-Cloth front and back. I also stitched this one with metallic thread and used the free motion stitich. 10" x 10" Was 89. Now on sale for $58.
"Floppsy" Just cause she is so cute and you can toss her anywhere and she stay intact. I used a self drying clay for face. She's approximate 12" high x 7 " arm span. Was $89. On Sale for $40.
Sold. Thank you Beth!
Gentle Spirit. Oil painting/mixed media on wood base. Very textured and mystical. Was $78. 6 1/2" wide x 15" high. Sale Price is $42.
Native American Sculpture. Mistflower. Even though she is supposed to be bending she seems a bit short to me. Be sure to double click for a closeup of her face. It is quite alluring. I had her priced at $185. Mistflower is 9" wide x 10" deep by 18" high. Sale Price is $100.
Hope you like them and thank you for viewing!