Sunday, September 30, 2012

Sweet & Savory Salad

"For Your Notes & Quotes" Mannequin
By Mary Maki Rae -2010(c)
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SWEET & SAVORY
SALAD
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1 Cup or more Cabbage - Cut into 2" very thin strips
1 Red Apple - chopped
Small Red or Orange Pepper-chopped
2 Green Onions - sliced fine
4-5 Dried Apricots - chopped
1 Celery Stalk - sliced fine
1/2 Cup Cucumber - thin slices
Sprinkled on Top:
Salted Sunflower Seeds
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DRESSING:
1/2 Cup Sour Cream
1/2 Cup Good Mayonnaise
Juice of 1 Lemon
2 tsp. Sugar
1 tsp. Italian Spices
(Plus some on top)
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(NOTE: This Recipe would make a Delicious "Chicken Salad" with
Sliced Strips of Baked Chicken 
Breast Meat on Top.)
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BAKED CHICKEN:
Marinate Chicken white meat in:
Balsimatic Vinager
Good Olive Oil
Italian Spices
Salt & Pepper
for Two Hours.
Bake in 425 degree Oven for 30 Minutes
then turn Oven to 375 degrees
and baked for 45 minutes more.
(Let rest for 15 minutes)
Method here via Robert
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For More About French Man & Woman Mannaquins See Here.
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Monday, September 24, 2012

"Summer Garden Girl"

"Summer Garden Girl" 12"x18" Mary Maki Rae - 2012(c)
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We had a second spell of "Summer Weather" - Craved a Coolness  -Calmness - and this painting emerged.
A bright - youthful - Garden Girl with her arrangment of some of this seasons Flowers.


"Summer Blue Pitcher" 12"x12"  Mary Maki Rae 2012(c)
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A Blue Pitcher filled with Ice Tea - something to serve on warm Summer days or Evenings.  This scene seems so like the sweet coolness of an early Summer morning - so soothing. . .
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Try this for Lemon Tea:
3 tsp. Orange-Pekoe Tea
1 tsp. Dried Lemon Verbena
1/2 tsp Minced dried Lemon Peel or Zest
2 Sprigs Lemon Thyme with Blossoms

(For more information about the Paintings see here.)
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Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Sea Change Painting

"Sea Change" Finished - Mary Maki Rae 2012(c)
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Enjoyed the way some pure - pristine - white worked as an antidote for lots of stripes & pattern & balanced the Sailboat perfectly-!
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Wednesday, September 5, 2012

A Sea Change

"Summer Stripes & Flowers" -Mary Maki Rae 2012(c)
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I have to admit that I've always been smitten - design-wise - by stripes-!  They inspired this painting actually - which is almost completed.  Using some bright vivid summer stripes as a starting point on the round table - I then painted in two boldly striped pottery vases (recalling a favorite Moroccan theme.)  They hold some Zinnias - Geraniums - Cosmos and Bellflowers that are finally in bloom now - after the longest - coolest - rainyest Spring ever-!
To cool the scene - perhaps I'll paint in a pristine white dish with fresh Strawberries - to balance that little sprig poking out of the blue vessel.
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I was so amazed recently to discover these stunning examples of fabrics with stripes - arranged under a vintage Indian dhurry - Most Inspiring-! (see images below.)

Find more in:The World of Interiors - May 2012
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