my obessesion

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

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 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.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Birda Mae's Recipe Corner:Thai Chicken Stir Fry


  • 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


  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.
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!



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.