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October 10, 2008

Stamping Picture Frames and another Baby Card…

Filed under: Crafts — monee2000 @ 2:58 pm

A friend of mine welcomed his second son into the family at the end of June.  In celebration, I stamped a picture frame for the little guy, and didn’t want to leave his big brother out, so I stamped one for him too.  I’ve never made picture frames before, but this was pretty simple and they turned out almost exactly as I envisioned them!  The card that I sent with the gift is below as well…

 

 

October 8, 2008

Operation Baking Gals – Round 3

Filed under: Crafts,Food — monee2000 @ 7:45 am

Well, obviously I lied.  I said I’d be updating this more frequently, and I sincerely plan to at some point.  For now, I will at the very least entertain y’all with a post for the latest round of Operation Baking Gals

This time I baked for CPT Christopher Dalske, you can read a little bit about him here.  Considering that he’s the unofficial morale officer, I have no doubt these cookies will be distributed to all around him, and I hope he gets a couple for himself too!

 

So, what did I make?  Once again I pulled out that incredible cookbook, Baking from My Home to Yours by Dorie Greenspan and chose 2 different types of cookies.  The first are Peanut Butter Oatmeal Chocolate Chipsters – which as their name implies has a little bit of everything in them!  They turned out perfect – I really enjoyed them and they were pretty simple to make…

 

For the second cookie, I chose something a little different, and one that I would have probably skipped over time and time again in usual circumstances, but I’m glad I made them – they turned out pretty tasty!  They were the Honey Wheat Cookies and their main ingredient, as you can see from the pic below is Wheat Germ.  Who in the heck puts wheat germ in a cookie and makes it taste good!?!?  Dorie, that’s who! The lemon zest really kicked these up.  I think I will make them for my dad sometime soon, they are cookies I think he would enjoy!  And I might make a slight modification and sprinkle some sugar in the raw on top before baking to give them a little added sweetness, although these are good as they are!

And last but not least, is the card!  This time I included a card made by one of my very best friends, Courtney.  She, myself and my other best friend Joanne got together one afternoon and had a great time making cards that we then shared with each other.  This was Courtney’s first time making cards, and she did a GREAT job!  I helped her design the card (there was a template we needed to follow for the swap) and then she was off to the races!  I loved the final result!

 

 

I hope you all have an incredible day!  I hope to post again very soon!  I just need to sit down on afternoon, write a ton of posts, and then schedule them to post automatically throughout the coming month.  Then maybe I will be all caught up!  And THAT’S a feeling I don’t experience often! Ha!

In closing, thanks Operation Baking Gals for such an awesome event every month and a HUGE Thank You to Chris and those around him for serving our country.  May God bless you and keep you in the palm of his hand…

September 4, 2008

Chocolate Chunkers, Snickerdoodles and a Thank You Card

Filed under: Crafts,Food — monee2000 @ 1:16 pm

 

For my first month as a member of Operation Baking GALS, I got paired up with Susan from She’s Becoming DoughMessTic, who is actually the brainchild of this great event!  We are baking for Christopher Handy, who currently has a lot of young guys reporting to him, so in baking for him, we were also sending a touch of home to a lot of youngsters that are bravely defending our freedoms.  If Christopher or his guys stumble upon this blog, THANK YOU AGAIN for your service – I sincerely appreciate all that you do!

So what did I make and bake?  Well of course I couldn’t let the package ship out without a card.  I wanted it to be simple, yet represent a little bit about me, so here’s what I came up with…

 

 

This could very well be the fastest card I’ve ever put together!  And I liked the outcome a lot.  But the guys really aren’t going to care too much about a card, so on to the good stuff…  I had a lot of chocolate in my freezer, and I wanted needed to get it out of the house!  I was looking through Baking From My Home to Yours by Dorie Greenspan, probably my favorite cookbook for sweets now, and happened upon Chocolate Chunksters.  I will say that when I was scooping out these cookies, I was a little leary that they would stick together and actually bake into a non-crumbly mess.  And then when they first came out of the oven, I thought that they might be TOO chocolatey and would melt into a blob before they ever made it over to the troops.  I’m crossing my fingers on that one still!  But the day I was packing them up, they seemed more like a chocolate base cookie with lots of peanuts in them.  I’m hoping that they survive, and if they don’t, then I’m hoping that someone likes a blob of chocolate and peanuts! 

 

 

In addition to these, I thought I would make the classic Snickerdoodles – I knew they would make it there without melting, and who doesn’t like the simple goodness of a light cookie with a little cinnamon sugar on top?!?!  I got the recipe from Jayne of The Barefoot Kitchen Witch (she shipped these in her Operation Baking GALS package too!)  Of course I taste-tested them before sending, and they came out perfect!  I hope the guys enjoy these as well…

 

Before:

 

And after:

 

 

Thanks so much to Susan for putting this together!  I look forward to baking again for the troops next month – I’ve already got the cookies I want to send in mind! :o)

 

God Bless!

SLACKER EXTRODINAIRE!!

Filed under: Uncategorized — monee2000 @ 12:41 pm

That would be me.  It’s not that I haven’t been doing anything, it’s just that I haven’t been blogging about it!  So I have a whole list of blogs to write, but I at the very least got the pics sized and uploaded to Photobucket last night – so there WILL be posts in the next few days recounting my time in the kitchen, and the craft room over the past month or so…

And just a semi-update… I have decided to not continue with my participation in Tuesdays with Dorie.  It’s a GREAT group and a lot of fun, but it didn’t align with my goals for healthy living and financial responsibility at this time.  So I resigned from that and decided to join a group that will have a positive impact on others, and will allow me to bake as well – I have proudly joined Operation Baking GALS.  This group adopts ~10 soldiers that are overseas each month.  Bloggers from all over America are signing up to support one of the chosen soldiers and we mail off packages to them so that they get an abundance of “home” to share with their units around them.  This way I get to bake, but the goodies don’t stay in my home tempting me!  It’s perfect!  AND it’s only once a month, so I definitely have time for it!  My post(s) about what I sent will follow shortly…

God Bless and have a wonderful day!

July 15, 2008

TWD – Chocolate Pudding

Filed under: Uncategorized — monee2000 @ 6:00 am

 

Finally!  I got something done on time! Amazing!

 

I’ll admit – when I first saw the recipe for this week, I thought it was just a whole lot of work that Jello had just made a whole lot easier for us.  And while I still think Jello pudding mixes have their purpose, now that I’ve had pudding from scratch, WOW.  I have a whole new appreciation for pudding!  Along the way, I thought it was all going to end up in the trash.  It did NOT look good when moving it from the stove to the blender on the final run… but the blender made it all better!  It tasted wonderful – a lot different than instant pudding – it wasn’t really sweet, but more rich than normal…

The recipe was chosen by Melissa of It’s Melissa’s Kitchen - check out her blog for the recipe!

I found that the pudding was definitely the most challenging thing to photograph so far.  Because it sat in the ramekins, when topped with coolwhip, you couldn’t see the pudding, so I had to dig in and get some cross-sections.  Dang the luck!

July 13, 2008

Baby Showers and Birthdays!

Filed under: Crafts — monee2000 @ 10:57 pm

I was able to create a few cards this weekend for a baby shower for my good friend Melissa and then for some birthdays that we’re celebrating at work this week.  I leave for Birmingham REALLY early tomorrow morning – so I wanted to get these posted before I left!

The baby shower card was a bit of a challenge because she has decided to be surprised by the gender of the baby -so it had to be a gender neutral card!  While it was challenging, this is probably one of my favorite cards that I’ve made…

These were for the birthdays at work this week.  I am just kinda “eh” about them – I like them, but I probably won’t be repeating them.  The one with the orange background, I like, but I wish I would have used yellow instead of orange, but didn’t have any yellow paper on hand – I’ll have to add it to my order at the next stamp camp!

TWD – Cheddar Apple Scones

Filed under: Food — monee2000 @ 10:47 pm

So in all of the madness of June, one of the Tuesday with Dorie recipes I missed was the Cheddar Apple Scones chosen by Karina of The Floured Apron.  I finally made them this weekend and they were excellent.  I agree with others that they were more like biscuits than scones that I’ve had in the past, but they’ve made quite a tasty breakfast, and brunch, and late-night snack, and dinner so far this weekend! LOL! 

I made them according to the recipe, but at the last minute thought that bacon would make a nice addition – in my mind I was thinking of Applewood Smoked Bacon and then bacon and cheese kolaches – so it all seemed like a natural fit.  And IT WAS!! I’m so glad I added it!  I just used the 50% reduced fat Real Bacon Bits, which was so much easier than frying and chopping up bacon on my own, and it cleared up a little more room in my fridge as well!  Bonus!

 

And ready to eat:

July 10, 2008

TWD – Double Crusted Blueberry Pie

Filed under: Food — monee2000 @ 8:18 am

Blueberry Pie

 

This week’s TWD selection was made by Amy at South in Your Mouth.  I was excited to see she picked the Double Crusted Blueberry Pie – it was perfectly suited for the week of July 4th!  Of course I didn’t MAKE it for the 4th, but enjoyed the blueberries being in season none the less!  I made this yesterday for a group of girls in my bible study this summer.  It’s the same girls I took to Frontier Ranch in June.  They were a little shy about digging in at first, but at the end, they did a good job finishing it off so I didn’t have to come home with any leftovers.  I  laughed when one girl said it reminder her of “a mix of fruity pebbles and a pop tart! ” Another girl looked at her with this look on her face and said “Did you just compare this pie that she made to a pop tart!?!”  It was pretty funny… I think she got the fruity pebble vibe from the lemon zest that was included.

BB Pie

I thought all aspects of this pie came together pretty easily.  I was a little nervous about the flour and sugar in the filling – I didn’t want it to be gritty.  So after I poured it all into the pie crust, I poured it all back into the bowl second guessing whether to include it all.  What I forgot about was that there were bread crumbs in the bottom of my pie crust – EEK!  I ultimately decided that Dorie knows best and just made sure the flour and sugar was incorporated into the berries pretty well (and the bread crumbs!) and poured it all back in hoping for the best.  And from the looks of the pie plate at the end… there were NO ISSUES!  And you couldn’t taste the breadcrumbs in the filling, so nothing was ruined with my second guessing…

Oh, and I took a cue from one of the many TWD blogs I read and made little pie crust cookies with the remaining dough.  The girls (and myself) definitely cleared those out as well – I’m happy not to throw away pie dough anymore!

PD Cookies

Stamp Camp – June 2008

Filed under: Crafts — monee2000 @ 8:07 am

The theme for stamp camp last month was ‘Watercolor’.  We used a few different techniques including water color crayons and using drops of ink as well.  Most people preferred the water color crayons, but at the time, I really liked just the tried and true drops of ink with an aqua painter.  After having a few days separation, my water color crayon projects (the pear and the flower) didn’t turn out too bad after all… Not sure if it justifies the cost of the crayons though.

 

Pears

 

Flower

 

Flowers

 

Glitter

 

The theme for swap cards this month was ‘sympathy cards’.  Here’s the one I created – you’ll recognize the color scheme and stamp set from the bookmark I made earlier in the month.  I love chocolate (the color, and the food actually) with most colors, so this is one of my favorite color schemes.  And it happens to be one of my favorite stamp sets too – I just don’t get to use it all that often!

 

All I\'ve Created

 

Next month there’s no set “theme’ for stamp camp – we’re just making a variety of cards.  And the swamp is based on a layout – I’m interested to see what people come up with – myself included!

July 9, 2008

Wait for it… Wait for it…

Filed under: General — monee2000 @ 10:32 am

I’ve been quite absent lately – June spiraled out of control quickly and it took me some time to catch back up!

I went to Boulder the first week of June for work. The second week I was actually here, but was involved in a 4-car collision (not my fault) – no one was hurt, just body damage to my vehicle – BUT I had backed into a pole last year, and didn’t have the extra cash laying around to fix my bumper, and now it’s fixed for me, so the hassle was somewhat a plus! The 14th-22nd I was at Frontier Ranch with my Young Life friends – everyone told me it would be one of the best weeks of my life and I was somewhat skeptical. They were 100% RIGHT! I loved it and can’t wait to do it all again. The girls I got to know there were fabulous and I can’t wait to continue my relationships with them! Then, 2 days after I got back, I was headed to Birmingham again for work. It was nuts!

So I’ve been playing quite a bit of catch up. I spent the majority of my 4th of July weekend cleaning the house, doing yardwork and baking!

Therefore the following posts are coming:
– TWD Catchup – Mixed Berry Cobbler
– TWD Catchup – Apple Cheddar Scones
– TWD This Week – Double-Crusted Blueberry Pie
– June Stamp Camp – Watercolor Technique
– Sweet Corn OFF the Cobb Casserole

P.S. A lot of my friends are just realizing the beauty of Google Reader – I think it’s one of the most amazing inventions EVER! Such a time saver, yet a time SUCKER as well. I’ve never looked at so many food blogs in my life!

Anyways – all of my updates should be posted by the end of the day today. Enjoy!!

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