Thursday, September 19, 2019

This week's pumpkin recipe.









Egg- and grain-free these cookies are lightly sweetened with pure maple syrup, and loaded with nutrient-rich pumpkin. The result is a soft cookie with a pumpkin-pie-like center!
·        1 cup creamy almond butter
·        1/2 cup pumpkin puree
·        1/4 cup pure maple syrup (or sweetener of choice)
·        2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
·        1 teaspoon vanilla extract
·        1/4 teaspoon sea salt
·        optional: 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips
1.      Preheat your oven to 350F, and line a baking sheet with parchment paper, or a Silpat.
2.      Combine all of the ingredients in a medium bowl, and mix until a thick batter is formed. If adding the dark chocolate chips, fold them in last.
3.      Note: Because this batter is egg-free, feel free to taste-test it at this point, and adjust the flavors to your preference.
4.      Using a tablespoon or cookie scoop, drop the batter onto the line baking sheet, and gently press each mound with a wet fork (to prevent sticking) to flatten.
5.      Bake at 350F for 12-15 minutes, until the edges are golden.
6.      Allow to cool completely before using a spatula to remove from the baking sheet. Serve immediately, or for a firmer cookie, chill before serving.
For longer shelf life, and a firmer cookie, we prefer to store these in the freezer and serve them frozen!

Going to give this a try on Friday 

We each made two, with different approaches

I was able to take a few pictures of the process in the two hour class-Collage Animals. The next class will be  Oct 18th and Oct 22nd.  
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Look forward to seeing you.  There will be a good variety of animal stencils to choice from. 

Monday, September 16, 2019

Contemporary Art Center, Peoria IL, 1-Day Workshop...

Everyone left with a nice size collage and a exercise piece.  1-day workshops are fast pace and high energy.  So that being said I had no time to take any more pictures, You'll have to trust me on this.

Thursday, September 12, 2019

Like interpreting a dream

No this is not a soul collage card but very much like's the section of my vision board that I hold dearly in guidance for my life.  Pulling images and seeing them later throughout the year how do we know that is what we would need or the direction we should go in?   We don't, or at least I don't I just do the picking and arranging and leave up to the Greater Spirit in my life. 

This morning I hear from my Son...that I have to stay open and evolve with my art practice and process.  Boy don't you know it, as an artist...staying open, being observant, adjusting and being flexible are all super skills. They are also Survival skills.

 Evolve- develop gradually, especially from a simple to a more complex form.
synonyms:developprogress, make progress, advance, move forward, make headway, maturegrow, open out, unfoldunrollexpandenlargespreadextend;

So here's this thing....I'm looking at the bird nest with one egg in the hands of a human being, to me what does this signify?
What I hold in my hands is dear to me if the first thought. My hands are my tools in many ways or that hold the tools I love to use.  But now it hold the nest with one egg.  Holding an idea, is sacred till it hatches. How precise is Nature....? 

The paints in all the colors are so beautiful to see and be near, it makes me all excited. Not sure what I will do but I'm sure it will be fun...watercolor cakes though are something I've not played with so might I explore and experiment with them?  I could...

The patterns of the meditative illustration in the right corner....Oh how I love to see the patterns.  My work may not be like this...that OK...but I do enjoy the repetitiveness.

Images of feathers are through out my vision board....if you stay open for them the come to you and I've received this gift from many birds....and other share with me their great finds...they don't want the feathers so them give them to me...which I'm really very thankful...then I have to keep them sacred for the kitty in the house-Sophie also loves playing with feathers. 

and the dog image...Dogs have been a big part of my life, sidekicks.  The conversation about having dogs and then the death of the dogs is so hard and painful for them that they would never have another dog because of that pain...And I just feel the pain is so well worth having the continued companionships...that I would do that and have had many four legged friends over the years.   I don't think I've been without a friend like it that I need it or it's just how it's to be...

Rambles this morning chatting about me again or it's just  a way to understand life in and out side of me... So bring together...a nest, egg, hands, four legged friends, color, paint and pattern...Make Art !

Monday, September 09, 2019

An Article from the Jounal Star, Peoria IL

PEORIA — Artist Laura Lein-Svencner’s first art lessons happened while sitting on a porch swing in Wisconsin.
With coloring book and crayons in-hand, 4-year-old Lein-Svencner listened as her grandfather describe the natural world around them.
“He taught me to look at everything and break it down to its simplest form, and once you see that, you build it back up as a drawing,” said Lein-Svencner during a recent phone interview from her home in Darien, Ill. “It was always about observing, looking at shapes and colors.”
Today, Lein-Svencner uses those skills to build collages from paper, a medium she took up in earnest when her youngest children, twins, were 4 years old. She set up a card table and filled shoe boxes with different types of paper, creating a space where she could work whenever she had a free moment.
“I’m self-taught. I never got a degree in art, but I took a lot of art classes in high school — jewelry making, ceramics, and printmaking,” said Lein-Svencner. “It was something that kind of evolved.”
Over the last 24 years, Lein-Svencner’s collages have won awards and been published in magazines. She’s also written several books on the art form and founded the Midwest Collage Society, which exhibits throughout the Midwest.
Lein-Svencner will exhibit her work during “Inner Most-Outer Expressions” at the Contemporary Art Center of Peoria Sept. 13 through Oct. 18. She will also teach a collage workshop from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sept. 15 at the CAC.
Lein-Svencner teaches a lot, and she enjoys it.
“To me it’s almost as exciting as creating a piece of artwork, breaking down the steps so that people can learn it,” she said. Students in Lein-Svencner’s classes learn various techniques, including how to coat paper with liquid adhesive so it can be easily adhered with a tack iron. She also shows students how to alter found papers through painting and stamping. After relating the basic techniques, Lein-Svencner sets her students free to explore and create.
The artist’s own creative process includes observation. Walks through the woods near her home often yield new ideas. For a recent series called “Painted Ponies,” Lein-Svencner took riding lessons. The series, which will be displayed at the CAC, addresses the need for action against climate change. Native Americans, who had great respect for the natural environment, went into battle on painted ponies.
“These painted ponies are female horses going into war to get a grip of what we need to do, and I think that’s to a find more nurturing, motherly approach to our environment,” said Lein-Svencner.
Many of the artist’s works are large. Collage can be done on many different surfaces, including boards and canvas. She’s even collaged a skateboard.
“I will be bringing a good variety of my work so people can see the span of what I can do with the paper,” she said.
Lein-Svencner’s creativity doesn’t end with her artwork — she’s also creative about marketing her work. She doesn’t limit herself to selling only original work because her designs reproduce beautifully. A few years ago she was approached by Dolcezza-Simply Art, a Canadian company that makes clothing decorated with original artwork. See some of the designs at
“They come into Chicago all the time and have a spring and fall fashion show,” she said. “I had to sign over the rights of how they use the print — it’s not just one piece, they put multiple pieces together — but it’s kind of cool to see their artistic design.”
Leslie Renken can be reached at 686-3250 or Follow her on, and subscribe to her on

Going to try this bread this of bake this bread.

Simple Paleo Pumpkin Bread

Perfectly simple and delicious Paleo Pumpkin Bread that's great alone as a breakfast bread or toasted with butter or nut butter. Packed with sweet pumpkin spice flavor, it's hearty yet tender and moist and contains no dairy, refined sugar or grains.
 Course Breakfast, Snack
 Cuisine Paleo
 Prep Time 10 minutes
 Cook Time 1 hour
 Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
 Servings 10 servings
 Calories 198 kcal
 Author Michele


  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup organic pumpkin puree
  • 1/3 cup full fat coconut milk *See Note for how I prepare
  • 1/3 cup pure maple syrup
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 3/4 cups blanched almond flour
  • 1/4 cup tapioca flour
  • 1 Tbsp coconut flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tbsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • pinch fine grain sea salt


  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees and line a medium loaf pan** (I used this 8.5x4.5" one) with parchment paper, with a couple of inches overlapping for easy removal.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs, pumpkin puree, creamy coconut milk*, maple syrup, and vanilla extract.
  3. In a medium bowl, combine the almond flour, tapioca flour, coconut flour baking soda, pumpkin pie spice, cinnamon and salt
  4. Slowly and gently mix the dry ingredients into the wet until just combined. If desired, you can add in raisins, chocolate chips, or nuts (or leave it plain like I did - you can use it for french toast - coming soon!)
  5. Transfer all the batter into the prepared loaf pan, scraping the bowl with a spatula to use every drop. Bake in the preheated oven for 1 hour or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the loaf comes out clean, and the top is deep golden brown.
  6. Remove from oven and allow to sit in the loaf pan for about 5 minutes. Then, hold each side of the parchment paper to gently remove the loaf (it will stay in the parchment paper) to cool on a wire rack.
  7. Allow the loaf to cool untouched for 2 hours before slicing. Enjoy!

Recipe Notes

*I take a chilled can of full fat coconut milk, discard half the "water" and blend up the rest before adding to the recipe

Sunday, September 08, 2019

Went to Sandwich Fair Yesterday

 it was hard not to want them, Chickens that is....there were some for sale..but the truth is our piece of property isn't really big enough for the two big dogs and chickens...  but it was sure great to see those big roosters.  The White one just let go a good crow after I snapped a picture.

 All the animals...I had hope to see the Draft Horses but that was Friday...and we went Saturday so they were gone.   But to see the support of families of the next generation of farmers or livestock owners out there proudly grooming their animals and showing them in the arena's was great to see. Everyone trying so hard to keep them all clean and read for show.  I want a goat now too...hahaha. sound like a little kid.

 so this was an idea but turned into a stomach problem later for me...We both Laughed at each other.  I didn't eat all of mine way to much but good...the sugar, oil or corn syrup that was in this..combo of it all made me so crabby...Randy and I were joking that he want to slap me..and I want to slap him...not that we do that to each other but a case of the crabbies set in and wow what an eye opener to witness in each other...I came home and had to take a nap...and then the stomach was not right and keep me up all Sunday morning things are better...but silly as I am I still try to eat foods that I know for sure don't agree thinking that I will skim by it the next time...fooling only myself.  it was still a good time.

Here you could pick out the colors of for a personal rope.  The little girl is turning the handle and twisting the twine and then all of a sudden it twists onto itself and you have a rope for $5 buck that you made yourself...the kids thought it was great.

Was a nice sidetrack of the date to leave early and go to the fair...we left before lunch time when things started to get a bit to crowded for us...we are not crowd it was time to get out of there. 

Monday, September 02, 2019

Exhibit coming up

Contemporary Art Center of Peoria... 
                                                       1-Day Workshop Details Here