Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Happy Birthday Mom

Last week we celebrated my mom's birthday with our family. We took her out to P.F. Changs for some yummy dinner, then back home for some delicious cake. Mom got several birthday calls during the day and evening from family that live out of town.

She so enjoyed her special day.


We are so blessed by the Lord to have her still active and living life to the fullest, after being in the hospital last year, thankfully she has made a full recovery.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Tea Time Clock

Even though the kids are keeping me busy with summer activities, I did get a chance to make another clock for my shop. Hopefully, I will get a chance to make several more when we get back to a regular routine once school begins. This clock was inspired by my love of getting together with friends.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

A Reunion

Hard to believe after all of these years have passed since we were little girls. We all attended Immanuel Lutheran School together in Alexandria,Virginia. I came to the school during middle school, and Patsy and Kathee attended starting in early grade school. Patsy who is to the left of me was in my area with her son for a baseball tournament. We have seen each other the years from time to time when I came up to Virginia to visit family. I can't believe Kathee and I haven't gotten together sooner, since we live so close.

We used to have those fun slumber parties, making prank calls before there was caller ID, making homemade pizza, and playing silly little tricks of placing shaving cream in the hand of the first person who fell asleep. I won't name names, but the person on the left is your suspect. Boy those were carefree times!

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Savor the moment

I completed the first phase of my new product that I will add to my store this week. This magnet would be great to place on your refrigirator door. I am working on a clock and art block next. I was inspired to create this piece because I really enjoy having a few friends over for lunch to just talk. With busy schedules it is so important especially for women to just have some girl time.

Wednesday, July 4, 2012


Since the kids are home for the summer, and constantly at the pantry. I decided to make them a special treat. I was searching for a quick easy dish to make. I decided to try Sopaillas, which are very similar to New Orleans classic beignets. They are much smaller than beignets, but the taste is very much the same.

In my preparation I forgot to take a picture of the dough, but here is the recipe. 

1 cup all-purpose flour
11/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 tablespoon shortening, margarine, or butter
Shortening or cooking oil for the deep frying
Sifted powdered sugar or honey
Oven 300 degrees optional

In a bowl combine flour, baking powder, and dash of salt. Cut in shortening, butter, or margarine till mixture resembles fine crumbs. Gradually add 1/3 cup warm water, stirring with a fork (dough will be crumbly). On a lightly floured surface, knead dough for 3 to 5 minutes or till smooth. Cover; let rest for 10 minutes. Roll dough into a 12 1/2 x 10 inch rectangle. Using a fluted pastry wheel or knife out into  2 1/2 inches squares (do not reroll or patch)

Fry squares, two or three at a time, in deep hot oil about 30 seconds on each side or till golden. Drain on paper towels. Keep warm in a 300 degree oven while frying remaining squares (optional). Sprinkle with powdered sugar. Serve with honey if you wish. Makes about 20.

The winner of my patriotic art block is Kim. Happy July 4th!