Saturday, November 22, 2008

Bunny's Food Friday request

Ok, so I'm a week late. That's just me! I eventually get it done. Hahaha! On Friday the 14th, Bunny Cates requested that we post a favorite recipe on our blogs and add a link for it on her blog. My new favorite is a wonderful, meaty, chili recipe my daughter, Rachel, and I made. Here's the recipe for you to try:

3 lbs lean ground beef
1 1/2 Cups tomato juice
2 med onions chopped
1 green bell pepper chopped
1/4 Cup chili powder
2 teaspoons ground cumin
1 1/2 teaspoons garlic powder (more or less)
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano leaves
1 1/2 teaspoons white sugar
1/8 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
2 regular cans of light red kidney beans
Cook ground beef in a Dutch Oven over med-high heat until evenly brown. Drain, crumble and return to pot. Add all ingredients and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 1 hour 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add grated cheddar cheese to top of each bowl. Good with cornbread or as dip with crackers.

There you go, Bunny! Sorry I'm late! Hmmmmm......just noticed.....she's not on my blog list. I guess I always get to her site from Kim's. I'll have to get her added!

Well, doggone it! I just noticed it was supposed to be a dessert recipe. I'll add that one later. Gotta run for now!

*update* Ok, here's the REAL favorite recipe. (stupid me!) And it's a dessert! Mwahahaha! This was made by my ex-MIL (who still loves me) every holiday. It's called Paris Puffins.

1/3 cup soft shortening (or margarine)
1/2 cup sugar
1 egg
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 cup mik
1/3 cup butter (or margarine) melted
1/2 sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
Heat oven to 350 degrees. Grease 12 medium muffin cups. Mix thoroughly shortening, sugar and egg. Blend flour, baking powder, salt and nutmeg together then add to shortening mixture adding alternately with milk. Fill muffin cups 2/3 full. Bake 20-25 minutes. Immediately roll in melted butter, then in a mixture of the last sugar and cinnamon. Serve hot or cold!

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Another layout!

Another layout that I made using one of my kits. This was from the Rheanna kit. Here we are sitting around the table at my uncle's place in about 1973. That's me standing behind my parents and my little sister. I'm thankful for this family God gave me. We are all very close. I used Thanksgiving Stamps wordart from Jazzy's Words to Delight available at DSO to decorate my paper and the fall foliage came from Studio Lorie's Flitting Fall Faeries again.

That's something I will have to work on. Adding enough "stuff" to make good clusters. Maybe if I were better at MAKING clusters themselves, I'd be better at designing the elements to make them. Hmmmm.......will have to study up on this. Look over kits made by people I think do a good job of including lots of "stuff", like Carena's designs. She has a new kit out called Xmas Wonderland (sorry about the "X". I hate taking Christ out of Christmas.) She has tons of goodies in there for making clusters. And Studio Lorie ALWAYS has "stuff" for many I can never use them all!

I'm working on a freebie kit for the HollyJolly Train. Check out the blinkie to the right for the departure date! Well, I guess that's all for today. I'll keep you updated on what I find in the "stuff" department.

Friday, November 14, 2008

My 2nd kit!

This post will be short but sweet. I did a kit for Kimb's DSO November Color Challenge. Loved the color swatch for this! Come on over and get the entire mega kit from all the people that made kits. I'm sure Kimb won't mind. And while you're there, use mine or any of the others kits to make a layout and get Kim's posting bonus, too! My friends, PkDoll and Crops2Dawn both made BEAUTIFUL kits. You just gotta come see them!

I managed to keep this kit down to 3 zips! Much shorter than my 1st kit of 7 zips! Hahahaha! Here's the preview!!If you like it, you can get it here!

Elements #1

Elements #2


Monday, November 10, 2008

A Layout......

.....using my new kit. This is my granddaughter, Adreanna. She IS truly a little princess. She's very shy around new people and gives everyone this haughty stare. If you make a layout using my kit, please pop back in and let me know the link so I can leave you some love.

Isn't she a little doll?

Sunday, November 9, 2008

My First Kit!

Yea! I got an A! I only had to fix a couple stray pixels on 4 items. I've combined everything together, both the homework and extra stuff I made while learning. There are a total of 40 elements and 20 papers. Not sure why some papers came out as so much larger of a file size but I've shared the entire folder with you below. I had to make it into 7 different zips to keep them to a manageable download size of 45mb or less. Hahaha!

Special thanks to Sherah Kraan(skrapperdigitals), the teacher at the digidesignacademy, for the cherrywood frame for my banner label. We were all alone in the last chat and I told her I thought I would change the color of my banner to match each kit. Then she mentioned how much she liked the photo and I told her I had a much larger photo on my wall in a pretty cherry wood frame. She came up with this frame for my label and I just LOVE it! I added the burlap mat and it came out really nice, don't you think? Well, here's your preview:

And here's the paper preview (not all shown)

And here's the link to the folder where you can get all 7 zips. (Hahaha! Sorry!

Her Majesty's Gems folder

Monday, November 3, 2008

It's coming............

This is it! Homework is done. The extras I made along the way are ready. Everything is in place. Just waiting on the teacher. Soon I'll be posting my very first kit.

I'm new to ALL of this designing stuff. I'm learning my software as I learn the design process. But I'm pleased with how it came out. I love the deep, rich colors. I mean, what girl wouldn't love the colors of Saphire, Emerald, Topaz and Amethyst? I wish I could be surrounded with it! Hahahaha! Five of them on every finger! (rotfl) Anyway, just be patient a little while longer. Gotta see how much I need to fix after the teacher sends it back then I'll let you all have it.

My friend from SBM (and most every other site I like to visit), Bekah, gave me an award called the Proximidade Award or "Friendship around the World" award. It's in spanish but very generally translates to extending the hand of friendship around the world to blogs that have that "something special". Thank you, Bekah! It's a very special award in this big world of digi-scrapbooking and I'm honored that you thought of me. I have to pass it on to 8 people. Whew! Most of the bloggers I know have this one and because it extends the hand of friendship to those around the world, I think I'll take some time to look around for people I don't know well and "extend the hand of friendship" to them! I always wanted to travel the world and meet people!

Well, guess I'll go back to work. For now, I'll be just like you. Just waiting. And waiting...............and waiting.............