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Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Watercolor Journaling & Yoga Workshop update!

Less than two weeks left until our "Breathe, Create, Nourish" workshop. And only a few spaces left! Don't be left out! It's going to be really fun. We'd love to have you join us. Here's the scoop:



Driving directions to Columbia St, Milford, DE 19963 from N. Walnut Street, downtown Milford

1. Head south on Rd 20/N Walnut St toward NE 7th St
Continue to follow N Walnut St, 0.7 mi
2. Turn left onto S E Front St, 0.2 mi
3. Turn right onto Franklin St, 443 ft
4. Take the 1st left onto SE 2nd St, 335 ft

Columbia St, Milford, DE 19963

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Cooking Class at Abbott's Grill, Milford DE

I had the pleasure of attending a Cooking with Fresh Fish class at our local restaurant, Abbott's Grill yesterday morning. Chef Kevin Reading taught us all about preparing different kinds of fish, from how to remove the skin and "bloodlines" to mixing up awesome sauces and vinagrettes to preparation techiniques and what type of salt to use for what purposes. I learned a lot, met some nice people and enjoyed each of the 3 meals (Tuna, Mahi Mahi and Salmon!) prepared for us by these talented chefs.

Mahi Mahi with a watermelon/balsamic vinagrette


Named "Best in Milford" in the 2010 edition of Delaware Today's "Best of Delaware," they serve lunch, dinner, happy hour and offer live music at the bar and a beautiful outdoor patio. Abbott's Grill offers everything from soups and sandwiches at lunch to some unique entrees at dinner. They have been a great addition to and supporter of the Milford community since their opening - a happy day here in our town, let me tell you! These are the same guys who own Nage in Rehoboth Beach-- Kevin Reading & Ryan Cunningham -- so you know it's something special.

Fresh Ingredients


They are avid supporters of Farm-to-Table and I quote Delaware Today: "During the heart of the growing season, about 90 percent of the ingredients utilized at Abbott’s are grown locally. That’s a lot of product, and a lot of it comes from very close by. “Where we are in this area, there are a lot of opportunities to find farmers,” says chef Ryan Cunningham. He goes to Bob Russell Farms in Milton for tomatoes, Colvine Farms for fresh bison meat. In Bridgeville is grower Kevin Evans, and in Clayton is Small Wonder farm, a hydroponic grower that seeds everything from Bibb lettuce to hybrid squash. Fifer Orchards and Kirby & Holloway are Abbott’s purveyors, as are Dogfish Head, 16 Mile, Tröegs and Evolution breweries."

They offer Dinner and a Movie on Sundays at 6:30, $6 Burger night on Tuesdays, Open Mic and 1/2 price bottles of wine on Wednesdays and so much more. I hope you'll check out their website and stop by for a bite. They are located at 249 NE Front Street, Milford, DE 19963 and they're open 7 days a week!

Demonstrating how prepare the fish


Showing how it's done


Chef Ryan Cunningham finishing off the plates


Chef Kevin Reading celebrated his birthday with us!


Chef Kevin's birthday cake (what was left of it!) - chocolate with a filling of Reese's peanut butter cups and the most divine chocolate frosting

Everyday Matters

Proof that no subject is too insignificant for Watercolor Journaling!

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Delaware Watercolor Society

Today I want to highlight another of the links on our "Links to our Friends and other Goodies" page on our website "Live Cheap & Make Art Studios - the Delaware Watercolor Society. "The Delaware Watercolor Society (DWS) aims to promote and encourage mutually shared interests in watercolor media among its members and the public. The Society works toward fostering high-quality, professional art and creative contributions to the Delaware community through education events, exhibits, and other activities."

I have been a member of the Delaware Watercolor Society for the last couple of years now and enjoy seeing my work displayed in exhibits along with such a fine collection of watercolor painters as Dale Sheldon, Lesley McCaskill, Don Blow, Anne Crown-Cyr and Susan Johnston, just to name a few.

Works of just a few of the members of the Delaware Watercolor Society:

Doris Davis-Glackin


Dale Sheldon


Anne Crown-Cyr


DWS holds an Annual Juried Show that is open to all members who pay the required entry fees. A commission is paid for all works sold, with a portion retained by the DWS.

Membership of $20 runs from January 1 to December 31 and Newsletters are emailed periodically throughout the year. In January and July a jury process occurs to select members for Signature-Level. All the criteria for applying are listed on their website.

This year's Spring Exhibition was held May 6-29th at the Biggs Museum of American Art in Dover. Juror and Awards judge was well-known artist Kass Morin Freeman, signature member of both the American and the National Watercolor Society. (My painting "Terra Cotta Pots" was juried in).



The Nassau Valley Vineyards and Winery Show is currently on exhibit through July 31. (I did not enter this one - too busy painting and getting ready for our Decatur show)

This is a very professional organization and strict rules and regulations apply to all work submitted. Guides for Exhibiting are clearly written and explained with each prospectus as well as on their website.

If you are a watercolor artist, consider joining this very worthwhile organization.

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Attention Milford Business Owners!



(some views of Milford, borrowed from their website)
Welcome to Milford!


Milford's Riverwalk


Farmers Market and Kiosk


I'm really proud of my husband Bob for all his hard work on the Economic Development Panel for the City of Milford. His first accomplishment was to prepare, and have approved, a survey that will be going out to all the businesses in Milford.

So, if you are reading this and own a business in Milford, Delaware, be on the lookout for this survey that will only take a few minutes of your time and could greatly benefit you and the City in the future.

Thanks!

Italian Superstition

Here's a link to a fun post by one of my favorite blogs - "Aglio, Olio, Peperoncino"

Milford's 54th Hospital Fair


Bob on the tricycle - I always said he was just a big kid!

(May 20, 2011) Still playing catch up, I couldn't resist showing you these photos of Bob and his Tricycle Team! This fundraising event supported Milford Memorial Hospital's efforts to raise money to help pay for a new dialysis unit. It included a barbeque, "Milford's Got Talent" event, ice skating, NASCAR simulator with remote-controlled cars and the annual "Great Tricycle Race." Entertainment included the Middle School Jazz Band, First State Academy of Dance and others. A two-night stay at the Atlantic Sands hotel in Rehoboth Beach, plus dinner and a massage was raffled off. Everyone has a lot of fun and the money raised goes to such a good cause.

The Team cheering Bob on as he heads for the finish line!


The Tricycle Team (Along with Dan Marabello, Bob will have to fill in the names of the other members of the team)

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Milford Farmers Market 2011

I'm a little late in posting these photos that I took in May before our trip to Puerto Rico. So if you see fruits and vegetables here that are no longer found at the Farmers Market, that's why! We do have some new folks this year, so I've mostly focused on them, with some of our great regulars as well. There are even more vendors now than there were in May, so stop by N. Walnut Street along the Riverwalk in downtown Milford on Saturday from 9 to 1 for some fresh, local produce, flowers and small town charm!

And while you're downtown, be sure to check out the Mispillion Art League gallery, Angelucci's gallery and The Studios Upstairs - where I'll be heading pretty soon -- after picking up some of my favorite fruits and veggies at the Farmers Market -- Hope to see you later!

Spotlight on some new vendors - I think the photos tell the story of what they have!

Gravelly Run Farm


Water Girl Farm


Taylors Fresh Organics


Tout de Suite Patisserie




Just a few of our great regulars:

Meat, Cheese and Bread


Little Wagon Produce and Flowers




Farmers Market Manager


Hand Crafted Ceramics by Kalypso Pottery


Beth Gilbert's Hand-crafted Jewelry


Triple M Farms, Susan Newark's local honey and more