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Spring Thaw, watercolor painting by Heather M. Roberts

The cold weather has me dreaming of spring today… which translated into a floral watercolor painting.  Watercolors are still really new to me, but I like how this turned out and (with a few touch-ups) am thinking it would make a fun notecard design.

And… congrats to the painting giveaway winner, @graphixgrrl!  Thanks to all who entered. :)

Happy Monday! 

Up next, a delicious bread recipe.

Just might be my favorite from my ’30 paintings in 30 days’ ! Head over to heathermroberts.com to see the others. :)

Minted Art Challenge!

minted collage

I promise to take a break from the art bombardment after January is over!  Today though, I want to tell you about an Art Challenge I recently entered on minted.com (a really cool site, check it out if you haven’t!).  Here’s where you come in – anyone can vote in the challenges – and winners will have their work available to purchase on the site.

So, if you are a fan of any or all of my submissions, I’d be super grateful if you’d take a moment to rate my designs (you’ll need to set-up a free account, if you don’t already have one).  I’ve posted photos of my entries below (a click on each photo will take you to the voting page), but have a look around and vote on others while you’re there – tons of great entries.  Voting ends on January 21st.

 

Smoke and Lace, photograph by Heather M. Roberts

Midsummer Majesty - acrylic painting by Heather M. Roberts

'On the brink', acrylic painting by Heather M. Roberts

 

Thanks and Happy Tuesday! 

-Heather

'Slow Growth', 6x6 acrylic botanical painting by Heather M. Roberts

For some reason, WordPress is not letting me re-blog this entry from my art site (heathermroberts.com).  I won’t be posting each painting on this blog (aside from a few favorites), so please visit the other page if you’d like to see them each day.

Where’d painting number 3 go?  Hmmm, let’s not talk about that. :)  It may make a reappearance at a later date if I can salvage it.

Today’s painting is botanical and a bit more abstract than the others… a colorful take on a hosta bud.  It’s a reminder: take time to enjoy the simple things – beauty can be found everywhere if you look closely.

'Slow Growth', 6x6 acrylic botanical painting by Heather M. Roberts

Slow Growth, 6×6 acrylic painting – available for purchase on Etsy

Happy Thursday!

Check out my new art blog at heathermroberts.com and read about January’s painting adventure!

Friendship Tea Recipe - without all the artificial junk!

You may have heard of friendship tea… the sweet orangey tea flavored hot drink made with Tang or orange breakfast drink mix of your choice.  Tastes great… until you read the ingredients on your jar of Tang!  Artificial flavors, colors, preservatives – blech!  Our bodies don’t need that stuff, so I set out to create a friendship tea recipe, minus the junk.

While you’ll likely need to tweak it to fit your own tastebuds, It’s full of orange, lemon and tea.  Be forewarned, it won’t taste as sugary sweet as the original version, so if it’s too bland for your taste, you might choose to sweeten it up with some honey or extra sugar.

Friendship Tea Recipe - without all the artificial junk!

Before you get started, you’ll need a few ingredients (which you may or may not need to order from the internet) – they’re available on Amazon.com, but check here first to see if you can buy them locally: truelemon.com

True Orange packages (I bought the smaller size with 32 little packets, runs about $5, and you’ll have extra!)

True Lemon Powder (runs about $4 for a little jar – you’ll also have leftovers for other uses!)

*Please note, I am not affiliated with the True Lemon / True Orange brand in any way.

Friendship Tea Recipe:

  • Nine packets (0.8g each) of True Orange

  • 1 1/4 tsp True Lemon powder

  • 3/4 tsp ground cinnamon

  • 1/2 tsp ground cloves

  • 1/4 C unsweetened instant tea (I use Lipton and like the taste of tea – try less if you want the predominantly fruity flavor.)

  • 1 1/4 C granulated sugar (this recipe isn’t overly sweet – you may choose to add honey or more sugar)

Place in small jar and whisk or shake ingredients until blended.  Store in an airtight container.
Boil/heat 1 Cup water and add 3 teaspoons of tea mix (more or less, to taste).  Stir well (it won’t completely dissolve due to the spices, so don’t worry if you see a bit sinking to the bottom).

Although I don’t ever plan to return to the old artificial-laden recipe, I’ll share it (or one of the variations, anyway) for those who may already have the ingredients on hand:

  • 2 1/2 C dry Tang mix
  • 1/2 C unsweetened instant tea
  • 1/2 C granulated sugar
  • 1 package lemon flavored Koolaid (the little packets, without the sugar already mixed in)
  • 1 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 1/8 tsp ground cloves

Did you try my recipe?  I’d love to hear suggestions or comments!

Happy 2015 – may we all find a happy and simple balance!

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