Sunday, March 31, 2013

Happy Easter---Rejoice for He is Risen

Happy Easter

What a blessing to know that He is Risen !!! 
I woke up this beautiful day and had this song in my heart and I just had to sing it all day long.  

(Sing along with me, come on you know the tune (smile))

This is the Day ....This is the Day

That the Lord hath made ...That the Lord hath made

I will Rejoice... I will Rejoice and 
be glad in it, and be glad in it .

This is the day that the Lord has made, 
I will Rejoice and be glad in it.

This is the day, 
this is the day that the Lord has made !!!!!



Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Tasty Tuesday --- Oklahoma Caviar

Oklahoma Caviar

Can you say YUMMY !!!!  

The first time I had this yummy bean dip , I couldn’t stop eating it.  Seriously,  I had to slap my hands to stop…..
I thought I need to make this at home,  the family will LOVE it…
and as always.. Momma was right…..
 It was a HIT !!!!

What I like is that you can make it as spicy as you want, if you like it HOT,  just add more jalapenos.  
This allows you to adapt it to your guest.

Oklahoma Caviar
1 med onion
2 jalapeno peppers
3 green onions
2 tomatoes
1/3 tsp minced garlic
1 can golden hominy ( drained)
2 cans black-eyed peas ( drained)
1 bottle of Italian dressing
lime ( optional)
salt and pepper to taste

oops, forgot the cilantro and lime in the picture

Simple steps

Chop the onions.  (  oh the tears.....) , tomatoes, cilantro and jalapenos.  I took the seeds out of the jalapenos, if you like it HOT then you can leave some of the seeds.
Mince the garlic.
Toss all of these ingredients into a bowl. 
Drain the hominy and black eyed peas, then add to the bowl.
Pour the Italian Dressing on all of the ingredients.

Mix well.
Add salt and pepper to taste.
Optional:  cut a lime in half and squeeze juice in.

Best if chilled for a couple of hours to let it marinate, but at my house it never gets the chance.  You'll see why when you try this.  Serve with chips ( tortilla or Frito chips )

You don't have to be from Oklahoma to love this.
Try it and let me know if you have trouble eating just one bite......

You can substitute black beans for the black eyed peas if you prefer or corn for the hominy.
Hand chop the ingredients, this dip is all about the texture.

Monday, March 11, 2013

Element of Fun !!!

Happy Monday Everyone!!

In Every Job that must be done,
there is an element of fun.”
Mary Poppins
As many of you know, I have been diligently working on my 40 bags in 40 days list.  It hasn’t been that much fun some days as you probably can imagine.  I keep reminding myself of that Mary Poppins song

A Spoonful of Sugar

In every job that must be done 
There is an element of fun 
you find the fun and snap! 
The job's a game 

and every task you undertake
becomes a piece of cake
a lark! A spree!
It's very clear to see 
That a... 
Spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down 
The medicine go down-wown 
The medicine go down 
Just a spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down 
In a most delightful way 

 I don’t think she was sorting files and many years of paperwork when she sang that….. (I need her umbrella to protect me from the avalanche of papers to shred).
I know it’s a little silly, but humming ( because I’m no Julie Andrews) that tune while sorting papers sure makes the job a little easier and gives me that little bit of fun…..
The quail in my back yard after our latest snow fall.  Do you see their little trails in the snow?
(I didn't want to share or bore you with a picture of my avalanche of shredding, so I 'm sharing these beauties)

Have a great week, and remember put an element of fun in your daily tasks!!!

Thanks for stopping by .....

Monday, March 4, 2013

INSPIRING WORDS---A mod podge tutorial

 Well, so much for my plan to not do any projects until I " Decluttered my Life"  . I simply could not refuse this paper when I saw it at my local craft store and it is just perfect for the craft room makeover.    I have always wanted some of the inspiring words to hang on my wall so what better way to use the paper with the beautiful patterns and colors.   

      Would you like to have an inspiring word on your wall?  or need a quick gift for a baby shower or wedding gift?  Let me show you how simple this process is.  Once you do one, you will want to do more.  
I promise, because I'm already planning what I'm going to do next.  I know,  get back to your list of 40 Bags in 40 Days.  I will .... I promise (  he he,  fingers crossed) . 

Supplies you will need:
  1. wooden letters of your choice.  ( I used 5" letters)
  2. Sheets of paper ( I used a different pattern for each letter) 
  3. Sandpaper
  4. Pencil
  5. Scissors
  6. Paint
  7. Foam Brush
  8. Mod Podge ( I used Mat Antique, but you can use the regular Mod Podge.  Either one will work)

      First, I sanded the wood letters just to smooth out any rough edges.  

   Before you paint your letters, turn the letter upside down on the back side of the paper and trace the letters.  Check to make sure to position the letter so that the pattern on your paper is where you want it.

   Then I painted the letters black to cover the unfinished wood plus this will help the color of the paper stand out better and give a more finished look.  ( Sorry I didn't take pictures of this step, but you get the idea )
   I painted the edges and lightly painted the front of the them.  While this is drying, cut the traced letters out , be sure to cut on the inside of the line.

When the paint is dry on your letters, use a sponge brush to apply a light coat of the mod podge on the back of the first paper letter and then position on top of the wood letter. Once you have it positioned like you want it, smooth in place on surface of wood letter. Repeat with each letter.
Let this dry,  then apply a light coat of mod podge on the top of the paper being sure to cover the entire surface.
When the first coat is dry and clear ( 10-20 minutes),  apply another light coat of mod podge to the entire surface.  The depth of color depends on the number of coats you apply.  I used 3 coats total.

    I love the antique mod podge finish.... What do you think?   Oops,  I should have cleaned up my mess..
     Hmmm,  I wonder where I'm going to hang them? 

Thanks for stopping by and be sure to come back and check out the progress of the craft room makeover.

 Well, I guess I better get back to decluttering !!!!

Have a Great Day,