Thursday, July 31, 2008


Blogger only lets me upload 4 pictures at a time. Here are some more.

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Botanical Gardens

The Botanical Gardens was having a prehistoric theme this season. I've been wanting to take the kids and since they're starting school in a week, I thought I better go now!

We got there right at 8:30 am when they opened. My 8:45 both kids were complaining that they were hot. Oh, well. We stayed about an hour and then came home to the AC.

None of the pictures were touched up. Sorry, I'm feeling lazy today. They're straight from the camera.

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Wednesday, July 30, 2008

In a funk

I'm in a funk this week. These are all from last week and they're all Fancy Pants.

Except for this one. I did it Monday but I'm just not feeling like doing anything else. :(

I'll be back when I'm in a better mood. ;)
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Saturday, July 26, 2008


Here are a couple new layouts.

My two girls. I think this is the first time I've had a picture of just the two of them together. BasicGrey Sugared

Prima Tea & Silk. The swirls and shells were cut on my Cricut; Stretch Your Imagination

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Tuesday, July 22, 2008

August card class

cFor any of you locals that read my blog, my card class theme for August will be BasicGrey. We'll have 5 different sized cards using 5 different lines from BasicGrey. We'll also be doing a bit of distressing with edge distressers, water and distress ink. Maybe a bit of sandpaper, too. ;)

Here's a sample of one of the cards we'll be making. Not all the cards will be this masculine looking. We will have some flowers and pretty things, too.
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Monday, July 21, 2008

Playing with food

Katrina thought it was funny that the watermelon looked like a smile and then a frown. I'll do just about anything to get them to let me take their picture. ;)

WeR, Sweetwater & Pink Paislee. I threw in a little Love, Elsie for fun. Also, I LOVE that new stamp from Technique Tuesday!!
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Saturday, July 19, 2008

Monochromatic card class

These are for my monochromatic card class I'm having today. I normally don't post all the cards from my classes but I thought I'd do these. They're all using Technique Tuesday's Zoology stamp set.

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Wednesday, July 16, 2008


Blogger only seems to let you upload so many pictures at one time. I missed these last night.

Fancy Pants Sweet Spring. Katrina is reading to her animals (see them on her lap) in a paper puppy pen that her brother made.

Pink Paislee. I think this is the replacement for Bing. We lost Bing towards the end of school and she has been upset about it ever since. We found this little pup at Legoland last week. My kids sure have a thing for small stuffed animals.

Thanks for your kind comments. :D
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Tuesday, July 15, 2008


I have a card class this weekend so I'll be busy the next couple of days kitting for it. Here are some layouts:

Making Memories, Mustard Moon & October Afternoon. I love this picture of Katrina running. That's her Dad taking pictures of something and he is completely oblivious to her happy little jog behind him.

Scenic Route. This is one of our dogs, Liberty. How nice of Scenic Route to name their paper line after my dog. ;)

BasicGrey. Katrina still likes to wear parts of her costume. The hands praying is just an automatic thing for her. It's nice to see them stop hitting her brother for a second or two.

Rusty Pickle. This is from Christmas 2006. Why didn't I scrap this before?? I have no idea. The Bazzill In Stitchz is my new favorite thing.

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Friday, July 11, 2008

My new favorite thing

Trader Joe's Black Pepper Sauce. It's oh so good. I put it on just about anything. I mixed it in with my leftover mac-n-cheese for lunch. Yeah, that's right. We eat leftover mac-n-cheese.

This is one of our new favorite made up dish. It's kind of a combo between a Trader Joe's sample dish and Pei Wei's Blazing Noodles. Trader Joes had this chicken/Cajun sausage mixed with pesto tortellini. It had pesto sauce over all of it. It was ok, but it needed something. It needed Black Pepper Sauce and the ingredients from the Blazing Noodles.

So, here's the ingredients:

Fresh cheese tortellini from Trader Joe's (I changed it from pesto tortellini)
Chicken sausage with Cajun spices (it's REALLY HOT!)
Baby carrots cut in half
Green onions (use the whole piece. I cut it in about 1 inch lengths)
FRESH basil. Don't think you can get away with dried stuff. It won't work.
Cherry tomatoes cut in half
Olive oil
Trader Joe's Black Pepper Sauce

Cook the tortellini according to directions.
Slice up the sausage and throw it in the pan.
Add a little olive oil and throw in the carrots.
Add a little Black Pepper sauce and stir around. Add maybe 2 tablespoons. I don't measure. Add whatever you want.
Let it simmer a bit until the carrots are cooked.
See those big hunks of green? That's basil. I don't chop my basil. I just rip it in half and throw it in.
Rip up basil and throw it in. I use a handful. I don't measure anything.
Add your onions.
Stir everything around.
Add your tomatoes last. You don't want mushy tomatoes. YUCK. You just want them warm and firm.
By now, your tortellini should be done. If it's not...don't add the tomatoes yet!
When your tortellini is done, drain it and mix it in with your sausage mixture.

That's it. Have a big glass of water next to you because this baby is HOT! It's hot, but it's pretty darn flavorful.

Because I have this "thing" for Basil, I even add fresh leaves to the top of the dish I'm serving.

I'll do layouts tomorrow. I felt like cooking today.

Let me know what you think of my recipe. :)
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Thursday, July 10, 2008

Wednesday, July 09, 2008

yummy dinner

So, tonight for dinner, I made Suzanne's Grilled Italian Sausage and Vegi Panini. Boy, it was good!
I did have to improvise a bit, though. I couldn't find Italian Sausage at Trader Joes, so I used chicken mango sausage instead. I used yellow squash instead of zucchini and I didn't add onions or cheese. Erik hates onions.
I tried to tell the kids they were hotdogs but they weren't believing me. Fine. They can starve!
This is something we'll be having again and again. Well, Erik and I will anyway.
Here are some layouts:

Both of these are using the beautiful new Chloe Marie from Daisy D's.

Scenic Route Appleton. I did this for an AL challenge I'm hosting this month at Peek.
October Afternoon and some older Making Memories. Stamps are BamPop! I haven't decided if I really like this one or not. I hate it when I have a layout that doesn't sit well with me. I've already ripped it apart once. I guess I'll just leave it for now and move onto something else.

Basic Grey Fruitcake and some Making Memories. I love this picture of Katrina. ;)
That's it for now. I'm sure there is more that I forgot to upload. I'll do it later.

Tuesday, July 01, 2008

More stuff

More layouts. Two Peas asked me to do some projects with Little Yellow Bicycle. I sure had fun using it.

All the fruit was cut with my Cricut.

I have a thing for vintage buttons still on their packaging.

I knew someday I'd have a use for the blue Bazzill flowers.

Thanks Two Peas for choosing me!

nothing too fancy going on here. This just needed to be recorded. ;)

New and old KI Memories. Also, the font is a KI stamp.

Sweetwater Summertime Blues. I added a little Rusty Pickle.

Daisy D's Chloe Marie. This collection is just so pretty!!

Thanks for your kind comments. I'll be back in a few days.
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