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What’s in a name it time for a change, ideas, writers, and artist wanted!

Its time for change, ideas, writers, and artist wanted!  Have you wanted to share your creative sparks check this out.

image via richardgerver.com

image via richardgerver.com

Ok so its been just under 2 years since I started my blog “linda’s Art Spot” started, and I started my etsy online shop. I’ve found as much as I love everything about polymer clay well life should be more than clay. My blog has expanded to include other adventures in my creative life.  Things like gardening, camping, cooking, sewing woodworking well you get the picture. This has left me wanting to make a shift in my blog and I need your help.

I want to change my shop name to reflect “living your best creative life” with an emphasis but not exclusively on polymer clay. I am brain storming ideas so if you have a name or thought you are willing to share “private message me” There is no compensation for this just the satisfaction in helping someone else.

I also want to have more time in the studio, garden, woodshop etc. I am looking
for contributors for my blog folks who would like to share there craft, art or creative ways.

Maybe you already have a blog and want to share a post once a week or once a month. That would be great!

Maybe you write tutorials and sell them else where and would like to offer free tuts awesome!

Do you love to scan the web and find cool techniques to share. Whatever you might have to offer just contact me and lets see where this goes! This just might be the opportunity we’ve both have been looking for.

I hope to hear from you soon!


Yummy recipe for a cold winters night “Smokey Black Bean Soup”

Let me start by saying although my hubby (Chris) and I are not vegetarians we do strive to eat more and more meatless meals. But every year when winter rolls around I crave my favorite meals like pot roast, meatloaf, and stuffed cabbage.

After fighting my weight and diabetes for so many years I recently had gastric bypass surgery. It has drastically changed what I eat and as I add more foods back into my diet I have been on the search for more flavor and less meat.

I enjoy making beans from scratch and it doesn’t get any easier than cooking them up in my crock pot. Here is a recipe I found awhile back that has been sitting on my pinterest site just waiting to be tried.

It comes to us via Lindsey Johnson’s blog cafejohnsonia.com

So delicious and what wonderful aromas

So delicious and what wonderful aromas

I highly recommend you give this one a try. I did however make a few alterations in mine since we love spices I actually doubled the spice amounts from 1/2 tsp to 1 tsp and added a bit more liquid smoke to taste. I also substituted the paprika for smoked paprika.

Lindsey doe’s recommend that you wait to taste and then add the extra seasoning to taste which is exactly what I did. Also I skipped the section where you puree I was feeling a bit lazy, and I love texture. The Advacado was a perfect topper to the soup I’m not a fan of radishes so I skipped them. Give it a try and tell me what you think. Go Lindsey I’ll be trying some more of your recipes.

Smoky Black Bean Soup

6 cups cooked black beans (about 4 regular sized cans, drained)
1 tbsp. canola oil
1 onion, diced
1 large carrot, finely diced
1 large stalk celery, finely diced
3 garlic cloves, minced
32 oz. undrained whole or diced tomatoes in juice (I used a quart of tomatoes I bottled from my garden)
vegetable bouillon cube plus water to make 2 cups (or 2 cups vegetable stock)
1/2 tsp liquid smoke (I used mesquite)
1/2 tsp. ground cumin
1/2 tsp. paprika (not the spicy kind)
salt, to taste
Diced avocado and thinly sliced radishes, for garnish

In a large pot, heat the oil until shimmering.  Add the onion, carrot, celery and garlic.  Cook until softened.  Add the cumin and paprika and cook for a minute or two longer, until fragrant.  Add the black beans, tomatoes, vegetable broth and liquid smoke.  Simmer until thickened.  Remove about 1/3 of the soup and puree the remaining 2/3 using an immersion blender or in batched in a regular blender.  Add the 1/3 back to the pot.  Simmer a little longer and taste.  Adjust seasonings as needed.

Ladle into cups or bowls.  Garnish, if desired.

Makes enough for 4-6 good sized portions.