Reflections On A Spoon

Strawberry Ice Cream Whipped Cream Watercolor Painting

For our prompt of “Reflections” today, my mind wandered to thinking about spoons. Not only are they rather lovely reflective objects, they are always a signal of something delicious headed my way. Some of my favorite foods are the ones that require a spoon from creams, to soups, to yogurt, to cereal, to… yes, dessert! The latter being my favorite one of all. This is, as ever, a fantasy dessert as the spoon I sketched was actually sitting next to an empty glass that I use to drink tea. For some reason lately, I’ve been craving strawberry ice cream, but I’ve still yet to actually get any to eat. So, this was a chance to fill that empty glass with the treat I craved in my imagination. This, however, did nothing to satisfy my actual cravings, so I think I’m going to be on the hunt for some strawberry ice cream soon. I can’t complain, as I did actually get a bit of a treat at lunch. Philippe and I shared an apple crisp dessert. While it was incredibly tasty, it’s not a very attractive option to paint, but we thoroughly enjoyed that sweet pile of rubble to the very last bite.

As a child my beloved spoon was my constant companion on Saturday mornings when I’d have a bowl of cereal and watch cartoons. It’s strange that a piece of silverware could trigger such fond memories, but that’s what happened today. For example, if I got a slice of cake that was served with a fork, I knew that there wasn’t going to be any ice cream to accompany it, which was always a bit sad. But, it’s just such a relaxing way to eat. No stabbing at something with a fork or slicing it with knife, you can just scoop and enjoy. It’s brilliant! Yeah, it’s the laziest way to dine, to be sure, but I love enjoying wonderful flavors with little to no effort at all. It feels more like a reward, which is probably why it pairs so well with desserts. Of course, the only thing simpler and perhaps a touch more primal is finger food. That’s certainly a fun experience as well. My favorite finger food of all time is popcorn. This, I’m reminded of because Philippe, who is sitting next to me as I type, just started watching an entire documentary dedicated to the subject.

I tease him, but I’m equally fascinated with these shows that take an in-depth look into the simplest things in life. Though, now I’m craving popcorn along with my already fevered cravings for strawberry ice cream, so I’m not sure this one was such a good idea. Philippe has actually been making several versions of what I would call gourmet popcorn lately. We have an air popper that hadn’t been used in some months and suddenly he started making some. I asked him about why he was suddenly so enthusiastic and he told me he was talking with people at work and they all smelled popcorn. This made everyone crave some, as if you like popcorn, the smell of it is just too irresistible. After making several savory batches for us, Philippe made a batch of dessert popcorn that he packed into little pouches and took to those same people at work. He was hero, to them at least, as after telling the story he acknowledged that he’d failed to save any for me. I think he felt bad, so he made me some whipped cream instead. I was, of course, in heaven. Once again transported back to all the fun times of my childhood, while enjoying reflections on a spoon.

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24 Comments
  1. Susan Masters 8 months ago

    Lovely colours in the spoon live how you do this… as well as how you set up cravings now I shall die until I get some strawberry ice cream!

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      Charlie O'Shields 8 months ago

      Thanks so much, Susan! 😃💕hehe! Glad I could spread the cravings! Strawberry ice cream is soooo good!

  2. Mary Roff 8 months ago

    That strawberry ice cream and whipped cream sure do look delicious. I would take a good bowl of homemade popcorn over ice cream any day though. So many wonderful childhood memories attached to sharing a bowl of popcorn with my mom and dad and sister while watching Disney on Sunday nights. Very good memories!!!

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      Charlie O'Shields 8 months ago

      Thanks, Mary! 😃💕 Yay! Glad this post brought back good memories! Yeah, popcorn has some of the best memories of my childhood… along with all of the wonderful stories we watched!

  3. Sandra Strait 8 months ago

    “We like the
    MOON
    But not as much as a spoon
    ‘Cause that’s more use for eating soup
    And a fork isn’t very useful for that unless it has got many vegetables
    And then you might be better off with a chopstick …”
    For some reason, your talk about spoons made me flashback to the Spongemonkey song – which is horrible as are the spongemonkeys. and now I’ve got that song stuck in my head and do you think maybe strawberry ice cream might make it go away?

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      Charlie O'Shields 8 months ago

      haha! I don’t even know of that song! 😉 But sounds like the kind of ridiculousness I would enjoy! hehe But yes, I think strawberry ice cream is the cure for many, many things!

      • Sandra Strait 8 months ago

        You should google the spongemonkeys when you’re in the mood to totally waste some time. Hubby loved them, I loathed them – but once you’ve seen them you never forget!

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          Charlie O'Shields 8 months ago

          haha! Totally googled them, of course! Disturbingly awesome!! lol 😉

  4. Lisa Ann Ulibarri 8 months ago

    Looks yummy!!! lol and wonderful reflections!! 🙂

  5. Karen Fortier 8 months ago

    I could go for a cup of that right about now Charlie! Instead I have a glass of red wine as it has been a long day, enjoyable but long. Up early this morning to head almost two hours north of here to a national park in Vermont for a different type of watercolor class. Hone for a few hours then off to see a local theater group perform “Mama Mia” a friend of mine was in the chorus, lots of fun. Quiet day tomorrow!

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      Charlie O'Shields 8 months ago

      Thanks, Karen! 😃💕 Oh wow!! Your day sounds perfectly awesome! Filled will so many wonderful things! Love it!

  6. Sharon Nolfi 8 months ago

    You’ve outdone yourself with the beauty of these reflections! Yummy dessert, too.

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      Charlie O'Shields 8 months ago

      Aww thanks so much, Sharon! 😃💕Thrilled you enjoyed this one!

  7. Lisa 8 months ago

    Fun! Joe bought me a frozen coconut cake today because it was on sale. I think he was hungry shopping.

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      Charlie O'Shields 8 months ago

      Thanks, Lisa!😃💕 hehe… oh wow… a frozen coconut cake sounds awesome!! What a great gift!

  8. LoriCtoo 8 months ago

    So wonderful in so many ways! I always love your glass and reflection paintings. It was a road block for me and I haven’t done it yet. :0 It will get done because it is on the list. ;p

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      Charlie O'Shields 8 months ago

      Thanks so much, Lori! 😃💕Yeah, honestly, I usually just put prompts that tell exactly what to make so creativity is up to the individual in the day and the moment. Sometimes I just want to be told what to make… even if it’s me! lol 😊

  9. Heidi S. 8 months ago

    I still have a favorite spoon. Sometimes it gets lost. Its smaller than most spoons, which I feel are way too big for my mouth, hahaha. Lucky me, that spoon never wanders far away.
    Love your spoon reflections.

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      Charlie O'Shields 8 months ago

      Thanks so much, Heidi! 😃💕 I love that you have a favorite spoon! And I agree… some of the larger spoons are just weirdly large and are better to serve salad with! lol

  10. Fatima Chamkha 8 months ago

    Sandra was right you like to do desserts it looks delicious!

  11. Priscilla DeConti 8 months ago

    Lovely dessert but I would need some chocolate ice cream and whipped cream LOL thanks for sharing!

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      Charlie O'Shields 8 months ago

      Thanks so much, Priscilla! 😃💕 You and Philippe both! lol I tend to prefer vanilla and strawberry, but Philippe always insists on chocolate!

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