Friday, March 4, 2011

Challenge Change....and other news!

Hello everyone! First off I want to say a BIG THANK YOU to those that left me well wishes! It helped a ton...I certainly had the flu (not what I call the fake one either!). The real deal takes some time to get over but I am happy to say I feel alot better! I got out of the house for the first time in a week and it felt great! I'm still tired and I still have a few other mild symptoms that are weaning away but all in all I feel alive amongst the living again! :)

Second I would like to tell you that the Build A Sketch Challenge over at Stamping Vacation has been replaced with a new challenge. Sniffle, is kind of sad for me because the Build A Sketch was one of my favs but there just wasn't much participation so I completely understand the change! Sometimes I like to fight change but this time it is probably for the best. Anywho, if you would like to check out the new challenge click HERE! It is sooooooooo super easy!! All you need to do is basically make something and join it up with any challenge you can think of....that is it!!! EASY PEASY!! So go ahead and get creating and hopefully we see a bunch of you over there entering for our monthly prize drawing!!

Oh yeah...speaking of prizes....I am still waiting to hear back from a few people to see if they wanted entered into my candy drawing (the one for Aunt Jeanne). So I hope to be announcing the winner or winners soon! I haven't decided if I am going to do one big draw or divide it into a couple smaller ones....probably depends on shipping costs!! *GULP*

Hope everyone has a splendid day!

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Double Scrap Page!

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

An Award!

I received this award from a lady I just recently met in blogland and her name is Sheree! THANK YOU SO MUCH! You can visit her blog HERE! You gotta check it out....she is super talented!!!

I am going to break the rules a bit and pass this award onto anyone that wants it!

I am also supposed to share 7 things about me so here goes:

1. As soon as I get home from work if I am staying in all night I jump right into my flannel pants and a t-shirt. I love comfy clothes!
2. I am addicted to having a fireplace!
3. I enjoy bike riding although I don't get to do it often.
4. Ever since I watched an episode with Bobby Flay that showed how processed chicken nuggets are made I haven't been able to eat them! I pretty much stay away from anything that says "mechanically separated" on the packaging or that looks like processed meat....ick!
5. Every year in the Spring I go wild mushroom hunting
6. I would love to learn some new languages ... I wish Rosetta Stone wasn't so darn expensive!!!
7. I wish I enjoyed veggies as much as I like dessert!

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Something New and Exciting!!!

Stef.....the Glitterbabe herself.....has asked me to be a part of her DT (no challenge blog this time) to showcase her fab digi images!!

Click HERE to read the full sparkly report and to meet all the other DT members!

You can also click HERE to go to the Glitterbabe Digi Store!

Tasty Tuesday!

Lately my hubby and I have been making fresh homemade pasta about once a week using the pasta machine he got me for Christmas. I gotta say it is alot of fun and tastes sooooooo much better than store bought but maybe I am biased considering we are the ones making it?!

This is homemade fettucine with olive oil, garlic, balsamic vinegar and nuts

1 pound of long thin pasta (homemade OR store bought)
4 medium garlic cloves (chopped) diluted with 1 teaspoon of water
1/3 cup EVOO
1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
Ground black pepper
3/4 cup finely chopped nuts (any variety)

In a skillet heat the oil, nuts, diluted garlic and 1 teaspoon of salt on low. Cook slowly until the garlic is golden, about 3 minutes. Be careful not to burn the garlic or your dish will be bitter! Remove from heat.

Bring 4 quarts of water to a boil in a large pot. Add 1 tablespoon of salt and the pasta. Cool until al dente. Drain and then add them back into the pot. Toss with oil mixture, cheese and vinegar. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Enjoy!

Monday, February 28, 2011

Important Post....PLEASE READ!!

**This will stay at the top of my blog for the month of February**

Thanks for stopping by my blog to read this important post. I am asking for some help to make a wonderful lady smile as she is going through a difficult time right now. That special lady is my hubby's Aunt Jeanne! She just turned 50 in November and right before Christmas she was diagnosed with breast cancer. A couple of days ago she underwent a mastectomy (complete removal of breast). Everything has been going well and she is in good spirits and trying to stay so positive. As soon as she heals she will undergo chemotherapy and we won't know if she also has to do radiation or not until her results come back from the lymph nodes they took out. Jeanne is a remarkably sweet lady....she would do anything for anyone and so would her husband! Two of the nicest people I have ever met and I'm so glad I am a part of their family.
Jeanne absolutely LOVES cards....and she also really enjoys getting postcards from different places. She hasn't traveled very much and always enjoys getting postcards from all of our travels. I thought it would be great if she could get handmade cards, items or postcards from all over the world to help lift her spirits and make her smile! That is where you all come in! :) This is going to be a surprise for her and I will hand deliver everything. I would also like to offer a bit of candy to those that participate in sending something AND for spreading the word! If there is anyone that wishes to donate something to my candy pile that would be wonderful!!! I would like to have everything by the end of February so if you live out of the USA please adjust to allow for posting time! Thank you so much in advance for those that choose to participate!!

Here are the details:
1. Please make a card, handmade item (she loves anything), or send a postcard of your local area. You can mail everything to me. Please e-mail me for my is located in my profile. If you can't find it just leave me a message on my blog saying you would like my address.
2. Make sure you put your e-mail or blog address in the envelope so I can put you in the candy draw!
3. Please spread the word and link to this post (you can use the candy picture)! Leave me a comment with a link to your blog post that you have spread the word and I will enter you in the candy draw.
If you send something AND spread the word that gives you two chances!!
4. Remember I would like to have everything by the end of February and will draw a name the first week of March. I will ship anywhere!
5. If you do NOT want to be in the candy draw and still would like to participate please let me know that too!

If you have any questions please don't hesitate to ask. Thank you again from the bottom of my heart!!

EDITED 2-21-11 TO SAY: If you would like to participate in the candy and your afraid your card will not get here in time don't worry....just let me know your sending something and I will go ahead and include you. But to make sure things are fair if you are the winner I will hold the candy until I receive your card. So far I have about 35 people that have said they would send goal is 50 so fingers crossed as I am almost to my goal!! :) I also wanted to let you know that Jeanne is doing well and that her test results came back and her lymph nodes were clear!! That is a blessing!! I have not talked to her about when she will start chemo...I will update when I know more!


* 10 Magnolia stamped images
* K&Co. Chipboard sheet
* Pack of American Craft rub-ons
* Basic Grey Bling
* Misc. die cuts
* Assorted matching ribbon

Carol from Craftin Granny's Card Shack has graciously donated a rubber stamp called "Willow With Lantern" from Whiff Of Joy!

Theresa from Craft's/Friends/Angels has kindly donated the following items! I will update later with a picture!

100 Flatback Pearls - assorted colors
100 Gems - assorted colors
3 bunches of flowers
Some dimensional Stickers
6m of Ribbon - 3 colors (2m each )

Corry from Free-4-Ever has lovingly donated the goodies you see in the picture below!

Linda from Lindy's Maid Wid Luv has sweetly donated the following stamp set!

Becky from Scrappin' Becky B. has generously donated all the items you see in the picture below!

I will update if anyone else decides to donate! Thank you!


Sunday, February 27, 2011

Another Diploma Scrap Page

*You will notice on alot of these scrap pages I will be showing soon that I had to mark out faces because I do not have their permission*

I am feeling pretty sick today....ugh. I knew it was only a matter of time. Working at a school I told my husband my job makes me sick....literally!!

I'm off to TRY and sleep. Hasn't worked so far and it is 3 in the morning.