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Artist Advent Calendar : Lisa Solomon from Oakland, California

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Lisa Solomon is a mixed media artist and her recent installation at Fouladi Projects looks incredible. See her lovely photos and get the background story on Lisa's textile art collaboration with more than 45 women from around the world on Lisa's blog here.

For our Artist Advent Calendar today, Lisa shares her personal behind the scenes holiday loves with us + her delicious recipe for homemade stuffing, enjoy!

It's hard to believe that the last time you asked me to do a holiday post for you it was 2009. My little girl was JUST a babe. Her first Christmas. And already it's her 4th ! 

What do I love about December?

Sparkly lit Christmas trees.

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Especially squinting at one night when it's quiet.

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Vintage Holiday Ornaments and decorations. 

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We don't get snow, but we do get foggy rainy days [and littles sure do look cute in boots and raincoats].

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Brown paper packages tied up with pretty string [and the glee of a little one opening them]. 

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And the rich rich food. The time spent with loved ones. And the giggling and excitement. That is always a good thing !
I always feel like December one giant whirlwind of activity, but I'm always grateful come January with a moment to pause and reflect. 

I didn't make stuffing for Thanksgiving this year, so I might have to make it for Christmas. I actually just use a very basic recipe w/out really measuring anything.

2 loaves of your favorite bread stale and cut into cubes [if your bread isn't stale cut it and put in the oven for 10 minutes to harden it]
Butter [I usually use 1/2 stick and then use more to butter the pan]
So all of the ingredients I do to taste or what looks right – it's about balance:
Shallots minced
Garlic minced
Salt and pepper
Celery
Carrots or mushrooms or both
Your favorite nut
Dried fruit of any kind [apricots, cherries, raisins, figs]
Fresh parsley if you have it is good too –or rosemary or a bit of thyme
Chicken broth [about 1 can/ or box – or vegetable if you are vegetarian]

Preheat oven to 400
Heat the butter in a large pan – cook shallots and garlic until soft, then add vegetables until they are soft [not too brown] - salt and pepper it then transfer to a bowl
Toss in bread and nuts and fruit and herbs
Coat everything with chicken broth and toss again.
I like to use an iron pan so I transfer everything to that [once it's been buttered to keep everything from sticking] and then bake covered with foil or parchment for 20-30 minutes. Then uncovered for another 15-20 minutes or until the top is brown and crunchy. 

Oh, that stuffing recipe sounds great Lisa! I really want to try it out, I bet it is wonderful :) Thank you for sharing your recipe and some of your favorite things for the holidays! I'm so happy you could join us again this year.

Connect with Lisa on her website, blog, interwoven online classinstagram, pinterest, and twitter. To read Lisa's Artist Advent Calendar contribution from 2009, please click here. Thanks again Lisa and happy, happy holidays! xo