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Rock Island, IL, United States
Hi, I'm Shalom, owner of Shalom Schultz Designs (art & stationery). I am also an art/craft/flea junkie with an outspoken personality and this is my space to share all the things I'm passionate about (and to post the occasional rant). Enjoy my blog!

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Thursday, April 24, 2014

Baked Banana-Berry Oatmeal To-Go Cups

Yesterday, I had some very ripe bananas I needed to use up and it was a cool, rainy day - perfect for baking. I wanted something a little heartier than banana bread and I didn't want to have to go shopping for any special ingredients. I'd made baked oatmeal using this recipe before, but both my husband and I thought they were a little bland. So I decided to try my own adaptation, adding back in some traditional baking ingredients to give the oatmeal that little extra punch of flavor and sweetness it needed to be just right. We both loved them!! They are easy to store for a quick, protein-packed breakfast on the go and they re-heat easily in the microwave. I prefer mine warm, with just a dab of butter on top. Below is my version of the recipe.
(Yield: Approximately 24)

• 3-4 Ripe Bananas, mashed
• 1 cup Milk of your choice...I used whole milk
• 2 Eggs
• 1 tblsp Baking Powder
• 1 tsp Cinnamon
• 3/4 cup Sugar...or sweetener of your choice, adjust amount to personal taste
• 3 tblsp Butter, melted...optional, but adds a lot of flavor
• 3 cups+ dry Oatmeal...'quick cooking' will be smoother, 'old fashioned' will be grainier once baked
• 1-2 cups frozen Blueberries (not thawed)

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Spray muffin liners or muffin pan with non-stick cooking spray.

Mix Bananas, Milk & Eggs. Add Baking Powder, Cinnamon, Sugar & Butter. Mix well. Add 3 cups oatmeal and mix well. If batter is runny, add more as needed (should not be stiff, but easy to scoop up with a spoon). Fold in frozen Blueberries.

Spoon batter into muffin tins (they should be just about full, as they will not rise much at all during baking). Bake 25-30 minutes or until golden brown on top. Allow to cool slightly before removing liners.


Life's Better In Flip Flops

I NEED this sign to display on my mantel this summer. Is it not the absolute, hand-on-heart truth? Raise your hand if you LOVE flip flop season!!!

Friday, April 11, 2014

Bloom Where You're Planted...Finished the Sketch Today

So this is what I've accomplished in the past 2 weeks since I posted the photo of my partial sketch. I have to say, I was definitely motivated by all your encouragement to continue working on it in whatever pockets of time I could find (15 minutes here...30 minutes there...). So thanks again! The next steps to finishing the art piece, now that it's been scanned, are for me to move and re-size portions of the drawing digitally until I have the layout exactly where I want it (this is where it helps to be a graphic designer). Then I will print it out, VERY carefully trace over it with a fine art ink pen, then re-scan it again and digitally color it so I can offer it in different color combinations. After all that, VoilĂ ! It will be done...hopefully before the end of the summer. :)

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Be More Like A Flower

And they are all different...yet all beautiful in their own ways. Great reminder as we welcome Spring and the start of Growing Season!

Monday, April 7, 2014

Flea market picnic table out of an old wood door

I have a picnic table on my back porch that needs a new top - it is missing large chunks where the wood has rotten through, but the supports and the seats are perfectly fine. So, rather than scrapping the whole thing, I'd like to just give it a new top. Came across this idea in my research of using an old wooden door. Wouldn't that just be so cute? And it would go perfectly with the rustic, weathered nature of what's left of my picnic table. I'll have to keep a look out this summer for discarded doors left on curbs.

Friday, April 4, 2014

INSTANT Modern Art...your kids can do!

I'd like to highlight a new artist I've just son!! Connor is 2 1/2 and LOVES to create with anything I put in front of him. Earlier this week he did watercolors and paper mosaics for the first time and suddenly I knew what to do with that barren spot on the wall in my kitchen. I hung up a bulletin board and then tacked up his artwork so it overlapped the board by 2-3" on all sides (thicker paper like card stock works best as it won't curl on the edges). The result is one big, colorful, abstract art piece and it looks AWESOME if I do say so myself. I know I'm a bit biased, but it's just such a cheerful pop of color now where there once was nothing but a phone jack we don't use anymore. Just around the corner is a dark hallway that could also use some sprucing up...can't wait to see what my baby comes up with next! 

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Whatever You Are Be a Good One...Art Print

Great reminder and such a cheerful design! Love this print by AnneGarrisonStudio.
Available in yellow, turquoise, pink & sage.