Comfort Food

Miss Kim posted a recipe for a Sloppy joe casserole the other day. I have linked you to it.

Tonight I was too lazy to look up the recipe, so I made my own version and it turned
FABULOUS if I do say so myself. So as I do any time a new recipe is a keeper, I make a recipe card for Katie’s book and I thought I would share it with you guys too. Let me know if you would like the full res version.

Pizza and Sewing

Katie loves to help out in the kitchen, when I have the patience to let her, LOL
She does a really good job, and the other day, I was able to ask her to mix up some pizza dough for me, and she not only did it, it was fantastic. I must admit, she questioned me on adding a whole 1 tablespoons of garlic salt, but it
tasted perfect.  I rolled it out, but she did the rest and it was really good.  We called it the Carnivore when we were done with it because it had hamburger, italian sausage, and leftover grilled chicken on it, YUM!

I had my first sewing lesson last week. It went OK, it is all a little confusing for me as spatial relations are tough for me sometimes, but I think I will get the hang of it. We cut out a practice pair of shorts for Katie, and my friend sewed them to make sure they would work. They did, so I came home and cut out two more pair.  I have a few more to cut out before we sew. But it will be so nice to have play shorts for this summer that are a modest length.

On Tuesday my friend is coming to look at my two sewing machines to see if either of them will work well enough for me. If not, she has an extra machine that I can get for a good price from her.  So excited to really sew something!!!

Ok, my next post will be about my new studio, which took up all of our time yesterday, 🙂

so I think we are….

… finally on the mend, yesterday afternoon I felt almost human, and actually fixed dinner  🙂 Today I am much more myself and things are getting back to normal.

Got a surprise phone call from my friend S, and we talked about all the things we love, cooking, each others weather patterns, (she lives in the south but loves snow) and our kids and hubbys

We swapped a couple of recipes, as we always seem to do, and this is the one I shared with her, so I thought I would post it here.  I can’t remember where I got it from, somewhere on the internet.  Can’t remember if it was a message board or not, but the title is the honest to goodness truth, 🙂
Katie and I made them this week for a deacon from church who is celebrating his 85th birthday.  We adored them and so did everyone at the deacons mtg, 🙂 We both agreed these were good enough to go in the cookbook I am making for her, so you all benefit too  🙂

In scrapping news, I have the honor of being chosen to be on two fabulous ladies Guest Creative Teams.  I will be a guest on Kelly Thompsons team in April, and Melissa Bennets team in June. So very excited as these are two very talented desginers.

This year, I started a month in review album, using some templates by Jessica Sprague.  I am going to have a shutterfly book made when I am done. You can see Jan and Feb HERE:

In doing these pages, plus the March tag album  (HERE: which is a Cathy Zielske thing I am doing, most of my scrapping right now is focusing on daily life.  Seems to be the hot trend right now, and rightly so I think.  So in saying all this, my posts on here may seem more random, as I use this blog to help record some of those details for further scrapping.

Well, I think that is it for now.  Going to go organize my overflowing pantry right now and try to create some kind of order from the chaos.  Wish me luck….

Chili, perfect for today

So its a cold and rainy and positively horrid Fall day in the midwest. About the only good that
could come of a day like today would be some chili simmering on the stove, and some creative time. Well at least the chili is simmering on the stove. Maybe  I will do a recipe card later.

Not much else to share, kind of a boring week around here.  I scrapped some earlier in the week, and I started an inspiration notebook using a Moleskine journal. I have been cutting my favorite layouts out of scrapbooking magazines (and then tossing the mags, Yeah Me!) and adding
favorite quotes or layout ideas.  I love that I will be able to have this with me when I scrap instead of digging through all those magazines that are piling up in my office.

Oh, you know how I always say that Cathy Zielske and I were separated at birth?  Well
apparently we married guys with the exact same sense of humor, too.  In yesterday’s blog post
she told a funny story about her husband Dan, that sounded just like something Shane would say. (Shane even thought so, LOL)  Here it is if you would like to read it.

Ok, well I am off to stir the chili, and maybe make some bread.  I FINALLY found a reasonably priced pullman pan (for sandwich bread) on Ebay a few weeks ago and have been dying to try it out.  Today maybe the perfect day, 🙂

Have a great day-

ETA:  Recipe Card.  Click photo to see it larger.  Credits:papers by meredith Fenwich and Weeds and Wildflowers. Leaf by Mirranda Reinhardt, Font is Ck KOTM1

Recipe for you

Here is my French Bread Recipe for you all ,enjoy!

1 1/2 cups very warm water
1 tbs yeast
2 tbs sugar or honey
2 tbs olive oil
1 tsp salt
1 tbs garlic powder
4 cups flour (I used half WW)

Combine water, yeast and sugar (to proof), in a separate bowl. In your mixer bowl, combine remaining ingredients. If your yeast mixture is foamy
when you have completed mixing the other ingredients, your yeast is good and you may add the mixture to the rest of the ingredients. Knead for 10 minutes
using dough hook and mixer or by hand. Divide dough in half. Working with one half, roll it out flat with a rolling pin. Then roll it into a tubular shape, pressing together well at the seams. Repeat with other half. Place both on a cookie sheet, and lightly spray with olive oil or non stick cooking spray. This keeps the dough from drying out, and also gives a nice crunchy, but not too crispy crust. Let rise about 25-30 minutes, bake at 350 for 30-35 minutes, or until golden brown.

Fresh Tomato Salad

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Nothing says summer to me more than homegrown tomatoes!
I did not plant a garden this year, but some friends from church brought
us some goodies from their HUGE garden today

So for lunch today I had a tomato sandwich, and for dinner I made this simple
salad, which brings me to my first Recipe post, 🙂

2-3 vine ripened tomatoes
2.-3 cloves of garlic minced (if you like garlic, if not omit)
1 medium cucumber, sliced
fresh mozzarella (shredded works in a pinch)
basil (again fresh is best, dried will work)
Italian dressing

Toss all ingredients together, let sit 20 minutes, enjoy!