Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Julie Clark Art Now Offers A Newsletter!

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Friday, January 27, 2012

Ever Heard of Brown Rice Syrup?

Ever heard of brown rice syrup? A year ago, neither had I. It's a medium colored alternative to so many other sweeteners, including table sugar and corn syrup, and it's one worth paying attention to.

Unlike other traditional syrups, such as maple or honey, brown rice syrup has a very mild flavor, making it perfect to add just the right amount of sweetness without altering the flavors of the other ingredients.

But isn't traditional sugar just fine? Why try yet another trendy food?

One reason I'm personally sold on brown rice syrup can be summed up in one word: oatmeal. Oatmeal is marketed as a wholesome, stick to your ribs breakfast choice. And in folklore, it's also referred to as...paste. If you are anything like me, some sort of sugary something needs to be added if it's going to be on the menu and actually eaten. In the past, anytime I'd have it, a few hours later I'd be begging for lunch. But oatmeal is touted as food with staying power, isn't it? For me and my daughter, no, it wasn't. If anything, it upped our appetites for the day, so we moved on to other things.

One evening, we caught "Christina Cooks", and she was pouring this light brown, gloppy stuff and talking about its effects on our bodies, one of which is a slower release of sugars into the blood stream. Or, to put it in my own words, it helps us feel satisfied longer. I gave it a try and I have to say, she is right. (Click HERE to read her take on it.) Not only is oatmeal back on the menu, but when lunchtime arrives, I'm in much less of a rush to stop working and start fixing it, as I'm not starving anymore.

But, isn't it more pricey than regular sugars? Yes and no. If you are talking about the everyday white stuff, yes. But compared to maple syrup? Depending on your market, there's a good chance it's more affordable. Besides, if adding something like brown rice syrup to your diet means you eat less, and eat better, isn't that priceless?

Have you tried it? I'd love to hear your experiences with it!

Disclaimer: The views written are solely the author's. Consult with your dietician or physician for any significant lifestyle changes.

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Doing the Tangerine Tango

As one who follows color trends, I was surprised to see Tangerine Tango as Pantone's 2012 Color of the Year. Last year, for perspective, brought us a bright yet soothing Honeysuckle Pink, so the orange comes almost as a jolt. But, I have to admit, a welcome one. Tangerine Tango is bright and warm, energizing (especially when paired with a brighter pink) yet soothing (when toned done with peach and soft buttery hues).

'Tangerine Tango Dreams' by JulieClarkArt

Inspired by Pantone's 2012 Color of the Year, Tangerine Tango, this beautifully warm selection of handmade items is sure to please at least one person on your gift list! Or go ahead, and indulge yourself, instead...
















So, what do you think? Did Pantone get it right?

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

A Fave Calendar for 2012

Did you pick out a calendar this year? For the first time - ever - my kitchen is calendar-less. Blame it on my phone, which seems to house everything from email to recipes to, well, my schedule, and it slipped my mind this year.

But I can't say the same for work. Each year, I've bought the Gooseberry Patch Appointment Calendar, and I'd be lost without it! The gorgeous watercolor images on the pages make it a pleasure to open and actually use, while the layout makes it practical. There's even a pocket in the front to hold receipts.

I just sneaked a peak, and it's on clearance for a steal, so, if you're in search of a calendar for 2012, it just might fit the bill. As for my kitchen, I've got my eye on their wall calendar... :)

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

New Year, New Resolution

Happy 2012 everyone, and thanks so much for following along!

Did you make any resolutions this year? Personally, I stopped doing them a long time ago, but a new year is a good time to sit down and create or revise a business plan.

Ok, who yawned? :)

Believe it or not, I'm excited to put the finishing touches on my business plan for this year. One aspect I'm happy to reveal is I am starting a monthly special! The details will be listed in my online shops, as well as posted on my Facebook page.

Curious? Pop over to my shop on Etsy  and check out my announcement for the special item, and click HERE for the one on ArtFire!

Have a great year, everyone!