December 22, 2007
1# mushrooms, stems removed
8 oz. cooked salad shrimp
1/3 C grated parmesan cheese
2 t parsley flakes
1/2 C chive & onion cream cheese spread
1/2 t dijon mustard
1 clove garlic, pressed
For crumb topping:
4 t butter
1 clove garlic, pressed
1/4 C dry bread crumbs
- Heat oven to 400 degrees F
- For shrimp filling, chop shrimp. Place in mixing bowl. Add 4 teaspoons lemon zest and parsley flakes. Mix together. Add parmesan cheese, cream cheese spread, mustard and garlic. Mix well.
- Stuff mushroom caps with shrimp filling.
- For crumb topping, place butter and garlic in microwave safe mixing bowl. Microwave on high 20-30 seconds until butter is completely melted. Stir in bread crumbs. If mixture is too wet, add more bread crumbs.
- Place mushrooms into a baking dish with the filling side up.
- Sprinkle with crumb topping.
- Bake 18-20 minutes or until topping is golden brown and filling is hot.
- Serve immediately.
40 meatballs (I use the frozen pre-made kind from the grocery)
1 8 oz. can jellied cranberry sauce
1/4 C ketchup
1/4 C orange marmalade
2 T packed brown sugar
1 T worcestershire sauce
- Prepare meatballs as directed on package.
- In medium sauce pan, combine last five ingredients. Heat until sugar is melted and all ingredients are mixed well.
- Add hot meatballs, stir.
- Simmer on stove for 5-10 minutes
- Serve hot
December 21, 2007
December 20, 2007
- She loved yoga.
- She walked everywhere. She never owned a car or had a driver's license.
- She cut her grass with a manual push mower (no gasoline powered mowers for her) until she was in her early 90's.
- She put out a big garden every year and tended to it each day.
- She loved to wear a little sun/bucket hat.
I think my fondest memories of her relate to my birthday and a special tradition she began. As a little girl, each year for my birthday, she would bake me a lamb cake. It is a homemade angel food cake baked into a lamb shaped pan. It's frosted with 7-minute icing and coconut flakes. I can recall so vividly getting that big box in the mail. Dad would put it on the table and carefully cut it open, causing all of the real popcorn to come flooding out onto the table. For the rest of my life, this will always be my favorite birthday cake. I am blessed to have her special pan and her hand-written recipe for that cake.
Happy Birthday Gramma! I love you and miss you!
Happy 39th Anniversary to Mom & Dad!
November 26, 2007
We (mom and I) got the booth set up Thursday night, so we could just walk in Friday morning and get down to business. It was a fantastic weekend. We were so busy I couldn't believe it. I moved all of my equipment, so I was printing on-site and it was CRAZY. I had taken quite a few pre-printed things for cash and carry, but everyone seemed to want something special instead.
I couldn't believe how well I did... totally surpassed my expectations, which is awesome!
The only down side is that I am physically tired. I could use one day of rest, but I've gotta go in to work today. I have a big project that has to be finished up this week and it's going to take some pushing to make that happen. So, it's back to life I go.
PS-Be sure to check out the website later this week for an inventory sale. Lots of cute stuff for Christmas gift wrapping. Last day to order for Christmas is December 7!!
November 21, 2007
As Thanksgiving Day rolls around,
November 19, 2007
4 - 15 oz cans Apricot Halves, drained
1 - 2# bag light brown sugar, divided
1 box Ritz crackers (or any variety of buttery snack crackers) crushed & divided
1 stick butter (no margerine) cut into 1/4" pats
- Spray 9 x 13 x 2 baking dish with non-stick cooking spray.
- Arrange half of the apricots on the bottom of the dish.
- Cover apricots with half of the brown sugar.
- Cover brown sugar with half of the crackers
- Arrange half of the pats of butter on top of crushed crackers as evenly as possible.
- Repeat steps 1-5 for 2nd layer.
- Bake at 300 degrees for 1 hour.
November 09, 2007
October 20, 2007
October 19, 2007
October 16, 2007
The Nashville Flea Market is coming up Oct. 27-28, so I'm scrambling to try to get new displays made and ready. My product line has really grown in the past 12 months, so my old set up just won't work. As if that's not enough, I also signed up to do an open house thing on the 27th. It was originally scheduled for the 20th, but the host had to change the date. Luckily a friend of mine is going to work my booth there. The bummer is that now I have to put together two sets of sample displays in short order.
I've been popping in to check on several of you, but haven't done much commenting lately. When I'm pressed for time I would rather read than comment. Bear with me, I hope to be back in the swing soon.
I wanna send a shout out to sweet, sweet Carlo! You are always so great to check in and make sure everything is okay. Your thoughtfulness is much appreciated!
October 05, 2007
Keep talkin' to me! I love to hear what you have to say.
October 03, 2007
September 28, 2007
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September 19, 2007
September 14, 2007
Life seems to be kicking my butt lately and it is taking quite a toll. All the stress, lack of sleep and running (not the excercise kind) has manifested itself into a nasty virus. I've been coughing horribly for three days. I went to Minute Clinic this morning to try to get some relief only to be sent away with a transfer of care form. My blood pressure was so high that they could not treat me. I have never had high blood pressure and it has never been a concern for my physician.
Since I couldn't get in to see a doctor, I went to an urgent care clinic for Vanderbilt hospital. Fortunately my BP had started to come down some, but was still quite high. They were unable to prescribe anything that would cure what ails me. So from there I was off to the pharmacy for some cough syrup and Advil PM. I just woke from a heavenly nap.
This whole experience has been a huge wake-up call. I've got to make some life changes. I need to learn to manage or eliminate stress as much as possible. I've got to rest even if it isn't convenient and I've got to live healthier even if it doesn't sound like fun.
September 01, 2007
I've been blessed and surprised by some great birthday good mail. I will post pics and do a more thorough recap on Monday. Rich is taking me out for birthday breakfast, then I'll be meeting my BFF Lisa for a mani/pedi. We'll finish the day with a Vanderbilt University football game tonight. Busy day!
August 29, 2007
- My husband called me last Wednesday at 5 p.m. to tell me that his doctor had scheduled him for surgery to remove a kidney stone the following morning. I quickly cleared my calendar at work and headed home to get the full scoop.
- We spent all day Thursday at the hospital for his outpatient surgery. He was groggy, goofy and in a lot of pain, so I stayed home with him on Friday.
- I scored great deals for a new laptop, new printer and RAM upgrades. So now I'm blazing fast! I love it.
- Have spent the last several days getting the new computer up and running. Thank heavens my old laptop (which isn't really that old) had a DVD burner, so that made file transfer a breeze.
- Getting ready for alot of busy-ness over the next 3-4 days. My parents arrive in town tomorrow for the Titans game. They are staying over to celebrate my birthday on Friday night. Going for mani-pedi's with my BFF on Saturday... her treat for my birthday. Vanderbilt college football on Saturday... and a big group dinner on Sunday to celebrate my birthday.
What's going on in your world?
August 22, 2007
For those of you interested in the details...
Cardstock: Starch White by French Paper (card), Positively Pink and Tempting Turquoise (Stampin' Up!), Cougar White
Stamp Pads: Basic Black and Positively Pink
Markers: Pretty in Pink, Positively Pink and Tempting Turquoise
Stamp Sets Used: Little Hellos and Polka Dots & Paisleys
Ribbon: 7/8" grosgrain from Ribbon Factory
Next up: Birthday Card swap. Only six of these to make, so I may get a little crazy!
August 20, 2007
Have you gotten this far and can't figure out what I'm talking about? So sorry! Let me explain... I plan and host a weekend crop/crafters retreat each year. About 40 crafty ladies gather at a state park just south of Nashville for the first weekend in February. We get the fire roaring in the lodge and crop. til. we. drop. It is loads of fun and I can't wait.
If any of you are interested in joining in the fun, you can get more details and register online here.
So, if you change your email addy, be sure to go into Settings in your Dashboard, click on Comments and update that email address as well. Thanks for all the sweet comments on that post you guys. I feel like a total dummy for not knowing they were there until today.
August 12, 2007
Here is the design I came up with, and I love how it turned out. It uses printing, stamping and watercolors for the graphics. I love this color combo for Halloween. Below is my stack of completed cards. I will pop these in the mail in the morning. Next month, I will get a pack of with five cards, each made by a different person.
** Have you ever participated in a card swap?**
August 08, 2007
Image property of kwernerdesign.com
This is just one example of the incredible things she has on her site. I love her cards, too. It's killing me to have to sit here at work when all I wanna do is make some cards.
Speaking of... I just signed up for something new today. It's a card swap. I've never done this before and I'm actually pretty excited about it. I will make x number of the same card and send it in, and will get back a card from each of the other participants. I am hoping that this will be a great way for me to build up my supply of cards. I'll post my version when I finish, so stay tuned.
August 07, 2007
- She loves to learn and try new things.
- She is so very quiet and sweet.
- She has a terrific sense of humor for someone of her age.
- She enjoys reading and reads well beyond her grade level.
- Shares my love for paper and crafts.
- She is a low maintenance kid.
- She loves being a part of our family.
- She is perfectly happy to hang out with me.
- Her skin is flawless.
- She gives great hugs.
July 30, 2007
July 18, 2007
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July 14, 2007
I captured the entire event on camera. It was fantastic! They were invited up to play "Name That Tune" at the end of the 4th inning. The song in the video below is the song from the 'game'. It was a great night and I can't express how exciting it was to be there and see this happen.
July 09, 2007
July 06, 2007
Anyone have any experience with this product?
It is Ulead CD/DVD PictureShow 4
A few years ago I put together a DVD slideshow, but used a different software. I want to create another slideshow again and was thinking about purchasing this software. It looks easy to use and is very affordable (only $30). Before I made a purchase I thought I would see if anyone has any opinions about this. Please email me or leave a comment if you have anything to share.
July 05, 2007
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June 28, 2007
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June 14, 2007
O say, can you see, by the dawn’s early light,
What so proudly we hailed at the twilight's last gleaming,
Whose broad stripes and bright stars, through the perilous fight
O’er the ramparts we watched, were so gallantly streaming
And the rockets’ red glare, the bombs bursting in air
Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there;
O say, does that star-spangled banner yet wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave
On the shore, dimly seen thro’ the mist of the deep,
Where the foe’s haughty host in dread silence reposes,
What is that which the breeze, o’er the towering steep,
As it fitfully blows, half conceals, half discloses
Now it catches the gleam of the morning’s first beam,
In full glory reflected, now shines on the stream
’Tis the star-spangled banner. Oh! long may it wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave!
And where is that band who so vauntingly swore
That the havoc of war and the battle’s confusion
A home and a country should leave us no more
Their blood has washed out their foul footsteps' pollution.
No refuge could save the hireling and slave
From the terror of flight, or the gloom of the grave,
And the star-spangled banner in triumph doth wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave.
Oh! thus be it ever, when freemen shall stand
Between their loved homes and the war’s desolation,
Blest with vict’ry and peace, may the Heav’n-rescued land
Praise the Power that hath made and preserved us a nation!
Then conquer we must, when our cause it is just,
And this be our motto: "In God is our Trust"
And the star-spangled banner in triumph shall wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave.
June 13, 2007
June 12, 2007
I have not spent much time in Memphis. I think I've been there 3-4 times throughout my life. It is honestly never high up on my list of places to visit. I have been wanting to go to Graceland for several years, but just never made it there... until now.
A few years ago, a photo from my childhood reminded me of my love of Elvis. As soon as I saw that photo, I was remembering the hours and hours I spent in my room listening to my Elvis records on my little record player. I would jump and dance around on my bed getting lost in the music.
My visit started by waiting in line for tickets. I was by myself, while Rich was playing in a golf tournament. As I was waiting, they made an announcement that there would be a 90 minute delay from the time you purchased tickets until you could take the shuttle across the street to the mansion. For a split second, I thought about leaving... I didn't want to spend my entire afternoon there, but I stayed and I am so glad I did. I purchased the Platinum Pass and convinced the person at the ticket counter to honor my $3 off coupon even though I had left it in the car.
My ticket gave me access to some other exhibits that I am really glad I got to see. First, I went to see the airplanes. The Lisa Marie was the larger plane and what he used to travel on tour. I walked through the plane. (Flash photography is not allowed in any of the exhibits on the property, so I have a lot of blurry photos). Lots of cool stuff in there... 24K gold plated seat belt buckles, one room with blue faux suede bedding.
From there it was off to the car museum. This was a really nice exhibit... definitely a walk down memory lane. I found two vehicles that instantly reminded me of Kristi C. I wonder which one she would choose? A little trivia about the Pink Cadillac... Of all of his car's that was the one his Mother loved best, so he never sold it.
Elvis purchased this Jeep on July 12, 1960. It was used
by they gate guards to drive around the property.
1955 Cadillac Fleetwood
One of the few cars Elvis kept from his rise to stardom.
He often referred to it as Gladys' car (his mother)
because it was her favorite.
The last exhibit to see had many of his be-dazzled stage costumes on display. My first reaction upon seeing them was my surprise at how thin he must have been. I have since read that even at his heaviest, he was around 250 pounds... which sadly, isn't much these days. Each of these were hand-made and the beadwork was really incredible. I couldn't believe how many different costumes there were - and they knew when they were worn and for what concerts. I wonder who was responsible for keeping up with that?
Surprisingly, it was time to head to the Mansion. It sits directly across the street from the rest of the property. They load about 20 people up on a small bus and away you go through the famous gates. From the other side of the street, the brick entrance looks like it had been painted and then sand-blasted, but as we drove through the gates, I could see that they had actually been written on with paint pens. Fans had written messages on the bricks. I wish now that I had walked down to the gates to get a photo.
I got off the shuttle, put on my little audio headset, and headed up the steps and through the front door, which is where I saw this photo hanging to the left just as you entered the home.
Seeing this brought things full-circle for me. Seeing the photo of Lisa Marie, hanging there - in the same place that her Father last saw it made everything real. This was about a real home, and a real man whose life came to a quick and early end nearly 30 years ago.
The second floor of the home, which has remained the same since he died, is not open to the public. I learned that Elvis did not allow guests onto the 2nd floor. He would entertain them anywhere else in the house, but the 2nd floor was his private area and they have kept it that way all these years since his death.
For the remainder of the tour, I tried to really take it all in. From the green carpet ceilings in the jungle room, to the mirrored ceilings in the TV room, to the walls lined with Gold Records, I was reminded one thing for sure. Elvis definitely had an interesting sense of style.
Yes, this really is the ceiling.
Can you believe that I picked this same color for my bedroom
when I was four? I blame it on the 70's.
Not wanting to be outdone by President Nixon, Elvis had
three televisions on in the TV room at all times... so he could
watch all three channels at once. My how times have changed!
Just a small glimpse of a few of the gold records that hang in the "Hall of Gold"
My favorite part of the tour was seeing this piano. On the morning of his last day in this life, Elvis sat at this piano and played and sang. Seeing this as I was hearing him sing How Great Thou Art was a powerful experience.
Final part of the tour is a walk through what Elvis called Meditation Garden. This is where Elvis is buried alongside his parents and other family members. Fans from around the world continue to bring and send flowers. What an incredible impact this one man had on our World!
If you are ever planning a trip to Memphis, and want to visit Graceland, here are some suggestions.
- Look online to see if the Visitor's Bureau has any coupons.
- Parking is $6 and they only take cash (I had to leave and go find an ATM)
- Make reservations at the ticket counter - you bypass the long lines.
- Definitely do the larger tour - otherwise you are stuck killing time in the half-dozen gift shops.
- Prepare to spend at least three hours. You can take as long as you like on the tours.
See the rest of the pics here.
June 10, 2007
1 (12 fluid ounce) can or bottle beer (can use any carbonated beverage)
3 cups self-rising flour
3 tablespoons white sugar
1. In a large bowl, mix together the sugar and flour. Add beer and continue to mix, first using a wooden spoon, then your hands. Batter will be sticky. Pour into a 9 x 5 inch greased loaf pan.
2. Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees ) for 50 for 60 minutes. The top will be crunchy, and the insides will be soft. Serve topped with butter or cheese spread.
1/3 cup butter, melted
1/4 cup white sugar
1/2 cup milk
4 tablespoons cornstarch
1 (15.25 ounce) can whole kernel corn
2 (14.75 ounce) cans cream-style corn
1. Preheat oven to 400 Degrees F (200 degrees C). Grease a 2 quart casserole dish.
2. In a large bowl, lightly beat eggs. Add melted butter, sugar, and milk. Whisk in cornstarch. Stir in corn and creamed corn. Blend well. Pour mixture into prepared casserole dish.
3. Bake for 1 hour.
½ C sugar
1 can frozen orange juice
1 can frozen lemonade
1 can 12-14 oz. Apricot nectar (or pineapple juice)
Bring 4 cups water to bowl, add tea bags and steep for 10 minutes. Remove tea bags. Add sugar, stirring to dissolve. Pour sweetened tea mixture into one gallon pitcher. Add orange juice and lemonade mix, stir until well blended. Add apricot nectar, stir. Fill pitcher with water to measure one gallon. Mix well. Serve chilled or over ice.
2 8-ounce packages cream cheese...don't soften much
½ cup apricot, peach or pear preserves (I use peach)
1 tbsp onion powder
1 cup sliced almonds
Combine first four ingredients using stand mixer with paddle attachment until smooth and well blended. Drop onto large piece of plastic wrap to form ball. Put almonds in separate bowl. Unwrap plastic from ball and roll it in the almonds to cover. Wrap in plastic, chill for 1-2 hours before serving. Serve with a variety of crackers.
2 pounds lean ground beef
2 cans Del Monte chili style diced tomatoes
2 cans chili beans
2 packs chili seasoning (hot or mild)
1 medium onion chopped
1 bottle beer (may substitute with 1½ C water)
½ C chopped cilantro
1 finely chopped jalapeño pepper (optional)
Stove Top Instructions
Brown ground beef and chopped onions in large pot. Drain grease. Add beans and tomatoes, stir. Add chili seasoning and beer, mix well. Cover and simmer for 20 minutes. Add cilantro and jalapeños. Continue to simmer for at least two hours before serving.
Serve with sour cream and shredded cheese.
Crock Pot Instructions
Brown ground beef and chopped onions in large pot. Drain grease. Transfer meat and onions to crock pot. Add beans and tomatoes, stir. Add chili seasoning and beer, mix well. Add cilantro and jalapeños. Set crock pot to medium heat and allow to cook for at least 4 hours.
1 lg Chopped Onion
2 pkg Ranch Dressing Mix (dry)
2 pkg Taco Seasoning Mix
1 can Black Beans
1 can Kidney Beans
1 can Pinto Beans
1 can Rotel
1 can Diced Tomatoes
2 cans White Corn
2 cups Water
Cook meat and onion until meat is browned. Drain off grease. Put in soup kettle and add seasoning mixes. Add remaining ingredients (including juices). Stir well. Simmer for two hours. If your mixture is too thick, you can add more water to desired taste & consistency.
½ cup sugar
½ cup finely chopped onion
½ cup red wine vinegar
1 tsp salt
½ tsp dry mustard
1 cup canola oil
2 Tbsp strawberry jam (May substitute raspberry, blackberry or blueberry jam.)
Combine sugar and onion. Mix Well.
Add dry mustard and salt to sugar & onion mixture. Mix Well. Allow to sit for a few minutes to allow onions to start to break down.
Add red wine vinegar. Mix well.
Using a food processor (or blender) puree mixture for one minute.
Add strawberry jam. Puree for two minutes.
Keep pureeing while slowly pouring in canola oil until the dressing has emulsified (oil & vinegar no longer separate). This should take 2-3 minutes.
Keep in refrigerator in air tight container. Mix well before serving.
1/2 C Celery (finely chopped)
1/2 C Raisins
1/2 C Pecans (chopped)
1 C Mayonnaise
1/4 C Sugar
3 T Red Wine Vinegar
8 slices bacon, crisp-fried and crumbled
Florets and tender stem portions of 1 bunch broccoli, chopped
Combine the bacon with the broccoli, onion celery, raisings and nuts in a large bowl and mix well. In small bowl, mix mayonnaise, sugar and vinegar, pour over broccoli mixture and mix well. Chill covered for one hour or longer before serving.
Note: I typically make this the day before so the broccoli becomes a little more tender and the flavors mix together.
June 07, 2007
June 06, 2007
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