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Are you ready for a blanket of snow?

Are you ready for a blanket of snow?

When Michael of #ScribblePicnic gave the prompt for blanket this week my thoughts went to cuddling a warm afghan on a cold winter’s night. Then I saw Pooh Bear snuggling up with his blankie. But finally I decided to paint a quick watercolour of a snow blanket.

Soon we will be heading to warmer climes – getting away from the coming winter. Snow is beautiful. I love seeing snow covering the lawn.  If only it would stay on the lawn and not go on the roads. Driving in snow is not one of my favourite activities. And after 7 years of escaping it I am afraid I am no longer a seasoned winter driver.

Blanket

 

Here is my watercolour rendition of “Blanket of Snow”.

blanket

That’s from memory. No picture to look at. But I know as the drifts pile up, the white snow becomes less pure, dirtier.

I love reading Psalm 147:16

He (God) spreads snow like a blanket
and scatters frost like dust. (Good News Bible)

blanket

And you can pile that blanket of snow higher and higher!

We have some gorgeous pictures from our winters past but most of them would need to be scanned. I found the two pictures on this post on my computer.

One more from my Growing Through God’s Word Facebook group. blanket

blanket

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Scribble Picnic Prompt – Cross in a Square

This week on #ScribblePicnic we were given a mystery prompt. Here are the instructions: For your “Fill in the Blank” challenge next week, the shape to use is shown above in the windows. Can you see it? Please be sure to employ at least one square with an “X” in it! The possibilities are endless — anything from wallpaper to treasure maps! I’m calling it “cross in a square”.

Here is Michael’s picture:

cross in a square

So as I sat in front of my fireplace (it is not on), and I saw the grate had that pattern and thought of drawing it. But boring. No.

All of a sudden I pictured a chain link fence in a zoo. And that’s where I got my idea for this week.

My grandchildren love the zoo. They are fascinated by the animals. They love going to a farm as well. Zoos and farms allow us to be up close and personal with God’s creatures. I know there will be people who feel that it’s cruel to have the animals caged in. I understand but if they are well looked after we can really learn a lot – both in drawing and understanding the variety and beauty of creation.

Here is my rendition of this week’s prompt of a “cross in a square”.

cross in a square

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cross in a square

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Mmm Chocolate – Creative Tuesdays

Mmm Chocolate – Creative Tuesdays

What can I say, “Mmm Chocolate. This week Michael’s prompt for Creative Tuesdays is “chocolate”. I veered a little away from the box of chocolates. I recently baked some chocolate cupcakes. I used 90% dark chocolate in my recipe for chocolate cupcakes. Yes for this “paleo” girl I do get some perks. These are delicious.

Mmm chocolate

Pencil Crayon of chocolate cupcake and blackberries.

ART for mmm Chocolate:

I drew and coloured this picture while remembering what we ate the night before for dessert. If you look below it is not quite the same as the original. My imagination made the cupcake grow.

I used pencil crayon – watercolour pencil crayon.I did not use a brown pencil crayon. Instead I used complementary colours to make brown. You can see at the top right how I decided if that would work. Red first, then green. Orange first, then blue. Yellow first, then purple. It was experimenting for me.

Then I went back and used water on it.

Mmm Chocolate watercolour pencils

Touched up the picture with water on watercolour pencils.

You can see that the red started to show through more. I like the yellow then purple to make the brown. Experimental. And I only used photocopy paper this time.

Here is a great website on using pencil crayons. Using Colored Pencils to create fine art.

BAKING for mmm chocolate:

Mmm chocolate paleo cupcake

I made the chocolate cupcakes from this recipe on Holistically Engineered. Paleo Chocolate Cupcakes. This recipe calls for honey and coconut flour.

The recipe for the icing is below or you could use their recipe with avocados (my hubby thinks he is allergic to them so I opted for my recipe for icing).

I actually cut this icing recipe in 1/2 for these cupcakes. That’s why there isn’t much icing on my little cupcake. Oh well it tasted delicious.

1/2 cup of coconut cream (I used the top of a can of coconut milk)
3/4 cup of dark chocolate chips (I used a 90% chocolate bar, chopped up).
1/4 tsp vanilla

Scald the cream.
Turn off heat and add the chips and vanilla.
Whip until fluffy.

Any questions just email me or comment below.

Since we have cut down (cut off) eating sugar in any form except fruits, maple syrup, honey and coconut sugar, my hubby has lost and kept off 40 pounds. We also don’t eat any grains. But I still love little treats. These cupcakes are so good (and good for us too).

SCRIPTURE for mmm chocolate:

But the sweetness of God’s Word is better than that.

How sweet are your words to my taste,
    sweeter than honey to my mouth! (Psalm 119:103, NIV).

Honey is mentioned in God’s Word over 60 times.

Honey is even good for you.

Eat honey, my son, for it is good;
    honey from the comb is sweet to your taste.
14 Know also that wisdom is like honey for you:
    If you find it, there is a future hope for you,
    and your hope will not be cut off (Proverbs 24:13-14, NIV).

I think Mmm the sweetness of God’s Word. (tweet this)