Monday, October 26, 2015

Comfort in Friends, Food, and Art

 Another Tuesday is here  and that means it's time to share a beverage -and anything else you wish with Elizabeth at her T Stands for Tuesday link up!

  These amazing girls and I (for those who don't know-I'm the one at the right in front) have been friends for over 50 years since we met in elementary school! Thankfully we don't live far from each other and have kept our friendships going strong throughout all those years of changes etc. It's not always easy to get together but last week we did and of course I said we had to go to my very favorite Irish place in town! Yes, I am going to make you hungry with pics of our superb lunch...

 Two of us had a Punjab Patty (potato farl, sautéed spinach, eggs cooked to order, topped with a Tiki Masala sauce. It looked and smelled divine and I cannot wait to go back and order it myself:) Another friend chose the Tuna Melt and I had my fave -Roasted Pepper, Onion Jam and Brie melt. We all chose the half or smaller portion so we could indulge in dessert:

                                                      Strawberry Bakewell Tart

                                                              Guinness Brownie

                                                     A warmed Sticky Toffee Pudding
 We all taste tested each of the desserts and OMG just heavenly!! After some hours of laughter while strolling through town we headed home realizing we need to do this more often and are already looking into the next date.

 For the art part I am linking to my last entry for this month's challenge at Art Journal Journey (theme is architecture), Try It On Tuesday (the challenge is "lots of layers"), along with the Simon Monday Challenge this week which is "Throwback". We were asked to choose any theme from the last few year's challenges to link. I chose one I missed not long ago-July 2015. The theme one of those weeks was "No Ordinary Paper."

  I used Gelli Plate printed papers for the background and hills. The houses are from an ARTchix Studio collage sheet as are the two bird cardboard dies I painted black. Other supplies-sticker words, tiny flowers, charcoal pencil, green marker.

 Can't wait to visit around with my cuppa by my side:) See you soon!

" It's easy to impress me. I don't need a fancy party to be happy. Just good friends, good food, and good laughs. I'm happy. I'm satisfied. I'm content."     Maria Sharapova


  1. Looks like a nice and lovely gathering. Great work and greetings!

  2. Your art is gorgeous but I bet the time spent with your friends fed your soul as much as the food or art, altho' the food certainly looked tasty (especially the puds for people like me with a crazy sweet tooth). Happy T Day :D :D

  3. Wow, you were right Linda. You totally made me hungry with all that food. What I loved was that it was all vegetarian, something I seldom see in beef country. And the Guinness Brownie would have been my choice.

    I adored your AJJ entry, too. It fit both challenges, and it looks like you have far better luck with your gelli than I have. I love, love, love it.

    BTW, I'm off to see your cold wax, since I was thinking about you, but have not been on the computer because of my sore shoulder and now my wrist.

    Thanks for sharing all these wonderful dishes, desserts, and art with us for T this week. They are marvelous!

  4. Love the page you made for Art Journal Journey, great fun. Your get together looks fun, and all the food looks great, yummy. Have a great week, and a happy T day, hugs, Valerie

  5. the artwork is eyecandy and the Food makes my mouth water .. big YUMM!! hope you have a beautiful T day!

  6. Oh wow you had a great meeting with your friends! Super- and all looks so delicious! yummie! The houses are just beautiful with all this great papers you used!
    Thanks a lot dear Linda for another fab entry to Art Journal Journey and have a happy T-Day!

  7. Well that looks really yummy, looks like good food and great company was had

  8. How exciting to still have your elementary school friends around. That is amazing! Boy your meal looks delicious! And your houses are great. They are so bright and cheery and fun! ;)

  9. Your quote mirrors perfectly your recent special gathering of friends.
    It takes work to stay in wonderful that you all do.
    Great idea for the restaurant to offer half portions and such yummy offerings too.
    Your houses are super with the lovely gelli print rolling hills!
    Happy T Day dear Linda oxo

  10. How amazing that you still meet and have done through the years! Very rare that is. So interesting too as you must have all gone in different directions.
    Oh yumm! That food certainly looks good. I'm salivating (It's nearly lunch time).
    Your art is great. Your journal must be beautiful. Is it in a book? or loose leafed?
    That quote at the bottom sims me up. That's a good one. I'll remember that one.
    Have a happy Tuesday and good week,

  11. Oh my, I have to get on the treadmill just looking at those delicious desserts--you had me for sure with that tart! It is wonderful that the four of you have stayed in touch and get to meet up.

    I liked the quote today--so true!

  12. Wow! Linda you have all been friends from such a young age! That must be something. School friends are always so special. All the dishes look so yummy. Your art looks wonderful. I too got Jane Davenport 's book. It has so many wonderful projects.
    Happy Tuesday

  13. Lunch looks delicious. It would be hard for me to choose with so many good things on the menu. Your house art is great, so colorful

  14. There's something special about people we've known most of our lives :)

    Happy T Tuesday!

  15. Looks like so much fun. I envy you that you have friends that have been around forever and still live close. It's a treasure. ♥ Love the art !!!

  16. what a wonderful gathering of friends, and yummy food! it is so much fun to enjoy laughter with friends who have known you for so the art piece too. You've really combined everything into a beautiful whole...great central sentiment! happy T day! ♥

  17. Good friends, good food and good art! What more could anyone want!

  18. You are blessed to have friends from childhood and what a delightful lunch you all had ~ Delish! ~ Your art creation is beautiful and so well done ~ Love it!

    Happy Week to you,
    artmusedog and carol

  19. How nice to have friends since grade school! Looks like you guys had great foods and desserts and a wonderful time. Cute houses. Happy T Day! :)

  20. What a lovely little village, I think artists must live there. "Cherish Simple Things" - great advice. I like the little hillocks too and the flying birds, it's a happy piece.
    Thanks for sharing your happy meeting with old friends.

  21. How lovely. Sweet houses and the gelli prints are great. Yummy lunch too with great friends. That's the best kind of fun.

  22. How lovely that you are still all in touch..... btw that food does look great!

    I love the happiness of your art today .... it made me smile :)

    Karen x

  23. Super journal pages, lots of interest on them, glad you had a lovely time with your friends. Thank you for joining us on the TIOT challenge hugs Bee.

  24. You had me at Guinness Brownie, ha! AND how amazing to have such a long-time group of friends! I only hope that I can do the same - I'm on 25 years with a group of about 4 girls!! AND I LOVE your art piece - its so happy and bright, just like you ;) OH, and thank you for the Somerset comment - although this was just a submission - hopefully it will make it, fingers crossed ;O xoxo

  25. What a great time, Linda! It all looks so good--especially the friendships. The journal page is awesome. I really need to get my Gelli Plate out and have some fun with it this weekend. Happy T-Day!

  26. Great journal page! Love gelli prints! Thank you for sharing with us at TioT challenge.

  27. Oh My! The food looks yummy, and it's always good to be out with friends! I love your houses page! So pleased you joined us at Try It On Tuesday! Chrisx

  28. What a lovely get together. I want that Guinness brownie. Your house art is so cute and quaint. Happy PPF

  29. Wonderful project and wonderful that you still have the same friends after all these years! Thank you so much for playing along with us over at the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog this week!

  30. Friends are a treasure.I'm glad you had a good time with your girlfriends.Love the photos and the quote!Happy T Day! :)


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