Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Dame Thats Some Good Waffles!

Its time for another restaurant review!  I don't know if you remember or not but a couple of months ago Brian and I "ate our way to the coast"  after reading an article in Southern Living magazine.  If you missed it you can read about it here.  On Saturday we tried another Southern Living suggestion, Dame's Chicken and Waffles in Durham, NC.

 The tables are covered in blank paper and they supply you with crayons.  Thats my kinda place!  I don't know if you can tell or not but I was hungry.  
Unfortunately, we didn't start off well, or we sorta did then we didn't then we did.  I know ya'll are all scratching your heads.  We had the cutest nicest little waitress ever.  But I found out later they were understaffed and she was switched to another area and we were supposed to get a new waitress.  Well, in the switch our order got skipped.  The table beside of us got served their food even though they had gotten there after us.  Can I just say I was hot?  We sat and ordered then I went to the bathroom on my way to the bathroom I saw a girl waiting who was later to be sat down next to us.  I went to the bathroom came back Brian and I chit chatted a few minutes then couple sat beside us and ordered.  That is how far behind us there were!  Needless to say it took us 45 minutes to get our food. ( I know this because I was worried we would have to move the car because the sign said 1 hour parking, which I found out doesn't apply on the weekend PHEW!)  Now that being said our original waitress came back and took care of us the rest of the night which I loved because she was excellent!  She even asked me if I wanted a to go cup!  Which is something I always want but its usually hard to find the waitress at that point of the dinner.  The owner gave us a discount on our food and all was good.  Now to the good part...THE FOOD!

 Best mac and cheese ever!  Its super cheesy and flavorful.  It had oregano in it which was a delightful surprise!  I think I might try it for Thanksgiving.

Don't you just want to hop on that spoon and slide on down to them grits and get ya a big ol' bite?
I don't even like grits and I kept stealing a bite from Brian's plate :)

 Dueling Roosters – Rd. I

Orange Speckled Chabo

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Wedding Blue

Don't you just love blue glass?  I don't know what it is about blue glass but I think it is so purty!  Its interesting painting it too.  In most of my paintings I layer colors to mix them but with blue glass I pretty much only need French Ultramarine! This painting is currently listed on ebay here!

Lucky for me my mom still has a few roses blooming so when I went out to her house I cut one to bring home.  It has certainly been interesting finding an endless supply of flowers.  I think you all will start seeing a lot more pansy's and mums in the coming months.

 Doesn't that yellow background just make the blue pop?

This photo really represents the blue of the bottle.  I have a hard time getting the camera to get the blue right and the other colors too.  It seems its one or the other

Of course some of you may be wondering why its named wedding blue.  Its because this is a bottle from my uncle Bill's wedding.  It was a gorgeous wedding and their wedding party color was this beautiful blue!  I just loved it!  And it was such a happy occasion that I wanted to put some of that happiness in a painting.
This painting is currently available on ebay.  You can place your bid here!  All of my auctions start a one penny! 

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Main Street Cake Shoppe

I stopped into Just Pizza here in Gibsonville to pick up some empty pizza boxes.  What you say? Empty pizza boxes?  Thats right EMPTY!  But thats another story.  This place is owned by a husband and wife team, Mark and April.   The pizza is great!  They put all the toppings on and then the cheese and let me tell you they don't skimp on the cheese.  Its the perfect place for a cheese addict like me.  April also happens to run a bakery out of the pizza shop too called Main Street Cake Shoppe!  What better than pizza and cake!  While I was there I noticed that they pumpkin chocolate chip cupcakes!  Every time I've gone in for pizza I've been able to control myself and stick to the diet (ignore the fact that I was picking up pizza).  However, any time I see pumpkin anything I have to try it!
I have heard about how awesome April's cakes are so I figured it was a brilliant excuse to fudge the diet...or would that be cupcake the diet?  Plus since I'm writing about it then its kinda my job right?  And I can totally write off my cupcake! 

These cute little cupcakes come in a Chinese takeout box so no wasting icing on a tiny box!  
It was killing me to take photos because all I wanted to do was eat the darn thing!  I was not dissapointed!  I was shocked by my first bite because the cake was so dense and moist!  It literally was like eating pumpkin pie!  If I hadn't taken the cupcake away from my mouth to double check and make sure it was cake I never would have known!  It was just that moist, dense, and delicious!

So go check it out because its Amber Approved!  :)

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Collector at Heart

Hi my name is Amber and I'm addicted to glass!  Early on in my life I felt like I needed to collect something.  I think a lot of us go through that.  
I collected:
  • Comic books
  •  Baseball cards
  •  Snoopy and his gang figurines (now I limit that to Christmas time)
  •  Swarovski crystal figures (I only managed to get one of those $$$$)
  •  Dishes
  •  China (and yes there is a difference between dishes and china) 
  •  Handmade Pottery
  •  Shoes
 And I'm sure if I sat here long enough the list could go on and on.  But do you know what I have found has been something that I have always collected?  Glass.  More specifically glass bottles.  Which is why I have a never ending supply of bottles for my paintings!

It all started when I was a kid.  Our neighbor was a junk collector.  What he really liked to collect was bottles.  He would comb the county looking for bottles.  I, of course wanted to join in on the treasure hunt.  I can remember digging in the woods under the leaves to see what I could find.

There were all kinds of little bottles with slime inside that smelled like molded cheap perfume that my mom would never let me keep because there was no way she could get them clean.  But my prized possession was a large Horlick's Malted Milk jar.
My mom was shocked that I had found a bottle so big after Moose (our neighborhood "treasure hunter")  had lived there for years and gone digging in those very same spots!

That milk jar was the beginning.  Now I have 30+ bottles displayed around my home.  I would probably have more but I'm refuse to pay an arm and a leg for a bottle, it ruins the hunt.  Part of collecting is the fun of the find. Going down to the local department store and buying something from China takes all the romance out of the bottle.

Bottles need stories.
  • What were they used for?  
  •  How many fun dates did it send a newly wed couple out on making sure the bride smelled of sweet honey?  
  • How many sick children did it help see through the night?  
  • Or maybe it was just sugar tabs touted as the new miracle cure!

So what is it that you collect?  What treasures do you seek out?  Have you even figured it out yet?  Are you like me and it just kind of snuck up on you while you tried to collect other things?

Of course I can't right about glass and not show you my infamous milk jug (above). It used to collect change, until we moved to a plastic society.  For years it sat on top of my tv stand as an antenna holder but this year I found something truly worthy to fill it with.  Seashells....that I collected :)

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

The Root

I got to go to an awesome place to eat this week!  My friend Pastor Lisa took me to The Root in Elon, NC.  I have to say that I am guilty of driving past it all the time but I have never stopped in.
Everything on the menu sounded delicious! 
We started with crispy sweet potato fries with truffle aioli and shaved parmesan!  These were by far the best sweet potato fries I've ever had.  Never again will I have cinnamon butter with SP fries!

My side was an order of crispy brussel sprouts.  Which is one of my new favorite veggies at  home so I was eager to see how they were cooked in the restaraunt and I was not dissapointed.  I've got to figure out what they did to them!  I think they may be oven roasted.  Definetly not yo' momma's soggy sprouts!
 And the main course, Foodie Grilled Cheese!  Its a house blend of creamy cheeses on white or wheat and you pay to add toppings, kinda like a pizza.  You can choose from tomato, spinach, mushrooms, caramelized balsamic onions, fresh basil, edamame spread, arugula, crispy fried onions, avacado and bacon!  It was supper yummy.  My sandwich up there was caramelized onions, tomato and basil and it was fantastic!  
I give it 5 out of 5 stars!  I can't wait to go back.  Next time I'm getting a burger :)

Monday, October 1, 2012

Flower TBD (found out its called a Cosmo)

I almost always do my drawing in light blue Carolina blue.  I'm really not sure why other than I just like to.  Maybe subconsciously I just want to give my Duke fan of a husband a hard time!  (for my readers who don't know Carolina and Duke go together about as good as shredded wheat and coleslaw which is another story all on its own!) 

I don't mix my colors on the palette.  I much prefer to mix my paint on the canvas.  I have worked with pastels for years (they look like chalk sticks but they are actually tiny sticks of colorful joy!) at first I had the hardest time mixing my pastels on paper but once I got the hang of it I LOVED it!  Now, I've just applied the same ideas to oil paint.  It gives the paintings depth and movement when you mix on the canvas

I loved painting this bottle.  It made the most beautiful shadow.  Just looking at these photos and writing about it makes me want to go and paint it again!

Isn't it purty?  

A close of of the bottle shows how I like to paint with texture.  I love the feel of thick paint going from my brush onto canvas or in this case board.

Finished Product!  
To be named soon! Once I figure out what type of flowers those are!  Leave a comment if you know what they are :)
Original Oil on Board
Item # 9-I-12