Saturday, August 31, 2013

Pumpkin Zucchini Bread

It is almost fall, the time to bring out the pumpkin recipes! 
These are a moist and decadent treat with glorious maple creme topping:)




Visit Brittany's blog for the recipe.

http://travisandbrittanytolman.blogspot.com/2011/11/pumpkin-zucchini-bread-w-maple-icing.html








Tuesday, August 20, 2013

With these pictures I fell in love...

with my daughter in law to be.

I met Janene in June, my son proposed in July, and they were married in August! How is it that I fell so completely and quickly in love with the one who would "take away" my son?
Her bridal pictures.
I offered to make an album and so for days I edited & cropped pictures of this beautiful creature.

She had me with that pouty lip in the rain.


She captured my heart with her mega watt smile.


She reeled me in with her sassy poses.



I was hooked:)

Janene added a another dimension of joy to our family. I have shared tender moments with her few mother-in-laws ever experience. She has embraced our family and made us her own.

I created this gallery style One Event/One Design album with borders, and "life like" rose stickers. When I scanned the pages in I added a vignette effect to the album photos. These are a few pages in this album. I love the sequence photos from when it began to rain, her face is priceless!












Happy Anniversary my sweet daughter, 
Thanks for loving my son, my sweet Savannah, and our family.
                                                                          Love Mom                              

Sunday, August 11, 2013

The grumpy Home Depot guy

Since my Nellie's Cottage apartment became the victim of a busted pipe I have been a frequent visitor to Home Depot.

I have had very helpful Home Depot associates & some not so helpful...they should learn their tag line!


On this particular day, a down right grumpy associate taught me a lesson.


I was sent in search of a  heavy duty plastic lining for a tile shower so I headed over to the plumbing department. When I inquired about this particular product to the plumbing guy, he waved his arms and said with frustration "I don't have any of that over here, go check in flooring."
I headed over to flooring and got a similar answer in reverse..."That should be in plumbing." Finally a kindly soul in an orange apron walked me over to where the shower liner might be...right in the middle of the plumbing department!
I saw the original arm waving plumbing guy walk by so I flagged him down and made an exaggerated pointing motion to the product he said he didn't have in his department. He grabbed a new roll from under the shelves and proceeded to cut, his body language screaming "I am annoyed!"
I was still trying to find out if we needed 5 or 6 feet at the same time he was cutting a 5 foot piece. We needed 6 feet. He was boiling now. My naughty side wanted to give him a tongue lashing for being so rude when a minor miracle happened... I thought before I spoke.
"Are you having a bad day besides this right now?"
At that moment his whole demeanor changed. He looked up from the floor and smiled at me. He apologized for being gruff and said, "I have diabetes and took my medicine without having a chance to eat and it really makes me feel bad." It was then we connected as humans. I softened. I understood. I had compassion instead of anger.
It made me think of all the times that I had been "acting out" in frustration because something was going on "behind the scenes." This experience proved to me once again that we do not have all of the information to make judgements about people. Mercy is better than justice. I am so very glad I did not let him "have it." It seems that the golden rule has not lost it's shine...Do unto others as you would have them do unto you!


Thursday, August 8, 2013

Summer Tomato Pasta

It is darn hot here in Southeast Texas!
I am assuming no-one else feels much like cooking either:-}
This is the perfect dish for such an occasion.

Visit my daughter Brittany's blog
and find Summer Tomato Pasta. You will be glad you did:)




Tuesday, August 6, 2013

The Gaylord Texan

I will never forget walking into this amazing resort in Texas for the first time. it was as if heaven opened up and all of the Texan angels in heaven were singing "The Yellow Rose of Texas":):)
Okay..a bit dramatic but I did fall immediately in love with this huge, classically braggy Texan landmark in Grapevine. It is like a city within itself with replicas of Texas most famous tourist attractions such as the Alamo and San Antonio Riverwalk. I was there with Brittany and Janene for the Scrapbook expo which was our focus so we barely scratched the surface of this resort. I do have it on my list of fun things to do for my next birthday:)

As usual I have been running faster than I can keep up and needed a breather so.... Sunday morning I made a command decision, shut my door to hide and very quietly put together the beginning of our  album with these layouts of the Gaylord.

I love to "build" borders for my signature "One Event/One" design layouts. Kraft paper looks a bit Texan as well as the barn reds, copper tiles, and metallic gold stars on these pages.

This is the inside courtyard of the resort.





To build a border, I choose various complementary patterns of paper, add punched edges, and lay them out on my paper for the best combination before I use adhesive!


I am a super thrifty scrapper! I even cut trim behind pictures to use another day.



p.s. My favorite border punches are Martha Stewart.
p.p.s. I think everyone in Texas should visit the Gaylord Texan:)




Thursday, August 1, 2013

Blueberry feather muffins

We had a grand time picking blueberries for the third year in a row. I have a friend who has a brother in law with a blueberry farm:) We are allowed to pick after the professional pickers have gone and the crop is off to the stores. I wish everyone could have the experience of harvesting something at least once. There is something magical to see fruit on the bush or vine, to experience the joy of the "season"! It is a miracle missing from plastic containers in the grocery store!








I wish everyone could have the experience of harvesting something at least once. There is something magical to see fruit on the bush or vine. It is a miracle missing from plastic containers in the grocery store. We were rewarded for our efforts with a beautiful sunset along with fresh blueberries.



We love blueberries in smoothies, cereal and muffins. Our Nellie's Cottage retreaters enjoy them on our famous sweet potato pancakes along with homemade buttermilk syrup, and cinnamon walnuts.


This is our very favorite blueberry muffin recipe. It is light and fluffy with a cinnamon sugar topping:)

Blueberry Feather Muffins

Sugar
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 egg
2 2/3 cup sifted flour
4 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup milk
1 tsp vanilla
1 1/2 cup blueberries, rinsed, drained
1 tsp cinnamon
Cream 1/3 cup sugar and 1/4 cup butter in bowl. 
Add egg; beat well.
Combine 2 1/3 cups flour, baking powder and salt.
Add to creamed mixture alternating with  milk, mixing well after each addition.
Stir in vanilla;beat well. 
Fold in blueberries.
Fill greased muffin cups 2/3 full.
Combine 1/2 cup sugar, 1/3 cup flour, 1/3 cup butter and cinnamon in bowl;mix until crumbly.
Sprinkle over muffins.
Bake at 350 degrees for20 min or until golden brown. 
Serve warm. Yield:1 dozen



Enjoy!