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Citrus and Vanilla Bean Marmalade

Who says you can't can in the winter?  Today I made a delicious citrus vanilla bean marmalade from a Ball Canning Best of magazine/cookbook I had purchased in late summer 2016 at the grocer's.  I thought I was all through canning after the last tomato was off the vine.  But the winter has made me a little stir crazy and the abundance of fresh citrus, all of it grown directly here in the USA right now, had me feeling the canning bells ringing.   So today I made this recipe.  My favorite part -- and the reason I was so attracted to it -- was the three citrus and then the added vanilla bean pods.  Marmalade can be very bitter....

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Art Series for 2017

Every month of 2017 you can look forward to a series of small paintings specific to that month.  While I may have birds and some of these other items all year, I will focus on a decent-sized grouping of paintings for each month's series.  Hope you enjoy! January - Citrus Fruits and Florals  February - Sweet Treats March - Farm Animals April - Birds and Blossoms May - Trees June - Sky and Clouds July - Summer Heat August - Organize Thyself! September - Harvest October - Birds and Fall Foliage November - All that Glitters December - Nativity Since January is half over, I need to get busy listing.  Stay tuned... 

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Decorating Books and Magazines

What are you favorite home and decorating magazines?  I have really enjoyed reading this month's Elle Decor, Architectural Digest, and especially the new book by Domino.  The Domino Your Guide to a Stylish Home has a chapter on art, which is really a great basic decorating 101 about creating groupings, vignettes, leaning art, framing art, and many more topics.  I hope to share some of other examples and ideas I learned from this book and applied in my home.  Stay tuned!

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