Saturday, December 27, 2008
Monday, December 8, 2008
Tuesday, December 2, 2008
And I will be on the look out for other awesome food recipes. I am still putting together my seafood menu for Christmas. And I hope my van will be fixed (please Lord) before I miss the local sales on Lobster tails!
Monday, December 1, 2008
I have been looking up all kinds of recipes this week. We have decided after the great soul food Thanksgiving feast we had, that we aren't going to do a traditional Christmas dinner this year. Instead it will most likely be seafood/fish and pasta. I know it doesn't sound normal at all, but I can't wait! I have been looking for tons of recipes for lobster, and shrimp and debating on what I want to do. One of our favorite recipes is lobster pizza http://www.recipezaar.com/Lobster-Pizza-130845 but it won't make the cut for Christmas. I was thinking of making it an appetizer but hubby suggested just making it on Fridays as we normally do. But if you make the lobster pizza recipe, I suggest that you use plain butter and add fresh garlic to it...it tastes so good! I have never used the Land of Lakes roasted garlic spread!
But I have been looking forever for a lemon meringue pie that I would love. I think I am going to maybe stop the search for that and look for a square instead. I hope to find one that everyone in our family will love to eat. It is hard to have sweets when you have a couple of kiddos that have allergies to everything that goes into them. And although this is the case for lemon meringue pie/squares...Shoot I am prego and have been craving it!
Let's see what else is going on? Not a lot, my van didn't work this morning. I was so frustrated because I need to be able to get around and of course it had to die the one day that I had planned to go shopping for diapers and washing powder. I thought that was funny, so no laundry for me today!! LOL!!
We still don't have our tree up! We are so bad, company came over on Thanksgiving and so we didn't eat and then put up the tree as we usually do. So hopefully we will get it up real soon. Kentrel's birthday is this week and I don't want to have to do it this weekend before his party but that might be the only time we truly can get it done. I can't believe that we will have a 12yr old.
Oh my personal goal for this month is to complete all the pages of pics that I have developed for 2008...that is about 20 plus layouts....this normally wouldn't be that difficult of a goal, but considering the fact that I still have all day sickness, I am going to be amazed if I get into the basement to scrap. But I am going to try.
Friday, November 21, 2008
I often think about new recipes and how I can make things better. Now my family loves almost everything that I put on their plates and even the little ones eat their veggies when I cook them . But I have been trying out tons of recipes from several sites that I love to read and look at...and I can say that these recipes have rocked our world. I thought that my little recipe box was full of awesome works that I had created. But nothing prepared me for what I found on these sites. Some were fancy and required things that I didn't have but I used things that I had (a trick I learned from my Grandma). I swear I never remember her using a rolling pin ever (but I can't make a pizza crust without one) ...but that didn't make her pie crusts any less delicious.
So I have decided that since I don't have a food processor, or a awesome mixer that can make cakes, and crusts and more I should still try making those recipes with what I have. Maybe stop buying premade doughs and use the knowledge of what I had growing up to make those things again. There is nothing wrong with using store bought items and I am not bashing them at all...in fact they have helped me make some awesome dishes...but my hubby told me the other day, after I mentioned I wanted to make a cake from scratch, that he missed all the from scratch stuff I used to make. He missed the cookies, the thin crust pizzas and all that so I decided that I am going to every once in awhile pull out the flour and butter and my hand held mixer and use them again.
I have used them recently but mostly for store bought cake,brownie and pizza crust mixes...so now I am going to try to get some new from scratch things and have the kiddos help me make them. I do miss cooking with them, and when school starts it always seems like the day is so short that we don't get to do all the fun things that we do in the summer. I haven't made cupcakes since September. And that is just not right! Especially since I have been craving cupcakes, and hate store bought ones. I just don't like store bought icing maybe that is why I don't like store bought cakes and such...well not all stores, Lunds/Byerlys has always been able to draw me in every once in awhile.
And I think I will start posting pics of my recipes and things I have tried although I hate my kitchen, and one day hope to win a million dollars just to have a "real" kitchen that I can use and be proud of. But the reason why I think I should do it is because I love my food creations. And I am happy to make things for my family and I look at some many awesome kitchens and think wow I bet they make awesome food in there...but no one seems to post the not so cute pics of their not so perfect kitchens. I wish I would have been wiser when selecting my house at 24 and knew that my kitchen would not be as satisfying although it was 3 times larger than our apartment's kitchen...oh if I would have known how quickly I would be unsatisfied with not having more counter space when it came to cooking and how my kitchen table would have to serve as a counter on most days...But oh well I won't complain too much. I just know now that once we sell this house and move on, the kitchen will be the first thing I consider in the new house, and bathrooms/bedroom ratio will come next! But that's off topic....
Friday, November 14, 2008
my next baby's due date...Yes, I am pregnant! I am excited, scared, scared and a little more scared! I have been wondering why I have been so sick and my hubby said, you need to take a test. I laughed because how could that even be possible. Well it was...
So I want to get my house organized before I get put on bedrest and start shots and all that... And so I will be also organizing my scrap space too because I won't be able to be up and down the stairs to the basement in a few short months. But hopefully I can get tons of ideas for a new baby book.
Also I have some dies on sale now on ebay. I know that people were looking for them so I grabbed a couple extra ones while at the store and listed them. Here is a pic of the dies
...and I grabbed some of the stamps too but I am not listing those. I plan on giving them out during one of my monthly challenges on twopeasinabucket.com. Only because I really won't be participating in the challenges but instead hosting them. Well have a great weekend!!
Sunday, October 26, 2008
They are made using bazzill cardstock, felt for the hats, stickles, googly eyes, and tiny tiny pom poms for the nose. And of course as with my other diecuts I like them to be sturdy so I put them on chipboard. It took me hours....to make these little buggers! But I really do love how they turned out...I might even do these for a little while. Or even on my own Christmas cards.
And also I made this great Thanksgiving page that I made too...love how I used patterened papers that I just got from the CKC-St.Paul. Speeking of that...oh well I won't talk about that whole experience. I just now know what it's like to volunteer ....so I won't have do that again. LOL! But here is the page
Sunday, October 19, 2008
You can check out my auction of this item here http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=230301996067&_trksid=p3907.m32&_trkparms=tab%3DSelling
Monday, October 13, 2008
But I did get an hour this past weekend to go to my craft space. It's so nice because I usually don't watch tv so while the kids are playing the game on the weekends and Vele is usually on the computer, I am with the kids in the basement and I am scrapbooking. I love that my space is in the family room because I am not away from them. And they can join in. But this weekend I made a few cards to have on hand for birthday parties...and here are the few cards I made using my Archiver's exclusive QK dies...it's amazing that when I first got these dies I thought that I would just sell them, but now I really like them! I can see using them on several types of pages and cards.
I used a bunch of different dies that I had and stamps. The little hat of the animals are an actual stamped image and then I cut it out and backed it with chipboard so that it was bold enough for the actual die. All the animals are backed with chipboard also. I used all products from my stash, nothing here is new!
Monday, September 8, 2008
Sunday, July 27, 2008
I know that people have been waiting for them to get on ebay and I want to appologize because I honestly can't tell you when I will get them on there and at this point I can't even sit at my desk and work. I just got the worse news that I have ever been told...my Dad passed away this evening. I can't go into details mainly because I don't really remember everything, but there was a DNR and so he coded around 4:17 this evening...
I am angry, sad and confused but I am trying to do some of things that I feel like doing instead of things that I have to force myself to do. I feel numb...I just wanted this to turn out differently! But I understand that he is in a much better place and that he isn't feeling pain but that doesn't really make me feel better right now. I feel like being selfish and I want him to still be here. He is going to miss so much of my kids' lives. My nieces and nephews. I had my first real conversation with him in May and it was nice, but if I had known that it would be the last one, I would have said so much more. Like I wish we could know each other better...Maybe a few more I love you toos...I just don't know what to say. I feel like I didn't try hard enough when he reached out but I didn't hold a grudge either...I don't know...I just don't know
I just had to say that the ATCs will be on hold for a little while. Thanks for listening/reading...
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
Sunday, July 6, 2008
Monday, June 30, 2008
Tuesday, June 24, 2008
Yesterday I found out that I have a nephew that “we” didn’t know about...and he is the cutest little man… I am so excited! I have been stalking his mom because I really wanted to see him and although she just moved to Hastings I was willing to go out there to see him. And he is the chunkiest little man and he looks just like my brother…Just like him! He’s 10 months old and is a little brick (that commercial about diapers surely fits him! )But he is so cute…I took a ton of pictures that didn’t come out right for some reason…ok it was because I forgot to charge my camera batteries although I charged them last night, I left my camera on while uploading pictures to 2peas and lets just say I tried to charge them for 10mins and I only got one really great picture of him. I do plan on being around so there will be tons of pictures to come. He isn’t my first nephew I have another brother who has a handsome little son, a sister who has two handsome boys (that I haven't seen in ages because they are in Decatur too...and she neeever sends pictures) and of course my sis that has my nephew here too…but Marco is the first/only son to my brother Jimmy. And that is important to me…so here he is with his cousin…and she is older but you can't tell because she is so small ;o)
oh and I had to show one more pic of the family at the Mall of America Nickelodan (msp?) University...I think that they did a great job with the place. They revamped it and it looks so much better/brighter...and now there are tons more kid rides for both boys and even LeiLani had tons to choose from...it was so fun! Well here is that picture, don't ask me what LaTrele (ds#2) was looking at because I have no idea! LOL
Sunday, June 22, 2008
Friday, June 20, 2008
Also I have found the set of 12 Studio G monthly stamps that everyone has been searching for. It took awhile, but I have one set left...so the price of course will include the tax that I paid for them and shipping and handling and that price is $15. Please leave a comment if you are interested or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org... Here are some pics of the stamps
And the blog question was do you sometimes feel like you get in over your head on some projects...and the answer would be surely I do. I have to say that there have been several times where I had some awesome plans about projects that I wanted to do but once I got started on the project I started adding things here and there and then a project that was only supposed to be 10 layouts turn into 20 or more. And it's the same when it comes to the money that is spent on the project as well. I love scrapbooking (as most people do that check out my site) so you can relate that it can easily go from a $10 project to $25 project in the blink of an eye. I really have been learning or trying to do better about time and budget when it comes to this and that is why I decided that if something costs me a little more to make, that maybe I should find an alternative way to sell it that doesn't cost me anything. But it's a learning process and I am trying to master it...Happy Blogging everyone!