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Purple Hydrangeas

I came across these lovely warm blushing purple hydrangeas at the grocers a couple days ago and had to have them.  There were traditional baby blue, pink, and white hydrangeas.  But these ones caught my eye.   I am enjoying two things.  First.  I am working on painting these.  I am realizing that when I paint larger, I need much more paint and larger brushes.  That should make sense.  But sometimes one doesn't realize until after starting that one is in the habit of working on a smaller scale.  So here is the first run.  I will be adding more paint and layers to this including larger and more generous brush strokes of paint, and darkening glazes in shadow areas....

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Pumpkin Muffins and Magenta Shoes

I made pumpkin muffins today.  They were delicious.  I just found a recipe online and embellished it a bit.   I admit the search was not as easy as it used to be.  The top hits were either vegan or gluten free.  I finally found one that looked good.  Then I realized it had coconut oil in it.  I don't mind coconut oil.  I just wanted one with butter and milk, like I grew up with.  I finally searched for "pumpkin muffins with butter and milk" and got a few recipes to choose from.   I then added more cinnamon, more pumpkin puree, candied ginger and half whole wheat and spelt flours.   I am happy with the results.  ...

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