Thursday, July 31, 2008
K&Company paper K Margo series, (my favorite paper of all times)
SU and TAC stamps,
SU scallop punch,
SU circle punch,
This little box contains 6 greeting cards, 5 Thank you note cards, 5 gift tags, address book, pocket to hold stamps, and a matching pen. Is this not the best project ever!!! Oh my gosh, I love this cute little thing. Now I have no idea what I will do with my box, but I already want to make another. I am thinking this would be something cool to make for Christmas gifts or maybe even sell in a craft show. Hope you like what you see and make one for yourself. Fun! Fun! I do love making things from paper!!!
Wednesday, July 30, 2008
Cheesy Broccoli Quiche
8 eggs beat
1 large bundle of broccoli floret steamed to tender
1/2 cup of Parmesan cheese
1 cup of 2% grated cheddar cheese
1 low fat kabosa turkey sausage link cooked in skillet and then chopped into small cubes
2 shakes of salt
2 shakes of pepper
2 shakes of garlic powder
Mix all ingredients into a large bowl in order listed and pour into a preheated baking dish sprayed with cooking spray
Bake at 325 until it no longer jiggles in the center and is brown around the edges, which is around 30 minutes. Cover with 1 cup of 2% cheese and then cook until cheese has melted.
I, of course served this with some toast and apple butter and there was no complaints. Just gobble, gobble, gobble!!!
Sunday, July 27, 2008
So first thing first, I needed a juicer in order to get started. Now there are many juicers in the world, and so I am sure you are asking me why I picked this particular one.
Well that's easy. Who is one of the most healthiest person on this planet that you can think of??? Think way back when we were kids, this man was on TV exercising and telling the world how important it was to eat healthy. He even at 60, wanted to prove how good of shape he was in by swimming from Alcatraz to Fisherman's Wharf, shackled and towing a 1000 pound boat. I was very impressed when reading this info on his website. I wonder how many adults at the time took him serious. Well I do not have a clue about other adults, but my parents watched him on TV all the time and they must have listened, cause I can remember eating some really nasty vegtables as a kid. I can remember all the lectures at the dinner table about how important it was to eat vegtables. I can remeber hiding the spinich under my plate till my dad left the table. I was always the one who had to clear the table, so it worked great. Just slip it off ever so quickly when he was not looking. Anyways, back to my question, So who is he..... ok, I will tell you.... Jack LaLanne, thats who.
He is 94 years old and still to this day he is busy telling the world why he has lived to be 94 and still looks like he is 64. He is still as active today, as he was 30 years ago. His wife is the same way. His secret??? He eats/drinks his fruits and vegetables every day and he exercises. Simple as that. He has never done any type of Weight Loss diet. He has never had too. So naturally after reading his website and being totally impressed with his information, I decided to go with his juicer. The one I purchased is a little pricey, but I wanted stainless steel instead of plastic. He does have a variety of juicers and prices to choose from http://www.powerjuicer.com/index-classic.html and the best part is that he will let you pay them out on your credit card. That's awesome!!! He also has a really great personal website http://www.jacklalanne.com/index2.htm with some of his favorite recipes, exercises and healthy tips. Great website to spend some time reading.
So now that I have ordered my juicer, I knew I needed to get educated quick. Today I went to Barns and Noble and found a book to help start me on the right track. I want to be completely ready when my Juicer is delivered to me.
This seems like a really good book, because it tells you what juice mix to make for most any aliment you have. There were tons of ailments that juicing helps relieve. I was amazed while reading. Guess what?? Obesity is one of those aliments. Oh how I hate those words. Just sounds horrible. But that is what they call over weight people now. UGGGG!!! So with juicing, continuing to eat the healthier foods like fiber and grains that I already eat, and walking 30 minutes a day, I should be able to repair my body in no time. Once I am repaired and have more energy and feel better, I should be able to drop some weight with no problem and keep up with my busy 9 year old. That's my goal. I want to feel better, so I can enjoy my life more. I want to be happy, healthy and worry free of any weight or age relate aliments. I want to be a good example of what I preach and my words be more than just words to my family and friends. I want to eat to live, rather than live to eat. I want to be forever young like Jack LaLanne.
This week while waiting for my juicer, I plan to start eating the vegetables and fruits whole and start walking on a regular basis. I actually started the walking several weeks ago, but not on a regular basis. So this week I will at least walk 3 times this week. Definitely Monday, Tuesday and probably Thursday. I am only doing 30 minutes. I am not going to worry about how far I walk, but focus on 30 minutes. That is all that is required to benefit my health and so in order not to over do it or get burned out like times before, I am just going to stick with 30 minutes. After a few weeks of juicing, I may add additional days and eventually work up walking every day for 30 minutes. I never plan to walk longer than that though. I may eventually add some floor exercising and stretching and maybe do some rebounding on my trampoline for some added aerobics. Then again, I may just walk. Time will tell. I will certainly keep you posted throughout my journey!!!
Oh and after forcing my husband and son to listen to me read my new book, they both plan to join me in this new journey. They have some reservations and of course limits to how much they will drink, but they too are looking to feel better by this fall when they plan to play softball. I am so excited that my husband will be playing softball again and that my son will be playing with him. Kind of one of those dreams he has always had. His son playing his most favorite sport with him. It will be fun to watch. I think once they see how good they will feel, they will drink more and eat less of the bad foods. HOW COOL IS THAT!!!
Friday, July 25, 2008
Such a silly girl!!!
Tuesday, we went to the water park. Fun in the Sun!! Wednesday we went out to dinner and some craft shopping. Good family fun!! Thursday we went to see the movie "Journey to the Center of the Earth" Awesome movie fun!!! I was actually dreading going, cause I just figured it was another one of those kid movies like "Spy Kids" We did not get to see it in 3D, which for me is great, cause I really do not like 3D. I hate things flying at me. DD was a little disappointed though. Once the movie started, it was good from start to finish and it really did not matter that it was not 3D. She totally love it and so did DH and I. It should have gotten better ratings than a C. I would defiantely go see it at the theater. The big screen made it all the more exciting to watch.
So what else have I done lately. Well lots actually. I took a class with my Stamp group and we made this awesome book, which I cannot wait to share with you. I will show pictures of it when I get it completed. You will love it!!!
I have made several crafts for the kiddos for this fall. Its been a challenge to find things easy enough to get done in a hour class time. I finally gave up the search and decided that it may just have to take us 2 class times to complete a project. If we get it done in 1 class, than awesome. If not, than we will get it done the next week. I am not going to spend my summer stressing over these projects. I want them to be good projects and so we will just see how it goes.
One is a Starbook Its not quite finished, because I have not figured out yet how I want them to decorate the inside. With a friends help, I am thinking maybe Christmas foam decorations. Either that or stickers. Its very cute though and I think they will enjoy making it. I found the tutorial at http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=197384.0
This is a great website for craft ideas. I have found lots of cool things on this site. One of those being a tutorial on now to make bows from magazine pages. http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=247280.0
The second is a picture cube. Oh how fun this was. I really need to make a second one cause I made some boo boo's on this one. Probably not any you will notice from the picture, but very noticeable up close. I made this one for myself. Pictures of my friends on my birthday. That would be the best day ever and one I never want to forget!!! So what perfect way to always remember. I got this pattern off of the HGTV website http://www.hgtv.com/crafting/fun-folded-photo-cube/index.html There is also a video you can watch which helped me a lot. http://www.hgtv.com/hgtv/video_guide/ if this link does not take you to the video, then just do a search for photo cube. There is a part 1 and 2 to this video. So I do plan to make more of these. They are just too fun and too cute. The stamp set is one that I purchased at the Stamp Convention. I totally love this little stamp set. Was perfect for the cube.
Next is the CD holder. This I made for a friend. I wanted to use another one of my new stamps I got at Convention and this seemed like the perfect thing to use it on. I will defiantly have to make another that will be a little more kid friendly for the kids. Again this was a fun project and very easy. I found this tutorial at Dawn's Stampin Studio. She has the most awesome tutorials on video. I think I said that before, but it does not hurt to say it again. http://dawnsstampingthoughts.typepad.com/dawns_stampin_studio/
This is my second Carousel Purse book. I just love making these. I had to make myself one. I really love how this one turned out. Each one is so different depending on the paper you use. I used a Velcro closure on this purse. That was really better than the snaps I used last time.
Tuesday, July 08, 2008
The second card is called a Explosion Card. It was just as fun to make, but I really love how cute this one turned out. I found the idea on Split Coast, but the tutorial is located at Dawn's Stampin Studio at http://dawnsstampingthoughts.typepad.com/dawns_stampin_studio/2008/07/explosion-card-video.html
She has some really wonderful video tutorials which I love. Its like having a teacher right here in my scrapbook room. I can start and stop the videos anytime. Love that!!!
I am thinking about showing the kiddos how to make these two cards. They seem very easy and I think if I get the paper cut and scored and all they have to do is stick it down, we could actually get them both made in the same class. I really think they would enjoy making them. Anyways, there you go. More fun!!! See ya soon!!!
p.s. notice I used my left over scraps from my Centerpiece book to make my explosion card. I love doing that!!! I could never get enough of this paper either. One of my favorite Basic Grey lines "Oh Baby Girl".
While I have been inside creating my little centerpiece, my DH has been outside doing a little creating of his own centerpiece. A while back, we bought these picnic table ends at a estate sale. Well he finally got out there and built me a picnic table with them. I am totally thrilled that he finally got it done. Now the fact that it is too darn hot outside to enjoy it, is another story. However, come this fall, we will be able to BBQ and eat in style. He is such a creative man when it comes to wood. Just give him a piece of wood and he can build just about anything. See below my new outside centerpiece. He still needs to add some stain and water protection and it will be complete.
Ok, now to go look for something else to make. I am still thinking I need to make the Spring card. Maybe I will clear my area and give it a try. TTFN
Thursday, July 03, 2008
I tried really hard to keep it as simple as I could. Just using stickers as my embellishments. With me having 17 students, there is no way I can afford to buy all the extras to really doll it up. So mostly paper, stickers and ribbon is all you will find on this little box. Hope they like making it as much as I do.
I also made a card to send to one of my homeschool friends. I needed to mail her some money for enrollment fees and thought I cannot just send her a check without a card. What kind of stamper does something like that. So not being able to find the perfect card out of the 100's I litterly have already made (really its mostly because I cannot let go of them), I decided to make her one. I used a idea that I learned at my Stampin Up club. This is a very simple, but cute card.
I tried to make it as close as the one we did in the club, because I loved it so much exactly as it was made. I did not have the exact stamps she used, so I found some of my own stamps from the Angel Company that worked well. I really have to say that I do love Stampin Up's punches and card ideas, but I love The Angel Company's stamps. So combining the 2, you can hardly go wrong.
Whats next on my agenda?? Well I plan to make another Carousel Note Purse for myself. I also plan to give one of those Spring cards a try that Split Coast sent out in the email this week. It looks fun!! So tune in next week for more goodies. Its the weekend which means FISHING, FISHING, and more FISHING!!!