Saturday, May 17, 2008

More for Pey...

Here are the newest...
I am looking forward to many more, since I have re-vamped (ohhh, Edward...) my scrap room... I am excited to play in there now!
I found paper that I forgot that I bought while cleaning it out... that's always fun...

Sunday, May 11, 2008

hall of fame entry

so... i didn't make hall of fame...
i entered, not to win (which would've been fun...), but
in hopes of catching someone's eye,
and being published...
a 2008 goal... so here's my entry!

Whoopie Pies...

Here's a Favorite...
Maybe I should keep it "Top Secret", but the world deserves to know...Cake part:
1 cup shortening
2 cups sugar
2 eggs YOLKS (don't toss the whites!)
1 cup soured milk (1 cup milk + 1 tablespoon vinegar or lemon juice)
1 cup HOT water + 2 teaspoons baking soda (soda dissolved in water)
1 teaspoon vanilla
4 cups flour
1 cup cocoa
1/2 teaspoon salt
Cream the shortening and sugar. Add the yolks one at a time, and mix until well incorporated. Add the milk mixture, cocoa, and flour. Add the soda/water mixture while mixing. Drop by teaspoonfuls (I like to use my Pampered Chef cookie dough scoop) onto a greased cookie sheet and bake at 400 for 8-10 minutes. Let cool.

2 egg WHITES (see, they come into play...)
2 teaspoons vanilla
1 1/2 cups shortening
4 tablespoons flour
4 tablespoons milk
dash of salt
Powdered Sugar

Cream all together and add the powdered sugar until the creme reaches a thick, but spreadable, consistency. (I usually use about a pound, sometimes more...)
Match up your cooled cookie halves, and spread creme on one side, place its mate on the other (kinda like an Oreo... but better!). Finish for all! I love to eat more than one at a time well chilled with milk and even stash some in the freezer for those unforgettable PMS days... they make a great breakfast treat too :).

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Princess Pasta

Wanted to celebrate Cinco De Mayo yesterday...
Kinda didn't get to the store...
This is so not Mexican, but is so yummy! With a name like "Princess Pasta", how can my girls refuse it?
2 tablespoons butter (or margarine)
1 tablespoon minced onion
4 ounces mushrooms, sliced
1/8 teaspoon salt
4 ounces of ham, cut in thin strips
1 tablespoon parsley, minced
1 pound short pasta (I use penne, mostaccioli works too)
1/2 pint whipping cream
1 cup grated parmesan cheese, divide 3/4 cup, and 1/4 cup for garnish

In a large pot, cook pasta according to directions on the package. While pasta is cooking, melt butter in a skillet on medium heat. Add onion and salt and saute until translucent. Add mushrooms. When those are cooked, add ham and parsley but remove from heat. Do not cook ham.
When pasta is done, drain completely and return pasta to the pot on medium heat. Pour in cream and stir until cream begins to bubble. Add 3/4 cup of cheese, and stir well. Remove from heat and add the ham/onion mixture. Garnish with some parsley and cheese.

Saturday, May 3, 2008

Happy National Scrapbook Day!!!

So in honor of the holiday...
...I scrapped this.
Yes, it took me less than five minutes.
Yes, Brooke did the majority of the work, she took the photos and she did the announcement digitally...
But you can't blame me for my simplicity, when you see why I wasn't anxious to do a big, full-blown layout...
Brooke is also responsible for getting me into a good book...
How good one might ask?
So good I can't seem to put it down.
I am very good at nursing and holding this book, and the girls have really learned how to take advantage of their addicted mother, and wreaking havoc around the house...
It's REALLY good though...

Friday, May 2, 2008


when brooke showed-off her shirt, i knew i had to have one for peyton!
don't be surprised when she is wearing it all the time later this year.. i love it!
thanks for helping me make it today brooke!!!
brooke was kind enough to share her pattern...

Thursday, May 1, 2008

project for the day!

i got a stat wall hanging as a gift when i had lynn. i made one for ash, and i had to make one for peyton of course!
i painted a 10x10 canvas with "peyton green", really delta "green apple" acrylic paint...
used american craft rub-ons in the font "fred" for her name and stats...
glued on fuzzy green rick-rack by "wright's" with some "quick dry tacky glue"...
and embellished with these two little birdies (pattern below). i made them out of "marcella- by k & company" (target) and "bazzill" card stock papers. their legs and eyes are brown acrylic paint. i modge-podged them onto the canvas and used more "fred sidekicks" rub-ons for the butterfly and "it's a girl".
here's the pattern... one wing and the beak get attached to the back of the body. you can enlarge it to whatever size fits your needs!
ashley's $2 clearance target shirt...
pottery barn catalog.