Saturday, July 31, 2010

Julie's Flapjack Energy Bars

This recipe comes from one of my mom's old recipe books.This is my version of one of my favorites.

Flapjack- Homemade Energetic Bars
Quick, easy and delicious!
Preheat oven to 350 degrees (180C)
Grease a 23cm (9 inch) square pan
In a bowl mix together the following:
3 cups oatmeal
2 tbs. sesame seeds
2 tbs. chopped almond
2 tbs. sunflower seed
2 tbs. raisins
...and/or any seeds nuts, or dried fruits. (I used dates for this batch)

Put the following in a sauce pan and melt down and add to the oat mixture:
100 gm. butter (the original recipe calls for 165 gm. but 100 is enough for me)
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 tbs. honey
Mix well all of the ingredients and pour into the pan. Press with the back of a spoon and bake for 20-25 minutes. Cool completely and cut into squares.
The most difficult part of the recipe is waiting for it to cool down completely before cutting it into bars! For those of you not familiar with metrics, 100 gm of butter is about 7 tablespoons or just less than one stick:)

Julie Larose-St. Amour
le pied leger

Monday, July 26, 2010

Art of Display - Reflection

"A work of art is a world in itself reflecting senses and emotions of the artist's world."
-Hans Hofmann

Recently, while looking through all of the amazing work created by our talented team members, I was particularly struck by the beautiful way in which two of our artists use reflection when displaying some of their work. The effect is gorgeous. See what I mean below...

Oblong Earrings from Lisa Hopkins Design

3 Ceramic Bell Ornaments from Barbara Dunshee

Carpe Diem (Seize The Day) Cuff Links" from Lisa Hopkins Design

Two Ceramic Bell Ornaments
from Barbara Dunshee

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Creative Inspiration: Poetry

Rituals are good... especially the kind that clears the mind and renews the soul. A brisk walk on a familiar wooded trail, a evening cup of chamomile tea, or quiet time in the garden all qualify as rituals of inspiration.

Lucy Snowe of Lucy Snowe Photography has graciously shared her morning ritual. She discovers her daily inspiration through poetry and a good cup of joe. Please read on, breathe, and find your inspiration.....

My inspiration often comes from poetry.... I am most drawn to haiku and other forms of Asian poetry. I love to begin my day...sipping a dark organic french roast latte and reading poetry in my little nook by the window.

Here are three haiku by one of my favorite poets: Haiku Master Buson (Japan 1700s)

A peony fallen--
on top of one another,
two petals, three petals.

After cutting the peony
my mind seems emptied --

A mountain ant,
it is plainly seen
on a white peony.

Sometimes I write a haiku.....
and some times I try to photograph a haiku...

Have an inspiring week!

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Preserving Tomatoes the Easy Way!

This great recipe for preserving tomatoes without all the work of traditional canning is from my dear friend and fabulous French Chef, Monique Hooker. I learned the technique in her cooking class and have been hooked ever since on this incredibly easy and amazingly fresh tasting recipe. During the winter use in soups and stews, or thaw and toss them with hot pasta to be transported back to the warm breezes of summer.

Oven-Roasted, Frozen Tomatoes

2 dozen  Italian plum tomatoes, halved  ( I have also used small heirloom tomatoes)
1 cup mixed chopped fresh basil, oregano, marjoram, and thyme ( I use whatever I have available)
Salt and Pepper

Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.
  In a mixing bowl, combine the tomatoes with the chopped herbs. Toss gently until evenly coasted. Season with salt and pepper.
  Place the tomatoes on a baking sheet in the middle of the oven for 1 to 1 1/2 hours. The time will depend on how juicy the tomatoes are.  They will be semi dry to the touch when ready. If the tomatoes start browning, turn the oven down to 275 F.  During the last 15 minutes of baking, turn the heat up once again so the natural sugar in the tomatoes caramelizes the top to a golden-brown color.
  Serve warm or cold.  Will keep for several days in the refrigerator.

Variations: Serve as an appetizer topped with goat cheese, feta or pesto and broiled until warm and bubbly.

Moniques's Touch:
I make several pans of the baked tomatoes at one time because they are so easy to do. After baking, cool, then put them in the freezer on the baking sheet until frozen. Transfer them to zip-lock plastic bags for freezer storage.

To see more of Moniques wonderful recipes visit her at:

Happy Summer Days!

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Hip Hip Hooray! Our Website is up and Running

The Artisans Collective Website is up and running! To take a peek click HERE.

We can't thank Cat Ivans of Etsy shops Polarity and Uncorked enough for all of the hard work she put into making our dream a reality!

Team Challenge-Lost at Sea

I recently participated in a group show at Gallery Hanahou in Soho and the theme was "Lost at Sea". While this is not an original idea it was a fun theme to work with and I thought it would be a wonderful challenge for our team. Make something inspired by the sea. The possibilities are endless!

Tag your piece with the word "acchallenge". Get it posted by August 1st and I will post the results.

(mary's granddaughter)

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Team Challenge - Bees!!

I am so excited about the results of this challenge! I love every single thing that I saw! Also, I feel like each of these pieces could be the symbol/icon/logo for our team! The bees work together, they are focused on their mission, they work with beautiful materials, and they produce something sweet and wonderful! I hope you enjoy looking over these items! Thanks to everyone who took part!

Here is a cool wine cork necklace from Cat at Uncorked!

Lucy Snowe presents a dream-like image of the bee in the garden in this beautiful photograph!

I love this urban, stylized version of the bee silhouette on this necklace from Lisa Hopkins!

The fruits of the bee's labor is honey and what a beautiful way to store and serve it in this honey pot by dbabcock!

What a perfect message on these sandals by Le Pied Leger! The fun bright colors are perfect for Summer!

This stunning photo by Jude McConkey highlights the work ethic of our little mascots!

This amazing necklace from Peggy at The Beadaerie looks like it is dripping with honey!

And here is a gorgeous, earthy one from Sharon Clancy Designs that is full of vibrance and light!

There are a few more entries that are going to have to wait till next time so if anyone else has something let me know or tag it "acchallenge" and I will post it.