Saturday, May 31, 2008

Sweet Potatoes and Broccoli Salad heard right....this is one of my dh favorite salads...this too came from the Moosewood Cookbook by Mollie Katzen.....the flavors are so amazing and surprising in the marinade!!

Marinated Sweet Potatoes and Broccoli
3 medium-sized sweet potatoes or yams (about 2 lbs)

1/2 cup walnut oil (or olive oil)
1 large clove garlic, minced
3 Tablspoons of lemon juice
2 Tablespoons raspberry vinegar (can use red wine vinegar but the raspberry is so good)
1 to 1.5 teaspoons salt
1 Tablespoon of dry mustard
1 Tablespoon of honey
freshly ground black pepper

1 large bunch broccoli (1.5 lbs, cut into small spears)

optional garnishes (oh so good): thin slices of green apple, chopped toasted pecans

1. Peel the sweet potoatoes, cut them in halves or quarters, then into thin slices. Put them up to cook, either in or over boiling water....Meanwhile, prepare the marinade.

2. Combine the marinade ingredients in a medium -large bowl. As soon as the sweet potato slices are tender, add them, still hot, to the marinade. Mix gently

3. Steam the broccoli until bright green and just tender. Rinse under cold running water and drain acompletely. Lay the broccoli spears carfully on top the salad. Cover tightly and marinate for several hours.

4. Within 15 minutes of serving, mix in the broccoli from on top. Serve garnished with thin slices of green apple and chopped,toasted pecans.

Another winnnnnnnnnnnnnnerrrrrrrrrrrrrr!! Enjoy

I went blog hopping this morning and you need to check these out....the first link you will find links to a mega kit...amazing...I thank these generous designers!! The second link is a WOW of links to free goodies...again, I thank you!!

Thursday, May 29, 2008


I just love quickpages....i thought at one time that i would be cheating if i used one...not is one i found as i was blog it!

credits: qp by Ange from kit "Nathan" by Stephanie; Alpha by evakipler; font-Comic

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

My Maternal Grandparents

This weeks challenge at Jessica's....use a black and white photo....just what i needed to continue with my heritage album (think it will take me years...but this is fun)....Will do a second page with the history i know about them....(now that i have collected this information from my mother and aunt)...i really stress that you all should start collecting your history even if you don't scrap...important to hand down to the next generation......well, need to keep this short...we are under a severe thunderstorm watch so i think i will turn the computer off.....

credits: Papers by Kathryn Balint (LittleJakeCollection); SwirlFrame by T.Hanks; font-ChopinScript

Monday, May 26, 2008

Memorial Day

credits: banner by Ketcham

credits: paper/template-JessicaSprague
William Wilson
December 1914 - December 1976
United States Navy
World War II and Korean War
Survivor of Pearl Harbor
My Father

Saturday, May 24, 2008

Indonesian Rice Salad

This is a big pleaser!! I love this recipe and i love the cookbook i found it in many many years ago!! The cook book is MOOSEWOOD COOKBOOK by Mollie vegetarian cookbook i own!! not panic when you see the list of me...easy , delicious and healthy!! I like to take this for summer pot luck and can bet it will be the only one of its kind on the table......

Sri Wasano's Infamous Indonesian Rice Salad
yield: 4-6 servings

1. Place in a saucepan. Bring to a boil, lower heat, cover, and simmer until tender (35-45 minutes).........2 cups brown rice and 3 cups water

2. While the rice cooks, combine in a large bowl:
1/3 cup peanut oil
3 Tablespoons Chinese sesame oil
1/2 cup orange juice
1-2 medium cloves garlic, minced
1 teaspoon salt
2 Tablesppons soy sauce
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
2 Tablessons rice or cider vinegar
1 cup chopped fresh pineapple (can use crushed pineapple)

3. Add the hot rice directly to the bowlful of dressing. Mix well. When it has cooled to room temp., cover tightly and refrig until cold. Shortly before serving, stir in:
3 scallions, finely minced (whites and greens)
1 stalk celery, finely minced
1 medium sized red or green bell pepper, thinly sliced
1 8-oz can water chesnuts, drained and thinly sliced
1/2 lb. fresh mung bean sprouts
1/2 cup (packed) raisins or currants
1 cup coarsely chopped peanuts and/or cashews, lightly toasted
2 Tablespoons sesame seeds
optional: fresh snow peas, for garnish


Tuesday, May 20, 2008

I am back...

What a great time we had at the Scrapbooking Convention....we played and ate and ate and played!! (firm believer in both of those activities)...I was covered in ink and glue and it felt good! and of course, i spent some money in the vendor's area...oh, yes!! wasn't going to for i am "digi" now but...i can justify each purchase, yes i can...Had to have the Bind-it-All with all the goodies that come with it...and then there were a few (maybe more than a few) stamps...for all those cards i am going to do...and of course there were the projects that i had to have at least three of for they will be for gifts....LOL.....the crops were FUN and all the goodies and it took two trips to the car when i left the hotel......came back on Sunday and watched my Josie yesterday so it wasn't until today that i could tackle the Jessica's challenge ... so here it is...did a two pager.... credits: Template by MoonDesigns; Papers by Elisa'sBits_CasualBlend and CozyZone Kits; swirl by AASPN; font-coventry gardens

credits: Template by LindaRoos_InTheMakingDesigns; Papers by Elisa'sBits; papertear by KatiePertiet_paper revealsLT#3; swirls by AASPN; font-covenry Garden

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

CK Convention

I am going to a Creative Keepsake Convention tomorrow for the weekend....looking foward to this!!...going with my oldest daughter and we will be taking classes and going to crops!! ordering room service, etc...YES! I have not paper scrapped since last year's convention now that i have discovered the "dark side" scrapping...that is where i will stay but i think getting my hands dirty with some glue is what i need right now!! of course i will be shopping...i have a few things in mind.....had to finish a Jessica Sprague's ColorLift Challenge before i left ... so here it is:

credits:SNU_SSpaper_CollageArt from ScrapGirls; Color 7b3109; CFR_FrameScollop from ScrapGirls; Elegant Word Art; Grundge Overlay by KatiePertiet

Tuesday, May 13, 2008


credits: white paper by AmyTeets; definition/botonical pic-internet; fonts-centurygothic, chopinscript

Sunday, May 11, 2008


credits: Paper and wordart-JudyMeibusch; definition and botonical pic-from

Glorious Lilacs

credits: definition and botonical pic from; fonts-century gothic, ChopinScript

Saturday, May 10, 2008


Mother's Day

credits: ksharonk_sp_gardendelight2; elegant word art

Friday, May 9, 2008

I'm on a roll

Did another StoryBoard layout...luvin this ..... think i will do a series of Nature Shots......

credits: paper and elements from DonnaRafferty_DandelionKit

Jerry needs no help playing with his ball.

My Dogs could use this!!!!!!


i need to expand my "little" knowledge of i dove in yesterday with my camera on the apple i followed a tut on my digi friend Kimi's blog.....look what i did...

Now....i "tweeked" it and turned it into a sketch..........

Thursday, May 8, 2008

Nature's Beauty

two postings in one day.....but i had to show-off my latest...this is from tutorial from JessicaSprague's Photoshop Friday-Easy 3-panel Storyboard (May1,2008) i went out under the apple tree today and took the allergies , of course, kicked in and the sneezing was it was so worth it!! This can stand as is or placed on digi paper..can frame!


I love them!!....This recipe is great!! I use to make them and put them in pretty jars and give as gifts over the holidays or when invited to someones home for dinner....I have not made them in years and when i came across the recipe i knew i had to make them up today!!

Marinated Mushrooms
Fresh Mushrooms that are clean, cut and simmer in water no more than 4 minutes. I use one pound (can use 3 6oz cans but FRESH is much better) but when i make this i would double recipe for they are sooooooo good!!

2/3 cups vinegar
1/2 cup oil
3 cloves garlic
1 Tablesppon sugar
1.5 teaspoons salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
2 Tablespoon hot water
4-7 shakes Tabasco sauce
1 teaspoon oregano
1 jar pimentos
2 med onions, sliced thin
Mix all the above and refrigerate ... it doesn't take long in this marinate for the flavors to set in...can make in the morning and eat by evening (if you can wait that

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Tuesday, May 6, 2008

My Mother's Book

I just completed these layouts (4x6) for my mother for mother's going thru old and new pictures to decide on which ones...I have never done one of these and need to say it went up quickly and I wish to thank the designer for the digi materials: SCRAPPASSIE DESIGNS from her Purple Paradise Kit....this was a generous freebie from her during NSD.

Sunday, May 4, 2008


hope you all had fun yesterday .. for those of you in the scrapbooking world....i started at 10am and stopped at 11:30pm....chatting, downloading, buying, unzipping, organizing....a great time!! my dh was very supportive but i am wondering if he thinks i am a little crazy...."are you going to get dressed today?" he says...i look at him and say "no"...just here with my coffee and computer..i am happy.... well, i am off to rest.......