Sunday, August 28, 2011

My Self Portrait for my Caravan Journal

Well, it took me a while to think of what I was going to do, and I finally sat and put it together. I think this represents who I am although there is a lot more to me than this..LOL

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Great tutorial on how to make a Heart with wire

I absolutely love how this is taught. I use different brand of pliers that work in a similar way and know how to use them, but I did learn how to make this heart. I dont do a lot of wire work, but I want to! I mostly use copper since silver is so expensive and I would hate to waste any little tiny piece. I hope you enjoy this video as much as I did...

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Got my yummy Bead Soup today!

I am totally excited with my bead soup!  I cant wait to get my creativity flowing to put something together!  THANK YOU Soooo much Collette!  I absolutely love them all! I sure needed this today.  I learned my cousins son was killed in a car accident last night after his birthday party so I have not been feeling too well today.  He was the same age as my boys (and my brother and sisters, we all have boys), 23, so young!  So it really has been a hard on my family.

These beads sure put a smile on my face!

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Bet you cant guess what these beads look like!

LOL...I thought this was a good way to show what I am sending off to Collette!  Try and guess what they look like!  Hehehe

Friday, August 12, 2011

My Bead Soup Partner!

Check out my Bead Soup Partners blog and her amazing Etsy shop! I absolutely love her designs...

Mermaid Zentangle

Well, why stop at making one right? But this one is much different I think. I used a larger marker so the lines are much bolder. I still need to make her flipper. I have ideas but my mind has been on work these past few days...yes I started back on Wednesday. Had my CPR training today..its getting easier and easier to do. As of now, we no longer have to do the breaths when doing CPR, all you need to do is compressions. Not that I have ever had to use my CPR training, but its good to have. Anyway, I have no name for this zentangle but eventually I will figure it out! If you have any suggestions I would sure love to hear it! OH, if there is anybody out there that knows how to use digitizing software, please give me some advice as to which one you use and how expensive it is. I bought a beautiful Viking Topaz sewing machine and didnt realize I needed to have the expensive software that does NOT come with it in order to use my own designs. I learned it right before I decided to purchase it, and I havent found anything I am really impressed with online. UGH

Thursday, August 04, 2011

Blueberry Syrup

So, now for the really yummy stuff, the syrup!
I did make this a little too sweet I think, but syrup is sweet anyways. Here are the ingredients:

Blueberry Syrup

1 cup water
1 1/c cup powdered sugar
1 tbs pure vanilla extract
1 1/2 to 2 cups frozen blueberries, thawed, rinsed and drained

In a medium sauce pan, put the water, sugar and vanilla extact in.  Bring to a boil and let it cook for about 5 minutes.  I like to make sure you get a nice thick sauce.  You can test this with a candy themometer but I usually just test mine by taking a taste...let it cool slightly on the spoon before you take a could burn your tongue, plus its thinner when its hot, and you are checking to make sure it is thick enough.  If its not thick enough after 5 minutes, continue to boil until you get the results you want.  Dont boil too long or you just might get jelly instead...LOL
After  you have the right consistency, add your blueberries.  Again, bring them to a boil, and continue for a couple of minutes.  Test your syrup, and it should be ready to go!  I put mine in a jar and let it cool some before serving.

This is a quick and simple recipe!  Hope you love the pancakes and blueberry syrup if you give them a try.  Drop me a line too if you do!! 

Yummy Pancakes and Blueberry Syrup

Ok, so normally I dont put recipes on my blog...but hey, why not!  This morning, a beautiful morning in Northern CA, after getting a really good nights sleep (no dreams or nightmares..LOL) I decided to make something yummy for breakfast.  Hubby was still in bed, my youngest is still snoring, so it was up to me and my 2 kitties to put something together!  I didnt have any pancake mix, besides I dont usually like the stuff, so I did the hunt online to see what I could find.  I found a basic recipe, nothing exciting, but it gave me the basic idea of how to make home made pancakes....So this is my recipe.  Now mind you, I cook by scratch, I never measure anything when Im in this mode!  So the measurments are not accurate but approximate. But I think they are close enough to what I used....and I also used my new Kitchen Aid mixer...LOVE IT!  Why didnt I buy this thing years ago I will never know...LOL  Ps, I am trying to go the healthier route in life, so this is my version of a healthy pancake!

As always with anything I the entire directions before you begin to make....  :-)

Almond Pancakes
1 C. white flour
2/3 c. wheat flour
2/3 almond flour
1 1/2 tablespoon baking powder

Mix these all together, then add:

1/4 cup raw sugar (I think I put more and they were a tiny bit too less is better in this case)
1 egg
1/4 cup vanilla yogurt (I think I used a tad more than this, I emptied what was left in my container)
1/2 n 1/2 milk  -  I used about 1 - 1 1/2 cups, not exactly sure because I added this in as I was mixing to get a nice consistency. So, put one cup in first then as you are mixing, keep adding the milk until you are happy with the consistency.  Should be almost like cake batter thickness, not too runny and not too thick!

I used Half N Half because I think it adds a nice richness to the pancakes.  You can also use Almond milk or regular milk.  I dont suggest water, I think the pancakes would be a little bland and not as fluffy
Mix well but don't over mix.  Even though I used my Kitchen Aid, I still mixed the wet ingredients by hand.

Once you get all the ingredients mixed, start cooking away!  Makes about 15 pancakes approx. 3 inches in diameter and 1/2 inches thick...