Happy New Year’s Eve

I hope everyone had a happy and healthy Holiday season. Here’s wishing you an exciting and creative New Year’s Eve.

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Foodie Friday: Italian Gratin

A great meal for winter weather.

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Recipe
1 cup diced onion
3 tablespoons chopped fresh basil
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 cups crushed tomatoes (28-ounce can)
1 tablespoon olive oil
3/4 cup bread crumbs
1 garlic clove, minced
3/4 cup raw orzo
2 cups rinsed, stemmed, chopped fresh spinach
4 cups sliced mushrooms
2 cups Parmesan cheese

Preheat oven to 350*. Lightly oil an 11 by 7-inch casserole dish.
In a bowl, mix together the onions, basil, salt, and tomatoes. Set aside. Warm the oil in a small skillet and sauté the bread crumbs and garlic until lights browned.
Spread half of the tomato mixture in the bottom of the prepared casserole dish. Sprinkle the orzo over the tomatoes. Layer the spinach, mushrooms, and 1 cup of the Parmesan cheese on top of orzo. Top with the rest of the tomato mixture, followed by the remaining cheese and finally the seasoned bread crumbs.
Cover tightly with foil. Bake the gratin for 25 minutes, then uncover and bake for 25 minutes, until lightly browned.

From the Moosewood Restaurant cookbook by the Moosewood Collective.

Painting Lil C

This is a pencil sketch of Lil C at the easel.

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How Much is that Kitty in the Window?

Kittens and friends and public transportation… Just a few reasons why we love a trip to the city!

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This is a lovely quote from It Started with a Quote to inspire us as we start our week.

It Started with a Quote

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To be creative means to be in love with life. You can be creative only if you love life enough that you want to enhance its beauty, you want to bring a little more music to it, a little more poetry to it, a little more dance to it.     Osho

Today I feel creative…

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Collage Class

I just finished a collage workshop at Bespoke, taught by Mary Kenny. What a wonderful way to spend a day!

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Photo of Lake Tahoe by my amazing and gorgeous friend, actress Kalena Ranoa.

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