Friday, July 30, 2010

Fill in the Blank Friday 3

1.  The last thing I do before going to sleep is pray one last time.

2.  When I can't sleep I  turn on the tv and watch something comforting like I love Lucy or the Cosby Show.

3.  The first thing I do when I wake up is take Brody for a walk.

4.  When I'm tired I can't think strait and I get emotional.

5.  My dream bedroom would be  filled with light, decorated in blue and green and brimming with soft cotton linens.  

6.  If I could wake up anywhere tomorrow morning it would be in Hawaii.

7.  The longest sleep I've ever had was probably when I was a teenager.

8.  I sleep on my  side, but most of the time I try to fall asleep on my back.  

9.  When I sleep, I like to wear   shorts and a tank top.

10.  My bedtime is usually  10 to 10:30 pm.  

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Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Terrific or Terrible Tuesday (depending on how you see it)

I really wish I were somewhere else today...  like Antarctica or India or Norway or... somewhere.

One disheartening thing: a migraine settled in at 8 am Sunday morning and has yet to leave.  I keep warning it that it had better scram, but so far no luck...

One happy thing: I have a beautiful new tv cabinet (pictures to come)

One yummy thing: I let myself have as much diet coke as I want when I have a migraine.

One wishful thing: that my sick day will be paid for yesterday

One thankful thing: a job, job, job...

One frustrating thing: relationships

One glorious-wonderful thing: relationships

One curious thing: my downstairs neighbor has boxes piled in front of her windows...

One healthy thing: I feel good (Addison's-wise) and, latest blood tests are today!  (results will take a few days though)

One weird thing: my left turn signal randomly speeds up and slows down.  This has happened for at least 6 months.

One very boring thing: lunch today = baked chicken, broccoli and rice

One unfortunate thing: I borrowed 65 cents from Eddie this morning, and now I owe him 65 cents.

One random thing: Brody and I both have paint in our hair from hard work painting this weekend. 

One joyful thing: Bible study tonight with the girls!  can't wait!

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Monday, July 19, 2010

Crustless Mini Quiches

I don't really use a recipe for this meal, but I throw in whatever sounds good.  :)  I'm not very good at following recipes when I have them, and meals I can make without having to follow instructions are my favorite to make.  So I'll just tell you the basics, and if you have any questions let me know in the comments. 

Necessary ingredients:
salt and pepper to taste
cooking spray, butter, or margarine

Optional ingredients:
crumbled sausage
sliced chicken sausage links
green pepper
chopped spinach
chopped tomatoes
minced onion
cheddar, Swiss, or feta cheese (or all three!)
red pepper
fresh minced garlic
zucchini or squash

Spices I sometimes add:
garlic salt
celery salt
onion powder

I start by preheating the oven at 350 or warmer and greasing a muffin tin.  Then I beat 4 or 5 eggs in a bowl with about a half a cup to a cup of milk, add the spices I'm going to use and set that aside.  Next I pick and choose what ingredients I want to use.  (It's usually whatever is in my fridge or freezer that week). 

Some of my favorite combinations are:
  • ham, cheese and onions
  • bacon, asparagus and feta
  • spinach, tomatoes, olives, and feta
  • chicken sausage, peppers and cheeses

Some vegetables taste better sauteed first- like onions and peppers.  Others are fine to just cook with the egg mixture.  When you chop the tomatoes, it's good to seed them first because the extra moisture in the seeds can make the quiches watery.  

Once I have all of my ingredients chopped and prepared I layer them into the cupcake tin, keeping some of the cheese for later.  Then I pour the egg mixture evenly over the other ingredients, topping with the extra cheese. 

I'm not positive how long these normally take to bake, but it's a shorter time than a quiche in a pie plate.  I want to say, 10-12 minutes at the most, and I like the edges of mine to be crispy and brown. 

These are great for lunches, or quick breakfasts and I like to freeze them for later.  I've been on a low-fat kick lately, so I have cut way back on the amount of cheese I use.  But in my opinion, lots of cheese makes them very tasty!  :) 

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Beautiful Etsy: Gillian Bates - contemporary textile art

Have you ever seen paper and textiles mixed to make such fun pieces?  These pictures and postcards make me want to try this, but I know I could never create something as wonderful.  Gillian's talented designs are inspired by the British Seaside.  Click on the images to see them on Etsy.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Curious about what's happening in Nashville?

You should check out the blog Nashvillest. Morgan Levy and Christy Frink compile all the most newsworthy local stories and write about them with humor and as if they're having a conversation with all of Nashville.

Need to know what's going on this weekend around town? they'll tell you.
Want to know about great places to eat? Check Nashvillest.
I'm telling you, it's full of good things. :)

Monday, July 12, 2010

Brody: the New Cottonelle Dog

The other night I dropped a roll of toilet paper from the closet, and before I knew it, Brody took off with it. First he ran around carrying it in his mouth, and then the real fun began. Before I could get it from him, he had torn it up so much that I just gave up. This dog loves tissue of any kind. In fact, he likes paper of any kind.

Here he is coming in for the kill! See him in the background of the next picture?

When he was finally done annihilating the toilet paper, he plopped down on the tile to cool down.

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Beautiful Etsy: Comfy Creations

I know, I know, I've seen the kiosk in the mall where they sell heat therapy wraps in every team color and headache pillows with every scent imaginable. They seem like a waste of money, for anyone with even a little knowledge of sewing. But this is different! While I've made rice heating pads in the past, it seems so much easier to order one from Kathleen at Comfy Creations. She sells them in Amy Butler prints! I'm a sucker for cute fabric. I think her wrist supports for your keyboard and mouse are cool too.

Friday, July 2, 2010

Reality Check

 4-5Celebrate God all day, every day. I mean, revel in him! Make it as clear as you can to all you meet that you're on their side, working with them and not against them. Help them see that the Master is about to arrive. He could show up any minute!
 6-7Don't fret or worry. Instead of worrying, pray. Let petitions and praises shape your worries into prayers, letting God know your concerns. Before you know it, a sense of God's wholeness, everything coming together for good, will come and settle you down. It's wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry at the center of your life.
 8-9Summing it all up, friends, I'd say you'll do best by filling your minds and meditating on things true, noble, reputable, authentic, compelling, gracious—the best, not the worst; the beautiful, not the ugly; things to praise, not things to curse. Put into practice what you learned from me, what you heard and saw and realized. Do that, and God, who makes everything work together, will work you into his most excellent harmonies.

Philippians 4:4-9 (The Message)

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Beautiful Etsy: Whitney Smith Pottery

I love this shop! the pieces this girl creates are so adorable. Vases, bowls, pitchers, and cupcake stands...

Take a look:

(click on the pictures to see them on Etsy)

Super cute, right? I can't help but love the colors she uses, but it's the little birds and dogwood blossoms that got me.

You: Create #1

I'm joining in on Gitzen Girl's creative challenge, You: Create.  Here's what she has to say about it:

Every Thursday, you all [who are participating] are going to share one thing that you took the time to create that week. And that can be ANYTHING. Anything you took a moment to stop and do for you... anything that helps shape who you are as a person.
Because, here’s thing, as much as this is called YOU:create, it could just as easily be called create:YOU. When you stop for a minute and create something, accomplish something, finish a goal that would in some way fulfill a yearning you have inside, you are giving yourself the space to be you. To express yourself. To feel good about something you want to do rather than all those things you have to do.

 I love her idea.  Most days I don't do anything creative, but I should do more.  It's a part of me, and such a wonderful way to get to know myself better.  When I get the itch to do something with my hands or mix colors in a painting or a scrapbook page I'm motivated- the trouble is getting motivated when I don't have the urge to create.  Thanks for motivating me, Gitz!  

So here's my project for the week!

I used a paper doily to stencil a pretty pattern on the canvas first, and painted a bird in gray after I had painted the whole canvas lavender  I think I'll add something later, like a word or a phrase above the bird.  I think aqua would really compliment the lavender and gray. 

I'm linking up here.  If you've done something creative this week, join in!