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Birda Mae'sRecipe Corner:Scottish Shortbread

I go this image from here

1 1/2 cups cake flour(not self rising)1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour1/2 cup sugar1/4 teaspoon salt11/2 cups butter(3sticks) cut into pieces and softenedPreheat oven to 325oF.  In large bowl, combine cake and all-purpose flours,sugar, and salt.   Knead butter into flour mixture until well blended and mixture holds together. (or,in food processor with knife blade attached,pulse cake and all-purpose flours and salt to blend.  Add butter and pulse until mixtureresembles coarse crumbs.)Divide dough in half; with hand, pat onto bottom of tow ungreased 8-inch round cake pans. With fork,prick dough all over to make attractive patterns.Bake unitl goldne,about 40 minutes. Remove from oven;immediately run knife around edges of pans to loosen shortbread, then cut each shortbread round into 16 wedges.  Cool completely in pans on wire racks.When cool,with small metal spatula,carefull remove cookies from variations here perf…

I remember when series:This one time at McDonald's

I got this image from here

My grandmother use to work in cafeteria in HISD, except my grandmother could actually cook.  When
she got paid she would take me and a few of my first cousins to McDonalds without fail.  I don't care what you make at home it is hard to compete with Mickey D's in a child's mind.I remember getting really tired
of getting Big Mac's every time we went .  Even back then I loved variety! So just as  Grama(Birda Mae)
was about to order I quickly shouted that I wanted a Quarter Pounder and my cousins followed suit.  The
reason this sticks out in my memory is to illustate just how kind-hearted my grandmother was.   She did'nt get the least bit upset, didn't yell ,give me the-wait-till-I-get-you-home speech or even give me the look .  We all
had Quarter Pounders that day.It was nice to be myself and to have someone honor my preference at 9 it really meant alot to me.   Well until next time.

Big Idea 12 day workshop Day 7:Cherish

I know that looks like notebook paper but that is actually from Basic Grey, brads courtesy of Paper Studios and epoxy word  sticker is Creative Imaginations.  I really liked her definition of the word.  Another word for
cherish is adore,treasure,value or love  based on that I wanted to list 5 things I want to cherish more:

LifeMemoriesLoveFamilyFriendsYou can also click the Big Picture Button in the sidebar it will take to Big Picture Classes

Big Picture Classes:Permission to live a Creative Life (Courtney Walsh)

Good morning.  I have some terrible handwriting.  This page two of the class project where our instructor asks us to write a letter about any guilt we may be feeling about taking time and space to create.  I could really relate
to this over the summer I really had to work to find  a moment where I could be creative.   School started for us to day so I don't feel like I am depriving my kids of quality time.     Here's what I wrote:I use to feel guilty about being creative I didn't feel like I should make anything unless someone else approved it or it was a gift for someone else(I.E a card or decoupage box etc)   It's taken  awhile ,but I am coming into the realization
that I have to nuture this part of me in order to be a whole, happy mommy and I may never get approval
so I feel better about creating.
This is a self paced course atBig Picture Classes besides the fact that it's just $10  I don't seemto do so well
with a scheduled time.  I like to volunteer with d…

Inspiration Corner :Chrysti Hydeck and Tina Modotti

today I wanted to shine the spotlight on two female photographers I am truly inspired by
                                           This photo was taken byChrysti Hydeck
I ran across her altered photographs in   I can barely describe just how beautiful it was which is why I included a photo .  The reason I am so inspired is because this artist has Tourestte's Syndrome,OCD  and was diagnosed as bipolar.   Stlll she manages to create.   find myself referring back to her  story everytime I am tempted to feeel sorry for myself because of having limited supplies, or I can't get chipboard. or whateever embellishment I think I need to make my  layout or art journal page.  I no longer have a valid reason to not create on a fairly regular basis.
The second female photographer I am truly inspired by is Tina Modotti.   She started off as an actress, but fell in love with   photography.  In the 1930's  mn re supposed to be housewives they weren't supposed to have a career outside of…

Birda Mae's Recipe Corner:Ravioli with basil and nuts

I got this image from here 1 1/1 cups whole hazelnuts or 3/4 cup chopped walnuts or pine nuts1 pound(1 to 1 1/2inch)frozen stuffed ravioli6 tablespoons butter1/2 cup coarsely chopped fresh basil leaves,or 1 teaspoon dried basil and 1/3 cup chopped parsley Grated Parmesan cheeseIf using hazelnuts,preheat oven to 350o.  Spread nuts outon a baking sheet and raost 10 to 12 minutes, or until lightly browned and dark skins are cracked.  remove from oven and rub in a kitchen towel to remove as much brown skin as possible.  Wrap ina clean towel and use rolling pin to gently crazk nuts  into medium-size chunks.Cook ravioli as directed on package.Meanwhile, in a medium frying pan, melt butter over medium -low heat.  Add nuts and cook, stirring, 1 minute.  Stir basil and remove from heat.Drain ravioli and pour into a warmed large bowl.  Add sauce and toss together.  Pass a bowl of Parmesan cheese on the side. Variations ! I used walnuts of course  and the…

The Big Idea Workshop(Big Picture Classes)

Today is the first day of the workshop  with Amy Tan as the instructor for the day and the word prompt is
share.There is a template and a prize if you submit your layout  to the gallery.Here's the  link to Big Idea Workshop and it's free . I also like the fact that you may get to see an instructor's style of teaching just in case
you were thinking of taking another one.  I made a little mini album last week so I could just decorate the pages once the workshop started. The cover is Die Cuts With a View and the inside paper is Basic Gray, letter stickers from American Crafts and the epoxy letter stickers were from Creative Imaginations,Acrylic stamp and brads from Paper Studios.  Thank  you God that this scanner of mine still works.  Stay tuned for the recipes I am doing something Italian.

I remember when series:7 up cakes Birda Mae use to make

I got this image from here I got this idea fromBeyond Blogging Class  I want to write the journaling portion of my scrapbook/recipe album
I am making for my grandmother who passed away almost 2 years ago. My grandmother was awesome in so many ways she was down to earth, loving , and kind to name a few things.  She is known  for her cooking in our family. I would even go so far as to say that  the way you knew she was loved was through her cooking.  However there was one dessert  I began to hate with a passion.  That was the dreaded 7up cake. Don't
get me wrong the cake itself was a culinary delight, but I was the one who had to walk in 90o weather to  the  store up the street from where we  lived to get it.
I know it sounds mean but I use to wish she would buy a six pack of 7up rather than have me go almost every other day(sometimes, not every week)
to get one can of 7up.  I remember I couldn't wait to go to college so I wouldn't  have to do that anymore.
Life is funny tho…

Birda Mae's Recipe Corner:Walnut Shortbread

I got this image from here


1/2 cup walnuts toasted11/2 cups all-purpose flour1/2 cup sugar1/2 cup butter or margarine(1 stick) softened.

   Preheat oven to 325o.  In food processor with knife blade attached, process walnuts with 1/2 cup flour until nuits are finely ground.In medium bowl,combine remaining 1 cup flour, sugar, and walnut mixture and stir until blended.With fingertips, blend butter into walnut mixture until well combined and crumbly.  With hand, press dough onto bottom of 9 inch square baking pan.Bake until light golden, 25to 30  minutes.  While still warm,cut into 4 strips, then cut each strip crosswise into6 pieces. Cool completely in pan on wire rack.When cool,with small metal spatula, carefully remove cookies from pan.I don't have a variation for this it was awesome I will be making these again.

Explore:Shimelle class

Here's my explore journal I made it closer to a 4x6 size with paper from Die Cuts with a View and
Basic Grey
I am starting late with this class(so to speak I know I can take it whenever but still I feel a little behind)
for prompt two I found this paper from My Mind's eye  . We're suppose to use a postcard to write the prompt but I thought it was cuter. It's actually a 12 x 12 sheet so I may use the whole thing or cut it. Here
are the writing prompts:

In all my life I felt like_____ was my greatest adventure
I was my most adventurous when...........
I don't really feel adventurous but one particular moment does stand apart from the rest.

She suggest writing this on a postcard and mailing it to yourself.  I love the idea of using a postcard because
it feels less intimadting . You could also write some goals down and mail it to friends totally up to you.  Since I am writing this for myself I decided to keep my response private.    I should have a few recipes up by tomm…

Big Picture Classes:Permission to live a Creative Life by courtney Walsh(self paced)

I am loving this class so far . I guess I do better with a self-paced course because I can come back to it when I have a moment.I went to Hobby Lobby today and  bought a 6x6 album with the 40% off coupon(You don't have to use a mini album for this class you can use  metal binder rings which I bought for another project I got the mini album because I could use the coupon)  , I am using paper from My Mind's Eye(lost and found) and
Thegirl paperie page one(or in my case the first few) we write our Creative Mantra
Here's my mantra:  I give myself permission to eat chocolate,be creative and enjoy the quiet moments, I forgive those who don't wish to support me. I realize that the more I nuture my creativity ,the more I have to  give to my family.       I adapted this fromSacred Pampering Principles (It's not a religon just some affirmations to encourage you to take care of yourself.
We're suppose to include a picture but those batteries I bought from HEB don't work!  …

Inspiration Corner: Blogs that inspire me Made In Brooklyn and Dispatch from LA

Made in Brooklyn  This is one of my favorite blogs simply because it's an everyday person sharing
her creative journey and parenting kids with special needs .  A subject that is close to my heart since I am raising
two kids with special needs as well.  I like the fact that while she is sharing her life she includes pictures of something she's baking (not a tutorial just pictures of the process). It's almost like you were a neighbor who stopped by while you catch up with her life.  The other thing I find refreshing is the fact that there are no Facebook, Twitter  icons and that's almost not heard of these days on most blogs.  There isn't a push to sell anything . Just a mom who is being herself.

Dispatch from LA  I love the art journal pages, the photography and the travel stories to places like Istanbul,Turkey.  Sometimes we get to see her students work, too.  It's one of those blogs you have to see
so you can enjoy the pure undiluted beauty of it.  I hope you g…

Birda Mae's Recipe Corner: Floritine Steak with Mushrooms and Brandy

I got this image from here


4 boneless beef rib steaks, cuat  1/2 inch thickk, 6 to 8 ounce each1 1/4 teaspoons salt1/2 teaspoon pepper5 tablespoons butter2 tablespoons olive oil2 garlic cloves,minced1/2 cup finely chopped onion1 pound fresh mushrooms such as shitakes, oyster mushrooms ,cepes ro morels sliced1/4 cup brandy,warmed1/2 cup canned beef broth2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh parsleyInstructions:

Trim excess fat from steaks.  Season with 3/4 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper.In a onnreactive large frying pan, melt 3tablespoons butter with 1 tablespoon olive oil over medium heat.  Add garlic and oninon  and cook 2 to 3  minutes , or until onion is softented.  Add mushrooms and cook  2 to 3  minutes or until they begin to color.  Pour brandy into pan and ignite with a match. Shake pan until flames  subside.  Add stock, bring to boil over high heat, and cook until liquid  is reduced to 1/2 cup, about 5 minut…

Explore Online Classe by Shimelle

I                                                I got this image from here
I feel like I am over dosing on classes! I also feel like this is my last  free time before I go back to school
this fall.(I am taking a late start class in October so I have room somewhat while I get the kids up and
ready to  go back  to school)  I felt like I was creatively blocked and at the same time a little resentful of
time I was giving to volunteer activites and not my  creative purusits.  Of course I won't give my work at church because that fufills me in a deeper and more meaningful way but I feel more complete and whole when
I nuture  that side of myself that longs to make something.A good day for me is one that includes art journaling ,scrapbooking and trying out a new recipe.   I will use some of these classes for mini albums and this class and
the workshop at Big Picture Classes(Big Idea Workshop Aug 15-Aug27)  Si will be getting up with the chickens but it will be totally worth it in the end…

big picute classes and a layout

I am finally going to take those classes at Big Picture Classes I am taking Permission to Live a Creative Life by Courtney Walsh(Author of Busy Scrapbooker) and  When You Don't Have a Photo By Janet Phillips
since I bought some batteries that were past the expiration date I have some recent memories I would like to preserve that don't have a photo that I would like to preserve so I thought this would be a perfect solution.also
on August 15-August 26th there will be a Free Workshop, featuring 12 instuctors called The Big Idea Workshop and I am looking forward to that one and here's  a layout  I did collage style.