Tuesday, July 28, 2015

grilled chicken parm recipe ~

Whew -- lots going on here lately --
I feel like a chicken!  haha.  Get it?  Running
around like a chicken?  Yeah - not really funny...
but I thought so.  haha.  Anyway, I 
promised you my Grilled Chicken Parm
recipe the other day - so here goes!  I'll be
catching up with my series art postings as
soon as I can...and let you know what's been
going on here lately!
Grilled Chicken Parmesan Recipe, Sue Allemand Art
Grilled Chicken Parmesan
Sue's Grilled Chicken Parm Recipe
(with mushrooms & green beans)

4 Chicken Breasts
Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Minced Garlic
Salt & Pepper
1/2 c. Prego Spaghetti Sauce
(whichever flavor you like - I like a
chunky mushroom style)
1/2 c. Sliced Bella Mushrooms
1/4c. - 1/2c.  Fresh Grated Parmesan Cheese
1/2 lb. Fresh Green Beans

Cooking Instructions:
1.  Season chicken breasts, on both sides, with
salt and pepper.
2.  Grill chicken in a grill pan or saute pan with 
EVOO and minced garlic.  (Approximately 15 - 20
minutes, depending on the size of your breasts) (the
chicken's breasts that is - hehehe - ok another
NOT funny... I must be squirrelly today...
everything seems funny to me)
I like to have a good browning on each
side!
3.  Spoon spaghetti sauce onto the tops of
each breast - and smooth over with
the back of the spoon.
4.  Add sliced mushrooms on and
around chicken. 
5.  Wash and snap stems off of the
green beans and add them to the pan
as well. 
6.  Cover pan and let cook for
a few minutes until mushroom and
beans are soft, to your liking.
7.  Sprinkle grated parmesan cheese
onto each chicken breast and spoon
on some sauce and mushrooms
from the bottom of the pan.

As soon as the parm melts - You're Done!  
Quick and Easy!  And only 1 pan is
dirty!!  Yay!  (I hate doing dishes!)

I hope you LOVE!  My family does!
This is a great low carb dish --
if you want to cut out even more
sugar -- use diced tomato, onion,
and green pepper instead of the sauce.
But there's really not much in that
little amount of sauce.

Let me know if you try it!

Hugs,
Sue



Friday, July 24, 2015

meditation series ~ days 8 & 9

I've been having issues with my power and internet
lately - so I didn't get to post my paintings
for Days 8 & 9....
here they are.  I LOVE the direction I'm
going with these!  Very light and ethereal!
I guess that's what meditation does for me...haha.

Gratitude Meditation Series Abstracts by Sue Allemand
Meditation Series ~ Day 8 ~ "Ethereal"
It's fun to just play and try things out - instead
of my usual OCD perfectionist self - trying
to put and place everything perfectly!
And the 20 minute limit on these paintings
is great!  I find that if I futz with it longer than
the 20 minutes - it's the perfectionist
coming out and it looks overdone!

This one (below) - I was like...uh oh... I've gone
too far!  So I had to step away -- let it
breathe -- then go back in and take some
of the "busyness" away by adding more white
layers.  I still may have a touch more to do -
to bring it back where I want it.  But that's
what happens when you let your left brain do
the painting!  haha.

Gratitude Meditation Series Abstracts by Sue Allemand
Meditation Series ~ Day 9 ~ "Flow"
I'll be back later with today's painting... if the power
stays on!  haha.

Oh and I promised to post my recipe for Grilled Chicken
Parm - (thanks for asking FB & IG'ers).  I'll do that in 
the next post.  Very quick and easy -- and soooo 
delish!!  And if you don't already follow
me on Facebook or Instagram - please do!  Just
click these links to take you there!

Hugs,
Sue

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

meditation series ~ day 7

Here is today's meditative painting... hope you all had
a wonderful day!   Gratitude is a great
thing to meditate about!  I'm so grateful
for my health, my family & friends, my 
wonderful life... and to be able to do what
I LOVE for a living...and for FUN!  :)

Gratitude Meditation Series Abstract Paintings by Sue Allemand Art
Meditation Series ~ Day 7 ~ 072115
Hugs,
Sue

Monday, July 20, 2015

meditation series ~ day 6

Hi all!!  How was your weekend?  Whew - I'm exhausted
today!  Started lifting weights again -- been feeling mushy --
and saw my fatty arms in a picture this weekend - yuck!
But now my arms are so sore - I can barely lift them!  haha

I've been trying to
take the weekends off lately - spending time with family
and do things around the house... so I took the
weekend off of my meditation series as well.
But, I'm back at it today!  Here is 
Day 6 of my Gratitude Meditation
Series...

Gratitude Meditation Series by Sue Allemand
Meditation Series - Day 6 - 072015
Gratitude Meditation Series by Sue Allemand

I still have to take the pictures of them all.  Will post 
a collage photo when I do!  ;)

See you tomorrow!
Hugs,
Sue

Friday, July 17, 2015

meditation series ~ day 5

I love these sweet colors.  Reminds me
of a baby girl's room.

This is the finished piece.  I went a little farther
after the meditation was over - you'll see
where it was before, below:

Meditation Series Abstracts by Sue Allemand
Gratitude Meditation Series - 071715 - by Sue Allemand

Here it was at the end of the meditation period...

Meditation Series Abstracts by Sue Allemand
Meditation Series - Progression
It just needed a little "something" - so I spent
another  5 - 10 minutes on it... and
I love it now!

Hugs,
Sue

Thursday, July 16, 2015

meditation series ~ day 4 ~

I'm really having a lot of fun with this
"Gratitude Meditation Series"!  The meditations
are great - as always.... and the painting is turning
out to be such a fun "play time" for me!  Trying
out new color combinations and  ideas!
If you'd like to join in on Deepak Chopra's
FREE 21 Day "Manifesting Grace through
Gratitude" Meditation Experience - just
click HERE to sign up!  It's not too late - we're
only on Day 4!  :)

OK - here's my Day 4 Painting -
I just LOVE it...and this new direction!  Calm
and serene looking!  :)

Gratitude Meditation Series Abstracts by Sue Allemand Art
Meditation Series - #071615 - by Sue Allemand
Come follow me on Instagram -- if you want!  I post more
progress pictures and daily inspirations over there!

Hugs,
Sue

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

meditation series ~ day 3 ~

Here's my painting for Day 3 of my Gratitude Meditation
Series.  These are just pics from my phone (for quick
snaps)... I'll be taking photos with my good camera
at the end of each week
and posting a collage for a better view!

Gratitude Meditation Series  Abstracts by Sue Allemand
Purple/Green/White - Meditation Series

Gratitude Meditation Series  Abstracts by Sue Allemand
Gratitude Meditation Series ~ 071515 by Sue Allemand
Hugs,
Sue

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

gratitude meditation series ~

I love meditating... it keeps me zen! 

Gratitude Meditation Series:  071315 by Sue Allemand
 I've been doing abstract paintings for a little over
2 years.  I consider my abstracts, "Meditative 
Paintings" for 2 reasons... 
#1 - While I'm painting them, I'm in the "zone".
That peaceful, calm place where I'm intuitively adding paint
and texture to a piece - without thinking about the
stresses and responsibilities of the day.  I'm "zoning" into
the music I'm listening to, the nature sounds around
me... or just the quietness of the studio.
#2 - When the seer looks at the painting, I want their
eyes to wander around the different colors, 
brushstrokes, textures... and feel a sense of
peace and calm.  I want them to be transported
INTO the painting - where they can get "lost"
in the tranquil depths and forget their troubles...
a kind of "meditative" state. 

Sue Allemand Art, Meditation Series, Abstracts
The start of Monday's meditation... #071315
I've been listening to Deepak Chopra's meditations for
years.  The sound of his voice and the peaceful
music he chooses for his meditations - transport
me to a place of beauty and light... a place of
no stress...  it always centers me and gets me
ready for the day.

Well - yesterday started a new FREE 21-Day Meditation
Series, from Deepak, called Manifesting Grace through
Gratitude.  If you'd like to join - you can click this
link.

Anyway - I decided that for this 21-day series, I was
going to do a painting each day, for each meditation!
I'm doing my meditation first, and making note of
the colors that come forth in my mind during
the session.  Afterwards, I relisten to
the meditation while painting on my canvas, recalling
the colors and feelings that came up for me, during
my session.  Each meditation/painting takes
approximately 15 - 20 minutes.  

Sue Allemand Art, Meditation Series, Abstracts
Progress on #071315
I'll post my daily painting here, each day!  If
you'd like to join me - you are so welcome to!  I'd
love to see your paintings!  I'm doing 8" x 10"
canvases... those seem to be the perfect size for
a 20 minute painting.  At the end, we'll be
totally peaceful and grateful - AND we'll have
21 paintings to show for it!  How fun is
that?

I started yesterday (07/13/15) - so I have 2 days
paintings to post so far... Monday's painting is at
the beginning of this post.  And here's today's
painting:

Gratitude Meditation Series: 071415 - by Sue Allemand
I'll be scanning my paintings and using them as
backgrounds for inspiring quotes and messages
of gratitude!  Prints will be available soon!

Come on everybody - let's all get zen!!

Hugs,
Sue