Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Christmas Card 2014 Potential?

Stamp Sets:  Background Basics:  Petal Power and Rustic Wreath (text) - all PTI
Card Stock:  White and Smokey Shadow
Ink:  Smokey Shadow and Real Red
Accessories:  A-Muse Studio On Dasher Die, Black and White Twine and Dimensionals

Your saying:  already - Christmas 2014.  I wanted to come up with a design and when sure, then I can make a few a month and not have the stress as Christmas grows near this year.

Friday, December 27, 2013

A woman's heart should be so hidden in God, that a man needs to seek HIM, just to find her.

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Wine and Canvas

I am no artist, but this was fun.  Add a glass of wine and you are willing to try anything.

Christmas 2013

 Christmas Flowers from my wonderful daughter, Alesia

 PaPa getting a shot from Isabella (from his expression it hurt)
 Hello Kitty Blanket
 Isa singing in church Christmas program
 Isa with cash from Aunt Ruth (her Isabella tree in the background)
 Margie and Isabella
 Isabella with a new dress she received for Christmas

 Ribbons make good hair accessories

 Isa listening to PaPa's heart
 Making Christmas Cookies

 Margie in her new dress
 Margie with cash from Aunt Ruth

After looking at photos, I wish I had gussy up and put on makeup

 End of day - exhausted but still energy to heck texts

Christmas Breakfast Casserole

I would recommend this casserole.  I precooked everything but the egg mixture the day before, which really made Christmas morning easy.  Just beat the eggs, milk, precooked bacon and onions and pre-shredded cheese.  Popped into the oven and all was done.  Added fruit bowl cut up at the end, pre-made blueberry muffins and pumpkin bread which had been made earlier in the week.  Yummy


1 pound bacon
1/4 of an onion
3 cups shredded cheddar cheese
8 eggs
2 cups milk
1 (16 oz.) package frozen hash browns thawed

Day Before -
  • fry up the hash browns crispy
  • on a low temperature sauteed the onion (when cooked on low temperature they turn sweet) - do not brown them, just sweat them
  • fry up the bacon and cut into small pieces
  • shred the cheese
When ready to cook:
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Lightly grease a 9 x 13 pan
  3. In a large bowl beat together the eggs and milk.  Mix in the preshredded cheese, bacon, onion.
  4. Put the has browns spread evenly on the bottom of the baking pan and pour the egg, milk, cheese, bacon and onion mixture over top.
  5. Cover with aluminum foil and bake in preheated oven for 45 minutes.  Then uncover and bake for an additional 30 minutes to set the egg mixture.

Pileated Woodpecker

We are blessed to have an open canyon behind our house, which is perfect habitat for this pileated woodpecker.  They love the dead trees the best where lots of bugs live.  It is a very large woodpecker, roughly crow-sized.  It is also the largest woodpecker in the United States except for the possibly extinct Ivory billed woodpecker.