Thursday, March 17, 2011

Japan Disaster Video...

My daughter shared this with me.  It's incredible.
Nothing else needs to be said...

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Macaroni and Cheese

Another installation of Grandma's Cookbook...

I was in a hurry one night last week and hubby had been bugging me about trying another "Grandma Recipe" so I opened 'The Book' and  looked for something quick.
I was surprised how similar, in fact almost identical this recipe was to one I found in a magazine about 28 years ago!  Just small differences really.
This won't take any time at all...


 Notes~~  
1.  I used whole wheat pastry flour in this recipe.  Mostly because I ran out of the unbleached flour I keep upstairs and was too lazy to run to the basement for another bag!  My bad.  It still turned out fine.  
2.  I used extra sharp cheddar.  I like the punch it adds.  Plus I want to taste my cheese.
3.  I added all of the 1/4 lb. grated cheese to the white sauce and added additional grated cheese to the top.  M-m-m.
4.  In the printable version of the recipe, I changed the oven temperature.  It's how I've made my version for years and it works well, though 400° is just fine.

Before.... 

After....
Since I've been making a version of this recipe for years now, I'd have to say it's pretty good.  My kids like it better than Kraft and that's saying something, plus it's a little hardier.  In my book...worth a try when the clock's a ticking on a busy night and nothing comes to mind...and ready in less than an hour. 

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Hearts and Prayers

To all of our dear friends in Japan.  Our hearts and prayers are with you.
Stay safe. 

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Savannah's Curtsy

 My newest cross stitch project greets you with a sweet Southern curtsy.
Welcome...to Savannah's Curtsy by Mirabilia Designs.

After finishing The Dutch Beauty Sampler a short while ago, I started surfing around the internet and found a ton of cross stitch blogs which not only showcased beautiful patterns, but also allowed you to follow their progress.  I was inspired.  I figure if nothing else, it's a way to keep me motivated when I feel like putting a project aside!

I'll try and take a photo every 10 days or so and post an update at least once a month, more if I'm going great guns!  And....here is my first 10 days work on Savannah...

It has been really straight forward so far, nothing fancy or frilly...though I'm not above adding fancy or frilly if I feel the fabric in my hands screaming for that kind of attention!
As you can see, I always work from right to left and usually from top to bottom.  I do the back stitching as I move through an area and if there are beads, they go on at the very end.
While I didn't on this pattern, in the future I'll try to post the type and amount of fabric I use.
When I'm surfing around, I love to see all the variations and wish folks would post more info regarding their alterations, such as their color/floss picks or changes, the fabrics, etc...

For now, I guess that's all I have to say on Savannah.  Ta-da...

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As a P.S....I would like to share my newest purchase...maybe I'll do this one next...
It's the Beatrix Potter Sampler.  I first saw it on Violet Viola Viooltje's blog.  It was truly beautiful (I loved her little mice and bunnies!)....I had to have it.  You can find the pattern at Needleprint.com or by clicking here
I bought the suggested fabric and floss color in the pattern...obviously Violet Viola has a way better sense of adventure...
Go Violet ! ♥

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Sephora by OPI nail polish ♥ ♥

Run, don't walk...

I had to pop in and tell you how much I love a couple of the new Sephora by OPI nail polishes.
On a whim I stopped by my local Sephora, where I usually end up parked in front of said polish display, applying, taking off, and reapplying color after color.  I love that I can try before I buy!

Today, two in particular caught my eye...  Traffic-Stopper Copper Top Coat (a chunky glitter) and Let's Do Lunch.

I really had no intention of making a purchase today, but the gods of lacquer cast a spell on me. 
I mean, really...aren't they soooo pretty?  I'm a weeny.  A weakling.  A wimp.
I know you can't tell much from this photo, but trust me...beautiful...

I've been placing the glitter only on my ring fingers lately.  I think I'm just getting too "middle-aged" for the glitter on all five and I like the effect.  In person, it looks really pretty. The photo doesn't do it justice, the copper is amazing!

So...run, don't walk and check these colors out.  As far as the glitter top coats go, there are also gold ("Only Gold for Me") and silver ("Flurry Up") versions.  I'm not sure about the silver, but I'm definitely going back for the gold (did someone say Christmas?)...and maybe a back up of the copper...(OCD in full swing).  They would look great over so many different polishes.  Can't you imagine the copper over a navy blue?

OMGosh.  The shopping list grows longer....