Thursday, September 17, 2015

Easy as Pie!!

One of my favorite things is to bake is a buttermilk pie! This is a custard like pie that is traditional of the southern United States.

 I discovered this sweet treat in the great state of Texas and I have been making them ever since.  They are so easy to make, and even easier if you cheat a little and use a frozen pie crust.  The frozen crusts come in packages of 2, so I usually make one for me and one to share.

You only need 4 ingredients:

4 eggs
1 cup of Sugar or Splenda
1 TBS all purpose flour
1 cup Buttermilk

Combine the above in a bowl and pour into unbaked pie shell.  Bake at 350 for 45 minutes

For an added touch, use a seasonal cookie cutter and bake cutouts on a cookie sheet for 10-12 minutes.

The pie will look like this when it's done.  I love buttermilk pie best when served at room temperature.

Garnish with whipped cream, your pastry cutout, and some vanilla sugar or cinnamon sugar....

It's easy as pie!!!!

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Recent Creations and Fun

It's been a busy Summer and I am looking ever so forward to spending time up north to take in some cool Fall days and nights!  Here in Florida, we won't see the likes of cool air for several more months.

I am proud to have been included in 2 features in the most recent issue of Creating Vintage Charm Magazine.  There is a feature on my art studio, and a feature on a special artist retreat called Serendipity that was held in Texas at the fabulous Whitworth Ranch retreat.  

Order a copy of this beautiful and charming magazine here:

If you are looking for a wonderful place to escape and create, visit Whitworth Ranch Retreat in Scurry, Texas.  My dear friend Stacy Seely is the gracious host and all of your meals can be included in your stay!  Visit here:

My quaint art studio here in Florida has been bustling with fun and creations. 

 Recently a surprise art party was held in honor of Andrea's birthday and it was a bliss filled night with Sangria and tasty tidbits and a wonderful project.

  I created kits with all the materials for the ladies to make their own crochet scarves.  It was a beautiful night!  Gather some girlfriends and plan an art party of your own at my studio. 

I have been creating some lovely vintage finery for the stores who carry my merchandise as well recently.  Mount Dora is gearing up for it's huge art festival at the end of October so I am busy working on some one of a kind designs for the weekend.  This little town draws 350,000 people for this event!

I finished a romantic little shadow box using some tiny ballet slippers and other found objects...

and now it's on to creating some jewelry, hair fascinators and more....

See you again soon to share a fun Fall recipe!

Monday, September 14, 2015

A few spots remain for my Gatsby Queens Artist Retreat! This is a weekend brimming with artistic splendor, antique shopping and dining delights!  Visit the blog for details and to register!  Just click on the button on the side bar here on my blog.

Welcome to Karen Paige Designs!

Hello All!

Welcome to my new blog, formerly Ancient Queen Designs.  Since I opened my art studio, I decided it would make the most sense to keep everything, my photography and my artistry here on this new blog, Karen Paige Designs.  It is my hopes that with my many announcements, all of my devoted former followers will find me here, and I welcome all new followers as well!

My blog will be a place of sharing my happy world of art, my photography adventures, my artist retreats, my recipes and culinary delights.

I have so many exciting things happening these days including that soon I will be opening my own Etsy Store!  Details to follow.

  Please know you can also find me on Facebook at Karen Paige Design Studio or Photography by Karen Paige Hillman.