Saturday, July 31, 2010
Friday, July 30, 2010
We were waiting for this to arrive!
Actually, I have an emotional attachment to my sewing machine -- and I couldn't bear the thought of Sofia learning to sew with it. I purchased the machine in the photo from Walmart -- it got excellent reviews for and from beginners -- it is currently online at their website for $55.00 with free shipping. I will let you know if it is worth the price after we take it out of the box.
Oh, what about the other box in the photo? That's a little more Christmas fabric for me to play with! :-)
Thursday, July 29, 2010
Wednesday, July 28, 2010
Okay, so I see some of you scratching your head(s) -- but I know that some of you understand my "artsy" photo.
For me, it is a good day when I can start out with a blank canvas. That means I have the entire day to create something beautiful!
I hope your day starts out as a blank canvas too! :-)
Monday, July 26, 2010
Saturday, July 24, 2010
Friday, July 23, 2010
Time to go float around in the pool...
Thursday, July 22, 2010
Wednesday, July 21, 2010
I had so much fun yesterday while creating the banana muffin recipe card -- I decided to make another easy recipe card for you today! :-) This cucumber salad recipe is a variation on a recipe given to me by a family member. The original recipe has onion and tomatoes -- so you can throw those in too if the tastebuds in your house like that sort of thing!
I know -- it's hard to read (but I thought the picture would inspire you guys to make the recipe).
Here is the not-so-artsy recipe for you to copy:
1 Large cucumber
3 Tablespoons sugar
3 Tablespoons water
3 Tablespoons white vinegar
-Peel cucumber and cut into thin slices.
-Place slices in glass pie dish.
-Combine sugar/water/vinegar in small bowl and mix until sugar is dissolved.
-Pour sugar/water/vinegar mixture over cucumber slices.
-Tilt glass pie dish so that sugar mixture puddles to one side. Spoon mixture
over cucumber slices until all have been covered with mixture.
-Cover pie dish with plastic wrap and refrigerate until cucumber slices are cold.
Tuesday, July 20, 2010
Here is my artsy recipe card for banana muffins. I know...I know -- it's hard to read (but very cute). Sooo...here is the not-so-artsy recipe for you to copy:
2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup sugar
4 very ripe bananas
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 teaspoon cinnamon
-Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
-In a large bowl, cream together eggs and sugar.
-In a medium bowl, mash bananas, vanilla, oil and cinnamon.
-In a medium bowl, combine flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt.
-Stir banana mixture into egg/sugar mixture.
-1/3 at a time, stir flour mixture into egg/sugar/banana mixture.
For oversize muffins: In a convection oven, bake 25 minutes. Adjust baking time according to your oven. Yield: 6-8 oversize muffins.
For regular size muffins: In a convection oven, bake 17 minutes. Adjust baking time according to your oven. Yield: 12-16 regular muffins.
Monday, July 19, 2010
Saturday, July 17, 2010
Actually, I've been wanting to put my files in boxes for quite some time -- but I couldn't bring myself to purchase the boxes. During a weekend trip to Lowes I discovered the box you see in the picture -- they're about $1 each. They're a great size -- and -- you can't argue with the price!
Organization -- it's a "lovely" thing! :-)
Friday, July 16, 2010
Thursday, July 15, 2010
Tuesday, July 13, 2010
Sunday, July 11, 2010
Saturday, July 10, 2010
Friday, July 9, 2010
Thursday, July 8, 2010
This morning we woke to thick fog with an awful burning smell hanging in the air. Across the street amongst the dry and brown lurked an ominous figure -- Mr. Nasty Cat -- he has been living over there almost ever since we have been here.
I think we will be staying on this side of the street today!
Wednesday, July 7, 2010
Tuesday, July 6, 2010
Monday, July 5, 2010
This morning, these birdies decided to take a break in a pretty and shady spot on our front porch. Wonder where they'll be for the rest of day. Last night our thermometer by the back door showed a temperature of 102 degrees -- that was in the sun at 8:00 p.m. Today, we are supposed to reach 98 degrees.
Stay cool -- we're off to "Color me mine" to paint a "surprise" gift!
Saturday, July 3, 2010
Oh! lovely niece -- I need those pictures!