My new Swedish Meatballs recipe

Swedish meatballs 

You won’t be able to resist these savory, inexpensive, easy meatballs that you can whip up in under an hour. Who says cooking needs to be difficult? If you are in a hurry or watching your grocery budget this is a perfect recipe for you to try. Really try it already! 


Ingredients 
1 pound ground beef

1/2 cup seasoned breadcrumbs 

1/2 cup diced/minced onion

1 egg

1/2 tbsp salt

1/2 tbs pepper

1/2 tbs garlic powder

Any additional spices you desire

2 tbsp oil

2 cubs beef broth

2 cups milk

1/2 tbsp salt

1/2 tbs pepper 

1 tbs Worcestershire sauce

4 cups egg noodles

1 cup shredded Parmesan 

1/2 cup parsley


Directions 

In a large bowl combine beef, bread crumbs, spices, onion, and egg. (Hint: I estimate on spices based on personal preference.) Heat oil in the bottom of s large pot, medium, high heat. Take a golf ball sized spheres and brown the meatballs(12 or so) in the oil for one minute, flip and a second minute. Add beef broth, milk, Worcestershire sauce, salt and pepper. Give it a stir. Bring to a boil then add noodles. Stirring constantly until the sauce thickens and the noodles cook. Add Parmesan and parsley, perhaps peas. Enjoy! 


Anyone that likes pasta dishes with simple ingredients and a focus on nice meat would enjoy this recipe. I really love using ground serloin steak and only recently started cooking with it. If you are new to making your own meals this is going to blow your mind. 


I hope you try this and enjoy these Swedish meatballs are TO DIE FOR! 

-Dominique Barrentine

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Paintings Portfolio Post of Recent Works

The following paintings were all completed by your’s truly within the month of May 2016. Upon moving to California I felt a sudden rush of inspiration. I continue to order canvases, painting everything that comes to mind. It feels like a whirlwind of creative energy flows in the breeze that picks up the grain and flowers in the hills.

Selecting which paintings to post today was tricky as I have started way more then I have finished in the last few weeks. At least I am capturing so many ideas to finish as time (and my hands) allow. It’s hot outside and the sun is shining.

Welcome summer and farewell to spring.

This first painting is called “Jazz Garden.” My dear husband helped me name it. When he saw the completed canvas he said to me, “It looks like music.” I agreed, then the name popped into my head. He wants to hang it in the music studio🎶🎵🎶

This  was my second attempt at painting this idea…

This was the first“Flower Tunnel” It’s an abstraction of what it might look like if by some miracle the viewer had shrunk down like Alice from Wonderland. I always loved that idea. I piled layers of acrylic paint on top of greens and blues. Perhaps I many continue to paint this idea several move times

Here is a drawing I did first

Experimenting with abstracted flowers and pointillism has been a common theme in my most recent work. The hills and trees with their natural beauty overwhelm me sometimes. I feel so blessed to live among God’s glorious creation.

“Iris Abstraction”

Our new home ha such beautiful irises. I couldn’t get enough photographs of them on my phone one morning just after they had opened so I decided to paint them. Going more with capturing the essence of the thing as apposed to a realist representation I painted without real planning or self input. I love giving over my hand when painting. It is not me but the creator inside of me…
“Blue Black Space Explosion” may just be a temporary name for this piece in not quite sure yet. I do know that I painting it first upon arrival. Using a rusted nail and dripping paint I hadn’t even unpacked my brushes yet. Even during our busiest seasons we should all remember to try to continue doing those things we love.

I love painting!

I stared painting space inspired pieces last year and I may post some of my first ones soon to add to my online collection of works. I’m looking forward to building from here.

“Untitled, Hot Space Abstraction”

Currently I’m really enjoying mixing my own acrylic paints, selecting colors and like in this one combining flat, iridescent, and neon paints as well. I plan on expanding this collection even further soon. Using multiple canvases like this also has been allowing me to create even larger paintings. Another angle gives you the idea how hanging differently makes this picture pop in various places. I love that most of my paintings couple be hung in a variety of ways changing the look of the art. “Orange Space Abstraction”

Like a fireball planet I created this piece mostly with warm bright yellows and orange, adding in gold for highlight. These have been so fun and I feel passionate about continuing on.

Comments, questions, suggestions, and messages of all kinds are much appreciated. I hope you enjoyed my favorite six paintings I completed in May. Hopefully I will take the time to post more… Perhaps even tomorrow? Who knows?!? I’m so random sometimes. Lol. Anyways

Thanks for reading, Bye✌🏽️

-Dominique Barrentine 

Moving Day Washington to California: Boo and Charlie Cats

 

“Is it time to go yet?” The cats said to their people in unison; they were done with this whole moving thing already. 

“First you pack up all the stuff and clean the whole place, you let all these strangers in and now this?!” They complained looking around the room that has been designated the ‘Cat Room’ for moving day. This area has everything they need but when will it be time to be let out already? 

  

Sir Charles, the male of the pair, sulks into the closet for some privacy. He throws himself down with a plop and begins to tear out the fur on his hind quarters. There is a hotspot on his hips where as a younger barn cat he got into a tussle with a raccoon and ended up with two broken legs. Somewhat crippled he tries to compensate or hide his pain from the others. 

  
Princess Boo Kitty is the most well adjusted. As a ragdoll Siamese cat she tends to have a more relaxed attitude in general. I wouldn’t say she is particularly thrilled but she hasn’t lost any sleep over the matter. Her eyes blink slowly and calmly as she lays out on the ground before her humans. 
“You better not forget us!” The cat says rolling onto her back like a kitten. 

Then every time I leave the room they get into position. Charles in the corner of the closet were he can get some secure shut eye and Boo in her crate. 

  
“I’m ready when you are.” She says each time you open the door. 

  
So far so good. Soon we will be on to other things guys. Just wait until you see the new house. 

-Dominique Barrentine 

Progress on the Moving Process Washington to California 


So things are coming along quite well. Not to say there haven’t been bumps along the way, there has been. Today our house in Washington closed, officially. Yay!

Packing is nearly done and we now have a U-Haul until Sunday. I’m hoping this week we will be attending church in Fairfield at Liberty Church for a second time. I really enjoyed the sermon and worship last time we went. The spirit was in the house.


Unfortunately I pinched a nerve in my neck but it seems to be healing some. Ouchy. What bad timing I always seem to have?! Perhaps it’s just stress. So I try to take a deep breath and slow down my heart.

Perhaps I’ll go draw some more. That always helps. I’ve been taking a bath everyday too since I hurt my neck. The warm water soothes the tension. Taking care of yourself is a very important part of moving!


I’ve made significant progress in the editing stage of my book. As far as spelling and grammar goes I do believe I am nearly there. I have sent out a few copies to friends and family for test reading already as well. The best word I could use to describe it is, “intense.” Looking forward I hope to receive some feedback on my work.


I captured this sequence over the course of my orchids bloom life. I love watching the circle of life unfolding before my eyes. If cared for properly this plant will continue to send up spikes of blooms for many years to come. I hope she survives the move. If they do all the plants will love the extra sunshine!

My neighbor guy gave me these beautiful lilacs. They smell so fragrantly! Maybe I will put a few flowers in my bath. I gifted him these bright sunny daffodils in return. I took pictures over the course of the bloom opening.

 Overall I have many mixed feelings about moving. As much as I’m scared and anxious I am also excited. It will be interesting to see what the next stage in life will bring. I pray to “Make new friends but keep the old ones. One is silver and the other is gold.” Also I pray that God will watch after us on our journey. I am so emotional today but I’m sure everything will be ok. Thankfully my hubby understands me so well, otherwise he might have decided to leave without me! Haha. Anyways, here is to new adventures! 🍸

-Dominique Barrentine

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Artist trading cards by Dominique Barrentine 

  
Zentangles and Artist Trading Cards by Dominique Barrentine. 

Has anyone ever heard of artists trading cards? I only just recently learned about these but I can’t wait to start collecting. They basically work like any other trading card but you need to be an artist to make and trade them. Then you need to know other artists to trade with. Does anyone want to trade with me? 

   
I got into the artist trading cards around the same time I discovered zentangles thanks to a book my grandmother gave to me. I took to them immediately and even made a full size canvas “Zentangle” in full color. I hope you like it, I sure do! 

 
I feel like zentangles are great practice for my hand. The small projects likes these are perfect for art on the go or when you only have limited time. They have influenced my art in other ways and have an overall calming effect during stress ful times. I feel close to God when I sit and draw. 
-Dominique Barrentine 

Random Update on my Colorful Primroses 

  
I don’t know if you remember how small these plants were when I first got them but they sure have grown since then. These have been wonderful flowers and I plan on getting more but I will leave these primroses for the new owners of our house as a gift. So when the new owners of our house move in they will have beautiful primroses on the patios. 

   
    
 
-Dominique Barrentine 

Leonid Afremov an Inspiring Resilient Artist with a Story

Please allow me to introduce the newest artist I have found online! This beautiful soul has survived so much and his background story I read here was so moving!
Originally from Belarus, Leonid is a impressionistic artist of Jewish, Russian, Israeli decent. I couldn’t even begin to tell his story as well as the bio on his personal art site could.

Mostly I want to share his bright, colorful paintings here on my blog. I love his use of color and practiced hand.

He had plenty of time to practice and hone is art with the eventful life he has lived. I really encourage you to click on the links to learn more about his story. I feel that he has overcome great struggle to provide us with these beautiful masterpieces.

He was forced to paint only what would sell for many years as a developing artist but that allowed him to come into his own so that now he has a very specific style. You can see a common theme in color and the subjects he chooses reflect things the artist has viewed himself.

I just love the way all of his pictures show his unique style. These hot air balloons bring back memories of my youth visiting my father in Wala Wala Washington when the Hot Air Balloon festival was in town. I’m sure many people identify with the subjects of his paintings. Others remind me of our travels to Europe.

Dancers, landscapes, and flowers. Because of his unique history as an artist most of his time was spent painting things that sell. Popular subjects such as these were what allowed Leonid to become such a prolific artist.


I’m sure it must have been frustrating to the artist to limit himself to popular subjects. Unfortunately it seems that for the most part that is how artists are forced to make money off of their trade. Perhaps one day that will change? Perhaps it has already begun? Either way I love his ‘popular subjects.’

His flower images really highlight his fearless use of color. Generally I am not a fan of still life. The exception to that is Van Gough and artist that remind me of him with their still life. Leonid’s flowers remind me of Van Gough’s “Sunflowers.”


After all of the struggles this artist has been though in his life I was very happy to hear that he has retired to Mexico! His sons now head the business of selling his painting, prints and generally handing the art works.

I’m so glad that he did eventually sell his art on etsy, eBay and elsewhere.

To me he is an artist inspiration and a success story for modern artists everywhere.

Thank you for allowing me to share this art with you. If the artist happens to be reading this article thank you so much for touching my life with your painting. Your paintings are brilliant and inspiring. Please never stop painting and feel proud of your creations. I love you and your style!

God bless,

-Dominique Barrentine