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.

Friday, April 12, 2019

Lent: #33 of 40 Days of Projects

I went through a cookbook that I got in the Autumn for $5 while thrifting called "Whole 30, Fast and Easy. I added tabs for a couple recipes that I wanted to try and bought the ingredients for them.

Thursday, April 11, 2019

Lent: #32 of 40 Days of Projects

I organized my husband's closet at his request. I put a few things in his other storage areas. I donated 4 ties.

Before:



















After:


Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Lent: #31 of 40 Days of Projects

 I decide to organize our overflow toiletry, kitchen, and medicine in the basement. I went through each box to make things easier to find. It took about an hour because I took every thing out of each box while sorting.









Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Lent: #30 of 40 Days of Projects


I updated my Planner & worked in my Spring Notebook. I planned our Easter menu and grocery list and did a few other things.