Arts/Crafts: La Quinta Arts Festival

It’s the whole package!art1This has to be the most remarkable outdoor arts festival I’ve ever been to.  Certainly the largest.art5

what can be nicer than art in a stunning landscape with music, food & friendship.

what can be nicer than viewing art in a stunning landscape with good music, food & friendship?

art20No wonder it has been ranked #1 in the Nation for many years.


This is the 35th year the Annual La Quinta Arts Festival has returned to the visually stunning setting of La Quinta’s Civic Center Campus in the greater Palm Springs area.art13

As one of the Coachella Valley’s premier attractions, the award winning event attracts art patrons and tourists from across the nation.  The festival raises funds for the Foundation’s non-profit mission of promoting & cultivating the arts.art15art10

The world class artists have traveled from all over to present the very finest in contemporary artwork.  Only 220 gifted artists and crafters are chosen from over 1,200 applicants who vie for the opportunity to showcase their incomparable works of art in the magnificent outdoor gallery.art16art21

Live music, entertainment, delicious food (Ruth’s Chris Steak House had a kiosk with filet steak sandwiches & champagne), wine and beer complement the experience.  A few examples on this page.art18art19

art6images: d. king

Vancouver designer  and textile artist Joanna Staniszkis (r) & Joanne wear her  beautiful creations.

Vancouver designer  and textile artist Joanna Staniszkis (r) & Joanne wear her  ethereal creations.


simply satisfying – healthy two bite brownie delights  

I was looking for a guilt free brownie recipebrownies when one literally fell into my lap when I was sitting at a coffee shop.

Two women attending the CHFA (Canadian Health Food Association) walked by and handed me this recipe.  It sounded too healthy to be good…but it so happens to be not only healthy but easy to make (no baking involved) and tastes very yummy.  This formula makes for a tiny amount – one dozen two-bite (or one big mouthful) brownies that look more like large size truffles.  I would double the recipe next time.  They freeze well too.  Enjoy!

¾ cup walnuts

7 medjool dates, pitted

¼ cup cacao powder (I used unsweetened)

½ tsp. vanilla bean powder (I like Cook’s – there’s no preservatives)

Pinch of salt

1/8 tsp. cayenne pepper (optional)

Garnish: ¼ cup *shredded coconut

Process walnuts until fine.  Add remaining ingredients and process until smooth. Form into small balls with your hands and toss or roll in shredded coconut.  *(I bought a bag of unsweetened coconut flakes from the market and just shredded them in the food processor.  The less sugar the better.

I put them into tiny muffin tins that hold 12 and popped them into the freezer for about 5 minutes so they weren’t too soft.

Don’t let the small size fool you.  They are somewhat satiating and you don’t want to eat too many at once.  Each one (although healthy for a sweet treat) is about 95 calories.

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