Monday, February 28, 2011

Dinners On

Tonight I was creating in the kitchen...
Here is dinner for tonight...
Mushroom Turkey Rice Casserole
2 cups cooked rice (I use white and brown in combination)
2-3 cups sauteed mushroom (variety of mushrooms, whatever you have)
1 quart Turkey in broth
1 can dice Chik (low fat variety)
1 stock celery (diced)
1 yellow onion
1 bunch green onions chopped
Sautee onions and mushrooms until tender. Add turkey, dice chik, and  celery. Simmer until everything is heated and tender.

I served it with steamed broccoli and asparagus... Leftovers tomorrow for lunch as it made more than we needed.

Friday, February 25, 2011

Friendship Books and Label Bags

I was searching swap-bot this morning to see what was new and came across friendship books and Label Bags... I was instantly intrigued... I search Swag-bucks and found a couple links... What an awesome idea and a great way to be creative and use up my stash.  I found a great site that you can print blank label bags, LetterSets has an assortment of fun print your own label bags as well as a great assortment of cards and such. I printed a the plain ones to start (I think I will add a little decoration to them).  I can see this becoming another swap-bot addiction but also a benefit for our homeschool... (the boys can search the map for where the FBs and LBs come from and are going to...)
Here is one of the swaps I signed up for.

I hope to post pictures of my art journal pages I've made for a couple swaps later tonight or at least this weekend.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Some more ATCs of late

Thought I would share another round of ATCs I've created as of late.  The last set (Pin Up Girls) is part of a swap that is being mailed out this week.
Blue and Silver flowers  and Black Vintage Lady with Bling

Butterfly on rice paper with ric rak  and Journey quote with ribbon

Rice Paper Fish with stickles on Rice Paper  and Blue bird with Stickles and Bling


Snow Day Lunch

Since it snowed overnight (no I didn't take a picture of it) and the boys played most of the morning outside I decided to make an easy favorite for lunch today.

Chicken,  Beans, and Rice

3/4 cups rice (I use a mix of white and brown)
1 1/2 cups chicken broth
1 can black beans
1 can corn
1 can white chicken (could also use leftover chicken if you have it)
Salsa or hot sauce to taste. ( I love Rooster sauce, hot and cheap)

Cook rice as directed (I cook it on the stove), add corn (drained), black beans (rinsed and drained), and chicken (drained) simmer for about 10 minutes to warm beans, corn, and chicken.
Add salsa or hot sauce to each serving to taste.

This is a favorite, easy, one dish meal.

Monday, February 21, 2011

Kiwi's Blogger Follower Swap #4


I've joined another swap-bot blogger swap. I will list my partners as soon as they are assigned. If you are following from Kiwi's swap or any other swap bot swap feel free to stop by and say hi...

As promised here are my partners for the swap...
IsaTe's Design
The Whimsical Life of an Isomniac
Mary's Art and raft Journal
Made by Knowme
Angelic Lizard Creations

ATCs in the binder

  I decided to upload some of the ATCs that are residing in my binder.. These are my cards not cards I've received.  2 cards are potential spoilers if I am accepted into those swaps..
"Charmed I'm Sure" Swap...  photo print of an old door, stickles wood , black bling, and a gold key charm.

Vintage boy in a peddle car, glaze' and stickles matted on olive cardstock

Mary Engelbreit ATC Swap card, matted on pink rice paper, glittered and metal flower element.

Dance Cupid, rice paper and metal findings on manilla backing. Circle Bling, stickles and cardstock circles

Vintage Letters with ribbon, pin, swirl bling.  Butterflies on carstock stacked

Colored Pencil Art (not my design) double matted on cardstock.. Frog Delivery Card matted on Paper with black bling.

Lion and Lamb: Recycled Christmas Card with Stickles. Might add a scripture in the yellow space

Quilted Squares: paper squares stacked to appear quilted..

Part of a Series: Quoted on torn paper with paper flower matted on Cardstock

Part of a Series: torn paper with quote matted on printed cardstock

Last of the Series.. Quote on cardstock with paper elements.

Don't take it personally, or Do???

I have become addicted to swap-bot, an online swapping community... Lately however I have been sick and trying to keep up on life and creating art is hard...  So, I put a message on my profile about being sick and that I was running a little behind on several of my swaps but was catching up... I also sent out messages to partners letting them know why their cards were late. For the most part people have been very kind.... So I'm wondering is constructive criticism really constructive in a public forum? Before rating with a lower rating wouldn't it make sense to contact the person and give them a chance to make it right before giving a lower rating? Since the cards being sent are things I've made shouldn't I take it personally?   When rating a person I tend to read profiles if the cards isn't as fancy as some before I rate a lower rating.. I look at the bigger picture, perhaps I'm wrong in doing that....
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Sunday, February 20, 2011

Welcome Swap-bot Followers Please!

I joined a followers swap over at Swap-bot... If you haven't heard of Swap-bot, it is an awesome online community of crafters swapping fun things either online or traditional mail... It is a great way to share your crafts and put something other than bills in the mail box.

For this swap we are to follow 15 blogs so I thought I would share the blogs with all my readers.A couple of the blogs I already follow from previous swaps but I will still list them... Stop by these blogs and say "Hi". Oh and if you are stopping by to follow from the swap would you leave a comment here so I can rate you..

Sanity is Overrated
Studs and Pearls
Fostered Love Forever
Falling and Bruising
Serial Author
My Little Princess
Patricia's Fabric Art
Angelic Lizards
Molly and Ollie
B Positive B Free
Lead Balloon
The Sun and the Turtle

Monday, February 14, 2011

Little Mechanic

How I wish I could upload the video from my cell phone... Last night my husband changed the oil in my Mazda minivan as it was seriously overdue... Well my youngest Nathan decided to help. Mike let him finish tightening up the bolts on some air cleaner pieces as well as put the cap back on the oil filler... Nathan got to use the jack to raise up the van and move the blocks and then lowered the van back to the ground... It was so cute... I snapped a couple pictures on my phone as well as 3 15 second video clips... If my phone wasn't so old and such a piece of crap I would share....
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