Monday, September 24, 2018

Sunflower Watercolor & A Pie Recipe

At my retreat, I did my watercolor class on the second day, and I did my normal thing where I used a flower image and taught the blending method one petal at a time. I happened to have this gorgeous sunflower stamp with me, so I stamped it in Fadeout Ink, and painted it with Daniel Smith Watercolor - just four pigments (listed below). I added a sentiment from this set - I was happy to ink up both of these for the first time. The sentiment set, which is the perfect size, does come with matching dies.
No Line Watercolor of a Sunflower by Understand Blue

Hero Florals Sunflower - Hero Arts
[ HA | SSS ]
So Very - WPlus9 Design Studio, LLC
[ WPL | SSS ]
So Very Die - WPlus9 Design Studio, LLC
[ WPL | SSS ]
Fadeout No Line coloring Detail Ink
[ INK ]
VersaFine Clair Ink Pad, Nocturne -...
[ ELH | SSS ]
Quinacridone Pink - Daniel Smith...
[ BLIC ]
Aussie Red Gold
[ BLIC ]
Quinacridone Purple - Daniel Smith...
[ BLIC ]
Quinacridone Deep Gold
[ BLIC ]
Daniel Smith Extra Fine Watercolors
[ BLIC ]
Escoda Versatil Brushes, Travel Round...
[ UTR | BLIC | INK ]
Fabriano Extra White Cold Press...
[ BLIC ]
MISTI Stamping Tool
[ MSW | HA | SSS | ELH | MFT | SBC ]
Lawn Fawn STAMP SHAMMY Cleaner LF1045
[ SSS | ELH | CST | ART | SBC ]
Rotatrim Professional Series Cutter -...
[ BLIC ]
Nesting Porcelain Bowls - BLICK art...
[ BLIC ]
My Favorite Watercolor Sketchbook
[ UTR ]
Heavy Base Weight Card Stock- White
[ GNK ]
Absorber - Synthetic Cleaning Cloth
Mudder 10 Pack White Buffer Sanding...
Essentials by Ellen Storage...
[ ELH ]
Teflon Bone Folder - Ellen Hutson LLC
[ ELH | SSS ]
Tombow MONO MULTI Liquid Glue Two...
[ SSS | ART | BLIC | ELH ]
Ink Off Cloth
[ INK ]

Now since this reminds me of fall, I have a fun fall recipe to share with you.

My friend Lois introduced me to boiled cider, and this was the first time I had a chance to try it in a recipe.

I decided to use a James Beard Foundation recipe, because how can you go wrong with James Beard?

I wasn't sure what to expect with this pie, so imagine my delight when I took a bit and it tasted like a cross between an apple pie and a lemon bar!!

It's a creamy, tart, awesome pie. So unlike any other apple dessert I've ever had. I love it - so give it a try. I bought my boiled cider here, or you can make your own. I wasn't able to find it locally.


  • Pie dough for a 1-crust pie
  • 2/3 cup boiled cider, or 2 cups apple cider, boiled down to 2/3 cup
  • 2 tablespoons sugar, or to taste
  • 2 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon unsalted butter, melted
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice (I used 4 packets of True Lemon - I do this for all lemon and lime juice in recipes)
  • Pinch of salt
  • 3 large eggs, well beaten
  • 2 tart apples such as Granny Smith, peeled, cored, and coarsely grated
  • 3 tablespoons packed light or dark brown sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg


Roll out the dough on a lightly floured surface to a large circle about 1/8-inch thick or take it out of the Pillsbury box :). Fit it, without stretching, into a buttered 8- to 9-inch pie pan. Trim off the excess dough, leaving a 3/4-inch border. Fold under the edge of dough, pressing along rim of the pan and forming a high, fluted border. Chill the pie shell while you preheat the oven to 375ºF, with a rack in the lower third.
In a bowl, whisk together the boiled cider, sugar, melted butter, lemon juice, salt, and eggs. Add the grated apples and stir to blend well. Pour the filing into the pie shell; sprinkle the brown sugar and nutmeg over the top.
Bake until mixture is just set in the center, usually 50 minutes. (Mine took a bit longer)
Let the pie cool on a wire rack.

Hope you have an awesome week!



  1. What a beautiful flower, your coloring is always so inspiring. Thanks for sharing! <3

  2. You are wonderful watercoloring teacher and inspirer. This sunflower still amazes me.

  3. Beautiful card! I love the colors of Fall.

  4. Stunning sunflower, and thank you for the recipe!

  5. Beautiful sunflower, I always love your watercoloring. I can't wait to try the apple pie it sounds delish! PS I've never heard of boiled cider so thanks for the link to buy it :)

  6. Gorgeous watercoloring and fantastic card Lydia! The pie recipe sounds awesome.

  7. This pie sounds delicious!! (The sunflower is beautiful, but... pie!) Thank you for the recipie. ☺


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