Thursday, June 23, 2011

Tag Theme "Seven"

Various projects and responsibilities have prevented me from participating in the last couple of challenges hosted by Rebecca, at Blog Challenge Garden, and I was really starting to miss playing along...

But I seem to be catching up a little now, and I gave a couple days' thought to the newest tag challenge theme, which this week is the number SEVEN!  My mind wandered and pondered over movies, songs, and various collections I have about the house.  I thought about books...

...and even THE "Good Book", remembering how Jesus, with his disciples, fed thousands of men, women, and children with only seven loaves of bread and a few small fish.  "And they all ate and were satisfied."  (Matthew15:32-37)...   Well, I felt the Holy Spirit in me!  And I felt that creative inspiration!..  Can I hear an "Amen"?!!

(Sigh)   Unfortunately, it turned out I DIDN'T have the stamps, images, nor even enough ink in my printer at the moment, to transfer all this spirit onto paper!..  So-oooo, I tried to think of something else.  Eventually, it seemed like I couldn't come up with anything at all, and that I might even have to skip a third weekly challenge...  I felt a little discouraged, but oh well....   I began to focus on other things.

As we've been getting a lot of rain these days, and the temperatures have cooled significantly, I thought I should seize the opportunity!  I began flipping  through my recipes, with the intention to start some baking.  Suddenly, I ran across a little scrap of a recipe, and next thing I knew, my brain was racing in reverse!  I ran to the corner store, grabbed a bottle of 7Up, then headed right back home again.  No, I wasn't thirsty, and I never did drink the soda!  I just wanted the label!

Now I have a much nicer looking recipe, for 7Up Cake, along with a couple other tags I've already made, to add to my own personal scrappy-cookbook!  It's a slow work in progress, but that cookbook is really special to me...

and I'm just loving it more and more, as I keep adding a mixture of recipes, photos, artistic embellishments, and all the happy memories that I can possibly fit in there! 

Oh... And as for that soda?...  Dear Son was looking at it for a minute, but I told him straightaway, "Uh-uh!  I'm making cake with that tomorrow!" 

Now I half expected a look from him, as if my face had turned green or something; but he knows me well!  He just shrugged his shoulders, said "o.k.", as if no big deal, and found something else to drink!

He likes when he smells good things baking in the oven!..  And I love that he likes that!  In fact, he just put his request in for Chocolate Chip Cookies...   No need to ask twice!  Cookies always sound good to me!

Thanks to Rebecca for hosting Tag Tuesday,
and thanks to everyone for stopping by today!

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Pink and Green

Yup, that's it!..  Nothing but pink and green today!  The theme for Tag Tuesday this week was "soft pink and green".  Hosted by Rebecca at Blog Challenge Garden, participants are welcome to use any image they please, but must stick to the colors indicated.

I must confess, this was rather convenient in a way, as I had started several tags around Easter time, in pink and green, but never did get around to finishing them. So, this was finally the fire under my "behind" to DO so!  I had the image and stamps done on them, but not the backs, and no trims, ribbons or embellishments of any kind yet...   So here's how I put my tag together...

I stickled the butterflies, and added various types of tiny floral embellishments. I green-glittered the larger leaves, added rhinestones for the larger butterfly's body, and used a green satin ribbon at the top.

I'm now using my tag as a bookmark!

After finishing that, I stumbled upon a very quick and simple craft project, HERE, that I thought was cute.. and "Oh well, WHY NOT!"  I mean, with the movie wall of fame going on above my entertainment center, wouldn't this Popcorn Box Journal be cute on the coffee table?!

But what does this have to do with pink and green, you ask?

I'm sorry!..  Why, the green bowl of popcorn, of course!  
Would you like some?

As you can see, my little notepad is coming in handy already, helping me to keep track of which project(s) I should or shouldn't start next....

Gee, while I've got the popcorn out, why don't I bring out some other goodies to serve my guests today?!  The temperatures were much cooler today, so I couldn't wait to get out my cookbooks and fire up the oven!  

Today, I made Peanut Butter Banana Bread.  You can find Bev's recipe for it HERE, on her blog, One Yarn After Another.  (I hear she's celebrating 200 followers!)  Oh, this bread smelled so good!..  But just as soon as I'd taken it out to cool on my kitchen table, and I was already popping more yummy goodness into the oven; a full mini-muffin tray of one of Dear Son's favorite snacks...  Sugar Donut Muffins!  He's been asking for them!  If you'd like to try making some yourself, you can find the recipe for them right HERE.

Looks good, doesn't it?  Try some!  
And let's have tea too!   

Yes, June's looking like a very busy month!  Here it is, nearing the end of the school year.  I remember going to bed with much on my mind last night; but I woke up this morning, got my coffee, headed to my computer..  and for some odd reason,  I just felt like starting this day differently.  I grabbed the guitar I bought back in April, 2010.  It's been quite a while since I've even had a chance to play with it.  Dear Son doesn't seem to show the interest I'd hoped he would in it, but I look forward, as Summer approaches, to at least learn more with it myself!  

I still feel a little awkward and clumsy with it so far; but at the same time, since last picking it up, months ago, I'm pleasantly surprised that I've remembered so quickly, what I thought I'd probably forgotten!...  Wait a minute.  What does this have to do with pink and green, again you may ask?

Well...  Ummm...  Er... 

Oh yeah!..  I forgot to tell you!  My good friend Kermie stopped by!   (Yeah, that's right!  He's green!)  He thought that maybe we could have a little jam session, and asked to take a turn with the guitar!  Well, sure, Kermit!  Sing! Sing a song! 

 "Caribbean Amphibian..
He likes to hop in the tropical sea.
Caribbean Amphibian..
A frog in a coconut tree!"

Oh that was awsome, Kermit!...  But now you've got to tell me.  Did I hear there's going to be a new Muppet movie coming to theaters in November this year?!  

 "Oh, yes, that's right!...  Kissy Kissy!
And moi will be there too, bien sur!
Isn't that right, mon cher Kermie?!"

My gosh!  Miss Piggy?!...  You just never know who's going to show up here, do you?!  But you DO know, of course, I'm a big fan, and I can't wait to see it!...   Hmmm...  November.  What do you think?  Just in case, maybe I'd better write it down in my popcorn journal, so I don't forget?

Special thanks to Rebecca for hosting Tag Tuesdays!
..And thanks to all for stopping by today!