my obessesion

my  obessesion
To live a creative life ,we must lose our fear of being wrong
Joseph Chilton Pearce

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Whatcha Makin' Wed 25-27

Good morning all you happy creative people in the blogosphere.  If your friends and family members think you
are their version of Martha Stewart, or it's no big deal to you to have more than one project going on or even if you just want to share one ,you are definitely in the right spot!  If you have recipes, photos, art journals, sewing projects, room make overs you are more than welcome to post up to 3 projects here.
 A few things, however.

1.  Grab that Linky Button in the sidebar.

2. If you have a lot of things on your blog (I know I hate clutter even on a blog) then
feel  to post a worded link in the post with your project i.e

3.  Have fun, don't be modest , creativity is celebrated in all it's forms here.
(Mixed media, photos,  , and cards etc... are welcome, too.  I dont want to leave anyone out.

Birda Mae's recipe Corner:Cranberry nut muffins


2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup sugar
3 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup milk
1/3 cup oil
1 egg, beaten

1. Heat oven to 400oFe. Grease bottoms only of 12 muffin cups or line with paper baking cups. In medium bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking powder and, salt; mixwell.

2.In small bowl, combine milk, oil and egg; beat well. Add to flour mixture all at once;stir just until dry ingredients are moistened.(Batter will lumpy.) Divide batter evenly into greased muffin cups..
3. Bake at 400o F. for 20 to 25 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. cool 1 minute; remove from pan. Serve warm.

1 cup dried cranberries and 1/2 cup -3/4 cups walnuts.
or Add 3/4 acups of chocolate chips with flour. Before baking , sprinkl batter in cups witha a combination of 3 tablespoons sugar and 2 tablespoons brown sugar.

This is what I call breakfast! This was the perfect compliment to my Brazilian Blend coffee! I love this plate I got it for a dollar at theHome Goods Store last month . Home Goods is a store affiliated with T J Maxx and Marshall's. So if you have been in the section of those stores that sell dishes,rugs etcc...just picture a store like this but multiplied by 4! The plate is from Portugal how cool is this! Proof positive that I am not a person who is hard to satisfy!
This recipe is linked up to:
Hearth and Soul,Tempt My Tummy,Delectable Tuesday,Tuesday Night Supper Club and Whatcha Makin'Wed
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Friday, January 21, 2011

Layout flashback:Remember when?

This is a layout of my 2nd child hard to believe that's been 6 and half years ago. What's even harder to remember is my scrapbooking style before Creating Keepsakes. I hadn't discovered them yet. I always like taking pictures , holding on to momentos and not wanting to forget
those small moments that I take for granted . I wished I had journaled what I was thinking and feeling because I dont remember great details. Zaria was still scratching herself in the face so that's why she has socks on in the lower half of the layout. I was about as happy as any really tired mother of a newborn could be. I love my child of course, but that's all I recall being totally exhausted . Well going forward I will be sure to a write more even if it's just for those everyday moments. I also miss this style of mine (Whatever you want to call it. I did take Art history and African American Art in college. My favorite artists are Picasso and Romare Bearden both artists are great at collages and I believe that was my influence at the time.
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Random Notes :It's about time!

I took this last month this is me at the M.O Campbell building  where they host the "Be an Angel"  as you can see they actually had baby goats,llamas,Santa, and  fingerpainting. since I caught the bus up here I did'nt stay long but was very glad I came.(That's not my child on Santa's lap I missed that part by the time I got there)

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Whatcha Main Wed Jan 18-20

Photobucket  Hello all you creative people If you are looking to post links to your recipes,room makeovers, craft, and/or sewing projects.  Then you are definitely in the right place.  Feel free to post up to
3 projects.  Just a few things:
1.  Grab my button in the sidebar.

2.   a worded link in your project is acceptable( I e.

3.  If  have photos, art journal pages, mixed media projects you are more than welcome to post as well.
I would like to thank everyone who links up with me every Tuesday I don't know how to describe how much that means to me.  If this is your first time stopping  Welcome ,take a look around and I  hope you will make this
a regular stop!

Birda Mae's Recipe Corner:Blondies

                                                          I got the image from here
The recipe is from Cookies! Good Housekeeping Favorite Recipes (Favorite Good Housekeeping Recipes)

1 cup all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt 6 tablespoons butter or margarine
1 3/4 cups packed light brown sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla exttract
2 large eggs
1 1/2 cups pecans ,coarsely chopped

  1. Preheat oven to 350o F. Grease 13" By 9"baking pan.  In a small bowl, combine flour baking powder, and salt.
  2. In 3 -quart sacucepan, melt butter over low heat.  Remove form heat.  With wooden spoon, stir in brown sugar and vanilla.  Beat in eggs,until well blended.  Stir in pecans.  spread batter evenly in prepared pan.
  3. Bake until toothpick inserted 2 inches fro edge of pan comes out clean,about  30 minutes..  Do not overbake. Blondies will firm as they cool.  Cool completely in pan on wire rack.
  4. When cool, cut lengthwise into 4 strips, then cut each strip crosswise into 6 pieces.
Variations:  I didn't add the pecan to cut a few grams of fat.   The texture of these were good and moist.  Mine were were a little flat but I will make these again because the kids totally demolished them. I am
Linking this recipe to Hearth and SoulDelectable Tues,Tempt My Tummy Tues,Whatcha Makin'Wed

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Whatcha Makin' Wed Jan 11-Jan13


Good morning fellow creative people   It's that time of the week where you can show off your latest recipes,
photos,home decor or home decor projects...... Whatevery you are making  as long as it's family friendly
you are welcome to post here.  If you have more than 1 project you may post up to 3 .  You don't have to be
Modest,  Show me whatcha working with !  I only ask a few things one:

! Grab my button in the sidebar.

2.  You may post a worded link i.e(

3. Mixed media, scrapbook layouts and art journal pages are welcome ,too.

Have fun.

Monday, January 10, 2011

Bonus Recipe: drop sugar cookies

                                             I got this image from here

11/3 cups all purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspooon salt
1/2 cup butter or margarine(1 stick) softenened
1 cup surgar
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  1. Preheat oven to 3500.In a small bowl, combine flour, baking powder, and salt.
  2. In large bowl, with mixer at medium speed, beat butter and sugar until light and fluffy.  Beat in egg
  3. and vanillauntil blended.  Reduce speed to low; beat in flour mixture just until combined scraping bowl with rubber spatula .
  4. Drop dough by heaping teaspoons, 2 inches apart , in tow ungreased cookie sheets.  Bake until edges are browned , 10 to 12 minutes, rotating coookie sheets between upper and lower oven racks halfway through baking. with wide metal spatula, transfer cookies to wire racks to cool completely.
  5. Repeat with  remaining dough.
I aint gone lie I didn't do any of that rotating stuff I wasn't feeling well( still dont feel great) but I thought
what the hey I'll bake them( the kids something .Neeedless to say they weren't my best not that the recipe
was difficult I just wasn't feeling it.   I ordered my cord from Amazon so as soon as I get that I can go back to
posting my own pictures of cooking adventures!

Birda Mae's Recipe Corner:Stir fry Pork and Cashews

Southern Living 2001: Annual Recipes (Southern Living Annual Recipes, 2001)

1/2 pound boneless pork loin, cut into , cut into 1/2 inch pieces
3 tablespoons stir-fry sauce
1 Tablespoon Frozen orange juice concentrate,thawed
1 1/2 teaspoons cornstarch
3 tablespoons vegetable oil
1/2 cup dry roasted or unsalted cashews
hot cooked rice
Orange slice optional

  • Stir together first four ingredients
  • Stir-fry pork mixture in hot oil in a large nonstick skillet 4 to 6 minutes; stir in cashews
  • Serve porkand cashew mixture
  • immediately over rice with ,if desired, orange slices yield  servings.

Note: To serve 4 use 1/3 cup stir-fry sauce, 1/4 cup vegetable oil and double all other ingredients.

Variation:  I have made this with pork loin, but I made this Friday with pork chops and let me tell you
they taste just as good and the pork chops were on sale(actually so was the cashews!)  I ordered a usb
cord from Amazon so I should be able to upload my own photos again

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Christmas art journal page

This was just me having fun with some leftover scrapbooking supplies. The paper and the rub ons are from Paper Studio. The lace
I got from Hobby Lobby(You know my second home!) the brads where from Sei(Claire). I mixed some metalic pearl white

with green tea shade this scan really doesn't do justice to the metalliac sheen but I like it any way . Ijust wanted to capture the spir of the day and relax a bit whick I did. I will try the art journaling from the blogs in my sidebar. I am working on my mantras  from the daily art journaling here
Hey you are supposed to enjoy the process. The sour cream cookie recipes is two post below this one.  Thanks for stopping by.
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Sour cream mini muffins

The Ultimate Southern Living Cookbook
1/2 cup butter,softened
1 8(ounce)cartoon sour cream
2 cups biscuit and baking mix

beat butter at medium speed with an electric mixer until creamy;stir in sour cream.
Gradually add biscuit mix,stirring just until dry ingredients are moistened.  Spoon batter
into lightly greased miniature.  Sppoonbatter into lightly ;greased minature(13/4 inch)
muffin pans. filling full.  Bake at 400ofor 15 minutes or until golden.  yield 2 dozen.

Can also use a regular muffin pan and bake at 400o for 20 minutes.

Birda Mae's Recipe Corner:Sour Cream Cookies

Cookies! Good Housekeeping Favorite Recipes (Favorite Good Housekeeping Recipes)

1 3/4  cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2teaspoon of salt
1/4 teaspoon soda
1/4 ground nutmeg
1/2 cup butter or margarine(1 stick)softened
1 cup plus 2 Tablespoons granulated sugar
1 large egg
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/2 cup sour cream


  1. Preheat oven to 400o Grease large cookie sheet
  2. In medium bowl,combine flour,baking powder,,salt,baking soda,and nutmeg.
  3. In large bowl, with mixer at medium speed,beat butter and 1 cup sugar until creamy,;occasionall;y scrapping bowl with rubber spatula.  beat in egg and vanilla, and sour cream, until well combined.  With mixer at low speed, beat in flour mixture just until blended, occcasionally scraping bowll.
  4. Drop dough by rounded  tablespoons, 2inches apart, on prepared cookie sheet,Sprinkle lightly with some of the remaining sugar.  Bake until edgesare lightly browned, 10 to 12 minutes.  With wide spatual, transfer cookies to wire rack to cool.
  5. Repeat with remaining, dough and sugar.
When I took one bite of these I knew I would be adding 15 -20 minutes to my workouts!  They do have a
cake like texture.  They remind me of my Grandmother(Birda Mae)'s teacakes!   She was one of those cooks
that didn't really follow a recipe too, often(Except for 7 up cakes)  So this is the closest  thing I found.  The kids inhaled them I had to make another batch yesterday because Joshua didn't get that many and he barely
got some the second time .  I may have to make them again.  Enjoy!

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Friendly Reminder

Next Tuesday I will resume the linky list.  If you follow me on twitter I will be retweeting all the cool recipes I see today.     I will be posting my recipes and creations this week in the mean time so stay tuned!



About This blog

My fondest memoreis in my life are the ones at my grandmother's table.I loved not only the warm,velvety ,slightly sweet 7-up cake, but the affirmation that I was loved. What started out as a creative outlet and a place to honor her loving,generous spirit has evolved into a food blog where I can blather on about recipes, food trends, and basically any food related topic that foodies would like, get the idea. I am sure my family and anyone I've been friendly with for more than 2 minutes will breathe a collective sigh of relief, since I don't have to dump my food conversations on them all the time. Also to mix things up I will share scrapbook pages. I want the blog to refect who I am and what I like to do when apart from being a full time Mama and part time college student.Thank you for sharing this journey of exploration with me.