Wednesday, October 31, 2007
This is one is super easy to do. Especially seems easy when you CASE it. No clue what blog I was at that I saw it, but I loved how quick it looked. Indeed it is and it is a perfect card to share with the ladies at church. I've had to come up with very simple cards and for the most part there isn't coloring on the five cards I have. Mostly stamping and sponging on two and coloring on two. Not even watercoloring. You can't get any easier.
This card uses artichoke, river rock, pomegranate and vanilla CS.
Monday, October 29, 2007
Very simple card to do. I love the wide grossgrain and the DP is gorgeous and fun for Christmas.
I've been looking for simple cards to do this year. I have 41 cards made so far, which is just over 1/4 of what I will be needing.
So many people are moving right now. It is surprising at this time of year to hear of people moving. The good thing is they are moving to somewhere better for them and their family. It is when you are working side by side with them that you realize how much of a void will be there when they are gone.
Sunday, October 28, 2007
Prep: 15 min.; Cook: 1 hr., 15 min. Pick up smoked chicken from your favorite barbecue restaurant to make this dish, or use a barbecue-flavored rotisserie chicken from your local supermarket.
Preparation1. Sauté first 4 ingredients in hot oil in a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat 8 minutes or until vegetables are tender. Stir in diced tomatoes and next 5 ingredients. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to low, and simmer, stirring occasionally, 1 hour. Serve with desired toppings.
*1 1/2 cups low-sodium chicken broth may be substituted.
Note: For testing purposes only, we used Del Monte Diced Tomatoes Zesty Chili Style and McCormick White Chicken Chili Seasoning Mix.
Makes 9 cups
This is the book club book of the month. The book is a quick read. I woke up at 3 a.m. Saturday morning and having slept for several hours already, I didn't have any hope of going back to sleep so I read until I needed to get up and make breakfast at 6 a.m. I finished reading it while watching the Red Sox kick the Colorado Rockies out of the park. I must admit I was so engrossed in the book at one point that I missed three runs and the excitement over it. My husband was stunned that I could block it out.
What was the book about? Claire is a single mother. She is a Christian author. Her mother lives 3 doors down and she depends on her mother to help out with her kids and do the extra "mom" type of things while she works on her books. She ends up needing surgery on her wrist which will make it impossible for her to work for 6 weeks. Her mother moves to Texas to live with her brother's family just before Claire's surgery. She is on her own.
Claire makes a list of 6 goals, which I found to be the typical person type of thing. I loved the "exercise - maybe" goal and the way her feelings and thoughts were expressed through the book. Her kids go through some normal challenges and the way she deals with them is typical but it is written in such a way that it is light. She is attracted to her son's teacher, who ends up buying her mother's house and they are neighbors.
Through it all she ends up growing, learning and becoming a better Claire in the end. Probably the biggest thing is to be able to forgive her ex-husband.
I can't say I would recommend the book to others. If you are looking for nice, light reading material then this would be perfect. While I enjoyed the book, lately I've been more interested in historical fiction.
Stampin' Up! recently had a Holiday Blitz promotion. I love the textured cardstock. The designs were fun and while I didn't have all of the stamps that they used, I was able to improvise on the "JOY" card and basically do what they did. Very fun Christmas cards. What I liked most was being able to whip out so many cards in a short amount of time.
Saturday, October 27, 2007
Friday, October 12, 2007
I used her favorite colors on the card and it had lots of bling. It was rather simple looking, just a square card. I had a large flower that took up most of the card, which I pulled apart and made a flower center with a few layers, using the True Friend stamp from Stampin' Up!
She really liked the card, but how I wish I took a minute to snap a picture of it.
Wednesday, October 3, 2007
The kids are in Halloween mode. One of the twins would like for Skinny Cows to be handed out for Halloween. I told her it would melt and have to be eaten right then.
"Maybe we could use a small freezer to give them out with."
"That would be heavy to carry around. "
" I mean a small one that would only hold one Skinny Cow."
"That would be nice then you could take them for a treat to school after lunch."
"I wonder why nobody has invented it yet?"