October 23, 2010

*hOliDaY pAcKagEs & CaRdS*

the 2010 Holiday Packages & YOU-nique Cards are finished.
Please check them out by clicking on the
*hOliDaY pAcKagEs & CaRdS* Page Tab located just below the blog title,
on this link
{HolidayPackages & Cards}.
You'll find afordable photo packages and cards. This year I'm offering 'design files', double sided 5x7 linen finish cards & 6x7 1/2 photo cards with a 4x6 keepsake option, allowing your family & friends to preserve your photo in an album or display it in a frame long after the holidays!
Mrs. 'Cotton-Headed Ninny-Muggins'

October 12, 2010

i {heart} faces....beef!

A slight drift from the 'normal' challenge which must include a face...this week it is all about BEEF. Each year for Father's Day I try to wow my hard working & devoted husband with a hearty, usually beefy, meal. This was one of our favs.

here are my notes from the Father's Day feast pictured above…

2 lbs lean sirloin, 1 med onion or ½ large, (grate 3-4 T and chop the rest for topping later), 1/3 lb smoke gouda cheese, 1 T worsteshire, ½ bottle of beer (obviously the alcohol will cook out, but certainly okay to skip this), 2 T parsley, a palm of Montreal grill seasoning, palm of paprika – smoked sweet, palm of cumin, 2 cloves garlic – finely chopped.
Mix all together and make 4 patties – tip was to make them thinner in the center so you don’t get that burger bulge when they shrink up on the grill.
**I have side note that says to ‘drizzle in evoo’ but I don’t know how much???**

Top burgers with lettuce, pickles, sauce(see recipe) & chopped onion. Serve with corn on the cob (see recipe)

Handful of dill – chopped, 4 T spicey mustard, 4 T sour cream

BBQ SAUCE (for Corn below):
2 T vinegar, 2 T brown sugar, 1 T worsteshire, 1 T hot sauce, 1 T montreal seasoning, ½ C ketchup
Mix and cook on medium low heat

Cook corn first then - squirt juice of 2 limes and drizzle some evoo on corn + some salt (like those measurements?), and put on the grill for a few min to get ‘grill marks’, then baste with prepared bbq sauce and top with chopped onion.

That is all she wrote, literally those are my notes in entirety- bon apetit!

wanna drool some more? click below!

thank you to TxBeef.org for sponsoring this week’s yummy challenge! And Nolan Ryan Beef
who will be rewarding one of the entries with a $250 gift certificate.

October 08, 2010

textures.warm tones.cool weather.sweet flavors.

I count down for this season ALL YEAR LONG...yay for Fall!

don't you just love that 'welcome' sign? I sure do! It is a hand crafted/restored piece of the past, created by a local artist and amazing friend of mine. Be inspired by her blog and fill your home with one of a kind decor from her etsy store . I induldged and also picked up a large tin memo board with scripture magnets for the desk in my kitchen. (I'll post pix once I've filled it with all sorts of goodies!) A HUGE {thank you} to Joy Frameworks for making 'this' Fall even more worth waiting for!

October 07, 2010

GHS Senior Girls...sneak peek!

five...fabulous & fun, gorgeous, graduating girls of Gilbert High.

stay tuned for more... ...


This high school senior holds a very special place in my heart. She is pretty much the only babysitter we've EVER paid to watch our boys. She and her family became our next door neighbors 7 years ago and the blessings have flowed ever since. Their kindness often makes me feel like we are living in black & white sitcom. Sweet, simple kindness. We could all use more of that right? I was so excited when she asked me about Senior Pix. She is a 'Senior Rep' so you'll be seeing her b.e.a.u.t.i.f.u.l. smile and a.m.a.z.i.n.g. eyes a few more times over the next few months.

thank you Jordyn! I am looking forward to our next PIX adventure.