my obessesion

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

Friday, October 19, 2012

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.

Saturday, October 13, 2012

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!




Thursday, September 27, 2012

A blast from the past! I took this with my Sony camera. I may get another one


Sunday, September 23, 2012

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.


Thursday, September 20, 2012

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

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(heavy sigh). If anyone out there can recommend a camera they like or just want to share there camera horror story you can post it in the comment section.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

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.

Thursday, March 8, 2012

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 www.bigpictureclasses.com 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 thinkstacyjulian.com 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.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Birda Mae's Recipe Corner:Thai Chicken Stir Fry

Ingredients:

  • 1 (14-ounce) can coconut milk, divided
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup uncooked long grain rice
  • 3 tablespoons creamy peanut butter
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 teaspoons chili garlic paste
  • 2 tablespoons dark sesame oil
  • 2 skinned and boned chicken breasts, cubed
  • 3 green onions , diagonally sliced
  • 1 medium-size red bell pepper, cut into  thin strips


Directions:

  1. Bring 1 cup coconut milk , 1 cup water, and salt toa boil in saucepan .  Stir in rice,cover,reduce heat, and simmer 20 minutes.
  2. Whisk together the remaining coconut milk, peanut butter, soy sauce, and chili-garlic paste until blended.
  3. Heat sesame oil  in a large skillet or wok over medium-high heat 2 minutes.  Add green onions and bell pepper.
  4. 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 let me tell you the rice still came out very creamy  and it toned down
the rest of the recipe( I had tried another thai recipe that didn't have the coconut milk , chili garlic paste or soy sauce and I didnt care for it but this was way better on many levels!)
4. I omitted the green onions and used green bell peppers not the same contrast but it still tasted good the kids demolished.  Joshua was the only one that didn't like the rice and that was strange because I have made coconut rice before.
5.I used a sesame-soy blend of oil which I can stir fry with better than the pure.
6. Finally I didn't notice untill the last moment that I had hot chili-garlic sauce instead of just the paste , actually
since I used the same amount in the recipe it  didn't make it spicy like I thought so I probably will add more.

I really love this it will be on the permanent rotation not everything I make is on that list.  One day I will have
to try some thai food outside of PEI WEI they are good I just want somehing to compare to it .  Actually I plan on going there soon to treat Zaria for making all b's this 6 weeks and me for passing all my exams( 2 B's and 1 A.) So I plan on  going hopefully during spring break.

Monday, March 5, 2012

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 picture of the young Langston Hughes and this the poem "Mother to Son" (This is where I got the name for this blog)  which is obviously one of my favorites by him .  I know it seems like a sad poem but really she is saying to him in spite of what life throws at us she is still going  and I am always encouraged by this.  Ms Courtney suggested we write a pledge so here is mine:

I pledge to continue my interests in art and writing
I pledge to honor my time to be creative
I pledge to gaurd my creative efforts against unconstructive  criticisms
I pledge to not critize my efforts
I pledge to hang around other artists and writers(online groups are ok,too.)

You dont have to put this in a 6 x6 album I just need something sturdy because it sits on my countertop
so I can actually look at  it periodically (Atleast that's the goal) well I hope you enjoy your Monday got to study now!.

Friday, March 2, 2012

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 featured in Somerset Memories Magazine I love the artsy style and will be a favorite for a long time to come.

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!

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

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

Ingredients :

  • 1 pound penne pasta
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 pound medium shrimp peeled and devined
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon losher salt, plus extra for seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper plus extra for seasoning
  • 1(15oz)  can whole tomatoes,draqined roughly chopped
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh basil  leaves
  • 1/2  cup chopped fresh flat leaf parsley 
  • 1/4 teasoppn crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 cup white wine
  • 1/3 cup clam juice
  • 3/4 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan 
Directions:

  1.  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.
  2. 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.
  3. Add the tomatoes, 1/4 cup basil, 1/4 cup parsley, and the red pepper flakes.  Cook for 2 minutes, stirring constantly.   Ass the wine, clam juice, and heavy cream.   Bring the mixture to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium- low and simmer for 7 to 8  until the sauce thickens.   Add 1/4 cup of the Parmesan, the cooked shrimp the cooked pasta, and the remaining herbs.   Toss together until all ingredients are coated.  Season to taste with salt and pepper.
Transfer the pasta to a large serving bowl.  Sprinkle with the remaining cheese and seve immediately.

Note: If you dont have fresh herbs I would wait because it really isn't the same with the dried herbs.

Friday, February 24, 2012

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 exam.  Which I believe I passed but I will know for sure next week. Well I have to study for my English exam today.  I took my Art Appreciation exam Tuesday .It has been truly crazy. I am not sure if you can see this in the post but I included links to the places I got the paper and I got the camera fromCOSTCO  they took $50 dollars off their price.  You didn't need the coupon for this and I believe there is always a point and shoot camera on sale
so you may want to check it out it came with a camera case,rechargable batteries and battery charger.
I will post a recipe  later on so stay tuned.

Saturday, February 11, 2012

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 progress.

Friday, February 3, 2012

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!

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

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.

Monday, January 23, 2012

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

Ingredients
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

Directions:
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,ginger, green onions and red pepper flakes to taste and saute until fragrant, about 1 1 minute.  Add chicken  back to pan along with the brocoli florets and stir to warm through.  Pour in the reserved sauce and stir until the sauce is thickened and bubbly , about 345 seconds.  Transfer to serving and serve.

Variation:
I apologize for taking so long to post but I think this recipe will make up for it. I followed  pretty close
except I use the powder form of ginger.  I prefer the smell of it and to not be aggravated because I detest chopping ginger root.  I loved it  I would probably double everything next time , but I served this on angel hair
pasta.  Also if you go here you can watch the video that goes with this.

Thursday, January 5, 2012

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
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Wednesday, January 4, 2012

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.

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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, ....you 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.