Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Baseball Scrapbook Page

Braves Game 2008

I love premade scrapbook embellishments.  I start that sentence and feel almost guilty…  I use them on my Want pages, my funny little this is what I like, this is what I am obsessed with, this is what I am reading.  Those pages that family related telling a story of some grand adventure I never use them.    I simply can never find what I want, I scour Wal-Mart, or Hobby Lobby and sigh…  Nothing comes close to what my vision for the page is.  I can order it online a discontinued sheet or embellishment that is almost there but not exactly.  The other issue is my “I have time today to do this, gosh knows what tomorrow will bring. 

So I make my own.  Between a shaky knowledge of Inkscape and Photoshop I get the closest I will get to my vision and more importantly, I enjoy it.  I create the images I desire, and then print them out on to card stock and cut! I could use a di-cut machine I know, but I honestly enjoy the cutting out process.   The other drawback to this is that it seems a shame to never use them again.  I have no problem sharing them with you.  If you want a digital copy of the embellishment, let me know.  I didn’t include them just a main sheet cause I have no idea what the response will be.   

backdrop elements

Baseball Paper


yankee blue

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Gluten Free Corn Dogs

A couple of weeks ago I saw Gluten Free Corn Dogs on Gluten-Free Girl and the Chief.  I was so happy.. Corn Dogs when was the last time I had corn dogs???  It must have been over a year.  I do not have Celiac (Thank goodness) but me and gluten do not get along: extreme weight gain, stomach pains and frequent not pleasant trips to the bathroom are a curse.  This happened to me rapidly over the past three years it hit me so suddenly that I thought it was stress.  (I tend to be a worry wort)  I gained 30 pounds in three months.  Then I found the answer...  Gluten...  It hit my mom and I stopped eating gluten and in 40 days I had lost 20 pounds, my stomach felt better and my energy was higher.  Ohhhh trust me though I still eat meat, french fries, and I am known about my love of chocolate in six counties.

But normally I watch as others eat donuts, pancakes, french bread and most importantly fried chicken.  For the past year I have been in Iraq where others made my meals for me (that and my laundry), so being home and being in charge of cooking again I find having problems with cooking gluten-free substitute meals. My husband has hated everything.  So when I told him about the meal he looked at me skeptically.  Finally, after bribing him with onion rings I began the process.

Most of the ingredients were easy to get except the flour substitute. I am not that familiar with Texas and shop at the Local Wal-Mart.  They only have regular flour or Bob's Red Mill Gluten Free Baking Mix.  It was not until someone told me to try HEB.  Ahhhh the mother load...  I got the goods I needed.  So I began....  

I am not a baker, chef or at all handy in the kitchen.  I do enough to feed me and the hubby, and I can make gravy and biscuits to keep the southern boy happy.  Add to the fact that I had to read a recipe..  
The recipe does have you weigh out the dry goods of the flour mix and the corn meal.  Which scared me slightly but I pushed through.  Mixing all the ingredients together.  Now I did have to add more milk then the recipe called for but I think that was due to my scale not being the greatest.  

But I began to dip the hot dogs as the recipe called.  My husband at this time got curious and came into the kitchen promptly telling me I was doing it wrong and took over (I think he just wanted to fry things). So after a glare as I took a photo and him saying it was bad enough he had to star in a comic strip he was not about to be shown making corn dogs I stopped taking pictures.  With him in charge of the frying and such I started getting the plates together.  15 minutes later all four dogs were done, a couple of hush puppies (an idea I got from the comment section of the blog) and the onion rings.

Not the best photo I know.  I don't eat dressing on my salads either
I prefer BBQ dry rubs. Try explaining that to security out side the DFAC

The Verdict...  The Corn dogs were huge and one feed us just fine and they were yummy....  The batter was even recycled this morning to make little fried cake with syrup.  Which was good too.  The weighing of the dry goods was strange. I know its a more exact way, once I got over that fear, the recipe was easy enough.  I think next time I will add some spice to them.  Old Bay and Tabasco sauce..  Mac's only complaint...  I forgot the mustard.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Worldless Wednesday

Impala Logo by Lucia1031
Impala Logo, a photo by Lucia1031 on Flickr.

Okay I know that there should be no words... LoL I'm a day late so what can I say! So I am getting more connected you can find me on Flickr as Lucia1031 and instagram as Luciamac. Look for me!

Via Flickr:
Impala logo from a car show back in 1998 wow how time flies....

Monday, June 20, 2011

Times Square Kiss... Okay I admit Sunday was Lazy

So its Sunday and usually I use my Sunday to try out some new DIY on the net and give it my spin on it…  Well this week has been an unorganized one at best.  From a Pug that can’t handle the Texas heat and me getting stung by a bee and being a baby about it. (Heck you get stung in the hand by a bee not once but twice, I still want to know what  heck they were doing on the door knob.  To a brand new TV (In my defense the money I had spent was on necessities for the most part.  (Washer and Dryer,  Sick Pug, Paying off Credit Cards.  Woo-Hoo I am debt Free sans a 100 charge on the Star Card for a new pair of ACUS grrrrr). 

So the day has been spent on finishing projects around the house that still aren’t finished.  LOL Sundays are to be LAZY!  We have so been that to! 

Instead I will leave you with this!

Alfred Eisenstaedt's famous photo Times Square kiss is one of my favorites and I am a black and white Junky…  I remember at 14 years of age signing a petition to stop Ted Turned from colorizing some famous black and white movies.  Casablanca was one on the list.  Now don’t get me wrong to colorize a black and white photo like mygrapefruit did takes talent.  But something…  I dunno... Makes the image have a less of  a impact IMHO.  What do you think?

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Happy Fathers Day

Wow my life has so gotten away from me  but here is my Happy Fathers Day!!!!!   I would get sentimental on you all but all I have to do is see this picture an tear up a little... Gosh I am getting so sappy in my old age....  But to the coolest dad who in my mind can do anything.  He also knew I could do anything!

My Mom, Dad and Me at Basic Training Graduation!  (LOL my dad could soooo be a real  bearded Santa Claus)