Old Fashioned Peach Cobbler: Fast Food (Dessert) for Slow Sundays


This cobbler is presented at the request of many following its debut at two of my cousins’ engagement parties. My mother (Nana) also makes this for dessert for family birthday lunches. And we just enjoyed it following last Sunday’s lunch. It’s very simple to make and uses a boxed cake mix! The way to enjoy it on a Sunday is simple. Cook the dessert on

Lily Pad: A Pastels Tutorial

Lily Pad Chalk Pastels Tutorial

Stunning results on a black sheet of construction paper! That describes Nana’s latest pastel tutorial. After our wonderful trip to Lily Pad Pond, we really wanted to make some lily pads with pastels. So… We cut sheets of black construction paper in half and gathered our colors. Remember that in most of Nana’s tutorials, we begin a landscape by drawing the horizon? Well, for our

Weather: A Pastels Tutorial


“Beauty puts a face on God. When we gaze at nature, at a loved one, at a work of art, our soul immediately recognizes and is drawn to the face of God.” ~ Margaret Brownley This pastel lesson was inspired by the above photo. That tiny figure out on the beach is my brother. Two years ago we were all together at the water’s edge.

Blueberries: A Pastels Tutorial

Blueberries Chalk Pastel Tutorial

We recently enjoyed this tutorial again for a little Blueberries for Sal Five in a Row fun… A couple of weeks ago, Nana shared a watermelon pastel tutorial with us. This time, it’s beautiful blueberries! And, once again, it’s a summer time easy, 1-2-3 steps. This afternoon we had the pleasure of a friend visiting. She had never tried pastels before but took right to

Twilight: A Pastels Tutorial


Keeping up the habit of pulling tutorials from the former Hodgepodge site… We’d waited. The box from Dick Blick arrived while Nana was out of town. She had told me it was coming. Can we open it, please? Let’s wait. It will be worth the wait. I knew that she would be back with a fresh lesson to break in the new set of pastels.