Friday, October 24, 2008

Delicious Lemon and Strawberry cake!



I had a couple of hours ALL to myself last night! I was amazed that I had any time alone so I took complete advantage! I pulled out my growing collection of brand new, nice and neat, packages of polymer clay and started kneading my little heart out!
I found an awesome tut online on how to make a polymer clay cake. I read it over about a week ago and since I have no computer in the bedroom where my workspace is, I winged it!

It was so strange but I ended up giggling whilst pulling the miniature cake out of my huge oven! It was a totally SWEET and fun little project. I will be experimenting with clay some more, after I build up some more resin jewelry inventory.

Enjoy the sweet photo! :)

Monday, October 20, 2008

Caramel Popcorn!



Movie night calls for a super special, sweet treat! This is the easiest thing in the world to make! Most of this recipe is from cooks.com but it has been modified to fit the items in my pantry! The original recipe called for Karo corn syrup but I never have any on hand.

You will need:

10 cups plain popped corn or just a huge bowl full! Who needs measurements anyway?!

1 c brown sugar
1 stick unsalted butter
dash of salt
1/2 tsp baking soda
2 tbs white sugar
2 tbs water

Add all ingredients, except baking soda and popped corn, to a saucepan and bring to a boil. Let boil unstirred for five whole minutes. Take pan off heat and stir in baking soda. Pour over popped corn and stir! :)

The picture above is the batch I just made, using this recipe!

In-N-Out Burger 60th Anniversary


I recently received an email from a family member regarding In-N-Out Burger's 60th Anniversary. Here's what it said.

In-n-Out’s 60th Year Anniversary is Wednesday, October 22nd. All hamburgers will be sold for 25 cents, Cheeseburgers 30 cents, Fries 15 cents, and drinks are 10 cents!!! So mark your calendars!

It sounds too good to be true and turns out I was right! I'm really tired of people circulating emails when they don't take two seconds to make sure they're not just sending garbage along!

I wonder if In-N-Out didn't start the rumor themselves!

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Doesn't anyone make REAL Pumpkin Pie?

One extra step is all it takes to make a non-canned pumpkin pie. Cut and de-seed the pumpkin and bake it in a 350 degree oven until nice and soft. Scoop out the pumpkin flesh and use instead of the canned stuff!

Pumpkin Fact:
Canned pumpkin is actually better for you than the pumpkins you buy in the grocery store due to the fact that the pumpkin is harvested at the peak of freshness. It has had time to ripen and develop its vitamins on the vine. The pumpkins at the grocery store are plucked from the vine early, and ripen as they are headed to the store.

But hey! I love to make things that have not been handled by people in a factory.

Friday, October 10, 2008

Work hard, play harder!

I'm working on a couple new BIG and CHUNKY pendants! The first is a 'Winter Rubber Ducky'. Blue and silver with some pretty, sparkles. It looks cold and icy! I love the look so far.
The next one is in the shape of a birthday cake. I couldn't fit the whole words 'Birthday Girl' in it but I tried "BDay Girl" which is looking a bit on the lame side I'll probably re-do this one to say "Happy Birthday".
I still would love to make some polyclay goodies and I was so excited to start making things with clay. My excitement has gone cold thinking up things to make... I know what I'd like to make but I'm just not sure how to go about it. I guess it will take some failed attempts before I actually get there but I know I will eventually!
:)
At least one of my new pendants should be up in my shop by Monday!

I'm so tired, I've been playing rockband with Chad for a couple hours! My eyes are all bugged out and red from trying to keep them open. My voice is a little hoarse too.
BTW, the Red Hot Chili Peppers album that was released on Rockband is just as awesome as it was 15 years ago. The whole album still blows me away to this day! :)
Ok! Night, night! I've got to get up early to make a great big breakfast for my men!

I need a change.

I get a haircut about once every year. Needless to say my hair is longer and without much style. It barely moves because it's so heavy!
My last couple haircuts were lacking in cuteness. I have yet to find a stylist who has much style!
I had a semi-bad experience with my last haircut. The stylist handed me her card which read 'nail technician' but there was a line through it and hand-written underneath, it read 'stylist'. This was AFTER the haircut!! I should have been tipped off when I saw HER hair! Fried and bleachy looking blond with a couple inches worth of black roots. She looked like she slept in her ponytail then rolled out of bed and came to work!
Sheesh, are you supposed to say 'That's ok, I'll wait for the next girl,' if your stylist looks like a mess? Rude? Yes. But I'd rather not have another haircut by someone who went from nail tech, scribble scribble, to stylist in a week.
I have not had a male cut my hair before and I'm not sure it would make much of a difference.
My best haircut was by this lady at a cheap-ish salon, years and years ago. I should have kept her card!! :(
I'm a little disgusted at the amount of money some people can charge for their mediocre cuts. I always thought that you get what you pay for but that is not the case for me in my experience!!
What I'd love, is a recommendation for a stylist who can handle thick, long hair! Someone who will take their time and do it right so I don't have to come back and do some embarrassing complaining.
What's a girl to do? I need a change!!

Monday, October 6, 2008

Procrasti-Nation

:)
I have a LONG 'to do' list that gets longer by the day. I have been putting little things off for a couple weeks and they are really adding up!
We're still living in a 'construction zone' at the moment so I don't feel like I have things in order, and that really throws me off my schedule! I'm only really happy when my surroundings are clean and neat. I can only get things done when I'm in a semi-good mood.
Today's objective:
Yoga
Crochet
Tackle 'to do' list!

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Granny Square Scandal

Time to dig out the old yarn and hooks from my closet. I let my crochet supplies hibernate for the summer. I can't even think of crocheting when it's so hot out. Just thinking about yarn makes me warm, which is why it is tucked away nicely under a few boxes in my bedroom closet.
In February of this year, I made some granny squares which were supposed to be used to make an afghan for an ailing forum member. But instead, the naughty afghan organizer made off with a bunch of completed squares and even some money which was supposed to be for shipping the afghan to the recipient.
If that isn't bad enough, there was a second blanket to be made for another fellow crochet lover who is also not well, with the same sad result. I hope whoever got the squares, and never put them together or sent them, really enjoys them and always remembers in the back of their mind that they took this comfort away from someone who could really use it. They know it wasn't right and they have to live with being a nasty thief.
Myself and a few other ladies are going to have another go at making the blankets again. I trust the gal in charge of putting the blankets together this time!

I'm just looking for a unique, 6 inch granny square pattern now... any suggestions?

I was thinking about this one!

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Construction Woes

I have contractors in my home, adding a washer and dryer hookup where my linen closet was. I had no idea the mess and inconvenience the whole project was going to cause. I come home from driving David in the morning to a big mess that runs from right outside the front door all the way through the living room, down the hall, and in the linen closet and the second bedroom closet. Wow! They're basically knocking down the wall between the two closets and making a new wall, a foot into the bedroom closet, with plumbing and electricity for my washer and dryer.
There is a big hole in the floor of the bedroom closet where they're running the new drain pipe for the washer. For some reason, I'm afraid that worms and bugs will find there way through the open hole, into my home and possibly into my bed while I'm sleeping! :-P
It's going to be worth it when it's done. I get a kick ass, new high efficiency washer and dryer set and I won't have to lug all my laundry out to the laundry room once a week.
I just had my carpets cleaned last week, so they're undoing all the cleanliness!! Not cool. But I'm sure the contractor's top priority is not to keep things tidy.
Not to mention the fact that they leave the front door wide open to let lots of huge black flies inside to land and contaminate everything of mine!
There is a thick layer of dust and who knows what, all over my pretty new lcd tv and our other electronics. I'm paranoid of lead or asbestos in the air since I'm home during the day....
Yep, this will be my life for the next week and a half.
They ARE putting up the new drywall today so maybe it's going faster than I know.
If my lungs start hurting, I'm hauling ass out of here!!
:)

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