The Mountains Are Calling

This new design in handcrafted dinnerware is now on display at my Ravin’ Studio space at the South Water Manor in Gallatin. Place settings can be preordered. All pieces are wheel thrown and hand painted. The set includes four sizes of plates and two sizes of bowls. The glaze is a deep green which has a bluish shimmer. Order directions and price (per place setting) can be viewed at my booth at the South Water Manor. You can also email me at for a price per place setting.

Special Watercolor Palettes

The carved palettes are perfect for the watercolor artist. I especially like them because they clean up well. Sometimes plastic watercolor palettes stain easily. There are also containers for water and paint brushes.

Breakfast Recipes

Beech Cumberland Presbyterian Church has a unique fellowship brunch between the morning worship service and Sunday School. The Sunday School classes rotate in supplying a brunch, which to say the least is more than coffee and doughnuts. Here are a few of the breakfast recipes. The French Toast Casserole is one that the minister Jeff DeWees makes. Mary Monroe brought the Snickerdoodle Cookie Bar.

French Toast Casserole

Casserole Ingredients

  • 1/2 loaf of bread
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 6 eggs
  • 3/4 cup of milk or cream
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 stick of butter (1/2 cup of margarine)
  • Topping Ingredients
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 2-4 TBS milk
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla flavoring


Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Cut bread into 1″ x 1/2″ pieces. Set aside in a large bowl that has plenty of room to combine the bread with the egg mixture later on. Mix the sugar, cinnamon, and salt and set aside. Beat the six eggs. Then add the milk and vanilla to that mixture. Add the sugar mixture. Mix until well combined. Pour the egg mixture over top of the bread. Fold the bread/egg mixture until the bread appears to be covered with the egg mixture. Grease a 9 x 13 pan with the stick of butter. Just peel back the paper and use the stick to grease the pan. Cut the remainder of the stick into 12-14 pats . Randomly place 3 -4 pats around the bottom of the pan. Pour bread mixture into the pan. Spread evenly. Randomly place the remainder of the butter on top of the bread mixture. Place pan in the oven to bake for 22-25 minutes (until the eggs no longer appear runny). While the casserole is baking mix the topping (sugar, milk and vanilla). When the casserole is finished baking, remove from the oven and pour the topping evenly over the casserole.

Snickerdoodle Cookie Bars


  • 3/4 cup butter, fully melted
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • Topping
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp cream of tartar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees and thoroughly grease a 9 x 13 pan. Mix the melted butter and sugars together in a large bowl until smooth, While continuing to mix, add the eggs and vanilla.Add the flour, baking powder, cream of tartar, and salt to the bowl of wet ingredients and stir until combined. Transfer batter to the prepared baking pan and press into an even layer. In a small bowl, combine sugar and cinnamon for the topping, then sprinkle over the batter, Bake for 20-25 minutes or until the top is just turning golden. Allow to cool for 30 minutes before slicing and serving.

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