Monday, December 27, 2010
Tuesday, December 21, 2010
Saturday, December 18, 2010
Friday, December 17, 2010
I think the artist of this piece is Rob Scotton...can't be really sure because I have had it on my computer forever and my powers to make myself small enough to read super tiny print are on the blink...so are my magnifying powers...sorry!
Hope everyone has a great weekend!!!
Tuesday, December 14, 2010
This first picture is what he does when you tell him to smile...
Next is a picture of what he can do to my nice clean living room in just under 10 seconds flat.
Sunday, December 12, 2010
I think he is ready for rush hour traffic, a coffee shortage and the B-52's Love Shack song all before 8 am and all at the same time. Be brave my dear Fluffy's. Be brave! Go forth and conquer this world.
Friday, December 10, 2010
Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend, getting rested up and prepared for another work week, or as I like to call it, Winter Break.Schools out, schools out, teachers let the fools out...
Neither of these pieces are original artwork from me or altered by me, and I can't even give the artists cred because I can't remember their names. I hope that wasn't a passive aggressive post teenage angst kind of comment...I see you shaking your head. You love me, right? Well, hope you smiled, at least... : )
Wednesday, December 8, 2010
Monday, December 6, 2010
Sunday, December 5, 2010
Tuesday, November 30, 2010
Sunday, November 28, 2010
Wednesday, November 24, 2010
I got this idea from looking around Bakerella's site...she got the idea to make pie pops from Luxirare...and so the fruits of one woman's labors are spread afar! I didn't do pops because mine are pretty good sized and slid right off the sticks! But, I can't wait to try making some cake pops next. If anyone reading this has made them let us know and throw in any tips you can think of, as well. A lovely sister of mine helped me with the filling when she was over this past weekend. She made the pumpkin swirl cheesecake tart recipe that I have posted on here somewhere. It was just as good as it sounds and looks really cool so make sure you check it out. It is easier to make than it sounds. But we had almost enough filling for two pie shells so I saved it and added some extra stuff to it and wah-la! Pie pop filling. Can I still call them pie pops since I left the sticks out? Hmmm...
Hope everyone has a very blessed Thanksgiving and has much to give thanks for!
Thursday, November 18, 2010
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
They are really simple and done on recycled card stock bookmark paper and, unlike my craft room, these look better in person...I really have to practice more with my lighting and settings!
Monday, November 15, 2010
1 9" PASTRY CRUST
3/4 CUP SWEETENED CONDENSED MILK, DIVIDED
1 8OZ BLOCK CREAM CHEESE, SOFTENED
4 OZ BLOCK-STYLE 1/3-LESS-FAT CREAM CHEESE (NEUFCHATEL), SOFTENED
1 T VANILLA EXTRACT
1/4 t. SALT
2 LARGE EGGS, DIVIDED
1 LARGE EGG WHITE
2/3 CUP CANNED UNSWEETENED PUMPKIN
1/2 t. GROUND CINNAMON
1/4 t. GROUND GINGER
1/4 t. GROUND ALLSPICE
PREPARE AND BAKE THE PASTRY CRUST IN A 9"INCH ROUND REMOVABLE-BOTTOM TART PAN. COOL CRUST COMPLETELY ON A WIRE RACK.
PREHEAT OVEN TO 300 F. COMBINE 1/2 CUP CONDENSED MILK AND THE CREAM CHEESES IN A MEDIUM BOWL; BEAT AT MEDIUM MIXER SPEED UNTIL SMOOTH. ADD VANILLA, SALT, 1 EGG, THE EGG WHITE, BEAT UNTIL COMBINED. SPOON 1/2 CUP CREAM CHEESE MIXTURE INTO A SMALL BOWL; ADD 1/4 CUP CONDENSED MILK, 1 EGG, PUMPKIN, CINNAMON, GINGER, AND ALLSPICE, STIRRING WELL WITH A WHISK.
POUR REMAINING CREAM CHEESE MIXTURE INTO PREPARED CRUST. POUR PUMPKIN MIXTURE OVER CREAM CHEESE MIXTURE; SWIRL TOGETHER USING A KNIFE (MARBLE). BAKE 300 F FOR 50 MINUTES. TURN OVEN OFF; COOL TART IN CLOSED OVEN 45 MINUTES. REMOVE FROM OVEN; COOL COMPLETELY ON A WIRE RACK. COVER; CHILL.
The person who sent the recipe, to my sister, mentions that she does not have a tart pan and so has used a regular 9" pie pan or dish and that has worked well also. I haven't made it yet myself but since I love pumpkin pie and cheesecake, unlike my dear sister, I am sure it will be wonderful and I will take a picture and add it in whenever I get it made. Enjoy!
Thursday, November 11, 2010
This is a closer view of the sewing side as seen from the paper side. I scoot the machine to the edge of the table top, turn my ipod up and put the pedal to the metal...just kidding, but only on that last part! As you can see I have lots of material to work with, pun intended, stacked all the way to the ceiling, in fact. My beads and jewelry stuff is on the top of that little white cabinet near the right edge of the picture and then, over by the doorway(which you can't see but there isn't a door there anyways) there is more material, a huge bolt of some really great stuff I got mega cheap at a home redo store, with flowers thrown in where they fit because I also make some flower arrangements for some events and if I stick them in boxes I forget I have them! Here is another angle of the sewing side as seen from the entrance to the room...
Next come some shots of the paper side...
I still need to paint the cabinet support but I don't mind the raw wood for now. It kinda brings an "organic" element into the space, huh? ;)
I'll close with a taller(?) view from the room entrance...
Sunday, October 24, 2010
What's next? More excitement, of course...
They unknowingly scored some serious brownie points with the neighbors, too. I told them the neighbors probably wouldn't mind if they took some of their leaves, laying in their yards, for our pile and sure enough, the neighbors said take all the leaves you want! So at least four of our neighbors got rid of some of their leaves...30,000 down, 150,000 left!
Monday, October 11, 2010
It received a feminine makeover of sorts and now it feels much more me...
Now I have added some feminine touches...and I really love it. It is not perfection yet, but I am happy with how it is turning out. I didn't take these pictures with the notion of posting them online, so they aren't show quality, but a dear friend of mine wanted to see them so I put them up anyways. I should take some new ones, and I probably will, after I clean the bathtub surround off a little more and hang the mirror up that is sitting on that surround, see it over there? The doors open up and it's pretty cool. Anyways, let me know what you think of the project so far....
Thursday, September 16, 2010
Sunday, September 12, 2010
Tuesday, September 7, 2010
Monday, September 6, 2010
Thursday, September 2, 2010
Step Two: Next you can download this sample menu form if you have Microsoft Word 2007, as soon as I figure out how to enable that function. Save it on your computer and then you can make adjustments and changes. You can't make changes to a read-only form so that's why you have to save it on your computer. Until then you can make your own form by opening a new blank document and creating an 8x4 or 5 or 6 or 7 table, depending on how many snacks you want to plan for in a day:
0 snacks=8x4 table
1 snack = 8x5 table
2 snacks=8x6 table
3 snacks=8x7 table
More than 3 snacks combined with 3 smallish meals is not recommended, for your budget or your blood sugar!
The 8 spaces in the top row will be the labels for all the columns below them. So the first space would be labeled MEAL, because under it you will be listing the meals of breakfast, lunch and dinner, plus any snacks. The next 7 spaces are for, you guessed it, the days of the week.
Step Three: Take your list from step one and fill in the squares. First put a main dish then add in sides as desired. I like to make sure I have a few veggies and maybe a fruit or bread with each meal. If you make your meal plans like that you will end up with very balanced meals.
Step Four: Create an additional table or simply type in the foods needed for the menu. You can organize this list however you would like or need. Here is where I note foods that are on sale and where. I also add pantry items I like to keep on hand, if I am running low on them. For example, I like to keep nice cheeses and crackers on hand, in case company stops by. You may have other things like that and here is a good place to list them so you don't run out and can make sure you get them at the store while doing your other shopping.
You can make this menu as detailed or general as you like. I like to plan my meals with the future in mind. For example, I planned a turkey breast roast for Tuesday night and then I planned to use the leftovers to make a turkey salad, which is just like chicken salad, for lunch on Thursday. I didn't plan for us to eat the leftovers the very next day because that seemed a little repetitive. You can also plan your menu based on weekly sales and save some "dough". For example, our local grocery store had a super deal on ground beef so I stocked up and, to keep the freezer from being overrun with beef, I will use beef more than normal in this weeks menu. You can plan farther ahead than one week, though, and that will probably help with making your menus economically friendly. You will know, from the grocery list at the bottom of the menu, what you need ahead of time. So, if it goes on sale you can pick it up, knowing it won't go to waste and will be used soon.
Wednesday, August 25, 2010
Thursday, August 5, 2010
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