Sunday, December 25, 2011

Merry Christmas!

I hope everyone's having a great day! I made these place cards for our yummy Christmas dinner this year.The pictures above are the fronts and below are the backs (each of us identified by nicknames and funny little blurbs about us).

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Happy Christmas Eve!

Instead of mistletoe I hang this "kissing" ball from Crate and Barrel (got it a few years ago) up in my apartment - isn't it cute?

Anyway, hope everyone enjoys your Christmas Eve and finds this an encouraging and amazing time to remember the incredible thing that Jesus coming to earth was and how much it means to all of His people!

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Christmas Centerpiece

As I've said before I like simple.  I found these inexpensive snow globes at Target and decide to use them for my centerpiece this year.  I love the red candy pictures I found to put in them. If you can't tell the one in the middle is a close up of a red & white lollipop, yum.

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Red, White, Silver (& Green)

This is what I did with my built in book case this year. All of my other decorations (tree and presents included) are red, white and silver, no green. But I have these pretty green dishes in there year round and I like the way the look with my decorations :)

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Aesop's Fables - Family Christmas 2011

This year I wanted to do something a little different than I've done in the past. So I compiled some of Aesop's fables and gave them new morals like if my family member's read the fable that's what they would take away from it (in a humorous light). I got it printed very inexpensively at These pictures above are the cover and one of the pages.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Birthday Comedy

This is the front of the card I made for my little brother's birthday this year.  I used the stand up comedian picture cause I told him a funny Jack Handy deep thought inside.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Happy Thankgiving

I hope everyone has a great time with family this Thanksgiving.  I was looking through the book "Monkey Portraits"  and got this idea to do for our Thanksgiving place cards this year.  On the back of each is a monkey that reminded me in some way of that family member with their eyes inserted into the picture. It's pretty funny. I'd show you the pictures but I'm afraid it would be copyright infringement (if that's what you call it).

Oh and the phrase is a song that my mom used to sing to us when she'd wake us up on our birthday's.  Except of course it was Happy Birthday to you (instead of Thanksgiving).  Yes, my mom is fun like that :)

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Being 30

My sister-in-law is turning 30 this year and this is the card I made for her. I hope this encourages her and also anyone else who reads this who's turning 30 this year!

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Birthday Stories

This is the front of the card I made for my mom this year. Inside I made her a little book (cover below) telling her life story briefly and humorously though all true.

Monday, August 29, 2011


This is the card I made for my parent's (who are the best ever) anniversary this year. I "commissioned" this water color portrait for them - it is actually a real picture of their wedding day so many years ago, just effected to look like a water color.

Can you imagine being married for 41 years? How awesome is that!

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Beach Retirement

Wouldn't it be nice to retire to a house on the beach? It's a long way off but my older brother was talking about it on our vacation last week and it inspired this card I made for him for his birthday this year. As I said to him in the card I feel like birthdays are always about possibilities ahead.

Friday, July 1, 2011

Happy 4th! Have a great long weekend!

As I've said before my Dad's birthday is Independence Day. This is the card I made him this year. The film strips were actually taped together into one long strip rolled up inside the card under a cover and around a wooden dowel so it could be pulled out like a film, sort of.

I hate cube steak and my Dad loves it, thus the ineffective attempt at subliminal messaging. He will be having it for his birthday dinner.

(I blanked out the words on the strip because they're personal. Those are the blank strips.)

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Cauliflower and Cheese Casserole

I came up with this yummy cauliflower dish a couple weeks ago when I was trying to think of how to make a lower calorie macaroni and cheese dish.

3 cups cooked cauliflower
3 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
dash pepper
2 cups skim milk
6 oz. low-fat Mexican cheese blend
2 oz. Swiss cheese

Serves 6-8 (Makes 8- 2/3 cup servings)

In a saucepan melt the butter; blend in the flour salt and pepper. Add the milk and cook and stir constantly until thick and bubbly (takes 7-8 minutes usually). Add the cheeses and stir till melted.

Mix the cheese sauce with the cauliflower. Put mixture into a 1 1/2 quart dish and top with the panko.

Bake at 350 for 30 to 45 minutes or till heated through.

Calories per serving = about 163 for 1/8 or 230 for 1/6 of the whole dish

Friday, June 17, 2011

Father's Day 2011

My awesome Dad was an astronomy major in college and has always loved all things "outerspacey" (my word, not his) and science fiction. So my brothers and sister in law and I made him a SCI FI magazine all about him for Father's Day this year. This is a few of the pages I did for it. It was so much fun to make, I think he'll really enjoy it.

Friday, May 20, 2011

Bubble Book

These are the pages from a book I wrote/made for Ryleigh's first birthday. It was so much fun to make. I was so proud of myself, I actually drew all the animals :) (I'm not much of a drawer - unartistic, remember.) I hope my adorable little niece really enjoys it when she's able to!

Also for anyone reading this with kids I made the book by using one of these blank board books. I think that would be so much fun for kids to do themselves.

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Momville Weely News

My brothers and sister-in-law and I made this "newspaper" for my mom for Mother's Day this year. This is a few of the pages. It of course is all personal stories and things about my mom. We also had local news, book review, comic strip, human interest and local scene pages. It was so much fun to do and she loved it!

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Mother's Day 2011

These are the cards I made for my mom & sister in-law-this year (respectively). The one I made for my mom is an inside family joke. I thought it was cute. I traced a Calvin and Hobbes comic strip and put my own words in. We made my mom a newspaper all about her as her gift. I'm posting some of that next week.

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Blue Cheese Meatballs

This recipe is adapted from an The Ultimate Southern Living Cookbook recipe for meatloaf. Several years ago I adapted it to make my version of their meatloaf. And then I was hungry for meatballs the other night and decided to try this. I was very pleased with the results. This makes a lot of meatballs so you may want to cut the recipe in half. Hope you enjoy.

8 slices light bread, torn into small pieces
1/4 cup skim milk
1 4-oz pkg blue cheese (or 4 oz. feta cheese)
3 large eggs, lightly beaten
1 pound ground round
1/3 pound reduced fat sausage
1/2 cup chopped onion
2 teaspoons salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1/4 cup ketchup
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce

Makes about 80 meatballs.

Preheat the oven to 350.

Combine all ingredients in a bowl, mixing till all the ingredients come together.

Form mixture into about 1 - 1/2 inch balls.

Spray a large non-stick skillet with cooking spray and heat over medium heat. Brown meatballs on each side just for a few minutes till nicely browned (you will probably have to do this in several batches).

Once all the meatballs are browned, bake in the oven @ 350 for 25-30 minutes, till cooked through. Serve imediately. (They also freeze very well. I just put them in the oven frozen for 15 minutes or so and they taste as good as new.)

Calories per serving (5 meatballs): about 150

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Chicken and Bacon Pizza

Yet another pizza. It's very flavorful and yummy. Hope you enjoy.

2 7-in thin pizza crusts
olive oil cooking spray
2 tablespoons chopped yellow onion
1 clove garlic, minced
1/2 cup cooked seasoned chicken, cut into bite sized pieces
4 slices center cut bacon, cooked and crumbled
6 tablespoons Parmesan cheese
4 tablespoons feta cheese
7-10 grape tomatoes, sliced in half
1/2 cup sliced mushrooms

Spray a non-stick saute pan with the cooking spray. Saute the onions and garlic for a couple of minutes until the onions are tender.

Spray both crusts with the cooking spray and the top each with half of the garlic and onion mixture. Divide the rest of the ingredients between the two crusts. I like to layer as follows:

Parmesan cheese (about 2/3)
feta cheese
remaining Parmesan

Then bake at 425 for 10-15 minutes till cheese and crust are as brown as you want them.

Calories: about 520 per pizza, 130 per 1/4

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Christmas for Ryleigh

Kind of got behind on posting so this is a little late but this year was my niece's first Christmas I wanted to make something special for her. So this is what I came up with. And yes, in case you are wondering, I miss-spelled elephant on purpose - it was the way her daddy (my little brother) used to say it when he was little.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Happy Valentine's Day

I made this simple but I thought very cute card for Valentine's Day this year. It's pink in real life. It came out a little purple here :)

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Veggie Pizza

When I made this "Greek Pizza" it was the first time I tried a pizza without sauce. And I loved it. So I thought I'd try it again same thing with this pizza. It's yummy (sorry about the picture though - it tastes better than it looks)! Hope you enjoy.

2-7 inch thin pizza crusts
1 cup cauliflower florets
Olive oil cooking spray
2 tablespoons finely chopped yellow onion, plus 1 slice chopped in half and rings separated
1 clove garlic
1/4 c. plus 2 tablespoons mozzarella cheese
2 tbsp. feta cheese
Handful or more of baby spinach, stems removed
1 cup sliced mushrooms
10 or so quartered grape tomatoes

Cook cauliflower just a couple of minutes till it is slightly tender but still has some firmness. When they are done, season as desired. I like to use a pinch of salt and cilantro. Chop into small pieces.

Meanwhile saute the chopped onion and garlic in a saute pan (sprayed with the olive oil spray) over medium heat until tender.

Spray each pizza with the olive oil spray and divide the sauteed garlic and onions evenly over each, spreading to cover. Layer on enough spinach to loosely cover each pizza (or if you want the spinach thicker feel free to use more).

Sprinkle 3 tablespoons of the mozzarella and 1 tablespoon of feta over each pizza. Then divide the cauliflower evenly over the cheese.

Top each pizza with the mushrooms, sliced onions and tomatoes in whatever order you desire.

Bake at 450 for 10 or so minutes till the cheese is melted and crust is as crispy as you desire.

Calories: Per pizza, about 440, per slice about 110