Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Easter's on it's way...! :)

My daughter Rio and her bf Chase have chickens that lay these not only tasty, but beeeautiful eggs! They come in colors that range from light blue to the most awesome soft green:)  So I got to thinkin....these gorgeous eggs would make a fabulous garland! What you'll need:

1 dozen pretty eggs
1 straight pin
Fishing line (or other strong string)
And a STRONG set of lungs!

I started by making a hole with the pin on both ends. Then I put my mouth around one end over the hole and blew the egg stuff out. It's kinda harder than it sounds! By the end of this I was dizzy and my cheeks hurt! Took me waaay back to 4th grade when I was learning to play the flute! But for the sake of a cute craft, I wagered on!

Yeah, enter the hubby and his genius idea. No. It didn't work. So suffering, I continued:(

Here they are. Rinsed and free of all their yolky's:)

While the eggs were having some dry time, I cut my ribbon. I have no idea how long I cut them so I put the egg there for scale for ya! I cut 12 of them:) I also cut 2 long (about 15"or so?) pieces for the ends.

I used a doll making needle and threaded it with the fishing line (14 lb. test to be exact) and just weaved in and out of the ribbon a few times. Then I alternated stringing an egg, then another ribbon, egg and so on till I used all 12 eggs.

When I got to the end, I stitched thru the long end pieces and tied the finshing string in a knot. Is any of this making sense? I sooo failed that stupid essay in school when you have to go step by step and tell someone how to make a peanut butter sandwich! :( UGH!

Then I tied my long end pieces in a knot just to add a little pretty:)

Done and done:)

This window is approx (cause I can't spell the whole word) 36" wide:)

Sweet and subtle:) Me likey:)

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Yummy salsa!!... :)

So last week my mama got to sample some of my salsa. Since she asked me how I made it, I'm thinkin this half Mexican girl must have done a good job!! And because I'm all about sharing... here ya go!! And please keep in mind, I don't measure anything! I'm a taste it as I go kind of cook:)

What you'll need:
1- 28oz. can diced tomatoes (I used Muir Glen organic Fire Roasted, these have the yummiest flavor)
Pureed chipotle paste

I make a pan out of foil (just roll up the sides) and put it right on the flame.

I roast the chilies over medium heat for about 20 minutes or so. I just turn them and turn them until they get a good char and look all crinkly:)

I cut the stems off and de-seed most of them. I know! I said I was half Mexi!! (and Ana and Noemi, I can hear you snickering!!) If you like it really hot, leave the seeds in:) I don't peel them, I think the char on the skin is where all the flavor is!

Enter my secret weapon. I buy these little cans and puree the entire jar and just keep it in a Ziploc bag in the freezer. Then I just cut off whatever I need and thaw it in the micro:)

Ooooh the smokey flavor of the stuff is AWESOME!!
Chop up 1 bunch of cilantro, and about 4-5 garlic cloves.

Here's where I throw everything in the food processor.  I work in 2 batches, using half of all the ingredients:  diced tomatoes, cilantro, garlic, chilies, and about 2 tbsp of the chipotle paste. Pulse until smooth. 

I pour both batches together in this Pyrex, and this is where I add salt and more chipotle paste if it needs it:) taste it. salt it. taste it. salt it.

Pour it in jars and cute it up with twine!!

Ay! Que bueno!!

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Everyday is Happy Green Day...!! :)

Ok, so it's no secret that I love me some green:) A lot. A whole lot. So this last Saturday in a moment of boredom (and when I say boredom, I mean avoid-dom. you know, avoiding the things I should be doing like laundry and cleaning floors) I thought Hey! It's St. Patty's day coming up and I'm going to make me a Shamrock! I found this frame at Joanne for 50% off. I had the scraps of fabric, and the velvet ribbon came from the fab once a month sale that is Sweet Salvage:)

I used my best third grade skills and made my Shamrock template using the ole fold a paper in half, and cut out a heart. Pure genius:)

Using a zig zag stitch ( I know! Soo advanced home ec of me!) I sewed the little Shammy on a piece of plain green fabric.

Then I sewed that piece on to the polka dot fabric that I cut to fit the frame.

Sorry for the glare:(  I tied the velvet ribbon to the hooks in the back and hung her up!

Simple. Easy. Green:)

 Green. My fav color in all the world:) Prove it? Okay!! Check out just a few pics from around this green house 'o mine:)

" May your thoughts be as glad as the Shamrocks. May your heart be as light as a song. May each day bring you bright, happy hours.That stay with you all year long."

Happy St. Patrick's Day :)

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Ce-le-brate good times!! Come on!!

So here's me and my last day with my car. I've had the same car for 7 years. And breaking up is hard to do:( Yeah I know! It's just a stinkin car! But I've grown to love her. She shares my love of music of all kinds, keeps me warm in the winter, cool in the summer. We've shared so many laughs and so many tears. But the ole gal was gettin old and needed more care than I could give her:(

Sooo, last week the hubby and I went to Berge VW and did a little test drivin:) and you know what that means doncha? It's like holding a puppy in a pet store. Uh huh. You come home with it:)  
  The awesome folks at Berge VW  have this hilarious thing, when you buy a car you ring this huge gong for good luck...

And confetti falls from the ceiling!! All to the blaring music of Kool and the Gang's Celebrate:) How fun is that!!!

And here she be. The new ride:) Yes. Black. I've driven black cars for forever. Apparently it's true, once you go black....... :)

In other awesomeness...This most handsome, talented guy and I are celebrating the big 25 today:) !!

How do we do it? We love each other- Duh!! And we're pals, friends, we truly get each other:) Aaaand the fact that he knows the whole -He needs to be in the foreground for pics- thing totally rocks:) Yep, that's the secret:)