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From My Sketchbook – Rhymes and Doodles

Riding the rails these days is trying, 

But it beats the hassle of flying.

Keep alert and stay awake,

No one said life was a piece of cake.


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My Favorite Things – Holiday Baking

(At least, I think I still like doing it…)

Growing up in my family, the holidays just weren’t the holidays without our having at least 13 batches of home-baked cookies on hand.  In addition to helping bake the cookies, my “job” was often to arrange the cookie plate with cookies selected from each of the 13 tins.  I still like to bake, but these days my holiday baking is more for giving away to friends and family.  Why?  Because I now prefer the taste of almond flour to white flour, and I also try to avoid eating sugar if I can.

Therefore, this year I’ve decided I will try and “make-over” a few holiday cookie recipes so that my husband and I can enjoy the spirit of the season without feeling like beached whales by the end of it.   In addition to my standard must-have-in-the-house/freezer-at-all-times Chocolate Oat Almond Flour Cookies with Crystallized Ginger (pictured in the middle, below), I’ve now made Almond Macaroons (top of plate, below) and Coconut Macaroons (bottom of plate, below.)

The Almond Macaroons are flour-free, while the Coconut Macaroons have only 1/3 cup of flour.  I will experiment reducing the sugar in my next batch of Almond Macaroons because the cookies are quite sweet.  In case you’re interested, here are the recipes (from The Great Big Cookie Book by Hilaire Walden):

♥Almond Macaroons♥

(Makes 12 to 24 depending on the size)


1 1/2 cups blanched almonds, toasted*

3/4 cup granulated sugar 

2 egg whites

1/2 teaspoon almond extract

confectioners’ sugar for dusting

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  Line a large baking sheet with parchment or a Silpat mat.  Reserve 24 almonds for decorating.  In a food processor grind the rest of the almonds with the sugar.

With the machine running, slowly pour in enough of the egg whites to form a soft dough.  Add the almond extract and pulse to mix.

With moistened hands, shape the mixture into walnut-size balls and arrange on the baking sheet.

Press one of the reserve almonds onto each ball, flattening the cookie slightly, and dust with confectioners’ sugar.  Bake for about 10-12 minutes, until the tops are golden and feel slightly firm.  Cool on a wire rack.

(*Toast the almonds on a baking sheet in the pre-heated oven for 10-15 minutes.)


♦Coconut Macaroons♦

(Makes 24)


1/3 cup all-purpose flour

pinch salt

2 1/2 cups dried (unsweetened) coconut

2/3 cup condensed milk (I use condensed coconut milk)

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/2 package bittersweet (or semi-sweet) chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350 F.  Line two baking sheets with waxed paper or a Silpat mat.

Sit the flour and salt into a large bowl.  Stir in the dried coconut.

Pour in the sweetened condensed milk (or condensed coconut milk).  Add the vanilla extract and stir together from the center.  Continue stirring until a very thick batter is formed.

Drop heaping tablespoonfuls of batter 1 inch apart onto the prepared baking sheets.  Bake for about 20 minutes until golden brown.  Transfer to a wire rack to cool.

Melt the chocolate in a double boiler.  When melted, dip the bottoms of the cooled cookies into the chocolate and place the cookies on their side to allow the chocolate to set.


P.S.  All three cookie recipes above keep very nicely in the freezer.  That way, you’re also less likely to over indulge, too!


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Happy Thanksgiving from Joana Miranda Studio

To all my loyal fans and followers, a heartfelt thanks for your friendship and support!

(P.S.  In token of my appreciation, I’m offering 15% off everything in my shop now through December 1st.)

Happy shopping!


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New Cartoon Illustration from Joana Miranda Studio

I confess I have a bit of a love-hate relationship with cats.  I absolutely adore kitties, but somehow adult cats and I don’t always see eye-to-eye.  Another life skills area to work on, I guess.  (Trying to see eye-to-eye with cats in my illustrations might just be the first step in my rehabilitation!)

(P.S.  To see more details about this illustration and to purchase, please click here.)


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My Favorite Things – Making Variety the Spice of Life


Seven years ago when I left my job at the Milwaukee Symphony to follow my husband in his new job in New York City, I was full of anxiety.  Foremost in my thoughts was of course…

How will I make a living? 

And that thought was quickly followed by this one…

If I go back to musical freelancing after having played as a member of an orchestra for 10 years, I’ll feel like a failure.

Fortunately, life intervened.  Freelancing became the ONLY option, and I quickly learned that it was not only the best way for me to pay my share of the rent, but also exactly what I needed to be doing in order to feel challenged, stimulated AND happy!  Go figure. 

So while I’m not writing this post to suggest that you all take up the viola and move to New York City to join the musical freelance scene, I do want to suggest the following:

  • Go ahead and step out of your comfort zone.  You might find that the areas outside your comfort zone provide new perspective and tremendous opportunities for growth.
  • Pursue your outside interests.  Illustration and music might not seem like they have much in common, but my two passions feed each other and help to give me needed perspective when the going gets tough.
  • Volunteer your time.  There is nothing that will make you feel more worthwhile, plus you might discover even more interests in the process!  In the past four years, I have volunteered on 38 New York Cares projects around the city.  Those 74 hours have put me in contact with other dedicated volunteers and expanded my horizons.  Through volunteering, I’ve gotten to know many more neighborhoods in the city, and the interactions with the people I’ve helped have made the city seem like a lovely small town.

How about you?  What fears will you face today?


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Funny Chef Cartoon Wall Art from Joana Miranda Studio

‘Tis the season for cooking…and, maybe overeating, too? This cooking demo cartoon print is sure to delight chefs, or the gourmand in your life. The illustration is perfect kitchen wall decor, or, if you’re so lucky as to have a pantry, hang it there.

(To see a larger image and for more info, please click here.)

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It’s Here!

I’m happy to announce that the 2018 Joana Miranda Studio Cartoon Calendar is now available for sale in my shop at Etsy.

The spiral-bound, 8.5 x 11 wall calendar features 13 of my brand new, previously unpublished cartoons.  That’s a baker’s dozen of laughs – and God knows we all need at least that many laughs to get through the year!  Each cartoon is printed on glossy card stock.  The calendar grid pages have a matte finish making it easy to add birthdays, reminders and other notes on the appropriate days.

Buy one for your sweetie, your parents, or for your friends …and don’t forget to reserve one for yourself!

The calendars come wrapped in an archival plastic sleeve adorned with a pink ribbon.  It’s a gift that will keep giving throughout the year…

(P.S.  Quantities are limited, so don’t delay.  If the calendar lists as “Sold Out” in my Etsy shop, please email me at so that I can check my stock and relist the calendar.)


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