Tuesday, November 27, 2007
Monday, November 26, 2007
This recipe made me think of my Grand Laura. She always made bread pudding. I guess cause it was cheap, easy to make and went a long way around the table. I don't remember a lot about Grand Laura, cause I was young when she passed, but I do remember her making bread pudding. To this recipe, I added some icing. I made it with butter, confectioners sugar and vanilla flavoring. I thought it needed more comfort. I also used the 35 calorie bread for less calories. (Ha, Ha! Thats funny!!!) Like that is going to matter now. You could substitute the eggs, with egg beaters, to lower the calories and fat even more. I just made mine with regular eggs. Now that I know how it should taste, I will do some substitutions the next time around when I am feeling less stress and more health consious. That way I will have a idea of whether it taste better, worse or the same with the substitutions. The recipe as is, WARM AND YUMMY TO THE TUMMY!!!! Its a miricle, I already feel less stressed (wink, wink)
6 slices day-old bread
2 tablespoons butter, melted
1/2 cup raisins (optional)
4 eggs, beaten
2 cups milk
3/4 cup white sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
Break bread into small pieces into an 8 inch square baking pan. Drizzle melted butter or margarine over bread. If desired, sprinkle with raisins.
In a medium mixing bowl, combine eggs, milk, sugar, cinnamon, and vanilla. Beat until well mixed. Pour over bread, and lightly push down with a fork until bread is covered and soaking up the egg mixture.
Bake in the preheated oven for 45 minutes, or until the top springs back when lightly tapped.
Sunday, November 25, 2007
Saturday, November 24, 2007
This is my poor memory block. As you can see, it just did not come together very good. It has such cute potential though. Maybe after the frustration of spending the entire day making this has passed, I will try again!!!!
Sunday, November 18, 2007
Deanna made a fabulous Christmas Tree out of curled papers and a Styrofoam cone. I just fell in love with it and knew I had to go to Hobby Lobby and purchase everything to make myself one. Here is the website where Deanna found the tree idea http://murdocks.typepad.com/polishedtoperfection/2007/11/index.html This lady has made some wonderful Christmas trees. I wish I had taken my camera with me so that I could have gotten pictures of Deanna's tree. I loved the paper she used. The paper defiantly makes a huge difference in how beautiful they look. So after a fun evening, I came home and did a little reading on the website she shared with me and planned out my shopping trip to Hobby Lobby. On Saturday after a work picnic, I headed to Hobby Lobby with a couple of my friends. My friend Glenda gave me the best gift ever. I was so surprised when she said she had something for me. I was even more surprised when I saw what it was.
Again I used Basic Grey "Fruitcake" on my tree. I guess you can tell by now that I really do love this paper. So now for my tree, alls I need now is a topper. I plan to go back to Hobby Lobby tomorrow to find just the perfect star for my cute little curly tree.
Today, after sleeping very late, I went over to another one of my friends house and we worked on Christmas cards. She wanted to learn the prisma/mineral spirits technique. Together, we created a couple of fabulous Christmas cards for her to make for her sewing students. We had a great time Stamping and chatting the afternoon away!!!! I love weekends like this one. I cannot think of too many other things I like better than spending time with my friends.
Tuesday, November 13, 2007
Sunday, November 11, 2007
Love those bright fall colors of reds, browns, greens, beige's and golds. Great shoulder straps!!!
Nice shiny vinyl cover for easy clean up.
Anyway, I came home with much inspiration and excitement and even though I did not whip up a new rag quilt or a rag doll right away, I did make another card for this months card swap. This one turned out very pretty.
The inspiration come from several different cards that I have seen on some of my favorite blogs. The one I used for my main idea was from Julie's blog at http://paperpleasing.typepad.com/my_weblog/2007/10/vintage-christm.html. I have just recently started reading her blog and I love her ideas and designs. I am now her newest blog fan.
As for the rest of the weekend, I went to see the movie Fred Clause. Here is my review of the movie:
I absolutely loved, loved this movie. I was a little skeptical with it having Vince Vaughn in it. In my opinion, he usually plays a obnoxious, sorta rude character that I would not want to personally know and has many times left me with the feeling that perhaps he might be like this in real life. However in this movie, he proved that he can be a sentimental caring character and perhaps maybe someone that I would love to know in real life. I guess I would have to say he is a pretty good Actor, since everytime I see one of his movies, I leave the theater with these thoughts in my mind about him. That has to mean something!!! Also if you do not believe in Santa, you might believe after you leave this movie. Just leaves you filled with good feelings and the excitement of the Christmas Season to come!!!! Go see it for a "FEEL GOOD MOVIE GOOD TIME"
Friday, November 09, 2007
Sunday, November 04, 2007
Saturday, November 03, 2007
A more serious subject that I wanted to share with all of you, and one that maybe you might want to share with your youngsters. I first just want to say that I am totally thankful to God for my son. This past week God sent his Angels to protect my son from a really nasty fall out of the back of a pick-up truck. He fell backwards out of a moving pick-up. He is 6'1" and weighs around 270 pounds. He had just climbed into the back of a friends truck without the friend realizing (yea right) and when the friend took off, he went flying out of the truck. He had not had time to sit down yet. He landed on his rear first and then his head was the last to hit the pavement. Kind of a domino effect with his body. Rear, back, shoulder,neck and then head. The doctors could not believe he did not break his hip or back or even neck. All he received was a very nasty baseball size bump on the head. Of course when I saw that, I totally freaked. We spent the day at the hospital having xrays done and then he was off work for the next day. He only had headaches for a few days afterwards but now seems to be doing pretty good. At least he has not complained anyway. I actually think I received more trauma than he did. I did not sleep the first night at all and then still had thoughts of "What could have happen" for the next 2 days. It was very scary. I am not sure I have still gotten over the scare even now which is almost a week later. I just keep telling myself how lucky he was and how thankful I am that God spared him. He must have greater plans for my son. This is the second near death accident he has had in the last 2 months. The first was when a huge piece of asphalt fell from a backhoe onto his foot. A few more inches and it would have fell on his head. He works for our local street department and they were tearing up a street. He was under the cement, cutting rebar. Not realizing the wire he cut was the one holding the cement together. A huge piece fell right on top of his foot. If he had not had his steel toe boots on, it would have crushed his foot. Any closer and it would have fallen right on top of him. In the 20 years of his life, I don't recall ever having such close calls with him. He has always been so easy to take care of. I have been known to be somewhat over protected of him, maybe this is why he has never had these kinds of things happen. He is totally and only in Gods protection now. I just pray he keeps his Angels close to my son at all times.
I really cannot tell a lot about this project since it is a gift, but lets just say that my embroidery skills are a bit rusty and I just hope to get this done before the child I am making it for enters college. LOL!!!! Mind you she is just a tiny baby right now.
I am also working on a couple of other things at the same time. I switch back and forth so I don't get tired of one thing.Both of these projects I started last year. I love doing cross-stitch and embroidery, but mostly in the winter time. So who knows when I might get them finished. Lets hope for a long winter!!!!
I am about to start my Rag doll making. I have already got my fabric ready and all of my supplies purchased. Today I bought some more yarn for hair. I found this yarn at Hobby Lobby on clearance for .97 each. It was regularly 4.99. So naturally I had to buy all they had left.
I also picked up these while I was there. I love the colors and texture. I think they will make the perfect hair for my dolls. Now I just need to get busy.One of my SistahChicks ask me the other day if I wanted to go in with her on a booth at a local craft show. I said "YES" I have not done a craft show in years. I use to do them way back when and finally got burned out. I have my own craft business called "Kuntry Klutter" but have not done anything with it in 3 years. I think I am finally ready again to give it a go. This time I want to specialize in Ragdolls. I am going to be making some little extras for the craft show though. These are little mini stone bread pans. I got them for 1.25. I thought how cute these would be to make some strawberry or pumpkin bread in them and sell them. I also got these cookie cutters to make tree ornaments with. I will show you the results once I get them done. I plan to spend all of this month coming up with craft items to sell since I do not have any dolls yet. I do hope to have time to finish a couple of the dolls for the sell as well. If I really obsess over it, I will be able to get them done. So if I do not post a lot this month, you will know exactly why.
How is my book reading going???? Well not as well as I had hoped. To many things on my plate. I managed to get 1 book read and have started another. I do hope to get it done. I would like to at least have 2 books read before the challenge is up in December. Even though I have not read as many books as I had hoped, I am still very happy with reading the 2 I have read or reading. That really is a huge accomplishment for me.
How is my Weight Watchers going??? Its going ok. I have lost about 5 pounds since I started. That's about 1 pound a week. Its not a lot, but hey, its better than nothing. I am happy if I continue to loose 1 pound a week.
Halloween was fun. Here is a picture of my little Good Witch.
Thats it!!! I think I completely caught you up on the lastest happenings of my life!!!