Friday, December 31, 2010

I am thinking of the soothing days I enjoyed in California this New Years Eve. This photo was taken when there was an unusual amount of rain in spring in the desert of southern California. Look how colorful flowers and landscape become when just a few more inches pour. This is such a planet, such an earth, such a blessed gift. Oh happy day and New all.

Monday, December 13, 2010

It's Been Awhile

I have been so remiss in posting to my blog. In the new year I am going to try with due diligence to get on the ball and be more active in postings. I have been busy with craft fairs. Busy with obtaining my Real Estate License. Busy with trying to keep all those plates up in the air.... so to say....

I have an awesome recipe for Italian Pizelle Cookies. Want to share it with you. They are low fat and are yummy delicious without the guilt.
So I am going to post the pictures of the type of Pizelle maker I have and then give you all this wonderful recipe. Happy baking.

Mary's Pizelle's adapted by ME
Plug in your pizelle maker, I use a great maker made by C Palmer MFG, West Newton, PA It is sturdy and really does a great is the link for that great company

1 cup shortening(Crisco bar)
1 cup Sugar
4 eggs (I use egg beaters, Less in calories and lower fat)
2 cups flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp vanilla( I use vanilla and anisette and Almond and change them around)
a pinch of salt
Sometimes I add Mace.... 2 tsp. or even 2 teaspoons of chai spice depends on my mood.

Beat shortening until very smooth, add sugar and beat well. Add eggs, baking powder and salt ... Dough should be sticky. Then, I add a small amount of low fat milk if the batter appears too thick. Usually it is just right.

Simply drop an appropriate amount of batter onto the hot iron and close. It should take about 50-60 seconds to brown and be ready for your food eating pleasure.

I do put foil or parchment paper under the maker just in case I pour to much batter on the iron. When the foil or paper is there it is really simple to clean up when you are all finished. I let my cookies cool on a cookie sheet and store in an air tight container. These babies are awesome with or without low fat adjustments. You can even dip these in chocolate for added pleasure. My son loves them with nutella as well. Hope you all enjoy and I expect some feedback, Please!

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Some religion

Things out there are gettin' kinda crazy, remember:
So, get out there and stop tolerating.

tell me what you want

And I will give you what you need~~~~~~~~~

Monday, May 3, 2010

Brown Sugar Scrub for you the Easy Way!

This is a site I actually take time to follow. I have posted her stuff before but this is a great recipe for an easy scrub just for you on Mothers Day.
Happy Mothers day Mothers!!!!!!!!!!!! Just Click on the title and you will be linked to the recipe!

Make Your Own Brown Sugar Scrub

Make Your Own Brown Sugar Scrub

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Thursday, February 18, 2010

the lady from mecklenberg

Click on the title the lady from Mecklenberg and see my creation.
I have been working on a new software program called on the internet. With a minimal fee you can learn to use a program similar to Photoshop and create your own images, ideas, logo's, headers and more. This is such a neat tool. It is not easy but it is worth it. I bought two books to help but this is my proudest creation so far....Let me know what you all think. Click on the link. Have a great day. Shug

Friday, February 12, 2010

The beginning

So, Here are four photo's of my "design" for my Unicorn Rug. The corners have a tulip styled flower I like to use and the rest is roughed in. I have started the project and am underway with a few ideas and color schemes changing just a bit. I will take pictures next of the beginning so you can see the progress..... Please fill me in on your ideas and I would love it if you would share some ideas with me. Until next time.........

A new rug just for me......

I have started a rug hooking project designed just for myself. This is a big deal for me because I have constantly created my paintings, hooked rugs, decoupaged items and every other thing I put my hand on and sold them. I also give away allot too...... So, I started with a 3" x 3 1/2" (with extra on both sides) designed monks cloth. I then started looking for designs. I am an appraiser for an auction house and have tons of reference books. i went looking through one that was exclusively about the old Pennsylvania immigrant trucks that are so collectible and valued around here. I found a unicorn that just caught my eye. I scanned the picture, blew it up in size on the computer and printed it out. That is to allow me to reproduce the exact size and design to mimic the first one. Then I designed primitive flowers and greens around the unicorns. Bordering the design is a symmetrical design I got from one of my quilt books. There was an unusual quilt pictured with the same border I used in my design. I have pretty much used most of my on hand wools and dyed the plaids and white wools I thought I would need for added interest and color. My niece helped me with all that. I love dying the wool. So, This is where I started.
I will write about my next steps as I post my next set of photos...... To be continued....

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Something new

I am going to be showing the progression of my new hooked rug. I am tired of creating for everyone else and I have nothing for myself. So,I am making a larger hooked rug for just little ole me. Be on the lookout nad I will be sharing. This is the tease or warm up to the next few weeks.

I am an indepepndent online appraiser for an online auction house. If you are interested in getting great items for great deals, take a look. It is easy to sign up and easy to bid with them. Here is the link and I hope you will check them out. This week they are auctioning off tons of collectible serigraph and lithographs. Some are framed and some are not. In the weeks ahead, they will be auctioning off collectible sports memorabilia and then Very Collectible toys as well. Keep an eye open for those as well.

Friday, January 8, 2010

RCR Cristalleria Italiana | Ricotta balls and poppy seeds


RCR Cristalleria Italiana Ricotta balls and poppy seeds: "matters of taste30/09/2009
Ricotta balls and poppy seeds
Ingredients for 4 people
- 2 tablespoons poppy seeds
- 1/2 kg very fresh cow’s milk ricotta
- 6 tablespoons parmigiano cheese
- 4 eggs
- extra-virgin olive oil, as necessary
Place all ingredients in a large bowl. Mix vigorously to obtain a well-blended mixture of all the ingredients.
Make small (3-4 cm) balls of the mixture (to make this process easier, wet the palms of your hands with water). Arrange the balls on a baking tray covered with oven paper and moisten them with a small amount of olive oil. Bake at 180° for 10-15 minutes.
Serve warm or at room temperature."