Thursday, January 21, 2016

A potion for soup

Unfolding into Winter is something I will just never do. I fight it with every shiver.  I layer my clothing and the children's clothing but our faces and hands are chapped by the cold wind.  And this Winter has been mild by all accounts! I have however, wrapped my arms around souping.  Soup is a very creative and beautiful dish. Something that will nourish your insides and hopefully inspire you to create something magical.

It's been awfully hard to see the fairies dance amidst the snowflakes. I think they must have a magical portal to warmth.  Good for them, I say!  For us creatives I say, make soup and pray for Spring!

 I like having something warm on hand to eat as I create in the studio.   This one is a chicken and wild rice blend that is really good.  I've made it twice this week alone.

This is what you need:
olive oil
2 cups mushrooms (4 oz.)
3/4 cup chopped celery- a bit more than a handful
3/4 cups chopped carrots- a bit more than a handful
1/4 cup chopped shallots- shallots a tiny onions but they are more mild in flavor. Not so pungent in flavor. 
1/4 cup flour all-purpose
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1/4 teaspoon salt
4 cups of chicken broth
1 cup of wild rice- get the uncle ben's QUICK long grain and wild rice -orange box
3 cups chicken shredded and cooked. You can use fresh or canned chicken.
1/2 cup sour cream
2 tablespoon of fresh parsley chopped up really well.

In a soup pot, heat about a tablespoon of olive oil at medium high heat.  Add in your carrots, celery, mushrooms, shallots and cook them a bit. The carrots will deepen in color and the flavors will marry.  About 8 minutes will do.  The veggies will be crisp not soggy. 

Add your flour and salt and pepper and stir like mad. Let it cook for 3-4 minutes.

Add the broth and bring it to a boil. Add rice, just the rice, not the packet that comes in the Uncle Ben's box, just throw that yuck out! reduce heat to simmer. cover for 7 minutes until your rice is tender.

Add in the chicken, sour cream and parsley. Heat through- about 8 minutes. 

This is a really tasty bowl that will warm you through and through.  Eat and enjoy this little potion.

Thursday, January 14, 2016

RIP Alan Rickman

I loved watching him preform for us. The cadence of his voice was magic and he will be missed.

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Last year and what I am not going to do this year!

2015 was a lovely year! Prim Pumpkin is always growing and pushing the edges because I am continually  to evolving my work.  I was so honored to have my work featured in Art Doll quarterly, It's always a thrill! I have made such inspiring friends and collectors though my work being published!
It occurred to me this year that Prim Pumpkin is so much more that art dolls, it's essentially my creative sprit poured into my dolls. I began to look at my art as my vessel. And when I did that something magical happened.
When I look at my artwork in this way I feel kind of like a pioneer. I don't really need to look at the path that other doll artists have taken, I am more than capable to cut my own path. Last year I did that.
Prim Pumpkin deserves that from me.  I think as artists, it's really easy to get side tracked into doing the things that don't fill your soul so much and miss out on the things that will nourish us and our creativity. Facebook is the time suck that does not fill my soul, but I find myself scrolling and scrolling.  It's a false sense of self nourishment. You see what your friends are posting and then think about how you could do more as an artist, mother and wife. If a picture doesn't achieve a certain number of likes or comments we think it's not good work....
We are enough. Our art is enough. The space that we inhabit is begging us to realize this.
It's fine to make things and post them, but for me The constant comparison to those on the internet is exhausting. I refuse to do it. I will post and not attach my self-worth to the reaction I receive.

Our art depends on us dousing it with good old fashioned magic. It needs our own brand of love and authenticity to become real.
And that's what I mean about looking at my art as a vessel, it's a lovely container for all that I am or all that I want to be.
If you think what I create is a little odd well it kind of is! and I like it that way!
When I stop and think about how well my art has been received and how many opportunities I have been afforded I am forever in gratitude This year and all of the years!

I wanted to share these images of some of my work that was created in 2015!


I wish you the best 2016! Truly. I know a lot of people throw the word  "authentic" around but I think It's a very weighty word and we all have it! You don't have to buy a single thing to have it, love it, or live it!
Pumpkin wishes!