Thursday, March 3, 2016

Paint Nite~













Ok so obviously overhead lighting and an instagram filter on my daughters camera makes my hair look like I have grey roots..I don't..unless I never knew..oh the things we critically see in photos..picky picky picky.I'll have to talk to my favorite hairdresser♥



It is so much fun to sit w/ your daughters..doing this..
With great friends it would be just as fun.Check your Google for Groupons on Tuangos..




Above..Mary Engelbreight artwork from my calendar.


I received a fun gift from my daughters..an evening out w/ them and Paint Nite..have you heard of these?

Feb 29th we went..

Last year one of my daughters had suggested it and we never got around to going..this yr..they booked it:)

So we went early..had dinner there..and then sat down to a lovely 2 hour pint nite..lol I am leaving that typo there..but it was paint nite..it seemed to be a full house..
we each have our easels and aprons..I managed to get paint on me regardless:)We each get a palette and 3 brushes and a glass of water to rinse the brushes.
Acrylics are used..the teachers demonstrate the painting and we all paint along..differences were seen on all canvases..my ferris wheel was way too small..
my pier too short..
we see the errors:)
My daughters loved it and I can recommend this to you..even if you have never picked up a paintbrush..you may find yourself..buying art supplies.
One of my daughters doesn't play with paints..I think she left..quite loving it..she said she wanted to go back:)
That's how much fun it is..and both my daughters pieces were lovely!
interior shots..compliments of my daughters cellphones:)

Noah made Mylène hang hers up..in their living room..and Oli kept telling Frédérick..:"Isn't mommy good?:)" I agree! They both are.

When I came home.. I started thinking about it..once you have taken the class..it would be very easy for someone to do it in their home w/ good friends..just a few..wine..or tea..
cookies..maybe 2 or 3 friends:)
I saw these cookies and thought..these would be fun..and a bit creative too:)
So easy! No fuss no muss ..






The idea is simple..make your dough..chill 30 mins..roll out  and make the design w/ tines of a fork..glaze w/ egg wash (I should have but used my caramel glaze)..and bake..an egg wash shines more.
To serve simply put the baked circle of cookie in the middle of the table ..once cooled..and hit in the middle,or simply break apart..  ..pieces form..making the cookies quite artisanal looking  and delsih.I found the recipe here..and will write it out below..I love that French blog:)She got the recipe from here.
I bet not even the crumbs are left..you know how you get the munchies w/ art..and company.

I received that paint set above ..I was spoiled..and some paper and pens..
the paint set is so pretty..and I do like it very much.
Japanes..the box alone ..I keep it out..I bet if I had a plate rail in my craft room it would be full .With art supplies I like looking at;)


La Recette for the break aparts~
or cool artisinal cookies~

125 grams of sugar
 1 egg
 a pinch of salt
125 grams of softened butter I am a salted butter girl.
250 grams of flour.

Mix sugar and egg together until nice and creamy add the pich of salt..the softened butter,cream.. then the flour..until it foms a ball..
I made a disk and chilled 30 mins..I then rolled it out as you see it ap 1 cm thick..go for 1/4 inch about..brush w/ egg wash..bake in a pre-heated 350 F oven ap 25 mins.Could take a bit more..you don't want a soft cookie..keep a watchful eye;)

When cool break apart.
A nice little tea/coffee cookie.
And do try to enjoy a Paint Nite..they are popular everywhere.
I think we were well over 40..all age groups.I was the oldest for sure.But then maybe someone in her 50's the rest all late 20's 30's 40's.And young men too..One couple in front of me..so adorable.A match made in heaven.He said he came for her..he loved it.They were a cool looking artsy couple:)
In my mind's eye..I see so many of you doing this and having a ball.
Bon Weekend!

53 comments:

  1. Que artista, pretty.
    Besos

    lagalletarota.blogspot.com

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    1. Such fun Rosa..I wonder if they have them where you live..if not..what a creative enterprise.

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  2. this must have been very fun, i have done two of them with my mom and it is a lot of fun and also fun to see how they each turn out a little different even though we are all painting the same thing.

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    1. I was surprised just how fun and pleasant this evening was..we all said we would go again.
      Happy ..not surprised you loved it too!
      I would go with my mom in an instant if I could!

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  3. Definitely a fun time! I especially love it that you and your daughters take time to play together. With busy lives, it is important to set aside specific time with those we love. Your ferris wheel paintings made me think of my recent night on Santa Monica Pier. '-)

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    1. Sarah..I truly believe you would have fun..with a few friends and your BFF tote!!:)
      You have to..you just have to:)

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  4. Your long hair - so pretty in the back! I love all of your bangles too :) Two years ago L & L took me to a paint night for my birthday! It wasn't a group paint night with the same subject being painted but at the same studio that does them. We each bought our own idea to paint and they served wine :) So much fun!! I loved it. Last year, they took me to a paint-your-own ceramic piece studio and they fire it in a kiln afterward. That was also so much fun. I love that our daughters do these things for us ♥ Love your calendar page :) The big break-apart cookie looks like the top of a gâteau basque! So pretty and delicious! I want to make one NOW.

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    1. Susan..imagine if we all lived close..and the girls were friends too..:)Their circles are large already..but imagine..a few paint nites would be had:)
      I feel so good when I am out with them.
      I can see how the two dates you had were great too:)
      The cookies are delish..plain delish..very French ma chère..very French:)
      So grateful too about the girls♥

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    2. Oh my, wouldn't that be fun! I can see F and B hitting it off also with their love of cooking. Even the boys ;)

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  5. Your painting looks like it could be Myrtle Beach, SC. Looks so fun! One of my daughters and I went to a Sipping N' Painting class. We painted a bird. Had a great time with her. The funny thing is, she doesn't feel like she's creative at all, but wanted me to have fun while visiting. That was the coolest part!

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    1. Love it! Caroline feels she is not creative..LOL she was!!
      VERY COOL Laurie!!

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  6. Looks like a real fun evening. Don't know if there's anything like that in the Limoge our nearest city. Life here is pretty rural, maybe I should try one of my own,
    We do have a cookery evening to look forward to , our daughter gave it us as part of our Christmas present. That should be fun in so many ways , Language to start with, although we both understand French, we don't speak it fluently.

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    1. M.France is not fluent?
      I always imagined him to be..
      Oh I hope you share the cookery outing.I would love that..to do one..
      Lovely thought from your daughter..
      Gee..if you have it in you..and your guest house?
      What fun to organize one..a good little business let me tell you:) And by 9PM..all have to get packed and leave..

      not bad..

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  7. So sweet that you got to paint with your daughters. They have those places in the city and I think they are very popular. I can't wait to start painting again. Wish there wasn't so much going on. I guess I will have to have supplies at both places so I can paint when I want. I've come home to the farm for a week and have to play catch up, then back to the city and play catch up.

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    1. You absolutely need your art supplies at both places..so when the mood and time is right..it will all be there..enjoy the farm this week..post away..fun to see there too!

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  8. My daughter and I have also done several of these and I hung the paintings in the laundry room. The last time she was here we colored-with wine- and had l0ts of fun with that also. Takes a long time though! Great cookie!

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    1. The laundry room must make you smile:)
      A ball right?

      W/ wine..I would be sipping along..sounds like fun!

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  9. What a fun night for you and your girls Monique! I love that you do these things together. I agree, we are all very critical of ourselves. I miss so much living so far away. I am feeling a bit homesick this week. I think when we are ill we do. I love the looks and the idea of a break apart cookie. I'm afraid I would eat the whole thing though! Bad me! Love all that you share, always. xoxo

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    1. Dear Marie..please believe mhen I say we do outings all 3 together alone rarely..they ecah mange 3 children..jobs..homes..pets..husbands..loads of friends..
      I just don't want you feeling out of sorts over this..it was a bday present:)
      Lately Mother's Day we do something just us too.
      But normally..when we are together..parts of family or all are with us..
      I think you would love doing this w/ you know who:)

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    2. I would love to do this with you know who! Oh Monique, I hope I didn't make you feel bad about enjoying time with your family, that wasn't my intent! I am truly happy that you get to do these things! One day I will get to do them too, hopefully before I am too old to enjoy them! It will come at a price however and I dread that part. Why can't we just have everything? xoxo

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    3. You? Make me feel bad? NO..you lift everyone up:)
      Sometimes I worry if it is bragging to talk of this outing..;)
      I realize wholeheartedly how you would love your children closer and I would never want you to feel bad..

      a fine pair we are..LOL

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    4. I just know in real life we would be the best of friends, and uplift EACH other from time to time! :-)

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  10. What a lovely way to spend the evening - in a painting class with your girls. I can easily see you doing this in your home Monique. What a great idea!
    Sam

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    1. I bet there are so many in FL..Meakin is so game for everything it seems..I know te one in my townrecently..had a lot of couples..and our ages!

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  11. I have heard of this new fad here too. It must have been a fun night with your daughters. Maybe in a few years I can do this with my girls, once Lillian does not need to be nursed every few hours. Your cookie looks great. Doesn't Dori Greenspan have something similar in her baking cookbook? Enjoy the weekend. Have a great weekend.

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    1. Yes I made Dorie's..:) Good also..I just like trying new things all the time it seems..They are on my blog..Dorie's..somehwre..

      Breast feeding would be hard there..the ind.work areas/spaces are tight:)
      You would have a ball with your 2.

      You are wonderfully observant!

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  12. I have heard of these where I live....
    My daughters bday is in April...I am going to look into this when I get home!
    She and I had wanted to take a few water colour classes...this may be just the thing to see if we like it!
    You are always full of good info....thanks Monique!
    How about a picture of you?
    Enjoy your Friday...Blue Jay game for us....on this bright sunny day!
    Cheers!
    Linda :o)

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    1. It's there..the back:)
      Linda..I have such a hard time smiling when someone says smile..that I freeze and don't even look like myself..or maybe I do and I am flattering myself by thinking that can't be me LOL.
      I can do it alone..:)

      Now if you catch me off gurad..especially w/ one of the Littles..all is well..
      my daughters seem to have put their real cameras aside and use cell phones all the time..I need more help than that.
      Yikes can I talk.Sorry..
      Yes you and your girls..? A perfectly lovely evening..there are so many coupons..you can get better $ than shown..:)
      Have FUN..

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    2. When my boyfriend takes pics of me....1 out of 10 make the cut!
      I knew that was your back....wanted to see your lovely smile...:o)
      Got a quote for the cottage next year.....YIKES.... Looks like we may be moving on...
      How about sending me the link to where you stay....I won't bump you out! Hahaha!

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    3. Our rates went up too..it's a constant..everywhere I guess..

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  13. I did the same thing with my Daughter-in-law and Granddaughter. It was so much fun. Your cookie is a great idea I may borrow the next time the Grands and Cousins are together.

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    1. I bet you had fun!

      I wonder if these cookies are exciting enough for Littles? WE had an outing yesterday and I thought of bringing some..and then..no..I grabbed a bag of new Oreos..(That I buy just for them..:)Oli is an Oreo man.

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  14. What a fun evening with your girls! I would love to take an art class with my two. We have taken a few card making classes and always had a great time. So sweet that your grands are proud of their mamas work.

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    1. Oh do it Cathy..you girls would just love it..so fun leaving w/ the artwork.Many had not held a paintbrush and they were all good!

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  15. Fun fun fun and so special that you did it as family!
    I've promised myself I will 'have a go' one day too!
    The biscuit is great and I've eaten that when I've been in France!
    Shane

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    1. I keep nibbling on them..they just seem to get better ..:)
      So comfy w/ my daughters..:)

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  16. What a fun night! Love the paintings & you roots DO NOT look gray ❤️

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    1. Says a very youthful Gail:)
      It was so much fun.. you would teach the prof a thing or two:)

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  17. Sounds like a fun thing to do with family or friends. I did see one on my friend's Liz's site. I am afraid my painting wouldn't look as nice as these and of course yours. What a great biscuit. you have opened my eyes to so many new things. Have a lovely weekend.

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    1. You would love a Paint Nite..and you would see how easy they make it for everyone.!
      They were all great..you forget I have seen you set a table;)

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  18. Such a fun night you had Monique and I know lots of wonderful memories were created. I bet yours was the prettiest!

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  19. What a special time with your daughters - I love that! And you have beautiful hair - even with the funny lighting. Your painting looks lovely and your cookie is so interesting and creative. I love the sheen. Hope you're having a wonderful weekend :)

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    1. We had such pretty weather this weekend..today is sepia:(
      You would have fun I know it!

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  20. Sounds like fun! Love your painting! :)

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    1. I think you would love this :) I know it..And Isobel..the two of you!!

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  21. It was a great great night! XXXXX

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  22. I have to smile. It sounds as though you had a delightful evening with your daughters. I think I will opt for the kitchen and making the cookie! I cannot imagine painting....my seven grade teacher convinced me that I was not creative. All these years I have believed the woman. Oh well, there are other forms of art....I can quilt!

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    1. Quilting is an art..
      I don't sing because of a teacher..mind you my duaghters have reinforced her critique..LOL..Dancing and singing..just not me..not even in the rain:)
      Most were non painters and left with FUN BEAUTIFUL canvases..it is so easy the way they do it..and you are so fucused..:)

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  23. Wow sounds like so much fun
    I love the gradation sky you all made.

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