Monday, May 6, 2019

Budget Cooking Vegetarian and Vegan

I love cooking and particularly enjoy budget, but healthy meals. This one is particularly awesome because I used up whatever I had in the fridge. It also satisfies our vegetarian of the house. Have 8 and sometimes more, adults to feed and keep happy come dinner time can be quite challenging, but this one can be eaten by most, except those keeping away from carbs at the moment.

It’s basically lentils, spinach, onion, garlic, ginger and some spices, cumin seeds, chilli flakes, turmeric, hot chilli powder....pretty sure that’s it. I used one whole bulb of garlic just crushed through the garlic crusher. A tablespoon of cumin seeds, grated ginger, turmeric, and a small amount of chilli flakes and chilli powder...this you could do to taste. Two huge onions and about 6 overflowing cups of chopped spinach and kale. Oh, and three huge chopped tomatoes. Pop the spices in about 3 tablespoons of olive oil, get the flavours up and then pop everything else in basically. I used the whole packet of green lentils and pre cooked in some water. Drained and added t the pot after it was all cooked. You can drizzle a little olive oil over the top and a squeeze of lemon, or lime...or nothing.

I made some coconut rice to go with it.

If you have any question just ask in the comments.




Until next time
Lots of it
Mandy
XXX

Friday, May 3, 2019

I am Back

It has been a long time since I last posted. My goodness...so much has happened. Life....am I right?

It would take a very long Post for an update, so here are some words to give you some ideas:

New job, new job, keto, cooking, Christmas, Easter, birthdays, illustrations, art tutoring, driving, shopping, gardening, Harry Potter, home life, crocheting, drs, dancing, lawn bowls, NDIS, specialists, new boyfriends and girlfriends, kids birthdays, shopping, Ikea, markets, gardening, organic food, growing your own food, produce swapping, Facebook, making a house a home, home schooling, budgeting.

There is a snippet.

Here are some photos.

Would you like to see anything specific? If so, I would love for you to comment below and create my posts around what you want to see. I have rediscovered blogs and spend a relaxing time reading them. I am incredibly interested in Slow Living. Stay tuned...❤️


















Until next time
Lots of it
Mandy
Xxx




Thursday, June 21, 2018

Another Tutorial: Watercolour Space Scene

Seems to be the thing I am doing lately. I am actually enjoying it and hoping others can get something from it.

It started with the class and it made me think I just may be able to share my knowledge so that others can enjoy learning new things, and of course painting is one of my favourite things to spend time doing.

So, here is another tutorial on using watercolour paints, and creating a piece of art in the process.

If you are here from home schooling, you can go HERE and you will see related activities and a list of linked outcomes. Both tutorials are very similar.


the list of things you need to create this piece is as follows:
watercolour paper
watercolour paints
two jars with clean water
white ink or watered down white acrylic paint
a plate for tracing an arc
two paintbrushes
rubbing alcohol or if you don't have this you can use water
a pipette or dropper
pencil
masking tape and board to tape watercolour paper to (this is not necessary but just helps the paper stay flat and helps stop warping of the wet paper)

Just be careful when using rubbing alcohol. If your children are young make sure you supervise them, or you can choose to use water instead.

You will find the latest video HERE

If you have any questions feel free to ask. Happy for requests as well.

until next time
Mandy

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

How To Paint a Watercolour Whale Illustration

I have been working on creating videos on how to paint. I have been doing these to coincide with a couple of art classes I have been teaching. Such a rewarding thing to do, help people realise they ARE creative. So many of us think we aren’t, and that we don’t have a creative bone in our body.

Truth is, we were all born with creativity, and as we get older we tend to not allow ourselves to get creative.  It has to be a conscious choice once we are adults. Creativity never goes away. We just need to provide ourselves with opportunities to be creative. Such an easy thing to put aside as life is busy.

Some of us sew, cook, draw, write, play music, live life. We can be creative in all areas of our life.

For me, creativity comes in the form of painting, cooking and I am constantly decorating and changing my home. It’s a wonderful outlet, and it always seems to be that I feel much better with paint on my hands.

How do YOU get creative?

Do you take TIME for yourself to be creative.

For those of you who home school, the outcomes are the same as last week. Just go back to the previous post and you will see it.

Here is the link to
HOW TO PAINT A WATERCOLOUR WHALE

Would love to hear what you think of he video.

Until next time
Mandy
❤️


Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Watercolour Night Sky Painting Video

I created a video showing a technique using watercolour paints. These are so much fun to do and you really don’t need much to create them.
Video can be found
HERE

Completed piece.



Materials needed:
Watercolour paper
Large brush
Very large brush(as big as a pastry brush)
Some watercolours
Two jars of water only partially filled
One for cleaning and the other for splatting and the initial layer on the paper

I would google nebulas and look at all the images. NASA has a great site, Hubble Space Telescope  photos


HERE


You could look at some famous artist paintings of the night sky. Discuss the artworks and reflect upon the time in which they were created. Discuss aspects such as colour, light, paint style and subjects. Compare these paintings.

The most well known being Vincent Van Gogh’s The Starry Night.
Painted in oil on canvas in 1889.




Starry Night
Painted in 1893 using oil on canvas.





And Starry Sky, Attempt
Painted by Wenzel Hablik in 1909.






I would be wary using a hair dryer with little ones, but an adult could help with this part of the process.

Outcomes covered according to the NSW Visual Arts Syllabus.
Stage 1
VAS1.1
VAS1.2
VAS1.3
VAS1.4

Stage 2
VAS2.1
VAS2.3
VAS2 4

STAGE 3
VAS 3.1
VAS3.2
VAS3.3
VAS3.4

STAGE 4
4.1
4.2
4.3
4.4
4.6
4.7
4.8
4.9
4.10

STAGE 5
5.1
5.2
5.4
5.6
5.7
5.8
5.10

You could extend this and the child could create different mediums to create night skies.
They could create 3D pieces using the techniques used.
These images look beautiful framed.


If you have liked the video please like and subscribe. That way you won’t my miss out on any new ones.

Until next time
Mandy
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Sunday, June 3, 2018

Children’s Illustrations

I thought I better update since it’s been a while...a little tangent I have to keep my sanity. I joined an online Facebook group which offers a word to inspire you each week. I have many to show since it’s been a while.
I will do a bit of a catchup later this week.
At any time if anyone wishes to purchase a painting, or print, just let me know.



















I will be linking this to paint party Friday. You can see the link to the right. Looking forward to seeing other's art...always brings a smile.to.my face.

Until next time
lots of love
Mandy
xxx

Friday, March 23, 2018

Gozleme Recipe-Budget Friendly

Hi there
Another week has flown by and it feels like time is going quicker and quicker.

It has been a busy week, as usual, and I would like to share with you just a nibble of what I have been up to.

Firstly, I will start with my art piece I did. I will link this to Paint Party Friday. The image to the right on my sidebar will take you directly to there.

This week’s prompt word was HUMOUR.

I had ideas swirling in my head and then I thought to myself, what do I think is funny@? I tend to be a fairly serious person, even though I do smile much of the time, but I don’t offer whole heartedly laugh. But what does make me laugh are animals photobombing.....so, without further ado, here is Alison Camel photobombing a very charming family in front of the pyramids.


Oh...I also did some sketches from my imagination, of the first few beast of the Harry Potter Magical Beasts And Where to Find Them...this wasn’t for precision...it was to try and develop an imagination...lol...so not perfect and Di them in not many minutes each...using a child’s set of crayons and a scrapbook...lol...





In other news, our family visited the Woolly Mammoth display at the Australian Museum. It was really sad as this little guy only got to live for a month, but it was also so incredibly interesting. If you get a chance I would say it is a must see....we were also pretty impressed with the mineral display....absolutely gobsmackingly beautiful.




And finally, my budget friendly, easy peasey recipe.



Spinach and Fetta Gozlemes
I made a double batch.
Ingredients
4 cups of self raising flour
2.5 cups of Greek yoghurt
Packet of thawed and drained frozen spinach
Greek fetta
Lemon wedges to serve

Pretty much all you do is mix the flour and yoghurt together to make a dough.
Just use your hand.
Then  cut it roughly into 8 portions.
Roll out on a floured board using a floured rolling pin until about 30 cms or so...can be a bit smaller. It will go very thin which is good. Could be smaller...maybe 25 cm or about 10 inches.
Spread the spinach on half of it, leaving about 2 cm around the edge, and then crumble some fetta on top of that.
Put a little water, using your fingers, around the edge of one half and then fold over to join. Just lightly press or you can do a little roll.
Put some oil into a large pan and over a medium heat, cook until ready. It took a few minutes for this one to be cooked on each side.
A squeeze of lemon over the top and there you have a very cheap, easy and tasty meal that all the family can enjoy.
An edit to post to show the process a bit better.


                                         



                                         
Let me know if you give it a try, and how it goes.
If you are visiting from PPF...hello....thanks for popping by to check out my art.

Ok guys
Until next time
Lots of it
Mandy
XXX

Budget Cooking Vegetarian and Vegan

I love cooking and particularly enjoy budget, but healthy meals. This one is particularly awesome because I used up whatever I had in the fr...