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A pastry flan is a dessert that presents flan on a shortcrust pastry base. The flan can be compared to Portuguese pastel de nata or a British custard tart. It can be personalized by adding caramel, coconut, or even chocolate.

Custard tarts or flans pâtissier are a baked pastry consisting of an outer pastry crust filled with egg custard.

This recipe is very easy, trust me! This is not like a quilt.

Serves 4-6 people


1 Puff pastry.
2 1/4 cups milk
3 large eggs
6 Tbsp sugar
4 Tbsp Cornstarch
1 1/2 tsp vanilla total needed (divided 1 tsp and 1/2 tsp)


Line a buttered and floured (or non-stick spray) 9" cake pan with the dough, prick the bottom and the edges with the tines of a fork.

Refrigerate while you prepare the filling.

Preheat oven to 350˚F

Using an electric mixer or whisk, beat the eggs with the cornstarch, 1tsp. vanilla, and 1 cup of milk in a bowl.

Pour the remaining milk into a saucepan, add sugar, 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract. Bring to a boil. Using an electric mixer, pour the boiling sweet vanilla milk over the egg mixture.

Pour everything back into a saucepan over low heat, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon. Do not let this mixture boil. Stir mixture for 1-2 minutes, no more. The mixture must be slightly thickened.

Pour the mixture in the pan with the previously prepared dough. Bake for 40 minutes at 350˚F. During the last 5 minutes, choose convection mode (if possible) to brown the top just a bit.

Let cool completely before unmolding, slicing and enjoying. Keep refrigerated.






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Delightful Daisies by Susan K Cleveland 

In April 2013, quilting legend and beloved quilt teacher, author, and designer, Libby Lehman had a brain aneurysm and subsequent stoke. After months of dire prognosis and being kept on life support, they slowly tried to wake her. She was there…but she was not there. Gradually Libby was able to begin therapy but it wasn’t long before she communicated that she wanted to die. She stopped eating. There were consultations with the family and the doctors. They agreed to put her into hospice care. After about six weeks of minimal food intake and depression, Libby, with laborious effort, said to her sister, “This dying thing isn’t working out. I want to live and I want to go back to therapy.”
It was during these dark days that Clara Lawrence organized a celebrity quilt auction to raise money for the mounting medical bills. The fund-raiser quilts were on display at the International Quilt Festival in Houston. I made a quilt for that auction, but I also bought a quilt…this quilt! It is made by my dear friend, the uber talented Susan Cleveland—the piping hottie herself. 
Libby continued her recovery and eventually was able to walk on her own. She continues to improve. And while she no longer is able to quilt or teach, she and her husband Lester enjoy living life to the fullest. Libby, who has always been inspirational—still inspires us today.



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Photos of the Week - Week 7

Critique Group Challenge: 

Week 7, Shadow Play

Photo by Ruth Ellen

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Ruth says:

I googled Shadows in Photography and saw a lot of images of forks and shadows. I went with a single fork for this image. I used the flashlight on my phone for the light. I removed some spots using the Spot Healing tool in PS and added 2 borders.


52-Week Photo Challenge Class
Week 7 - Black & White


Week 52 Photo Challenge:

Week 7, Black & White 

Photo by Larry Stiles

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Larry Stiles says:

Wooden ships on the water, very free and easy. Easy,you know the way it's supposed to be “Of Wind, Fog and Sail” by Diane Beestan is a book of black and white photos of sailing boats racing on San Francisco Bay, where I grew up. I have always said, and it may still be true, that if the house catches on fire the last thing I’ll grab on my way out the door would be that book. This image connected me back to that book. It sets on our coffee table in a place of honor. In my view, B&W photography relieved painting of the responsibility of conveying a graphic reality. Color photography took over that job leaving B&W to become the bridge between the two with standing in both camps. Black and White photography for me is a license to enter an image freely and leave behind the restrictions of the literal color world. Sometimes a color image will grab and hold me by the ears where a B&W will take me by the hand and lead me forward. Advancing storm clouds illuminated by the last direct sun light to be seen for a while. The Trumpeter Swans are oblivious. They’re big tough birds. Doing B&W in LRC is so much easier that with film, paper and chemicals. Different for sure.


Smart Phone Photo Challenges
Week 7 - Reflection

Smart Phone Challenge:

Week 7, Reflection

Photo by  Ellen Lindow

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Ellen says:

I went to the State Fair today and took a bunch of photos. I was hoping for a shot of the big Ferris Wheel with a reflection in the pond. I've taken shots like that before. But it was windy and cloudy (and hot and humid!). But I got some good looking shots and Linda Rowberry had just shared an app she had found called Reflect. I downloaded several photos I liked to my computer and replaced the sky in Photoshop. Then I uploaded them back to icloud and used the Reflect app, which has all sorts of wild and crazy things. I liked the lighting of this one the best, but the foreground had no water and no reflection. So I just went full-on Waterworld with this one. 



Photos of the Week - Week 6

Critique Group Challenge: 

Week 6, Rhymes With Hoot

Photo by Lois Bennett

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Lois says:

Rhymes with Hoot - How about a flute.? I learned to play the flute when I was 10 years old and have always loved flute music. I hadn't played in years, but I picked up this new flute a few years ago and all I need to do now is practice, practice, practice. :)

As I was photographing this, I held up some sheet music so that the music notes reflected in some of the flute keys. In editing, I did some standard LR edits and then added the Infrared Film filter from Nik Color Efex Pro, for this effect.


52-Week Photo Challenge Class
Week 6 - Long Depth


Week 52 Photo Challenge:

Week 6, Long Depth

Photo by Sandy Townsend

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Sandy says:

I headed for the nearby health complex for this shot, and I used my husband as a model. The complex has a lot of lines that add interest. I also thought it was cool that I could capture the circular lights on the ceiling inside. Settings were: 1/15 sec, f/22, ISO 100.


Smart Phone Photo Challenges
Week 6 - Zigzag 

Smart Phone Challenge:

Week 6, Zigzag 

Photo by Betsy Abney

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Betsy says:

 My husband's hands.

Ricky's Challenge Photos

Smart Phone Challenge:

Week 6, Zigzag

Photo by Ricky Tims

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Ricky says:

The venetian blinds did the trick this week I enjoyed seeing the line the light and the shadows.


Critique Group Challenge:

Week 6, Rhymes With Hoot

Photo by Ricky Tims
from the 2021 Critique Group

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Ricky says:

I didn't have a lute, so my some of my of Native American flutes had to suffice. I tried various options - but it seemed this straight on allowed more individual exploration and none stood out more than the others.





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Sole Provider by Ricky Tims  

I remember the day. It was at the AQS Show in Paducah and I had migrated over to the shopping mall where vendors lined the interior halls. I stumbled on a booth selling batik with all sorts of painted designs and I fell in love with these masks. If you are a quilter, you know you don’t need a reason to buy it if you love it. I just wanted to have it - so I bought it.
Time went by and many times I would take out the batik mask and study it, touch it, enjoy it. I kept thinking to myself there must be a way to use this. I was exploring and growing with my improvisational style of patchwork…aka Quilting Caveman Style. I decided to just start with the face and build around it. I had no clue where I was going or how it would turn out. In the end, I loved what transpired. 
The title is a play on words. It’s not Sole Provider, but rather Soul Provider, as if this is some sort of an ancient god or goddess that bestows life and inspiration. Viewers are welcome to make their own interpretations.



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