Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Fried Rice

















2 cups enriched white rice
4 cups water
2/3 cup chopped baby carrots
1/2 cup frozen green peas
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
2 eggs
2 tablespoons soy sauce

In a saucepan, combine rice and water. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover, and simmer for 20 minutes. In a small saucepan, boil carrots in water about 3 to 5 minutes. Drop peas into boiling water, and drain. Heat wok over high heat. Pour in oil, then stir in carrots and peas; cook about 30 seconds. Crack in eggs, stirring quickly to scramble eggs with vegetables. Stir in cooked rice. Shake in soy sauce, and toss rice to coat.

Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Spanish Rice


  




















2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 cup uncooked white rice
1 onion, chopped
1/2 green bell pepper, chopped
2 cups water
1 (10 ounce) can diced tomatoes and green chiles
2 teaspoons chili powder, or to taste
1 teaspoon salt

Heat oil in a deep skillet over medium heat. Sauté rice, onion, and bell pepper until rice is browned and onions are tender. Stir in water and tomatoes. Season with chili powder and salt. Cover, and simmer for 30 minutes, or until rice is cooked and liquid is absorbed.

Monday, June 24, 2019

My Dad

My dad. Thank you God, for blessing me. Until we meet again. Loving you always.

Dorwin (Pete) S. Burke 5-1-1926/ 6-12-2019

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Classic Cheesecake















1-1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs 
3 Tbsp. sugar  
1/3 cup butter or margarine, melted 
4 pkg. (8 oz. each) cream cheese, softened  
1 cup sugar 
1 tsp. vanilla  
4 eggs

Heat oven to 325°F. Combine graham crumbs, 3 Tbsp. sugar and butter; press onto bottom of 9-inch springform pan. Beat cream cheese, 1 cup sugar and vanilla with mixer until blended. Add eggs, 1 at a time, mixing on low speed after each just until blended. Pour over crust. Bake 55 min. or until center is almost set. Run knife around rim of pan to loosen cake; cool before removing rim. Refrigerate cheesecake 4 hours.

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

My 10 Year Blog-Aversary

Oh my Goodness! I can't believe, I've been doing my blog for 10 yrs. I never would have imagined that I would be doing it this long. I've wanted to give up many times but somehow I keep going.





Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie

















Crust: 
 

Filling:
 
 
 
 

For the crust: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Crush the cookies until they're fine crumbs. Pour the melted butter over the top and stir with a fork to combine. Press into a pie pan and bake until set, 5 to 7 minutes. Remove from the oven and allow to cool completely. 

For the filling: Beat the peanut butter with the cream cheese until smooth. Add the powdered sugar and beat until smooth. Add in the thawed whipped topping and beat until smooth, scraping the sides as needed. 

Pour the filling into the crust, evening out the top with a knife or spatula. Chill for at least an hour before serving.

Friday, May 31, 2019

Clutter Busting Challenge May 2019


I'm purging 37 items this month. Our swing that had broke so we took it apart for scrappers to haul off. A few wood pieces that I had planned to paint and sell but have decide I don't want to do anymore. They got taken to our community dumpster that they have for this week for Community Clean-up week. We had stuff in the barn that has been picked up along the road to resell but have decide not to do that. I sat everything along the road and most of it was gone within a couple hours. The remainder I dropped off a the thrift store.

My Purge Pile:
























































Wednesday, May 29, 2019

May 2019 Reading List



















Rock Art handbook by Samantha Sarles
Rock Art Critters by Denise Scicluna
The Art of Stone Painting by F. Sehnaz Bac

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Creamy Lemon Pie






















2 pkg. (3.4 oz. each) vanilla flavor instant pudding
1-3/4 cups cold milk
6 oz. (1/2 of 12-oz. can) frozen lemonade concentrate, thawed
1 tub (8 oz.) whipped topping, thawed
1 ready-to-use graham cracker crumb crust (6 oz.)

Beat pudding mixes and milk in large bowl with whisk 2 min. Add lemonade concentrate; beat 1 min. or until blended. (Mixture will be thick.) Gently stir in whipped topping. Spoon into crust. Refrigerate 4 hours or until set.

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

German Rice Pudding


















1 cup regular rice
14 cup sugar
3 cups milk
1 cup cream
18 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Mix the rice, sugar and salt in a large saucepan. Stir in the milk and cream, and add the whole piece of vanilla bean. Place over medium heat and bring to a boil, stirring often. Reduce heat and simmer the rice for 30 minutes, or until soft and milk/cream mixture becomes thick. Stir often. Stir vanilla extract into pudding. Serve warm with cinnamon and sugar or fruit compote, or both.

Sunday, April 28, 2019

Coloring Cards: Creative Expressions Part 4


I've been working on this coloring card box since July called, Creative Expressions. It has 44 cards per box and this is the last 15 cards. It took a year for me to complete my first box of cards, Colorful Blessings. I'm happy I was able to complete this second box within 9 months. I have 2 more boxes of cards yet to do.

If you'd like to view the other cards in the series check out my posts, Coloring Cards: Creative Expressions, Coloring Cards: Creative Expressions Part 2, and Coloring Cards: Creative Expressions Part 3.






Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Best Oatmeal Cookies

















1 1/4 cups (2-1/2 sticks) margarine or butter, softened
3/4 cups firmly packed brown sugar
1/2 cups granulated sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/2 cups  all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon  ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon  salt (optional)
1/4 teaspoon  ground nutmeg
3 cups oatmeal, uncooked

Heat oven to 375°F. In large bowl, beat margarine and sugars until creamy. Add egg and vanilla; beat well. Add combined flour, baking soda, cinnamon, salt and nutmeg; mix well. Add oats; mix well. Drop dough by rounded tablespoonfuls onto ungreased cookie sheets. Bake 8 to 9 minutes for a chewy cookie or 10 to 11 minutes for a crisp cookie. Cool 1 minute on cookie sheets; remove to wire rack. Cool completely. Store tightly covered.

Bar Cookies:
Press dough onto bottom of ungreased 13 x 9-inch baking pan. Bake 25 to 30 minutes or until light golden brown. Cool completely in pan on wire rack. Cut into bars. Store tightly covered. 24 bars

Variations:
Stir in 1 cup raisins or chopped nuts.
Omit spices; stir in 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips, butterscotch chips or peanut butter-flavored chips.

Saturday, April 20, 2019

Lent: #40 of 40 Days of Projects

I decide to paint the little box that I use for my planner supplies. The box used to be for a microscope but I tore out the divided sections in the drawers for the glass sides several years ago.



















This picture from December shows what the planner box normally looks like on my shelf in my little office.



















I took off the little door, took out the drawers, took off all the hardware, and sanded my planner box.



















My planner box painted and the hardware being put back on by my husband.



















My planner box back on the shelf in my little office.

















Friday, April 19, 2019

Lent: #39 of 40 Days of Projects

My husband took everything out of the camper closets to paint them. I put everything back once he was finished. I forgot to take a picture of everything sitting on the counters and kitchen seating. This pictures is of everything left that my husband will take to the shed.



Thursday, April 18, 2019

Lent: #38 of 40 Days of Projects

My mom had a health crisis a month ago and was told she's not stable enough to live on her own. She's moved into a nursing home, she's only 65 yrs. old. She's a alcoholic and has mental health issues like bipolar 2 and depression. She broke her hip about 2 yrs. ago and it's gotten worse ever since. My sister's have cleaned out her little section 8 apartment. I was asked if I wanted anything and I told them I didn't want anything except any pictures of my kids. I knew it wouldn't be much more than 5 yrs, worth when they were babies. I received the pictures and looked through them but hadn't sorted anything yet. I'm going to guess that I'll be getting rid of half the stack that I received. There are duplicated of ones that I already have, random house pictures, and a few from my parents wedding in 1971 that aren't close up enough to even tell who the people are. My parents divorced when I have 5 yrs. old. I already have a couple pictures of them from the pictures I got when my step-dad had came to live with us 9 years ago before he went into a nursing home, he'll be 93 yrs. in May.

A couple weeks later I started sorting the stack.



















The left is keep until I sort them into our photo boxes to find any duplicates. The right is definite toss.



















I finally got around to sorting the remaining pictures and labeling the backs with a photo safe marker.
 


















And sorted them into our photo boxes.



















The 6 photos that I'm discarding after sorting the keeps into our photo boxes. I'm glad I finally got it done, thanks to my 40 Days of Projects.



















Our printed photo storage in the living room. On the left is baby book and photo books. On the right is photo boxes.


Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Lent: #37 of 40 Days of Projects

My husband painted the ceilings in our cabinets and the bathroom in our camper.












Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Lent: #36 of 40 Days of Projects

I updated the icons on my computer desktop and toolbar icons.



















I updated my bookmarks toolbar and favorites.



















I updated the folders on my computer. This looks simple but I have things broken down into many sub-folders. I try to keep it manageable and go through them often.



Monday, April 15, 2019

Lent: #35 of 40 Days of Projects



















I went through all my Pinterest boards to organize it better. I made sure pins were on the proper boards, deleted unneeded boards, delete unneeded pins, set the cover of a few boards, and moved the order of a few boards around. It did take a couple hour to do.

Sunday, April 14, 2019

ME Pocket Cards: Part 3

I spent an afternoon watch Netflix and creating 7 pocket cards in my little office. I still have plenty of images to recycle from an old Mary Engelbreit page a day calendar so I'll be making more. My other postes about my Mary Engelbreit pocket cards are ME Pocket Cards: Part 1 and ME Cards Pocket: Part 2 that I made to use in my mini books or mixed media art journals.









Saturday, April 13, 2019

Lent: #34 of 40 Days of Projects

I took everything on the floor of the camper off to store it to install new flooring. I forgot to take pictures of the trash cans, broom, and step stool in the bathtub.

The underneath of bed is empty of our basket with supplies.



















The stuff in the shed, most of which is what is usually stored under our bed.