May 1, 2018

Green Inspiration

The other day when I was out taking a walk in the rain, a verse came to me.  Psalm 92:14 NIV states, "They will still bear fruit in old age, they will stay fresh and green."  I've been thinking about the color green for quite some time.  I've always loved the fresh vibe that greens give off and you will see it in just about everything I paint.

Painting in Progress

My latest painting in progress has a lot of green and so I was inspired to freshen up the house with a few green elements that I have recently collected to welcome in spring.  When finished, this painting will be available at Dutchland Galleries in Intercourse, PA.


I first started greening things up on the mantle by repainting some old frames with a medium green that I often use in my paintings.   I also found a green glass star at a local secondhand store.


My ivy plant needed a little more light, so I moved it to a brighter spot by the hearth and corralled some green books, a green spring stitchery piece and a faux candle to complete the vignette.


I found two cute leaf pattern pillows at the secondhand store and dressed up the two recliners surrounding the fireplace to add a pop of green.



To complete the spring look, I changed out the painting above the right chair and replaced it with one of my spring canvas prints, "Blossoming Love".  You can purchase or order this print locally at the Peebles and Lace gift shop in Lititz, PA.  In comes in 16x20 (shown here-this frame not included) or 8x10.


I also created a spring vignette on top of my print cabinet using some green books, green frogs and a green nest.  (Coincidentally, I love to decorate with frogs as it was my nickname growing up.)


I found this cute ceramic green boot vase at a secondhand shop and filled them with flowers to greet me each time I do the dishes at the kitchen sink.  This way I don't mind doing them as I have something fun to look at.


And last but not least, I scored this mint green vintage milk shake maker at a public sale that my husband and I recently attended.  I think my hubby and daughter will enjoy giving this machine a work out.

I hope you enjoyed my green inspiration.  Are you inspired by the color green?  What is your favorite way to incorporate green into your decor?  Be sure to get out and take in all the greenery God has given us to enjoy!

















April 28, 2018

Contact Info

For more information about prints and original paintings, you may contact Mary at the following email address.

starlitestudios.art@gmail.com

You can also purchase Mary's art at:

Pebbles and Lace in Lititz, PA and Dutchland Galleries in Intercourse, PA

April 27, 2018

Mock Spaghetti: Cabbage with Roasted Red Pepper (Nomato) Meat Sauce

Hi Friends,

Today I'm sharing my recipe for whole food Mock Spaghetti with Roasted Red Pepper Meat Sauce.  It is low in histamine, low chemical, low sodium, gluten and dairy free.  It is a healthier whole food version than traditional spaghetti.  While I am the only one in my family eating just whole foods for healing, I think they would LOVE this recipe!  There is a good bit of work to preparing the sauce, but it is OHHH SO worth it as I can't have tomatoes and this tastes so much like tomato sauce to me!!!  I also cook it in batches and freeze individual portions which makes it worthwhile.


Roasted Red Pepper Sauce (Nomato Sauce)

Ingredients:

4 Red Bell Peppers, washed, cut in half, deseeded
1 Small shallot, peeled, cored and cut in thirds
1 Large Orange Sweet Potato, wrapped in baking parchment then foil, bake until tender
2 -Half cup servings Organic Peaches in organic pear juice (I use Giant brand) or 1 peach fresh in season
1/2 Cup frozen cranberries, washed (don't skip this key ingredient--it gives the sauce it's tangy spaghetti sauce-like flavor)

Directions:

1) Roast prepared red bell peppers and shallot on a sheet pan covered with parchment in a preheated 400 degree oven for 40 mins.  After roasted, place in a large glass bowl and cover with a plate and allow to steam for 10 minutes.  This makes it easier to remove the skins.

2) Wash and mince frozen cranberries in small food processor and place in a medium-sized glass bowl.

3)  Process the 2 half cup servings of organic peaches and its juice until it turns to a smooth liquid.  Add to cranberries.

4)  Process the large baked orange sweet potato until smooth and add to the mixture.

5)  After peeling the red bell peppers, process them and the shallot until smooth and add to the mixture.  Stir until combined. (You may add your favorite organic herbs and spices, but I like to add the herbs when Im cooking my mock spaghetti to bring out their flavors.  Makes about 7 individual servings (one soup ladle per serving).  I freeze unused portions.

Mock Spaghetti with Meat
SERVES TWO

Ingredients:

1/4 lb. Ground grass-fed Meat of your choice (lamb, hamburger, buffalo, etc.) (I cook using smaller portions of meat but cook the desired portion of your liking.)  Cook, drain and set aside.
1/2 small head cabbage, cored and sliced thin.
1/2 box frozen artichokes
1 small sweet potato, cut in chunks (optional)
1 grated carrot
Dash of each Organic Herbs (I use basil, black pepper, turmeric, cumin, oregano, ginger and *ground mustard powder) but use your favorites that you love.

*TIP:   I add ground mustard powder right before serving.  This herb helps restore the sulforaphane (a powerful NRF2 activator) to the cabbage that cooking takes out.  I also add it to other greens like kale and broccoli after I steam them.

Directions:

1)  Use a medium to large stainless steel frying pan and add a cup or two of water.  Bring to a boil and reduce heat to medium.  Add frozen artichokes and small cut sweet potato.  Add sliced cabbage and cook on medium for 15 minutes. Add grated carrot midway through cooking and your favorite organic herbs and spices. Cook until tender, drain any remaining liquid.  Portion out onto 2 serving plates.  Sprinkle with organic ground mustard powder.

2)  Add cooked ground meat back to the pan and add 2 individual servings of roasted red pepper sauce.  Heat until warm.  Add meat sauce on top of cooked mock spaghetti.  Sprinkle with basil. Enjoy!





April 24, 2018

Lesson from a Painting in Progress

Hello Friends,

I think it's finally safe to say that spring is here.  Well, at least I think so.  Every year the large maple tree behind our house is an indicator of the arrival of spring.  On April 20th the leaves are just about opened, but not so this year.  Spring is a little late as the maple is still pushing out blossoms to date.  Sometimes things don't happen at the pace we would like them to.  However, if we look back, we can see small increments of progress.  One thing I have learned in life is that God is in no hurry.  He is often quietly at work in our lives and sometimes we can get a little frustrated (or maybe a lot) when it seems like nothing is happening.  I find that true in trying to heal my body from histamine issues related to vestibular migraine.  What can you do when you find yourself at a stand still?
A few weeks ago I started a painting titled, "Birds and Butterflies".  It took me FOREVER to get it finished! Some days it seemed like I made very little progress, even though I spent a great deal of time on it.
That painting reminded me of how God is at work in the smallest details of our lives, even though we see little to no change.
 One thing I did while painting was to take a few photos along the way, so that I would be reminded of the progress.  I also did that with my life for the last 11 months while changing my diet.  I started to write down the things that have healed in my body, so that I could look back at it and remind myself of my progress in case I get discouraged.
 When progress seems at a standstill, I pull out the index card and look at all the healing I have seen and it is so encouraging.  I have seen 8 things happen in my healing journey so far, and they are pretty amazing!  Just from diet changes, to name a few,  I have seen healing in inflammation, healing from Ulcerative Colitis,  healing from headaches, healing from heart palpitations, healing from vertigo spells and healing from most of the bobbing sensations of dizziness.  I'm about 85-90% better from the constant 24/7 dizziness from VM.  While I still have bad days, I am finally having good days after being stricken with this for the last 23 years.
Whether we are working on healing in some area of our life or if you are trying to finish a project,  we need to do our part and keep taking baby steps forward one detail at a time or one day at a time, even though we may not see a lot of progress.
 Some times we may need to take a momentary look back to see the progress we've made, so we don't get discouraged and quit.  Whatever you are facing, you are not alone.  God is waiting for you, right where you are.  His forgiveness, friendship and love will carry you through any obstacle you are facing.  Just call on Him and turn to Him.  Remember that even if you don't see progress, God is still at work in the smallest of details of your life and He will complete His work in you.
Philippians 1:6b
"...He who began a good work in you will carry it 
on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus."




My before and after photos of my progress.