December 20, 2011

Snowman Sugar Cookies - Art & Recipe

If you are a last minute baker like me, why not try my new sugar cookie recipe. This soft and chewy cookie is a great crowd pleaser. If you don't have time to decorate them with the craisins and candied orange peel, simply scoop them with your smallest cookie dough baller, shape them in a ball and roll them in sugar, place balls on ungreased baking sheet and bake for 6-8 minutes.

Snowman Sugar Cookies

1 C butter, softened
1-1/2 C white sugar
3/4 C Brown Sugar
3 eggs + 1 egg yolk
1 t vanilla extract
4 C all-purpose flour
2 t baking powder
1 t salt
additional white sugar, for rolling
craisins, chopped in half (optional)
candied orange peel, cut in triangles (optional)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cream butter and sugars together. Beat in eggs and vanilla. Add flour, baking powder and salt. Chill at least 1 hour. Form dough into small walnut-sized balls and roll in sugar. Press down slightly on ungreased cookie sheet to decorate with craisins and candied orange peel. Bake on top oven rack for 6-8 minutes or until tops crack and are just turning color. Cool on pan for 2-3 minutes then remove to cooling racks. Makes 5 dozen.

You can purchase this keepsake recipe art card at*

Red Folk Art Houses and Barns

There's something about the color red. Two new paintings are now available at S. Clyde Weaver Cafe in East Petersburg, PA. Each feature red barns and houses. Paintings are available at the Cafe until the end of the year.

December 8, 2011

December 2011

At our house we have been busy getting ready for Christmas. I am doing a lot of baking for gifts. I also just finished creating and testing a new soft and yummy recipe for my "Snowman Sugar Cookies." I have created art to go along with the recipe. This first collectible art recipe card is now available in my zazzle store (see store below). It includes a beautiful photo of my painting with the ingredients and the full recipe inside the card. The art recipe note card size fits perfectly in a 4x6 file. You can also purchase extra cards of the recipe, make a batch of cookies and give the card and cookies as a gift for your friends and neighbors. Watch for other art recipe cards to come in the near future. They are a nice and affordable way to collect my art and recipes that you can enjoy for years to come. I will offer 12 collectible cards per year. The first collection is "Comfort Food" recipes.

I have also finished several new paintings for Dutchland Galleries (see photos above) and my art is still showing at S. Clyde Weaver Cafe in East Petersburg, PA. throughout December. I have several new winter original paintings available for sale along with prints. "Help The Fight" fundraising print is still available. Contact me via email at for more info. Blessings to you all at Christmas!

October 21, 2011

Snowman's Cottage

My original 16x20" acrylic painting, "Snowman's Cottage," is now available at Dutchland Galleries in Intercourse, PA. You can contact the gallery at 717-768-7175 or 800-760-7175.

September 19, 2011

Three Fundraiser Prints in Memory of Hannah Garman

Help The Fight, First Responder, and Hannah's Wish

"Help The Fight" is the third print in memory of Hannah Garman. This year all profits from each print go to Help The Fight, an organization associated with Lancaster General Breast Center, to provide gap funding directly to local breast cancer patients in need of funds for utilities, rent, food or medicine. The 8x10 giclee prints are $40 each. They are signed by the artist and fit a standard 11x14 frame. To order contact Mary Charles at 717-209-1119 or email at

August 19, 2011

Summer 2011 News

Welcome Home, Sunset Lane, Autumn Air, Originals and Prints on Canvas available at Dutchland Galleries in Kitchen Kettle Village in Intercourse, PA

This summer has been a busy one! As of July, my artwork is now available at Dutchland Galleries located at Kitchen Kettle Village in Intercourse PA. They are currently carrying several of my summer and fall original paintings and prints on canvas. I recently finished 3 autumn paintings for the gallery and am working on bowl orders. My artwork is also on display at S. Clyde Weaver Cafe in East Petersburg, PA. Originals and prints are for sale in the cafe August through December. My third snowman painting in memory of Hannah Garman is at the printer and will be available starting September 15. The original painting will be sold at Help the Fight Fundraiser auction at the Clipper Magazine Stadium in Lancaster, PA on Sept. 17 at 12 noon. Prints will also be available for purchase at the event. All profits from the painting and prints will benefit Help the Fight Charity to aid local breast cancer patients. For ordering info contact me at (email address).

For more info about the fundraiser event follow this link.

June 3, 2011

LAMS Auction Painting

On Friday & Saturday, June 3-4, the Lititz Area Mennonite School (LAMS) will be holding the Olde Time Country Auction to benefit their school. My latest framed original acrylic painting, "Laundry Day" will be sold on Saturday morning. A photo of my painting is also featured on the front cover of their auction booklet. Signed prints of this painting are also available. Contact me at for more information. For more information about LAMS auction go to

April 23, 2011

Mixed Media & Illustration

I have been working on some new techniques for the last week. I finished an illustration featuring Barbi-Que, a little chick and a mixed media painting of a cup of coffee with the liquid being a newsclipping from our local paper.

April 8, 2011

New Prints

"Springtime" "Harbour Light" "Hoppy Easter"

I have recently released some new 11x14" signed prints, including Springtime, Harbour Light, and Hoppy Easter. All are on sale for $14.99 plus shipping. If purchased through ebay, a portion of each sale will benefit World Vision. See my originals and prints on sale at Under the community tab enter username: starlitestudios. The original "Springtime" will be sold at the Locust Grove Auction on Friday, April 15th. For more info on the original or prints, email me at

January 25, 2011

Fundraiser Update, New Paintings and Prints

The fundraiser print, "First Responder" is progressing well. We have raised over $1100.00 to date for fire companies and will continue to raise funds with the print for this cause. The Garman family will be distributing funds to local fire companies. We will also be donating some framed prints of "First Reponder" for several local benefit auctions. We will update on the total of the fundraiser this fall before the release of my third print in Hannah's series.

I have also finished some new paintings this month to be sold on ebay under username: starlitestudios. 16x20 prints of each of these are also available from the artist as well. You may contact me for details at my email address: