Red House Watercolor

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Red House – Watercolor on Paper

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Pinto Bean Burgers with Cumin and Cilantro

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Healthy Vegetarian Pinto Bean Burger on Naan with Avocado Spread and Spinach Recipe, Food

Healthy Vegetarian Pinto Bean Burger on Naan with Avocado Spread and Spinach.

Vegetarian Pinto Bean Burger: Served on Naan with Avocado Spread and Spinach Leaves

 

“I like refried beans.That’s why I wanna try fried beans, because maybe they’re just as good and we’re just wasting time.You don’t have to fry them again after all.”
-Mitch Hegberg

 

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Ingredients:

  • 1 (15 oz) can of pinto beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1/2 cup of shredded Pepper Jack cheese*
  • 1/4 cup finely crushed tortilla chips**
  • 1/4 cup of onions
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped cilantro
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 large egg white
  • Olive Oil

*Both Colby and Monterey Jack Cheese can be used as well

**Bread Crumbs can be used as a substitution

STEP 1: Place pinto beans in a medium bowl; mash with fork until beans form a lumpy paste.

STEP 2: Add cheese, crushed tortilla chips, onions, cilantro, cumin, and egg white. OPTIONAL: Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour to enhance flavors.

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STEP 3: Cover bottom of non-stick pan (I used a cast iron skillet) with olive oil. Heat oil over medium-high heat. Make sure the oil has time to heat up before adding the burgers.

STEP 4: Place patties in pan and cook 3-4 minutes on each side or until patties are browned. Inside will still be slightly soft, but still heated throughout.

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Cook 3-4 minutes each side or until lightly browned

SERVE: Place burgers on warmed Naan or Pita bread. Dress with spinach leaves and crushed avocado/guacamole and extra cilantro if desired.

 

 

Another Cover Song – Braille by Regina Spektor

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Now we’re exploring the passionate grit, the capacious caverns of instinctive emotion, the burrows of past and future pain manifested into seemingly meaningless tones and frequencies. Cumulatively this is my heart and soul, my desire, my wildfire. Here I am vulnerable; a feeling that is increasingly becoming familiar and comfortable.

I share with you another cover. The strikingly beautiful Braille from Regina Spektor’s debut album 11:11. After a particularly defeating day I sat down at my piano and recorded this on my cellphone. I hope you have time give it a listen.

 

Experiment: Spray Paint + Acrylic Paint + Water

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Golden Sunset

I wish I invented this abstract painting technique, but I did not.  I stole it (with consent) from a brilliant friend of mine who created many stylistically similar pieces in order to cure “plain white wall syndrome.” When I saw his artwork I knew I had to try it out for myself.

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Black and Gold

 

What you’ll need:

  • Canvas
  • Acrylic Paint
  • Paint brush
  • Spray Paint
  • Water

 

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Gold Splattered Turtle

 

STEP 1:  Cover the canvas with a thick layer of acrylic paint. I decided to make simple blocks of color and then blended them without rinsing my brush.

STEP 2: Pour water over canvas.  Use as little water as possible. I’m talking 2 tablespoons worth.

STEP 3: Lay canvas down flat in a well ventilated area. Gently shake canvas to move the water around (you will want to have a few pools of water to experiment with at first, you can always add more later.)

STEP 4: Add spray paint. I tried two different approaches: spraying the paint directly onto the canvas in short bursts, and spraying the paint into the cap so I could precisely drip the paint exactly where I wanted.  You will see the paint interact with the water in different ways; so experiment with it!  I used both spray paint techniques on each painting. I even tried adding droplets of water on top of the spray paint.

STEP 5:  Allow to dry completely. This took about 7 hours due to the thickness of the paint and the addition of water. Be patient, it is totally worth it. Make sure your drying surface is level or else the paint will slowly drip off the canvas.

STEP 6: Display your beautiful masterpiece, you – artsy connoisseur – you! Fantastic job!!

Maptastic

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Vintage Map Lampshade

 

This was another Christmas gift/DIY project.  I  made it by decoupaging pages of a vintage atlas onto an old, beat-up lampshade. With some artistic license I followed the instructions over at Pretty Handy Girl.

This is a great DIY project for the intermediate craft-aficionado, and it takes about 5 crafting hours. Next time I will cut the atlas pages so they do not overlap, but I am very satisfied with the finished result.