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A NEW YEAR!

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Well, I made it through 2011....what will 2012 bring?  Here is a re-cap of last year.  First full year for Carla's Funky Art, and it turned out pretty well I would say!  Meet some awesome people at the Anacortes Farmers Market, and survived the move off San Juan Island!  It was a pretty rough when we first moved, and I have come to the conclusion that I do not do well with "change".  Summer went buy in a blur between working at Anacortes Kayak Tours, and doing the market.  I had a hard time keeping up with making new art.  We have tossed around the idea of making prints, but haven't quite committed.  I have settled into a new job at Dr. Damon's orthodontic office which is about 20 hours a week.  It is very flexible which is AWESOME and I can still paint, paint, paint!  The business did well this year for it's first year up in running.  I was able to pull off a huge commissioned order for a company down in California.  The winter holiday market was OVER-THE-TOP.......and all in all the year was a great one!  I even turned my sales tax in online via e-file!  (I was a little bit nervous about that one!) I am looking forward to see where the art goes from here.  I have been in a bit of a rut, and need to get back into the studio.  I am currently working on three commissioned pieces.

2012?  Dan and I would like to venture out a bit from Anacortes and do some spring and summer art events in the North Sound.  We are still trying to figure out the easiest way to make prints, any suggestions would be great.   A new Carla's Funky art sign is being made, and we are going to spiffy up our tent a bit for shows.  :)

THANKS EVERYONE FOR SUPPORTING MY ART AND MAKING 2011 A GREAT YEAR!

My serious look.....

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Thought you would enjoy my serious look.  These glasses are what I put on when I need to be serious.  What do you think?  I do have to apologize to all of you blog post readers.  I have not been able to update this last week.  I know, I know, such a disappointment!  You no longer have to hold your breath, I AM BACK!  I have been swamped getting ready for the holiday market this weekend!  I have had many commissioned orders as well, and it has been quite overwhelming getting everything done!  I have one more large show in two weeks, so I better get painting, painting, painting!  Do you know what that means?  Yep, I better put the "serious" glasses back on!

Vic Muniz Inspiration.

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Dan and I actually had time to sit and watch a movie this weekend, which is a rare thing in this house.  We watched a beautiful touching documentary called Wasteland by Vic Muniz.  For those of you who do not know him, he is a modern art genius based out of New York City.  He is known for using materials such as chocolate, diamonds, and sugar to name a few.  He makes a sculpture and takes a photo.  If you get a chance you should check him out.   I love the fact that he has finally made it as a major artist in the world, and is giving back to his people. The documentary is based out of Brazil where Muniz was born.  His plan is to photograph "catadores" - which are pickers of recyclable materials.  He uses the garbage that surrounds them to change their life. I never knew there were actual "garbage pickers." Rio de Janeiro has the largest garbage dump in the world, who knew?  It was a real eye-opener to see people wandering around scavenging recycled materials and picking them up one by one.  It is funny how people just seem to forget about garbage and recycling when it leaves the house. People drag their cans to the end of the driveway and it just magically disappears and never thought about again.

I thought Vic did a wonderful job giving back to his country and also promoting his art.  Now if only I could have thought to make a Mona Lisa out of chocolate and peanut butter.  If you get a chance, you should see the movie, it will open your eyes.......

Here is my Vic Muniz Inspired art:

Roasted Pumpkin Seed Sculpture

80's Flashback!

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Ok folks.....here is my 80's flash back moment!!!  Only those of you who grew up in Kitsap County in the 80's will appreciate this one, ha! ha!  Way  back in the day, when I was in grade school and middle school, the "coolest" of the cool people wore "Charly B" sweatshirts!  I will never forget the FAD that went through the county........here is how I remember it:

1. You were "somewhat" cool if you owned a Charly B sweatshirt.

2. You were "cool" if you had a Charly B sweatshirt, and Normandy Rose sparkle jeans.

3. You were "pretty cool" if you could wear a Charly B sweatshirt, sparkle jeans, and Jelly shoes.

4. You were "Ultra Cool" if you could pull off a Charly B sweatshirt, sparkle jeans, Jelly shoes and A SIDE PONY!!!!! What? What?

For those of you who still want to relive the 80's, the Charly B store is back in buisiness!!!! Wahoooo!  When I found that out, I just had to get one!!!! I really wanted to go with hot pink but decided I should mellow it out a little bit and went with brown.  I figure the kids will still be seen with me! :D

If you would like to read about the fad that swept Kitsap  County in the 80's, click HERE.

For those of you who could care less about how cool Charly B sweatshirts were in the 80's.....feel free to click out of this blog post!!! Ha! Ha!

Online Blues......

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Came across this little picture in my studio yesterday. My daughter made it a few weeks ago, and I thought it would be perfect for my blog post!  I have been swamped with work lately and have not had ANY time to update my website or my ETSY shop!  I was sitting here on the computer last night and realized I have 40 paintings that are not on the website or my online shop.  I REALLY need to get UPDATED!  This summer has flown by with working, painting, and the farmers market.  I had a huge project for some gals down in California, and it has been officially signed off!  Wahooooo!  I also have been busy with a ton of commissioned pieces, which has been AWESOME!  My goal for the next two weeks is to get my website updated!  I figure if I work on it a little everyday I can get caught up! I have a couple of super long shifts coming up at Anacortes Kayak Tours, so bare with me!  Summer is almost over, I can't believe it!  I don't think I have worked so many hours between my job and painting.......in my ENTIRE LIFE! Where did all of that time go?  I am ready to get the kids back in school, and have a routine again!  Thank you to everyone who is supporting my art!  Happy Sunday!

Facebook Anonymous…..

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Hi.....my name is Carla MacDiarmid and I AM ADDICTED TO FACEBOOK!

So.....here is my new self-portrait, doesn't it look like me???? Do any of you know where I can find the local Facebook Anonymous meeting here in Anacortes??? I think I need to go!  I can sit around with fellow FB' ers and we can discuss our addiction, have some coffee or tea.....and talk about our problem.  I have been thinking about my recent (or not so recent) addiction and I have come up with two conclusions to my problem.  First of all, we have no TV (which I am proud to announce that it has been 8 years without one!!!!  Do you really remember all those shows that you HAVE to watch every night? What a time-waster!) and second, we have just moved and I have no social life or friends here in Anacortes.  So let's make this simple:

NO TV+ MOVING+NO SOCIAL LIFE = CARLA'S FACEBOOK ADDICTION

On a good note, I have finally weaned myself off of FACEBOOK GAMES, and that my friend, was no easy feat!  Just so you know, it has been 37 days without playing a FB game....not that I am counting or anything! I knew there was a BIG problem when I would set the alarm at 2:00 a.m. so I could harvest my crops on FARMVILLE!  WHAT????  Nothing feels better than taking care of your farm, picking fruit off of trees, and helping your animals!  I went though a ton of game-addictions....it all started with the farm, then moved to, Mafia Wars, Tiki Resort, BackYard Monsters, and Cafe World.  I mean, who wouldn't love baking recipes online and taking care of your own virtual restaurant!  Come to find out, these games are all the same.  They want you to have a ton of "neighbors" in order to level up, then you get to go online every few hours, do some random task, get energy.....blah....blah....blah.....I knew things were over the top when I forgot to feed my fish on time in FISHVILLE, and they all died and floated upside down.  I almost cried!  Then I thought to myself "Carla, they are not real fish....just computer fish....PULL YOURSELF TOGETHER GIRL!!!!!"

Another great thing about Facebook is the fact that I am soooooo popular!!!! 450 friends??? Who knew???? Ha! Ha! Now I can get my social fix every night on the couch in the comfort of my own home! Hmmm.....is that really healthy??? Awww.......who cares!  One of my all time favorite "highs" is when you log in and you see those bright red squares in the upper left hand corner.  "Yahoo" I say to myself....I got one friend request, 2 messages.....and 13 comments!!!!!!!! IT IS SO EXCITING! Seriously though, I really enjoy looking at friends (family) photos, seeing their family and talking to people that I wouldn't normally get a chance to.  I now talk to cousins who are across the United States, and I never got to know them well before.  I am able to see what people are up to that I graduated with.  It is like our own Class of 1992 reunion online!

Well I better get off of here, and check my Facebook page.  Who knows, I might have missed a really DRAMATIC post.....like......"I just got out of bed and am drinking coffee"......or "my cat is crazy....and is running through the house" You just never know what you could miss. (Oh wait, that is the BEST part...you can't miss anything posted on the home page, because you just scroll down!!!)

Well, you know where to find me......right in front of the computer screen......feel free to swing by.....give me a "poke" or "like".........and we can have our own little Facebook party!

P.S. If you too are suffering from FAD (Facebook Addiction Disorder)....maybe we can carpool to the next meeting together......and share some Starbucks and a cookie!!!!

A Tuesday Update!!!!

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Alrighty Folks......I don't even know what day it is!!!!!!  Do you see how I look in this picture???? I AM CRAZZZZZZY!!!!! HA! HA!Somehow I have managed to work a ton of hours for the kayak tours, do the farmers market.....and PAINT!!!!!!  Needless to say....things have been a bit NUTTY around here!  I finally finished my big project for my ladies in southern Cali......HIP-HIP-HOORAY!  I can't wait to see there images for their company!  I painted all day today....good thing the weather is still crummy.....it is quite motivating to be indoors!  Dan and I went to Shipwreck Festival last weekend, and had a great time rummaging through people's booths.  We didn't find a treasure, but we did find some AWESOME T-SHIRTS...(more on that one in a different blog post!)  We are gearing up for this Saturday at the market!  I am sorry that I haven't been on here that much lately....it has been sooooo BUSY!  The website needs updated with the latest....so that is my goal for next week!  HAPPY TUESDAY! :)

Gluten and Dairy Free

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Sooooo......as some of you know, I have been really sick the past ten weeks.  Been in and out of the doctor and have had every test done that is known to man. I have been really bummed out about the whole thing.  Let me rephrase that....I HAVE BEEN EXTREMELY BUMMED OUT about this whole mess.  I am starting to feel like I may never be "myself" again.  Went to the doctor a few weeks ago and he took me off of gluten and dairy.  At first I cried and thought to myself, "what am I suppose to eat?"  Everything that I would typically eat had gluten and dairy in it.  It is amazing to me how much you crave something once it is taken away from you.  It really made me think of how much I took for granted when I was healthy! After a week of feeling sorry for myself and eating carrot sticks, plain lettuce, and cucumbers, I started doing some online research. Dan encouraged me to crawl out of my rock that I had been hiding under and start living again!!!!  I came across this wonderful website called gluten-free goddess.  It has been LIFE SAVING!!!!  Who knew you could cook such fabulous things without gluten and dairy????  Dan and I have made several recipes this week from her website and they have turned out FABULOUS!  We have had such a wonderful time cooking together, and we get all excited about how it is going to turn out.  The picture above is the Quinoa Taco Salad.  It was so wonderful, and I highly recommend that you try it.   I sprinkled goat cheese on mine, and Dan added some cheddar. The salads were so pretty I just had to take a picture and share.  Even thought I can't eat or drink very much, we added the REDBRIDGE beer (gluten-free) and Dan's famous homebrew to the photo to add some characture!

The gluten-free goddess website has given me something to look forward again!!!!   I can't wait to come home at night and try a new recipe! I haven't had very much hope lately, and cooking healthy and having fun in the kitchen has given me a whole new outlook on life.  Dan and I have been cooking together again, laughing and enjoying each other's company in the kitchen.  It has been something that we have both needed.  We have been very stressed out through all of this.

I highly encourage you to check out the website, even if you are not gluten and dairy free! (trust me, you won't regret it!) THANK YOU GLUTEN-FREE GODDESS!!! :)

Getting the mail....

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Soooo.....yesterday, I go "bombing" up the driveway to get the mail.....and guess what is inside my maibox?????  THE PLACENTIA PRESS from BELIZE with my featured article about LOLA DELGADO!!!!!  Wahooooooooooooooooooooo!  I had asked them to send me a few papers, but I never thought they would have the time to actually get them mailed to me!!! I was so excited and surprised to see them!  It takes weeks to get any mail from Belize.  We sent some clothes back (don't get me started on that story) while we were backpacking down there and it took about a month to get the package!  Well, I need to make this blog post quick because I really should be painting.  Still have a ton of work to do and not a lot of time!  Here is a picture of the article below: There is nothing better than getting something in the mail.  I am a sucker for "SNAIL MAIL"....it makes me sad to think of how "electronic" we have become.  People hardly ever get a hand written note or a card in their mailbox anymore.  Soooo....here is my advice for TODAY:  why not grab a pen, and paper, write a quick note and throw it in the mail and send it to someone you love????  It only takes a few minutes, and you could really make somebody smile!!!! :)

HAVE A GREAT DAY PEEPS, I AM OFF TO PAINT!!!!

Happy Feet

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Here is my happy white feet in the sun!!!! Yahooooooo! Took the day off on Sunday to hang with my oldest boy out in Washington Park.  The temperature actually made it to seventy degrees! What? What?  We had a great day, ate a picnic lunch, went for a little hike and enjoyed the view.  I have been super-de-duper busy with art. I had 23 commissioned pieces to be done....and now down to 17!!!! Yippee!  My next project is a biggie......working with some super-rockin' ladies in California for their new business. (shhhhh.....I can't say what it is right now, you will have to wait for the big revealing!)  Keep you posted!!!!  I can't wait to see how this project turns out!  Between working for Anacortes Kayak Tours, Farmers Market, and art pieces.....this girl is going to have a SUPER BUSY SUMMER!  My daughter is graduating from elementary school next week....and there are a ton of little events planned at her school! BBQ, roller skating, a big dance at the Eagles hall, and her ceremony!!!!!  We best be heading to the store for a cute dress!  I will be posting some of my latest commissioned pieces towards the end of the week or into the weekend, stay-tuned............

1 Hour 24 minutes.

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Ok folks, I made it 1 hour and 24 minutes WITHOUT drinking coffee .   I am trying this new diet to make my stomach feel better, but guess what. No coffee.  I just don't think I can do it....I mean coffee is the whole reason why I am living on this earth. Without coffee, I would shrivel up and die a miserable death, a million times over.  I had a really rough morning. POOR DAN, he didn't even know what to do with me this morning, and he was all out of sorts!  I was sad that I gave in to my delicious cup of heavenly goodness.....ha! ha! I went back through my photos and I just realized how much coffee effects me.  It is truly part of my personality and part of my life.  It is one thing that I truly love, well besides my family, but I think I HAVE to love them right? I don't get to pick that one, ha! ha! My new diet plan?  Still change my eating habits, but limit my coffee. Baby steps. Here is a tribute to my favorite thing in the whole wide world:

I LOVE COFFEE, WHAT MORE CAN I SAY????????

Coffee + Carla = who I am.

"Among the numerous luxuries of the table...coffee may be considered as one of the most valuable. It excites cheerfulness without intoxication; and the pleasing flow of spirits which it occasions...is never followed by sadness, languor or debility" - Benjamin Franklin

Curve balls…..

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Just when you think everything is going great, life is good, and you couldn't be happier.......life tends to throw a curve ball.  You never know when it is going to happen....but trust me, it does!!!!  I have been thrown a major CURVE BALL.  The past two weeks have been rough, I have been sick, and have molded into the couch.  I have officially become a permanent fixture on our brown sectional. The kids even sit on me! The worst part is that I have to see a surgeon on Thursday to get fixed. Ugh.  This stinks.  I was really starting to feel sorry for myself.  I haven't been able to do any painting or do ANYTHING.  Then.....(drumroll....) I told myself  "Carla......stop feeling sorry for yourself.....there has to be something you can do while you are on the couch!" So.......here are my art projects for the week.  I wish they were big funny paintings, but hey, at least I managed to pull off something!!!!! :)

Daisy Original Acrylic Painting Necklace

Look! Here is my "wearable" art! Now you can stay out of stuffy museums....and away from uptight artists.......and wear your painting!!!!! What? What?

Yeah for glass gem MAGNETS!!!!!! These were super fun to make! I am selling them at the farmers market this weekend!

Well, I am off to go and hang out on the couch again. I think I will wear brown today. Maybe I will be camouflaged and the kids will not know I am here! Yahooooooooooo!

Tribute to Lola

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So, many of you know...the inspiration for Carla's Funky Art came from Belizian artist Lola Delgado.  After I wrote my story in a recent blog post, I got a call from the Belize Tourism Bureau asking if they could do a tribute to Lola using my story in the Placencia Breeze.  OF COARSE THEY CAN!  I was so excited for Lola, and thought it was a great way to promote her art. You can check out the online version pdf by clicking HERE. (the story is towards the bottom....) Well folks, I think this is a sign........I HAVE TO GO BACK TO BELIZE! :)

Boxed Wine

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Ok Folks.....let us have a little chat about wine.  My favorite wine is the wonderful dark RED wine.  Please do not ask me if I like Merlot, Cabernet, or a blend, because honestly I have no idea what it all means.  What I have figured out over the years is that I like wine that is red.  Ha! Ha!  Let us do a little back story.  I am wine illiterate.  I started drinking wine a few years ago.  Here is how I pick a wine at the store. 1). I walk up to the aisle, find a cool looking label (something that is bright, a funny picture, or a funny name.) 2.) I make sure the color is red (I usually look at the bottle and see that it is really dark.) 3.)  I check the price, if it is 15.00 or less.....I BUY IT!  To the wine connoisseur, this might seem like the most ridiculous thing that they have ever heard!  I realized a while back that I had no idea about wine (and I really did want to learn about it).....I even went as far as checking out a few wine tasting events!  There is this awesome wine guy named Stan who lived on San Juan Island.  He knows everything and anything about wine! Every month he would hold a wine tasting event.  I would show up with my money, grab a chunk of cheese and skim around the tables.  I would hear comments like "Ahh...this one has a nice oak aroma and flavor. " or words such as "tannin" and "acididy"......and I am like WHAT?  I can't taste that!  What is wrong with me?  So needless to say, as hard as I tried, I just gave up on "trying to taste" the wine, and went back to my funky labels that looked cool, and had a cheap price!  I have bought the coolest labels! Some of my favorites are: Three Blind Moose, Fat Bastard, and Red Truck.  There is also this fun label with a bright Kangaroo, but I can't remember the name! :) One day, I was wandering through the local wine aisle.  (I always seem to end up there, what is with that?) I came across several "Boxed" wines.....and I thought....hey why not try one of those?  I am not sure when boxed wine originally started, but I never remember them being so cool as they are today. They have tall boxes, short squatty boxes, and even an octagon!  The best part, is one box is 3 or 4 bottles of wine, ha! ha! Just think, less trips to the store!  Boxed wine has come along way, and there are many options to choose from.  I have tried: Red Box, Black Box, and my new favorite is Big House Red! (It has the coolest picture of a jail scene on it! You really should check out the box!)  Sooooo.....if you haven't yet had the chance, I suggest you head out to the store.....and grab a BOX OF WINE, and TRY IT!  The worst thing that can happen is you now have a bunch of wine that you have to drink! Ha! Ha!

Here is what I look like after trying some boxed wine:

"I am falser than the vows made in wine" -William Shakespear

Bucket List

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Wow! I cannot believe it has been a week and I haven't had a chance to blog!  What a week!  Long and crazy, and so glad it is finally the weekend.  Yahooooo!  So, now let's get down to business.....here is the deal.....we only live once......so we best make the best of it!  Many people have a hard time accepting the fact that we are mortal, and yes, we are going to die....but that is the beauty of life.  I have thought a lot about this, we are on this planet for such a short time, why not make the best of it!  Do things that make you happy!  Do things that you really want to do! Smile, laugh, and enjoy life to it's fullest!  I finally have put together my bucket list (which was no small task).  At first I had 20 things, but that seemed a little overwhelming, so I cut it back to 10.  Here is my list! (and know that I am showing it in front of the world, I better get on it!!!!!) Carla's Bucket List!

1. Build a Tiny Tumbleweed House in Belize.

2. Make Christmas presents for every baby at Tacoma General Hospital's Neonatal Clinic.  (my daughter was there for 4 months when she was born.....those little Christmas gifts meant so much to me while we were there, we still have every gift that was given to us during that hard time!)

3. Raise $10,000 in donations for juvenile Diabetes in honor of my mother.

4. Volunteer to help a library in a third world country, teach a child to read.

5. Take my daughter to China!  (She has always wanted to go there since the age of 4, she is fascinated with the country, their culture and life!)

6. Walk the Susan G. Komen walk for breast cancer, three days, sixty miles!

7. Backpack through Italy, stay at hostels, only use public transportation, and absorb as much art as possible.

8. Catch a salmon on the Kenai River in Alaska, the salmon has to weigh bigger than me!

9. Vacation in Thailand!

10. Visit the Deep South.....eat crawfish, visit the plantations, and pretend I am Scarlett O' Hara!

Well, there it is!!!! AGH!!!!!!! I sure hope you get to take a few minutes, really think about what you want to do in life, jot some notes down and MAKE A BUCKET LIST!  We can all work on them together!!!!!!!!

Learn to be thrifty not cheap

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So, from the sounds of it....a lot of people these days do not have a lot of money.  The economy is struggling, people cannot find jobs, and nobody is really spending money.  So, why not buckle down and really think about our lives in general.  After years of soul-searching, I have learned that you do not need "stuff" to make you happy.  In fact, Americans today have way to much STUFF! The typical family (in my opinion) has several cars, a huge house full of furniture, decorations everywhere, and closets full of random things!  When you drive down the road, you will see business after business of storage units that people rent. Do you really need all of that stuff?????  What could you possible put in a storage shed that is worth a payment every month?  Do you need those designer jeans?  Another candle for your mantle?  That perfect matching comforter for the perfect bedroom furniture?  Does all of this "Stuff" really make you happy?" Happiness comes in all forms, but I think I would rather experience life with wonderful memories, doing things and enjoying loved ones.  I have learned to "pass" when at the store....I think...do I really need that lamp or do I just want it?  If I buy that new 75.00 lamp, will it really make me happy?...... or would I rather spend it hiking with the kids in the mountains, or how about saving it.....

You CAN live better with LESS and BE HAPPY!

Here are some examples:

*instead of heading out to dinner, why not make pizza as a family...and do a game night.....spend way less and have more fun!

*boxed wine? What? Oh yes, boxed wines have come along way the past few years. Try one!  Can you really tell the difference between a 50.00 bottle and a 15.00 bottle? (if you say yes....I will know you are lying! ha!)  You can buy 4 bottles of decent wine in a box for 15.00....whaty? what?

*make a present for someone you love with recycled or used things. (the painting above is on a used vinyl record)  They are sure to love it, and it is better than some cheesy thing you picked up at the local store.

*go to Goodwill or a local thrift store....I just bought a pair of Ambercombie and Fitch jeans for $3.00.....they make my butt look great......and who is going to know?  You can wear designer clothes, still look really hot....for a 1/3 of the price!

I could go on and on!  I will spare you!  With the condition of the Earth (whether you believe in Global Warming or not) is in bad shape....the economy is a mess, and everyone sure has a lot of "stuff."  We all might want to do a little self-reflection....and learn how to be thrifty.  Reduce, Reuse, Recycle....it is a win-win for everyone.

P.S. My paintings do not count when it comes to "stuff".......so go ahead, buy one. :)

Get your Tabbouleh On!

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So around here, we have been tryin' to lose a few pounds, I have about 4 more to go, and Dan has about 180.....ha! ha!  Thought I would share a great recipe that Dan and I love to make for lunch......it is healthy, cheap, and packed with "good for you" food!!!!  We have been out exercising every day.....walking and running our butts off....taking the kids on long hikes in the woods. (Sometimes we take them way out....and leave them there....like the Hansel and Gretel story!) Hope you enjoy the recipe! Tabbouleh With Shrimp and Feta

1 cup bulgur

1 packed cup packed parsley, chopped

1/4 cup fresh lemon juice

2 tablespoons olive oil

Pinch salt

Pinch ground cumin

Pinch dried mint

8 ounces medium, cleaned, cooked bay shrimp

1 large seeded and chopped cucumber

1 chopped tomato

1 cup chopped scallion

1/4 cup feta cheese

Bring 1 1/2 cups water to a boil in a saucepan, and add bulgur. Bring liquid back to a boil and then cover the pot, turn off the heat and let sit for 25 minutes. Meanwhile in a bowl whisk together 1 teaspoon of the parsley with the lemon juice, olive oil, salt, cumin and mint. In another bowl, throw everything else in.....add the bulgur, and liquid, mix it up and throw it in the refrigerator for a few hours.........take it out, put some in a bowl, grab a fork and ENJOY!

Happy President's Day Weekend!

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Wahoooo!  Three day weekend for my family!  The kids had a great day off from school today.  My daughter took a pottery class at Johnny Picassos in Anacortes and painted a super-rockin' peace sign!  Wahoooo!  We then proceeded to see an ambulance at Safeway (the kids thought that was amazing, so I thought I would throw that in) did a little shopping and headed to Washington Park!  After a super long hike along the rocks, we headed home for some R & R!  The weather here today was gorgeous, great day to be outside!! Can't wait for spring!  This morning, I was playing around with some mixed media.....I am trying to get my daughter to make some cool mixed-media art to sell at the farmers market.  She is so talented!  Have you ever thought about making a mixed media painting?  It is so easy and fun! What you need:

  • Paint
  • Acrylic Paint
  • Canvas Board
  • Scrap paper (scrapbooking paper works well)
  • Mod-Podge Glue
  • Whatever else you have laying around the house....I used some pastels and markers

Steps to make it:

  • Paint the canvas board a background color
  • Take paper...cut, rip-up, and do whatever you want to it, stick it down with the glue.
  • Paint or use chalk over the top of it.
  • After your collage is finished, cover whole board with Mod-Podge Glue for a nice seal!!! TA-DA....YOU HAVE YOUR FIRST MIXED MEDIA PAINTING!!!!