my obessesion

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

Sunday, November 27, 2011

SEI scrapbook album and Why I scrapbook part II

This is the front cover of the scrapbook album(Joycelyn) fromSEI but instead of paying the $30 plus shipping and handling I got a 40% off coupon fromHOBBY LOBBY.  So I only paid $20 plus tax.  Still  a whole lot
cheaper and my need for instant gratification was met.As you can see the colors are pretty neutral and they
come with sketches so you don't have to  do a whole lot outside of embellishing which is what I will be doing. I find it very ironic that I use to look down my nose at this since I had been scrapbooking for 6 years now
and thought I should be advanced enough to do my own sketches.  What I quickly came to realize when I went back to school this semester is that I just don't have that kinda time anymore since I have to actually
bond with the kids in the photos that I am scrapbooking about! Here are the other reasons I try to keep doing this lovely hobby of mine:

  • Stress release
  • Self expression
  • I dread the idea of my kids not remembering the good things
  • I dread the idea that I may not remember the good stuff
  • It combines two things I love :writing and photography
  • I would say that it taps into my inner child or some deep psychological benefit but truthfully it just makes me really happy for reasons I  can't quite put my finger on.
So there you have it my new  work-in-progress and my reasons to continue going to Hobby lobby.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

paper from Die Cuts with aView and Why I scrapbook (part 1)

 I am taking advantage of those 40% coupons from Hobby  Lobby and bought this stack from DCWV called

all  about me .  I have been trying to remind myself why I scrapbook.  I am much busier now but I still want to

capture the everyday and maybe even al little of the mundane.This album will be a year in review for 2010 that way I can use the same paper line and it will have a cohesive look.  I love that I really don't have to have
a sketch for alot of it it already has journaling spots , a space for the photo, , it tkaes some of the guess work out.   I use to be the one who scoffed at album kits, other folk's sketches any little short cut that didn't originate from you.  If there was such a thing as being a creativity snob , then I was truly  the epitime of one.
Now I realize that I can't endure the thought of letting these goofy moments that my kids seem to  have an abundance of, go by without me to preserve them for all time. (Well maybe  for blackmail but mostly for laughs).  So I will be back with another album kit and some of the other reasons I scrapbook my kids are about to cross over into the mom he hit me zone .

Monday, November 14, 2011

Birda Mae's Recipe Corner: Coca cola Cakea

make 15 serving

prep 20 min Bake 35 min

  • 2 cup all-purpose flour 
  • 2 cups sugar 
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup butter or margarine
  • 1 cup of cola soft drink
  • 2 tablsepoons cocoa
  • 1/2 cups miature marshmallows
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 2 arge eggs lightly beaten
  • 1 teaspoon  vanilla extract
  • Cola frosting
  • 1 cup finely chopped pecans
  1. Combine first 3 ingredients in a large bowl.
  2. Bring cola , butter, and cocoa to a boil in a saucepan over medium heat, stirring constantly.  Gradually stir into flour mixture.  Stir in marshmallow and next 3 ingredients.  Pour into a greased and floured 13x9 inch. pan.
  3. Bake at 350o for 30 to 35 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean.  Spread Cola Frosting over warm cake; top pecans
   Cola Frosting 
1/2 cup butter or margarine
6 tablespoons cola soft drink
3 tablespoons cocoa
1(16-ounce)package powered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1. Bring first 3 ingredients to a  boil in a large saucepan over medium heat , stirring constantly until buttter melts ;remove from heat .  Add sugar and vanilla, stirring until smooth.

Quick Cola Cake:  Omit first 10 ingredients.  Beat 1(18.25-ounce)package Swill chocolate cake mix,1 (10 oz.) bottle of cola soft drink, 1/2 cup veetable oi, and 4 large  eggs at low speed with an electric mixer until blended... Beat at medium speed 3 more minutes  pour into a greased and floured 13 x 9 pan.  Bake at 350o
for 45 minutes.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Birda Mae's Recipe Corner:Chicken Tortilla Soup

Prep 30 minutes.  cook 40 min.


  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 4(6inch)corn tortillas, cut 1 inch pieces
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 5 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 2 cups chopped cooked chicken
  • 2(32-ounce)containers chicken broth
  • 1(14.5-ounce) can stewed tomatoes,undrained and chopped
  • 1 (10-ounce) can diced tomatoes with green chiles, undrained and chopped
  • 10 ounce can greentomatoes with green chiles undrained
  • 1 tablespoon gound cumin
  • 1/2teaspoon pepper
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
           8 corn tortillas, cut into 1/4 -inch strips
            Garnishes:shredded Montery Jack cheese, sour cream

  1. Heat 3 tablespoon of oil in a Duthc oven over medium-high heat.  Add tortilla pieces and next3 ingredients: saute'5 minutes or until onion is tender.  Add chicken and next 6 ingredients.  Bring to a boil:reduceheat and simmer, uncovered, 30 minutes.
  2. Discard Bay leaf.
  3. Heat1/2 cup oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat: add tortilla strips; and cook 4 to 5 minutes or until lightly browned. Drain on paper towels  To serve, ladle soup in bowls .  Top each seving with tortilla strips . garnish if desired.
I didn't use the bay leaf and it was still a big hit when  I ran out of the fried tortilla chips I did decide to bake
them instead which was pretty good,also . I am thinking about making it again this weekend since it's actually
cold enough to enjoy it.



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.