January 2009

I am in heaven right now…..I haven’t enjoyed crafting like this in a very long time! I have so many ideas with the wonderful graphics I’ve collected over the years and I love to finally be able to put them to use!

I made 3 more cards last night and was able to take the pics today because the sun is shining and the light is nice for it!

I probably need to post of few entries on *other* interests before too long though…..lest someone thinks I might be a little obsessive…..oh be quiet……I just like what I like! >wink<

Card 1

Make Your Own Kind of Music~Sing Your Own Special Song

Inside Sentiment: Make Your Own Kind of Music~Sing Your Own Special Song


Sorry About That Bug You Caught~Get Well Soon

Sorry About That Bug You Caught~Get Well Soon


Thanks For Being You!

Thanks For Being You!


Card 1 was made witha graphic I found online (open source) You can just google images to find out if the graphic is for purchase or free(open source) I loved those little gals having what seems to be the time of their lives. The inside sentiment ~ *Make Your Own Kind of Music~Sing Your Own Special Song*…..this card just makes my heart smile! I used a nestability for the white scallop.

Card #2

This graphic I purchased from PC Crafters

—->> http://www.pccrafter.com/ This is where I get the majority of the images I use in my digital crafting. I LOVE this site!!!! So many talented graphic artists here! The ribbon I got from Michaels and I just picked a nice font for the *Get Well Soon* and printed from my own computer.


I got this image from PC Crafters as well……such a great place to purchase graphics! I used my friend Denise’s Cuttlebug for the pink bubbles, ribbon from Michaels and the sentiment I created on my computer….


Gratefully In His Grip!


Now that my office/craft room is clean…I am a card making fool!

My friend just lost her grandmother so I made her this condolence card…..with digi graphics and a little ribbon:

My heart hurts knowing of your sorrow...I'm so sorry for your loss.

My heart hurts knowing of your sorrow...I'm so sorry for your loss.

The husband of another of my friends just had a heart attack so I created this card for him: Digi graphics and some gold stars to embellish.

Having a *ruff* day?

Having a *ruff* day?

Back to the table for me! I have one more card to design today!
In His Delightful Grip~

I absolutely love to make handmade cards and now that my office is in order…I finally have a little place of my own to create my treasures!

I made the one below with paper from CW, I used my friends cuttlebug to do the bottom with. I used some silver ribbon along with some transparent pink ribbon too. The hearts on top, I used a punch from CW and sticky foam to give the raised effect. I really like how it turned out 🙂

There is no remedy for Love, but to love more....

There is no remedy for Love, but to love more....

In His powerful Grip~

Since I’ve been blogging, not very long now….I find myself surfing other blog rolls looking for topics I am interested in and I find some of the most interesting people as well as topics! So far, my favorite blog is one called *Confessions of a Pioneer Woman* you can visit her here ——->>> http://www.thepioneerwoman.com

This woman is just plain hilarious as well as one of the best cooks around! She shares her recipes, complete with illustrations and directions! She loves to photograph the food she prepares and I am just plain hooked on her humor! Her name is Ree and that’s all I am going to tell you about her….you’ll just have to go visit her site and meet her yourself! >wink<

I’ve paroused her entire recipe index and have already tested 3 of them here in the last 2 weeks. I’ve tried her: Lasagna, Rum Cake and Marlboro Man’s Favorite Sandwich…..all three were home runs with my family! You’ve just got to go see what she’s got to share over there!!

Well….what are you waiting for….go….run……I am sure you’ll love her site too!

Ok….Now…the title of this entry is Panini, Bread Pudding and Navy Bean Soup 🙂 None of these recipe were ones I got from The Pioneer Woman’s site but I just had to mention her site in this post because it was all about food!

I found myself a George Foreman grill at goodwill last weekend, a very small one, perfect for the three of us here on Cottonwood Way. In fact….so perfect that I discovered it makes some of the best Panini’s I’ve ever seen! WOW! I mean….that machine makes me look like I really know what I am doing!

Not a picture of my sandwich......just an image I found to show what they look like!

Not a picture of my sandwich......just an image I found to show what they look like!

Here’s my own Panini Recipe:

1 Chicken Breast (sliced lengthwise in thirds)

6 Slices Provolone Cheese (or cheese of your choice)

6 Slices Sourdough Bread

3 Tabls Mayonnaise

2 Tabls. Dijon Mustard

Using a meat tenderizer, pound on the sliced chicken breasts for awhile 🙂 Then season generously with your choice of seasoning. I used Garlic Lover’s Garlic from the Market of Choice in Eugene. You could also use Lawry’s Seasoning Salt. Let sit while you prepare the bread and the grill heats up good and hot.

Mix the Mayo and Mustard together well and spread on all 6 slices of sourdough bread. Add two slices of cheese on one side of three of the pieces of bread.

Once the grill is good and hot, place the seasoned chicken in the grill, cooking for 2-3 minutes only…..depending on how thick your slices are. You don’t want to overcook the chicken and dry it out.

Place each of the three pieces on chicken on the three slices of bread that don’t have the cheese on them. Assemble Sandwiches….spread softened butter on each side of all three sandsiches and sprinkle a little parmesean cheese on both sides as well.

Ahhhh….the grill should be ready again! Cooking one sandwich at a time….watch carefully so you don’t burn them….it should only take 2-3 minutes to grill these beauties to a nice golden brown! Serve and Enjoy!!!

I plan on trying all kinds of combinations to make these sandwiches in the future……onions, peppers, tomatoes, different cheeses…..omgosh…the possibilities are nearly endless! Let me know if you try them ok…..or…..if you have a favorite you’d like to share with me!

Makes 3 Sandwiches

I will post my Navybean and Ham Soup recipe as well as my Breadpudding recipe in the Recipe file tomorrow ok!

Bon Apetite!

In His Grip~

Wow….it’s been 12 days since I’ve posted an entry on my blog 😦 Bad blogger……bad bad blogger.


I’ve been cleaning my office space for the last 2 weeks and I am so thrilled I did. I finally have actual places for things I need to have at my finger tips, for running my business, for crafting and I can’t believe how clear minded I am when things are in order!


We just got our seed catalog in the mail last week and we are already designing our Square Foot Gardens for this year! Last year was our first attempt at Square Foot Gardening and thanks to Mel Bartholemew, author of  *Square Foot Gardening*……we be FARMIN’!!!! I had the priviledge of interviewing Mel on the Talk Radio broadcast I host and he was a wealth of information for all of our listeners! If you would like to listen to the broadcast, you can listen to it on demand here—->>>> http://www.talkshoe.com/tc/12797 You won’t be sorry! If you’ve ever considered growing a garden of your own, Mel takes a great deal of the work and frustration out of it for you!!! Be sure to visit his website at: http://www.squarefootgardening.com You’ll thank me later!

Last year we grew our own asparagus, corn, brocolli, peas, beans, carrots, spinach, cauliflower, cabbage, onnions, lettuce (several varieties), cilantro, rosemary, parsley, cucumbers, tomoatoes and canteloupe (which never matured 😦

The premise for a square foot garden is that you grow your crops in raised beds with Mels perfect soil recipe, which can be found on his site or in his book. The book is so worth having! We have it close by all the time!

Here are some pictures of our efforts last year. We will be adding two more raised beds this year too!

July 08'

July 08′



Ahhhhhh…seeing all that sunshine, almost makes me feel warm! Ok…I said almost!


We also love to spend time in our flower beds too, in fact, in the summer we practically live in our backyard! We put in a fire pit (that I don’t have a picture of yet, and we spend endless summer nights out there just relaxing and having really good conversation. It’s hard to being ourselves indoors when summer is in the Pacific Northwest!

A corner bed of Impatiens~ Love these!!!

A corner bed of Impatiens~ Love these!!!

Roses, Marigolds and Climatis! Ahhh....I can't wait!




Roses, Marigolds and Climatis! Ahhh....I can't wait!

July 08'~ See the corn!!



July 08'~ See the corn!!

Time to get our seed order put together and start mapping out our plans so we can be ready to plant when spring arrives….

In His Grip~

Ahhhh…….about half of our January birthdays are over this month! Big exhale! LOL We have 13 family/friends birthdays we celebrate in the month of January. Sheeeesh!!!! I mean seriously! These poor people who’s birthdays are the month following Christmas……now….I KNOW they are special people….even precious people…..but I am so done celebrating! Food, gift wrap…….bows and presents! OIY! Ok…I am just venting here a weeeeee bit and I will continue to move through the month honoring those who’s birthdays are still yet to come. I love these people and they certainly deserve more from me than the sense of urgency for this month to hurry by! Phew…..glad that’s out….now I can smile and move forward!

It seems I do pretty well posting entries on my blog in the early part of the week and then fizzle toward the end……..I don’t know why that stresses me a bit. I guess I am wierd that way, but more and more I am just thinking…Oh well! I don’t have to post because it’s my journal! LOLOL I mean, I am not marketing on it, I am not coaching on it….I am just journaling! Ahhhhhhhh liberty!

I attended a card making class yesterday with my good friend Denise Wallace. Denise showed us how to make 2 of the coolest Valentine cards! I was going to show them off here but my camera batteries faded. I will be sure to post the cards tomorrow, Denise is SUCH a pro at this and I am excited to be learning technique from her, besides just getting to spend time with her doing something we both love! You can see Denise’s blog here—->>> http://waldeewee.blogspot.com/ Treat yourself to a visit to her page…..you’ll love it!

In His Grip~

Yes!! Two of our children share the same birthday! I’ve already introduced Ashley here on this blog and I will introduce Tyler soon, but today we are celebrating both of their birthdays! Ashley is 20 and Tyler is 22 today. Man oh man….I almost choke on those ages! These are our 2 youngest and for them both to be in their 20’s causes me to pause a bit…….sheeeeesh! Say it isn’t so! 🙂

So Happy Birthday Tyler and Ash! Your dad and I are so blessed to be your parents……you have both put countless smiles on our faces and much joy in our hearts! We love you and hope that this year will bring you all the joy your hearts can hold!

I wish you a day of ordinary miracles…
A fresh pot of coffee you didn’t have to make yourself…
An unexpected phone call from an old friend…
Green traffic lights on the road…

I wish you a day of little things to rejoice in…
The fastest line at the grocery store…
A good sing along song on the radio…
Your keys right where you look…

I wish you a day of happiness and perfection…
little bite-size pieces of perfection
that give you the funny feeling
that the Lord is smiling on you,
holding you so gently
because you are someone special and rare.

I wish You a day of Peace, Happiness and Joy
Ashley & Sayre 12-08

Ashley & Sayre 12-08





In keeping with today’s theme for the week….I am going to post one of Ashley’s very favorite recipes. It happens to be one of my favorite too! We love this recipe and I fix it quite often. It tastes great and it’s one of the healthiest things I make!


Waldorf Salad Recipe

  • 1 cup celery, thinly sliced
  • 1 cup red seedless grapes, sliced (or a 1/2 cup of raisins)
  • 2 sweet apples, cored and chopped
  • 1 cup chopped fresh broccoli
  • 1 cup diced onions
  • 2 cups fresh baby spinach
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts (I use pecans, cashews or raw peanuts sometimes)
  • 8 Tbsp mayonnaise
  • 3 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Lettuce

In a medium sized bowl, whisk together the mayonnaise (or yogurt) and the lemon juice. Add 1/2 teaspoon of salt, 1/4 teaspoon of fresh ground pepper. Mix in the apple, celery, grapes, and walnuts. Serve on a bed of fresh spinach leaves.Serves 5

Bon Appetite!

In His Grip 🙂 

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