#1 NYT bestselling author Linda Lael Miller

“Skins” and other experiments

“Skins” are made by pouring fluid acrylic paint (I use Golden) onto wax paper or some other non-stick surface, in several colors, and “marbling” with a skewer or a toothpick.  They take forever to dry, but the effect is very cool, and the finished product can be cut or torn into various shapes and used in collage.  Since no two ever come out alike, the process fascinates me.  I made one that actually looks something like opal. 

It’s a writing day, so I didn’t get around to this blog as soon as I wanted to.  Like yesterday, it’s better late than never–I hope.  :)

Last night, I cut a BUNCH of quilt pieces for my black-and-white creation–mercy, there’s a lot to be done to prepare the fabric first!  Since I want the quilt to be large, I need a LOT of pieces.  All of them are hexagon shapes, and it will really be fun to start sewing them together.  Alas, patience is required.  Even with my handy-dandy Accuquilt machine to speed things up, this hobby requires time and patience.  (Anything requiring patience is good for me.)

The second batch of Mac and Cheese came out well–no leftovers, so the crew liked it–but I still made a few mental notes.  Elbow macaroni really IS best, just as Martha says.  I used rotini this time, and it was a touch on the squishy side.  Also, the crumb topping wasn’t quite as golden brown as I would have preferred.  Interestingly, I learn something with every new effort–practice, practice, practice.  :)  I also used my pressure cooker for the first time, and the chuck roast I prepared turned out to be extremely tender and flavorful–and it takes a fraction of the time required to pan-roast or slow cook.  I plan to experiment more with the pressure cooker, as I have a new cookbook with corresponding recipes.

I just listened to a great book called “The Longest Road”, about a man who drove from Key West, Florida to a place called Dead Horse, way up in Alaska, which is literally the end of the road.  I’ll have to look up the author’s name, but I really recommend this one.  The man and his wife, along with two dogs, had a lot of fascinating adventures along the way.   I definitely recommend this title.

Guess that’s it for today, friends.  See you tomorrow.

7 comments to ““Skins” and other experiments”

  1. Renae Kinsey
      · August 13th, 2013 at 5:47 pm · Link

    Now you’ve really got my brain thinking of macaroni and cheeeese!!!! My weakness! Thanks for that!! I was raised in key west so that may be a fun read for me..bill and I are heading down there in October. Miss you and love your writing!

  2. Norma Stanforth
      · August 13th, 2013 at 6:31 pm · Link

    Your paint colors sounds cool.
    The Longest Road, sounds like a great book.
    God bless each of you.
    As always your friend.

  3. Diana E
      · August 13th, 2013 at 6:50 pm · Link

    You just made me hungry for mac and cheese, too. Yummmmm. Grandson visiting for a few days from Vancouver, WA so we are going to the movies. Don’t get to see him as much as I’d like and he will be a senior when school starts soon so will probably see him even less. Life goes on.

  4. Gloria
      · August 13th, 2013 at 8:24 pm · Link

    I have a few hundred gallons, quarts, and partial buckets of paint, and if it all hasn’t ruined, I need to try that at some point. I figure all the latex? paint froze each winter and isn’t any good. Can you do the same thing with oil paints, and can it be house paint, or does it have to be the paint you get at the art store?

    I get the water-based and oil based paints mixed up and forget which one is called latex. :(

    You have me craving M&C, also.

  5. Ruby Norwood
      · August 13th, 2013 at 8:36 pm · Link

    I love my Mac and Cheese Linda, I got to have it at least once a week. Your paint colors sounds really nice, wish I had some of that talent.

  6. Lea Williams
      · August 13th, 2013 at 11:50 pm · Link

    The painting sounds wonderful. I don’t dare start anything new. At the moment I am quilting all by hand, have a crocheted rug half done, some mosaic half done. I am working on mny third quilt but only have one completed. The top almost done on the second and just sewing the nine patch squares. What do you use the skins for? Can’t find your books at Walmart in Airway Heights, Have looked twice. I have read The Longest Road, good story – a good read. Have a good night and tomorrow.

  7. sam
      · August 14th, 2013 at 2:45 pm · Link

    Linda, The Longest Road sounds like an enjoyable read, I will look it up :) As always Linda, you amaze me with your spirit and enthusiasm for life. Thank you for your books and your blog :)

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