Saturday, November 29, 2008

Workshop Offered on December 7th



Here is a two page layout workshop I am offering for December 7th.  I try to hold workshops once or twice a month.  This month features Good Times, one of my all time favorite Close to My Heart paper packs.  I think it's perfect for New Year's Eve photos!

Friday, November 28, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving and already saw Santa!

Here is the delicious corn souffle that I posted about earlier in the week!  YUM!  I can't post pictures of what it looks like on the inside, as we ate it ALL!  OOOOHHHHH!  So good!  

In other news, we already saw Santa!  On Long Beach Island, where my husband and I both grew up, there is a town called Barnegat Light.  In this town there is a famous lighthouse, aptly named Barnegat Lighthouse.  It is red on the top and white on the bottom, you've probably seen pictures of it.  We saw in our local paper, the Sandpaper, that Santa was arriving by Coast Guard boat in Barnegat Bay and would then be taken by fire truck to town hall to light the Christmas Tree, followed by pictures and refreshments.  So off we went!

Last year's Christmas and Santa picture features Maggie smiling serenely at the camera, while Nate is purple with anger and fright, and I sent those picture cards right out!  Nothing I could do about it, clearly another visit to a different Santa would yield the same results, and everyone loved the photo anyway.  

So, as we waited in a very long, slow, and hot line to see this Santa, we figured another screaming Nate photo was in our future.  I hadn't even dressed the kids in their Christmas outfits since it was so cold outside to see Santa come off the Coast Guard boat.  They were in sweats and thermal shirts!  I'm not sure that I even washed their faces.  Mother of the Year, that's me!  

Maggie had her list in her hand, very excited about it all, and Nate had his list but wasn't sure why.  When it was our turn, Maggie strode right up to Santa, shook his hand (she shakes the hands of all characters like this), and hopped right up on his lap.  My sister Alex asked Nate if he'd like to sit with Maggie and Santa too, and to our shock he said Uh huh!  So up he went!  NO TEARS!  He even smiled a little bit!  YAY!  Maybe this is the year of Santa for Nate.  

Sunday, November 23, 2008

My hubby-the Bionic Man!

My poor bionic husband!  He's been wearing this arm brace now for three weeks, and has been out of work for five weeks.  At work, he attempted to lift a huge cable reel with another guy and his bicep muscle partially tore.  It's hard to tell how bad the tear is, because it's in the center of his joint.  

So, Ronnie has been collecting workman's comp and will continue to do so for another few weeks at least.  

Yuck.  he hates being home so much, it really drives him crazy. I think he's going to start watching soap operas!

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Thanksgiving Feast-Corn Souffle!!!

I've been so in love with that song Viva la Vida I didn't want to post and push it down!  LOL!  

Well, Thanksgiving is just around the corner and I can't wait!  I LOVE Thanksgiving because all we worry about is eating, no presents, no wrapping, no shopping for gifts that nobody wants, etc.

We make a traditional Thanksgiving:  bird, stuffing (my mother makes the BEST stuffing in the world, no kidding-and my dad's is probably number two!), mashed potatoes, corn souffle, cranberry sauce, peas or broccoli or asparagus-something green-and rolls.  

Oh, you say you don't know what corn souffle is?  Well, you have just stumbled onto the GREATEST dish ever. I can eat it until I am sick, literally.  I eat it cold, hot, warm, right out of the oven with a spoon, hiding the spoon marks-you name it!

It's simple:  eggs, milk, creamed corn, green onions, Ritz crackers, salt and pepper, and melted butter.  Mix it all up together and wowza!!!!!!!  The crackers make a crust but keep the inside moist and yummy......oh, you just have to try it yourself!

Here's the recipe:
2 eggs
1/2 cup milk
17 oz can creamed corn
1 cup buttery cracker crumbs-not too small, leave some big pieces 
2 tbsp chopped green onions-although I use more because it tastes better!
3 tbsp melted butter
1/4 tsp salt
1/8 tsp pepper

Oven 350 degrees
Lightly butter 1 1/2 quart casserole.  In medium bowl beat eggs and milk.  Add rest of the ingredients; blend well.  Pour into casserole.  Bake at 350 for 45 to 50 minutes until knife inserted in center comes out clean.  Do not overbake, casserole continues to cook when you take it out of the oven

I actually double the recipe and put it in a bigger casserole and bake it for 60-65 minutes.  Check it for jiggliness-too jiggly and it'll collapse.  Still yummy, but you want it to last and last.

I will post a picture this Thanksgiving of this beautiful creation!  Try it and let me know how much you love it!

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Viva la Vida!

Okay, my sister is in love with the band Coldplay, and I must admit, I am in LOVE with this song!  Take a listen:



Don't you love it????

Such a happy little song.  I have no idea what he's saying, so I don't know if it's really a happy song.  My sister says he writes some depressing lyrics at times, but I just like that DRUM!

Happy Thursday!

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

I LOVE this from Stacy Julian

If you have read Simple Scrapbooks Magazine, then you know of Stacy Julian.  I check her blog every day:  http://stacysbigpicture.typepad.com. She is amazing.  

She posted a few days ago words that resonated with me and I need to share them with you because so many women tell me scrapbooking is too hard, too creative, too messy, too time consuming.  Well, read this from Stacy:  

"Let go.  Stop making this so hard.  Stop worrying about whether you are doing it right or whether you are good enough or whether you have the right stuff you need or whether you can keep up or whatEVER.  If your pictures and stuff aren't organized, do something about it.  Stop procrastinating and JUST START telling your stories.  Long stories, short stories, stories from this past summer and stories from when you were little.  Stop leaving blanks on your pages where you will go back and add journaling.  STOP that right now.  Start using your own imperfect handwriting and stop thinking it will ruin your page.  My goodness girls there is so much good that happens in and through this amazing hobby.  Let's just decide to let go and let it happen."

Amazing, right?  I 100% agree with this.  Whatever you do is right.  There are no mistakes, no bad pages, only memories saved for your family.

Stacy wrote this post in response to a young boy who suddenly lost his mother.  She didn't wake up one day.  Gone.  She was a scrapper, and so his faith that he had was still strong, because he could go back and read what his mother had written about him, and he in turn made a scrapbook about her all by himself.  I think that is amazing.  You have to go to her blog and read the whole story, it'll make you cry.  Stop worrying about whether your page is "good enough" or "done right".  Your family will not care about the embellishments you used or didn't use.  They will care about the love you show on your pages and the words that you wrote about the memories you have.  THAT is important.  Don't ever leave journaling off the page.  Never.  

I hope that this strikes a chord in you as it does in me.