Wildly Delicious Mock Pecan Pie


I finished painting a wave-scape that I just love so had to reward myself with something for Happy Solstice. Pecan pie is my favorite, so when I discovered this recipe it intrigued me. You’ll never guess the secret ingredient:   pinto beans!

I saw this in the Heloise column yesterday and it is really delicious!  No one will figure out what you used as the main ingredient. Plus, I guess since you’re using pinto beans, instead of GMO corn syrup, it’s even healthy. It does take a sprinkling of nuts on top, but you could skip that, I suppose.

Here’s the recipe, which makes two pies.

Mock Pecan Pie

1 can (15 oz) pinto beans, drained and mashed

4 ounces butter

4 eggs

1 3/4 cups cane sugar

2 tablespoons dark molasses

3 teaspoons vanilla extract

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup chopped pecans

2 9-inch pie shells, unbaked

(I make gluten-free pie crust using rice flour, oil, 1 egg, salt, water)

Preheat oven to 350-degrees. Mix everything together (except the pie shells!) with an electric mixer, moving up to high speed for about one minute, until it’s very smooth. Pour into the pie shells and bake about one hour, until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean. Let cool. Serve with ice cream or whipped cream. Brag to everyone, and have another helping!





Paint away a rainy day

Such a storm. A great day to paint, though. So I’m going after a wave-scape. Here’s a photo I took last summer, cropped with my handy “viewfinder” (thanks to Katia Kyte) and that lovely blank canvas. Oh, don’t forget a mug of coffee. That’s my muse. Updates in the future.


IMG_0017I’m working on a 24″x36″ canvas, so have the view window set at 2″ x 3,” to maintain the natural proportions.

Learn to Paint in Oils

Laurie Carlson apple painting

Time to think of 2018 and starting a new year!  Why not try painting? IMG_2839I’m happy to sign up students now for my next class in Lincoln City. Oil Painting for Beginners will be a one-day workshop on Monday, January 15, from 11 am. till 3 pm.

If you’ve wanted to try oil painting, this introductory class is for you. No experience required. We will work on simple still life subjects, painting from photos and a lighted set-up. This is a single-session, fast-paced, low-pressure experience. Let’s paint through the long winter months.  All supplies are included, so just bring your optimism and some bit of courage (and a lunch!). Cost:  $70; $60 for ASA members (you can join at class if you want). Register online at www.asaart.net.

Class will be held at Artists’ Studio Association, at the rear of the Artists’ Co-op Gallery on Hwy 101 in Lincoln City. Parking at rear of the building.  Questions? Call me at 541.557.2370 or email: Lauriecarlson1@gmail.com


My art booth — Salem Holiday Market

It was so much fun participating in the Salem Holiday Market last weekend. Terry was my trusty accomplice and our half-booth venture proved very successful. I wasn’t sure how it would go, as I have not participated in a fine art booth for decades. It was great!  I made new artist friends who I expect to see again at regional shows and found many new viewers and collectors, and I sent many home happy with new art to enjoy.

Several paintings and many prints sold and I found homes for children’s books, too, with happy parents and teachers. One woman already had all of my books, was delighted to meet me and get a copy of the latest book.  So fun to have my hard work appreciated!

Here’s a photo of the booth, which was a half-booth. It worked just great. Thank you to everyone who stopped to look, who paid their precious funds for my artwork, and for people who stopped to renew our friendships. It was a wonderful way to head to the holidays, wrap up the year, and look to the future. 2018 can only be fantastic!

Salem Holiday Market 2017

Christmas Lamb

I wanted to create a Christmas lamb painting, trying to do a winter scene, but my usual pastels appeared. Maybe I’m thinking winter is over before it’s begun? She’s still a little cutie.Shetland sheep babies are really tiny and hardy. So darling!  So, I’m ready for Easter.

IMG_0010.jpgShetland Lamb oil 6×6 panel



Push Pin Show

Scan 1

Sunset at the Edge of the Continent 9 x 12, oil on canvas paper

Here’s my entry in the Visual Arts Center’s Push-Pin Show. Everyone can enter, but you must put the entry on the wall with 4 thumb-tacks. I had worked on a clever little bird on the shore, but it wouldn’t dry. Wonder why–it’s so humid here we’ve had rain steady for days. I even put the painting in the warm oven this morning for a while–no results. So I rummaged through my growing collection of paintings and found this colorful seascape sunset. From a Road’s End photo I took. It looked good up on the gallery wall, so I hope it gets attention. And the little bird, well, he’s out of the oven and drying out someday.

I think I’ll get started on next year’s Push-Pin show entry now, so it’s dry in time. Ha!

IMG_1473Looking at China, 9 x 12″ oil on canvas paper