the art of enjoying a beautiful day

When I decided to come to Cleveland for the month of November to spend time with my husband, I decided to be a bit flexible about the "everyday" part of Art Every Day.  (Although photography and blog posting is creative, right?).  Matthias has the day off today, so the plan was just to enjoy the day and each others' company.  It's been lovely.

Walks.  Yummy food.  Togetherness.  We even went thrifting.  50% off on Mondays!!  For less than $20 I snagged 6 sweaters for me (partly because I've been inspired by the refashions at ayenforcraft and partly because I need layers, it's cold!!), a pair of jeans for him, an orange Fiesta bowl (with a small chip, but hey) and a milkglass sugar bowl.

I'm always on the lookout for pretty pieces to stow tools and supplies and this one will be a perfect addition.

The snow is melting, but it's still very much here.  What's funny is that it seems to be very localized.  A mile or two west of here there is no snow.  Oh, and the roses, despite the snow, look ok.

Yesterday I made some soup.  I have such trouble finding recipes to make.  The problem usually is that I don't have the right ingredients.  But also, it's the fact that I have a very clear idea of what I want to make and I can't find a recipe that corresponds to what's in my head.  So, with the constraints of what happened to be in the house (and a clear picture in my head) I made up a mushroom soup recipe.  Turned out pretty good, too.  While waiting for the soup to be done and then eating it with a glass of cheap wine, I wrote up the recipe in my sketchbook, doodled a bit and penciled a list of the random music that came on my iPod.  A fun way to spend an evening alone.

Home Alone Mushroom Soup:
olive oil
1 large yellow onion, chopped
4 stalks celery, chopped
2 cups broth (I used chicken bouillon)
2+ cups milk
1 1/2 cups frozen corn
1 1/2 TB cornstarch dissolved in a little cold water
9 large white mushrooms, thinly sliced
celery salt, pepper, parsley
  • Melt butter in olive oil in large pot
  • Saute onions and celery until onions are soft and golden.  Add celery salt.
  • Add broth, corn and milk.  Heat to just before boiling.
  • Add cornstarch and water and bring to boil.  Boil for about a minute.
  • Add mushrooms, pepper and parsley.  Reduce heat and cook till mushrooms are done.

Tomorrow I'll tackle more of my arty to-dos.


  1. Your soup looks yummy and warming - and I'm so impressed that you wrote the recipe down! Maybe that's what I should work on for AEDM. ;-)

    Love your popcorn bracelets.

  2. Pretty photos, love the ones with the leaves. I love going thrift shopping too! Your recipe in the book with a sketch, what a cute way to keep recipes.

  3. great photos and recipe.. love the sketch pad/recipe with the wine bottle: wine is good, yes IT is!

  4. You have snow already in Cleveland?? oh, brrr!

    Thanks for stopping by my blog, btw. I love when people leave comments, so I can check out their blog, also. And, you're a painter, too!! Fantastic!

  5. Wow, not being much of a cook, I am so impressed with your recipe!
    To me, that is art!

  6. Thanks for all the comments and kind words about what I've been up to!

  7. I love drawing recipes, it think it would be so fun to assemble them into a zine.


  8. Cool idea about making the recipes into a zine. It would be fun to include recipes that aren't really recipes. Like on those days when dinner is a few slices of cheese, some olives, a pickle and some crackers. And include specially chosen musical selections, like how specific wines are paired with meals.


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