Linking up over here...http://paisleypassions.blogspot.com/2011/04/thrilling-thursday-linky-party_27.html
Saturday, April 30, 2011
We'll see what I come up with.
Friday, April 29, 2011
Monday, April 25, 2011
Sunday, April 24, 2011
Linking up over at http://www.thegirlcreative.com/2011/04/just-something-i-whipped-up_24.html
Can I just say that I LOVE the color of this frame? It's Rustoleum Painter's Touch in Lagoon. In taking the photo, I got a weird glare that makes it look like the paper is worn out in some areas.
This frame is painted in Apple Green. I used a sticker on scrapbook paper and then hot glued these little buttons on the corners for added punch.
What fun I'm having coming up with ideas for these frames. Can't wait to show you more. :)
Friday, April 22, 2011
Jennifer over at http://lifecraftsandwhatever.blogspot.com is hosting a highs and lows link party. It sounds like fun (and a great way to vent) so I'm linking up.
Here are my Highs:
1. Thrift shopping with my friend, Nina
2. Lunch with friends, Rene and Gypsy
3. PartyLite fundraiser for my Relay for Life team
4. Tea with friends Barbara and Bea
5. Realizing, as I type this, that I have wonderful friends. :)
Here are my lows:
1. Spending too much money at said thrift stores. haha
2. Hearing that my nephew has Degenerative Joint Disease (he has Non Hodgkin's Lymphoma and had a bone marrow transplant a few years ago)
3. Having to cancel out on tennis with my sister-in-law because I was too busy (and tired)
4. Having a leaky toilet
5. My husband not having (or making) time to fix the leaky toilet.
Here is a picture of my mom, Lena. Isn't she cute?
Of course, I can't think about death or my mom without thinking of my son, Andrew. He died two years ago...10 days after turning 18. This is one of my favorite pictures of him.
He loved to have fun and here we are pimpin' it up at Burlington Coat Factory. Oh, how I miss those crazy days. What do these memories and a food and craft blog have in common you ask? Well, I'll tell you...after my son died, I lost interest in life. I would have curled up under my blankets and never come out had it not been for my other son Matthew. I couldn't give up entirely because that wouldn't be fair to him.
Tuesday, April 19, 2011
This was my first attempt at decoupage. The heart was my tester. I used some cheap Target dollar bin scrapbook paper and it bubbled. I tried to tear it off and wasn't very successful. I then thought, "Hmmm, what if I added paint to the Mod Podge?" I mixed in a little pink paint and coated the torn part of the frame. The little yellow button at the top left was my "let's see how Mod Podge works as a glue" test. Since these frames only cost a dollar at Michael's, it wasn't an expensive test.
I found this square plate on clearance at Wal-Mart for $2.00 and I used acrylic paint pens to draw and decorate the butterflys, then I added some wall stickers (that I got at the Dollar Tree) for extra punch. I think it came out really cute. :) I've been having lots of fun. It feels good to be creating and crafting again.
Thursday, April 14, 2011
While the ground beef was cooking, I desperately looked through my pantries for something to add to it. Here's what I found...hmmm...this looks like the beginnings of nachos!
Meanwhile, I cut up corn tortillas to make chips.
I put the cut up tortillas into a pot of hot oil and let them crisp up.
When the ground beef was cooked, I added the soup, half the jar of salsa and some green onions. I simmered this for about 3 minutes.
Here are the chips- all done and nicely salted.
In the end...some mighty tasty homemade nachos.
This dish took about 20 minutes.
Monday, April 11, 2011
Get your pot of oil on the stove to heat along with your pot of chile sauce. Once they have heated up, dip a tortilla in the oil and cook. Before it gets too hard use your tongs to transfer it to the chile pot. Dip, coating both sides and place on the plate. Continue doing this until you have a dozen tortillas stacked on the plate.
I like to use these throw away pans but you can use any serving dish you prefer. I spray some Pam and then put some sauce on the bottom. The amount of sauce I put on the bottom depends on how much I anticipate having left over. If I'm making lots of enchiladas, I use a little sauce. Today, I was only making a dozen so I used lots of sauce.
Here are my main ingredients. You can add diced onions and chopped olives if you like. My husband likes onions and no olives , I like olives and no onions. My son...I can't keep up with his likes and dislikes sometimes so, to make it easier on myself, I just use chicken and cheese.I put some chicken down the center, add some cheese and roll.
Here they are all naked and begging for some extra sauce and cheese...
That's better. Notice the little corner with cheddar cheese...that's for me. Bake in oven at 350 degrees for about 20 minutes.
And now...the finished product!
As a variation you can make a casserole and skip the rolling step. For this size pan, I would use 18 tortillas and cook 8-10 chicken breasts. Follow all the same steps...dipping tortillas in oil then sauce. Layer the bottom of pan with 6 tortillas, spread chicken, add some sauce then sprinkle cheese. Add another layer of tortillas, chicken, sauce and cheese and finish with a layer of tortillas and cheese. Heat in oven at 350 degrees for 20-30 minutes until top tortillas are a little crunchy.
Serve either one with beans and rice on the side and your family will be happy.
Sunday, April 10, 2011
Here it is after a coat of baby blue spray paint. Much improved, I think.
Remember those white candle stands from my last spray paint post? Here's what they look like now with these lovely plates I found at Target.
I used them for cookies when I hosted my Relay for Life team meeting the other night.
I have been bitten by the crafting bug!!!
I then grated some jack cheese...
...and chopped up some tomatoes and green onions.
I fried some beans, layered them on top of tortilla chips, added the shredded chicken, jack cheese, green onion and tomatoes and there you have it...Chicken nachos. Yum, yum. :)
Stay tuned...tomorrow I'm using the rest of the shredded chicken to make Enchiladas Suizas.