Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Let it Snow and Sweet Potato Casserole

"Owl Creek Print"
Mr Hadley closed the Owl Creek Mill early and let his employees go home. After a hearty meal prepared and served by his sweet wife, Lucy, he retired to read the paper by the fireplace. Lucy decided to finish the sweater she had been knitting for the past month for her grandson for Christmas. Laying her knitting aside, she reached for the granny square afghan to cover her sleeping husband and gently removes his glasses. This evening ritual is a comfort to her soul as she continues her knitting knowing her husband has provided for their daily needs.
Here is one of the dishes that Lucy served her husband that evening. It's one of his favorites!
"Sweet Potato Casserole"
3 Cups mashed sweet potatoes (3 cans if your lazy like me!)
1 Cup Sugar
1 Egg
1/2 Teas. salt
1/2 Stick butter
1 Cup milk
1/2 Teas. vanilla
Mix all above ingredients and pour in a casserole dish or cake pan.
1 Cup brown sugar
1 Cup chopped pecans
1/2 Cup flour
1/2 Teas. vanilla
1/2 Stick softened butter
Mix all together & sprinkle on top of the sweet potatoes. Bake at 350 degrees for 25-30 minutes. You'll get a big kiss from the hubby if you serve him this yummy crunchy dish; just ask Lucy!
"On a Cold Winter Evening Print"

Frosty stands ready to greet Christmas Carolers who will be arriving from the village church on this cold winter evening. Every year the Kieffer family hosts the carolers in their home for hot spiced cider and cookies. It is a night of celebration with lots of singing around the old grand piano with Mrs. Kieffer, the church pianist, at the keyboard. A full moon shines brightly lighting the way home as the evening ends.
"Oh Christmas Tree Print"

Frank, the mayor of Richmond, owns the Hungry Mule Cafe where he and his wife Ellie make the most wonderful food in the county. His sister Letha owns the Blue Moon Trading Company and has been dating Hank from the hardware store for 5 years. They are going to be married in front of the Christmas tree in the center of town on Christmas Eve and everyone is invited. This will be the biggest event of the year and people were beginning to think it would never happen. Everyone has done an extra special job of spiffing up the town with evergreen and red bows to help them celebrate this momentous occasion!


  1. Wonderful! Your paintings AND your stories are magical! I've had a stressful day...and reading this post and seeing your beautiful art helped melt it all away! What talent you have!

  2. Your paintings are so sweet and remind me of a simpler time. Thanks for the Sweet Potato Casserole Recipe! I had decided not to do the whole sweet potato marshmallow thing this year and this sounds like a great replacement. So do you use cans of yams? Sounds so good!

  3. Hi Catherine,
    I saw your comment over at Suzy's blog and just had to come look. It's charming here and cozy. I'm a real homebody so your style and blog sure do appeal to me.

    Thank you for the recipe. I am going to make it for Thanksgiving (I will be lazy and use the canned sweet potatoes... I think..hmmm?). Sounds delicious.
    Happy night and good to meet you.

  4. Love all these paintings and the warm stories behind them! And that casserole dish sounds like something the mister would like for sure!
    Big hugs!

  5. I loved your story about the simple yet treasured life many of us lead. The sweet potato casserole sounds yummy!

  6. Can I just move into one of those paintings?

  7. I keep coming back to look...and I need to copy that recipe! It sounds yummy!

  8. Cathie, coming to visit your blog always makes me happy. I love seeing your beautiful artwork and even get a wonderful recipe. Actually...I make this sweet potato casserole for Thanksgiving...so yummy.

  9. Cathie,

    You certainly outdo yourself for the holidays! These paintings are absolutely gorgeous and make me wish that I could decorate for Christmas. I am still thinking about that Chanukah painting, but by the time I come up with an idea, it may have to wait until next year!


  10. I just LOVE your style! Have you ever done printed Christmas cards based on your art?

  11. Hi Catherine, all your snow scenes are so lovely. I especially like the big beautiful house with the wreaths in every windows. : )



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