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Showing posts from October, 2011

Birda Mae's Recipe Corner:King Ranch Chicken Casserole

Makes 6 to 8 servings
Prep:35 min cook 5 min Bake:35 min

1 large onion,chopped1 large green bell pepper,chopped2 tablespoons,vegetable oil2 cups chopped chicken1(103'4-ounce)can cream of chicken soupm undiluted1(103/4-ounce)can creamof mushroom soup1(10-ounce)can diced tomatoes and green chiles, undrained1teaspoon chili powder1/4 teaspoon salt1/4teaspoon garlic powder12 (6inch) corn totillas2 cups (8ounces)shreded cheddar cheese, divided

Saute' onion and bell pepper in hot oil in a large skillet over medium -high heat 5 minutes or until tender. Stir in chicken and next 7 ingredients; remove from heat.Tear tortillas into 1 inch pieces; layer one-third of tortilla pieces in bottom of a lightly greased 13x9 inch baking dish.  Top with one-third of chicken mixture and 2/3 cup cheese. Repeat layers twice.Bake casserole at 350o for 30-35 minutes.Variation:
You can substitute low fat soups and baked tortillas if you are tryng to lower fat.  Definitely a dish on my
permanent  menu since…

Big Picture Classes: When you don't have a photo by Janet Phillips

One of the suggestions for a layout when you
don't have a photo was to go to the internet and use a photo.(I'm sure Flikr has some images under the Creative common license.)
I think this was a pretty cool idea I had already taken
the kids to see the Smurfs but hadn't thought about lugging a camera with me.  So this was an opportunity
to preserve a story that would otherwise be lost. Plus it gave me a chance to use those brads that were shaped like a burger and fries I got from Eyelet outlet
The journaling reads as follows:

I had a bit of a health scare that night . Some unknown symptom. It was hard to enjoy the movie, which is  ironic becuz the movie reminded me to enjoy just that!  I got the movie stickers fromhobby lobby and the journaling strip was the American Crafts brand..
I can't wait to try that Amy Tan decorative tape that they have (mixed tape).  Now that my 8 week class has
started at the local community college, I really have come to appreciate shopping onl…

Weekend edition:Birda Mae's Recipe Corner Maple Bacon Oven Pancake

Makes 8 servings
Prep:3 minutes   Bake 17 minutes

2 large eggs, lightly beaten1 1/2 cups all -purpose baking mix1 tablespoon sugar3/4 cup milk1/4 cup maple syrup1 1/2 cups(6ounces) shredded Cheddar cheese divided12 bacon slices cooked and crumbledCombibe first 5 ingredients in a large bowl; beat at medium speed with an electric mixer until smooth.  Stir in 1/2 cup cheese.  Pour into a greased and floured 13x9 inch baking dish.Bake at 425 for 12 minutes.   Sprinkle pancake with remaining 1 cup  cheese and bacon ; bake 3to 5 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean .  Cut into squares , and serve with maple syrup. Variations: None really but I will say this was off the chain!  I don't normally try new recipes before going to church  because I want the  proper amount of time and space in case I have to redo it  but this turned out great as you can see in the picture (This was the first run)  After church the polished it of so good I made another  batch.  I hope you…

I rememeber when series:One time at Magic Mountain

Good morning everyone. I have not forgotten you guys I had to catch the bus to community college to
take care of some things before my class starts next week.(Don't think I am taking late start classes anymore
either but that's another issue)Here is another installment of the I remember series I think this really helps the
journaling portion of a layout so I will finish this series by the end of next month on my grandmother.  I will still
continue to the I remember when series but I will focus on my teenage daughter who is graduating from high
school this school 2011-2012 and has been a bit  of challenge to scrap her because she detests pictures as if it were a virus you could catch will taking the picture, but any who .I remember one of the occasions I went to
Magic Mountain with grandmother and two other relatives.  Magic Mountain was the same amusement park
in conjunction with the Six Flags Amusement parks such as  the former Astroworld  that we had here in Houston and the …

Random Note:Twinkle Toes

Aren't these shoes over the top?I am feminine like the next chic but man these put those ruby red slippersfrom the Wizard of Oz to shame.I actually used the 30% coupon  I got from McDonald's but all Twinkle Toes  category looked like a fairy threw up on them!  Well anyway my baby doll likes them so that's all that matters

Birda Mae's Recipe Corner: Thai Chicken Soup

1 Tablespoon vegetable oil
1 onion thinly sliced
2 cloves garlic minced
2 tablespoons green curry paste
6 cups low sodium broth
1(15oz) can coconut milk
1 tablespoon fish sauce, plus more to taste
2 red bell peppers, thinly sliced
4 oz. thin rice noodles broke in to pieces
2 small chicken breasts (1 1lb)
very thinly crosswise
1 tablespoon fresh lime plus more to taste
1 cup roughly chopped fresh cilantro


heat vegetable oil in a large pot over medium high heat. Add the onion and cook, stirringoccasionally until softend and lightly browned (about 8 minutes)  Add the garlic and curry paste and cook  stirring  1 to 2 minutes. Add the chicken broth, coconut milk and fish sauce, cover and bring to a boil.

Add the bell peppers and nooodles and simmer uncovered , until noodles are al dente.  Add the chicken and boil until meat is no longer pink.  Stir in lime juice and cilantro.  Add more fish sauce if desired.

I used red curry paste because that's what …

Inspiration Corner Amy Tangerine and Karen Gruenberg's blog

I realize these two blogs may not be the newest but lately they have really been inspiring me.
First Amy's blog  I love the way blog itself is uncluttered, bright and funspirited.  I discovered this
during the Big Idea Festival that Big Pictures had  in August..  I am also looking forward to taking the self
paced class taught by her called "Get Your Creative Juices Flowing" over at Big Pictures. It's only $17
and includes 3 videos but first I have to finish off the other ones I have paid for!

There is also Karen's blog . I am always glad to see another mother trying to fit in writing , art journaling and
scrapbooking into her everyday life.  Visutally speaking I am in love plus her schedule is posted so you know what
to expect  and when which I think is awesome!  There is a trick or treat blog hop going on over there. Her
self paced class "Embracing Imperfection" is free I will use this for a future art journal ( of course it can be
a mini album as well…

Teddy Bear Brigrade and in loving memory of my Sony Cybershot

I finally figured out why I wasn't having any luck with batteries .  My Sony cyber shot is in camera heaven
I took these with the Canon IS 3 .  I mean I should've been doing that all along but I couldn't just dump my Sony  we already had a pretty good relationship and it was easier for me to shoot black and white shots with it.. I
was actually in Frye's Electronics trying to price a new one and I know I am being a little anal retentive but
it really isn't the same. Newer doesn't mean better all the time.  I had lost the instruction manual early on with the Sony cyber shot but it
was so simple I really did good without it.   As you can see by these photos there isn't anything wrong with
the Canon, I was just getting stuck in my way of doing things and not being open to a new challenge.  Now I regret it so I promise myself a new start with the Canon and yes I will be one of those
parents with 2 and 3 cameras.  Zaria loves to line these critters up  however I ca…