Thursday, July 30, 2009

Outdoor Fun

Here's a quick look at tonight's scrapbook layout that we will be making at scrapbook club...Got some fishing or camping pictures? This is a great layout for those pics!

Sunday, July 26, 2009

You're a Star....and a Card Challenge

I thought it would be fun to do another card challenge. Haven't done one for awhile. Here's the sketch I chose. If you want to participate, make a card using this sketch, take a picture of it, then email it to me and I'll post it on my blog. It's fun to see what different people come up with using the same design, but different stuff! Have fun with it!
Now, here's the card I made. My grandson's birthday is coming up on the first, so it was a perfect time to use the challenge to get his card done!

I had a great time this last weekend visiting with my brother and sisters and mom. I had a couple of really meaningful discussions with my sisters about how God has led in our lives. We shared lots of laughs and lots of tears also. Good food (my sister's funnel cakes are out of this world, but oh so bad on my "healthy living" lifestyle diet....especially since I ate 3..... yes I said 3 of them) and good fun. The time we spend together seems to fly by every time. Each visit with them is a gift. Life is good, and I'm truly blessed.
It's time now to get ready for another week. I hope you all have a good one! Till next time..

Friday, July 24, 2009

Up up and away...

I've always wanted to take a ride in a hot air balloon. I think it would be so much fun. I love to look at the pictures of the hot air balloon contests they have and would love to go to one someday. What a photo op that would be. I found this cute stamp set and just had to have it. The buttons make cute balloon tops. I can just imagine myself floating over the earth looking down on the ground below. Maybe someday.....

Thursday, July 23, 2009


One of my favorite foods.....Enchiladas
I made a batch of these for supper and thought I'd share the recipe I use. It's from
the Pioneer Woman!
These are really really good....try em...I promise you'll love em too!
Simple Favorite Enchiladas

1 tablespoon canola oil
1 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 large (28-ounce) can enchilada or red sauce
2 cups chicken broth
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon ground black pepper
2 tablespoons chopped Cilantro
In a large saucepan over medium heat, add oil and flour and whisk together to make a past, cooking for 1 minute. Pour in other red sauce, chicken broth, salt, and pepper, and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer 30 to 45 minutes.
1 1/2 pounds ground beef
1 medium onion, finely diced
2 4-ounce cans diced green chilies
1/2 teaspoon salt

Brown meat with onions in a skillet. Drain off fat. Stir in 2 cans diced green chilies and seasoned salt. Set aside.
10 to 14 corn tortillas
½ cup canola oil

Heat canola oil in a small skillet over medium heat. One by one, using tongs, fry tortillas oil until soft, not crisp—about 30 seconds per side. Remove to a paper-towel lined plate. Repeat until all tortillas have been fried.
Sauce (above)
Meat (above)
Tortillas (above)
3 cups grated sharp cheddar cheese
½ cup chopped black olives
1 cup chopped green onions
½ cup chopped cilantro

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Pour ½ cup red sauce in bottom of baking pan. Spread to even out.Dip each tortilla into red sauce, then remove to work surface. Spoon meat, a little grated cheese, a little black olives, and green onions in the center of tortilla. Roll up and place, seam down, in baking pan. Repeat until pan is filled. Pour extra red sauce over enchiladas. Top with remaining cheddar cheese.
Bake for 20 minutes or until bubblly. Sprinkle chopped cilantro over enchiladas before serving.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Take time to relax........

Here's the other version of the "tea" card I promised

yesterday. I love how this one turned out.

It's so bright and cheerful.

It should cheer up someone who's feeling down don't

you think?

This is my other favorite hot tea. Plantation Mint.

This one is really good when you have a sore throat.

It has just enough "mint" to it that it slides down

and makes that throat feel better. But it

tastes really good too!

Know anyone that needs cheering up....or

a good cup of tea? Make them a card

and send them a smile!

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Tea Time!

I love my coffee. Nothing better. Just plain with a little cream. Nothing fancy. Folgers fresh brewed.

Every great once in awhile, I like to relax with a cup of hot tea. I'm picky with my tea. I have a couple of favorites. One is Constant Comment. I love this, both hot and iced. It has a wonderful flavor. Makes me want to just put my feet up and look out the window.

I'll share this with a friend somewhere down the line. Give them a little piece of ...relaxation and peace.
Take time to relax. You deserve it.
Tune in tommorrow for another version!

Monday, July 20, 2009

Happy Birthday dear brother....

It's my brother's birthday next week, so I whipped him up a card today. He's not really a sailor, He's a golfer through and through. I made him a golf card last year that he loved. Hopefully he'll like this one too! He does like to fish, so hopefully he'll like this one just as much. I'll sing him Happy Birthday and remind him that he's 3 years OLDER then I am! I enjoy that part!
I'm out to enjoy the cooler weather....have a good day!

Friday, July 17, 2009

What a hoot.....

I kinda have a love-hate relationship with owls. They are truly magnificent birds..but one of them also killed our little dog last fall. But this owl I love 100%! Look at his cute little eyes. He doesn't look like he'd eat a little dog does he?

I stamped the owl image on patterned paper then cut it out. There are some images that are soo cute paper pieced. I did the same with the leaves on the limb and the belly of the owl. I pop-dotted the eyes on the owl to give the image some depth. He's sooo cute! Then I just added a couple snippets of ribbon and some buttons tied with jute. I have lots of errands to do today, so guess I'd best enjoy my coffee and get busy. I'm hoping I'll have some time to stamp this afternoon, but I'm afraid the lawn mower is calling!

Have a wonderful day!

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Baby Book and Card

Here's a cute baby card and 1st year book I made for a friend of mines new baby (Inspired by a fellow consultant. I can't remember her name tho). It was really easy to make . I used all CTMH products. The new level one "Animal Cookies" kit and a "My Creations 3-Ring binder"
You can open up each white section in order to place a total of 3 pictures on each page. You simply slide the photo clip back over to keep it closed. Awesome way to add more pictures to your pages!
This is the front cover.
Inside front cover and 1st page. The book starts with the month the baby was born.
Some inside pages. I simply cut up the Level One kit up and cut the pages to fit the size of the binder pages.
Stamped the month circles and punched them out. Stamp set is "Today's Date" stamp set. I cut the Dutch blue pieces, then adhered the accordion folded white cardstock to that and adhered that to the page. Held closed by the photo clip.
Inside back cover. Used the My Stickease that came with the Level One kit to add a few embellishments.
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Saturday, July 11, 2009

Close your eyes ya'll!!

I'm about to embark on something I haven't done for a good many years. I'm afraid...very afraid. YOU should be too! On this, my last full day of babysitting my 4 grandkids, I promised them a trip to the waterpark at Independence. You think "So...". What you might not understand is that means I have to dress myself and my ? year old body in what is someone elses idea of adequate covering for the ancient female form...otherwise known as a one piece swimming suit. My idea of adequatly covering this body would be something starting at the knees (just below actually as I have knobby knees) and ends somewhere not quite as high as a turtle neck, with arms that cover my hanging banner of flabbing arms that wave in the breeze. Unfortunatly, I wasn't able to find something along that line, so I had to compromise. I definately came out on the losing end of the compromise. I'm thinking if I divide my body into fourths, cover each fourth with a grandkid, making them walk in syncronised steps with me until I can get into the's worth a try. Wish me luck!

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Maybe too much?....maybe not..

I have to admit that I thought all the hoopla surrounding Michael Jackson's death was a bit much. But today, I found myself drawn to the televised memorial service like the proverbial moth to a flame. It made me rather melencholy to say the least. We were close to the same age, me and Michael. I grew up singing along with him on the radio...belting out "I'll be there" with tears streaming down my face after a horrible teenage break-up with "the love of my life" boyfriend who I knew I would NEVER get over. Hearing some of those "old" songs brought about a whole lot of "old" memories to go along with them. I felt like I had lost a friend when it was over. Maybe it affected me more then I thought because I've felt that horrible sense of premature loss for no reason before. Whatever he was...confused, lonely, lost, guilty or not, right or wrong, I don't know and it's not for me to judge. But I do know, he was a person, he had a great talent, and it's sad he died the way he did. I hope he was right with God.

Monday, July 6, 2009

On Vacation.............

Well, I'm not on vacation......I'm on babysitting duty! I'll be gone for a week while my daughter and son-in-law take a much needed break and go on vacation to the Grand Canyon area. I'm staying with my 3 grandkids while they are gone, so I probably won't get a chance to blog as I'm not sure I'll have computer access there. The kids have laptops and took them with them and not sure their ancient desktop has internet hooked up. I'll have to investigate. But, I'm hoping to get a couple of projects done while I'm there so hopefully will have something to show you when I get back. My hubby isn't too happy he'll be batching it while I'm gone, but he'll make do I'm sure...he's a tough guy! I'll see you all soon!

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Beauty for a day...

I really love Daylilies. They are so unassuming. They only have one day to show their beauty. One day to give everything they've got....then their gone. They go their way to make room for the next beautiful bloom.

I'm sure there is a lesson here. Maybe to be all we can be for each day we have. To live up to our full beauty, not of outside looks, but inside beauty.

To be kind, to do for others.....
To think of someone else besides ourselves...