Thursday, April 29, 2010

Stampfest Orlando June 18-20th

I'm headed back to Orlando in June for Stampfest, teaching 2 classes, hosting a make & take table at the Friday night party, and of course doing a demo or 2 in the Just For Fun booth on Saturday and Sunday.  If you'll be in the Orlando area, come join the fun in Friday's ever popular Portfolio of Cards class.  Just when you think you've done it all, there's always something new to try.

Saturday evening I'm teaching a Visual Art Journal class and the great thing about this is I've combined several classes of techniques into one 3-hour class.  Lots of play time, lots of products to play with, and lots of clever ideas to share.  Can't wait.

And now a June when I'm in FL with the heat and humidity, remind me how much I was looking forward to this class in April!!

Thursday, April 22, 2010

And the Winner is...

Laurie W!  Congratulations!!  You've got quite a few goodies including rubber stamps, ink pads, and more.  Send me an email so we can set up a date for the delivery.

And thank you to everyone who commented, but especially to all of you who emailed with wishes and laughter.  Seems there are lots of people out there who feel they have enough and don't want more.  All the comments are much appreciated.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Blog Anniversary Giveaway

Happy Anniversary!  My blog is 2 years old today and we're celebrating with a giveaway.  Leave a comment within the next week telling me why you read this and one will be chosen randomly to receive a prize package of goodies.

Here's looking toward the next year of postings!

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

I'm No Cook; It's that Simple

Before we get to my reason for posting, I need to ramble.

I just had a bit of Mexican food for lunch (bad for me) and decided to have 8 red seedless grapes for dessert (bad to me).  They weren't sweet at all so to get that tart taste out of my mouth, I ate a Little Debbie brand oatmeal cream pie (really bad for me).  And then I popped in a piece of sugarless gum  to "brush my teeth".  Now I'm blonde which explains all this, but I could've just brushed my teeth after the taco and been done with it.  Of course it didn't occur to me til I was eating the cream pie.

As long as I'm rambling about food, I wanted to give you an update.  After that major renovation, mostly to the kitchen, I was still getting the jokes about not cooking.  So I've been visiting several websites, printing recipes, and went shopping over the weekend.  Ca Ching!!!  Who knew they even made stone ground mustard and rice vinegar???  (I found the vinegar with the Asian food items.  Found the jar of mustard after much searching and then found ground mustard in spice form.  No idea which the recipe called for, so I stuck with the jar.)  And I found chili powder for $1.48 in the Mexican section of the store, and in the spice section for $3.68.  What's up with that???

So my first dinner was to be pork with a Carolina Rub, cole slaw and roasted red potatoes.  I mixed the 7 spices in a bowl, cubed the pork tenderloins into 1"-2" cubes, tossed them around in the spices and then popped them onto skewers with red, yellow & green peppers plus onion slices. 

Unfortunately I got ahead of myself on the potato recipe.  I was just so excited to finally have a use for my Pampered Chef zester, that I did the lemon zest in my bowl first, then chopped my parsley leaves and dumped then in.  Bought myself a pepper corn grinder thing from Costco as well as one filled with sea salt.  The receipe called for both, so there I was, griding away over my parsley & lemon zest, which I stirred.  Then I referred back to the recipe.  Have mercy.

I was supposed to put the potatoes in a bowl, then add salt & pepper.  Too bad.  The potatoes were still on the cutting board.  I'd heated the garlic and olive oil for 2 minutes and then dumped that in the bowl...which didn't go in the bowl at all according to that blasted recipe.  Sort of like the potatoes that still weren't in the bowl...

So I had the ingredients.  I just didn't use them per the instructions.  No way I was gonna dump that expensive parsley so then I dumped in the potatoes, added the lemon juice and a few other things that escape me now, and put it all on the cookie sheet and into the oven.

Now at this point I should tell you that the recipe was very clear:  I was to heat the garlic with the oil, but then remove the garlic.  Turns out it was to be added to the potatoes AFTER they baked, along with most of the other ingredients.  Instead I baked it all.  It's been 2 days and my house still has that nasty burnt garlic smell.  I've used the Febreeze.  I've used the air freshener.  I've emptied the trash, put orange peels down the disposal, run the dishwasher, and I still smell it.

But wait...if you're thinking that was the worst problem with my dinner, you're SO WRONG!  Let's talk about the slaw.  Now I'm a very picky eater and my slaw has to be very sweet and very dry.  Ask a dozen people how they make slaw and you get a dozen answers.  So again, I went to the web and printed 2 recipes.  Both were questionable but contained sugar, so those were my 2 contenders.  One called for lemon juice and one called for sour cream.  I went with the lemon juice recipe, adding only half the mayo it called for, and when I did my taste test, it was DREADFUL.  Period.  Too much mayo; it was all I could taste.  So I added more cabbage.  Didn't help.  Added more sugar.  Didn't help.  Called my mother.  Called my sister.  Didn't find their laughter one bit amusing.  Took my mother's advice and splashed in a bit of vinegar.  Took my sister's advice and added some mustard.

It was terrible, horrible, no-good, very bad slaw.  We soldiered on with the finished meal.  98% of the slaw went down the disposal.  I had to take an acid reducer because those 7 spices and that garlic very nearly did me in.  The potatoes had no discernible flavor whatsoever and were covered with charred black bits of parsley & garlic, but they were the best part of the meal.

That stack of printed menus still sits on my fabulous granite countertop.  My fridge is filled with bacon & cubed chicken, celery stalks & carrots, red (tart) grapes and parsley, lemons, limes & oranges.  My new walk-in pantry has bowtie pasta and fettucine, olive oil and extra virgin olive oil, lots of new spices and a honkin' 10 bag of those little red potatoes and a 5 lb bag of russet potatoes.

Last night we had burgers, baked beans and leftover potatoes.  I'm telling you, they looked a sight but were really good.

Tonight my plan was chicken salad with red grapes, walnuts and something else mixed with bowtie pasta.  Or maybe fettucine alfredo with bacon, or even fettucine alfredo with shrimp & bacon.  But I think I've lost my nerve.  A grocery tab of $280 later and I'm afraid of my kitchen.  That just won't do.

So if you're coming over tomorrow night for stamp club, expect lots of scented candles to be burning, trying to hide that burnt garlic smell.  And unless I volunteer to tell you what I cooked for dinner, don't ask.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Weather and What Not

There's only one thing better than having your husband cook's having him serve it to you on the 3rd floor deck of a beach house overlooking the ocean, listening to the waves, close to noon because he let you sleep in again.  Ahh, the good life.

It's been in the upper 80's and even hit 90 this week here in NC.  These photos are showing pollen everywhere.  Sniff.  Sneeze.  Cough.  Honk.

And this photo arrived from my friend Lori this morning in Wisconsin.  She awoke to snow instead of rain.  How is it possible that she's getting snow when I'm having a heat wave?  Makes no sense to me.  But then few things do.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Another Stampaway Sneak Peak

Interested in learning a few techniques using things you already own, as well as a few new goodies?

You'll want to sign up early for my Art Journal of Techniques class.  It's 2 1/2 hours of sheer joy!!

You'll pack your own ink pads, but I'm packing all the surprises.

I'm bringing Smooch by Clearsnap but showing you a new way to use it.

If you attended Stampaway last year and addressed an evelope, it won't be much longer before they'll be arriving in the mail.  This class will be on Friday morning.  I can't remember the time, but I think it's the first of the day.

It's starting to get really exciting, isn't it??

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Stampaway Sneak Peak 2

How fabulous are these?  Coffee Break and I have some great things planned for Stampaway USA.  Hope you'll join the fun in Cincinnati in August!