Buffalos and Lotus Flowers

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I have a serious obsession with Buffalo sauce. I have no idea why or where it came from but I love it!!! I had some chicken drumsticks and decided to do a crockpot “buffalo wing” type dinner.

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Doing these in the crockpot is the easy way to do it but it doesn’t make the outside of the chicken super crispy like you’d find in a restaurant. No matter, still tasted great! It had all of the buffalo sauce flavor, but it wasn’t super spicy.

I was slightly disappointed with the drumsticks. Because it was done in the crockpot, the meat fell off the bone. Which is normally a good thing, but it made it less like hot wings and more difficult to eat. Also, I really wish the outside had been a little crispy. That would have been nice.

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I whipped up a blue cheese dressing using plain Greek yogurt, salt, pepper, Rogue River bleu cheese, a spoonful of mayo and a little cider vinegar. I mixed it all together and called it good.

It was also perfect timing because I needed a quick dinner before meeting a friend. I like easy, crockpot meals when I don’t have time to cook! After dinner I headed out to meet up with a friend at The Loaded Brush. She saw my post last month and really wanted to try it! I had a coupon for a buy one get one half-off because of the last class I took, so I signed us up.

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I ate the quickie dinner and then met Mindie at the studio. This time I brought just a few snacks and also a bottle of Sweet Heat beer to imbibe while I created my masterpiece. πŸ™‚

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We picked the Lotus Flower class. In previous classes we used yellow paint to make a guideline and the outline for the painting. This class was different–it was also a different instructor. This time he had us mix up our background color first and paint the canvas leaving a spot in the middle.

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I made a mixture of medium purple. My friend Mindie made a dark, almost midnight, purple. Other people had different variations–some had magenta backgrounds, some had light blue, one guy did dark dark blue and an orange lotus. I really liked his orange lotus flower.

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We outlined our lotus flowers with a dark pink/red color and filled in our lotus with a lighter shade of the pink.

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Then it was time to make the ribbon, which I saw more as a river. I’m really happy with my river. I like the color mixtures and the brushstrokes. The lotus flower was just okay in my opinion.

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Mindie’s painting is next to mine on the left. I LOVED her bright neon green! It looks really cool.

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Ta-da! All done! I was pretty happy with my final product. Towards the end I was starting to futz with it and needed to just stop and leave it be. I really enjoyed the class and I like this painting I did a lot better than the last one. πŸ™‚

Author: Lisa Eirene

About Lisa Eirene Lisa lost 110 pounds through calorie counting and exercise. She swims, bikes, runs, hikes and is enjoying life in Portland, Oregon. Her weight loss story has been featured in First Magazine, Yahoo Health, Woman's Day and Glamour.com.

13 thoughts on “Buffalos and Lotus Flowers”

  1. Iowa Girl Eats has a great recipe on her site for a buffalo Mac and cheese. My husband has made it three times! I know you mentioned Michael has a go-to Mac and cheese recipe, but you might want to try this one too since it is spicy.

  2. I also love Buffalo sauce! I wonder if you had thrown your drumsticks on a cookie sheet and broiled them for a few minutes if that would have added some crispyness to it!

    One of my favorite buffalo sauce recipes is from paleomg.com and its her Loaded Turkey Stuffed-Twice Baked Sweet Potatoes (http://paleomg.com/loaded-turkey-stuffed-twice-baked-sweet-potatoes/). There is something about the spicy sauce with the sweet potato that is just divine! I hope you enjoy!

  3. I love, love, love buffalo sauce! I put it on so many things. In fact, I have been known to just eat it off a spoon. My sister and I do that to the horror of everyone around us because they don’t like hot foods LOL!
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