Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Reeses Cups were my favorite candy as a child.

I was crazy for Reeses cups (and Doritos) as a child. My mom told me she caught me several times sneaking Reeses cups under our kitchen table as a toddler. (I thought I was hiding even though the table was made of clear glass.) ha! but I really don't eat candy very often anymore as I'm sorta a health food nut - but Halloween results in an abundance of goodies & if we are lucky there are a lot of Reese's cups in my kids bags ;-) So I decided to write an article on Yahoo called "Easy Desserts Using Reese's cups. " Hope you check it out all the ideas are super simple. I even have an idea for a semi-healthy after school snack (topped with Reeses of course!)

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Crochet Cowl with Pattern link!

This was a really fun and easy crochet project to get me back in the swing of crafting. I looked through alot of crochet patterns online and I finally found this one. Crocheting is really relaxing when you don't have to follow a pattern exactly so I loosely based my cowl on the free crochet cowl pattern above. I'm already working on a blue one and will post a picture when I'm finished.

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Cyndi Lauper iPhoneography Art

I had a headache all day that finally went away after dinner. I was happy it finally went away so I could play with a new iPhone/iPad app I stumbled upon on Instagram this morning. The app CutOutCreator in the iTunes store is so much fun! The pink swirls and white flower is 'cut out' from my own artwork. I imported a picture of Cyndi Lauper in the ArtRage for iPad app and after I used Toonpaint to make her look more like a stencil. I really like how this digital mixed media piece turned out :-)

Thursday, October 6, 2011

This house loves soup!

We are big soup fans. My husband wasn't at first - now he's turned into one of us. Maybe because it's so cold here in Ohio?! Today was unseasonally warm but I was craving this soup. At least I had the smarts to put it in the crockpot. :)

A whole head of cauliflower and an entire bunch of celery is pureed in. I fold in a container of Greek yogurt which gives the soup a creamy finish with a slight tang. My daughter loves this soup!

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

7 things I'm thankful for today

1. Dunkin Donuts DARK coffee
2. The bits of sun peaking through the rain clouds
3. That I have plenty of money for grocery shopping (wasn't always the case in my life)
4. I'm thankful that September is here and that means my fav comedy sitcoms will have new episodes
5. That I have no pain in my knee and haven't in weeks!
6. That I'm become interested in crocheting again.
7. That my daughter cleaned the house!

Friday, September 16, 2011

September's Zentangle

I'm proud of this doodle. It took forever but the end result was worth it! The picture was filtered in Instagram - so some of the shading was taken out - I'm just too lazy to upload the original sketch ;)

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Another iphoneography photo

I was exhausted from cutting the grass ( I have a push mower & it was so humid the day I took this pic) .. I barely focused in on the capture. Funny thing is that this is my most liked picture on Instagram. :) I did some fancy footwork with iphone camera apps to achieve this look, I guess it is a winner to date :-)

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

iPhoneography ..it's addictive.

Another Instagram shot I took. I expected this picture to turn out better than it did... Oh well... Jess & I went to Frisch's Big Boy the other day for lunch. It's right down the street from our house but we've never been there in the entire 5 yrs we've lived in this area.

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Filter storm app is so much fun!

I love the app Filterstorm. I like to blur out backgrounds, it makes a photo more artistic and less cluttered by reducing background noise. It works on both the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. You can get it at iTunes by clicking here. Highly recommended!

Saturday, August 13, 2011

This is my latest photo on Instagram. This is a view from our local park here in Ohio. We live near a park that is connected next to the police station. I look at this picture and think about how fortunate we are to live in such a beautiful and safe city. I have longed to live in the big city somewhere - like New York.. what if? If my life was different? If I made different choices. What if? I'm learning to appreciate what I have. I live in a picture perfect area, I am very blessed - I'm finally opening my eyes at age 36 and realizing all my blessings.

Sunday, August 7, 2011

iPhone app freebie!

I stumbled upon this freebie shared by a photographer on Instagram. The iPhone app Halftone is now free in the iTunes app store. It makes pictures sort of look like comic strips. Above is an example of a picture I filtered in Halftone. There are tons of filter options beside the one above. You can get it here for free in the app store.

Those flowers pictured above are so beautiful in real life. My Grandma has recently been placed in a rest home & I visit her frequently. She is almost blind so I tried to pick the most vibrant colored flowers I could find. She loved them =)

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

A Blended Zentangle Drawing

I'm quite fond of this Zentangle sketch I drew on my iPad. I used a technique I wasn't quite sure was possible on the iPad. (using the art program ArtStudio app) - I successfully blended a scrapbook page sorta behind my Zentangle. I kept the rest of the Zentangle the traditional black and white. I think the burst of color sort of makes it pop. =)

I'm working on another drawing currently all black and white. Again it's being drawn on my iPad. When am I going to branch out and use ole' fashioned canvas / paper / ink? hmmm =)

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Purple Haze Zentangle

I practiced the Zentangle pattern "Mooka" with this drawing. I drew this on my iPad with just my finger. I'd like to try printing some of my drawings to see how they look. Maybe I should buy a canvas at the craft store and see what I can create the old fashioned way? I'm a little nervous with that for some reason. I have a nearly empty sketchbook but tons of Zentangle digital drawings. =)

I tried to get Isaiah interested in drawing over the summer. He's entering kindergarten next month and I figured he'd be a little like his Mama and like to do art. No such luck yet =( ... I did get him interested in printable online mazes. He likes to me print mazes for him. Coloring books are still not cool to him though?

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

it's so hot! but I love it!

I love how this picture turned out on Instagram. This picture is of a field about 3 blocks down from my home. I actually used quite a few apps on my iPod with some filters to achieve this effect. I can't wait until the iPod 5 comes out. I hope it has at least as good camera as the iPhone currently does so I can print some of these photos.

Today its blazing HOT outside. I want go to the beach so bad! My grandmother was just placed in a nursing home yesterday - so I am going to go visit her instead.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Minnie Mouse

I was at the library with the kids today and I saw this Minnie Mouse sitting on a shelf. I got fancy with some filters and I think it made a pretty cute artzy shot for Instagram :-) If you own an iPod or iPhone you *must* get an Instagram account - its endless fun getting artsy with everyday photos :-)

Oh! and I also recently wrote an article about Tips on How to Stop Waiting in Long Lines. Hope you find it helpful =-)

Friday, June 17, 2011

Reeses 2 ingredient cookies?!

I stumbled upon a wonderful foodie blog Picky Palate. Don't these cookies look amazing! (note: this image is Picky Palate's, not mine - I'm only trying to entice you to visit her blog and check out her fab recipes!) Only two ingredients for these cookies and one of them is Reeses Cups? That is right up my chocolate-peanut butter-lovin' family :) I love easy recipes like this and I am going to try this one soon. One of her followers mentioned this is a good way to use up leftover Halloween candy. Although we never have that problem in our house. :)

Current book I'm reading

This book was loaned out to me by my Christian mentor. It's an oldie but goodie but I recommend it. Very helpful book that explains why God sometimes says no to our prayers too. I have been struggling with the "whys" of this world and this books brought a lot of my worries into perspective.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Physicians Choice Makeup is the best!

My skin is sensitive now that I'm getting older. I also have uneven redness on my cheeks and dark circles under my eyes. All things I didn't have at age 20! Not fun getting old!! So the best makeup for me and my skin type (and budget) is Physician's Choice Makeup. They even have an organic line! I couldn't resist buying this face powder yesterday at Meijer. It was on sale 40% off too. Usually I use coupons at Kroger and get really good deals on makeup, but I couldn't resist with how cute this makeup is. I'm a sucker for hearts, not sure if this was themed for Valentine's Day perhaps? And the package boasted about it being a mood booster as well? I guess the makeup is infused with some sort of plant extracts that mimic endorphins. I'm all about that!

I also did a little doodling on my iPad last night. I haven't been doodling in awhile, I like to do so when I'm nervous and I definitely was last night. We had terrible storms here & Daniel was working late (I mean really late - like an 18 hour day) ... so my iPad helped me keep my mind off things. :o)

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

I found a neat freebie

If you have an iPhone or iPod touch and also have kiddies like I do then you know how this device is very useful to keep them busy! I find my iPod is a real lifesaver while waiting in unexpected long lines with Isaiah. There are tons of free games for iPhones & iPods but I'd much rather he read whenever possible. (He gets enough Xbox at home anyhow ;) He also graduates preschool tomorrow. Since he's on the road to kindergarten books are very essential over the summer. Anyways, I recommending downloading "Jack in the Box" - it's really cute, Zay loves it.

Friday, May 6, 2011

Instagram love

I love Instagram. So many gorgeous photos to look at. This one in particular caught my eye today on Extragram.

And I took this photo a few days ago while driving through Perrysburg on my way home from my Christian counseling session. I'm going to counseling for a number of reasons - My childhood certainly wasn't a fairytale, and it's starting to bite me on the butt now that I'm an adult. I need to work through a lot of grief, confusion and heartache. I pray someday I can be free of my past so I don't let it hinder the present!

Spring daffodils are so beautiful when grouped in huge masses like this. I really should invest in more annuals.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Broken hearts, tulips and weird clouds

Dan and I attended a workshop at our church ( Cedar Creek Church ) - "Parents with Broken Hearts." Our daughter Jessica is going on 15 years old and we are so fearful of her future. She makes everyday a living hell for us at home & we finally decided to quit being quiet about it. I was amazed last night at the class that we are not the only ones going through this! Most children aren't like Jessica, so whenever I would try to explain our situation to people I don't think others could totally relate. It's not that she's "just being a teenager." We've been dealing with behavior problems since elementary school. And it's worsening quickly & scaring us to death! I don't want to get into detail on this blog about it all but I never imagined my beautiful baby girl would be so hateful and angry ALL THE TIME. :(

Well, at this class I felt so much comfort because these people would explain their own situations & it sounded like scenes from my own household. It's a 3 week workshop, but I believe it will turn into a life group for support and I'm really excited about this.

On a different subject I have some pictures to share.....

Here's a day in Ohio.......

....and then the next ;0

I wonder if tulips multiply over the years? I planted those beauties going on 3 years ago and they seem like there are more of them this year? I never actually counted them.. maybe I should google this question & find out.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

light painting

I've been having fun playing with an app on my iPod called "Slow Shutter" - it's kinda like painting with light. It's a little hard to get at first, this pic above is actually a tiny blue light that my wii remotes give off. With that tiny light I was able to create this image (that sorta reminds me of a flower).

This picture may look all artsy but I am sick of all this rain! This can't be normal not to have adequate amount of sunlight per day. I hope someday to move to a sunnier (is that a word?) climate. Just a few hours ago we had a tornado warning that last 10 minutes. How crazy is that? That's how much the weather changes in Ohio.

I know I keep talking about the weather on this blog which is so retarded in a way, but if you lived in Ohio (especially the Toledo area and vicinity) you would understand why. One minute I'm ready to leave to go run errands and the next minute I'm stopped by sirens from tornadoes. And then ten minutes later the sun is shining. smh..

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Amazing Grace

I was feeling kinda anxious and nervous because Dan is flying today. As I left Meijer Grocery store this was the view from my car. God placed it on my heart to quit worrying that He knows what I need. I immediately felt better! God is good! And about five minutes later Dan called :-)

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Our Easter

Me and the kids had fun coloring Easter eggs today. I found a kit at Walmart that seemed to have a lot of bright primary colors which I liked. One of eggs was a little off regarding color so I dipped it a few times to make stripes. I like how it turned out to be the odd ball of the brights below.

Jessica made lemon bread for our dinner tonight. Well it never quite made it to dinner because it smelled so good that we dug in after they volunteered at Church. I stayed home because I haven't been feeling well the past few days. I am so thankful to see summer coming, I'm tired of being sick!

Happy Easter & remember HE has Risen! :o)

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Happy Easter

Right now I'm watching an episode of dvr'ed Modern Family w/the hubby and drinking a (virgin) frozen margarita. Everything would be perfect if I wasn't fighting off yet another cold. That didn't stop me from doing a little doodling though. :)

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

It's still raining!

This weather is insane! It is always so dark and dreary in Ohio for a lot of the year it seems? I don't remember it being like this as a child either? So, has the weather altered naturally *that* much or did I not notice things like this when I was a kid? Hmm. I also recently stumbled upon HAARP and that info sorta makes me wonder? No, I don't believe everything I read on the internet, but I do feel it's a quite unnerving to have it snow in April one day and 50+ degrees the next day.

Ok, enough of that rant. I really don't know much about that topic. I am just confused of the chem trails and HAARP theories and I guess it really scares me. But, my God is bigger! ..Although He did give us free will -I hope we don't end up destroying ourselves with that will!!!

On a totally different topic, I have another Mandala sketch to share:

I like the flow of this one, exceptthe little snake shaped twirls bother me. I wish I could change them. Oh well, too late now i guess!

I need to get off here and get my rear in gear. I need to go to the dentist to get forms filled out for Isaiah's kindergarten registration. I can't believe I am registering my lil guy for kindergarten today. Wow, he's growing too fast. :o)

Monday, April 18, 2011

It's raining and neither of us like it.

This is our new dog. I have never owned a dog as an adult so I really am new at this dog ownership thing. Thank God my husband knows the ropes though, so it's been fairly easy. Except when it rains. This little dog does not like the rain! She does not want to go outside when it rains. She's very fearful of alot of things (loud noises, quick movements, etc etc ) She reminds me of myself. lol

She's so good with the kids and they are so in love with her. Her name was Princess when we got her from Dan's brother, but we renamed her Jackie. Dan said he wasn't gonna yell "PRINCESS" out the door to call her in. LOL

Over the weekend I made this fruit tart. I used the crust recipe from this website. My family gobbled this up! The crust is so delicious and rich, I think the fruit paired perfectly and I'm glad I decided to make it this way.

Friday, April 15, 2011

This week's musings

I scored on some really cute vinyl wall stickers for my kitchen. I got them at 75% off at Meijer :). Let's hope they stay stuck on my walls.

I've been trying to perfect making my own seitan (or wheat meat). I finally did it! This seitan was delicious and it's already gone! I love seitan for it's versatility.

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Saturday's mandala

I got a chance to do more doodling this weekend. I like this one but wish I choose a different color scheme. Since I drew this digitally on my iPad I could alter the color scheme a lil bit, but it's 1145 pm and I'm too tired now to mess with it. I've been dealing with a sick baby the past few days too. We ended up taking Zay to the E.R. today. His fever was 103.5 and not going down with meds. The docs started him on a new antibiotic. I sure hope it works...poor guy.

Friday, April 8, 2011

drawing Mandalas are relaxing

I have been crafting forever and tried just about every craft imaginable. I am a highly tense person & alot of crafts tend to stress me out rather than relax me. I notice when I'm concentrating on a detail of beading or crochet I will even forget to breathe! But not so when it comes to doodling. I tell myself there is no right or wrong way to sketch so I immediately relax. I doodled this (digitally) while watching reruns of King of the Hill :)

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

last nights dinner

Easy peasy weeknight supper. This is my go to on busy weeknights when Jessica has Girlscouts or Isaiah has soccer, etc.



1 jar spaghetti sauce
1 box favorite pasta noodles (uncooked)
any veggies you like( or you can omit) my family likes olives/artichokes/green pepper
mozzerella cheese

Add the pasta & jar of spaghetti sauce to your skillet. Fill the now empty jar of pasta sauce with water and add that to your skillet. Add any veggies of your choice and bring to a boil. Turn it down to medium/low and cook for 25-35 minutes covered. Uncover and add mozzerella cheese and replace cover until melted. Let sit for at least 10 minutes before serving.