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Random note: looking at life differently

Here we are at subway trying to make some healthy changes. I was in the emergency room Wednesday night with a blood pressure of 134/99. If you are thinking that's high you are right it is. Thank God it's not hypertension.  I feel like if I
Make the right changes now it doesn't have to get to hypertension at all. I already ordered the taste of home guilt free recipes and Mayo clinic book ion hypertension. I believe right now is the time to change. My kids need a healthy,happy mom.

Italian festival @St. Thomas

I had a wonderful time with my oldest daughter who goes here.
They had some of the best eggplant
Parmesan. Definitely will do it again
Next year!

A blast from the past! I took this with my Sony camera. I may get another one
I love my new photo editing app.
Pixlr o magic has lots of cool effects
It's free which is the best thing.  Of all.
Gotta have my fix!

I am mourning the loss of  not only my Nikon  coolpix but much to my shock, horror and utter dismay
now my beloved Canon Powershot S3 IS.Actually the latter camera was used to begin with but the lens did get me a pretty good shot. That's me playing around with it to see how it works which it did at the time.The detail here may be better. I know this cliche' but you really don't miss the water until the well runs dry. I'm trying to restart it but it keeps making this strange noise ,it says lens error and redirects me to restart it. The shot taken above was with the Nikon coolpix.
This picture was taken with my Sony Cyber shot actually this was a really good camera considering it only had like 7 megapixes.  The Nikon had 14 and the Canon only had 6.  I think what you're able to do with the camera makes the most difference( that and a little  time photoshopping like the last pic demostrates can help).  Well that was me smiling  last shot of me doing that for awhile(h…

Random Notes:It's not Pei Wei but it will do.

Ater we went to Hobby Lobby Zaria and I ended up here.  Aren't these clown heads cute.

Here is my smart cookie picking out  her ice cream . She went with the snickers  flavor  I had the pink lemonade one of my newer favorites

  I am glad we did this on a Monday it's not crowded I would like to do this more often over the summer.
Yesterday I found out a dear relative of ours has passed away.  I will take a few weeks to regroup.  I hope and pray everyone has a safe Spring Break.

Yeah a layout

This is another layout that hangs in my studio space.  I really miss my Canon 3 in one.  I have an Hp Officejet 4500 Desktop.  The Hp printer has a better quality scan but I haven't quite figured out how to retrieve them.. I have another confession to make.  I am only experienting wtih Project Life this year I plan on  doing the Library of Memories over at I like the idea of scrapbooking  by catergory , not date it is a huge relief .  Yes i have the date time  stamp on these photos but I had the right idea.    Plus there are so many juicy little moments that I am remembering outside of 2012.  My oldest daughter is graduating from high school this spring  whick will kick off my new journaling series,soon.  I will do both but if it becomes too much then I will sticdk with Stacy's idea.

Birda Mae's Recipe Corner:Thai Chicken Stir Fry


1 (14-ounce) can coconut milk, divided1 cup water1/2 teaspoon salt1 cup uncooked long grain rice3 tablespoons creamy peanut butter2 tablespoons soy sauce2 teaspoons chili garlic paste2 tablespoons dark sesame oil2 skinned and boned chicken breasts, cubed3 green onions , diagonally sliced1 medium-size red bell pepper, cut into  thin strips


Bring 1 cup coconut milk , 1 cup water, and salt toa boil in saucepan .  Stir in rice,cover,reduce heat, and simmer 20 minutes.Whisk together the remaining coconut milk, peanut butter, soy sauce, and chili-garlic paste until blended.Heat sesame oil  in a large skillet or wok over medium-high heat 2 minutes.  Add green onions and bell pepper.Cook, covered, stirrring occasionally,10 minutes, Add peanut butter, and bring to a boil, boil..  Cook ,stirrring constantly , 3 minutes.  Serve over rice.Variations: 1. I used skinless chicken thighs they were cheaper 2. I used reduced fat peanut butter. 3. I used light coconut milk and boy le…

Big Picture classes: Permission to live a creative life by Courtney Walsh

I put my own spin on it a little this is sculptures from my favorite sculptor Elizabeth Catlett
she really has some beautiful work and I am always inspired by it especially for an Afircan-American woman
living a creative life back in the 1930's and 1940's.  Courtney had a lot of quotes that inspired me here are a few more that I found that resonated with me:
"What is necessary to change a person is is to change the awareness to himself."
If you plan on being anything less than you are capable of being , you will probably  be unhappy  all the days of your life." both of these quotes are by Abraham Maslow
"The world is but a canvas to the imagination" Henry David Thoreau
that one was my favorite from the class.  I made pocket and put creativity prompts as well as my creative dreams. This is a copy of a painting of Aaron Douglas  I got an opportunity to include him in my History power point last semester.  I have always been inspired by his work.
This is a p…

Inspiration Corner :Two Blogs I love these days The Moments in Between and Creative Blessings

I just recently discovered The Moments in Between Lisa Truesdall blog I love the photography, the simplicity of the layouts and the fact that she shares alot of the products she uses.  She is teaching a free class over at
Two peas in a bucket called Capture 2012.  So if you are looking for some new ideas for your Project Life
album I think you would like it.  I did find the note taking ideas very helpful.  Also her Project Life album can
be viewed if you click that button in the top right hand corner.  I thought that was a good idea.

My other favorite is Vee Jenning's blog Creative Blessing  for a different reason.  I remember when she was
Making Memories '09 Master I thought her style stood out from the rest and actually that is true of the blog
as well ,sure she designs for Studio Calico as well, shares photos and layouts like any good scrapbooker would
but there is something very unique about and you get the sense that she is comfortable with that. She has also
been featu…

Random Notes: You go girl!

I just had to brag about my baby a little bit she made the merit roll( all b's) this past 6 weeks .  I am so proud
of her when spring break gets here we are definitely having a day with just us girls .  She totally deserves.
Good job Zaria.  You totally rock!

Birda Mae's Recipe Corner:Penne with Shrimp and Herbed Cream Sauce

Ingredients :

1 pound penne pasta1/4 cup olive oil1 pound medium shrimp peeled and devined4 cloves garlic, minced1/2 teaspoon losher salt, plus extra for seasoning1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper plus extra for seasoning1(15oz)  can whole tomatoes,draqined roughly chopped1/2 cup chopped fresh basil  leaves1/2  cup chopped fresh flat leaf parsley 1/4 teasoppn crushed red pepper flakes1 cup white wine1/3 cup clam juice3/4 cup heavy whipping cream1/2 cup grated Parmesan Directions:

 Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil over high heat .  Add the pasta cook until tender but still firm to the bite, stirring occasionally, about 8 to 10 minutes.  Drain the pasta  and set aside.In a large skillet, heat the oil over medium-high heat.  Add the shrimp, garlic, 1/2 teasoppon of salt, and 1/2 teaspoon of pepper.   Cook, stirrring frequently until the shrimp turn pink and is cooked through, about 3 minutes.  Using  a slotted spoon , remove the shrimp and set aside.Add the tomatoes, 1/4 …

New Nikon Coolpix s3100 and my life as of lately

Wow I really got my moneys worth out of this camera!  I had promised to make cupcakes with the kids
so like Finally(Joshua's new favorite word) we made some ,yes they did there own icing and sprinkles . I figure it was the least I could do.I even survived the mad sugar rush that followed. Here is a layout I did
based on Janet Phillips self paced class atBig Pictures Classes  Scrapping with no pictutres.  One of the suggestions was to pick a supporting  photo .  The idea here is that I miss this age..  I used paper from DCWV,Basic Grey,  and hobby lobby  the embellishments wereSEI.   I tried a different angle in this shot this one is posted in my studio space.

The other thing I love about this camera is that it is compact and yet very useful.  I can take black and white shots, there is image stabilzation, and the iso is much higher(up to 3500) which makes it easier to take a shot like this on the bus or late at night if I wanted,too.  This last shot is me studing for my Government ex…

Spoils of war and Project life

I managed to get to the Hobby Lobby sale yesterday 50% of of thousands of scrapbooking paper!
I got Basic Grey Sweet threads and the colorful life featuring Donna Estabrook(DCWV)
I also branched out and got Me and My Big Idea Mambi papers they are truly bright like I like. That's
the project life binder I got but I decided to use some of my Basic Grey
paper(Basic) and Kand Company Tags.  The pink flowers are Jolee Boutique's stickers and Tim Holtz acrylic stamps were on sale. too.(Last week Tim Holtz and Jolee's Boutique was on sale. I really got to stay out of this store. Is there a Scrapper's Anonymous?  I probably resist the idea of rehab like any true  junkie would..   But I can pretend that I want help . My only true justification is that I can use the papers in my art journal.  The kids will love these albums later blah blah blah.....) I got the Amber Project Life I am working on the pages and next week I will develop the pictures so consider this my work in progres…

Random Note:Project life

I am posting this from my friendly neighborhood community college.   My apartment is  having some technical problems.(the electrician has to come fix the wiring), but that's not what I am excited about. I used the computer at school the other day to order my project life photo album, photo sleeves, and cardstock so it should be coming this afternoon, because I had prime shipping with Amazon so as soon as it gets here I will give my opinion on it.  Now I don't have to feel like that kid who gets picked last to play dodgeball!  Unitl next time stay gold!

Wellow Moon

No this is not a mistake.  I was trying to teach Joshua about the different phases of the moon.  Instead of saying Harvest Moon.  I would say Yellow Moon.  He would always say Wellow Moon.(We have a speech
pathologist working with him at school.)  I think it's cute .  He also says money moon instead of quarter moon. I had forgotten what I took these for .  I wanted to do a layout that would record this everyday part of our lives, that I am sure I will forget but I don't want them  to.   My girls don't seem to care one way or the other about the moon , outerspace, baseball so it will be unlikely I mention them in these posts.  Of course I will
have feature there likes ,too. Until next time.

Birda Mae's Recipe Corner:Pat's Broccoli and Chicken Stir Fry

2 tablespoons soy sauce
1 tablespoon orange juice
1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar
1 tablespoon light brown sugar
1/2 tablespoonrsesame oil
1/2tablespoon red pepper flakes, plus more to taste, if desired
1/2 tablespoon cornstarch
1 tablespoon peanut oil, plus more as needed
1 pound boneless, skinless chicken thighs, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
4 cloves garlic, minced
2 tablespoons peeled and chopped ginger
4 green onions, sliced
2 cups broccoli florets, blanched

In a small bowl, whisk together the soy sauce, orange juice, rice wine vinegar, light brown sugar,
sesame oil, red pepper flakes and cornstarch. Reserve.

Set a wok over medium-high heat and coat with 1 tablespoon of peanut.  when the oil shimmers add about half of the chicken thigh pieces.  Stir-fry until chicken is fully cooked through, about 3-4 minutes.  Transfer
to aplate and repeat the proccess with the remaining chicken thighs

Add enough peanut oil to the hot wok to coat the bottom.  Add the garlic,gin…

Day in the life of an artist/mama/poet

"if you plan on being anything less than you are capable of being ,you will probably be unhappy all the days of your life"Abraham Maslow

It's a dawning of a new day time to embrace the creative parts of myself I have been neglecting , like writing poetry and mixed media.  I guess I have to figure out a way to include scrapbooking as well.  Why does it have to be one or the other ? Why not have all 3?  I am just not at peace  or content  with myself unless I am doing one  of those things. This year is definitely going to be interesting

Creative Goals for 2012

Hello out there ! I hope everyone had a safe and happy new year.  I really don't make resolutions.   Seems like
I forget about them by the time Valentine's Day rolls around. However if I set a goal  I am more likely to try here
are 3

1.  Try a new medium (pan pastels)

2. Try a new technique(printmaking)

3. Try a new surface(canvas panel)

I am still going to scrapbook I am planning on trying this in art journaling mostly.   Over at Milliande  there is
a discussion about creative intentions for the year so you can click the link and check it out .  Well I want to
paint or something before the kids come from school.  I don't go back to school until 1/17/12. so I want to take advantage of this.