Thursday, March 24, 2011



Just popping in to share an easy Finger paint recipe.  I can across this on the Internet while searching for some activities to do with Ethan.  If you don't have paint in the house this is a quick way to make some.

3T sugar
1/2 cup cornstarch
2 cups cold water
food coloring
liquid dishwashing detergent
med saucepan
small cups

Mix sugar and cornstarch over low heat.  Add cold water stir until mixture is thick, remove from heat.  Divide into five portions.  Add food coloring and one drop dishwashing detergent.  Let cool about 20 minutes.

Such a nice day we painted outside!

Had to add a picture of my little cutie pie! :)

Quick little card using PTI's Love Birds and Ellie's Tale by Sassafras. 

Thanks for stopping by,

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Recipes, Favorites and Pictures!

Hello all,

It has been way to long since my last post, but I have found myself busy lately.  Not only have I been sick with a cold, but also my husband and I got food poisoning somewhere, so that put us both out for a couple days.  Before all of the sickness I worked super hard on a lot of submitting.  It is so challenging to try and get published, but trying gives me something to work towards.  Also I really enjoy the challenge. :)   To make up for lost time I have a lot I want to share today.  I am trying to get it all done before the kids get up!

1. Recipes- I love finding new ones and love sharing the great ones with you all! Below is a new recipe I tried this past week.  I was really thinking my hubby wouldn't like it but he did! It was so yummy and also simple, my favorite combo! I got it out of the newest Parents mag.

Pasta, Greens, and Beans

8oz. ziti                                                1 cup chicken stock
2 TBS. Olive Oil                                  3 cups cooked cannellini or other white beans, drained
2 cups chopped onion                             ground pepper
1 celery stalk (I didn't use)                       Grated Parmesan
3 cups chopped cabbage
1/2 cup chopped ham

Step 1 Bring a large pot of water to a boil over high heat and add salt.  Add the pasta and cook until tender but not mushy, 8 to 10 minutes drain and set aside

Step 2 While the pasta is cooking, place the oil in a large skillet over medium heat; when hot add the onion and celery and cook until softened, about 5 minutes.  Add cabbage and cook until wilted, 3 to 4 minutes.  Then add the ham, stock, and beans; sprinkle with salt and pepper and cook until everything is heated through - 5 to 7 minutes.  If it seems dry add a little more stock or water; it should be moist but not soupy.

Step 3 Add the pasta to the bean mixture and stir gently.  Taste and adjust the seasoning, sprinkle with Parmesan.
Makes 6 servings

2. Nail Polish- never been a big painter before but lately I have really wanted to. Big Splendor by Essie is my new favorite, I found it at Target. Also found Chinchilly at Walmart, which Dawn recommended and I also love it!

3. Cards- The excitement of new submission calls really get ideas rolling so needless to say I have cards coming out my ears! lol  Here are a few new ones:

4. Pictures- I try to take a couple pictures a day of my boys.  My husband doesn't want to miss out on a second, so he asks me everyday if I am recording and taking pictures. hehehe He is so cute! My little guy is 3 1/2 months old and Ethan with be 3 in July! Where does the time go?

5. Crafts- I love finding new things to do with Ethan!  He is hard to keep up with sometimes because he is so smart! I know all moms say this, but truly he says things that blow my mind! Anyway, enough bragging! The other day we had some fun dyeing our own sand, which is actually salt.  So so simple and perfect for him to do!  Just take some salt ( I used 1/4 cup for each color) and put your favorite color of  food coloring, mix and heat in the microwave till the salt is dry ( about 30 seconds or so) .

Wowzers!! It is simply gorgeous outside today!  We have already been out cleaning our flower beds out, mulching, and fertilizing !! I can't wait for my tulips to bloom so I can take a lot of pictures! (Tulips are my absolute favorite flower ever) I have so far planted over 50 tulip bulbs and before that planted over a hundred other bulbs! Really can't wait to see them all!!  Also watching a lot of Basketball ( go KU), so I am keeping pretty darn busy today! 

Have a beautiful Sunday!!