The Many Shades of Blue

I have been truly blessed, to have been given so many talents.

I love to cook, bake, decorate cakes, plan parties, teach, create graphics, web design, sing, play guitar (self taught), write songs, poetry/prose, blog, Paint, digital Paint, Knit, crochet, sew, quilt and do so many crafts. They sky is the limit as to what I can do!! and I feel everyone can do the same, if they believe!!

Through out the years in getting to know me, I have come to realize I am a multifaceted person. Since many know me on line as “Blue”, there are definitely “Many Shades of Blue”. Here is my spot on the world wide web to share each shade with you.

So enjoy the many pages as I put them up. Perhaps in reading, you may be inspired as I have been in my life.

Please be patient while I get them all uploaded….

Gluten Free Lemon Cheesecake

1 ¼ cups Gluten Free cracker crumbs
¼ cup Brown sugar
¼ cup Melted butter
-Mix crumbs & b sugar together then mix in melted butter and press into pan/s you are using. Recipe makesone 13 X 9 pan, but depending on pan or pans used you can make it thin layered or thick…your choice.

1 pkg cream cheese, softened
3 Tbsp powdered sugar (more if you want sweeter)
½ tsp vanilla
1 tsp lemon juice
1 cup heavy whipping cream
-Beat softened cream cheese until light, add powdered sugar, vanilla and lemon juice. Gradually add heavy cream and whip. Mix should be nice and light yet thick. Spread over graham crumbs.

3 large eggs
1 cup white sugar
¼ cup butter
¼ cup real lemon juice
2 tsp lemon zest
-Beat eggs in a heavy saucepan until frothy. Add remaining ingredients. Heat & stir on medium heat until thick. Approx. 5 minutes. Once thick, allow to cool slightly before spooning over cheese cake layer. Chill thoroughly. Top with whipped cram if desired.

Digital Paintings

While in the newfie chat forum, I began to learn how to use the software; Paint Shop Pro. With the many photo manipulations to tease in the threads, to making cards or avatars, I soon began to try my had at digital Painting.

In my first attempt, I was reunited with my first love; my Art.

“First Love”

 

Mincemeat Cake

2 eggs

3 cups mincemeat

1 can eaglebrand milk

2 cups mixed fruit etc etc

2 1/2 cups flour

1 tsp soda

Carrot Cake

1 cup sugar

1 cup oil

3 eggs

2 cups grated carrot

1 1/2 cup flour

1 1/3 tsp cinnamon

1 1/3 tsp soda

1 1/3 tsp b powder

1 tsp salt

Date Oatmeal Turnovers

3/4 cup shortening

1 cup b sugar

1 egg

1 tsp vanilla

1/4 cup milk2 cups flore

1 tsp soda

1 tsp salt

2 cups oats

1/4 cup flour for rolling out cookies

Refrigerate dough for 30 minutes

Date Filling

1/2 lb dates   1/2 cup sugar   water

Lemon Crunch Squares

38 crackers

3/4 cup flour

3/4 cup butter

1/2 cup sugar

1/2 cup coconut

1 tsp b powder

*reserve 1 heaping cup of crumbs, press 15 min bake 350

Center filling:

3 eggs frothy

1 cup sugar

1/4 cup butter

1/4 cup lemon juice

2 tsp zest

*Heat , stir 5 min til thick

Bake 20 min brown

Biscuits

2 cups Flour
2 Tbsp W Sugar
1 tsp Salt
4 tsp Baking Powder

1/2 cup cold Butter or Margarine

1 Egg, beaten + milk = 1 cup liquid

In a bowl sift flour, sugar, salt & baking powder. Cut in cold butter. Make a well and pour in liquid.
Mix to form a ball. Knead then roll out and cut.
Place on baking sheet.
Bake at 400 for approx. 15-20 minutes until golden brown.

The Wall

I stare at the mortar that is quickly setting
And think of yesterday. Where did it go?
I feel the gritty wetness between my fingers as I touch the hard clay
It’s getting higher. The closeness once shared; gone
The panic within me tries to break it down; I have no hammer
I push, but it won’t fall. Helpless, I stand there.

Staring at the brick upon brick; funny how they seem to fit.
Where did they come from? So fast they have appeared
Silence is beginning to surround me; the loss overwhelming
It’s getting higher. My words ricochet off; they come bouncing back
The sting, how long do I continue? Let me in

It wasn’t there before; not this high. What can I do?
I feel at a loss. I try to talk, but nothing comes back
Do my ears deceive me? Do I leave it alone?
I feel cut off. This quietness, I hate it.
A light glimmers; a thought appears.
This wall,
Maybe it’s not yours
but mine.

The Road

To where this road it takes me
I really do not know
The twists and turns it makes
I sometimes wonder so

When at times the road seems dark
The rain doesn’t seem to end
Suddenly through the sky I see
A ray of light ’round the bend

A message of hope sent through the sky
Or maybe through a friend
Just in time when all else fails
A glimmer of hope is sent