Saturday, January 17, 2015

FAFAC Donation The 100 Art full Book


This is my donation for the Feb. 4 Fundraiser for American Cancer Society. It is 3" square, mixed media on hand painted watercolor papers. It has 8 double sided pages, as a fold out book with ribbon.
Use two push pins to attach the book to the wall, view one side and for a change of pace, reverse the book and you have another side to enjoy. It has paper play money, postage stamps, rubber stamp images, drawings, colored pencil and pens art, silk, cottons, paint, ink, stickers. The pages are fused together using Mistyfuse.
The book is presented in its own box, with secret treasures from my studio as an added bonus. I hope you will join the other artists who each have donated to this one day $100.00 donation to fight cancer.

Nut and Fruit - Recipe

Pan from Germany, 12" long, note texture of pan. Available from most specialty cookware stores.

1/2 cup room temperature butter, 1/2 cup white sugar, 3 eggs, 1 cup white raisins, 1 cup pitted dried plums (prunes), 1 cup white flour, 1/4 teaspoon Baking Powder, 1 cup whole hazelnuts, 1 cup pecans, 1/2 cup whole almonds, 1/2 cup unsalted raw sunflower seeds, 1/4 cup sesame seeds.

Turn on oven to 325 degrees, grease sides and bottom of pan. (I cut a piece of parchment paper to fit the bottom of pan and place it over the greased bottom.) In a 2 cup pyrex measuring cup cut 1 cup dried plums (prunes) into bite size pieces, add 1 cup of white raisins, add 1/4 cup water. Microwave fruit mix for 30 seconds to moisten fruit. Place butter and sugar in large bowl, use electric mixer to blend until smooth, add eggs, mix, add flour with baking powder and mix. Use a large spoon to fold in fruit and nuts.  Place mixture in prepared pan and bake for 45 to 60 minutes. Do not overtake, test with toothpick.  Remove from oven, let sit in pan for 15 minutes, loosen edges of bread with a knife, turn out bread onto cooling rack. Remove parchment from bottom of loaf. Store wrapped in aluminum foil, slice with serrated knife. 

I buy the nuts and fruit at Trader Joe's. You can substitute other nuts, such as pumpkin seeds in place of sunflower seeds. I use whole Hazelnuts with skins, also almonds with skins. Be aware this bread  has fiber, I suggest thin slices.