Wednesday, August 31, 2011

What is for Dinner? Part 2

Okay, yesterday I shared the breakfast and lunch menu for September.  Today I actually have the Dinner menu for you.  LOL!  Keeping it easy the kiddos and DH will be in charge for the month.
Countdown 1 day until my knee reconstruction.
Then I wake up this AM to the sound of a dying fridge, UGH.
 Has to be a side by side I won't have anything else!
Place that on the top of the shopping list and 
snip out a few quick picks for DH just so he understands what I want;)

Here we go...
Pork Chop Casserole
6 pork chops, browned in butter
Wash and cut up 10 new potatoes
1 med onion
1 can cream of mushroom soup
1 can milk
salt and pepper to taste
combine in this order into a greased baking dish...
potatoes, onion, browned pork chops
cover with cream soup and milk
salt and pepper
bake at 350 for 1 hour

With steak 

Brown Steak and Gravy
(My Mamma's recipe we had it on Christmas Eve)
3 good size round steaks cut in half
Brown in butter and cook in pressure cooker until falls apart with fork
Make gravy from the pan drippings and liquid in the pressure cooker
Corn starch mixed with COLD water so you don't get lumpy gravy
Salt and pepper to taste
serve with mashed potatoes.

Grilled Chicken Breasts
with veggies

Caribbean Jerk Shrimp with rice


Chef Salad

Spaghetti Shells Bake

with or without chicken
You can find gnocchi by the noodles (good in a pinch) but nowhere near the taste of handmade ones. 

I use cream of Mushroom soup, green beans and corn no cheese in mine.

Reuben Roll ups
1 pkg crescent dough
1T thousand Island Dressing
1C sauerkraut
8 thin slices of Corned Beef
2 Slices of Swiss cheese
Combine sauerkraut and salad dressing
Unroll the crescent dough in to eight triangles
fill with one slice of beef, 2T of sauerkraut mix and two cheese strips
roll up and bake 10 to 15 minutes at 375

Oven Swiss Steak
1 lb. beef
2T flour
1/2 t salt
2T Butter
1/4 t Worcestershire sauce
8 oz tomatoes
1/4 C celery
1/4 C chopped carrots
1 small onion
Shredded Sharp Cheese

Pound salt and flour into the meat, Brown meat in pan with butter. 
Place in bottom of greased casserole
Blend remaining flour (1/2/T) in pan drippings add all but the cheese to the skillet cook and stir constantly until mixture comes to a boil.
Pour over meat cover and bake for 1 1/2 to 2 hours at 350.

Homemade Pizza

Marge's Chicken Hot Dish
1 can chow mein noodles
1 can chow mein vegetables
2 C chicken
1 can each cream of mushroom, cream of chicken
1 soup can milk
Potato chips
Mix, pour into buttered dish, cover with chips and bake 350 for one hour.

Stouffer's Lasagna

Many of these dishes lend well to leftovers.  Some nights we designate as leftover night to use up the leftovers.

Have one you really enjoy, let me know;)

Free Download by Corrina Gardner

Happy Cookin'.  God Bless!

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

What is For Dinner? Part 1

I have been lax at menu planning over the summer.  
The fridge never closes and when you go to the cupboard to get what you need the items are NEVER left.  
Anyhow for September a Menu was the best plan of attack
This way everyone knows and can execute it 

Here are a few of the items on our Menu for September


Ham and Cheese Egg Bake
We use buttered white bread for the base
Cubed ham, peppers, mushrooms, onion and cheese
1 dozen eggs mixed with milk
place in fridge over night, bake next AM 350 for one hour

Breakfast Wraps
Scrambled Eggs, cheese, bacon, sausage, salsa, tortillas

Oatmeal, Special K
Orange Juice, Skim Milk, Coffee, Tea, Hot Chocolate

Well, the above will take care of breakfast and some Sunday Suppers.  
Yes, we do like to eat breakfast foods for Dinner on Sunday Night;)


(I make ours a bit different below is what I use)
2 cans chicken broth
1 bag frozen California style veggies
1 can mild Rotel Soup
1 can crushed Tomatoes
**I do not use cheese in mine**

This is one of my favorites I eat it for lunch often so it is a pantry staple;)

I will ask her if it okay to repost, if you want the recipe email me

Cottage Cheese, Pineapple, grapes, strawberries, Tomato Soup, Peanut Butter, whole grain breads,
 fresh spinach, canned chicken breasts, pre cooked frozen chicken (DH cooks this on the grill for me)
light mayo, Dorothy Lynch Light dressing

I will be back with part 2 on Wednesday...
Happy Stampin'.  God Bless.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

SC347 Mr. and Mrs. Butterfly

I have had my card done for two days just no posting mojo going for me.
I love the way it turned out 
So in need of some wedding cards for my stash

Here is the sketch from splitcoast
take the link to find the forum

The DP is from s.e.i. chocolat collection
this line is delicious
Butterflies and pearls from recollections
SU embossing mat (I have not used these in a long time.  
Truth I forgot I had them they are not stored with my CB ones.)
Felt, card stock and rick rack die from PTI
SU ribbon
MM ribbon slider

Happy Stampin'.  God Bless.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

DIY Hair Goody Storage

The girls have been driving me crazy with the organization of their hair supplies
  I had to help them out before I lost it
  Remember A type personality on board;)
who just happens to <3 oatmeal
below is my DIY  Goody Storage
I found the idea while pinning away on pinterest

I just took the empty container and wrapped it in vinyl (even the bottom)
Cut a circle larger than the bottom clip it all the way around
fold in the flaps to cover 
Wrap the vinyl around (worked easier with DH helping at this point)
Trim the bottom with Ribbon to hide where the vinyl meets
I placed another smaller ribbon 1/3 way down the container 
 only adhering it in the back with a few glue dots
this made the row were the bobby pins and clips could hang out;)

we have a small bathroom and I know it is going to meet some water so I opted for vinyl
if it is going in a bedroom Your favorite coordinated DP would work along with fabric
On the inside they will find all of the scrunchies
Now if I find one more on the floor I guarantee you will hear me screaming...

More ideas for the container 
A place for hiding 2 extra rolls of toilet paper
place for storing shopping bags in your ride
anything else driving you CRAZY, if it will fit;)
Happy Stampin'.  God Bless.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Christian Paper Crafts "Back to school" Blog Hop

Oh YES, I was so inspired by Angela's project
I had to give it a go
Below you see the front of my memory game 
Using "Faith is the substance" verse from PTI Everyday Blessings set
The finished project hangs on the fridge

After stamping the sentiment on "retired SU DP" I ran it through the xyron using the magnetic cartridge
The back of the magnet pops the colors for the game I loved that
Punched the shapes from the scraptacular basket and adhered them with quick dry glue from Scotch

So here is a pic of the tools I used
  Yup, that is the old school Xyron
  When a SB store went out of business I purchased cartridges for 75% off 
 CRAFTY SCORE of the century

Magnetic Cartridge
1 3/4" circle punch
Stamp and Memento ink
I used retired DP from SU and colors out of the scrap box
I went basic with this one and used 1 1/4" circle and square punches for the colors
Scotch quick dry glue

This was so simple and quick I see more in the future.
It would be awesome for you Sunday School teachers
make a new one each week with the memory verse that way they have a visible reminder to work and use the verse daily.  (Hence the magnetic cartridge)  By hanging it up in the kitchen it should garner lots of attention.

So hop on over to Christian paper crafts and join in on the "back to school" fun;)
Happy Stampin'.  God Bless!

Monday, August 22, 2011

OWH sketch 83 Butterflies

I have been playing along with the sketches on OWH for a few weeks now, they all scream play with me;)
Here is this weeks sketch.
You can find more information in the following link
One more thing, I really love how they place the cut size.  Most sketch challenges don't do this and you need to print the sketch and cut it up for a template.  
So cheers OWH you rock the world of sketch challenges!!!!

Below is my creation
Paper used from my lovely BD stash my Sister Gave me
s.e.i  chocolat line
Stamp Set is PTI Limited Edition 
To print the sentiment I placed the butterfly stamp on the block
took glue dots to hold the sentiment in shape then I removed the butterfly stamp before inking and stamping;)

Happy Stamp Day!  God Bless!

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Christian Paper Crafts Challenge

I saw this challenge the other day and just had to play along. 
The challenge is Clean and Simple and use crayons if you can.

Please scroll down to my other post for today, lots of inspiration on Crayon Melting Creating
I will just be showing you our finished creations in this post.

These little gems are going to Jessica's Kindergarten Teacher.
Framed art using melted crayons and sentiment from PTI All about you
"Make Life A Beautiful Thing"
by sara and jessica paschal...

Below are the abstract art cards we made by cutting the leftover pieces from the artwork above.
Leftovers are always SO GOOD;)...

These just make me so happy I can't stand it.
We will be making a bunch more of these little yummy treats!

Again please scroll to post below for inspiration and directions.
Product list.

PTI card stock in stampers select white and true black
All about you stamp set sentiment in Tuxedo Black
Heat Gun
Photo Frame
Acrylic Paint

Happy Stamp Day.  God Bless.

Crayola Reminiscing and Melting

The first day of school is just a few days away.  Jessica spent Saturday listening to Mom reminisce about summer vacations, school and new  crayons.  Mom and Dad took us all over the US growing up.  They would pack a little travel kit that included...Fruit Stripe Gum, Bugles, coloring book and a new package of CRAYOLA crayons.  There is no worse feeling  for a creative 5 year old to come back to the car after visiting the "tourist trap" of choice that day to find a molten form of brand new crayons.  Sigh!

We figured out a few ways to make our own molten pieces of crayon art.  
Some were new to us some I remember from childhood.  Here they are, enjoy!
A challenge over on Christian Paper Crafts 
is to you crayons.
 You can find it here...

Wax Paper melted crayon art
supplies and tut from

Here is how a Creative Jewish Mom frames her children's melted crayon art.  Genius! 

Aluminum Foil/Griddle melted crayon printing
Place tinfoil over your electric griddle.
Melt your wax in the form you want your print (work in reverse if needed).
Here Jessica is laying down her wax for Thomas...

When you are done laying down your wax place a plain piece of paper over the hot wax and transfer the print to the paper by pressing lightly.  
!Parents need to supervise this craft!
  Here is Jessica holding her printed Thomas...

Melting Crayons for Abstract Art
Below is Jessica's Foam Board Art project.  Mom is going to frame it for her Design Room.

we were inspired by this art from

More ideas...
Melt down crayon bits into a heart shape
using a silicone mold
attach the shape to a valentine

Melted crayon stained glass on greeting cards from

Melted Crayon Luminaries from

Way Crafty shows us how to use melted crayons on our card creations.
 dripping, making backgrounds and seals
This is a must see, must bookmark blog!
Here are some color quotes to use on your creation...

You Brought COLOR into my life

I see your 
True Colors
and that is why
I Love You

Friends are like Crayons
You can never have enough and you always want new colors

We can all learn a lesson from crayons.
Some are Sharp; some are Beautiful.
Some have weird names; some are different colors.
But, they all have learned to live in the same box.

Life is about using the whole box of crayons.

Artists are just children who have just refused to put down their crayons.
Al Hirschfield

...magical dream sticks
Dr. SunWolf

Coloring outside the lines is fine art.
Kim Nance

I wish I were a white crayon, that way no one would use me.

Your attitude is like a box of crayons that color your world. Constantly color your picture gray, and your picture will always be bleak. Try adding some bright colors to the picture by including humor, and your picture begins to lighten up.
Allen Klein 

Beauty seen is never lost, God's colors all are fast.
John Whittier 

Colors are the smiles of nature.
gh Hunt

Have more links or favorite sites please leave them in the comments.
Happy Stamp Day.  God Bless!

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Welcome to Surfing Saturday

Welcome to week 2 Surfing Saturday.
I post here my absolute favorite finds from the week 
right here...

1.  Herbert the Hedge Hog by Wanda  My wonderful friend Wanda posted this little guy this past week.  She is selling the pattern and teaching a class on how to make Herbert.  Visit the posted link for more details.

2.  Fabric Garlands in Anthropology's window
This display window has my name all over it.  From the colors used to the technique I am HOOKED!
I was seeking out garlands this week had a project in mind for our front doorway windows.  Needless to say when i found this I was swooning;)

Here is a new flower that I have not seen before.  Circles for petals, I can do this!!!!  I plan on making some felt ones and some from paper out of my "scraptacular" basket.

Tip Junkie a new love over on FB and the net.  So many ideas here, this site is fabulous!

Looking for more inspiration visit My

Happy Stamp Day.  God Bless.

Friday, August 19, 2011

OWH sketch 82

I made both of these creations for OWH sketch 82 earlier this week. 
 I finally have some time to share them with you.
Here is the sketch...

I have been having a "scraptacutlar" week trying to get my scrap basket organized again.
This entire card came from the scrap box;)

The card below used a free printable made by Karen Adair for Craftsuprint FB page.
I loved her print so much I just printed, cut and used dimensional dots.  
The black really popped the color and I am over the moon with this beauty!

Happy Stamp Day.  God Bless.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

So Very Blessed by a Wonderfully Gracious God

365 Days

Here is the link to my post 
Driving Accident
(Want to catch up on our one year journey check into the posts following the one listed above.)

Just a quick update on the subject.
Donna is finished with all Dr. Appointments.
Her body has healed and that  is truly a miracle from God.
I have posted this song Hold On for her and I
this is how we made it through this past year...

"I want to see you smile again, give some love to your CrAzY fRiEnDs.
Wipe your tears away those days are through."

"And the stars are up there shining for you.
 Oh how the Father does adore you.
 His lOVE will never change!"

As for myself I continue to have overwhelming anxiety, PTSD, sleepless nights
and constant worry for the safety of our girls.
I can't seem to get the sceene and my reactions to move on out.
When my phone rings, I won't answer, fearful of what is on the other end.
. ( My family has gotten used to texting or PM's on FB.)
Slowly I am coming around to the fact that I am not in control of anything!
Nothing I could have done different on August 16 would have changed the circumstance.
Everything that happens to us is in someway a GIFT from God.
(May take some time to see what the GIFT is but it is there cloaked in the darkness.)

Today I wish to share with you one gracious GIFT God had hidden in the dark just for me.
I figured out I had to do something different to become unstuck.
I found myself with more than my usual level of creativity.
So with the new year and a clean slate I decided to to something big.
"Go Big or Go Home" 
seeing as how we don't know how to do anything small it is fitting don't you think?

I would get so excited when I saw a crafty friend published in my favorite craft magazine
Paper Crafts
I would do a happy dance for them.
Our girls thought I was CrAzY and  they asked me why I did not submit to publications.
I had lots of excuses for not.  But, with the faith they had in me I gave it a go.
!!!!So I started submitting thus arriving here today!!!!
Paper Crafts
September/October 2011
!!!!On your newsstand today!!!!

Pages 69 and 74
are showing off projects I designed.
Woo Woo!

Exactly 365 Days to the DAY!
August 16 2010-August 16 2011
I have posted this song for you before you know it as one of my favorites.
I just can't get enough I am always inspired when I listen to it.
TobyMac Get Back Up

"It is never to late to get back up again.  
Maybe knocked down but not out forever..."

I want to take time to thank all of my wonderful family, friends and faithful blog readers that have supported myself and the family through this past year.
  You are all a wonderful God given gift! 
 I love and appreciate each and everyone of you!
Thank you!  God Bless!

Monday, August 15, 2011

Steampunk Lolita

 I know, I am so far out of my box I had to tether a string to it so I could find my way back;)
Here is my Copic colored Steampunk Lolita complete with a flaming Scythe.
(I now am watching out for the pale horse to arrive!)
Revelation 6:1-8

Meet my Lolita...

She is a free download

She is Colored with Copics.
The skull and crossbones is Tim Holtz Grundge Board,  colored with Copic Marker and bling for eyes.
There is some lace and pearl ribbon from Hobby Lobby
Charms are from Michael's 

I must have done something right on the cards I made the girls and their friends were going gaga over my shoulder.  Not sure if it was my creation, Copics or the airbrush that had reined them in. 

The dilemma now is what kind of card is it?  
What sentiment do I use.
Would this one work?
I am a floozy named Lolita coming to reap your soul!
HaHaHa,  I didn't think so either.
Feel free to leave me your suggestions in the comments, I would appreciate it.

I better find my tether now and retreat to the safety of my little creative box.

Don't forget to play along with the Steampunk Challenge in my previous post!

Happy Stamp Day, God Bless!

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Caution this is Steamy!

Steampunk is quickly migrating into the  paper craft community. 
 Numerous companies have jumped onto the Steampunk band wagon but have suffered low sell through.  
At this time you can find many goodies in steampunk style on sale.  
Below you will absorb my creation and some  favorite Sub-Genre Clicks.

  A wonderful Manly card to ad to my lackluster stash.
My very first Steampunk card creation...

For my creation I distressed the print with Tim Holtz Old Paper distress ink.
Next I layered it and tied some twine all from
I stamped the sentiment from Everyday button bits. 
Punched it out using the word window punch from Stampin' Up

Here come the clicks go grab a coffee, Mtn Dew or caffeinated beverage of your choice and enjoy.

Tim Holtz Steampunk Style
We all know this man bleeds Steampunk!
His entire line is on sale at

Graphic 45

Lots to drool over from this website;)

Original Steampunks I love Gwendolyn:)

these are a bit naughty but I love them

And you know by now my 
Crafty Recipes
Digital Clip Art
and more 

Now we have to have a challenge with such a long post right?
Step out of the box, 
 try a smidgen or get really steamed.  
Come back and Place your link.

Have a steamy day, God Bless!