Friday, November 28, 2008
1- Thanksgiving came and went too fast- how is it possible that it's almost Christmas?
2- It's almost Christmas- yay for Christmas music on the iPod!!!
3- Here's to hoping the economy does not get worse- I don't think we can take much more, things are tight.
4- I really need to get hoppin' on the home made christmas gift front-I've got the stuff I need I just "gotta get 'er done".
5- I really need to make all of us some nice snuggly winter pjs.
6- I wonder if it's possible to squeeze a few more hours into the day? if not could we just add on a whole 'nother day? I mean really I'm not asking for much am I?
7-I wish I knew where the hell my camera ran off too, I've been using my mom's since august, mine went missing some time after July 19 (as that's the last picture I have off of it).
8- I really need to get some CT work done, but I need more time! I could also use more drive space, lol.
9- We still need to get the garage door replaced- but again there's that money thing again.
10- I need to get some new stuff into my digi shop, not that I seem to make any money there anyway, but it's fun to dream.
11- I'm thankful we're all healthy and happy (or at least in my case only mildly depressed, impatient, and cranky-it comes and goes, lol.)
12- really need to give Aidan a haircut, and then I must take pictures for Christmas cards.
13- I wonder if Ian will ever cut his hair again? lol, maybe he's trying to get it as long as mine? my hubby is a mystery. but then he's always said he likes to keep people guessing!
14- will this baby fever ever go away? it's frustrating...which is probably why I'm mildly depressed.
15- It's really funny how my thoughts seem to come with a southern accent, it also rears it's head when I'm talking and getting agitated or emotional. ( Hi, I'm Fe, and I'm pretty fluent in southern-ese).
so that's all for now, that's what's floating around in my head right this minute, I'm sure that'll change again as soon as something new comes up, and then I'll forget what I needed to do and we'll be right back where I started from, dazed and confused, and wondering what it was I came into the room for. I know I can't be the only one that that happens too, you know what I'm mean- you walk into a room for something, and then you stand there trying to remember what that something was that you came into the room for... I know I'm not the only one this happens too! please tell me I'm right!
oh wait! here's another not so random thought....how is it that my baby...
is going to be 6 in a less then 2 weeks?????? (BTW- that picture was taken right before we left the hospital, so that's not his birthday)
Sunday, November 16, 2008
Wednesday, November 05, 2008
Sunday, November 02, 2008
They also allowed the kids to trick or treat at the museum. The employees were all "Mad Scientists" and their lab coat pockets were full of candy. It was really nice, the kids had to answer a science question to get their candy. I liked that they (or at least most of them) got down to the kids level to ask the questions. Some of the questions were hands on. They were all very friendly and help make science fun for the kids. A wonderful experience all in all!
everything by Merkeley Designs
Crumpeckles Paper Pack
frame- Wrapped kit
Jedi - Say it With Cubes
Star Border-It Templates
Tag It #1
Stitches- Dusty Kit
Wednesday, October 01, 2008
Twig It by Merkeley Designs
Blue Autumn by Merkeley Designs
Font Monotype Corsiva
Frame Template 009 by Cátia Cunha
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
First off I'm not a pro at cooking, I really really really just fly by the seat of my pants. I usually do lots of research online first, find a bunch of different recipes and then I wing it, lol. so the recipe below is going to be written as if I was talking to you, if you have questions feel free to ask in the comments.
The whole idea for these started when my god-mother mentioned that when her nieces and nephews were young they couldn't afford to go and buy donuts (my aunt had 10 KIDS!), that they would make their own. so this intrigued me. I asked how they used to make them. She said it was easy, they'd take canned biscuits, and deep fry them and then put powdered sugar or cinnamon on them. Well that shot down my hopes of making them at first because we don't buy canned biscuits. The reason we don't buy them is I don't buy ANYTHING that has partially hydrogenated oil in it, and every kind of canned biscuit I've found has that. But then I got to thinking (dangerous I know) and I decided why the heck don't I make home made biscuits and do the same thing!
so I use Bisquick Heart Smart (because the regular one has the evil oil in it, that crap is in so much! not going to get into that now though, lol).
and this is what you do
2 cups Bisquick
3/4 cup milk (or 2/3 cup water)
Stir milk into Bisquick. Beat dough hard for 30 seconds to make it tighten up enough to handle. Turn dough on well-floured, cloth covered board. Pat, round it up and fold over 3 times. Roll out lightly with rolling pin, 1/2 to 1 inch thick, depending on how thick you want the biscuits.
Now when I make these I do half of them covered in powdered sugar and half in a mix of cinnamon and sugar, so get a bowl of each ready. You can also just leave them plain, sometimes I leave a couple that way too.
now you want to have some oil (I use vegetable oil, lots of the recipes I came across said to use "deep fat", and yeah...I don't go for that, so veggie it is for me, lol) nice and hot on the stove in a pot big enough to fit 3 or 4 donuts or use a deep fryer (oil doesn't have to be super deep, the donuts will float) and heat to about 375 degrees. you're going to plop a couple of those babies in the oil for a minute or so (until the first side browns , and then you're gonna flip them. now when both sides are done you take them out set them out a plate with a paper towel to get the extra oil off, then coat them in the topping of your choice. Continue until they're all done. Enjoy.
I've had several people ask about the homemade bagels that I make. I do 2 kinds now, plain for my hubby, who likes to put cream cheese on them, and cinnimon raisin for the little guy and I. I have to admit, I didn't come up with the recipe, I found it (with lots of wonderful pictures) at Tammy's Recipes. So I'm just going to link you right up to her. Homemade Bagels
I don't remember where I got the recipe for this, but I've had a few requests for the recipe. So I'm going to share it with you.
Apple Honey Bundt Cake
* 1 cup white sugar
* 1 cup vegetable oil
* 2 eggs
* 3/4 cup honey
* 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
* 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
* 1 teaspoon baking powder
* 1 teaspoon baking soda
* 1 teaspoon salt
* 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
* 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
* 3 apples - peeled, cored and shredded
* 3/4 cup chopped walnuts
1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). Grease and flour a 9 inch Bundt pan.
2. In a large bowl, stir together the sugar and oil ( I used half a cup of oil and half a cup of applesauce -mine happened to be homemade, but store bought is good too, a little healthier and so yummy). Beat in the eggs until light, then stir in the honey and vanilla. Combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon and allspice; stir into the batter just until moistened. Fold in the apples and nuts.
3. Bake for 50 to 65 minutes in the preheated oven, or until a toothpick inserted into the crown comes out clean. Let cool for 10 to 15 minutes before inverting onto a plate and tapping out of the pan.
Saturday, September 06, 2008
oh Ian!! you're next! :)
Friday, September 05, 2008
here's the two layouts
Started out with a template by Simply Yin
Macho Flowers by Merkeley Designs
Dusty by Merkeley Designs (stitches, fastener)
Font- Myriad Pro
Private (short stack) Paper Pack by Merkeley Designs
Dusty by Merkeley Designs (stitches, arrow, pin)
Macho Flowers By Merkeley Designs (journaling block)
Say It WIth Cubes by Merkeley Designs
fonts-Monotype Cosiva and Sylfaen
Tuesday, September 02, 2008
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
(click images to see credits)
I did two pages using this kit, I love the bright cheerful colors (which are not the norm for me).
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
Back row-Me and Kathy
Front row-Keitha and Mary
Monday, August 18, 2008
Saturday, August 09, 2008
Very talented and funny man, he'll be missed.
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
Strawberry Rhubarb Jam
4 cups rhubarb, thinly sliced
2 T. lemon juice
4 cups of fresh strawberries, sliced
10 cups of sugar
2 packages of fruit pectin
In large kettle combine all ingredients except sugar. Bring mixture to a full boil. Add sugar and keep stirring till sugar is fully dissolved. Return to boil and boil for one minute. Keep stirring. Remove from the burner and skim off the foam with a spoon.
Spoon the hot jam into hot pint or half-pint canning jars. I like to pour the jam into a glass 4-cup glass measuring cup first, then pour into jars, as this makes jam easier to pour into jars. Leave 1/4 inch of space at the top. Wipe jar rims clean and screw lids on firmly. Place the jars in boiling-water canner on high. When water begins to boil, set timer and boil for 5 minutes. Remove the jars from canner and cool on racks. Try not to disturb jam til it is cool. It may take several hours to set.
This should make about 12 half-pint jars
Designs by Sine template
Classic kit- Designs by Krista
Designs by Sine template
Splash 'n Shine kit by LaWanna DesJardin
Peace and Quiet wordart by LaWanna DesJardin
Designs by Sine template
Macho Flowers kit by Merkeley Designs
Both of these layouts are of pictures from when the boys went camping last month, they had tons of fun!
Monday, July 21, 2008
So, I've been on this...what would you call it? oh hell, I don't know what to call it. I've been on a kick I guess you could say, yeah we'll call it a kick, lol. I've been on this kick where I've been making things from scratch. I'm doing it for several reasons.
1- I like knowing what my family is eating, doing it this way there are no weird ingredients.
2- if I make it from scratch there isn't all that extra packaging, and it's actually cheaper most of the time.
3- I really enjoy it!
So I've done several things from scratch recently. I did Italian bread a month or so ago, and of course there were the donuts (I totally need to make some more of those!). And most recently I made homemade bagels. they came out totally yummy! and were super easy to make!
These are pictures of them fresh from the oven! and oh! oh! OH! are they good with my homemade jam on them!
Flash back to last Wednesday, we gave it another go. While searching for recipes before I came across a couple for strawberry rhubarb jam. Now I'd had never had rhubarb, I knew that I had heard of pie made from it though so I figured it must be pretty yummy, lol. So when we went to the farmers market the previous weekend I saw some great looking rhubarb, picked up some of that, and then we got some organic strawberries at the grocery store. Well this jam....let me tell you...whew! it is SOOOOOOOOOOO good. I have a new favorite! seriously! why don't they sell this kind in stores? I mean, it is such a wonderful combination! I'm eating some of it on toast as I sit here, and it is just fantabulous! We made 9 jars of the stuff and I have a feeling we're going to need to make more!
Monday, July 14, 2008
Any way...I've always loved this picture of Nanny and Aidan, it's just so sweet!
Sunday, July 06, 2008
ETA- added the photo, look at that gap! The first tooth that came out, was almost all the way in when the second one came out.
Saturday, July 05, 2008
Friday, June 27, 2008
I used a template by Moriginals and the Kit I used is Merkeley Designs Americana Days.
Laura and Rob
I started with a template by Shazbutts Digiscrapz, and I used LaWanna DesJardin's brand new kit, This Bliss
Saturday, June 14, 2008
Mama and me
This is how she always is for me, this smiling happy angel in my life. She is the most positive person I know. There is nothing I wouldn't do for her, and I know that the feeling is mutual. When things are overwhelming me, she's the first to step in and help. She is my own personal saving grace. She just makes things better. I love her more than words can say. I am truly bless to have this wonderful woman as my godmother. She will always be my mama.
Started out with a template by Meridith Tiede (Moriginals)
LaWanna DesJardin's Sweet As Can Be Kit
Tuesday, June 10, 2008
This is my Mama! she may technically be my god-mother, but in my heart she will always be "Mama". She's helped to make me who I am, she's always always always there for me, and I don't know what I would do with out her. And today is her birthday! so from all of us, Happy Birthday! We sure do love you!
Monday, June 02, 2008
There are still some freebie on my design blog, the link is in the sidebar. They'll only be available for a few more days, then some of them are going into the store at ScrapDebris.
Thursday, May 15, 2008
I don't have pictures of this, and I don't know what ever happened to that particular cube, but the story needed to be told.
The Story of Felicia and the Rubix Cube
Once upon a time there was a little girl. She was fascinated by the fact that her mama could figure out a rubix cube. Sometimes it took her mama a long time to figure it out, but she always did. Well, one day when the little girl was only about 6 years old, she decided she wanted to try. So she grabbed the cube, without permission,twisted it all up and attempted to fix it up. well, time went by and it got closer to the time when her mama was going to come home and the little girl was no where near figuring out that cube! She knew her mama would be annoyed that the she had mixed it up after so much hard work to put it back. So the little girl got the bright idea to peel off the stickers and put them back on the "right" way. She finished just in time to put it back where it usually sat. Mama came home and saw that cube and said "what on earth happened to my rubix cube! Every single sticker was either crooked or falling off. The little confessed and everyone had a good laugh. 20 years later people still joked about it, and she still wasn't allowed to help with a cube again!
Stock photos from stock.exchng (user: MeHere)
Blog Freebie by Lilach Oren
Wheels Kit by LaWanna DesJardin
Wheels Extras by LaWanna DesJardin
Wednesday, May 14, 2008
Tuesday, May 13, 2008
Gas prices are INSANE. If they go up much more, it won't be worth me working. I'll miss my discount, and the people of course. Oh well, what can I do?
I'm off to read a book to the little man.
Sunday, May 11, 2008
Ashley Mega Kit, by DigiSueBee (Susan Blanton)
Font- Monotype Corsiva
Journaling: Ian, I always wanted to play an instrument, and it's always thrilled me that you used to play the violin. Apparently you played really well with out practice, and amazing with it. I wonder if Aidan will play one day?
Stock photo from morgueFile
Kit used is Ashley Mega Kit by DigiSueBee (Susan Blanton)
Template 63 by The Template Club
Font Monotype Corsiva
Wednesday, May 07, 2008
Saturday, May 03, 2008
Wednesday, April 23, 2008
K&co Paper (little whales with a gap tooth grin, so cute!) and Karen Foster tooth alpha stickers. Ribbon is Lasting Impressions. Tag was punched with an EK Success punch
and this is the little monkey that wanted to take a picture!