my obessesion

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

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Black and White Wed. & Wordless Wed, but with words

I finally got a chance to resize and  do some photo editing in picasa and picnik I think this one is alot
easier than Adobe Photoshop elements. I have a free trial I downloaded from Cnet.  Also in case I forgot to mention I finally found a photography magazine that I actually like.  Sometimes the ones I would see in
the bookstores where so technical it felt like I was in way over my head.Here's the one I found that is approachable and  not too bad on the subscription price,either.  Go here if you want to check this out.
This photo is linked up with Black and White Wed.,Wordish Wed(with Supermom) and Wordless Wed but with words.  Don't forget to
link up your photos or projects in the post below this one.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Whatcha Makin' Wed. April 26th-April 28


I hope everyone had a  blessed Easter, I had to do a safety check on my kids's candy or atleast that's the story
I am going with this year!Well I can't wait to see what everyone came up with this week..  The rules are as follows
1. Grab the button in the sidebar I haven't changed the domain name yet so you can post it in your sidebar
or post.

2. I realize this is a big bright button that may not fit with your blog design and that's why I am o.k
with a worded link in the post(i.e. is cool,too) I personally don't like a cluttered
blog, so I am not offended when people put the link.

3. If rule 1 and rule 2 is completely ignored then I will have to delete the post and I really don't like doing that
blog hops are suppose to be fun and a chance to learn from each other.  Also link to your project not your
etsy shop( IF you have a etsy shop on your blog that's different)

4.  If you sew,cook, have a DIY project, crafts, art journals, or love photography you may post up to
3 projects( 3 of the same or 3different  that part is up to you)  So stay gold and thanks for stopping by.
Oh I almost forgot I post Bonus Recipes every other week so I can post my art journal pages, scrap books, or photography.

Birda Mae's Recipe Corner:Shrimp and Sausage Jambalaya

                                                  I  got this image from here


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3/4 pound medium shrimp
  • 1 pound ham(preferablely smoke) cubed
  • 1 pound Kielbasa,andouille, or chorizo sausage sliced
  • 2 large garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 large celery stalks diced
  • 1 green or red bell pepper
  • 1 large onion diced
  • 11/2 cups long grain rice
  • 1 16 oz can dice tomatoes
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 cup choppped parsley
  1. heat the oil in a large, heavy stockpot over high heat and add shrimp.  Cook stirring constantly until the 
  2. shrimp curl and just begin to brown,about 3 minutes remove the shrimp with a slotted spoon.Add the ham and sausage to the stockpot and cook stirring frequently until broth are well browned about 15 minutes.  reduce heat to medium and add garlic, celery, bell pepper and onion.  Cook stirring frequently, until tender, about to minutes.  Stir in the rice, tomatoes,broth,salt, cayenne pepper, and half parsley.Cover, reduce heat to low, and simmer 20 minutes or until the liquid is almost absorbed.  Stir in the shrimp. Cover and cook until all liquid is absorbed 3-5 minutes more.
I used frozen sweet peas in place of bell pepper, and omitted the ham  to save time and money they enjoyed
.  I always have a soft spot in my heart for creole cooking since I have relatives from both sides of my family
that still live in Louisiana..I will make this again .  I am linked up toJust Something I Whipped up,Tempt My Tummy ,Tuesday,Tuesday Night Supper ClubWhatcha Makin' Wed and Mouthwatering Monday

Bonus Recipe:New Orleans Beignets

                                               I got this image from here


  • 1(1/4-oz)envelope active dry yeast
  • 11/2 cups warm water
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup evaporated milk
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup shortening
  • 6 to 7 cups breadflour
  • vegetable oil
  • sifted powdered sugar

  1. 1.Make the yeast mixture. Combine yeast, 1/2 cup warm water,and 1 tsp granulated sugar,in a bowl of a heavy duty stand mixer. Let stand 5 minutes.  Add milk, eggs,salt and remaining granulated sugar.
  2. Form a dough. Microwave remaining 1 cup water until hot, stir shortening until heated.  Add to yeast
  3. mixture.  Beat at low speed, gradually Add 4 cups flour until smooth.  Gradually add remaining 21/2 to 3 cups flour, beating until sticky dough forms.  Tranfer to a lightly greased bowl turn to grease tip.  Cover and chill 4 to  24 hours.
  4. Roll and cut.  Turn dough out  onto a floured surface, roll to 1/4 inch thickness, cut into 2 1/2 inch squares.
  5. Fry until golden, Pour oil to depth of 2 to 3 inches into a dutch oven heat to 350o.  Fry dough in
  6. batches 2 to 3 minutes on each side ,  Drain on a wire rack . Dust immediately with powdered sugar.

Monday, April 25, 2011

cheryl 's fave's

1. Spring I love everything about it and the fact that people are already barbequeing!

2.Turtles candy ( chocolate,pecan and carmel all in one candy what's not to love?)

3.Scrapbook shopping onlineI have a wishlist of items I a going to buy and this mostly clearance items
Hey this sister is on a budget.

4. I just discovered them and already I am in love I feel like I am learning something

5Sei I realize there isn't anything new about them either but they also have a clearance section .(Go to shop online link from there click clearance and you can browse pretty quickly)
Stay tuned for this week's recipe.
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Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Whatcha Makin' Wed April19-21st

good morning all you creative people!  I know it looks like alot of changes but I will basically be keeping
everything else the same(Linky list, recipes,art journaling and scrapbook etc...)  I just wanted this blog to fit my
personality more actually this was the original name so since I still like it I am going to keep it!  I really do celebrate creativity in all it's forms.   Speaking of which , you are more than welcome to post up to 3 projects
( 3 of the same or 3 different it's  up to you as long as it's family friendly) Recipes,photos, art journal pages,home
decor, sewing etc.... you may post it here. Here are the rules

1. Grab the button in the sidebar it will still link back to the blog.

2.  If you already have alot of things on your blog you may post it
on your sidebar or a worded link is fine with me also(

3. If you don't post the button on your blog or the worded link I will have to delete
entries which I really don't like to do but it isn't fair to people are kind enough to follow the rules.  Thank you
guys for being patient with me as we make this transition .  Also If anyone has a problem with posting an entry please let me know so I can make adjustments if neccesary.  Thanks guys

Birda Mae's Recipe Corner: Easy Peach Cobbler

I couldn't wait anymore for that hint of cinnamon, the bit of crust and the sticky sweet peaches. Peach cobbler
has always been one of my favorite desserts.Birda Mae,my grandmother that passed away, was the queen of
baked goods. Especially peach cobbler.  Of course I still miss her ,but  atleast I have memories of her in the
kitchen making this . I hope you enjoy the following recipe, I found an easy version that I think you guys will like,also. Enjoy!


  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 cup all -purpose flour
  • 2 cups sugar divided
  • 1tablespoon baking powder
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 cup milk
  • 4cups of fresh peach slices
  • 1tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon of cinnamon or nutmeg(optional)

  1. Melt butter in 13x9inch baking dish
  2. Combine flour,1cup sgar,baking powder,and salt;add milk,stirring just until dry ingredients are moistened. Pour batter over butter.(do not stir)
  3. Bring remaining 1 cup sugar,peach slices,and lemon juice to a boil over high heat, stirring constantly pour over batter  (do not stir) sprinke with cinnamon , if desired.
  4. Bake  at 375o for 40-45 minutes or until golden brown. Serve cobbler warm or cool.
I used canned peaches, and I didn't have any lemon juice but I thought it came out pretty good , I will definitely be making this again .(with the lemon juice, of course!)
this recipe is linked to :Tuesday Night supper Club,Tempt My Tummy Tuesdays,Mothwaterin'Mondays andWhatcha Makin' Wed.

Monday, April 18, 2011


I know this was the  intent of this blog to actuall be able to share a scrapbook page, but this more of my cooking /artj journal adventures with some randomness thrown in becasue I  enjoy it this way!.  The sticikers aren't Paper
Studio brand everything else on the layout is. I had caught that sale  at  Hobby Lobby and here's another place you can get Scrapbook items on Clearance stay tuned check back   here Tuesday 4/19/11 for the recipes.  Stay gold.

Friday, April 15, 2011

Friday Favorites April 15,2011

L'Oreal Colour Riche Made for Me Natural Lip Color, Taffeta #861 Lipstick 
Favorite recording artist of all time:Prince Rogers Nelson  born June 7,1958 .The world didn't recognize this musical genius until 1984 when at one point he had the number one movie,album and single at same time!  I can honestly say I was a fan before that he was a cute genius besides they just don't make 'em like this anymore!I am also a huge fan of L'oreal makeup because it's made by the same people who make Lancome.  (Why pay more for the same thing?)My favorite online scrapbooking class:shimelle  the new class, Beyond Blogging Satrts Monday April 18th.  I love the fact that you don't have to start with everyone else.  Flexiblity in this area is key.I also don't feel pressure or that I am falling short somehow if I don't crank out a certain number of pages.
I love this flavor of Ben and Jerry's  it actually has a hint of  cinnanom and some crust, truly up there with chocolate for me!  Last but not least is Pablo Picasso because just like Prince he is multi talented. For me he is visual arts in terms of painting, photography, sculture, and if I am not mistaken even printmaking.   Well I will post a project soon but I will try to post my favorites every Friday have a great weekend and stay gold.
Biography - Pablo Picasso: A Primitive Soul [VHS]

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Whatcha Makin" Wed'April 12-14,2011

 Good morning fellow creative people I am early because I have to go do some Easter Shopping and
with public transportation being what it is I couldn't be sure if I would get back here by noon so I putting it up
early.I am looking forward to seeing what you guys made this week just real quick here are the rules:
1. Grab the button form the sidebar.
2.  a worded link or link in the post is acceptable as well(Ie.
3. You may post 3 different projects or 3 similar projects . They don't have to be recent it's up to you.
4.  If the button isn't posted in you sidebar or a link in your post I will delete it I am a very flexible person
but I just don't think it's fair to the people who are kind and generous enough to link back to me.

Thanks for taking time from your busy day to link up!

Birda Mae's Recipe Corner:Honey-Pecan Chicken Thighs

                                                                              I got the image from Here
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2teaspoon black pepper
1/2 teaspoon red pepper
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
8 skinned and boned chicken thighs
3/4 cup honey,divided
3/4 cup Dijon mustard divided
2 garlic cloves minced
1 cup finely chopped pecans
1/2 teaspoon curry powder


  1. Combine first 4 ingredients, sprinkle evenly over chicken in a shallow dish.
  2. Stir together1/2 cup honey,1/2cup mustard and garlic; pour over chicken
  3. Cover and chill 2 hours.
  4. Remove chcken from marinade, discardingmarinade.  Dredge chicken in pecans; place on a lightly greased rac k in an aluminum foil-lined broiler pan.
  5. Bake at 375o for 40 minutes or until chicken is done.
  6. Stir together remaining 1/4 cup honey, remaining 1/4 cup mustard, and curry powder, serve sauce with chicken.  
My variation:
I used whole pecans  which I thought more looked better in general and I forgot to put the
curry !  Ironically my pickiest eater liked this I thought the mustard was too tangy.  So I
will try it again with regular mustard .
I am linked up toTuesday Night Supper Club,Tempt my tummy Tuesdays,

Southern Living 2002 Annual Recipes (Southern Living Annual Recipes)  I got this recipe from this book no shock I should work for them or something.

My intentions;To be Cooked List for 2011

I noticed there weren't a lot of cooking challenges out there so I decided to challenge myself.
I love food from the south as well as italian, chinese and mexican.  I don' want to lose that spirit of
adventure by getting stuck in a rut.  So by posting this I hope to hold myself accountable and just have fun with it
so without further  blah blahing her it is

To be Cooked 2011
1.peach cobbler
2. tea cakes
3.salmon croquettes
4.shrimp creole
5. beingets
6. enchilada casserole
7.  sopapillas
8. chile renos
10.eggplant parmesan
11.chicken florentine artichoke bake

Here are my two favorite  places to find new recipes My recipes(from the Southern Living,Cooking Light, Health, Sunset and Real Simple Publications) and Recipe (Better Homes and Garden) I will repost this next month about this time just to see how far I got

Friday, April 8, 2011

Cheryl's Favorite'

Just an Illusion

I want to make this blog a little more personal by sharing some of my favorites.
One of my favorite jazz artists
Najee I got my copy used and OMG it was not scratched at all !
Come Away With Me
I love this album  I wore this out and will have to get this again.
Glee: The Complete First Season
My absolute favorite TV Show  this took the place for Ugly Betty in addiction to
Community: The Complete First Season
Senor Chang rocks!  Ken Leong is hilarous  actually he's a Dr in real life he definitely don't need this job
must be nice!
andThe Bluest Eye (Vintage International)  This was  one of my favorite novels by Toni Morrison.  I hear that she actually taught
at Texas Southern University way back in the day
                                                     I got this image from here
I swear this is my absolute all-time favorite dessert bar none!  My grandmother that passed away(Birda Mae)
was the best cook and this was one of her best desserts I swear this is the year I will start making this.
Well tune in next week where I wll share some other things I think are great

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Whatcha Makin' Wed April5th-7th

Good morning all you crafty people out there.  Thanks for taking the time out of your
busy day to link up.  If you have recipe you can't wait to share, or thoese new curtains you sewed or
maybe you just want to show off your kids pictures.You are more than welcome to post up
to 3 projects( 3 of the same type or 3 different ones, your choice)  We celebrate creativity in all it's forms.
(Family friendly of course)  I ask that you please:

1.  Grab the button on the sidebar

2.  A worded link in your project is acceptable(

3.Last week I ended up deleting the posts that didn't do this I just don't think it's fair to
the others who do take the time out to do this.  I know we get busy and sometimes we forget
but after a certain amount of time if  either of the first rules aren't being followed then I will have to delete again
and I much rather spend my time admiring you guy's projects!  So lets have fun with it today.

Monday, April 4, 2011

Birda Mae's Recipe Corner:5 minute Double Chocolate Pie

                                                              I got this image from Here

  • 11/4 cups milk
  •  2 packages(4-serving size) chocolate flavor instant pudding and pie filling
  • 1 tup(8 oz.) frozen non-dairy whipped topping thawed, divided
  • 1 Keebler Ready crust Graham Pie Crust
1 In large bowl beat milk and pudding miz with wire whisk for 1 minute,(Mixture will be very thick.)  Whisk in half of whipped topping .  Carefully apread in crust .

2. Spreadremain topping over top
3.  Garnish as desired.  Enjoyu immediately or refrigerate until ready to serve.

I put the whipped topping at once which is why mine looked terrible! I was tooo embarrassed to take a picture but not to shame to eat it .  My kids loved it of course . I would try a regular pie crust next time I thought this taste better with cheesecake or key lime pie.

This week I am linked up to:
Mouthwaterin' Monday,Tempt My Tummy,Hearth and Soul,Tuesday NIght Supper Club, Whatcha Makin' Wed andFull Plate Thursdays



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.