Monday, July 26, 2010


Leftover cornbread, warmed in the microwave and covered in half and half. I would have used milk but we didn't have any. And I resisted pouring maple syrup on top. So this was the semi-healthy version, lol. On the other hand, since when is dessert supposed to be healthy?

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The usual summer spike in prices hasn't been too bad this year.

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Vegetable tart

We made a veggie tart (aka crustless quiche) to take over to Uncle J and Aunt T's last weekend. I wanted to bring something that could be eaten at room temperature and was inspired by the yellow squash and zucchini from the garden. As usual, we didn't use a recipe, but here's my best recollection as to what was included.

4 medium yellow squash or zucchini
1/2 onion, finely chopped
olive oil
5 eggs
3.5-4 oz shredded cheese (about 1/2 package of pre-shredded cheese, we used cheddar-jack because that's what we had on hand)
powdered garlic
1/2 cup bread crumbs
optional: asparagus

Topping: mix together 1/4 cup bread crumbs and 1/4 cup finely shredded cheese

1. Grease a 9x13 pan.
2. Partially cook the asparagus for the top (we used the microwave).
3. Thinly slice the squash (we used a mandolin) and the asparagus.
4. Saute the onion and squash in the olive oil until the squash is partly cooked. If there is a lot of liquid in the pan, cook a little longer to cook off the liquid. Add the sliced asparagus and cook for another minute.
5. Add the eggs. You could scramble them first, but I just scrambled them in the pan w/the squash.
6. Add the cheese, bread crumbs, and spices, then pour the mixture into the greased 9x13 pan.
7. Top w/the asparagus, then top w/the cheese and bread crumbs.
8. Bake at 325 for about 30 minutes or until egg is set. You could broil this for a minute or so if the top needs more color.

Can be served warm, cold, or at room temperature.

My mom used to make this all the time, but included sausage. I bet it would be good with bacon and/or Italian spices.

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Wedding card

I made a wedding card for a coworker last week. I was hoping to get by with the supplies I had on hand (because you know I've got enough to open a small store), but ended up buying a couple of things anyway. Thank goodness I had a 25% off coupon. I ended up buying the bling since I couldn't find the black Prima bling that I know I have (but I was planning on using it on a layout anyway).
I was so proud of myself for stamping the sentiment (even if it did smear a bit). I suppose that blue and black aren't traditional wedding colors, but her invitations were blue and white and I didn't have any white transparencies so I went with blue and black. Oh, and since she's Catholic, I figured she would be okay with the bible verse.

supplies: Mulberry cardstock, Creative Imagination transparency, Zva and Kaisercraft rhinestones, satin ribbon, Boxer stamps, Catseye ink, Fiskars border punch

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Crockpot before and after

I know you're not supposed to fill the crockpot all the way to the top, but why make soup unless you're making a lot? The before picture doesn't show it all; I carefully added some turkey broth/meat too. The after picture also doesn't show the whole truth. I had taken out a bowl of soup before taking the photo (hey, I was hungry). I also added some orzo, but that was cooked on the stove and added separately to the individual bowls of soup. The leftovers are also stored separately in the frig. I don't want the pasta to absorb all the broth overnight.

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Christmas in July

(most of) our haul from our annual trek to the Hallmark store. I am a bit amused that Mr. Fix-it collects more ornaments than I do. Although I am considering starting a new collection. Unfortunately, I won't be able to see that ornament in person until October. Yet another opportunity for Hallmark to get more of my money. Although some might think they have enough of my money since I've been collecting the Nostalgic Houses and Shops series for 27 years.

Friday, July 09, 2010

She said what, when??

For those of you who subscribe to this blog via a reader, I will be back-dating several posts since I like to keep posts in the order they occurred. Just wanted to give you a heads up so you're not confused.

Wednesday, July 07, 2010


I've been in a scrapbooking rut, no mojo, no motivation. But a recent trip to JoAnn's helped. This kraft cardstock was 50% off, plus I had a 10% off coupon, which would cover the tax. I've been wanting to work with kraft cardstock (and I have some on order w/SU, oh well) and thought this would be a cheap way to try it. I was pleasantly surprised by the weight of the paper. It will be interesting to compare it to the SU paper, which is three times the cost.

Here's the card I made from the cardstock and scraps (and I already sent it to a friend).Bazzill, CM, and no name cardstock, KI and Current (remember them?) patterned paper, Kaisercraft pearls, Catseye ink, Technique Tuesday stamp, CM punch, Cuttlebug embossing folders

Monday, July 05, 2010

Today's harvest

It might not look like much, but this is the second squash I harvested and I'm so excited about that! Usually, my squash plants die or the squash rots before I can harvest anything. And I've three more squash (squashes?) that should be ready to pick in a few days.

Sunday, July 04, 2010

Happy 4th!

This is one of my favorite tee shirts. I wasn't thinking this morning and put on something else, but then I remembered the day and pulled out this shirt. I figured I should at least dress in the right colors for the day. This is a long-lived shirt with lots of memories. If you wear something only once a year, it is bound to last a little longer than usual.

Saturday, July 03, 2010

Summer sandwich

A quick dinner made with ingredients we had on hand: toasted submarine sandwich bread, ricotta cheese, roma tomatoes, basil, marinated artichoke hearts, red onion, fresh ground pepper. No dressing/mayo was needed. So fresh and yummy...and fast!

Friday, July 02, 2010

Double whammy

The guys have been working on cleaning out FIL’s house for the past few weeks. It has been slow going and painful. I think if you’ve never had to clean out someone’s house, especially a packrat who liked to dumpster dive, you can’t understand how difficult it is. And if you have packrat tendencies yourself, it is even more difficult. And if you can't figure out the value of something, either monetary or sentimental, and your siblings can't either, well, back to the slow and painful.

At the same time, I've been "forced" to clean things up at home since we're getting a couple pieces of furniture. First, I gotta clear out a spot for them. Then I have to clear out a path to that spot. Or maybe I need to do that in the reverse order. No, I'm not as bad as that hoarders show, which I've never seen since we don't have cable because it is too expensive and we watch too much TV anyways and yes I'm going off on a tangent or two. Yes, I have lots of stuff, all valuable I'm sure. I did manage to part with some of my precious Tupperware collection, only because I've recently become convinced that glass containers are better (now I've started a jar collection). I found letters from J, Uncle T, and even, unfortunately, cards that I addressed and stamped, but never sent.

It has been difficult for me to see FIL's house being emptied and stressful trying to straighten up my own house at the same time. Somehow, I don't have a problem getting rid of his phone bills from ten years ago or appointment cards or junk mail that was made to look like it is from the government. But my own stuff? I finally got rid of checks from the 80s and the 46 cover letters from 1992 (even though the recession was officially over in 1991, no one was hiring in 1992. Anyone who is job hunting now has my sympathies). And the letter disputing a credit issue that was about 25 years old is gone. You should have seen the cute stationery I typed it on (yes, typed).

Add all that to stressful week at work and I've been in tears all week. I guess it really has been a triple whammy. Thank goodness Monday is a holiday. Hopefully an extra day off will bring some much needed rest.