Saturday, January 29, 2011

When It’s cold outside, Warm up with a crockpot meal!

Hi Everyone,

This has been the coldest winter on record in Florida and I don’t mind telling you, it’s cold. I know some of you are currently experiencing really bad weather and I pray that this let up a bit.

Today I have a very simple recipe for you, using the crockpot. I can’t begin to tell you about my luv affaire w/crockpots and how much they make my life easier. I currently have 5 crockpots but I’m looking to upgrade to the more advance ones that allows you to bake in it as well with a baking button feature kewl eh?

So if you own a store, or are a mfg please sponsor me!

Red beans with rice

Here are the ingredients!

Beans, salt, bacon, chicken, onion, parsley,pepper, chicken stocks


Dice the chicken, Add all ingredients in the crockpot for 4 hours, or longer if desired


Let it cook until the liquid is reduced, taste to see if it needs more salt and pepper


Cooked yellow rice, I buy the packages in the rice section.



Spoon beans over rice, can you say yummy!


There you go folks this is a hardy dish that will warm you up.

PS you can add a bit of jalapeno in there for more smoking flavor, don’t use Tabasco it’s more of a vinegar taste it will alter it.

Have a great weekend,



Friday, January 28, 2011

Core’dination, me and a few tips and tricks!

Happy Friday Everyone,

Kristi is at CHA doing demo, please stop by and say hello to her if you are at cha.

Core’dination papers are really kewl for all kinds of creation, from sanding, embossing and cutting on your die cutting machines.

I’m excited to be featured today on the Core’dination paper site with a few tips and tricks Smile

Here are the layouts I created!








Don’t forget to stop by the site and leave a comment to win the Tim Holtz Core’dination papers.

Have a fabulous weekend!


PS thank you so much for all the comments and prayers for the sciatic nerve, I am on the road to recovery :)


Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Sneak Peek at New Release from Dreamweaver Stencils!

Heading out to CHA in a week!  Time is flying and still not sure I will have enough time to get everything done.  I have been making samples like crazy.  This is one of the new designs from Dreamweaver...well, a couple on the same card!
I used the new owl with the new cage on clear film!  I also used Nestabilites by Spellbinders and a stamp by Great Impressions.  This was inspired sort of by Harry Potter and his white owl!  Hope you enjoy! 

Happy Creating!



Sunday, January 16, 2011

Getting Ready for CHA

You are getting a sneak peak at one of the new release stencils from Dreamweaver!  This is actually a stripe background but I had the first layer of paste dry then turned it to make plaid!  Check my blog and the other blogs of the Dreamweaver DT for more peeks and designs to peak your interest!

Happy Creating,


Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Happy New Year and Amazing January!

Hi Everyone,

Thank you so much for sticking with me,visiting and the best wishes. As some of you know I am currently fighting Cyanic nerve damage on my lower back. I gotta tell you this pain is worse than giving birth.

A huge thank you to Kristi for keeping the site going with amazing projects from Jewelry to cards.

Thank you to Chris Wooten and Jennifer for checking on me. This is what this amazing hobby is about the friendship you make from all over the world.

Speaking of friendship I receive this email from Chris on an awesome giveaway she is doing on her blog turnedGypsy, so please take a moment to visit her.

Today I want to go over an awesome way you can create your layouts by visiting older Cricut Cartridges, you know what they say about those oldies they get better with age right.

Last October we visited one of my favorite city in Georgia Savannah! Every October we go to Maggie Valley and Gatlinburg, but due to back pain I couldn’t sit long enough for that. Anywhoo here’s my fav 5 top things to do.

1.Forsyth Park  you gotta visit it in the am and pm to capture this gorgeous landmark of the city.

2.Paula Dean store not the restaurant cause the few times we ate there the food is always awful and bland. Not what I expected at all from her amazing show.

3.Tours, I’m not a fan of those drive thru tours, so I suggest a walking tour they are very informative.

4.Savannah Candy company and salt water taffy, omg the peanut brittle is too die for literally.

5.Bay street, bring comfortable shoes with you the street is uneven cobblestone.

Here’s my lo! we are going old school using our stash and tools.

Who knew Plantin School book had such a treasure of a city Landscape to fit perfectly for my lo :)



  • Cut 3 circles from Storybook cartridge sizes 5”, 4.5”,3”. Cut high 5  and in circle graphically speaking at 5”, ink the edges and use a zig pen to outline the shape. Cut the skyline from Plantin Schoolbook cartridge,ink the edges. Weld 2 borders from Martha Stewart cart,  ink the edges.


  • Cut a strip of stripe paper 2.25”x12”, ink the edges, apply to the top. Add another border strip ink the edges, add the cut out border.
  • Adhere the cut circles in ascending order, adhere the high 5to the circle, adhere the In to the right of the circles.
  • Adhere the city landscape to the bottom of the circles. Create notches using Basic Grey notch tool. Add rhinestones to the notches.
  • Create a mat by cutting a half circle on the bottom to make the mat look like a bridge.  Adhere pics to the mat, then add Cosmo Cricket  Tiny Alpha onto the circle.
  • Stamp #5  using Staz on ink and Inkadinkado stamps, add another strip to the bottom.


  • Gypsy, Cricut Machine
  • Graphically speaking  cricut cartridge, Storybook cartridge , Plantin School book from Provo Craft.
  • Basic Grey notch tool
  • Staz on ink and Inkadinkado stamps

voila done!

Thank you so much for stopping by. I plan to resume our regular posting next week with meal plans.


Here’s some more pics for you!

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DSC00541 DSC00426


Sunday, January 2, 2011

Happy New Year and Look out for Valentine's!

Well, 2011 has started very quietly in my world.  Kind of nice I must say.  I thought I would share a card to get you all geared up for Valentine's Day using Dreamweaver Stencils.

  1. This card was created with the double glitter technique.  You place your double sided tape on the project and peel off the layer to expose the 2nd sticky side.  You then soap the back of your stencil.  Dreamweaver sells a great coconut soap that does not flake!
  2. Place the now soaped stencil on the tape and press down.  press firm enough it will stay in place but not so hard that the stencil will stick permanently.
  3. Sprinkle on one color glitter and shake off the excess.
  4. Remove the stencil and sprinkle on your 2nd glitter color.
  5. For this card I then added the sticky trim that looks like lace (Bo Bunny)
  6. Last I put the word stencil on the card front and applied black glossy paste.
Hope that 2011 is the best yet for you.  Please come and visit my blog and become a follower for a chance to win great prizes.  The next prize will be when I have 100 followers!
Creatively Yours,