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A one women owned & operated shop, located in New York. One-of-a-kind Art, Gifts, & Services. Handmade in the home of Julia Finucane. We specialize in Enchanting Art & The Old Ways. View Julia's Art & Crafts in person at 464 Gallery & Impact Gallery.

Monday, December 19, 2011

Betty Crocker Holiday Recipe - Caramel Sauce

Since the holidays are upon us, I wanted to share a nice and easy gift idea. When I'm not creating art, my other passion is cooking. I not only come up with my own recipes, I also get many great recipes from online.



One of my favorite recipe sites is Bettycrocker.com. Now I love sweets and baked goods, but unlike cooking where you can add a pinch here and there, baking requires measurments. I might be a great cook, but I will admit baking is not my speciality. Because of this, I turn to recipe sites like Betty Crocker, to help me.

This recipe called Divine Caramel Sauce, is easy and for any beginner. It also makes a great last minute gift idea. Make sauce and place in a glass jar. Place a bow, bells, or even an ornament for an added holiday decoration

Ready in 45 minutes.

Ingredients..

1 cup light corn syrup
1 1/4 cups packed brown sugar
1/4 cup butter or margarine
1cup whipping (heavy) cream


Directions..

In 2-quart saucepan, heat corn syrup, brown sugar and butter to boiling over low heat, stirring constantly. Boil 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.


Stir in whipping cream; heat to boiling. Cool about 30 minutes. Serve warm. Store covered in refrigerator up to 2 months. Reheat slightly before serving if desired.

Extra tip via Betty Crocker..
Divine Toasted Pecan-Caramel Sauce: Add 1 cup chopped toasted pecans after cooling in step 2.


Thursday, December 15, 2011

Rottweiler Puppy And Black Cat

I wanted to share with you latest addition to our family. Last month, we adopted a four month old rottweiler puppy. Her mother was rescued when she was pregant, and named Penny. A few days later she gave birth to eight puppies, seven survived. This is Penny with her litter below.



My husband and I adopted one of the girl puppies and decided to name her Lizzy. Now naming her was not an easy task. I came up with Alice and Ophelia, my husband liked Olive. These were just three examples of many. Finally on the way home, with the new puppy car sick in the back seat, we came up with Lizzy.


Lizzy is now 5 months old and growing fast. A strong puppy and very stubborn. I already have a hard time walking her because she is so strong. I am a very petite person, so that makes it even worse. My husband bought Lizzy a cute pink harness. This worked for two weeks, until she decided to eat the harness instead. Maybe it tasted good. Now I am using a training collar. It is good for pups who pull and are stronger then their owners. So far so good. She is walking better and only pulls if she gets startled or scared, which is often because of all the loud noises of the city. 


Lizzy has already taken over the house, but in a good way. I can do without the pee pee accidents and chewing, but this is too be expected with a puppy. Our last dog Puppy, who passed away in October, chewed up a rocking chair when she was a puppy. Lizzy so far has only got to a flip flop, wash clothes, and the handle of the recliner. She is learning though. Rottweilers take longer to mature, but once they learn, they make the best companians to a family. 



Oh and our cat, Penelope, is still deciding if she wants to play or not with Lizzy. It's so funny. Lizzy goes up to Penelope, wagging her tail, begging to play. Penelope looks, puts her head up, and walks away. Penelope thinks she is too much of a diva to play. Penelope got along well with our last dog, but they both had the diva mentality. This included lying on the couch and bed, eating, and getting rubbed. I have a feeling once Lizzy calms down out of her Puppy stage, that penelope will be happy to teach her some tricks.


This is Penelope in her pretty sweater that my husband bought her.


Friday, December 9, 2011

Fantasy Fairy And Fairytale - Original Art

I have some original art paintings that are available for purchase incuding the themes of fantasy, fairies, and fairytales.

The first is my latest painting of a cute big eyed mermaid sitting on the beach. She is titled, Sand Mermaid and can be view in my store or here. Perfect for any mermaid or fantasy art lover, she measures 5 x7 inches and is painted using acrylic paints on textured watercolor paper.


I also have a special painting available for purchase. This one is dear to me and is my favorite pieces that I have painted so far. It is of a girl in a love spell shrine setting. She is waiting for her Valentine and one true love to come. Entitled, Valentine Shrine, she can be found here or also in my store.


Many more originals are for sale as well as prints of each image. All can be viewed and purchased in my store. Thanks and enjoy!