White Cheddar & Gruyere Truffle Mac & Cheese.

This isn’t art (OR IS IT) but people keep asking me for recipes and I don’t know where to put them so here we are.

You probably just want a macaroni and cheese recipe for your Ninja Foodi, so please excuse the lack of profound life lessons or unexpectedly detailed descriptions of my childhood. (Everything before the air-frying part works for Instant Pot as well, obv). 

  • 1lb box of Rotini pasta

  • 4 cups broth (veggie, chicken, whichever)

  • 2 tbsp butter

  • 3-4 tsp of white truffle oil to taste(a little goes a long way)

  • 12 oz evaporated milk

  • 8-10 oz white cheddar

  • 8-10 oz gruyere 

  • panko crumbs (enough to coat the top of a bowl)

  • parmesan/asiago cheese blend

--Add pasta, broth, butter to the Foodi and stir. Cover with the pressure lid and secure it. Set the pressure cook time to 3 minutes and hit Start. It’ll build pressure, then count, so the total time is roughly 8-15 min.

--When the timer is up, release the pressure immediately. Remove the lid, press Saute and then Start. 

--Add truffle oil and evaporated milk & stir well. 

--Next add the cheese! Slowly add it in while stirring. Save about 1/4th of your Gruyere. 

--Once you're satisfied with the cheesiness level, smooth it all out so it's even on top. Turn everything off for a second. 

--Add the panko crumbs, the rest of the gruyere, and parmesan/asiago if you'd like. (It’s good no matter what you do, so you can use just panko, or just panko and parmesan, or just panko and gruyere). 

--Close the Air Fryer lid and use the Air Fryer setting at 390 for 5 minutes, or however long you need to make the top crunchy. I start with 4 min and open it every 2-3 min afterwards to see if it's browned enough. 

--Serve. Amaze and delight your friends or cats. Don't feed this to your cats probably.

Pineapple print

I've been working on some fun, summery prints with fruit and plants. The only one I've finished so far is this watercolor pineapple print. I made it in 4 different colors, the same pineapples but with different colored backgrounds. This pillow is currently on sale! 

Chalk lettering

I've been playing around with chalk pens on various chalkboards. Hand-lettering seems a lot more fun when chalkboards are involved. 

Plant drawings.

So many plant drawings. Next I'm going to start making repeating fabric/textile patterns. I usually like to make those on paper so I want to figure out how to create them on my iPad in an easy way.   

If you're into drawing videos, Here's a drawing video for the 2nd image & here's are a drawing video for the 3rd image & a coloring video for the 4th image.

Minted Challenge links.

I copied down all of the links to individual cards I made. Mostly because it's easier to log in, open each in a new window and then vote on them that way. The first batch, the voting ends on the 15th, the second batch starts on the 15th. That said, you don't really need to vote, I like sharing them because I had a lot fun with them. They're not all winners, but I always get better with practice. Individual links below - see them all here: https://www.minted.com/creative/cs

Minted Better Together Greeting Card Challenge (in voting until the 15th) -

All but the last one is copy written by Shonda Rhimes for the challenge -
Shine Bright - https://www.minted.com/design-rating/795277
Brave.Bold.Outspoken.Mom - https://www.minted.com/design-rating/793007
You Are Not Alone (heart) - https://www.minted.com/design-rating/793019
You are Not Alone (peach) - https://www.minted.com/design-rating/791805
Motherhood in All Forms is Perfect - https://www.minted.com/design-rating/794117
Love Me & Let Me Go - https://www.minted.com/design-rating/793087
You Are Not Alone (chalkboard illustration) - https://www.minted.com/design-rating/795223
This Card Came From a Store - https://www.minted.com/design-rating/795637
Anna Howard Shaw - https://www.minted.com/design-rating/794831

It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like The Holiday Photo Card Challenge (in critiquing phase, voting starts the 15th) - 

Golden Frame - https://www.minted.com/design-rating/797915
Green Striped Merry Everything - https://www.minted.com/design-rating/802835
Holidays are in our DNA - https://www.minted.com/design-rating/805909
Shining Diamonds - https://www.minted.com/design-rating/803045
Shining Diamonds landscape - https://www.minted.com/design-rating/802897
Art Deco Holiday - https://www.minted.com/design-rating/803091
Happy Hanukkah - https://www.minted.com/design-rating/803135



Minted "The Better Together" challenge.

Some are better than others. I really love some of them though. I mostly used Shonda's text because I loved what she came up with. Please vote for them if you have a Minted account!  All of them are here, but only the "The Better Together..." cards are in the voting stage now. They'll be able to be voted on, liked, and commented on until the 15th.