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Blog of Substance Award and Thank You Thepunkrockmom!

Wow imagine my surprise when I was  stopping by and saw my blog
as one of the  winners!  ( How cool is that?)I believe the rules are to tell 7 things the bloggy world
doesn't know about you and to pass it on to 5 other blogs.  So here goes:

I like orange juice but not oranges per se.I still listen Lenny KravitzAlice in Wonderland and Through the looking Glass was the only book I read more than once (as a Kid)Meryl Streep is one of my favorite actresses.I just submitted one of my poems to gotpoetry.comPicasso is one of my favorite artistsTina Modotti is one of my favorite photographers.I didn't intend for this to be a my favorites list but at 3am this is what came to mind first!
Five blogs that deserve this award in  no particular order,
,,,   I am s…

Birda Mae's Recipe Corner: Sandra Lee's Lemon Blueberry Cake


2(8 inch ) round store bought yellow or white cake layers1/3 cup frozen lemonade concentrate,thawed2 teaspoons lemon extract divided2(12ounce) cans cream cheese flavored frostingFresh mint sprigsFresh blueberrieslemon slices,quarteredDirections:
Use a knife to slice cake layers in half horizontally.Use a pastry brush to brush each layer with lemonade concentrateSet aside.Stir 1 teaspoon of lemon extract into each can of frosting;set asideTo assemble cake: Frost and stack the cake layers on top of each otherDecorate cake with mint sprigs,blueberries,and quartered lemon slices Well this concludes are month with Sandra Lee I got this recipe from
I will be baking but it is time to branch out again  So Stay tuned!   

I am linking up with
and thanks for stopping by!

Creative Thearpy:Catalyst 118

I decided to give this Catalyst a try.It was
My Daily Routine and it reads like this:
2. Drink coffee
3.Check computer
5.Wake up kids
6.Get Kids Dressed for school
7. Put kids on the Bus
8.Repeat tomorow

black and white Wed@Long road to China

This is my first Black and White Wed.  with Long Road to China This was taken almost 2 and 1/2 weeks ago.  It was hot as all get up (Heat index altleast 101)  .  Why do I keep bringing up the heat index? The heat index is the temp. that it actually feels like .  It could be 94 degrees but if the heat index says a 100 then that's what it actually is.  I say all that to say this . I was not going to be blowing bubbles for very long outside.  If  you're looking for the cupcake recipe it's in the post below this one

Birda Mae's Recipe Corner:Sandra Lee's Black Forest Cupcakes

Black Forest Cupcakes


1 (18.25 ounce) box of devil's food cake

1 1/3 cups black cherry soda

1/2 cup vegetable oil


1 container of vanilla frosting

2 teaspoons cherry extact

1 to 2 drops pink food coloring 24 whole marashino cherries with stems

Preheat oven 350 degrees F. Line 2(12 cup)muffin tins with paper liners. In a large bowl combine cake mix, soda, vegetable oil and eggs. Using a hand mixer combine all ingredients batter will still be lumpy. Pour batter into muffin cups. Bake 19 to 22 minutes,turning the pans halfway through baking . remove to a rack and allow to cool completely.
In a large bowl combine frosting ,extract and pink food coloring When cupcakes are cool  ice with pink cherry frosting  and top each with maraschino cherry.  I got this recipe from .  This is the next to the last Sandra Lee recipe I will be featuring more baked goods in the upcoming months .  I did n't want a radical change all at once.  I am linking up t…

My variation of Sandra Lee's Catfish Sandwhich

This is a variation of the recipe I posted last Tuesday on the 1oth . For my variation I used Fish fry instead of the cornbread mix
and I wasn't sure about the Remoulade sauce since Ihave some picky eaters. So they had the option of the Tarter sauce with lemon and herbs or the chipolte mayo both by Kraft. Instead of Catfish I used Cod because it was on sale at Krogers and since Ihad the hamburger buns I used those . It came out pretty good although I probably could 've just used the fish fry. I may even try this with sourdough bread
for another twist . I am featuring Sandra Lee all this month so dont forget to scroll down to see the Pina Colada Pie recipe in the  post  below this one  I am linking to

Birda Mae's Recipe Corner:Sandra Lee's Pina Colada Pie

3/4 cup pineapple-coconut nectar
1 cup light coconut milk
1 1/2 teaspoons rum extract divided
1 3/4 box instant vanilla pudding and pie filling
1 cup shredded coconut
8 ounces whipped topping
1 9 inch pie crust ,baked
1/4 cup shredded coconut for garnish

In a large bowl ,combine nectar,coconut milk,and teaspoon rum extract sprinkle pudding mix over liquid and whisk for 2 minutes

Fold in coconut and 1/2 the whipped topping
Pour into  pre-baked pie crust and chill in refrigerator for atleast 3 hours

Combine remaining whipped topping with 1/2 teaspoon rum extract
Top chilled pie with whipped topping and toasted coconut
I got this recipe from

Art Journal page : A use for those leftover scrapbook paper

I got the idea from Teach yourself visually collage and altered art .  Actually she had tons of ideas for me it was difficult to decide which technique to try first Actually you can do this with other kinds of paper but because I had some leftover Basic Grey Paper I thought this would be a good use .It's also  break from painting in my journal all the time anyway.  Stay tuned for some upcoming recipes

Random Notes:Astros vs the Braves

I got  some free tickets to the Astros vs the Braves game .  (Thanks Arc of Houston) I gotta tell you this
was probably one of the better moments of this summer!  The thrill of being in the crowd .  I mean you can
actually feel the anticipation.  Besides late at night is the best time to move around in Houston( Have I mentioned the heat index  has been up to 104-110?)  It's funny Joshua has never been to a sporting
event and when we were in line to get hot dogs and heard the game starting he was really about to freak!
Aliyah and Zaria are the ones in the other picture.  They really weren't all that excited to be there in fact that was probably the most excited look the whole time .  Any way I may come back in September  I believe
we play on the 13th .Anyway stay Gold!

Art prompt box and linky parties

I had alot of fun making this project It's an excuse to actually use the Mod podge and the
papers are from Die Cuts with a View I go the lace trim from Wal mart (1 1/4inch)
and hello to everyone stopping by from the linky parties this  week

Birda Mae's Recipe Corner:Sandra Lee's Catfish Sanwiches with Remoulade

Ingredients 1 1/2 pound catfish fillets, rinsed and patted dry 1 box(8.5 oz) cornmuffin mix 2Tablespoons Cajun Seasoning 1 egg 1/2 cup all purpose flour Canola oil for frying
Remoulade 1 scallion,finey chopped 1 1/4 cups mayo 1 Tablesoon capers finely chopped 1 teaspoon Cajun sasoing 1/2 teaspoon crushed garlic 2 1/2 teaspoons of lemon juice
Sandwiches 1 loaf store bought garlic bread baked per package directions Butter lettuce Sliced tomatoes Sliced red onions
Catifish (directions)
Cut catfish fillets in half, set aside In a pie dish or plate combine muffin mix and Cajun seasoning set aside.  In a pie dish lightly beat egg with teaspoon  of water to make egg wash  set aside
Dredge each catfish fillet in the flour ,dip into egg wash and coat with corn muffin mixture In a deef fryer or large pot heat oil over medium  to medium high heat to 375 degrees Fry catfish until golden brown, about 6 minutes.  Remove to plate lined with paper towels Cajun Remoulade In a small bowl,stir together all ingredientss Set aside
The Journaling Class at Elle's studio has already begun and today
they are featuring Ali Edwards one of my favorite scrapbooking personalities
and this is free  so stop by and check it out because each day there is a different
post and giveways through out the 3 weeks

Book Review:Creating Keepsakes Creativity Tips for Scrapbookers

This is a compilation of the best of the best  from the 2005-2007 issues when Tracy White was the editor I didn't  discover Creating Keepsakes until early 2006 ,but for me this was pivotal in my decision to really embrace scrapbooking.   I use to hang on to programs from plays ,movie tickets or stuff that I would decoupage onto a shoe box to have a visual reminder.  Everything else went into a photo album.
So fast forward to 2006 where I was just discovering that I should preserve these memories for my kids.
My Father died March 1988 .  There are so many things I'd love to know about him .  Little things .  Now
with the more recent death of my grandmother in 2009 seems to emphasize the importantance just that much more.  However even with the best reasons to scrapbook I often get stuck.  I felt this was just what I needed
Here are the chapters I felt were the most helpful:
Heidi Swapp's 7 Habits for succesful scrapbookingGot 15 minutes . Get a jumpstart on Ascrapbooking Goal10…