Wednesday, February 29, 2012
Tuesday, February 28, 2012
As a prequel to today's blog post I have some great newsvto share! :) I have a shout out on Little Yellow Bicycle's blog this morning! Such a nice surprise to wake up to. :)
Alexa and I did a bit of baking on Friday. It's a fun way for us to spend some mother-daughter time together, especially at the end of a school vacation when we would usually be getting on each other's nerves. LOL! Our original plan was to make lemon poppy seed breads, but we didn't have enough eggs so we'll have to make those another time. Plan B you see above. This is a nice, moist loaf with a great crust on top and it's great with a hot cup of tea (or coffee if you prefer). Oh, and if you don't like chocolate with your bananas, just leave the chips out.
So here goes...
1 c. sugar
1/4 c. butter or margarine
2 ripe bananas, broken into pieces
1/4 c. milk
1/4 c. vanilla yogurt or sour cream
2 egg whites (I actually use dried egg whites rather than "waste" a whole egg)
2 c. flour
1 t. baking soda
Heat oven to 350° F. Coat one large 9x5" loaf pan OR three small 5 x 2 1/2" loaf pans.
Cream sugar and butter.
Add bananas, beating until smooth.
Add milk, yogurt/sour cream, and egg whites; beat well.
Combine flour and baking soda. Add to banana mixture, beating until blended.
Spoon batter into prepared pan(s).
Bake small loaves for 50 minutes, large loaf for 1 hour and 10 minutes or until pick inserted in center comes out clean.
As always, enjoy! :)
Monday, February 27, 2012
Of course now I was hooked so I had to find more to play with (but they had to be free because at this point I'm just tinkering and I don't know what to look for specifically).
I learned that The Pioneer Woman (yup, the same Bree of cooking fame, LOL) also has a photography section on her blog and she offers free actions. This link is for Photoshop Elements actions. If you're looking for other tips and other actions, look here.
I took the "before" photo (below left) and started playing with it, adding in some of the Pioneer Woman's actions and the result is the second photo (below right). I added a burn action and did some sharpening and I threw in a couple more actions that I don't remember at this point because I didn't write them down. I guess the key is to just play, have fun with it, experiment and see what you like.
If you have a favorite action, one you go to all of the time, I'd love to hear about it (especially if it's free). Thank you! :)
Friday, February 24, 2012
This lovely young lady is chomping at the bit to go to middle school. She can hardly wait to finish fifth grade and move on to sixth. She even has her first day of school outfit picked out (it's a pretty dress handed down from her 15 year old cousin). Let's just say that there's a four year difference in age between them so she has a bit of growing to do, especially in one area in particular before it even fits her properly. LOL! To go along with being a middle schooler, this young lady would also like to have a cell phone. We're not entirely convinced yet that this is something we need to do, but she is persistent (like me) and typed up a list of reasons why she should have one. The list is as follows (in her own words, typos and all):
Thursday, February 23, 2012
I just realized I never blogged about Valentine's Day so that's what today's post is about.
What do roses and ravioli have in common you ask? I got an email from Tom, on Valentine's Day morning, telling me not to make anything for dinner because he was going to take care of it. Although I love to cook (and bake), I also enjoy any and every opportunity for my husband to cook for me. Late in the afternoon, I drove Alexa to dance. When I got home, Tom presented me with a single, beautiful red rose (pictured above). He then proceeded to prepare dinner and tell me about all of the stops he made in the process of collecting things for dinner. First stop, The Ravioli Shop, to buy broccoli and feta ravioli, a fresh sesame semolina bread, a container of marinara sauce, and chocolate eclairs for dessert. Next stop was the wine store to buy a sweet Riesling (called Relax for those of you who are always searching for a sweet Riesling like I am). Last stop was the florist to buy the rose.
So that's how one red rose and ravioli came to be. :)
Wednesday, February 22, 2012
I've been making cards for some upcoming projects, and although I can't share the whole thing, I thought I'd give a little sneak peek. :) Used lots of Simple Stories Year.o.graphy on this. Oh, and to those of you that are amazing bow makers, I won't tell you how long I spent getting the bow on here just right. Let's just say it's not one of my better skills. LOL!
Tuesday, February 21, 2012
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Tuesday, February 7, 2012
16 oz. package frozen lo mein noodles (I supposed you could also use already prepared noodles or dried too)
1/2 12 oz. package frozen edamame beans, thawed
12 oz. package Asian slaw
1 T. sesame seeds, toasted (or use black sesame seeds)
3/4 c. Thai peanut sauce (bottled)
1/4 c. chopped cashews
Place noodles in a microwave-safe bowl; cover. Cook on high about 3 minutes. Cool slightly.
Add remaining ingredients, tossing gently to combine.
Serve with pan-seared scallops, shrimp, or grilled chicken.
Monday, February 6, 2012
Friday, February 3, 2012
2 carrots, sliced
2 celery stalks, sliced
1 large onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
4 c. chicken broth
28 oz. can crushed tomatoes
1/4 t. each salt and pepper
1 t. Italian seasoning
1 c. small shell pasta or macaroni (I used shells)
1 c. shredded escarole or kale (I used kale)
15.5 oz. can cannellini beans, drained
Grated Parmesan, for serving
Combine carrots, celery, onion and garlic in crock pot.
Pour in broth, tomatoes, Italian seasoning, salt and pepper. Cover and cook on low for 4-6 hours.
About 30 minutes before serving, stir in pasta, escarole and beans. Cover and increase heat to high. Cook until pasta is tender, about 30 minutes.
Top with grated Parmesan cheese, if desired.
Thursday, February 2, 2012
Wednesday, February 1, 2012
Do you know the kids song, Reach for the Stars? It goes something like this, "Bend and stretch, reach for the stars. Here comes Jupiter, next comes Mars." :) I don't remember the rest but you get the idea. That's what came to mind when I scrapped these pics of my first day of first grade. I'm guessing it was kind of a big deal, being the oldest of four girls to leave the nest and head off to school. My Mom always dressed us up and was always dressed to the nines herself. I can't imagine running after four girls all the time in such pretty outfits. I used to love going into her closet and trying on her "fancy" shoes. My favorite was a pair of white patent leather, high-heeled clogs. I thought those things were amazing. LOL!