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Fine Art Daily, mysterious Tomoato Farmer

Fine Art Daily, January 31, 2011

Posted: January 31, 2011 04:36 Last Updated: | Jean Dixon Sanders

January 31, 2011 What a whirling dervish of a weekend! The Pouting Princess came home, foraging for art supplies and new fashion items. We buzzed her down to Jerry's Artarama on Saturday morning and stocked up on papers, inks, color pencils and precious, tiny sketchbooks. After a successful pillage of H&M and a restorative lunch we tooled home and found these tomatoes nestled in a plastic bag, hanging from the handles on the front door. Such a nice surprise! And who is the mysterious Tomato Farmer, please? We want you to know that we made a Salad Rustico that night, tossing the...

Fine Art Daily, Year of the Rabbit

Fine Art Daily, January 28, 2011

Posted: January 28, 2011 06:01 Last Updated: | Jean Dixon Sanders

January 28, 2011 It's Food Friday! Here is a recipe for home made fortune cookies. No matter where we get Chinese food the fortune cookies always seem stale. I would hate to bring stale cookies to the Year of the Rabbit festivities. I have also included some pithy quotations that you can print and include in your batch of yummy fresh cookies. Charles and Camilla had so much fun helping me choose! 3 egg whites ¾ cup white sugar ½ cup butter, melted and cooled ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract ¼ teaspoon almond extract 1 cup all-purpose flour 2 tablespoons water Preheat the oven to 375°F....

Fine Art Daily, Year of the Rabbit

Fine Art Daily, January 27, 2011

Posted: January 27, 2011 05:47 Last Updated: | Jean Dixon Sanders

January 27, 2011 The Year of the Rabbit sparks many fashion concerns. This is the ideal hat, unless, of course, you have rabbit ears. It is a perfect sun hat, rain hat or umbrella. It can cover a platter of pigs-in-blankets and it could probably provide shelter for a family of tiny bunnies. I dare say that if you added a couple of sprigs of springtime blossoms and some colorful ribbons it would be suitable for the Easter Parade in Newport.

Fine Art Daily, Year of the Rabbit

Fine Art Daily, January 26, 2011

Posted: January 26, 2011 05:06 Last Updated: | Jean Dixon Sanders

January 26, 2011 Some hats are a little outlandish. This is not a happy bunny. The New Year's festivities which we enjoy are not very formal or staid. In fact, pigs-in-blankets are one of the favorite traditional main dishes. Kosher, please. And yes, we do have fried rice and egg rolls, too. But Cheetos are also integral to the celebration. East meets West under the paper lanterns.

Fine Art Daily, Year of the Rabbit

Fine Art Daily, January 25, 2011

Posted: January 25, 2011 04:43 Last Updated: | Jean Dixon Sanders

January 25, 2011 We celebrate the Chinese New Year in our neighborhood with Miss Morning Glory, the War Lord and a variety of colorful, description-defying neighbors and extras and flying monkey children. And since hats are necessary for any major party or event we have accumulated a veritable treasure trove of politically incorrect headgear. And while this hat looks oh, so charming on this wee bunny, you should see it perched atop the Tall One's explosion of curls. The long pigtail of shiny black hair is especially piquant.

Fine Art Daily, Year of the Rabbit

Fine Art Daily, January 24, 2011

Posted: January 24, 2011 05:08 Last Updated: | Jean Dixon Sanders

January 24, 2011 As you hunker down in front of your computer this morning, Gentle Reader, I want to cheer you with this thought: Chinese New Year is just around the corner! February 3 starts the Year of the Rabbit! And it is never to early to start thinking about your wild celebratory plans for your New Year party, is it? Pearl River is an excellent source for party decorations and favors. (And it is a bonzer way to kanoodle for a few minutes...) May the bunny be with you!

Fine Art Daily congratulates The Art Council

Fine Art Daily, January 21, 2011

Posted: January 21, 2011 05:36 Last Updated: | Jean Dixon Sanders

January 21, 2011 Congratulations to Nancy Turrell and The Arts Council! Here is some chilled Veuve Clicquot for tomorrow night. Tomorrow night is the gala celebration of 30 years of incredible creativity! DREAMS: 30th Anniversary Gala Concert The DREAMS Concert is presented by the Arts Council of Martin County as a fund raising event and celebration of our 30 years of service to the Martin County community. Date: Saturday, January 22, 2011 Time: 7:30 pm Tickets $25 adult, $15 student Visit for more information. Charles and Camilla are beside themselves! Charles ca...

Fine Art Daily, English Spaniel, BMW

Fine Art Daily, January 20, 2011

Posted: January 20, 2011 05:00 Last Updated: | Jean Dixon Sanders

January 20, 2011 Poor Hoover. Pitiful Roxanne. Sadly neglected Sake and Tsunami. All these cats think they are living the good life, with us, their pets, dancing obéissance. They do not know that some dogs get to have BMWs. This English Spaniel was sitting it her BMW earlier this week at the beach Publix. I hate to think what the cats will say when they read Fine Art Daily this morning.

Fine Art Daily, Sake and Tsunami

Fine Art Daily, January 19, 2011

Posted: January 19, 2011 04:13 Last Updated: | Jean Dixon Sanders

January 19, 2011 Most of my Gentle Readers are the tweedy yet stylish without trying too hard, intellectual, Sunday New York Times crossword puzzle expert, bleeding heart liberal, East Coast bourgeois bon vivants such as yourself. I hate to shatter that myth so early in the morning, but our readership extends beyond those narrow generalizations. We had a communication from Sake and Tsunami, the handsome Siamese cats who are pictured in today's Fine Art Daily. Sake and Tsunami read Fine Art Daily, with Kate Middleton's cousin. And they weigh in that perhaps Hoover and Roxanne are not b...

Fine Art Daily, Hoover

Fine Art Daily, January 18, 2011

Posted: January 18, 2011 04:44 Last Updated: | Jean Dixon Sanders

Here is another of my co-workers, Hoover. Although the neighboring War Lord deems Hoover a thug, beyond his incessant demands for expensive tins of stinky winky cat food he seems pretty mellow to us. In fact, he is sleeping much better these nights. We bought a new, larger mattress a few weeks ago. It now accommodates the three of us. I am no longer encroaching on Hoover's space! It must be a great relief. Now if he could only get me to read his tiny little kitty brain more clearly, so I could perform my door opening functions with greater efficiency, Hoover's life would be very g...

Fine Art Daily, The Evil Roxanne

Fine Art Daily, January 17, 2011

Posted: January 17, 2011 06:12 Last Updated: | Jean Dixon Sanders

January 17, 2011 Here is one of my co-workers, the Evil Roxanne. She leads a pretty comfortable life, with lots of naps and "Me Time", though I have never seen her reading a book or the Kindle. She supervises my activities very closely. If I ever take a phone call away from the computer or the drawing table she sits in my lap and eavesdrops. She must be the company stooge. Often she comes to complain about something, but is always vague - forcing me to guess whether she needs a snack, a drink, a back rub, an ear scritch - it is a pretty sizable list of possibilities and permutatio...

Ladle for Sauce Bérnaise

Fine Art Daily, January 14, 2011

Posted: January 14, 2011 05:14 Last Updated: | Jean Dixon Sanders

January 14, 2010 It's Food Friday! One of the best Christmas presents that Best Beloved received was a quantity of filets mignons. Which of course, he shares very nicely with me. It is equally fitting that sauce Béarnaise which we make to adorn the filets is acceptable to Atkins Diet thinkers, which is the way we are trying to go here in the second week of the New Year. We are walking every day, eschewing alcohol during the week and embracing Atkins. Thank heavens it is Friday! Sauce Bérnaise ¼ cup white wine vinegar ¼ cup white wine 2 tablespoons shallots, minced 1 tablespoon fres...

Fine Art Daily, ACEO

Fine Art Daily, January 13, 2011

Posted: January 13, 2011 04:54 Last Updated: | Jean Dixon Sanders

January 13, 2011 Today's Fine Art Daily is a little craft, to help you out of a jam in case you forget a co-worker's birthday, or it can be an activity for the snowbound in the gelid North. This is an ACEO card - Art Cards, Editions and Originals. It is a standard trading card size - think grown up baseball cards without that yummy pink, powdery cardboard gum. People exchange, trade, sell and collect these cards which must be 2½ inches by 3½ inches. That's the only rule. So print a few of these and keep them in your top desk drawer for that day when you find out it's the birthday o...

Fine Art Daily, green bean harvet

Fine Art Daily, January 12, 2011

Posted: January 12, 2011 04:47 Last Updated: | Jean Dixon Sanders

We were busy on the Jean Bean Farm the other day. It was time to harvest the first of several green beans. All 16 of them. And a tasty little bunch they were, too! I had to stay one step ahead of my mystery muncher, and pick the beans before they disappeared. I'll plant a new crop later this morning, while some of my Gentle Readers are digging out from under the snow, or wrapping up in blankets to spend the day with a good book (or their fab new Kindles). Stay warm!

Fine Art Daily, geraniums

Fine Art Daily, January 11, 2011

Posted: January 11, 2011 04:40 Last Updated: | Jean Dixon Sanders

January 11, 2011 This weekend Best Beloved and I went trolling the hardware and garden stores for a new grill. The salt air here is particularly fiendish about rapidly reducing our outdoor grills to small piles of greasy rust, so this is practically a biannual event. The cotter pins, number of burners and BTUs, fold-away shelves and easy-to-fire ignitors were thrilling stuff,though I found myself drifting away to the garden departments and their shelves of geraniums and other Pantone color bright bedding plants. These Home Depot geraniums were particularly brilliant and heart-warmi...

Pink Garden Boots

Fine Art Daily, January 10, 2011

Posted: January 10, 2011 04:45 Last Updated: | Jean Dixon Sanders

Resolute cheer today! These are not snow boots — they are springy pink garden boots. Who needs dour Hunter green boots, when there are pink, polka-dotted boots by the score? My container garden has started to stir. The nasturtiums are beginning to bloom. There is a golf ball-sized tomato on one plant with several blossoms as well. And there are about 14 tiny little green beans. Something is eating the green bean plants, though. I don't know if it is the Evil Roxanne who chews every wire, cord and coaxial cable in the house, or if we have a very selective rabbit. I might have to ha...

Boston Cream Pie with birthday candle

Fine Art Daily - January 7, 2011

Posted: January 07, 2011 05:28 Last Updated: | Jean Dixon Sanders

January 7, 2011 It is the Tall One's birthday, and Gentle Readers will remember that Boston Cream Pie is our choice for family birthday cakes. Mostly because chocolate and vanilla custard are good on just about anything. I will disappoint the real food enthusiasts when I say that I use vanilla cake mix and instant vanilla pudding (don't narc me to Mia and Gloria from Crimes Against Food). And, the truth may be in the pudding most of the time, but with us it is the chocolate glaze. The glaze makes the Boston Cream Pie. 3 ounces semi-sweet chocolate 3 tablespoons butter 1 generous do...

Nick Cave creation

Fine Art Daily - January 6, 2011

Posted: January 06, 2011 05:36 Last Updated: | Jean Dixon Sanders

I realize that yesterday's video of the Nick Cave installation might have been slightly off-putting to some of you. The War Lord rattled his saber a little, and opined that the whirling Dervishes yesterday might make for some fine cannon fodder. There are a few of those wooly Muppet-like creatures in the exhibit, but there are also some incredibly intricate and artfully constructed arrangements with flowers and tea cups and this fellow – every square inch covered in white buttons, sewn so tidily with orange thread. Alice would feel quite at home. Amazing. Hippity hop to the Norton!

Eero Saarinen Womb chair with ottoman by Knoll $900 sold at Antique Helper in 2008

New Year's Revolution

Posted: January 05, 2011 09:52 Last Updated: | Antique Helper

There’s something about wintry days that make a person see their home with new eyes. Maybe it’s all that indoor time between the holidays and the Super Bowl that spurs that itch for change. Whether you while away your weekends rearranging the furniture, or reclining on your George Nelson sofa, I’m pretty sure you’ve spent a little time envisioning how swell your living room would look with that orange chair parked in front of the picture window. Before you know it, you might find yourself brandishing a paintbrush and picking out new throw pillows.  Being the voice of...

Nick Cage creation

Fine Art Daily - January 5, 2011

Posted: January 05, 2011 06:39 Last Updated: | Jean Dixon Sanders

Run, do not walk, to the Norton Museum right away. You only have until January 9th to experience Nick Cave: The Tall One's eyes were opened to the possibilities of contemporary art with this exhibit. You will be amazed by the wit and charm of Cave's creations. They are like Red Hot hats on acid!

Ceramics at the Norton Museum

Fine Art Daily - January 4, 2011

Posted: January 04, 2011 06:06 Last Updated: | Jean Dixon Sanders

Happy 2011! We had a quiet New Year's Eve. Best Beloved and I shared a chilled bottle of Prosecco with Cary Grant, Grace Kelly and all those marvelous jewels along the Riviera. On Sunday we took the Tall One down to Palm Beach for a little culture. Lunch at Howley's was a bit of an eye-opener for him. He had expected an atmosphere like the Colony, I fear. Instead we tucked into our club sandwiches and tuna melt side-by-side with some well-inked characters. There was one group, just out of church, with the requisite tufted pink Chanel and a very nice Hermés, but they were the odd d...

Fine Art Daily, Christmas elves

Fine Art Daily - December 15, 2010

Posted: December 15, 2010 05:26 Last Updated: | Jean Dixon Sanders

December 15, 2010 Our lads are not exactly 10 lords a leaping, rather a herd of elves, eagerly tumbling toward Christmas. There were a few years where we were missing one of this merry band, which caused consternation among my little decorators. It was pointed out to me that I do not disassemble the Christmas tree in a respectful, reverential manner. I do not dust each ornament and decoration. Nor do I and wrap them lovingly in acid-free tissue paper. By the time Epiphany rolls around I am the only one who cleans up all the trappings of Christmas. I employ the Grinch's method of st...

Fine Art Daily, a drove of St.  Nicks

Fine Art Daily - December 14, 2010

Posted: December 14, 2010 04:47 Last Updated: | Jean Dixon Sanders

December 14, 2010 I thought everyone could use a little cup of cheer this morning, and nothing is as relentlessly cheerful as a drove of jolly old St. Nicks! My friend John reported on Facebook that he saw a crowd of 200 Santas in New York City recently. Can you imagine? All of the onlookers must have been on their best behavior and hoping that their wishes would come true. Our Santas look as if they have been dipping into my supply of Double Dog Dare Cabernet, or at least the Dogfish Head Raison D'Etre ale. Neither of those options is open to you, Gentle Reader, until the end of a ...

Fine Art Daily, Christmas tree

Fine Art Daily - December 13, 2010

Posted: December 13, 2010 04:59 Last Updated: | Jean Dixon Sanders

December 13, 2010 What a wild morning it is! The cold front is rushing in and the cats are not happy about it at all. It is difficult to concentrate on napping when the wind is howling. Their vision of sugar plums might not include Christmas trees, but mine does. We still haven't put the tree up, though every other surface of the house is blanketed, not with snow, but with and abundance of Santas, lights, tinsel trees, pine cones, gewgaws and bibelots. As the Martha is wont to say, "vignettes" abound.

Fine Art Daily, Cup of 'Tis the Season Eggnog

Fine Art Daily - December 10, 2010

Posted: December 10, 2010 05:09 Last Updated: | Jean Dixon Sanders

December 10, 2010 'Tis the Season Eggnog 12 eggs, separated 8 cups half and half cream 1½ cups sugar 2 cups bourbon ¾ cup brandy 1 teaspoons ground nutmeg In a large bowl and using a mixer, beat the egg yolks together with sugar until the mixture is about the color of butter. Very slowly, add in the bourbon and brandy - just a little at a time. Cool this mixture in the fridge. Thirty minutes before Charles and Camilla arrive, whip the cream until stiff, and then gently fold into into the chilled yolk mixture. In yet another bowl, beat the egg whites until stiff peaks form.Gently fo...

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