I ordered some black walnuts online from Hammon’s in Missouri. If you have not tried black walnuts, they are a flavor that really reminds me of my childhood here in the Midwest USA. Black walnuts have a strong bitter and wild taste compared to the sweet and mild English walnut.
I have been scouring cookbooks for recipes using black walnuts. I found this cake recipe in my King Arthur Flour 200th Anniversary Cookbook and adjusted it in a few ways. First, it’s supposed to be mixed in the baking pan. But I just mixed it in a separate bowl. Second, I exchanged the English walnuts for black walnuts. Also, I replaced the vegetable oil with melted butter. I don’t like using vegetable oil very often. I just feel butter tastes better and is better for you. Also, when I made it, I used 100% whole wheat flour. But the recipe calls for one part white and two parts wheat flour and I’ll keep the recipe like that. A real interesting thing about this cake is it doesn’t have eggs in it. It’s the acid and baking powder that makes this cake rise. It’s really moist and delicious. Just make sure to refrigerate after it cools because black walnuts can go rancid quickly.
Just in time for my country’s birthday!
The new Cottages and Bungalows magazine (Vol. 10, no. 4) has an article about me and about art. It’s a fun and inspiring article about adding color to a space. When I first opened the magazine, I was drawn to the photos. The colors just seemed to pop off the pages. For a moment, I forgot it was my own art!
If you are interested in a fun magazine with loads of ideas on decorating, check out this magazine. My small art seems to be a great fit for cottages and bungalows. The small paintings tuck perfectly into nooks and crannies. They add a lot of color and fun to these smaller spaces.
AND… (bonus) the article also encourages creating yourself! Try painting or creating something unique yourself. I personally teach classes at the EAM. But there are many ways to learn a new creative skill that can add a personal touch and meaning to your unique space. Check out local bookstores and libraries for books, your city and local schools for classes, and even Youtube for video tutorials (like the ones I have started making).
Whether you want to make art yourself or purchase already made, small art is a great way to add to your space with little risk.
If you happen to be in the area, check out the Country Living Fair this weekend in Rhinebeck, NY. Earth Angels Studio will be there with my art. The show is June 3-4-5. Jennifer O’Connor, founder of Earth Angels Studio kept me posted early in the first day and had sold six of my paintings. I am excited to see how the rest of the show goes. Wish I were there. I will be in my studio painting. Hope to be able to catch up with some of the nice buyers Jen tells me about soon.
I’m going to start doing more book reviews on art-related books. Here’s one now: