Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Beer Diary

I picked this beer because of the COOL bottle cap.  It's yellow and had this adorable gnome on it.  (We are making an attempt to make a beer cap table)  This Belgium beer was surprisingly good.  I wasn't expecting it.  We may just have to have a few more of the cute little caps somewhere on our table.

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Beer Blog

So in our quest to try different beers from around the world, we came upon this Polish yummy!

It is better than the O.K. BEER the label boasts!

Beer Blog

We have been sampling BEERS from around the world.  Some we like, some, not so much, some not at all!
 This is a Polish beer we DID NOT like! Kind of disappointing because the last Polish beer we tried was great.
 This is a Spanish beer.  We did not like this one either!
 We first tasted this beer from Turkey when we visited Antalia, Turkey in 1997.  It was just as good now as it was then.  Surely a favorite international beer.
 Belgium beer which we did not like at all.  Too bitter
 Here was a nice surprise.  This beer is Russian.  Not sure what we expected, but I really liked the bottle and the golden color. And much to our delight the beer was really good.
German beer.  Not going to repeat this one.  Too Hoppy!

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Welcome baby Niece.

I am officially a GREAT AUNT  Okay, I've always thought I was a great Aunt, but it became official in the last month or so.  So I made this card, which I love!!!!!

Crafty Snowmen

I found my inspiration on Pinterest and made my own.  I also made a set for my friend. They are a wonderful addition to my Christmas d├ęcor. (I have a soft spot for Snowmen... LOL)
Simply put, I used some 4x4 posts (cut @ 15 ", 12" & 9") , some paint, material and accessories for eyes and noses.  I LOVE how they turned out!
Happy Holidays Merry Christmas and Everything Else!

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Impressive Clouds

I have a Photography Hobby, too!

We get some great weather shots here in Florida.  I seem to have an obsession with taking pictures of clouds.

Sitting on the beach, looking up

The date stamps adds an extra something :(

This one reminds me of a side-ways Skull

Fire Pit Cooler!

I turned an ordinary large clay pot into an Outdoor Cooler for our FirePit area!
I bought this at The Home Depot for about $20.  It stands about 2 feet tall and about 2 feet diameter.  It's available in a few other colors, too.  And the best part, there is a small drainage hole in the bottom.

It sits outside all year round, looks great and holds alot.  Plus, it's inexpensive making a second pot within the budget!

Thanks for stopping by today.  Have fun sprucing up your yard!

Cheddar Potatoes - Grilled Style

I grill ALOT living here in Florida.  The weather is almost laways favorable to cook my food over the hot coals of the grill.  Ok, so maybe not hot coals.  I have a gas grill.

If meat is going on the grill, I try to add my sides as well.   Potatoes are super easy to prepare and put on the grill.  And they cook relatively quickly too.

My picture doesn't do this tasty side justice, but believe me, they are delicious!
So, Here's what you do:

Cube a couple of potatoes and place in mixing bowl.  I think there are about 4 here.
Add about 1/2 cup sour cream, 3/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese and salt to taste, about a teaspoon and a half.
And Mix it all up.  If you think it's too dry, add more sour cream.  Like it more cheesy?  Toss in more!

Now it goes into a foil pouch.  I always make mine since I always have foil on hand.  But I know Reynolds makes pre-made foil pouches that are awesomely easy to fill and  use.

This is the point when I turn the grill on.  The foil pouch is placed on the top vegetable / bun rack.  (You know, that 1/4 size rack above the main one).   I let the potatoes cook while the grill heats up.  They finish cooking as the meat cooks, so total cooking time is only about 30 minutes.

Thanks for stopping by and Enjoy! 

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Random Cards

Although I do not update my blog as often as I should, I am still very active with my hobby:
Card Making!
Here are a few since my last post!

This one I cannot take credit for as being my original idea.  I found one similar on Pinterest and copied it.  It was perfect for my friend's birthday! 

Thanks for stopping by!

Baked Ravioli

Okay, this is an AWESOME, EASY week night dinner.  And it calls for 3, YES, 3 ingredients!

How yummy does this look? This dish always gets loads of smiles and anticipation!   But not too much anticipation because it bakes in like 30 minutes!   Add a fresh green salad and maybe some garlic bread and you've got yourself a great well-rounded healthy dinner!

Want to know how to make it?

Here are the 3 Ingredients: 
1 bag of frozen Ravioli, a Jar of Marinara and Shredded Mozzarella Cheese
Layer the Ravioli in a baking dish

Now Cover the Ravioli with your favorite (or homemade) sauce.

And then cover your sauce with shredded Mozzarella Cheese

This beauty goes in a 350 F degree pre-heated oven and bakes for about 30 minutes. Or until it is hot and bubbly.

You can also freeze this dish before you bake it.

I made this dish for a sick friend's family and did just that!  I covered it with foil and wrote the cooking directions right on top in Sharpie marker.

I have also been know to mix some sauce and a bit of cheese throughout the ravioli before topping it with more of both!

Baked Ravioli

1 bag frozen Ravioli of your choice
1 jar Marinara Sauce, flavor of your choice
2 cups of Shredded Mozzarella Cheese

Layer frozen Ravioli in baking dish.  Cover with Marinara sauce. Top woth Mozzarella Cheese.  Bake in 350 degree oven for 30 minutes, or until hot and bubbly throughout.

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Baby Shower Gift Card Flower Bouquet

So I needed a clever way to present a Mom-to-be of Twin Girls a collection of Gift Cards. I wanted it to stand out instead of the boring ole' "Here's your gift card in a greeting card" thing.  This came to mind! And boy (Or girl), was it Fun!
Here's what you'll need:
Quality card stock.  I am a Stampin' Up! demonstrator and cannot say enough about the quality of their products.  And the color choices!!!  You'll also need punches:  I used the large oval and a 3 inch circle.  Embossing Machine and Folders:  I used a Cuttlebug (I haven't sprang for the Big Shot yet, but it's on my wish list) and Cuttlebug embossing folders as well as a few Big Shot folders.  Glue, long pointy sticks (kabob), raffia or Easter grass, floral foam and a pot!

1.  Cut out your flower centers with the 3" circle punch (you'll need 3 for each flower) and your petals with the large oval punch in multiple colors.  I used 8 petals for each flower.
2.  Run all 3 of your circles through your embossing machine.  This adds fabulous texture!

3.  Glue your petals to the inside of 1 of the embossed circles.  Add another circle on top of that, leaving a small area without glue so you can slide your stick through.  You've just created a paper flower that looks great from either side.

4.  Cut your 3rd center flower in half, and glue to the front of the flower. The front is the one with glue all the way around. 

5. Carefully slide your stick up through the opening of the back of the flower.

6. Place the floral foam in the pot and arrange your paper flowers to your pleasing!
7. Arrange the grass or raffia round the foam in the pot.  It is easier to slide the sticks in the foam before the grass is placed.
8. Insert the gift cards!

As a fun, personal touch, I had all the ladies sign their chosen flower and write a special message to the Mom to be!
Thanks for stopping by!

Just some cards to see!

Baby Shower Flower Bouquet Gift Card holder!

Be Merry!  Christmas 2011 greeting card

Just being creative, playing with Stampin' Up! toys!

For my Friend's new office space!