Wednesday, February 29, 2012
This is what the whole wheat bread dough looked like after removing it from the bread machine and before it was baked in the oven.
Here is the baked loaf of bread. Doesn't it look absolutely yummy? Well, it WAS absolutely yummy!
Only 196 days to go!
Tuesday, February 28, 2012
I found what looks like a really easy recipe for whole wheat bread online today that I hope to try tomorrow. I'll let you know how it turns out. If you'd like to try it, too, click here for the recipe. The photo is from the blog where I found the recipe. It is not my own.
Only 197 days to go!
Monday, February 27, 2012
This cute little milk carton from Close To My Heart comes in a pack of 2, unassembled and ready to be decorated any way you choose. If you'd like to decorate one for yourself, contact me to purchase a pack.
Only 198 days to go!
Sunday, February 26, 2012
No doubt it's partly due to heredity (thanks Mom & Dad), my 15 years as a grocery store clerk (which I walked away from over 3 years ago), many years of creating awesome cross-stitch projects (several of which still hang on my walls today), basket weaving (yep, did that, too and some are still in use), surfing the 'net (which I do every day), cardmaking (which I do just about every day), and my real true love of scrapbooking.
I guess I've been having way too much fun all these years and now my body is rebelling and letting me know I have to slow it down a bit. I don't think so! I can't give up all these activities that make me who I am and bring me so much pleasure so I will just have to make some minor adjustments and wear this weird looking contraption until the pain subsides. Wish me luck!
Only 199 days to go!
Saturday, February 25, 2012
Friday, February 24, 2012
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Thursday, February 23, 2012
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Wednesday, February 22, 2012
Is this an actual flower--maybe a wild violet--or just a weed? Anyone know 'cause I sure don't! I took a picture of this little thing back in January and I noticed yesterday when I took this photo that it seems to have opened up just ever so slightly but I'm still not sure if it's a flower or a weed. Sure wish I knew!
Only 203 days to go!
Tuesday, February 21, 2012
Monday, February 20, 2012
I used Grey Flannel ink to stamp the flower images, which are from the Card Word Puzzle stamp set by Close To My Heart, as well as the butterfly image.
I then masked off the top and bottom sections and sponged the space in between with Grey Wool ink then stamped the section with a word background image from the Universal Backgrounds stamp set, also in Grey Wool.
'Happy Birthday' was stamped in Sorbet ink. I added a strip of Sorbet ribbon then tied a bow to finish it off. Love the result! Hope you love it, too!
Only 205 days to go!
Sunday, February 19, 2012
Scarlet absolutely LOVES broccoli and has loved it since way before she was even able to hold it in her own hand to feed it to herself. Broccoli isn't the only odd thing she eats either.
She likes lots of healthy foods which is a blessing really because she doesn't yet have the taste for sweets. Let's hope she continues eating tons of healthy foods and stays away from that nasty sugar!
Only 206 days to go!
Saturday, February 18, 2012
She's a very curious little girl. She's also very busy and is always looking for trouble! She's not even a year old yet and I can only imagine how she's going to be when she starts walking and really gets into things. How about when she reaches the terrible twos! Whoa! Don't wanna go there yet!
She is a cutie pie though and I sure do love her!
Only 207 days to go!
Friday, February 17, 2012
Anyway, here's another shot of one of the handsome male cardinals that keep hanging around the feeder. They sure are pretty!
Only 208 days to go!
Thursday, February 16, 2012
1 1/2 cups 2% milk
1 cup pure pumpkin puree
1 1/2 cups Splenda-sweetened whipped cream OR frozen whipped topping, thawed
1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
Wednesday, February 15, 2012
Tuesday, February 14, 2012
Monday, February 13, 2012
Sunday, February 12, 2012
In case you can’t tell, it’s a picture frame. Isn’t it cool? I printed out a photo of him and a couple friends that was taken when they participated in last year’s Covered Bridges Ride in Bucks County, PA, trimmed it and put it in the frame. He was really happy with it!
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Saturday, February 11, 2012
Friday, February 10, 2012
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Thursday, February 9, 2012
Mother Nature reminded us this morning that it is still winter time.This is what I woke up to this morning and I really shouldn’t complain since it has been a very mild winter so far. It sure looks pretty!
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Wednesday, February 8, 2012
We have decided to become Purple Martin landlords and if you’re not sure there IS such a thing, check out this website. We are getting ready for them to arrive in our area which actually won’t be until mid-March to mid-April most likely or possibly a bit later. Can you tell we are excited since their arrival is still a long time away? Ha ha!
This housing will be attached to a 12 foot pole and be hoisted up in the air in a wide open spot on our property as Martins prefer open spaces at least 30 feet from the nearest tree. They also LOVE to be near humans so don’t put their housing too far away from YOUR house.
Purple Martins are the only birds who rely completely on humans for their housing and ultimately for their survival. Very interesting birds they are. We have learned a lot so far about what our role will be as landlords and we hope to be quite successful in helping them to grow and thrive. Wish us luck! I will keep you posted.
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Monday, February 6, 2012
I found a couple really easy hummus recipes online a few months back and combined the two into my own recipe. I can’t remember where I got the original recipes and I apologize for that as I always do like to give credit where credit is due.
Hubby and I enjoyed this while watching the Super Bowl yesterday. Yea for the Giants! Although I’ve never been a huge Giants fan, New York is my home state so I had to support them! Anyway this is a very yummy recipe so I thought I’d share it with you.
Roasted Red Pepper Hummus
- 2 garlic cloves
- 1 15-16oz. can garbanzo beans or chickpeas
- 1/3 cup tahini
- 1/4 cup lemon juice
- 2T extra virgin olive oil
- dash of salt
- dash of cayenne pepper (optional)
- 1/3-3/4 cup roasted red peppers
Drain beans or chickpeas and rinse. Place garlic in food processor-pulse a few times. Add remaining ingredients, except red peppers, one at a time pulsing a few times between each until thick and chunky. Add cayenne pepper and salt to taste. Add red peppers and pulse until smooth and creamy. Enjoy!
Only 219 days to go!
Sunday, February 5, 2012
Looked out my sliding door earlier today to this view of several Mourning Doves hanging out in the birch tree. The clouds behind the tree looked really cool and the lighting created silhouettes of the birds which made the view even more cool so I quickly grabbed my camera before the birds flew away.
Day 145-only 220 days to go!
Saturday, February 4, 2012
Love how these berries look just hanging on to the branch of our Bradford Pear tree. It’s almost as if they totally ignored the fact that it’s winter and that they should have dried out and fallen off the tree a long time ago. It’s okay with me though as it gives me something interesting to photograph in winter.
Only 221 days to go!
Friday, February 3, 2012
This berry along with a few others has been hanging on to the plant stalk since back in the Fall. I couldn't resist getting a close up of it. I love how the light hits the green leaves in the background and really makes the berry pop!
Only 222 days to go!
Thursday, February 2, 2012
Here's a cute little 3" x 3" card I made using the new Pemberley paper pack from Close To My Heart. I am really loving that paper pack.
I cut the patterned paper 2 3/4" x 2 3/4" and the shape where I stamped the image was cut at 2" with the Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge also from CTMH. I love that cartridge!
Only 223 days to go!