Friday, July 31, 2009

Just 'a bloggin'

Quicky post to share a page I made last night and a wish list...
As you can tell the Maya mist still has my heart right now...as does the sewing.
And below is my stamp wish list from Purple Onion Stamps.
Tell me again why I can't be rich?

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Afternoon treats

My husband has made it a habit that about once a week he will come home with a McD's bag containing four hot apple pies.
We all pull up a chair to the table outside (the same table Zane is under in the picture above) and eat our apple pies.
Then we debate over how we are gonna split the remaining 4th pie. Usually Zane gets first dibs.
If it's really nice outside we will hang out and play and chat about our day while we let Molly the turtle roam the yard freely.
Oh and I take lots of pictures...so many in fact that in this picture my son is trying to put his hand over my camera and is saying "that's enough momma". Naturally I thought this was hilarious and continued to take pictures! I think he is just now realizing that this is the beginning of his life and that camera ain't going nowhere!
Speaking of Molly the turtle...she had a snack too...
Who knew wild mushrooms were such a favorite of Southwest Box Turtles? I mean we did get her from the woods in North Louisiana where mushrooms are everywhere so I guess we should have know that!
See how happy she was? She devoured two whole mushrooms! That's some serious turtle cuisine!

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

What's for dinner?

Apparently I have a bit of a recipe to share with you.
And I use the term "recipe" loosely. You see I made a little concoction last night that turned out good and some folks wanted a recipe so here goes....

Baked Shrimp Stuffed Shells

½ Pack of Large Shell Noodles for stuffing
1 container of Ricotta Cheese
½ stick of butter
6 tablespoons of flour (more or less)
1 to 2 cups of milk (as desired)
1 pound of cooked shrimp (crumbled Italian sausage & crab meat would work well too)
½ cup of fresh or frozen seasoning mix (cut up onion, bell pepper & celery mix)
2 cup of Italian mix shredded cheese
Seasoning (Cajun/creole seasoning or Tony’s)

Preheat oven to 400

Boil noodles until almost done.

While noodles are boiling, in a separate sauce pan, saute onions, bell peppers & celery with butter until wilted and butter is melted. Slowly add flour (while stirring) until it becomes dry and clumpy. This may end up being more or less than 6 tablespoons. Keep moving this mixture around with your spoon for a couple minutes then gradually stir in your milk till it’s the desired thickness. Keep in mind that the cheese you are about to add will make it a bit thicker. Next add ONE cup of your shredded cheese (reserve the other cup for later) and continue to stir until it’s all combined well. Season to taste with your seasoning of choice. Keep on low heat until you are read for the sauce.

Combine your ricotta cheese and shrimp together (I cut my shrimp in half so they were in more manageable pieces). Line the bottom of your baking dish with a bit of the sauce to keep your shells from sticking. Then spoon the ricotta mixture into the shells. Line up your shells in your baking dish and pour the sauce over the top. (You may have some sauce left over) Then sprinkle the reserved cup of shredded cheese on top and bake at 400 for about 20 minutes or until golden brown.

Delish!


Like I said, it's not exact or anything...I really made it up as I went along. I just had the idea of what I wanted to make and didn't have a recipe so I put what I thought should go in there and it came out great. Let me know if you try it and how you like it!

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Goodies & Pretties...

Very excited to have these goodies on the way to me...
The coffee stain and typewriter set are stamps...pretty fabulous stamps actually. And the Heidi Swapp edge distresser is to replace mine that has been missing for quite some time. And I miss it dearly!

Now for the pretties...
How precious is this embroidery pattern? I found it on doe c doe's blog and I can't wait to use it in conventional and unconventional ways! You will be seeing this pretty lady and others in some of my upcoming projects I'm sure!

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Sunday, Sunday, Sunday...another weekend gone

Slow weekend. But I got crafty...

Made this nautical necklace that has been dancing around in my head all week. Not sure if it is exactly what I had in mind but I think I like how it turned out.

I also made these great little, go with anything earrings...
Saturday we went to an announcement party for one of the sweetest couples we know...Micah and Rita.
How beautiful is she in this red? Stunning really.
And also got to hang out with this amazing couple that we miss!
When I say hang out I mean me and Corey talked all night about iphone apps and cover songs but to me, that's awesome conversation! LOL!
The really good thing about slow weekends is you have time to do stuff like this...
...make random snacks using squeeze cheese and colored gold fish.
They really were quite yummy.

And last but not least...a scrapbook page I did of our visit to the Steel Magnolia house.

I have a few other pages on my scrap table that I hope to get to this week...and some jewelry ideas so lets see how much creative time I get to bang out some ideas.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Pages to share

Just a few scrappy pages to share...

For the page above, i cut up the sticker sheet that the letter stickers came with and used it as a stencil for the letters and sprayed my Maya mist over it. This was killer fun and you should TOTALLY try it.
And the layout below is just stitchy and delicious. AND it has velum. See Mandi...I AM helping to bring it back.
Both of these were created with the last of my June Masters kit. Sad to see it gone....well I do have a sheet of card stock and some scraps so you never know...you may see more. LOL!

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Simply Amazing

Flyleaf that is. They never disappoint.
So despite the gloomy weather, Flyleaf took the stage lightning and thundering and all. It just added to the amazing show. We were so far in back in the crowd that we couldn't take any decent pictures.

The next three pictures were snagged from Flickr.
Ok, back to my pictures...see how far back we were...

This is our good friend Matt, he met us there and rocked out with us. Always good times when Matt is around.

I also played around with the night vision setting on my camera...pretty cool when you combine that with some Sepia post processing.
Oh and speaking of amazing...check out this AMAZING sunset.
It was so amazing that this photo is unedited. That is just how beautiful it was.
Now for some scrappies...for some reason I was crazy inspired to scrapbook Friday afternoon.
I made these with the last of my June Masters kit.


I am still in love with my Maya mist as you can tell. Well I have one more page on my scrap table that may or may not get finished. Only time will tell if I loose interest in it before I finish it.

Friday, July 17, 2009

If the rain holds out...

We will be going to this...
I'm not sure how this will work out since it's a Christian Rock/Rap concert held on a collage campus. We shall see. I'm just SO excited to see Flyleaf again! Woot!

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Scrap love...

Oh the scrap love!

This is the July scrapjack that will be posted today over at scrapjacked. Head on over there to check out the details and see the other girls amazing work!

I am so in love with my Maya mists...I can't even begin to tell you how much. And zig zag stitching. And masking. Oh the techniques.


Can you tell I am crazy inspired by Mandi these days. Thanks Mandi!

Oh and this layout...not only did I stich my letters...but I painted them too. The letters were actually blue like the ones in the layout below but I SO wanted big bold yellow letters for my title. So I turned to my handy dandy paint pen.



Don't know why that picture is so dark but the detailed pic below is perfect.

See...more title stitching.
And finally a "precious" little set of gift cards for baby gifts or thank yous. I stamped the word on velum and sewed it to the patterned paper to give it a sofened, finished look.


All of these layouts & cards were made with the June Masters kit. I think last I checked there was one left! So if you like...and you want...run on over there!

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Long lost family and stuff

This week we found out we had a long lost cousin.




This is her picture. Sadly, she died before we got to meet her. She was a beautiful woman indeed. Turns out that my great aunt (the one that lived with my great grand mother in the house the was being torn down recently), had a baby in her 20's and most of the family didn't even know about it.

This is a picture of my great grandmother with all her children. She is on the front row all the way to the left and my great aunt is the one standing next to her. They have both past away as well.
Luckily, we got to meet a descendant of the child that was given away for adoption many years ago.
This is a picture of my dad, our newly found cousin Loyd and my uncle Tommy. Loyd was such a pleasure to meet and so was so appreciative to be meeting the family he never knew.
Speaking of my great grandmother's house...it is now gone.




I took this picture as they were in the process of demolition late last week but now it's just an empty lot. Very sad about that but it is what it is. Houses have life expectancies too and I guess this one was up.
Stay tuned tomorrow for some scrap goodness and our latest scrapjacked page.