Sunday, August 26, 2012

Oven Roasted Veggies.

I love roasted veggies on the grill, but since I can't always make them, I roast mine in the oven. This recipe is really easy to make. If you don't like your veggies plain then add them to some couscous, mac & cheese, pasta or rice, and top it off with your favorite cheese.

1 whole zucchini squash.
1 whole yellow squash.
1/2 small or med. red onion.
1- 8oz or larger container small porta bella or regular mushrooms. (If using porta bellas, clean and peel off the outer "skin", remove stems)
1 large broccoli crown. 
Fresh ground sea salt and black pepper to taste.
Onion powder to taste.
Garlic powder to taste.
I sometimes like to add "Spike" Original seasoning, found in health food stores. 
All the seasonings are to your taste, add as much as you like.
Olive oil. 

Clean and dry all veggies. Cut zucchini and yellow squash into 1/4 " slices. Cut onion and mushrooms into chunks. Cut broccoli tops off and slice each piece in halves or don't want thick broccoli pieces. Place all in a large bowl, add about 1/4 cup olive oil...or you can just pour some on and mix it all up. Make sure all veggies are covered with olive oil and then add your spices to your taste and mix again. I don't measure the oil or spices, it's what ever you like. Pre-heat oven to 350 or 370 depending upon what kind of oven you have. I would not go above 370 in any oven. Place all seasoned veggies into a 13"x9"x2" glass baking dish. [DO NOT GREASE DISH OR ADD WATER.] Spread veggies evenly around baking dish and bake uncovered for 30 minutes....MIX veggies after first 15 minutes and continue cooking for 15 more. Remove from oven. 
Serves: 2 to 4 people. 


Saturday, August 25, 2012

Fruit Fly Problems

fruit fly problems? Pour some balsamic vinegar in a small bowl, put plastic wrap tightly over the top, and poke holes in it. Place near fruit flies, it will attract and kill the fruit flies.

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Simple Ways to Organize Your Collection of Earrings.

Simple Ways to Organize Your Collection of Earrings.

So, your collection of sterling silver earrings is growing and you desperately need ideas on how to organize and store the earrings. You are also spending way too much time trying to find a matching pair of earrings in your jewelry box drawers and you are already late for work. Well, here are some tips that even those on a tight budget can follow.

1. By using a really cute wine glass, teacup, or even shot glasses if you are a collector, you can organize your earrings, by hanging your French hook earrings onto the cup or glass as display.

2. You can also use large or small buttons that can hold up to one or two pairs of earrings.

3. If you are lucky enough to come across a fireplace screen, they can be used as well for organizing jewelry. You can decorate the fire screen a new coat of paint, ribbons or buttons any thing that will add your own special flair to the item to compliment your bedroom or bathroom.

4. Mesh organizers from the office supply area of your favorite department or office supply store can easily be used for organizing a great many of your earrings.

5. With hoop earrings, you can lock the earrings together by placing the open hoop into the closed hoop and securing the clasp, thereby keeping each of the set together to prevent loss.

6. You can also staple either a piece of cross stitch fabric, lacy material or a window screen cut to fit to an old picture frame without the glass. Place your earring into the holes already provided and attach the back of the earring on the other side. This method also works wonderfully well for hook earrings.

7. Ice cube trays are also great for organizing and storing your earrings. Place a pair of earrings in each of the cube spaces. The trays are stackable and fit into most drawers.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

A Poem.....


The paradox of our time in history is that we have taller buildings,but shorter tempers;wider freeways, but narrower viewpoints;we spend more, but have less;we buy more, but enjoy it less. We have bigger houses and smaller families;more conveniences, but less time;we have more degrees, but less sense;more knowledge, but less judgment;more experts, but more problems;more medicine, but less wellness. We have multiplied our possessions, but reduced our values.We talk too much, love too seldom, and hate too often.We've learned how to make a living, but not a life;we've added years to life, not life to years. We've been all the way to the moon and back, but have trouble crossing the street to meet the new neighbor.We've conquered outer space, but not inner space;we've cleaned up the air, but polluted the soul;we've split the atom, but not our prejudice; we have higher incomes, but lower morals;we've become long on quantity, but short on quality. These are the times of tall men, and short character; steep profits, and shallow relationships.These are the times of world peace, but domestic warfare;more leisure, but less fun;more kinds of food, but less nutrition.

These are days of two incomes, but more divorce; of fancier houses, but broken homes.It is a time when there is much in the show window and nothing in the stockroom;a time when technology can bring this letter to you,in a time when you can choose either to make a difference, or just hit delete... -- Author Unknown

Monday, April 18, 2011

Think outside the envelope.

        I love vintage patterns! If anyone is looking to buy vintage patterns, check out your local resale shops or go online to , you will find tons of patterns on etsy. 
Not only can you use the patterns to make clothes, but you can also scan the front of the pattern envelope and clean up the image and remove things from the image and turn it into some cool gift tags or some other art project. Always think outside the box...or in this case, the envelope.

Happy pattern hunting!

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Banana Split Mini Bites

Banana Split Bites ~ A classic ice cream dessert gets mini for some bite size fun. And yes, there is actually a tiny scoop of ice cream tucked inside and underneath the whip cream.

  •  Use firm bananas and cut into 1 inch sections. Leave the peel on for easy handling, and with a melon- baller, dig a well in the middle of each banana section. 
  • Melt chocolate in the microwave and dip the bottom portion of the banana in chocolate and then dip it once again in either nonpareils or chopped peanuts. To quickly harden the chocolate, place dipped bananas in the freezer for five minutes.
  • Fill each well with ice cream (I filled mine with vanilla chocolate chip) and top with whip cream and a maraschino cherry. 

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Recycled skateboards made into keychains.

 I want everyone to know that there is a wonderful place online where you can buy handmade items....  I had purchased 2 key-chains made from recycled skateboards and they allowed me to choose from their different colors and styles because they didn't have anything listed that I was interested in. You will be amazed at how nice some of the folks are on etsy...all you have to do is ask and they will try to accommodate you. I purchased my key-chains from .  And there is another store on etsy that makes similar items... 
I had purchased a necklace from them and it was daughter received it as a Christmas gift and loved it. She tells me that she stills gets many compliments on it. I have posted some pics of the key-chains I bought. Please check out , I know you will like it and find great things to buy.
Front of one of the key-chains and the back of the other.

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Changes going on. sure has been a long time since I posted something on here! I am sorry about that...this past year has been a hard one for me...but this year is a new beginning. Like I have stated in the past...I have a health issue that makes it hard for me to do my crafts and other things...great news though...I have joined a gym and I am taking care of my needs and I hope that I can get some more crafts done and post some more ideas for you. Please check back within a couple of weeks and I should have something new posted. God Bless everyone and take care!

Saturday, January 15, 2011

A Poem

I wish I was a glow worm, a glow worm's never glum. 
'Cos how can you be grumpy when the sun shines out your bum!

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Having fun with "Barbie Knit Hits".

Here is an older toy...from the 1990' was my daughters, I am saving it for when I have grandchildren...or whenever I feel like playing with it myself.  I think it's really important that you keep some of your kids toys and collectibles for them or their children. I wish my mother wouldn't had thrown away my first teddy bear I had received when I was born...sure it was missing an eye and the satin in the ears had been just about rubbed away, but I LOVED that teddy and it was my best friend! I came home from school one day to find that she had got rid of it without asking me first. Please parents...if you weed out your kids stuff...or if they bag up some of their things to get rid of...go through it all and pack away what you think is important to you and your kids. What you or they think is garbage may actually be something you may miss once it's gone.  I may have kept the barbie Knit Hits for my future grand-kids, but nowhere is it written that I can't play with it!    FUN! FUN! FUN!
Be a kid again and play with some toys!  :0)

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Farm Chicks book and recipe.

                                    Here is a wonderful book I discovered at my local library. It has great ideas for decorating, crafting, and fact I used one of the recipes and it turned out to be very YUMMY!!! The recipe is, "Mini orange bundt cakes", and it calls for fresh orange zest and freshly squeezed orange juice. I have never made a bundt cake of any size, and I have never zested an orange or any other citrus fruit in my entire it was a first for me and it turned out to be delicious. Here is a hint about zesting....don't buy those zesters you see at stores, you can use the smaller sized grater on your cheese know, the one you might use for grating Parmesan cheese. Anyway, you should check out this book and other Farm Chicks books...they also have a blog. Below is a picture of the "Mini orange bundt cakes" I made.
Happy Baking! :0)

Friday, November 26, 2010

Sock Snowmen.

These snowmen are so cute and easy to make....also a fun group project! I taught a group of home-schooled kids how to make them and they loved it. As always, safety first...children should be supervised when using scissors and hot glue guns. 

*White tights, toddler size or larger (1 pair will make 6-8 snowmen), or baby socks.
*Polyester fiberfill, batting, or cotton balls.
* will need some to to tie off the body and maybe the hat.
*Fabric strips, ribbon, or yarn (for "scarf").
*Colored baby socks (1 sock makes 2 "hats").
*Hot glue gun or tacky glue.
*Nose: 1 round button with the shank removed...or use a 1/4 in. to 1/2 in. orange pipe cleaner.
*Eyes: Texas beads 5mm round or google eyes, permanent marker or acrylic paint.
*Optional: Earmuffs: about 3 in. pipe cleaner and 2 pom-poms.
*Additional yarn or string for hanging your snowman. You can also use an ornament hook put through the top of the hat. 

Step 1:  Fill the foot of a baby sock with fiberfill, tie shut above the ankle with string, trim off cuff. If using tights, cut 3 or 4 sections out of one leg to make 3 or 4 snowmen...cut to any size you like. The foot part of the tight you can stuff and tie off with a string. For sections without a foot part...turn inside out, tie one end closed, turn right side out, stuff and tie closed. If your snowman is too round, roll him between your hands and mold him into a sausage shape. 
Step 2:  Divide the snowman body into two sections by tying a strip of fabric, yarn, or ribbon around it for a scarf. Use a dab of hot glue under the scarf to hold it in place. You may use tacky glue, but it takes a while to dry.
Step 3:  Glue colored sock on top of snowman for a hat. If using the cuff part of the sock, tie it off at the top to make a "pom-pom".  You may also attach earmuffs or other embellishments.  
Step 4: Glue a button nose a little over the scarf and face...or use a pipe cleaner. Apply eyes.
Step 5: Give your snowman some personality! Glue buttons or tiny pom-poms down the front of it, add earmuffs, a flower shaped button, hearts, snowflakes, or scrapbook embellishments. 
Step 6: Finish it off with a hook or string to hang. 

Have fun and be creative! :0)
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Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Flower girl plant pokes.


                     This week I was cleaning out my craft room and came across a craft project that my daughter and I did several years ago. If you have young daughters or granddaughters, this is a fun project to do together.


*Wooden or bamboo skewers.

*Wooden or glass beads that will fit the skewers.  (the bead that is under the "skirt" should fit very snug or you may have to glue it. The beads that are the "body" do not have to fit snug. We used different sized wooden beads)

*For the "head", a wooden bead that already has a painted face on it, or you can paint your own faces. We used both.

*Artificial flowers that you take apart.

*Low-temp hot glue gun.

*Children use adult supervision!

        Glue the head on top of the skewer...if you want to place a "crown" or "hat" on top, leave a little bit of the skewer exposed to glue it onto. This is the fun part...assembling the girls dress. It takes about 2 or 3 beads of different sizes to make the body, but they fit in between the petals that make up the dress. Use the different parts of the artificial flowers to make a "crown" or "hat"...also use some of the plastic parts as a bodice under the "skirt" to make it fluff out more or to give it shape..(as pictured below). After you finally get your flower girl the way you want it to look, finish it off with a small bead under the "skirt"...push it up so everything is tight and in place. If your bead doesn't stay in place, glue it. There you have it, a flower girl plant poke...just place is a potted plant. 

           My daughter and I had hours of fun making up our own petal dresses, but now that she is an adult, I miss those days of crafting with her. Oh you can have fun making them with someone special.  Happy Crafting!


Monday, November 1, 2010

Paint sample ideas.

               I don't know about you, but I love collecting paint many beautiful colors...and they are FREE! I use those small table top plastic drawers to organize my scrapbooking supplies, but I got tired of always looking at the mess inside the drawers, so I used some of my paint samples trimmed down to fit in the slots in the front of the drawers. It's very colorful and cheerful. If you don't want to use paint samples, try using some scrapbook papers. I used scrapbook papers inside my large I don't have to look at all my paints and other junk.  Paint samples can be used in making cards and decorations. I use my paper punches to punch out circles or hearts and then I use fishing line and double-sided sticky tape to make mini garland. Cut out shapes, like treetops and tree trunks, green grass, flowers, etc. and make a pretty scene on a card or on cardstock to frame or give to a loved one. Think outside the box and be creative....or in this case, "inside the box".    
Happy Paint Samples !

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Walnut shell pin-cushions

                                                          I'm back! Sorry that I haven't posted anything in a while...I have Fibromyalgia, so I'm always tired and my body aches all over. is a wonderful idea for making cute, little, pin-cushions. You will need an empty walnut shell halve, a little scrap of fabric, very little stuffing, low-temp hot glue gun, strong thread and a needle, ribbon optional.  Cut out a small circle of fabric, place stuffing in the middle of it and stitch it shut with a running stitch. Your fabric should resemble an oval shaped doesn't have to be perfect because the shell is not round. BEFORE you stitch it completely shut, place your fabric "ball" inside the shell and work the "ball" around until it fits just right. You may have to add or remove more stuffing...just make sure that it fits snuggly in place. Once you get that adjusted, stitch it shut and place it in the shell again to make sure it fits to your liking. At this point you may add a small piece of ribbon that has been folded over and place it at the widest end of the shell under the fabric. Hot glue everything in place and you are done. If you don't like the natural color of the shell, sand and spray paint it before you glue fabric in it. You may add a key ring or just a plastic ring to the ribbon part so that it can hang on a hook or keychain.  The pin-cushions make great stocking stuffers or anytime gifts.  This is one craft project that is uber easy...and CUTE!!! Helpful hint: Use needle nose pliers to snip off any jagged ruff spots inside the shell before you use it. When you glue your fabric in the shell, make sure you tuck it all in around the edges of the shell.
Happy pin-cushions!  :0) 

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Re-purposed tea infuser.

            I don't drink tea, but when I seen this tea infuser at my local resale shop for 25 cents, I had to get it!  When I shop I like to look at things "outside the box"....I like to visualize them as serving another purpose. Tea infusers can be used for keeping your clothes, drawers, and closets smelling nice. I use to put cottonballs with my favorite perfume on them inside my dresser drawers or somewhere in my closet, but sometimes the clothes in my dresser would get a yellowish stain on them from the cottonballs. I placed the cottonballs inside the tea infuser and now it doesn't leave stains and the air circulates through the infuser leaving a nice fragrance in my clothes. If you don't want to use cottonballs, try potpourri or some activated charcoal. The charcoal is good for pulling stinky smells out of closets with shoes and coats...or hang one under your bathroom sink. I don't recommend using the tea infuser for making tea again...please, use one for tea and one as an air-freshener. Well, I hope this is a helpful hint to some of you. I think it's a good idea. Check out your local resale shop and see things, "outside the box". Who knows, maybe you will find something to re-purpose...if you do, please share it with me!  
Have a great day! :0)

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Make your own bookplates.


              When I was a kid I loved reading books like, "The Cat in the Hat" or "The Tales of Peter Rabbit"...and I especially liked those teeny, tiny, books like, "Harold and the Purple Crayon" or books by, Joan Walsh Anglund.  I use to own a few books and I would write my name inside the cover with a marker or crayon and it would look just awful! Oh how I wish I would've had a beautiful bookplate inside the covers of my books...well, I can't go back and fix my childhood scribblings...but I can make my own bookplates.  Making your own bookplates is easy. Find a picture that you like....something with an open space within the picture or a focal point. Scan your pic and make any corrections to it on your computer and then add a text box with your choice of font, font color and size.  Also add a blank line underneath it for someone to sign their name on.  When you're ready to print it out, make sure that you size it properly and you might want to print out a sample one to see if it is the right size and everything is to your liking. You can print it out on regular printer paper or you may use something that has more heft to it, like a parchment or cardstock paper. When you are done printing it out, allow it to dry then apply on the back of it some "Lick & Stick" glue....spread the glue all over and a little past your image that is on the other side. Let it dry over night and the next day cut out your bookplate and it is ready to be licked and placed inside the cover of your favorite book. "Lick & Stick" is non-toxic and works really well. If you don't want to use that, then try glue made for papers or use double-sided sticky tape.  Give bookplates as stocking stuffers or with books as gifts. You can also make matching bookmarks. What ever you do...have fun and be creative! You may use the bookplate I made above...I got that picture from one of my favorite books, "Enchanting", by Joan Walsh Anglund.  
Happy Crafting! : )

Sunday, September 12, 2010

A helpful hint.

                                               This summer my son was home from college, and while he was here, he was working out with our free weights. The problem I had with him using them was that I didn't want my hardwood floors to get I bought those interlocking foam squares that are made for setting weights on. They worked great! After he returned to college, and I was taking apart the squares, it dawned on me....why not use them in my craft room under my chair and table? Wow...those work great! My feet are cushioned and my seat is a little more comfy and it protects my floors from chair marks. I also put some under my computer table and chair...I might try it out in the kitchen in front of the sink. For those of us who do not own a dishwasher, we need to stand on something cushy. Always think outside the box....the things that we use can serve other purposes.  Just a thought and an idea I wanted to pass along. If anyone has any ideas they would like to share, please leave a comment below. Thanks and have a great day! :)    (You can find the foam squares at Walmart over in the exercise section.)

Friday, September 10, 2010

Handmade vellum seed packets.

            Well, Fall is upon us, and so dies the beautiful blooms of summer...but their seeds remain...lets gather those wonderful treasures and save them in handmade seed packets. I took some pictures of my flowers and also found some pics online of flowers to print out on vellum. Just as I had mentioned in my posting about "getting crafty with vellum", the same rules apply...except, you don't need to seal the packet shut with vellum tape, you can just leave it alone and tuck the flap in...or use a sticker to seal the flap shut. I put my flower pic on Paint and added the word "Hollyhocks" in a framed box, it just looks nicer than adding a label to the front. I then found the directions for planting Hollyhocks and printed it out really small on some plain computer paper and placed it inside the packet. Make sure your seeds are dry before packing them.  You can find free seed packet templates online or use a template for ATC envelopes like I can find those at or www.mirkwooddesigns/
Don't just hoard all the seeds, give them as gifts to friends and family. They make great stocking stuffers, send them in a card, have a seed swap with others. 
Happy seed gathering! :)

Note: This was my first seed packet, I should have squared off the larger flaps to make it look nicer...I used an ATC envelope template and it was rounded.  If you want your picture to show up better, insert a plain piece of paper or one with instructions. I didn't cut my paper large's smaller than the picture...but you get the idea.  


Sunday, September 5, 2010

Banana Bread.

I doubled the recipe and made 2 loaves without nuts. YUM!

Have ALL ingredients at about 70* (room temp., including the eggs).
Preheat oven to 350*.
Makes 1 loaf. (Double it and make 2)

Sift together:
1 3/4 cups Sifted all-purpose flour.
2 1/4 teaspoons double-acting baking powder.
1/2 teaspoon salt.

Blend until creamy:
1/3 cup butter flavored Crisco (shortening).
2/3 cup sugar.
3/4 teaspoon grated lemon rind...(you may also use orange rind or a combination of both).

Beat in:
2 eggs. (At room temp.)
3 medium to large sized, overly ripe, bananas.

Add the sifted ingredients in about 3 parts to the sugar mixture. Beat the batter after each addition until smooth.
(Optional) Fold in: 1/2 cup chopped walnuts.
Place the batter in a greased bread pan. Bake the bread about 1 hour or until done. Test with a toothpick....don't over bake, it will become too want it slightly under baked on top, but not gooey. Remove from oven and let it rest in the pan for about 4 minutes before running a butter knife around the edge and shaking it a bit to loosen it up.....turn it out on a wire rack to cool. It's good to eat hot, but be careful, don't burn your mouth! Once it's cooled, wrap it up in foil, it stays moist longer.
Happy baking! : )
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Recycled floor lamp....mannequin stand.

           Here is a great way to recycle an old floor lamp....turn it into a mannequin stand.  I found the fabric covered body form at a resale shop many years ago, but I didn't have a stand to put it on, until I was looking over our broken floor lamp. Taking apart the top portion and the cord was the easy part....the not so easy part was to drill out a hole large enough for the little pole, that is underneath the body form, to slide into. By the way, my hubby drilled the hole for me...of course I did help him, but he did all the drilling.  My favorite part of this project was priming and painting the lamp pink!  Oh yeah, I just want to tell people to never be afraid to ask for never know unless you in point, the body form. When I was at the resale shop I spotted the body form behind the counter and asked the clerk if it was for sale...she said no, but then she said she would sell it for $15.00 if I wanted it.  So you see, it never hurts to ask! Altogether it cost about $20.00 for this mannequin and stand...what a great deal! Now I can use it to display outfits, postcards, pictures, jewelry, scarves, and all kinds of things. Very crafty indeed!!! 

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Easy to make dry erase boards.

This project is super easy! You just need a 12"X12" picture frame.... or any sized picture it plain or ornate, scrapbook paper or any paper you like or fabric, scissors, and a dry wipe marker and eraser. You can use them on your computer desk or kitchen counter as a "to do" list, grocery list, or ideas list. Put one in your craft room or kids room....change out the papers as often as you like....mix and match your decor. You can also embellish the frame with 3D images of butterflies, ribbon, or anything else you fancy. Hang one in your kitchen as a weekly menu...with a daily reminder in their sights, your family won't be bugging you, "what's for dinner?".  I'm sorry that I didn't take pictures of them hanging on my wall, I kept getting a glare from the you can see I got some from my camera flash. 
I hope this project gets your creative juices flowing.....Happy Crafting! : )

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Lovin' the farmers market!

The farmers market....what a great place to buy fresh veggies, fruit, baked goods, organic chicken, eggs, handmade crafts, and fresh flowers. Today I stopped in at the farmers market in Harrisville, MI and for $3.00 I bought 2 peppers, a bag of broccoli, and a beautiful bouquet of Zinnias and Goldenrod....the recycled jar was included. $1.00 for the jar full of was a deal!!! Summer is almost over, so anyone that has a farmers market nearby should go visit it before it's too late.
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Saturday, August 21, 2010

Turkey loaf recipe your family will love!

                        I got this recipe from Zonyas lickety-split meals and my family loves it! I gave both, her recipe, and some changes I made to it. Her recipe was good, but a little dry and not a lot of flavor, so I added some stuff to it. Give it a try and make it your own way...I believe your family will like it better than the original beef meatloaf recipes.

Tantalizing Turkey Loaf.......This dinner is a far cry from the traditional artery-clogging classic. It’s fast and tasty, too! The applesauce replaces the moisture lost by using extra-lean ground turkey.

Serves 4.

Prep: 20 min.
Cook: 60 min.
Preheat oven to 350°.
Coat an 8" x 8" baking dish with cooking spray.

1 small chopped onion
20 oz extra-lean ground turkey breast... (I use the regular ground turkey...has a little more fat in it, but it isn't as dry.)
2 lg egg whites... (I use 2 whole eggs)
1/2 - 1 tsp Italian seasoning (children prefer less)...(1 tsp is good)
1/4tsp red pepper flakes (opt)
1/2 cup applesauce, unsweetened....(I use the pre-packaged applesauce's in the little cups, it just takes 1)
1/2 tsp salt (omit if bread crumbs are seasoned)
Optional: 1- 4oz can mushrooms may use fresh mushrooms, but remember they hold more moisture and they should be put on a paper towel in the microwave for about 2 or 3 minutes to shrink them down and drain off the fluid.
1/2 cup dry unseasoned or seasoned bread crumbs....(You may need more crumbs if you are using whole eggs and turkey with more fat, you will know you have enough when the turkey loaves you make hold firm)
2 Tbsp. freshly grated Parmesan cheese....(I just put in 3 big pinches of's more like 3 Tbsp.)
1 cup spaghetti sauce.....(I like mine saucy, so I use a whole jar, 24 oz., of Prego)
Extra freshly grated Parmesan cheese for topping.

Mix all ingredients together thoroughly,  form meat mixture into 4 equal-sized balls and arrange in dish, press them all down a little so they are flat on top and yes, they will be squished up against each other. Pour sauce over top and spread around evenly, top it off with freshly grated Parmesan cheese, as much as you like. Place in oven and bake for 60 minutes. Remove from oven and let it rest for about 10 minutes before serving.

For a complete healthy meal you may also serve with it: 

4 (4 oz each) baking potatoes or
2 (8 oz each) sweet potatoes
Scrub potatoes, pierce 3 or 4 times with a fork,
wrap in foil and place in oven.
4 cups broccoli or salad with

Wednesday, August 18, 2010


What is Swap-bot?

Do you like sending and receiving snail mail? Do you like writing letters, making crafts, or putting together fun packages? You should try swapping! Swap-bot is a online service that organizes group swaps and a community of creative individuals. Swap-bot takes the hassle out of participating in group swaps by organizing all of the participant information and doing all of the partner assignments. On Swap-bot, you can host swaps, join swaps, and chat with other swappers from all over the world. Give it a try!

                                             I've done a few swaps on there and it was fun! I traded some artistic trading cards, buttons and fat quarters, blank recipe cards, a handmade stuffed heart, and a handmade tiny matchbox stuffed full of goodies. I must warn you.....just because you send something really nice, doesn't necessarily mean you will receive something just as nice. That is the risk you take with any swap....but you are able to have one on one swaps with people you may have swapped with and had liked what they'd sent you. I have done a few of those and received some really cool stuff. The pictures above are of an Artistic Trading Card I made and sent....I take photos of all the items I make and swap. The top pic is the front of the card and the bottom pic is the back of the card. The last picture is a matchbox I made along with handmade envelopes and other bonus items.  If you don't want to swap with strangers online, try it with one or a few of your family and friends. First make a questionnaire for everyone to fill out....ask them what their favorite colors, candies, songs, books, crafts, hobbies, etc. etc. are, then you can get together and agree on what to swap. For example, you may choose to swap 12 blank recipe cards, store bought or handmade....and along with it (as a bonus), send one of your own recipes and their favorite candy or tea or anything you think they may like to receive.  

Give it a try and Happy Swapping! :)