Friday, November 23, 2012

Creativity on the Road

Still visiting with family today.  I have to admit I miss my studio!  It's hard to break with habit, even when it's for the happy reason of spending time with people I love.  I did bring along my journal and a few supplies to keep those creative juices flowing.

The four hour drive to my parents' house gave me plenty of time to doodle a mandala.  It is relaxing to add layer after layer and see what comes of it.  I'd like to do more of these...maybe add a little color here and there.


My mom and I also had a little fun with the watercolor pencils she received for her birthday.


So fun to see her trying something new!   I think she has some untapped abilities.  Check out this cool heart she painted:


Yay, Mom!

I do have a few little blisses to add to my ongoing list today...

Dreamy conversations about the future.
(So looking forward to that year I'm going to live barefoot on a tropical island.) 

Yesterday's road trip.

The old song playing at the rest stop, inspiring a spontaneous dance with the huz.
(I'm actually not going to share with you exactly which song it was since that would reveal what a total goof I am.)

The moment we realized we were not alone (at said rest stop) and shared a good laugh with the lady we saw giggling at us.

My new easy peasy way to prepare asparagus for a crowd.
I'll even share the recipe!

 
Blissfully Easy Asparagus
Place two pounds of asparagus in a low flat dish.
Toss with 2 tablespoons of olive oil, a pinch of sea salt, and a little freshly ground pepper.  
Bake in preheated 400 deg. F (205 deg. C) oven for 20 minutes.  
Drizzle with a little basalmic vinegar and serve.
Done!

This is super easy to prepare ahead and pop in the oven just before time to serve.  The original recipe at AllRecipes.com says this serves six but I think that's a lot of asparagus per person.  I'd say it serves at least eight.  Enjoy!

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13 comments:

  1. I love your mandala! bI was also doodling during the holiday. I just discovered zentangle. It's so fun! I'll have to try your asparagus it sounds delicious :)
    Chandra

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    1. I've looked at Zentangles a bit, too. Lots of fun!

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  2. Your mandala is awesome and what a great birthday gift for your Mom ~ great potential in her sketch ~ (A Creative Harbor) ^_^

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    1. Thanks, Carol. I think my mom will have a lot of fun with her new art supplies.

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  3. Janice your mandala is really gorgeous, wow, what design! I love it, so full of creativity and beauty. I also like your mum's heart, she already has style! Thanks for the asparagus recipe, for some reason I never thought of baking them, always of boiling, so that's a good one!

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    1. Thanks, Kat. I'll tell my mom you enjoyed her heart! I hope you LOVE the asparagus. My family did!

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  4. Mandala and heart are beautiful, Mom looks so content. xox

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    1. Contnt is a good way to describe my mom. It was a nice celebration.

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  5. Your mandala is gorgeous! It reminds me of zentangles :) did you draw it with using tools or free hand? So happy to see moms are creative too! ;) Have a wonderful weekend.

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    1. It was freehand, which was a bit of a challenge as we were travelling in the car as I doodled!

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  6. Thanks for the visit! I did reply via email and then realised in was a no reply. Great and simple recipe you have shared.

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    1. Lovely that you spent time with loved ones, that's so important.

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