Ten Gables Cottage

Ten Gables Cottage
Ten Gables Cottage

Monday, September 16, 2013

Rainy Day, 2 Paintings, and 2 Batches of Cookies

Hi Everyone, Above is number 15, yesterday's painting for the challenge. It is actually one I had painted earlier, but I hated it, so I redid it and added more intense colors, more shadows and just cleaned it up a bit. It looks much better. 

Here is number 16, today's painting. I actually did it yesterday and am trying to stay ahead of this challenge, in case I get too busy one day to paint! But today it started raining after I got home from the pool and doing those great water exercise that I love, so it is a fine day to just be home and in the studio. I am working on tomorrow's painting and also made some cookies to take to the quilt group tomorrow.

I have shared this recipe with you before, but it is worth repeating for those of you who didn't get it. They are Oatmeal Sugar Cookies and  I got the recipe in Minnesota from my husband's niece who got it from her mother in law. I have made it a lot and everyone loves it!
1 cup shortening
1 cup white sugar and 1/2 cup brown sugar. Cream together well, then add :
1 beaten egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
Sift together 1 and 1/2 cups flour, 1 tsp. soda, 1 tsp. cinnamon, 1/2 tsp.salt
Add 1/2 cup oatmeal. Chill dough. Roll into walnut size balls. Flatten with a glass dipped in sugar.
Bake 350 degrees about 10 minutes. 
This batch is called Cracker Cookies
Line a cookie sheet (with sides) with foil. Spread with saltine crackers, side to side, not overlapping.
Boil 2 sticks butter with 1 cup sugar for 5 minutes. Pour over crackers. Bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes. Remove from oven and spread with 1 package of peanut butter chips. Spread them with a knife, as they melt. Place pan in fridge until cool and cut into squares or just break into pieces.
Both recipes make a lot and both are yummy.
Well, I'll be back in a couple of days to share my newer paintings and whatever else might be in the works....I am getting ready for a Fall bazaar, too, you know!Keep busy; that's my motto! Hope  you are keeping busy, too, and above all, being creative!


  1. Well, Egretta, no-one could ever accuse you of not being creative! That first picture with the flowers and marbles looks great now, even if you were dissatisfied with it before.

  2. If only cookies didn't have so many calories (as I eat chocolate while blogging)! I really like the top painting. Not sure how you changed it but it really worked and looks great.

  3. What a fun and charming blog! I so enjoyed your pictures of Micanopy and McIntosh! You have absolute treasures in photos to paint there! And I'm definitely trying those recipes! Your painting of the apples is amazing!

  4. That apples looks so real with the water droplets. The old truck has possibility and being a country girl, I like the cow, too. So sorry to hear about your family. You know first hand how bad things really are in Boulder, Lyons, Evans. My friend from work will probably lose her home in Evans. The National Guard was to inspect the houses today. My heart just breaks for her. They remodeled an old farm house. Took them years. Now they will probably lose it. Your art work is amazing. You must have boundless amounts of energy to get all done that you do, Egretta.