Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Mosaic Tuesday

Im late in posting Mosaic Monday, so Mosaic Tuesday it is. Loved these pictures from Flickr from the past few weeks. Browsing pics is relaxation for me and I can totally get lost in peoples photography. hope you enjoy these photos as much as I did
1. Thanks., 2. My World in a Ball, 3. Silent Night, 4. Chilly Chilies, 5. "you can't catch us", 6. Sponsored by - Thanksgiving Balloon Inflation, 7. Upstairs Downstairs, 8. Thanksgiving Eve Snowfall, 9. Firestarter, 10. layers of earth, 11. vintage toes, 12. Untitled, 13. Jump!, 14. what's behind the door..., 15. Trick or Treat!!!, 16. 雪菜 + shredded pork noodle

Monday, November 26, 2007

Turkey...What now?

Like many people, I make my turkey on Friday.
We go to family's house on Thursday, so we make a simplified version of thanksgiving on Friday while we decorate the house for Christmas.
Gotta get that smell and of course, the leftovers!
Now normally I would get a nice 10lb bird. Its just enough for a dinner or two, a sandwich or two and a pot of soup. Perfect!
But the stores always seem to charge $1.50 per lb for the nice little ones, and $ .59 per lb for big guys. This works out to be about the same price for twice as much turkey, and that's got to be a good deal!

So, Turkey on Friday,
turkey on Saturday.
On Sunday, turkey tetrizzini
On Monday?
On Monday I need to get a little more creative with it.
On Monday it needs to not taste so much like turkey.
On Monday it needs to not look so much like turkey.

So, on Monday will it be...

Turkey Enchilada Pie

a recipe I found on the WW site.

POINTS® Value: 4
Servings: 6
Preparation Time: 15 min
Cooking Time: 30 min
Level of Difficulty: Moderate

1 sprays cooking spray
3/4 pound uncooked ground turkey breast ( or in my case, cubed turkey)
1 medium onion(s), chopped
1 tsp chili powder
3 Tbsp all-purpose flour
1 cup fat-free skim milk
4 oz canned jalapeno peppers, drained and chopped
1/2 tsp ground cumin
2 large burrito-size wheat flour tortilla(s)
3 cup tomato(es), chopped
10 Tbsp low-fat shredded cheddar cheese
Preheat oven to 350°F. Coat a large skillet with cooking spray. Heat skillet over medium heat. Place turkey, onion and chili powder in skillet and cook until turkey is browned, stirring occasionally to crumble meat, about 8 minutes. Remove turkey mixture from skillet and set aside.

Place skillet over medium-high heat and add flour. Gradually add milk, stirring with a whisk until blended. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to medium and simmer until thickened, about 2 minutes.

Remove skillet from heat; stir in turkey mixture, jalapenos and cumin.

Wrap tortillas in damp paper towels and microwave on HIGH until softened, about 15 seconds. Place 1 tortilla in bottom of a 9-inch pie plate. Spread 1/3 of turkey mixture over tortilla. Spoon 1 cup of tomato on top and sprinkle with 4 tablespoons (1/4 cup) of cheese. Repeat layers with remaining ingredients ending up with 2 tablespoons of cheese.

Cover pie plate with aluminum foil and cook until cheese melts, about 15 minutes. Let stand, covered, 2 minutes before cutting into 6 wedges.

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

finding the time

To Scrapbook!!!
finally carved out some time last Sunday to do some scrapping.
One of the challenges this month on http://www.downmemorylaneco.com/index.aspx was to scrap a non-person layout.
This is one of the two of them that I did.
The little clear square embellishment thingy at the bottom left is actually a peice of a clear plastic place mat I got at Ikea. I got them to make clear mini album covers...cant beat the price- 4 place mats for something like $1.49. Im attracted to anything clear these days. This is a little piece that I cut off the side when I cut out the album cover. The circle and leaf over the R was inspired by the logo Metropolitan Market uses http://www.metropolitan-market.com/homeA.php I had cut one out of their paper shopping bags awhile ago because I love the look. Finally used it here
I snapped this picture the other morning as I was looking around our family room. Just wanted to document all the stuff that comes along with having a toddler in the house all of a sudden, how I want to remember the caos because I know its only for a short time. Finally got to use a clear overlay that I've had stashed forever. went perfectly with these Scenic Route papers.

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

On being thankful

Paul and I often talk about it. Thank goodness we have what we need. Thank goodness we have good jobs, good cars, a nice home, our children and grandchildren, each other. I think we’re pretty thankful on a day-to-day basis. Part of that comes from sometimes not having all of those things that we now have. Through hard work, we do okay. Thank goodness.

Today I spent some time thinking about what it really means. Next Sunday would have been Justin’s birthday and the following Thursday is Thanksgiving. As we have done the past few years, we will be sending flowers to the cemetery. This year I wanted to do something a little different, something in Justin’s name. A donation to the American Cancer society would be the obvious choice, but I’ve always wanted to do something for the Heifer International org.

Heifer is such an amazing organization. I found out about it through my daughter who worked for a vet who donated his time every year to Heifer International.
They have a simple mission to provide what we have and are so thankful for, to people less fortunate than we are.
But not to simply give them a meal. Heifer's mission is to work with communities around the world to end hunger and poverty and care for the earth. They do it with the giving of an animal that will sustain a family. You know the old adage, give a man a fish and will eat for the day, but teach him to fish and he’ll never go hungry? That’s what Heifer International does.

They provide livestock that produce life-sustaining milk and eggs so children will grow up strong and healthy. Passing on the gift” is fundamental to Heifer’s entire approach. So each family who receives a gift agrees to donate the female offspring to another family, so that the gift of food is never-ending. One animal could eventually benefit an entire community.
Giving the gift of a cow, chicken, duck or goat is one way people can get involved
Today, millions of people who were once hungry will be nourished by milk, eggs and fresh protein supplied by their own livestock.

Today I gave a simple gift of only $10. for a share of a goat.
A goat! :)
Sounds kind of silly and small, but with only 11 more people, someone who doesn’t have a goat will receive one. How cool is that????
And it will provide milk for their children.
It’s a simple Thanksgiving gift for what we have.

Monday, November 05, 2007

curves in the road

funny how sometimes life just takes off on little side roads every now and then.
One day your totally cruzing down the road of life when all of a sudden you come to a curve.
Around the other side of the curve the landscape changes....where once it was paved and straight before you, now its kinda bumpy and curvy .. taking you in totally unexpected directions.
thats how my weekend was.

First off I attended a class at CKC Seattle, called Ali's top 10 scrapbook products.
very inspiring class

This class was a lecture type class. She spoke mostly about her life artist philosophy and about some of her favorite scrap products.
What I mostly took away from the class was a renewed appreciation of how scrapbooking is just pictures and stories.
For me, the story is most ofen my favorite part of scrapbooking. But, I also love to take pictures to capture our stories. And this class really just reminded me of that again. To document my life stories and add pictures to it in a creative way.
With pictures, paper and embellishments, its just another layout. Without the story, anyone could have scrapped that picture for me. I've always loved to include journaling on my layouts, but I realize I need to do a better job of it.
Because it really is my favorite part.
So a little bend in the scrapbooking road.
Excited about having a renewed focus and direction.
Oh, and she shared some cool products too.

And.... We got to spend some time with this little guy over the weekend.Looks like we may be seeing a lot of him in the upcoming days too, which is kinda fun. Look at that little tongue sticking out :)
A bend in the road for Jaryn and Ethan. A little scary for them for sure, but Paul and I are here to help them find the path that's right for them. We'll see where their road takes them but right now they'll be staying with us for a bit. Fun stuff childproofing your home for a 2 1/2 year old. Especially one that has no fear of climbing...oh man. Things I don't normally even think of, I need to now.

And a recipe thats on the menu this week.
I like fast and easy stuff that I can make and have on the table in 30 minutes.
And since Ethan will be there, his favorite thing is pasta...a boy after my own heart. :) Ethan is all about pasta and not at all impressed with sauce of any type. Im hoping to entice him with this -
saute 2 garlic cloves in 2 T olive oil. add a bunch of fresh cut asparagus, sundried tomatoes, artichoke hearts, a small handful of fresh cut basil and 2 grilled chicken breasts or leftover roasted chicken pulled from the bones. serve over bow-tie pasta with freshly grated parmesan cheese. yum!
(But to be on the safe side Im going to hold out a little bowl of plain pasta with butter and cheese just in case)