Friday, March 27, 2009

Classic movie favorites

In this day and age, I still am surprised at how many people have never seen a classic film. As a young girl I remember my father making us sit down, and watching classic films with him. I'm thankful he did because I love watching old movies now. My grandma Goldberg use to always tell me I looked like Elizabeth Taylor. I still crack up at that one! Here are a few of my favorites. These classics are easy to find at your local video store. Give one a try...

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Peep Cupcakes

I love making cupcakes. Kaya, and I stayed in the kitchen all day whipping up a mess. It's was fun, and exhausting. Happy Easter everybody!!!

Pretty bows

Cut strips of felt, fold in half, and sew one side. Cut out 2 green leaves.
Cut along edge.
Start from one end, and roll. Sew to secure.
Put second strip on top, and roll. Secure by sewing.

You can embellish bow with buttons if you like. These bows can be use many different ways. I'm planning on using some to create hair accessories, pins for Kaya, and make baby hair bands for Easter gifts. Their are beautiful, and fun to make.

Martha's pot roast

My mother was feeling a little under the weather, so I made her some pot roast. I blogged about this recipe a while back, but I want to include a picture of the finish dish. Here's the link if your interested in giving Martha's pot roast recipe a shot. It's a easy recipe, and tastes great.

Chocolate anyone?

Chocolate covered nuts, and pretzels. You can use any kind of nut. I used almonds since it was the only nut I had in the pantry. All you need are chocolate chips. Place chips in bowl, then put in the microwave for 30 seconds. Take out, and stir chips. Keep adding 30 seconds until all the chocolate is melted. It's important to stir every 30 seconds. This help keep the chocolate shiny, and not get dull, or burnt.
Add your nuts, or dip your pretzels. Place on parchment paper, and let cool. You can also put in freeze to speed up the harding time. Try different ways to use your melted chocolate. Like cookies, strawberries, or bananas. Enjoy!

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Martha I love you...

Here's two great Easter idea I found on the Martha Stewart website. Sometimes it's hard to find new ideas for each holiday, but luckily I can always count on Martha Stewart. The first one is a ornamental Easter Tree.In the past, I've created my own tree by searching out great branches to spray paint. This year I will do the same but use pastel colors.
I also like this Easter pale filled with goodies. I'm going to try this since many of my new found Cosmetology friends have small children. I think it will be a big hit. Keep an eye out for the photos of my creations. Thanks for the inspiration Martha!!!

I pulled a photo from a Easter party I had at my house in Show Low. The kids decorated Easter eggs, and also made flowers out of egg cartons. This project was simple, and fun for kids to do. All you need to do is cut out the individual egg crates, and place them into various colored dyes. Make a hole at the bottom of each flower for the stem. Use green pipe cleaner for stem. It's a simple Easter project for kids to do.

New Books!

I've recently started Cosmetology school, and my days leave me little time for blogger. Here are a few books that I've finished reading a while back, but I thought there were worth talking about.
The first one is Into the Wild. I saw the movie first, then my sister in law Tracy gave me her book to read. The book explains Alex McCandles life in more detail based off the journals, and letters he left behind. His thinking was not conventional. Some believe reckless; however, no one can doubt this young man lived an extraordinary life.
The second is The Reader. My father gave me this book many years ago. I recently read this book again because I was excited that my favorite actress Kate Winslet would be starring in the motion picture. If you want to curl up with a good book. This one is it! I still haven't seen the movie, but hopeful I will soon.
The last one is Women thou art loosed! This book was surprisely a winner for me. I didn't think I would find this book interesting, but once I got through the first few chapters I was hooked. What I loved about this book were the women are dealing with very difficult, and painful challenges in their lifes. Through all their heartaches, and disappointments they continually keep trying to find happiness, and peace. Interesting read. I hope you try any one of these books. Happy reading...