Friday, March 27, 2015

Greetings Friends!!!

I know, I know.

I've been totally lackluster with my blog lately.

Truth is, I've not only been on a much needed vaca but also under the weather on that much needed vaca.
Nothing worse than loosing your voice on a "social" vacation.
ugh!

So, I am counting down the days before my favorite art show of the year takes place!

Weselyan Artist Market

Y'all.
This show grows and grows every year.  Every year more artists are added.

It is increasing becoming one of the best art shows in the Southeast!

So, I'm painting like a maniac trying to get many, many pieces ready

I am also unveiling a new series of abstracts that I LOVE painting!

Here we go!

"Clouds"
24 x 24 mixed media with markings on gallery wrapped canvas

"Peace"
36 x 36 mixed media on gallery wrapped canvas

"Storm"
24 x 24 mixed media on gallery wrapped canvas

Have a terrific day y'all!
kb



Saturday, March 21, 2015

Poblano Corn Chowder, oh my!

Hey guys!
WOW, I've been gone from here for a while now!
The truth be known, I unveiled my "CHUNK" line with a huge response last weekend!
So, between filling orders, and working on my normal job as a painter, I've been swamped.

Plus, unfortunately the pollen in Atlanta attached it's ugly horns to my head this week and I came down with a good ole fashioned head cold.  So, basically I've felt YUCK all week.

On top of that, I took a quickie trip to Birmingham to see my youngest daughter and her husband's new home!
*side note.  I am taking the entire month of May off as I will have 2 daughters moving in to new homes and baby Henry will be making his arrival!
eeeeekkkkkk! We get a new baby!
SO excited!

Anyway, yesterday I woke up wanting Corn Chowder.
Weird huh?

So, I asked a few friends what the best Corn Chowder place in Atlanta was, and across the board everyone said Taqueria Del Sol which I've never been.
and.
A friend had the recipe! (Thanks Stephanie!)
So, instead of going and getting the soup at the restaurant, I decided to whip up a batch.

yum.

so here we go.  And y'all.  I'm serious.  My husband could have eaten this entire batch.
(I hope I can explain this correctly.  I had to do a little change up to this recipe because I 

1) couldn't find all the ingredients, and 
2) I didn't believe the recipe

Okay, I'll post the recipe down under the pics.

This is what cha do:

you get all this stuff.
(don't go hatin about that huge block of Amish butter)

 half that huge poblano pepper in half and seed.

 then chop

 melt a big ole chunk of butter in the pan (make that a really large pan)...like really large.

 does this make anyone else crazy besides me?  I mean, if you're going to put pop tops on one can, put them on all of them for Pete's sake.

okay, so saute the onion and the pepper in the melted butter
(by now my house was smelling divine!)

Don't let it get too brown

chop the shrimp

and add it in to saute with the onions and pepper


add the cream,  half n half, chili powder, salt and pepper


then add the sugar

 WATCH THE POT!!!
While you are watching the pot, melt another chunk of butter, add flour and make a roux.

what can happen very quickly.

on to a larger pan. (this was my third pan)

what the roux looks like for the correct consistency

I tasted the soup and added more salt, chili pepper, and pepper.  I decided it needed something else.  Since I didn't have Sherry, I used the next best thing.  Marsala.
It was just what the doctor ordered.
I just poured a little in there.

When almost finished, I added all the corn.

and let it simmer for about 20 minutes, stirring constantly.


(I love these bowls.  Crate and Barrel)

Add bacon.
Enjoy.
(and yes, you WILL enjoy)

Here's the recipe!

Poblano Corn Chowder

2 cans (15 oz) creamed corn
2 cans (15 oz) whole corn (drained)
1 lb. diced shrimp
1/2 seeded and diced poblano pepper
1/2 diced large white onion
1 tsp. Chile de arbol (I used chili powder)
2 tsp. Black pepper 
salt to taste
5/8 cup Sugar
Roux:  2 sticks butter and 2 cups flour (directions for Roux below)
1 quart heavy cream
1 quart Half n Half

Directions:

Puree onion in food processor.  Drain liquid.
In a LARGE sauce pan, met 2 T butter.  When hot, add puree and poblanos.
When vegetables are softened (but not browned), add shrimp, cream, half and half, black pepper, chili powder and sugar.
Bring to a boil.  (if you do not have a large enough pan it will boil over and leave you with a huge mess)
Reduce heat to simmer and add roux in half cup increments until desired thickness.
Simmer 3 - 4 minutes.
Add all cans of corn.  Adjust taste with salt and sugar if necessary.


Roux:

Melt 2 stick of butter.
Add 2 cups of flour

mix until the consistency of not quite a paste. (kind of like the picture)

Enjoy y'all!!!

Have a great day!
kb

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

CHUNK...my new line of jewelry!

Well whatta ya know.
I'm making jewelry!
And it's called CHUNK

Chunkylicious chunks of gold and silver leaf!

Here we go...

The CHUNK cuff

CHUNK necklaces

CHUNK wrap bracelets

CHUNK heart

CHUNK wrap

CHUNK hearts

CHUNK crosses and hearts

CHUNK wrap bracelets

I will be showing my new line of CHUNK at Scott Antique Market THIS Thursday - Saturday
Would love to see your face!

South building, I - 14, booth #5739

Have a terrific day y'all!
kb

Thursday, March 5, 2015

New Work!

SO excited to present new work!

"Serenity"
24 x 24 mixed media on gallery wrapped canvas
Price  upon request

"Menagerie"
15 x 30 mixed media on gallery wrapped canvas
Price upon request

"Cotillion"
24 x 24 mixed media on gallery wrapped canvas
Price upon request

"Free Range"
24 x 24 mixed media on gallery wrapped canvas
Price upon request

"Drips"
30 x 30 mixed media on gallery wrapped canvas
Price upon request


Have a beautiful Thursday y'all!
kb

Friday, February 27, 2015

"Painting Freedom" and Social Media!

Hey y'all!

Are any of you out there still sane?
Like those of you in Nashville and Birmingham and Memphis and Dallas and South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia, New York.....
and for that matter every where else in the whole freakin United States?
Well, except for maybe my friends out in Cali.

This weather needs to go. ITNEEDSTOGO.
period.

Bring it on Spring!

I've been in Birmingham all week helping my oldest daughter while her hubs is out of town.

Wednesday they cancelled school.
For rain.
yup.
rain.

It was too wet to go outside, to cold to play ball, so we sat here ALL day, we did nothing at all.
Yes, that was my attempt at being Dr. Seuss.

"W" offered up his best advice....
"Divide and conquer"

um....that was tried at like 7 a.m.?

okay.
anyway, on Monday I decided to form my new business Facebook page.  Not really sure why it took me so long.
I know it's important because what's her face always ask the people who come on Shark Tank (my favorite show EVER) how many FB followers they have.
Duh.  Can you say FREE advertising?

Anyway, I did the usual and asked my friends to "like" my page.
Then on Tuesday I decided to have a little contest and give away this:

"Heartbeat"
my newest painting in my "Painting Freedom" series.
All they had to do is "like" my page and share it.

WOW, social media at it's best.

As of right now, that post has reached 28,928 people.
And, I have gotten 287 comments and 387 likes.
Holy Toledo!


Hurry and go to my FB page for a chance to win!
But you really, really need to hurry, cause it ends at 8 a.m. this morning!!!

Have a terrific day y'all!
kb




Friday, February 20, 2015

Painting Freedom!

Introducing a new series that I will be painting!

It is called

"Painting Freedom"


For more information go to my website


have a terrific day y'all!!!

kb

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Indigo Blue, Part Two!

I love Indigo Blue so much that I have to continue with my own little Pinterest board!

here we go!

















Have a terrific day y'all!

kb