Friday, December 10, 2010

#reverb10 - Make: Cream Biscuits (aka Scones Your Way)

What was the last thing you made? What materials did you use? Is there something you want to make, but you need to clear some time for it?
 Gretchen Rubin)

I LOVE to make stuff. Doesn't really matter what the medium, but I really enjoy 'messy' and hands on. The question is now what will I write about for this prompt...all kinds of wonderful come to mind...altering my ATG, file cabinet make over, food, food, food, home decor, sewing know I'm making Christmas gifts...

The last few prompts have been thoughtful and the next few seem to be more of the same, so I decided to take a bit of a mental break and go with in super simple, super adaptable & super yummy!

I've been blessed with women in my life that love to cook and coming from an Italian family, every blessed family event begins and ends with food. Most often, simple, tried and true recipes are the most loved.

Like this one.

Cream Biscuits.
(so...if I said I'd email you the cream biscuit recipe earlier this week (ahem...last month, sometime this year...and you haven't gotten it...uh...please accept my apologies for the lateness of this delivery!)

The basic recipe is rich, tender and not too sweet (even with the glaze!) We have made cream biscuits using chocolate chips + vanilla, pumpkin + cinnamon, blueberry + nutmeg. We've also cut them out with round, scalloped and star shaped cutters. I'm thinking (chopped) cranberries + orange glaze are next!

Here you go...

2 cups of flour
1/4 cup sugar
1 Tbsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 1/3 cups whipping cream (heavy cream)

1 tsp vanilla (or other flavorings)
3/4 - 1 cup dry add-ins (flavored chips, nuts, chopped candy...)

Preheat your oven to 425 degrees.
Mix all dry ingredients in a bowl.
Mix in any add-ins.
Mix in cream (and vanilla, if using), until the dough cleans the bowl.

Turn out onto a floured area and knead several times. Pat into a 10 inch circle and cut into triangles. Bake on an ungreased cookie sheet for 11-13 minutes.

1/2 cup powdered sugar
3 Tbsp whipping cream

Mix together. Drizzle or dunk the biscuits!

Now these other versions are really the basic recipe with a few tweaks...

2 1/2 cups flour
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 Tbsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
3/4 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg
3/4 cup pumpkin
1 cup whipping cream

Biscuits with Fruit (we've used blueberries, so far...)
We used 1 cup of frozen blueberries, dusted them with flour and folded them in after the cream.

These biscuits taste divine! I've found that the basic recipe is very tender and the edges are lightly crisped, if you eat them right out of the oven (is there any other way?!) Store them loosely covered, if needed.

Not every batch I have made have come out picture perfect...those lovely stars above became shooting stars in the hot oven!

Thanks for stopping by today! I've enjoyed sharing this recipe (and eating the props!) If you have any questions or suggestions, leave a comment or send an email! If you try the recipe, come back and let me know what you think!

Happy baking and have a great weekend!


Thursday, December 9, 2010

#reverb10 - Let Go

Let Go.
What (or whom) did you let go of this year? Why?
 Alice Bradley)
The answer to this prompt came quickly, but the words to write about it did not. When I chose to participate in Reverb10, I didn't think about how hard it would be to put 'me' on the page. I could write about this in my journal, be brutally honest and know that those words would be safe.

Not so much here.

Do you see what I see?

More so because it isn't only strangers reading these, but friends and family - people I know.  I might run into them later today or tomorrow. Maybe I'll talk on the phone with them soon. (Will you ask me about this? It's okay, if you do, but I don't know if I'm ready to share the details...)


People. Things. All require time and maintenance. Do they enrich my Life in any way? Do I love them? How do I feel when I'm around them? It's easier to dump the bad stuff than the good stuff, even knowing it's not what's best for you.

I breathe easier remembering that the truth about letting go isn't about denial; it's about freedom.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

#reverb10 - Wonder

How did you cultivate a sense of wonder in your life this year?
 Jeffrey Davis)
Hmmm...I don't know that I can honestly say that I have conscientiously cultivated a sense of wonder in my Life this year. This has been a difficult year. Finding wonder didn't really make the to-do list.

It hasn't always been this way.

An unexpected happy discovery.

I'm sure that many who have answered this reverb have mentioned children. I've been blessed with four incredible kids who continually remind me of the wonder of this Life. It's easy to spot the wonder in them, isn't it? It's that shine of innocence, when their face lights up, that smile that somehow skips it's way across your face and onto your heart.

When I started pondering this prompt, some words from a song, from my childhood (and their's), sprang to mind. You may know them yourself...

"...Life's a happy game
You could clown around forever
Neither one of you sees your natural boundaries
Life's one happy game.

If only the world wouldn't get in the way
If only people would just let you play
They say you're both being fools
You're breaking all the rules
They can't understand the magic of your wonderland..."

The Best of Friends
From "The Fox and the Hound"
Composed by Richard Johnston and Stan Fidel

The funny thing is, I didn't remember the words quite like that...I was singing that last line as, "...they can't understand the magic of your wonder..."

Here's a video clip (the song starts about 1:30).

Being a member of the Adult Conspiracy (Piers Anthony, anyone?), it's more difficult for those blossoms of goodness to be recognized in my Life.

So, I'm making daily choices to:
Slow down.
Pay attention.
Be present.

There's only so many hours in the day...I want more of them to be spent enjoying and appreciating this Life, experiencing the wonder.

Even if it means dirty laundry, running the dishwasher and eating cereal for dinner.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

#reverb10 - Moment

Pick one moment during which you felt most alive this year. Describe it in vivid detail (texture, smells, voices, noises, colors).
 Ali Edwards)
It was cool in the room. The whirr of the fans a faint backdrop to the chatter of the people standing around. Places. Everyone seemed to have a place. Not me. I searched the floor space for a vacancy, somewhere off to the side, out of the way, but I was too late.

Gray, cotton shorts swish against my legs as I move forward.

Gently herded to the middle of the room, directly in front of the instructor. She's petite. Maybe all of almost 5'. A powerhouse of confidence and strength dressed in board shorts and a black tank, hands gloved and clenched.

The music starts. Pounding its way through the wooden floor, urging muscles, long out of use, to move. Panic.

Can I do this?

Charmed, mirroring the motions, just a beat behind. Warmth spreading across my limbs. Hairspray and scented lotion waft across the room. Black amethyst.

I think I can do this.

Heart pounding. Flashes of nike and under armour. The floor beneath us reverberates with the pounding of soled empowerment. Ki-ya!

I can do this.

Sweat drips beneath my shirt, dark patches a testament to the exorcising of fear. Feeling the burn. I smile.


Faster, stronger. Just a few more minutes. Pushing through the ache.

The music slows, the noise recedes. Flowing, releasing, breathing.

I can do this again.

(2010 has been a year of deeply felt moments. Many of them I'm still working through. This day was a much needed reminder that although I can't control what's going on around me, I can take ownership of what's going on inside of me. Sometimes it's as simple as needing a little guidance, a bit of support, and a hot and sweaty workout to refocus my 'can do, love Life' attitude! Then there are the days I eat chocolate.

I know I'm a little behind with the prompts, but I fully intend to complete each one! In pursuit of that, I will probably fudge the dates, so the prompts stay in order. No, not a necessity, but will certainly help me to stay organized!)

Friday, December 3, 2010

#reverb10 - Writing

What do you do each day that doesn’t contribute to your writing — and can you eliminate it?
(Author: Leo Babauta)

Apple Pie Love

Right now Life seems to consist of work, family, home, repeat. I'm not complaining. I love my job and the people and stories I encounter because of it, I adore my family and the richness they add to my Life and the pursuit of Domestic Goddesshood (and yes, spellcheck, that's a word...) that helps me to put things in perspective.

These all qualify as blog fodder, right?

When I saw this prompt this morning, the first thing to come to mind was internet surfing. I don't spend a lot of time (some days not any) hanging out on the social networks. I do, however, love to read blogs and websites, gleaning whatever inspiration and encouragement comes my way. Clicking a link here, following a link there...and before I know it an hour that was supposed to be only 15 minutes has passed by.

Then it hit me.

So, while my creative juices are flowing, my cup runneth over...and into the drain field! Lately, I spend too much time thinking about what I could do and should be spending more time actually doing, creating, experiencing those things that are meaningful to me!

Hmmm...shoulda, woulda, coulda...

So, I dig a little deeper.
The fear.
Am I enough?

I am constantly working on this. Learning every day, a little at a time, to accept that I am enough, to not hide behind the clutter in my life, those people and activities, that sap my precious time and leave me feeling wasted, overwhelmed...not enough. Always wondering 'what more could I have done?'

Eliminate this paralyzing fear? One day.

Every experience, every event, every laugh, fall, tear...are all opportunities for me to be present in the moment, to reflect and later share parts of my story, our story - the story of our family, to document not only the crossroads, but the seemingly mundane moments that are the foundation of our days.

Our enoughness.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

#reverb10 - One Word

Here goes.
Daily challenge
During this
Time of the year.

Thanks to Ali Edwards I found Reverb10. From their website:

"Reverb 10 is an annual event and online initiative to reflect on your year and manifest what’s next. The end of the year is an opportunity to reflect on what's happened, and to send out reverberations for the year ahead. With Reverb 10, we'll do both.

This December we invite you to share your story and join us in reflection."

So, I've accepted. Late to the party as usual, but here nonetheless. If all goes well, I'll post every day. 'Day' being the keyword! (Making this post a quick one, so I can get to bed!)

December 1
One Word.
Encapsulate the year 2010 in one word. Explain why you’re choosing that word. Now, imagine it’s one year from today, what would you like the word to be that captures 2011 for you?
(Author: Gwen Bell)

So, that's really a total of two words, right?

Mayhem - a state of disorder

That's my word for 2010. I would have liked a more positive word, you know, like amazing, but this past year has seemed to be a constant flow of experiences, choices and consequences that have altered my world in big way. It really hasn't stopped.

I'm still feeling the aftershocks.

I would love to be able to say that these have all been wonderful times in which I have always made the right decision and things have worked out as planned, but then 'mayhem' wouldn't have been a good word choice, would it?

I don't know if I'm ready to commit to one word for 2011 just yet. There are so many things I want to manifest this coming year in myself and my relationships. Tentatively, the words courage, amelioration (meaningful and fun to say!) and metamorphosis come to mind. 

Lovely words
of strength,
and change. 

Quite the trifecta, wouldn't you say?

Monday, November 29, 2010

Happy Mail!

has been one of
Those Days.

Passed the time
Making space.

Needed a lift.
Checked the mail
and there it was.

Padded envelope
Fun goodies
Bright colors
Happy Mail!

Friday, November 5, 2010

Hello? Anyone out there?

Thank Goodness I don't feel any guilt, whatsoever, when I don't post anything for over 2 months after I tell you that I'm in the process of posting more! (watch out for the slight drip of sarcasm in that sentence!)

Poor blog. So neglected. Sigh. I've gotten so caught up with work and getting bogged down with all kinds of things lately...homework, technology glitches, people...just stuff. I've not been playing much and I have been feeling the lack of creativity or more accurately the lack of creative time. I'm always thinking of fun things to do!

Remember the game telephone? It's not always funny.

Had a family scare a few weeks ago. Received a call from my brother one day (who had received a call from my grandfather, who had received a call from my stepmom...see where this is going?) that my dad was in the hospital where he had some kind of surgery, something to do with his pancreas. In normal circumstances, that would be concern enough, but my dad was in the Middle East, a.k.a. The Sandbox, pending the end of his deployment in just a few days, stationed where there were no actual hospitals, and your pancreas...that's um...kind of necessary.

Did I mention I was at work? So, I dialed The Big Guy (TBG) and called in a favor...asked him to call my stepmom and find out what was going on. Well, she didn't know much more, but thankfully TBG knew how to dig up the right info and the right people to get to the real stuff!

Ring, ring! (Do telephones even do that anymore?!) It was my dad. It wasn't his pancreas and yep, he was in a hospital of sorts...a nearby troop clinic. He'd actually had an appendectomy. What a relief! He was on the mend and on schedule to return home. Thank  Goodness for cell phones! I can't imagine having to wait days instead of less than an hour to find out if my dad was okay.

There are times I absolutely love my gadgets, catching up with friends and family online, my pseudo lifeline to all things vicarious. Then there are the days that I long for handwritten letters, evening visits from the neighbors on the porch and time spent in the company of those I miss and love. November always seems to invite those kinds of experiences. Something about the turning of the seasons, the fall holiday stretch...of course the aromas and memories...reliving the happy moments and planning this year's.

Don't remember if I have already shared this card...

Hug the ones you love!


Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Monster Birthday

Just a quick post to share another card I made awhile ago. Looking at the card now, I think I would add a few more stamped cupcakes or maybe a chipboard number...hmm...maybe I'll take care of that tomorrow. Maybe.

It's difficult to tell from the picture, but there was a lot of love put into this card! Distressing, sponging, fussy cutting, masking, coloring, shiny crystal effects accents...this was not a quick card, my friend! Still, I do like the card, just think it needs a little 'wow' factor, KWIM?

The weather the last couple of days seems to be changing. I, for one, am looking forward to Fall and all it brings with it!

See ya next post!


Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Lawn Fawn Hearts Cards for Kids Blog Hop!

Hello and welcome to the Lawn Fawn Hearts Cards for Kids Blog Hop! We have all come together today to make cards for a wonderful cause, Cards for Kids! We hope to encourage you to also make cards for this great cause and have fun along the way, too! So please hop along with us, and make sure to leave comments as there will be prizes for commenters and participants! So let's get going! Also, if you are lost in the hop, you can always start at the beginning at the Lawn Fawn blog. Thank you so much for hopping along with us today!

WOW! If you made it this far, you sure are dedicated! :)  Or in my case, I just can't get enough eye candy when it comes to cards. many blogs, not enough time!

Cards for Kids is a lovely way to help uplift these children and their families. Stop HERE to find out more about them and how you can help bring them smiles!

If you found your way here from Deb's blog, you're on the right track! If you're lost, scroll down to the bottom of this post to get your bearings - wouldn't want you to miss any of the fun!

So without much ado, here's one of mine...

If you were just flying by to see the card - done! Thanks for stopping by!

Your next stop is the lovely Stephanie!

If you're interested in a little more info about my project, read on! It was pretty simple, really. Well, after I made the first one the rest were easy! I love the saying, "there are no mistakes, only embellishment opportunities!" That was the case here.

I had the concept of this card in my head for awhile. I liked the concept so much that I decided to make 10 of these cards. Finally got around to gathering my supplies and made this card while watching a movie with the family...mostly in the dark!

Turned the lights on, only to discover the acrylic block I had been using to stamp the tree had transferred brown ink from the corner of the block to the middle of my card! Ugh!

It was too late to design another card. Luckily for me, the sentiment I had chosen fit that oval punch!

In case you're wondering why there are no adorable Lawn Fawn stamps on my project, it's because I don't own any, yet! I happened upon the Lawn Fawn blog through Jennifer McGuire's blog just in time to sign up for the blog hop. Coincidence?! ;) I think not! (there's a link to their site at the top of this post!)

And because I like to give credit where credit is due...

Stamps: Family Leaves Promo (Inque Boutique), Trendy Trees (Stampin' Up!)
Cardstock/Paper: green and yellow scraps, Whisper White, Crumb Cake (SU!)
Ink: Chocolate Chip, Whisper White (SU!) Wild Honey (TH Distress Ink)
Accessories: Large Oval Punch, Stampin' Dimensionals (SU!), Imaginisce 22mm Brad Punch Other: various Prima flowers, glitter glue, clear ep

Thanks, again for spending part of your day with me! Hope to see you again soon!


If you want to make sure you don't miss any of the great cards today, here is the Blog Hop list:

Lawn Fawn
Scrapbook Royalty
Mary Dawn
Bonnie Rose
Sarah Martina
Mary Pat
Angela   **YOU ARE HERE!** 
Leigh Ann 
Lawn Fawn