Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Thursday, April 23, 2009
Posts will be sporadic as I try to organize my days. With homeschooling the kids now, that takes up my morning so the afternoon I try to get as much packing done as I can. Of course with three kids at home, there's still snacks and regular NEEEEEEDS for MOOOOOOOMMY! Stamping items are getting packed up as I try to sort things to take, things to store. Paper is my hardest - what to take, I do think hubby is going to die when he sees how much I want to take. Think I'll be holding boxes on my lap! HA. So I hope you are all having a great week - I shall pop in now & then for a break & a "visit" :) We got a snowfall last night (unreal, kids had a lemonade stand last weekend!!) so that was disappointing....hopefully it'll clear up for moving day.
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
3 slices white bread
1 large carrot, cut into 1/4-inch-thick rounds
1 celery, strings peeled, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
1/2 medium yellow onion, roughly chopped
2 cloves garlic, smashed and peeled
1/2 cup fresh flat-leaf parsley, leaves, loosely packed
1/2 cup plus 3 tablespoons ketchup
4 1/2 teaspoons dry mustard
8 ounces ground pork
8 ounces ground veal
8 ounces ground round
2 large eggs, beaten
2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
1 teaspoon Tabasco Sauce, or to taste
1/2 teaspoon chopped fresh rosemary, plus more needles for sprinkling
2 tablespoons dark-brown sugar
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 small red onion, cut into 1/4 inch-thick rings
1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Remove crusts from bread, and place slices in the bowl of a food processor. Process until fine crumbs form, about 10 seconds. Transfer breadcrumbs to a large mixing bowl. Do not substitute dried breadcrumbs in this step, as they will make your meatloaf rubbery.
2. Place carrot, celery, yellow onion, garlic, and parsley in the bowl of the food processor. Process until vegetables have been minced, about 30 seconds, stopping to scrape down the sides of the bowl once or twice. (Chopping vegetables this way saves time and ensures that vegetables will be small enough to cook through and not be crunchy). Transfer vegetables to bowl with the breadcrumbs.
3. Add 1/2 cup ketchup, 2 teaspoons dry mustard, pork, veal, beef, eggs, salt, pepper, Tabasco, and rosemary. Using your hands, knead the ingredients until thoroughly combined, about 1 minute. The texture should be wet, but tight enough to hold a free-form shape.
4. Set a wire baking rack into an 11-by-17-inch baking pan. Cut a 5-by-11-inch piece of parchment paper, and place over center of rack to prevent meat loaf from falling through. Using your hands, form an elongated loaf covering the parchment.
5. Place the remaining 3 tablespoons ketchup, remaining 2 1/2 teaspoons mustard, and brown sugar in a bowl. Mix until smooth. Using a pastry brush, generously brush the glaze over loaf. Place oil in a medium saucepan set over high heat. When oil is smoking, add red onion. Cook, stirring occasionally, until onion is soft and golden in places. Add 3 tablespoons water, and cook, stirring, until most of the water has evaporated. Transfer onion to a bowl to cool slightly, then sprinkle onion over the meatloaf.
6. Bake 30 minutes, then sprinkle rosemary needles on top. Continue baking loaf until an instant-read thermometer inserted into the center of the loaf registers 160 degrees. about 25 minutes more. Let meatloaf cool on rack, 15 minutes
Sunday, April 19, 2009
Saturday, April 18, 2009
...enjoy your weekend, even if it is a bit drizzly! :)
Friday, April 17, 2009
This card screams simple. And for that I love it. Seriously a 5 minute card. I punched out a circle, lined up my scallop punch - punched again to create this *frame*. I pencil-drew a light stem line, punched it with my sharp thingy (not sure what that is called! LOL, but a darning needle will work well too, or a tack even!) and then used embroidery floss to stitch the stem of my flower (which is actually a button - love that little package my mom got me for my birthday!!) I tied the center of the button with a little linen thread (Stampin' Up!). Once the flower was on, I glued on the frame (my 2-way glue pen from Stampin' Up! worked well for this). A little stamped Happy Birthday and a tiny little white rub on flower (again both from SU) and my card was done. It does into my August birthday folder for my Grandma - who will be turning 96 this year! Amazing!!
What do you do to simplify your life, your home, your craft space, your .... ? I'd love to hear!! :)
I hope you're weekend is sunny & lovely,
Thursday, April 16, 2009
This was one of those cards that slowly evolved...and yes, it evolved yet again from the scrap bin! HA. It started as pieces that I put together. Thought it was missing something so I added the star brads, then added a couple more star brads. Then as it sat on the shelf waiting for its photo I realized it was still needing *something*...so I found a metal edged tag (found these little ones at Staples way back when for cheap cheap!). I hand-doodled a little outline, then punched out a star and used some foam tape to pop it up off the tag. All in all for a mish-mash type of card, I think it came out ok. :) The image is from PennyBlack and the "wish" is a rub on from my stash.
Enjoy your weekend - I wonder how many boxes I can get packed.....
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
Remember too, drop me a comment with a favorite blog or site you like!
Monday, April 13, 2009
I hope you all had a wonderful Easter weekend :) The countdown is on now until we move our stuff into storage & head to BC for the spring/summer. So I'll be a bit sporadic with my blogging -- but I do have some more cards to share, as well as recipes and links.... blogging is a great procrastination tool! :) LOL. I got my Mother's Day cards finished yesterday, so I'll share those with you soon too - have you got yours done yet? :)
enjoy your day,
Thursday, April 09, 2009
Oh yes... and there's that fiskars punch again! Thursday already - hope you're having a great week, getting lots accomplished & making a few memories along the way!
Wednesday, April 08, 2009
Tuesday, April 07, 2009
So today I'm going to share with you a few of my favorites. I'm hoping that you'll leave me a comment with ones you love... perhaps I'll be able to add them to my ever growing list! :)
Ok, those a few.... share a few more with you next week. So... what are yours? :)
Monday, April 06, 2009
It's a simple card with layers, couple of black brads... and done. Coloring always takes time, so then I find I keep the other elements simple. Enjoy your new week. We'll be busy packing (I hope), only have hubby off work a few days before he has to work a straight 18 shift - ugh! So I'll work him hard with packing while he's here! :)
Saturday, April 04, 2009
Hope you're having a great weekend & enjoying the warmer weather as much as we are. Kids have been out all day and we even managed to get out for a walk together - perfect weekend.
Thursday, April 02, 2009
I love how she used her ribbons here. I also like the overflow of everything off the page - just different. Then I wondered if her base page was a bit *smaller* than 12x12 so that it would fit in a page protector - what do you think? Yes?
The second is this card....from the blog - PINE IS HERE...great full tutorial check it out!
I thought it was so cute with the stamping behind & the use of buttons. Cute, cute, cute. So no creations from me, but a couple that did inspire me :)!
Have a fabulous weekend -
Wednesday, April 01, 2009
1 cup butter
2 cups sugar
3 cups mashed ripe bananas ( 6 bananas)
4 eggs, well beaten
2-1/2 cups flour
2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
1 tsp nutmeg
1-1/2 cups frozen blueberries
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cream butter & sugar until light and fluffy. Add bananas and eggs and beat until well mixed. Mix dry ingredients and blend with banana mixture, but do not overmix. Fold in blueberries. Pour into 2 lightly greased loaf pans or a bundt pan. Bake 55 minutes to 1 hr; test for doneness. Cool on rack for 10 minutes before removing from pans. Freezes beautifully. :)