Friday, November 27, 2009

The Jennifer Garant Studios Holiday Contest

The Jennifer Garant Studios Holiday Contest starts now!

Between now and December 20th, the winner of this contest will receive a Limited Edition Giclee of Jennifer's "Girlfriends in Paris".

The contest is simple...

In the spirit of Thanksgiving and Christmas, the winner will be the person who is judged to have done the most generous charitable deed in this time period. We will recruit the same esteemed judges as before:

  • Ryan Tramonte
  • Sandy Osborne
  • Bill Vincent
  • Nancy Nelson
  • Louise Melbye

Please email the description of your gift to others to And, don't be surprised if in the same spirit of giving, many more prizes will be added as we go, because everyone who participates will be a winner with their contributions.

Thank you in advance.
Happy Holidays to all!

Jennifer & Tadd

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Recipe Week - Surprise Fruit Salad

Submitted by: Fran Fenton

Here is a recipe extraordinaire!! (I must give credit to my pal Laura for this one). It was served for the first time at my annual CHRISTMAS IS FOR CHICKS, CHOCOLATE & CHAMPAGNE PARTY this past December.

3 different types of apple (sweet, sour, tart)
cored and cut into small bite size pieces
1 tub of cool whip, softened
3 large snickers bars, cut into small bite sized pieces

Toss all ingredients into a crystal bowl and use your hands to really mix everything up so the apple and chocolate bits are totally covered in cool whip. Lick your fingers to sample the results.


Great as an appetizer or dessert... or both!!!


Friday, September 11, 2009

Recipe Week - A Holiday Trio

Submitted by: Maggie Murphy

This trio is a favorite every year at our house...
The holidays just wouldn't be the same without them!


Mummy Toes

2 cans of refridgerated cresent roll dough (8 per can)
1 16oz package of cocktail smokies
1 pkg almond slices (in the baking isle at Walmart)ketchup

Preparation & Baking Instructions:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Open can of cresent roll and unroll the dough. Place one triangular piece of cresent roll on a baking sheet or cooking stone.

Put a cocktail weenie in the wide end of the dough triangle; roll the dough around the sausage (you should have one layer of dough covering it completely - leaving the 'toe' end exposed). Taper the other end to look realistic at the base of the toe. Use a knife to score 'knuckles' on the dough in the center.

Place the toes in the oven and bake for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown. After baking, add a dab of ketchup at the exposed end of the toe and press an almond slice onto the ketcup for the nail.


Mr. President's Sweet Potatoes

3 cups sweet potatoes
(4 sweet potatoes/peeled, cubed, boiled, and mashed)
1/4 - 1/2 cup of sugar
1 tablespoon of vanilla
1/4 cup butter (softened)

Mix together and pour into greased pan, set aside.

1 cup brown sugar
1/3 cup flour
3/4 cup chopped pecans
1/3 cup butter (softened)

Mix together and sprinkle over the top of the entire pan.
Bake at 350 for 30 minutes.


Puttin' on the Christmas Ritz!

Ritz crackers
Peanut Butter
Almond Bark
Chocolate Bark

Sandwich the peanut butter between two Ritz crackers.
Melt the chocolate bark for 90 seconds (or longer to melt throughout). Dip each sandwich cracker into the melted chocolate half way and lay on to wax paper to cool.

When the chocolate has hardened, melt the vanilla bark and dip the opposite side, laying the cookies back on the wax paper to cool.

Recipe Week - Spaghetti Squash

Submitted by: Loretta Neureiter

Spaghetti Squash
For a serving of 3 to 4 people

1 spaghetti squash
1 stick butter or margarine
1 tbsp minced roasted garlic
1 tsp. regular minced garlic
1/2 pint heavy cream
8 oz. shredded parmeasan cheese

Cut squash in half from stem to bottom. Deseed. Place squash cut side down on pan and bake at 350 for 35 minutes or until outer edge is soft to the touch. Let cool. Use fork to scrape squash from shell.

Creating the Sauce:
Saute regular garlic in 1/4 stick margarine. Add cream and cheese. Add salt and pepper to taste. In another pan, saute roasted garlic, and remaining butter. Add spaghetti squash to this mixture of roasted garlic. Saute in pan and occasionally mix squash to cook more evenly. Then add cream and cheese mixture to roasted garlic and squash. Add more salt & pepper if needed. Serve.

Note: You can add fresh diced tomatoes and parsley for garnish and color. Toss this in at the end prior to seving.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Official Recipe Week

This is official recipe week!

Submit your recipe to Jennifer at to be posted here on our blog. The person with the most comments will be sent a microslice cutting board. It's that easy!!

It's always fun to see what someone else is having for dinner.
Who is not excited about a new recipe?!

We'd also like a drawing or painting of anything you want! :)

Final Challenge & Contest #2 Results!!

The results of the final leg of Contest #2 are in...
Click here for "The Perfect Dinner Party" results.

To read the four entries to "The Perfect Dinner Party," click here.

And with that...
Contest #2 has come to an end.
The final scores have been tallied; the fat lady has sung!

And, the winner is... (drumroll please)

First Place 
Maggie Murphy (40pts)Maggie is the winner of Jennifer's original 22"x30" painting "Swine, Wine, So Fine," mixed media on watercolor paper. Congratulations Maggie, Jeramy (with an "A"), Josh, and Jonah!!

Chris Golling (35.6pts)
Melody Thielmann (35.2 pts)
Loretta Neureiter (30.4 pts)
The three runner-ups will also receive one of Jennifer's originals.

A BIG thank you to all our participants and esteemed judges!!

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Contest #2 - FINAL Challenge

"The Perfect Dinner Party"

Attention Contest 2 participants...
The final leg of the contest has begun!!

You are the host and Chef of "The Perfect Dinner Party". You pick four well known people (can be anybody, living or not - could be writers, actors, politicians, sports people, astronauts, statesmen, whoever that would make up the perfect dinner party).You are preparing the 4 course dinner and will submit the menu and one recipe as part of the contest. The menu should have something to do with each of your dinner guests. Submit your dinner guests names and their conversation as a script, (i.e., Henry Kissinger replied "blah, blah, blah" to Suzanne Sommer's poignant question) . Each person should say at least 4 things.

"The Perfect Dinner Party" guests should be chosen to ensure an interesting and/or funny dinner conversation. So, submit a 4 course dinner menu (with one recipe), names of guests, and their conversation as a script.

Deadline is Sunday, Sept 6th, 9:00pm (EST)

You will be judged on a number of factors including:
Best Menu
Best Recipe
Most interesting or funny Guest List
Most Probable, interesting, or funniest Script

You will be awarded a score between 1 and 20 if you participate.

This is a great chance to take home the prize.

Have fun!

P.S. Our Dinner party would be Winston Churchill, Dana Carvey (as the Church Lady), Cher, and Sylvester Stallone.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Contest #2: Quickfire II - Results!!

Quickfire II results are in...

Most Annoying Thing: Melody Theilmann, 5 pts
Drawers that don't slide right and get hung up... makes me want to yank them right out of the cabinet

Funniest Post: April Pringle, 5pts
Finding out about a challenge 207 comments into it.

Most Posts: Chris Golling, 5pts

There were an astounding 274 comments submitted.
Thank you to all the participants who played in this round!

Contest #2 Points Summary

Top 3 Scores as of today:

1) Maggie Murphy (20.6)
2) Chris Golling (16.6)
3) Melody Theilmann (16.4)

Stayed tuned for the next leg of the contest...

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Contest #2: Quickfire II

Attention Contest 2 Participants...

"Most Annoying Thing" Quickfire starts now! (8/30, 1:20pm PST)

Deadline is 8/31 at 11:00 am PST

What annoys you?

An example from our cat:
"It annoys me when they give me the 'Lion Cut'."

Contest Rules:
You can comment as many times as you'd like to this post on Jennifer Garant Studios Facebook wall, but have to wait for 3 posts between your posts before you can comment again.

Most posts wins 5pts.
Funniest post wins 5 pts.
Most annoying thing wins 5pts.

Good Luck!!

Friday, August 28, 2009

Contest #2: Quickfire I - Results!!

Comment results for Contest #2: Quickfire I on Ryan's coverage of Jennifer Garant's painting "Bad Habits in Venice" are in.

Funniest Comment: Maggie Murphy, 3pts

The nun clutching the Bible has a red stain on her dress!! She must have been involved somehow... who would ever suspect her with that innocent get up on, holding the Word of God?! How low does a person have to go to cover up a murder? Someone order a DNA test on that stain, STAT.

Most Interesting Conspiracy Theory: Maggie Murphy, 3pts

We all know that SOMETHING crashed in the desert outside of Roswell, New Mexico that hot afternoon in July 1947. It is quite possible that the extraterrestrial life forms got so fed up with the publicity and alien mockery that their little visit caused that they decided to pick up ship and camp elsewhere. I am banking they choose ‘The City of Light’ to call home. Coincidence that this painting took place in the very same city? And, now we have a murder investigation on our hands. I don’t think so. I have heard that aliens, unlike humans, don’t have to depend on air for survival. And, what better place to lurk and spy on unsuspecting prey than in the Venetian canals themselves. What’s that?! I see one of them now!! Camouflaged on the side of the orange building near the skyline!! Wow, who knew they were capable of changing color in an effort to conceal themselves from their victims. They obviously haven’t mastered their technique, however. I can still see the outline of his green head and limbs. Oh, the horror… Oh, the humanity!! Run for your lives folks… RUN, RUN, RUN!!!!Thanks to all who participated in this round!

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Contest #2: Quickfire I

Attention Contest 2 Participants...

"Bad Habits in Venice" Quickfire starts now!
(8/27, 9pm PST)

Deadline is 8/28 at 6pm PST

The person with the most interesting conspiracy theory or funniest comment in the comment section of Ryan's coverage of Jennifer Garant's painting "Bad Habits in Venice" has a chance to win some points during this challenge. See article links below.

The funniest post = 3 points
The most interesting conspiracy theory =3 points

You may not post 2 in a row; you must allow at least five others to post before you can post again. Remember, this is not a contest of who can rack up the most comments... it's the content that counts!

Click on the links for the first three installments:
Bad Habits - A Mystery in Venice
Bad Habits - A Mystery in Venice (The Suspects)
Bad Habits - A Mystery in Venice (South America)

Read Ryan's latest article and let the commenting begin!
Bad Habits - A Mystery in Venice
(Technology & The Final Suspects)

Good Luck!!

The final installment of Ryry's week long adventure with us:
Bad Habits - A Mystery in Venice
(The Unexpected Twist)

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"The Royal Tenenbaum" Results!!

The Royal Tenenbaum contest results have been tallied.

Thanks to everyone who had a chance to participate. The pictures were absolutely priceless!! Everyone did a great job!!

First Place - Krissy Haines:
Second Place - Maggie Murphy:Third Place - Robyn Service:The remaining contestants in order of placement:

Loretta Neureiter:
Chris Golling:
Melody Thielmann:
Julie Skellen:

Click here for overall Contest 2 standings.

Stay tuned for the next Quickfire challenge!!

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Thursday, August 20, 2009

Contest #2: Challenge II

Challenge Name - "The Royal Tenenbaums" This is one of our favorite movies. If you have not seen it, you should, but that is totally optional! It is a family full of wonderful dysfunctional people.

Contest Participants: We want you to find a character in that movie and do a make-over to look like that character. If you can include more than just yourself to do this, that would be great, but they would have to be a diferent character than you. After you are dressed as one of the characters, you must get a photo in a public place posing as them (i.e., in a restaurant, at a park, etc.) If you have more than two of your family and/or friends do this with you, you will receive an extra point by each judge.

Deadline to submit your picture is:
Tuesday Aug 25th at midnight (EST)

If you have any questions, please post them on Facebook.

You will be judged on a number of factors including funniest, most true to character, most unusual location for the shot, etc. You will be awarded a score between 1 and 10 if you participate. This is a great chance to increase your point standings.

Have fun!

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Wednesday, August 19, 2009

"Don't Play With Your Food" Results!!

Wonderful edible art was submitted in the first leg of Contest #2!

First Place - Maggie Murphy:
(Sunset in Paris)
Second Place - Robyn Service:
(Miss Carrot Tropicana & her oddish snuffleupagus/rabbit)Third Place - Jenn Tomlin
(Chef on Bike)
Remaining contestants in order of placement:

Dore Fletcher
(Deserted Island)
Melody Thielmann
(Starry Night/Gogh)
Chris Golling
April Pringle
Julie Skellen
(Boat/Beach Scene)
Krissy Haines
(Betty Spaghetty)
Charlene Tiffany
Heather Haney
(Squidward Face)
Loretta Neureiter
(Santa Claus)
Becky Calcote
Thanks to everyone, contestants and judges, for your participation.

If you missed this part of Contest #2, there will be plenty more legs to make up the points, some even worth 20 points! So, everyone is still in contention to win a Jennifer Garant original.

Stay tuned for the next set of instructions as the contest continues!!

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Monday, August 17, 2009

Contest #2: Challenge I

"Don't Play with Your Food"

Begins Tuesday, August 18
Ends at Midnight (on the same day)

Arrange a plate of food to look like something artistic: a face, a Van Gough, an abstract, your dog, etc. Take a picture of the plate and send to

The judges will award your work of edible art from 0 to 5 points.

Good luck!

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Contest #2: Official Rules & Meet the Judges

The enrollment period for Contest #2 has now closed.

Official Rules:
1) Contest #2 will last one month.
2) There will be a number of contests within the contest.
3) Our judges will award between 0 and 5 points for each contest.
4) The person with the most points at the end of the contest will win an original painting by Jennifer.

Note: There will be a total of four big contests and a number of quickfire contests; we will have five unbiased judges to award points for each contest.

Meet our Esteemed Judges for Contest #2

Bill Vincent

(artist rendering)
Bill has been in the art business for over 20 years, and is currently the Gallery Director of Artevo Corporation in Calgary as well as the Corporate Sales Director.

Previously, he held the following positions:

Corporate Sales Director, Artevo Corporation, Calgary: 2007-2009
Gallery Director, Artevo Corporation, Calgary: 2004-2007
Gallery Director, Art Mode Gallery, Calgary: 2002-2004
Assistant Gallery Director, Art Mode Gallery Ottawa: 1999-2002
Sales Associate, Art Mode Gallery, Ottawa: 1994-1999
Owner, Freestyle Framing, Whistler: 1993-1994
Franchise Owner, Magni Frame, Toronto: 1990-1994
Manager, Toronto Distribution Facility, Toronto: 1988-1992

Sandy Osborn
Sandy is an independent freelance graphic & print designer since 1995. She specializes in small business planning, advertising, menu, and form development. She has an extensive portfolio in menu design for small to medium sized restaurants and has provided print design services to the hospitality, medical and educational fields of business. In 2006, she became a founding designer of the D.A.I.S.I.E Company which began a career in digital graphics and downloadable print products for personal and commercial use. She designs original printable templates and works with digital art from internationally known artists. Her products are now also featured in BELLA Scraps Magazine.

Check out Sandy's business:

Ryan Tramonte
Ryan is the General Manager of French Art Network and Rue Royale Art Partners of New Orleans. With galleries in Carmel by the Sea, California, Santa Fe, New Mexico, New Orleans and Key West, Florida; the company’s family of galleries represents 54 artists from across the globe. With his office in the center of the French Quarter at 541 Royal Street, Ryan has managed to surround himself with some of the most beautiful aspects of New Orleans: its artists. “Artists mold the way we think and live on a daily basis; they are one of society’s most prized possessions."

Ryan has been featured on several commercials for New Orleans Public Access Television, encouraging people to “spread the love” while evacuated for Katrina. An avid participant in local charities, Ryan has managed to raise thousands of dollars to help multiple charities of different venues. He is also the Arts and Culture editor for, where he writes a weekly column and blog, “Around with Ryan” , featuring what’s good about the art, the artists and the galleries of The Big Easy. He also highlights groups and businesses in New Orleans like, "The Big Easy Roller Girls," in his video segments, showing locals and tourists what to see and do in the city. An artist himself, Ryan centers his work on graphite and ink sketches and collage. Ryan says he is most inspired by his family, “all of them, they are the center of my jokes, my columns, my stories and everything that is me. Even when I want them to… they never go away. I am super lucky."

Check out Ryan's video blog.

Nancy Nelson

(artist rendering)
Nancy has over 10 years experience doing Product Development and sales in the wall art industry for retailers, formally PD manager for Dayton Hudson Marshall Fields Dept stores and a Buyer for Target in Home Textiles.

She is currently working for Fisher Home Accents as a Product Manager.

Louise Melbye

Louise Mikkelborg Melybye worked for 10 years in the television industry in Canada where she was an award-winning news anchor and reporter. She left broadcasting after the birth of her children, but has remained active in the volunteer sector. She is passionate about the environment, politics, and the welfare of children. Louise lives with her husband Scott, and three children, in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Let the contest begin... and have fun!!

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