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Birda Mae's Recipe Corner:Herbed rice

2 1/2 cups of chicken broth1/2 teaspoon of salt1 cup uncooked long grain rice 2 tablespoons  of chopped fresh parsley, basil, oregano or thymeor 2 teaspoons each if you are using dried herbs
Bring water and salt to a boil in a medium saucepan:add rice.Cover , reduce hat and simmer 20 minutes or until broth is absorbed, Add the herbs last 7 or 5 minutes.I have to mention how being born and bred mostly in Texas(although I still feel
very Californian) I didn't think it was possible to have good rice without a truck load of butter or margarine.  In the past if I had rice or grits and no butter
I flat out would not eat it.  I usually felt like I was being punished.  So I am really glad to share this recipe because it  was really good.  Even the picky eater at it.  I also had some fresh Italian leaf parsley and fresh basil and it really made
a nice presentation and went really well with the sauteed pork  chops I made that day.  Well until next time stay gold

Art Journal page and creativity quotes

I wanted to share page there of my "Permision To Be Creative Class"(self -paced) I am taking atBig Pictures Classes taught by Courntey Waslh but my scanner is straight tripping this morning.  I went back and pulled this Art journal page.   I was playing around with the acrylics by watering it down so I could get a watercolor effect and as you can see I love epoxy stickers,brads and rubber stamps.    Here are the quotes Idid for the class:
"The world is but a canvas to the imagination" Henry David Thoreau
"All children are artists. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up"Pablo Picasso
"Creativity is a type of learning process where the teacher and pupil are located in the same place"  Arthur Koestler
Well I hope this has inspired you today we all need a little extra something-something every now and then.

Birda Mae's Recipe corner:Stuffed Peppers

I got this image from here

6 small to medium peppers red or green ,13/4to 2 pounds2 tablespoons olive oil1 medium onion, chopped1 pound sweet or hot Italian sausage, casings removed2 cups cooked rice1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese1 egg1/2 teaspoon of salt1/2 teaspoon of pepper2 cups tomato sauce1/2 cup water

Preheat oven to 350o.  Cut tops from peppers and remove seeds and ribs, keeping peppers whole.  Brush outside of peppers. with 2 teaspoons olive oil.In a medium frying pan, heat remaining olive over medium heat.  Add onion and cook stirring to break up lumps, until it begins to lose its pinkness, 5to7 minutes.Using a slotted spoon, remove sausage and onion to a medium bowl.  Add rice,parsley, Parmesan cheese, and egg.  Toss to mix.  Season with salt and pepper.Stuff peppers, with rice and sausage filling, mounding top slightly.  Place peppers in a 13x9 inch bakingdish.  Mix tomato sauce with water and pour int…

Flow (and an art journal page)

Have you ever had one of those days,were creatively speaking , things just seem to fall effortlessly in place?Now this may not seem like a strange phenomenon  or even an idea worth bringing up. However, if you are like me,a mother trying to have more than 15 minutes of uninterrupted time to create, it's like trying to finda diamond buried in your hall closet. The odds of that happening seems slim at best.One day this summer,thank the Lord , I found it!  . Zaria slept in  longer than usual and right about now the time she did wake up ,  Joshua , who had gotten up earlier than he normally does, actually went to sleep.
I couldn't have asked for a better block of time had I prayed for it!  With only one child to entertain/distract at a time  I managed to:

make a couple of sheets of patterned papermake back grounds for my art journal(the above page was one of the results)Begin a writing project for churchI even had a moment to check out this blogThe last time I flet this good about …