Monday, December 27, 2010

Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo on New 500 Peso Bill | Journey Mexico Blog

Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo on New 500 Peso Bill Journey Mexico Blog

My neighbors/friends/tenants gave me one of these for Christmas. They know I collect Frida Kahlo. It is awsome!!

Monday, December 20, 2010

Pumpkin Cobbler - Kitchen Scoop

Pumpkin Cobbler - Kitchen Scoop

I bought a small sugar pumpkin after Thanksgiving. I've been looking for an idea and wanted to make a cobbler. Then, this recipe appeared on Facebook. Yum.
I'm going to cook my pumpkin and make this.

Monday, November 29, 2010

Pumpkin Pie Cake

Pumpkin Pie Cake

4 eggs
1 tsp cinnamon
1 16oz can pumpkin
1 ½ cup sugar
1 12-oz can evaporated milk

1 box yellow cake mix

1 cup melted butter
1 cup chopped pecans or walnuts

Mix in order- eggs, cinnamon, sugar, pumpkin, and milk.
Pour into a greased 9X13 inch baking dish. Sprinkle dry cake mix on top of mixture. Drizzle melted butter on top of dry cake mix.
Sprinkle nuts all over.
Bake 1 hour at 350°. Serve with whipped cream.


Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Zucchini Nut Bread

3 cups sifted flour
1 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp baking powder
3 eggs
2 cups sugar
1 cup cooking oil
1 tablespoon vanilla
2 cups grated, unpared zucchini
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
1 tsp flour
Mix together 3 cup flour, cinnamon, baking soda, salt and baking powder.
Beat eggs well in bowl. Gradually add sugar and oil, mixing well.  Add vanilla and dry ingredients; blend well. Stir in zucchini.
Combine walnuts with 1 tsp flour; stir into batter. (prevents them from rising to the top during baking)
Pour into greased loaf pans. (8 1/2 X 4 1/2 X 2 1/2 inch loaf pans)
Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour or until bread tests done.
Cool in pans on racks 10 minutes.
Remove from pans; cool on racks.
Make 2 loaves.

I have used this recipe since 1978. Love this bread.

Gallery Glass Class: What's Thanksgiving without a Turkey?

Gallery Glass Class: What's Thanksgiving without a Turkey?

Gotta get me some of that "Leading Blank" and make some window designs like this.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Husband & Family Warning/Thanksgiving Day 2010

thanksgiving clip art graphics

Written for Thanksgiving Day 2009

It worked so well last year that I thought it deserved another round.

A week ahead of time I will be shopping, cooking, cleaning, baking, chopping, organizing, doing my regular household chores, taking care of my sister & mother & granddaughter & husband, and getting things ready for the big day. You should be doing the same.

So, on Thanksgiving Day

Husband don’t you dare:

1. Ask me for a meat thermometer

2. Ask me for a pop-out turkey timer thingy

3. Ask me for the cookbook guide for your smoker

4. Ask me to make you breakfast.
Every year (for many years, you just keep forgetting) I make pigs-in-a-blanket. Eat those or cereal.

5. Tell me that you don’t have enough gas in the tank for your smoker.
You should have filled up before today! Now all the gas places are closed and your tidbit of information is making the gastric juices in my stomach rise up into my throat. Don’t bother me now; I’m busy looking for my gun.

6. Tell me that there is too much wind and the turkey is taking longer to smoke/cook than you expected.

7. Ask me for a sharper knife, while carving the turkey.
Everyone is at the table waiting to eat. In the last 31 years we have never owned a knife sharp enough to slice a marshmallow, so why would you think one would magically appear out of thin air. GO BUY ONE NOW!!

8. Come to the table all stinky and sweaty.
At least change your shirt. And don’t complain about how much work it was cooking outside. I was inside working while you were sitting outside watching the smoker, reading your paperback, and smoking a cigarette. And don’t get all pissy with me either. If you read #6 and bought that sharp knife, look out! By the time we eat I’ll be ready to stab someone; and you sit the closest to me!!

So, before Thanksgiving Day:

Fill the gas tank. Buy/find a carving knife. Ask me in advance for the meat thermometer, pop-out thermometer, and smoker instruction booklet. Also, make sure we have plenty of tequila.

Husband and Family:

On Thanksgiving Day I’m usually having heat flashes in this hot-ass house cause I’m baking the side dishes, and supervising the grandkid who wants to make a dish to contribute to the feast. The other kids are running around asking for arts and crafts to do, while I listen to someone (who doesn’t know how to cook) recite recipes they read in a magazine this week, saying they think I should make them today. This same clueless person is giving me directions on making “the cutest little centerpieces” and no, they don’t have the supplies needed to make them. “If you would only take the time to search for them, you could make them in time for dinner,” she informs me. Arghhh! I’m trying to enjoy the company of my children and grandchildren, while tuning out the criticism!! All this isn’t helping the situation.
This year I plan on being drunk, again, on Thanksgiving. Now that my granddaughter moved out, I have not participated in many “Margarita Nights” so I will be snoring by the time I finish my Tofu-turkey meal….heehee
The kids will be in charge of clean-up.
Wake me for the pie and cool whip!!

Love your
wife/mom/gramma/sister/daughter/exhausted drunk snoring in the bedroom.

p.s. Guests. If you walked in empty-handed, you will walk out the same. Do not expect to-go plates/containers. This is not a restaurant!! It is rude to expect to take plates home to your family. If they didn’t come, they don’t get fed!!! Stop by McDonald’s on the way home. (This only applied when we were living in Houston)

Note to family:
I am not making Jello-Shots! I don’t like the way they taste, and someone (I will not mention his name) likes to hog them all. And don’t bother trying to deny it, I got proof!! (Photos available upon request)

Bring your own pillows and don’t forget your toothbrushes. I will have extras, but they are the cheap dollar store variety. There is a Dollar General down the street for those of you who are picky.

This year I do not want to watch a movie I’ve been waiting months to see. We had too many interruptions (talkers/kids/refills), and I was too tipsy to remember any of it the next day. When I watched it again (the non-pirated version) months later, I was shocked at all I missed.

Love, MOM

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Quilter Beth's Blog

Quilter Beth's Blog

Check out these quilts/wall hanging. Amazing artist/quilter.
I wanna be her when I grow up!!

Thursday, November 4, 2010

New Food: Acorn Squash | Jessie's Place

New Food: Acorn Squash Jessie's Place

Acorn Squash is delicious. Take a squash and zap in microwave (uncut) for one minute. Then cut in half and remove seeds and membranes. Microwave on high, flesh side down, in 1/4 cup of water for 8-10 minutes or until fork tender. Turn over, drizzle with brown sugar (I used Splenda brown sugar) and butter. Honey or maple syrup if you must......YUM!!!

I've eaten this twice in the last week. It is delicious.
It tastes like a dessert!!! I could eat this everyday.....try it out.

Friday, October 29, 2010 blog : Candy Corn Trick or Treat Bags blog : Candy Corn Trick or Treat Bags

So easy to make. Check them out!

elsie marley » Blog Archive » how to cross stitch on a pumpkin

elsie marley » Blog Archive » how to cross stitch on a pumpkin

A fantastic idea for some of those fake pumpkins I bought at the 75% off sale.
This would be good for Thanksgiving decorations too.
So hit those after Halloween sales and stock up for next year, or for Thanksgiving.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

A present from my favorite niece!!

OMG, OMG!!! I was screaming and crying when I opened this gift/package. This is something that I really wanted, and could not find down here in Deep South Texas. I am so very happy. Thank you, my sweet niece. I love you so much. I never really want anything, and when I do and can't find it down here I get really upset at living at the edge of the world/United States.  Thank you, thank you. Wish I could hug you. But you live at the edge of western coast of the U.S. heehee

SHARE YOUR STORY HERE « 2011 Special Olympics USA Scarf Project

SHARE YOUR STORY HERE « 2011 Special Olympics USA Scarf Project

My Special Sister was born in 1958. Barbara is the youngest of four children and now lives with me. Four years ago my mother took ill an was no longer able to care for my sis. Now, mother lives next door and is till part of Barbara’s daily life.

Unfortunately, Barbara was born before medical care was deemed necessary for children born “mentally retarded” a term used at the time.

She was able to attend the school at the Harris county retardation center (yes, that is what the name was) and graduated, a day that she replays to this day.

She was made famous at her school as she was always ready to pose for photos with local celebrities and those photos were used by United Way on television, newspapers, and the cover of their yearly report.

Barbara was able to participate in the Special Olympics once, before her many medical problems prevented further competition.

One of the girls in my neighborhood gave birth to a son with DS. She is now working with DSAH (DS assoc. of Houston)

Three years ago my daughter’s best friend gave birth to Zack, her first child, born with Down Syndrome. He has Zack’s Pack walking for the 10th annual Buddy Walk in Houston, Texas.

I am crocheting a scarf in honor of my two precious babies. Barbara age 52 and Zack age 3.

My daughter along with Zack’s mother, and the girl from my neighborhood all work together with DSAH.

My sister Barbara was the only DS person in their lives. Seeing how well she has lived her life gave these two young mothers an insight to how well their sons can succeed in life.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Karo Syrup - Recipes Search Results

Karo Syrup - Recipes Search Results

Pecan pie making can be simple. Buy Clear Karo Syrup. (Recipe on bottle) Buy Marie Calender's pie crusts. (2 in pkg) Stir the eggs/syrup/sugar/margarine/vanilla/pecans in a bowl. Pour into crust and bake. To make the two pies, double the recipe or make it all again. Stop saying it's too hard. Stop buying them for $9 each. Impress your family and make them. You do not have to make the crust if you are inexperiended.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Sunday, October 17, 2010

"Memories of Michael" our Dia de los Muertos Altar

Here I am wearing my "Catrina" hat. I wear it at my craft table to attract attention.

"Memories of Michael"

I was being interviewed about my altar and the "Ofrendas del Corazon" silent heart auction that benefits the Michael M. Rutledge Legacy Award.

Michael's parents and sis.

Michael's mom and her sis, his aunt.

Friday, October 15, 2010

Pirate Feet | Patterns

Pirate Feet Patterns

Aw...too late for tomorrow's Dia de los Muertos sale...
There is always next year.

Mila's Daydreams

Mila's Daydreams

Instead of a Garden Gnome, this lady used her newborn to pose on carefully choreagraphed fabric collages....unbelievable....

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Baked Pumpkin Oatmeal | Cooking with My Kid: Teaching My Kid and myself the art of cooking in 365 days

Baked Pumpkin Oatmeal Cooking with My Kid: Teaching My Kid and myself the art of cooking in 365 days

Sounds like "Yams in a Pumpkin" that my niece makes for Thanksgiving.
Yum!!! I eat oatmeal every day (over 50 days in a row) and this sounds delicious.

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Pecan Pie Muffins – Tasty Kitchen

Pecan Pie Muffins – Tasty Kitchen

To my favorite niece....add this to your annual Thanksgiving offering (Yams in a Pumpkin) and they will be a hit. Please notice it says to eat warm, so you might was to pop them into a warm oven (or microwave) for a bit before serving.

Quick and Easy Color Change - Crochet Me Blog - Crochet Me

Quick and Easy Color Change - Crochet Me Blog - Crochet Me

Great tutorial. Too bad I didn't see it before I made my Lotus Circle. There is always next time....

lellabella Yarn Shop in Venice, Italy

I can see my son in the reflection....My yarn is on the way via Fed-Ex. I can hardly wait to hold it in my hands and imagine what I will create.

Lotus Circle Hat

The year in the making: Seeing the design on website. Finding the book of motifs online. Getting caught up in Dia de los Muertos, Thanksgiving and Christmas. Finally getting to Barnes & Noble to buy book. (Mother's Day present to self) Making a practice motif. Hating it. Looking for a better yarn. Finally finding it. Made it again. Then trying different patterns to make the circle into a hat. Whew!!

Friday, October 1, 2010

Wednesday, September 29, 2010


I want to start a group called, "GIVE A CAREGIVER A BREAK" Day!!! There is one in every family. The one who is taking care of MOM or DAD or grandparents or a disabled family member. You are not too busy. They are busier with the extra family member/members. Get off your couch and go give them a break. And pay for a dinner/movie or a gift card to go along with a day off or night off while you take over.

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Basket of Biscornu

Basket of Biscornu

Holy Cow, I mean TOFU...I gotta make me sum of these.....

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Molcajete Pin cushions

These are very simple to make.
You need a plastic salsa dish (molcajete).
Fabric, fiberfill, ribbon, rick rack, buttons,
thread, needle, and a glue gun. 
I used a coffee filter as a pattern. Cut the fabric using the filter.
Then make a running stitch, by hand, on the edge of the fabric.
Pull the thread tight, gatherind the fabric almost into a ball.
Fill with fiberfill. Tie off the thread. Shape and glue into
the molcajete with a glue gun.
Then just decorate with ribbon or rick rack. I used small wooden thread spools and wrapped coordinating thread and glued them onto the bows I made with ribbon.
Add a button and voila'.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Bike Tire and Gear Belt

Bike Tire and Gear Belt

Do you have a bike freak in your family? Spare bike parts cluttering you home? Here is a remedy. (or call someone to haul it all away and then pretend someone broke into your home and stole all this precious crap)

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Yarn Shop In Venice - Lellabella

Yarn Shop In Venice - Lellabella

My son and dau-in-law bought 200 Euros worth of yarn in Italy. I can hardly wait to hold it in my hands. My birthday present. sniff, sniff.

Monday, September 13, 2010


Check out this kidtastic blog and listen to the song: "Crayola doesn't make a color for you eyes"

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Friday, September 3, 2010

Poptarts-on-a-Stick and Bakerella's New Book

Poptarts-on-a-Stick and Bakerella's New Book

Sounds easy to make. Used canned fruit, if you must.
Or learn to cook!!



Wonderful icepop recipes....scroll down on blog to find!!

Wednesday, September 1, 2010 blog : La Droguerie in Paris blog : La Droguerie in Paris

Sent this to my son as he and wife will be in Paris in a couple of days.

Yesterday Aug 31st was my birthday...

My sis Cyndi sent me a Michael's gift card for my B-Day. Amount: my age!!
I can hardly wait to turn $

Make an Apron from a T-shirt | 2-Minute T-Shirt Apron Tutorial

Make an Apron from a T-shirt 2-Minute T-Shirt Apron Tutorial

Holy cow, I mean TOFU....this is a great way to recycle a tee-shirt!!!
If you don't understand how to cut the ties aroung the waist...ask. It took me a few to really see the process.

iloveToCreate Teen Craft: Collage journal!

iloveToCreate Teen Craft: Collage journal!

Crafty Chica's daughter Maya make a journal....

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Toilet Paper Stamped Bookmarks

Toilet Paper Stamped Bookmarks

Great project to do at Gramma's house!!!!
Super simple. Gonna do some right now!!

Friday, August 13, 2010

Nelkin Designs Blog: Oven Dried Sungold's

Nelkin Designs Blog: Oven Dried Sungold's

Gonna make me sum of these in my dehydrater...actually it's hubby's.
I buy cherry tomatoes, grapes tomatoes and yellow tomatoes by the case.
So this will make sure they don't go bad before I eat them up!!

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Japanese Sashiko Embroidery Sampler Kits | TaDaa Studio TaDaa! Studio

Japanese Sashiko Embroidery Sampler Kits TaDaa Studio TaDaa! Studio

Simple to learn. Saw a demo at a quilt show a couple of years ago. Need to find the handout and start one. Got lots of thread and needles and plenty of fabric. Just need the time and quiet!!!!!

Friday, August 6, 2010

Awful Library Books

Awful Library Books

This is funny, on so many different levels.....

Made by Joel: Cereal Box Marble Run

Made by Joel: Cereal Box Marble Run

I gotta run out and buy some marbles. We have some in a game (some are missing) but I don't want to use those. Have not seen them at the dollar store, but I wasn't looking.....I will now!!!!

we wilsons: Mark My Words

we wilsons: Mark My Words

Wow! Awsome bookmark templates. I immediately printed them onto cardstock.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Frozen Bananas with Chocolate-Hazelnut Spread:

Frozen Bananas with Chocolate-Hazelnut Spread:

Halve a banana lengthwise and spread chilled chocolate-hazelnut spread, such as Nutella, on a cut side. Sandwich together the banana halves, freeze and cut into bite-size pieces.

From Rachel Ray recipes

HOW TO: Make a mini-zine

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Make Your Own Sidewalk Chalk

Make Your Own Sidewalk Chalk

My grandkids have gone home, so this will be saved for next year's "Gramma Camp".....

Friday, July 9, 2010

Making a small ironing pad.

Got tired of dragging my ironing board out for a small ironing job. So I went online and saw some great ironing pads, complete with magnets, to place on your washer/dryer. That would be convenient, but I could make one myself and save shipping fees. Even better, I could just use an oversized potholder that my sis sent me years ago. I never wanted to get it dirty, so I just used it as a decoration. Well, I over used it as an ironing pad and had to replace the backing, the silver fabric. Went to Hancock fabric and asked for some silver ironing board fabric and bought half a yard. Price was $8.99 a yd.
Step one: place potholder on fabric and outline with a pencil.
Step two: place the cut out fabric on a used dryer sheet.
Step three: sew around the oval (leaving a small opening to turn) and trim excess dryer sheet.
Step four: Turn right side out and attach to the back of potholder (just place over the worn out original silver fabic) with a zig-zag stitch.

I hang it by it's loop (with a clothespin) to the shelf above my craft table.


Like my little iron? It's a vintage Dominion folding, travel iron. Love it for small jobs.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Teaching myself to quilt

I learned the triangle and the hourglass. Then I learned the cathedral window. (that was hard)
Last night I taught myself the Pinwheel. Very easy.

Cut two equal squares, sew 1/4th inch seam all around. Mark across corners.

Cut on the lines.

Open the triangles up and place design as a  pinwheel.

Iron the squares open.

Sew together.

Iron them open, and sew together.

Almost finished. Just needs some trimming.

Made two different sizes. Had to prove to myself that I could do it.
I am so very proud of my work. Just need a couple hundred more to make a quilt.
Maybe I'll just make a coin purse. lol

Faster Kittykill! Blog! Blog!: Tie One On Tuesday!

Faster Kittykill! Blog! Blog!: Tie One On Tuesday!

Margarita popsicles...yum!!!!!

Thursday, July 1, 2010

The Wafflesicle Maker Has Changed Breakfast Forever | Gizmodo Australia

The Wafflesicle Maker Has Changed Breakfast Forever Gizmodo Australia

I can do this for free. Take my Belgian Waffle maker and make waffles. Cut them into strips with my pizza cutter. Stab some wooden skewers into them and Voila'.....waffelsicles. Gonna make some for the kiddos tomorrow.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Jello popsicles

Jello Pops:
1 (3 oz) pkg Jello
1 pkg Kool-aid
1 cup sugar
2 cups boiling water
2 cups cold water
Put Jello, Kool-Aid,and sugar in a bowl.
Add boiling water and dissolve.
Add cold water.Stir.
Pour in to popsicle molds.

Bread and Butter Pickles

Got this off Food Network,

Pineapple-Habanero Jelly

As per request by daughter, I have made this jelly. Yum. It is cooling off now.

Cheesy Corn on a Stick | Cooking with My Kid: Teaching My Kid and myself the art of cooking in 365 days

Cheesy Corn on a Stick Cooking with My Kid: Teaching My Kid and myself the art of cooking in 365 days


Gummy Pops | Cooking with My Kid: Teaching My Kid and myself the art of cooking in 365 days

Gummy Pops Cooking with My Kid: Teaching My Kid and myself the art of cooking in 365 days

We make Jello-ice pops (don't drip) so I guess we could add some gummy stuff.
And we make frozen yogurt-pops. Yum.

Lady Abigail's Soap Box: Pineapple Habanero Jelly

Lady Abigail's Soap Box: Pineapple Habanero Jelly

Peach Cobbler Recipe : Paula Deen : Food Network

Peach Cobbler Recipe : Paula Deen : Food Network

Super simple. A good way to use up all the peaches off our tree.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

1 Inch Minis: Paper "Pottery"

1 Inch Minis: Paper "Pottery"

This would be great for my miniature Shadow Box Dia de los Muertos altars.

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Duck Egg Story Continues

The eggs hatched!  My neighbor called frantic the the mama ducks were leading their flocks across the street. I ran out the door, with my camera, and found that two ducklings were abandoned. One had a deformed foot and was left in the hollow tree where it was hatched. The other failed to follow the others.
I took off after the others that crossed the street and were cutting through the neighbors yards. I also filmed their escape and then could go no further. They disappeared into the high grass.
 After my neighbors cared for them for abt 24 hours, I took the ducklings to a volunteer from the Valley Wildlife Rescue Team. I am so grateful for her help.

Abandoned   Duck with deformed leg.

Igor and friend both left behind.
Mama Duck #1 taking her flock away.

Mama Duck #1 leading the other away.

Mama Duck #2 leading her flock away.

Mama Duck #2

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Denim Project~A Tote Bag

On the left is the jumper I will disect and make into the totebag on the right. Blue striped fabic will be the lining. I love to recycle denim....