So much to do now that the warm weather is here and I've been feeling well enough to be getting a lot of it accomplished. Thank you God.
Last Friday was the end of our Purpose Driven Life meetings, but just for the summer. I'll miss the girls too much so we promised to get together for some cookouts.
On Thursday I went to Maryland to see Gabriel's school program. It was great. All
of the children are so cute and very enthusiastic. I really enjoyed it and was very proud of Gabriel. My favorite part was when they all sang "I've Been Redeemed" with all of the hand motions and body movement.
Saturday we went to Savonna Restaurant in Gulph Mills. Wow, was it great! I can't say enough good things about the food. Toward the end of our dinner, by coincidence, they seated my sister Amy and our good friend Barbara Ellison right next to us. It was Barbara's birthday and she looks like she's 35. Not a wrinkle on this woman. She's incredible. Amy was taking her out for dinner. We were there until midnight, enjoying the food and each other's company.
Mother's Day was a bad allergy day, but we went out and got some food to prepare for dinner and somehow I wound up cooking. I made an old favorite, "Fettuccine ala Jeanie". It's chicken dusted in flour, herbs and fried in olive oil, sprinkled with pink sea salt and then combined with wild mushrooms, olives, shallots, garlic and herbs, that have been caramelized and finished with heavy cream, then everything is put over fettuccine. I made a tomato salad to go with it, which brings us to the painting di giorno above, but we'll get back to that shortly. For dessert I made a strawberry-rhubarb custard pie and got to use the green eggs and quail eggs in it. Best I ever made. Let me give you a little tip, Pillsbury makes a pie crust dough that you will find in the refrigerated section of the supermarket. Unless you need a specialty crust for a pie, you can't tell the difference from home-made when you use Pillsbury's, especially if you brush the crust with heavy cream before you bake it. My mother-in-law who baked perfect pies let me in on her secret many years ago and she was right. Don't waste your time making pie crust from scratch, Pillsbury's is really excellent.
The cooking was worth it because all of the food was even better the next day.
So back to the painting. If you have ever had "Ugli" tomatoes (they're labeled as such), I feel that you'll agree that they may be ugly, but they are also delicious. They're hard to find, so when I saw them in the produce section, not only did I know that we were having a tomato salad for dinner, but also that I wanted to paint one. I saved the biggest one for the painting. I planned on putting a green egg on the tomato. Even though the tomato was huge, the egg was too big, so I used a quail egg. It cradled in perfectly. The tomato was very challenging to paint. Lots of nuances, colors, soft highlights and reflected light bouncing around all over the tomato. Henri's feather wanted to drift in, so here we have "Green with Envy, Araucana Eggs Witness Cozy, Cradled Quail Egg in an Ugli Tomato". 14"x11", oil on gallery-wrapped linen, $350., framed. Tomorrow I will have a tomato sandwich for lunch.
BTW, yes, Jay did play "Soul Eyes" for me for Mother's Day and several other times so far this week.