Thursday, January 15, 2009

Giveaway, New Painting, and Cake Recipe

This week I received two awards from two great bloggers. The first award comes from Jenny at All Roads Lead Home. This Lemonade Award is based on displaying great attitude or gratitude. Wow! Thanks Jenny. Check out Jenny's blog because I really think this award applies to her. She is the sweetest and cutest blogger and she even paints! I wish I had time to follow the rules and pass this on to several people, but since I don't, please grab this one for yourself right here. I love the attitude and gratitude of all of you who comment on my blog.

You can pick up this next award at Joyce's Blog, Moderate Suburban Chick. She's a lovely lady and has a pretty yummy looking recipe for quick Cinnamon Delights you can grab while you are there. We are even the same age as soon as my birthday arrives in February. Check out Joyce's blog and have a cup of coffee with her!
Now, as I was cleaning up around my paint room I came across this print, "Hill Crest Island", that I had crackled last year and have decided to give it away. Just leave a comment on this post before January 22nd when I will use a random number generator to pick the winner. Only one chance per person please. If your comment doesn't link to your blog, or you don't have a blog, please leave me an email address in your comment so I can contact you if you win. I promise to sign the print too. It will come with a certificate of authenticity with the following story:

Clarita and Henry Castaway live in a cottage on Hill Crest Island. They row their little red boat to the mainland each morning to have coffee and breakfast with their friends at a local cafe.

Yesterday I finished a house portrait which I hope to share with you soon and then I did a little painting that I listed on eBay titled, Hampton Hill.

Mrytle and Richard live in a cottage on Hampton Hill. Today is Richard's 55th birthday and as always, Myrtle is making his favorite cake to celebrate. As the snow gently falls they will enjoy dinner by the fire and share a piece of cake with their neighbors who have come to celebrate as well. Good friends, a loving wife, and great food, what more could a man ask for!

Here is the cake that Myrtle served her husband and I serve mine every year on his birthday:

"Watergate Cake"

1 White cake mix
3 Eggs
3/4 Cup oil
1 Can 7-up
1 Pkg. instant pistachio pudding

Mix together well and then add:
1 Cup pecan pieces
1/2 Cup coconut
Stir together with spoon
Bake at 325 degrees for 30-40 min.

(Put on cold cake)
2 pkgs. dream whip
1 pkg. instant pistachio pudding
1 1/2 Cup cold milk
Mix together and ice cake. Sprinkle cake with coconut and pecans. Keep cake refrigerated.

New prints are added to my shops weekly, so check them out.


  1. Dear Catherine ~
    I just LOVE the new look ... makes me yearn for spring. Thanks so much for adding my link and your generous words.

    Do you think that Clarita and Henry would take a border for a weekend? :) I always find myself wishing upon your paintings - taking a little mental journey within the hues and details that embrace your canvases. I thank you for that!

    (Oh, and please sign me up for the giveaway ... your always just so generous!)

    I must give that cake a try! It looks divine ...

    Blessings always,

  2. Hello Dear Heart!

    I have been thinking about you and hope that all is well!

    Your giveaway painting is absolutely lovely as is the new one that you have created. Do you dream of houses to paint? And that die for!

    Take good care, sweet friend.


  3. I would love to live on Hill Crest Island LOL.

    Lou Ann

  4. I have missed you posting. The prints that I purchased from you at Christmas were HUGE hits. Please enter me in this give a way.

  5. Love your new banner! I keep saying I NEED a new one but I need some new pics first! Love your giveaway painting and everything you do... as you know! The cake sounds scrumptious! My birthday is next week and I may decide to bake myself a cake! lol Why not? I'm sure my hubby will help eat it! heehee! Congrats on the awards! You deserve them ALL!

  6. Love your new blog header! Your new paintings are lovely and what a creative and yummy cake recipe you have shared! Hugs!!

  7. I'd love to have the life of Clarita and Henry Castaway..... Sounds dreamy.....

    Henry must be in really great shape rowing that lil red boat each and every morning...


  8. I just love your paintings...I hope you pick my number!
    The cake sounds yummy. I've heard of 7up in scrambled eggs but never cake. I did have a really good cake with coke in it at Cracker Barrel.

  9. Catherine,
    I just love your paintings and the stories that go with them. Please sign me up for your giveaway.
    Thank you

  10. Good evening Catherine, I received my prints today! They are beautiful and I can't wait to find frames for both of them. The colors are so vibrant and they will look fabulous hanging side by side in my home.

    The cake looks wonderful. Where did the name Watergate originate...the hotel or the scandal? :>)

    Sign me up for the giveaway. I can always find room for one more print.

  11. I just absolutely love that your art has a story to them! Crest Island looks like the kind of place that I long to live on!!!

  12. Congrats on receiving the two awards....I can't think of a better person for them to go to!

    Love your crackle painting. What a wonderful giveaway.

    And Myrtle and Richards house is so sweet....

  13. I want to live there! or at least visit! I love your paintings and so enjoy the stories.
    Please enter me in your drawing! I have the perfect place for that painting! Oh I can see it there already!


  14. I would love to be entered in your giveaway, love it!!!

    The cake recipe sounds really yummy and my family would just love it. I will be making it for an upcoming birthday and I can't wait to try it.


  15. Hi Catherine,

    I love your new painting...just beautiful...your recipe looks wonderful as well. Is that a new banner?? I really love it.

    Please do enter me into your giveaway. Thanks.


  16. Catherine,

    You made me feel so much better by reading the comment you left me.

    You lifted my spirits. I thank you for that.

    Love Melissa

  17. Congratulations on your awards! They are well-deserved!

    I think I love the stories that go with your paintings just as much as the paintings themselves! Definitely sign me up for the giveaway!

  18. Catherine,
    You have the best giveaways.
    I just love your work. With every new painting I find another house I want to move in to.


  19. You are one talented lady! PLease forgive me I took a nibble of your cake. YUM> cherry

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  21. I love your paintings and would love to be entered into your drawing! Have a great weekend. Natalie

  22. You have the best giveaways!! Love your paintings...thanks for a chance to win!

  23. Catherine, count me in for a chance to win your painting! That cake sounds wonderful!!

  24. Hi Catherine,

    Thank you for stopping by recently for a visit and for your sweet comment. I LOVE the print! Please do enter me! The cake looks yummy, thanks for sharing the recipe. I hope you have a wonderful week!

  25. I love your paintings! There's no place like home, and you depict such a warm and loving home in your painting! Yes, Please enter me in your giveaway! Suzie

  26. I absolutely love your work!! Can I join your giveaway? Please please?? LOL!
    Kris :)

  27. I find your work simply enchanting and the stories that you write for your homes. Ahhh, an idyllic world. The Watergate Cake looks delicious...snagging it as birthdays are always on the way.

  28. Hello Catherine,

    Your blog home is always beautiful but goodness, I just love your new makeover.

    Congratulations on your awards! :)

    Your paintings are beautiful, I would enjoy sitting with a piece of your nummy looking cake as I stared at all of your paintings :)

  29. Hi lady! Wow, looks like you have been painting away, huh? Awesome paintings! I just adore the stories you come up with to accompany your pieces. So fun and heartwarming. They make the pieces seem so personal. I would so much love to win one of your paintings and this little island one is just so sweet! I love the bit about the red boat and the morning coffee.
    Thank you for including me.
    Oh stop by my blog soon. I am having a giveaway starting tomorrow.

  30. Catherine, your giveaway is adorable! Please enter me as well. Thanks for entering my giveaway! Good luck! The Hampton Hill painting it adorable...and that cake looks yummy!

  31. Catherine,
    Oh my that cake looks sinful! I love pistachio! I'll have to make this one for sure. Thanks for sharing the recipe.


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