3 Things for Thursday

Well, of course, first things first. I hope your Thanksgiving Day is being wonderful and you are doing what you most want to do whether it’s fighting over the drumstick with family, catching up on that pile of reading, napping your brains out, or taking a long walk at dusk so you can peek into all the homes before they remember to close the drapes. (So much fun.) There is such sadness and tragedy in the news lately. I am trying to focus on the good, the dear, and the right even as I feel a pit in my stomach for the rotten luck of so many others. Blessings to you all.

I think “Three Things for Thursday” has a ring to it, don’t you. I’m going to try to post three things on each Thursday: some brand new discoveries, some tried and true that I may not have shared with you. Or perhaps I did but it’s worth another look:

May I recommend to you:


  a Canadian ad-free magazine for the creative and curious.

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Janine Vangool is the designer, editor, and publisher of Uppercase which in each quarterly issue spotlights artists, creatives, craftspeople, and illustrators and shares a collection of imaginative projects. Published on high-quality matte paper, richly colored and designed, it is page after page of artistry in all its forms - and remember - it is free of ads, except for a page in back of small ads placed by independent artists.The magazine and accompanying special publications called “encyclopedias” are supported by subscriptions. Back issues are available; try one!

As of November 18, this code will give you a 15% discount off a subscription. And remember, the price of subscription is in Canadian dollars; we pay less in American dollars.


Of course, I get no financial or other renumeration for singing the praises of Uppercase. I just like it so much and think many of you will, too. Check it out.  

Janine posts videos of her flipping through each new magazine. Whether you subscribe or not, it’s an enjoyable trip. Here’s one to sample:

Here is the latest book in their “Encyclopedia” of Inspiration. It’s on printmaking I bought it. I't’s cool. See here:


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an app from Apple and my latest discovery. Ooh, it is so cool!.I have been playing with a photo of a bird of paradise, watching it slowly evolve applying a plethora of brushes, moods, styles (feathered, expressive, ethereal, modern art, and an easy dozen or so more). And each is WITHIN a larger choice meant to emulate the works of VanGogh, Escher, Manet, Kandinsky, Cézanne, Monet, Picasso, Hokusai, Klimt, Munch, Mayfield Parrish among others. It is so much fun just to watch the same photo change slowly and creatively. The tutorial is a kick all by itself. I am totally hooked and encourage you to find it if you have an iPhone or iPad and love to play with photos.

From the photo of the bird of paradise, I created this guy, a page in my 2019 calendar (at the shop!) I had not intended to include this “bird” into the calendar but I was mesmerized into it.

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for Turkey Meatballs, from Judy D. Honestly, they were yummy. Along with Trader Joe’s harvest pasta and pumpkin-laced sauce


- yes, I know, pumpkin-weary people what you are thinking - but this combination was Quite Tasty.

Turkey Meatballs

1 lb. ground turkey, 1 egg beaten, 1/4 cup shaved parmesan, 1 tsp EACH of garlic powder, basil, onion powder, and salt; 1/2 tsp ground pepper.

1.     Preheat broiler on high for 5 minutes.

2.     Combine all ingredients in large bowl. Use your hands to mix the ingredients.

3.     Use a 1.5 tablespoon cookie scoop to scoop 18 meatballs onto a rimmed cookie sheet.

4.     Broil on the top rack for 5 minutes. (I used the top level in my oven.)

5.     Add broiled meatballs to a simmering pasta sauce and simmer for 5-10 minutes until meatballs are completely cooked.