Monday, September 27, 2010

A Few of My Favorite Scenes

I know everyone has been on the bandwagon lately with the "I Love Fall" theme, so I thought I would jump on in....because, you know what? I love the fall!!!

We are at home tonight, it's raining, my girls are in their jammies, I'm not far behind....and we have a fresh pot of potato sausage soup cooking, homemade french bread ready to be gobbled up:
and pretty candy corn lights shimmering outside my kitchen window:
and inside I've pulled out some of my favorite fall decorations including these lovelies:
No, they aren't real, but in Florida, we don't get a huge change of fact, my air conditioner is running right now at 77 degrees...oh will cool down soon enough.  And when it does, I will be sure to make another batch of these yummy treats:
Roast Beef and Argula paninis we cooked up the other night for dinner.  A tasty recipe from one of my favorite cooking shows, Five Ingredient Fix.  I love this show!

Take care....sorry for all the randomness, that is how my mind has been operating lately.

Monday, September 20, 2010

New Cards to Share

So I realize that I have an entire box full of cards that I've made but I simply cannot resist "stealing" a few minutes here and there to make more...something about the process...

Here are a few cards that I've whipped up in the last few days:
This card made me smile when I finished it....I know I could have added some stitching or other goodness, but I decided to keep it simple.  I love the colorful butterflies.

Next is a "friend" card because you just never know when you might need one:
This card was defnitely a "throw together" and I got my inspiration from an old magazine clipping I had hanging out in one of my binders.  I got so happy with the designing of this card that I failed to notice my rub-ons were on short supply, thus the empty space at the bottom.  I don't think anyone will notice, do you?

Lastly, I made this card Saturday night while we were hanging out....I bought a pack of sock-monkey paper at a garage sale a few weeks ago and just thought it was cute.  I didn't know how I was going to incorporate it into my scrapbook pages when I bought it, but for $1.00 I didn't question it at the time.  Anyways, I had two people that I wanted to share a "Thank You" with and designed two of these cards to give to them.
I thought these turned out so cute....and I also passed out some "Funky Monkey" banana bread I had stashed in the freezer....I thought it was appropriate for the theme.

Now, back to my box of cards...whatever shall I do with them?  Got any ideas?

P.S.  All of the stamped sentiments and letters are from Papertrey Stamps, my cardstock is either from Stampin' Up or Papertrey and the border punches include the jumbo scallop, bracket and postal edge from Fiskars or EK Success.

Friday, September 17, 2010

My Kind of Organization Project

I was going to label this post, "Houston, we might have a problem." but then I changed my mind.  As a girl with a papercrafting heart, recently, my interests have shifted slightly into a sewing direction.  I've been busy this past week selecting and cutting fabric for several pieces I want to sell in an upcoming craft show. The show is in November, so I think I have plenty of time, but I like to get a good head start.

After spending two weeks with my dining room table covered, I decided to clean it up a bit because, frankly, the mess was driving me crazy.

I went to my craft room and sorted the fabrics I've purchased recently, along with some I picked up this summer and found my drawers overflowing with prettiness!!! This is more fabric than I have ever had at one single time.

Here's a shot of my blue, brown and black drawer:
And next is my white, yellow, orange, pink, red and green drawer:
I know, this is not the MOST exciting blog post you've ever read, but I was so happy to see all of my pretty fabrics housed together in one spot (well two spots, technically) and I thought you might be interested to see how I store my fabric.  Everyone has their own different methods and this is mine.  I also decided that although my space is small, my choices are plenty and as I squeezed the last piece in I got the "sign" that my purchasing days are over, at least for the time being....or until I find something I like at a great price.  :)  So the answer is, "No Houston, we don't have a problem."

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Baking My Way Through

I bought Pioneer Woman's cookbook over the summer and I have just this week tried out two of her recipes. I can attest that both have been extraordinarily yummy!!! Definitely a 10++ on the yumminess scale.

Here's a shot of a "French Breakast Puff" that I made this morning.  This recipe is an easy one and makes 12 really good-sized muffins.
They are also very close to a recipe on her blog called, "Muffins that Taste Like Donuts" which I have also made. In my personal opinion, PW's recipe makes a better muffin.

Here's a shot of the tray before they were devoured:
I think one of the secrets to this recipe may be the melted butter and cinnamon bath the muffins take when they come out of the la la....what a treat these are!!

I also made a batch of her meatballs with egg noodles this week, but honestly, I was w-a-y too hungry when it came dinner time to take a picture...they were sooooo delicious and satisfying!! I know they will become a regular in our house so I'll be sure to take a picture next time.

I hope you are enjoying your weekend!