The photo theme at I Heart Faces this week is TOOSHIES! Here are my two little padded tooshies when they were 7 months old. Check out more adorable tooshies by clicking the link below.
Monday, November 30, 2009
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
The first challenge (the one I'm too late for) was for color at SPCC. Here's the combo:
And next was the sketch by Card Patterns:
And here's my work, but it will only be submitted to one challenge :-(
~For the celery color I used the Christmas tree patterned (embossed) cardstock (Michael's)
~For the bashful Blue I used the felt snowflakes from Close to My Heart
~The stamp is from JoAnns....it was on clearance, it's super cute.
~I just used real red cardstock and little gems from Amuse
~I added my new Dew Drops to the snowflakes
~I had fun coloring the little guy with Copics.
Monday, November 23, 2009
So last night I had another chance while our kids played with friends in a leaf pile. I got a few good ones of the sun, but narrowing down the best one that included a face was hard. It was definitely a learning experience (which is why I love these challenges). I noticed what was happening to my camera as it metered different areas; meter the sun and the kids turned out dark. Meter the kids and it made the picture look like it was taken in the daylight, not dusk.
I also learned that a little spot on the lens will pick up the glare and leave every picture with a little alien spot floating here and there......ooops, time to clean that puppy!
So, that's what it's all about, right? Learning! This may not be a stellar photo, but I captured the rays of sun....and a cute little one playing in a pile of leaves!
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- 1 head cauliflower, cut into small florets
- 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
- Salt and pepper
- 3/4 pound ziti pasta
- One 14.5-ounce can fire-roasted crushed tomatoes
- 8 ounces feta cheese, crumbled
- 2 cups pitted kalamata olives, drained and chopped
- 3/4 cup chopped flat-leaf parsley
- 1/2 cup bread crumbs
Preheat the oven to 425°. On a rimmed baking sheet, toss the cauliflower with 1/4 cup olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Roast, stirring halfway through, until browned, 20 to 25 minutes. Remove from the oven. Lower the temperature to 350°.
Meanwhile, in a large pot of boiling, salted water, cook the ziti until al dente. Drain, reserving 1/2 cup of the cooking water. Return the pasta and cooking water to the pot and stir in the crushed tomatoes, feta, olives, the remaining 1/4 cup olive oil and half each of the parsley and bread crumbs.
Pour the mixture into a 2-quart baking dish; top with the roasted cauliflower and remaining breadcrumbs. Bake until heated through, about 10 minutes. Sprinkle the remaining parsley on top.
Friday, November 20, 2009
Thursday, November 19, 2009
I went through my bits and pieces and scraps of Christmas supplies. This project is AWESOME because every single little box can be decorated differently. Click image to enlarge for details.
A close up of the odds and ends. Only have one snowflake? No problem! Only have one mitten? No problem! For the little Christmas trees on days 21 and 4, I cut out the image from a piece of embossed cardstock, added Stickles for the ornaments, and then used Glossy Accents to make the whole thing shine.
I had a blast making this thing and I know my girls will have a blast counting down to Christmas and getting a little treat every day. I have a crazy friend (you know who you are) who is known to have THREE advent calendars running in her house during the holidays.....this would be perfect for her and her gorgeous family!
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
The challenge for the week at I Heart Faces is Autumn Beauty. Beauties, in my case. The other day we went for a nature walk and I snapped a lot of pictures set on black and white in hopes of capturing the perfect Christmas card photo (successfully, by the way). But, I'd switch the settings back to color here and there and was able to catch a couple of these shots in full autumn color.
Sunday, November 15, 2009
I have made this dish several times. I originally used The Crockpot Lady's recipe and would cook it in the crock, but this time I did it on the stovetop. I prefer it made on the stovetop because the veggies get too mushy for my taste when cooked in the crock. So here's what I did:
1 block extra firm tofu, sliced, drained, and then cubed*
2 carrots, sliced
1/2 green pepper
1 cup broccoli
1/2 onion sliced
hot pepper flakes, optional
1 bottle Sweet and Sour Sauce
After the tofu has been drained and cubed, toss in a bag with 1 TBS cornstarch. Saute in a skillet with olive oil until golden brown. Remove from heat and set aside.
Saute veggies starting with the ones that take longer to cook, like the carrots. Cook all veggies until they're to your liking. Throw the tofu back in and add the sweet and sour. I don't use the whole bottle....just enough to coat. Heat through and add pepper flakes if desired. Serve over rice.
*To drain tofu, I slice the block into 8 equal pieces. Lay it on a cookie sheet lined with a kitchen towel and paper towels. Place another layer of paper towels on top and cover with another kitchen towel. Sandwich it together with another cookie sheet or cutting board and place something heavy on top like your teapot. Let it drain like that for 20-30 minutes.
Feel free to toy around with this. It's very forgiving. Add different veggies....add pineapple....whatever! Delicious!
Friday, November 13, 2009
Here is my sweater that I'm knitting for Afghans for Afghans. Over the course of the week, I finished the back of the sweater and last night started the front. Really, it's going much more quickly than I ever imagined a sweater would. I only work on it about an hour a night, so in a couple weeks it should be complete. I always imagined a sweater would take the entire winter to complete....granted, this is a child's sweater, but still! I'm happy and now confident I can knit one for myself and my kids!
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
***I can't help it! I have to be wordful on this one! I really had no idea what I was going to post for this Wordless Wednesday. But, then first thing this morning, I was reading my friend's blog in which she spontaneously burst into song. Judging by my pictures, you can probably guess the song that inspired this post. Right? Here's my rendition:
Yup, that's my husband on a camel in Abu Dabi, UAE back in '05. Click here for more WW posts!
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
Let's Do it!!!!
Here's the one I'm sending:
Here's the brief story and address:
A 5yr old boy named Noah Biorkman , is in the last stages of a 2 1/2yr battle with Neuroblastoma Cancer.The family is celebrating Christmas next week and Noahs request is to get lots of Christmas cards..Lets get him some Please send cards to:
1141 Fountain View Circle
South Lyon,Mi 48178
Monday, November 9, 2009
- 1 pound dried black beans
- 4 cups fat-free, less-sodium chicken broth (I used Veggie broth)
- 2 cups chopped onion
- 1 cup water
- 1 tablespoon ground cumin
- 3 bay leaves
- 1 serrano chile, finely chopped
- 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
- 3 tablespoons reduced-fat sour cream
- Cilantro sprigs (optional)
1. Sort and wash beans; place in a large bowl. Cover with water to 2 inches above beans; cover and let stand 8 hours. Drain.
2. Combine beans, broth, and next 5 ingredients (through chile) in an electric slow cooker. Cover and cook on LOW 10 hours. Discard bay leaves. Stir in juice and salt. Ladle 1 1/2 cups soup into each of 6 bowls; sprinkle each with 2 teaspoons chopped cilantro. Top each serving with 1 1/2 teaspoons sour cream. Garnish with cilantro sprigs, if desired.
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Saturday, November 7, 2009
"On October 4th, 4 teenagers armed with knives broke into a home in a small town in New Hampshire. Alone and sleeping inside were a mother and her 11 year old daughter. These 4 boys broke into this home with the intent to rob and kill anyone inside. They stabbed the mom, Kimberly Cates, to death and left her daughter, Jaimie, for dead in their driveway. It was a completely random act, their home was chosen only due to its secluded surroundings."
So, I'm sending a card and I encourage you to do the same! It just feels good. Here's the info:
This is the card I sent. On the inside, I wrote, "Who's thinking of you? WE ARE!........"
Friday, November 6, 2009
Tonight is the first knitting night of the season. I've got at least 5 people coming over, so it will be a nice evening of conversation and
If you didn't know already, this sweater is being made for a child in Afghanistan. To read more about the project, visit Afghans for Afghans.
Wednesday, November 4, 2009
Tuesday, November 3, 2009
2 Red Bananas is calling for a card using Red, orange, yellow, and brown (at least three). And here's the sketch for CPS:
Oh this was so fun to make! Not being one to generally send a Thanksgiving card, I was stumped for a minute with the color scheme. But, I just had a Birthday! I received awesome gifts! Um, helllooooo, let me make a fall-ish thank you card!
a close up of the felt squirrel and acorn:
I made two while I had the supplies handy; one for mom, one for my darling sister:
~The felt is from Close to my Heart, leftovers from a class I took at my scrap weekend!
~The patterned paper is from Creative memories, leftovers from a class from LAST year's scrap weekend!
~The stamp set is also from CTMH. It's called Hodgepodge and it ROCKS! Plenty of letters of all different shapes, sizes, caps, lowercase....awesome!
Thanks for looking, friends!
Monday, November 2, 2009
I cooked the onions on low with a little sprinkle of sugar for about 45 minutes. Saute the thawed pierogies in the same pan when the onions are about done. YUM!
I was munching on edamame sprinkled with Sea Salt while I cooked this.....that made up for my lack of protein!
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I immediately thought of this photo thinking it included the entire balloon, but as you can see, it doesn't. But, I LOVE the photo anyway.....and you can see the edge of the balloon. The balloon string and the way my girly is looking up makes me look up to the balloon.