Tuesday, January 29, 2008
Monday, January 21, 2008
Sunday, January 20, 2008
cut out the Soft Sky paper into 5 1/2" x 8 1/2", then folded it into half, making it 5 1/2" x 4 1/4"
picked out my stamps
inked up my background stamp
the card after being stamped with the background stamp "Stitched"
cut my papers into strips 1" x 4 1/4" -- you can see I had changed my mind on the patterned paper, and I also decided not to use some of the cardstock I had picked out, just to keep it simple
chose ink colors for my stamps and decided on placement of papers on the card front
inked up the flower stem
cleaned off the stamp on my stamp cleaner pad (wow, I took pictures of everything)
put my ink away... okay, I just wanted to show you a piece of my world... this is a corner of my scrapping table, where you will find me most days during the boys' naptime/bedtime :-)
inked up my flower head
stamped the flower head on the Soft Sky paper
stamped the greeting (sentiment?) on a piece of the cardstock
picked out my scissors
cut out the flower stem
began to adhere the layers together
turned the flower head around until I liked the placement
got out my big glue dots
divided one glue dot into 3 pieces and stuck them to the back of the flower head
the finished product -- it says "Be Yourself -- Nobody is better qualified!"
And here is a list of what I used:
YCardstock - Soft Sky, Elegant Eggplant and Wild Wasabi (Stampin' Up!)
YPatterned Paper - Oh, Baby! (Basic Grey)
YStamp Sets - Doodle This, Smarty Pants and Stitched (Stampin Up!)
YInk - Elegant Eggplant and Wild Wasabi (Stampin' Up!)
I was very gracious and allowed him to go because what I had planned as a morning out with Bonnie quickly turned into a whole day out, and it was a BLAST!! (more on that later) But I felt a bit guilty for having been out for so long, so I told him to just go and watch the game while I stayed home with the boys. It was a fun night for all of us, as Mike got to stay at the pub and play free poker -- one of his favorite things to do -- and I got to spend time with these two precious little boys. Sammy wanted to be right next to me most of the night; I guess he was keeping an eye on me to make sure I didn't leave him again.
Anyway, back to my day with Bonnie. We had breakfast at Einstein Brothers, and it was so amazing! We both got the Vegetable Panini sandwich, which is layers of eggs, tomato slices, spinach (they forgot the spinach on my sandwich, but it was still yummy), cheese and a spicy cream cheese that I seriously need to learn how to make, all sandwiched between crispy crunchy, um, panini bread? Not sure what the bread is actually called. Is it ciabatta? Yumm-O!
We then headed over to a resale children's clothing store where I looked for clothes for Griffin. I do believe he has been getting a couple of inches taller in his sleep every night. Bonnie even found a few things (can you say cute baby shoes and baby bunny slippers???) for baby Diamond Giselle, who will make her appearance in April. The shop was having a dollar sale, everything that had been "gently used" was only $1. They have new things too from overstocks at children's clothing stores, and those are marked at half the price of what the store was selling them for. DROOL... I found some really cute stuff that fits Griffin now and that Sammy will be able to grow into. The beauty of having two children of the same gender!
When we were done at the resale store, we headed over to Whole Foods, another store I am completely enamored of, and we walked up and down aisles, drooling (I drool when I'm excited, kind of like Gordon) and sniffing perfumes and shampoos and soaps and remarking over the prices of the vegetables, which weren't too much more expensive than you'd get them for at Wal-Mart, only at Whole Foods they are Organic and are displayed so temptingly and beautifully... The gumbo soup sample was so amazing that we both bought some kale so that we could attempt to make a soup that will be as delicious as that gumbo was, even though they didn't actually have the recipe for the soup they were handing out samples of, and couldn't actually tell us what all of the ingredients were in the gumbo (what's up with that!?).
We went back to Bonnie's house after stopping at my house to put my groceries away. When we got to my house, we realized that everyone was sleeping, even Mike, so we just left quietly and I left him a note telling him where I'd be. Bonnie made me (...well, and Caleb) the yummiest Eggplant Parmesan ever, and a spinach/mixed greens salad with raspberry walnut dressing and TOASTED PECANS, Y'ALL!!! And Garlic Texas Toast, and for dessert a blackberry (it was blackberry, right Bonnie?) and apple pie with ice cream with a drizzle of maple syrup and Toasted Pecans on top of the ice cream. Oh, the yumminess of it all. Talk about drool.
So then we headed back to my house, and Bonnie went home to prepare for a visit from her mother. Yes, people, the woman is 7 months pregnant, was expecting her mother to arrive that very evening, and still hung out with me and cooked me a fabulous meal while making more dishes and work for herself. WOW... now that's a friend!! We haven't had the chance to hang out for a very long time, though, so it was a visit we both thoroughly enjoyed.
Anyway, on to the pictures from my Play-Doh filled evening with the boys. But first, a short explanation must accompany these pictures. I am attempting to use my camera without the flash, as it tends to make people look washed out and gives them red eyes which take me a very long time to edit out of all my pictures. The drawback to not using flash is that the slightest movement causes the subject to blur, so most of my pictures turned out blurry. So I apologize in advance for any dizziness or squinty-eyes you may experience while gazing adoringly at these photos.
And now, without further ado... our Play-Doh Evening.
Thursday, January 17, 2008
I am going to attempt to remember how I made the soup, because it turned out beautifully and was extremely yummy, a definite keeper. Here goes!
Cheesy Veggie Soup
Y1 box chicken broth (about 3 cans worth)
Yabout 15 small or medium red potatoes, scrubbed and quartered
Y5 large whole carrots, scrubbed and diced (don't need to be peeled)
Y1 sweet red pepper, washed, cored and diced
Yabout 5 celery stalks, or the middle leafy part of the celery stalk with the surrounding stalks,
Y1 bag frozen sweet corn
Y1 pint half and half (or milk if you want less fat)
Y1 TBSP dried oregano
Y1 TBSP dried basil
Y1 TBSP Lawry's seasoned salt
Y1 cup cubed Velveeta
Pour chicken broth into large soup pot, on high heat. Add potatoes, carrots, red pepper, celery and corn. Bring to a boil, then turn down the heat to medium and simmer until potatoes and carrots are tender, could be 15-30 minutes depending on the size of your potatoes. Take out about 3/4 of the mixture and place in a blender (I used a VitaMix, but a regular blender will work, as long as it can blend hot foods). Add the half and half to the soup pot so that it can heat up while you use the blender. Blend mixture until most of the big chunks are gone, or less if you like a chunky soup (or skip this step if you like lots of chunky veggies). Put blended mixture back into soup pot, then add oregano, basil, seasoned salt and Velveeta. Heat over low heat until cheese is melted. Serve hot with crusty bread!
Wednesday, January 09, 2008
"I don't LIKE Sesame Street," he pouted, then turned on his most charming impish grin,"I like Sesame CHICKEN!!!"
Which is true, actually, the boy knows what he likes, and sesame chicken is right up there with broccoli and olives in his "Food Favorites."
Hope it made you laugh too. :-)
So far he has 29 pennies in the jar (he had one taken away when he did a #2 in his underwear), and I have been slacking since I haven't been feeling well (stomach virus of some kind, I assume), but we have been telling him that when he gets 30 pennies in the jar, we will make a special trip to the gas station and let him pick out his very own candy. He has been going on and on about "potato candy" whatever that is, and he knows that is what he will choose. This gas station has a row of candy on the bottom for 10-15 cents each, so he will be able to pick 2 or 3 pieces. Fun for Griffin!
We don't give him anything for #1 during the day, but he gets 2 more pennies if he stays dry at night. He has that one down pat. Forget Pull-Ups, we skipped those completely. I just told him one day that he was a big boy and needed to go in the potty at night if he had to go, and we walked him step by step through the path to the potty at night, making sure it was lit with nightlights at the appropriate places. He has had a couple of accidents, but as he is the first child, he really wants everything to go the way HE wants it to, and wet underwear is not in his plan. (I'm not saying middle children are dirty, they just don't seem to care about this stuff quite so much, plus it gets them attention, and what could be better than that for a middle-born?)
Well, I just know you all have thoroughly enjoyed this invigorating discussion, but such is the fabric (pun intended) of our lives these days.