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my name is monica but now i'm better known as nana. i have recurring dreams about faraway places and wild animals running free. i love to create with paper, food and yarn and i love to share snippets of my life.

Monday, May 31, 2010

Travelogues - Sisterhood of the Traveling Journals


Come join along!!!
Imagine having a beautiful mixed media journal that has been created by other artisans and online sister friends that you admire!
You would chose a journal (lightweight for mailing), and an individual topic/theme.
You would then create, in any media desired, the cover, instructions page ( where you might request certain colors, materials etc that you would like used in your journal) and then you would complete a layout in the desired topic/theme before mailing it.
You would then send your journal on to the next person on the list provided to you by the moderator.(me!)
You would wait to receive the next journal in the round robin and so on until all of the journals find their way back home to their original owners.Kind of like a 'sisterhood of traveling journals!'
Go to Your Paper Pantry, register and find Travelogues under the 'Groups' heading.
Some suggested topics for the journals can be found here:

Life Q's- Week # 21- What were the most recent words used to describe you?

Yummo! Mini Cheeseburger Salad


I made this recipe for a pot luck party yesterday, and it was a smash hit! (and it's low G,I. too!)
Recipe courtesy Rachael Ray
Ingredients
1 1/2 pounds ground sirloin or ground turkey
1/4 cup finely chopped onion, eyeball it
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
2 teaspoons steak seasoning blend or coarse salt and ground black pepper
Extra-virgin olive oil, for drizzling
3/4 pound brick sharp Cheddar (I used low fat cheese )
3 large hearts romaine lettuce
1 cup sliced pickles, drained – choose from sweet, half-sour or dill varieties
1 cup cherry or grape tomatoes
Dressing:
3 tablespoons yellow mustard (recommended: French's brand. I added a little Splenda)
2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil, eyeball it
2 tablespoons finely chopped chives
1/4 small red bell pepper, finely chopped
Directions
Preheat a grill pan or a large nonstick skillet over medium high heat or, preheat outdoor grill.
Combine the meat with onion, Worcestershire and steak seasoning or salt and pepper. Form 2-inch meatballs, then flatten them into patties. Drizzle formed mini patties with extra-virgin olive oil to keep them from sticking to cooking surface.
Slice the brick of cheese into 1/4-inch pieces. Place patties into a preheated pan or grill pan or arrange on outdoor grill. Cook the mini burgers for 3 minutes on each side then add cheese to melt over patties. On outdoor grill, close the lid to melt cheese. In a skillet or on a grill pan, tent the mini cheeseburgers loosely with foil to melt cheese.
Coarsely chop romaine and combine with sliced pickles and halved cherry or grape tomatoes.
Whisk together the mustard and cider vinegar. Stream in the extra-virgin olive oil. Add the chopped chives and pimentos, stir to combine
Arrange mini cheeseburgers on salad and drizzle prepared yellow mustard over the completed dish.

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Non Toxic Wasp Killer


I don't know about you but we seem to be have a large influx of wasps already this year.I woke up in the night to go to the bathroom and looking across from me on the sink was the queen mother of wasps!! I jumped up so fast and I thank God for Keigels or I would have peed my pants!!I've been searching the net for ways to kill them without poisoning everyone else and I came across this super easy, inexpensive recipe.
How to Make a Non-toxic Wasp Spray
Difficulty: Easy
Instructions
Things You'll Need:
* Dish soap.
* Water
* A container that helps you spray the solution from far away: dish soap dispenser, spray bottle, or 2 liter bottle.
Step 1
Find a container for spraying water long distances...something with a narrow opening. Something you can squeeze. Something like a dish soap bottle or a two liter bottle.
A spray bottle may work for weaker concentrations of soapy water, but the soap may jam the spray mechanism.
Step 2

Fill the container with a mixture of dish soap and water.Use about 1/8 cup of soap for every two cups of water.Mix it up really good. For best results and maximum killing power, use very hot water.
Step 3
Find the wasps nest and spray the heck out of it with the soap water solution.
The soap coats the wasps' wings so they can't fly, and coats their exo-skeletons so they can't breathe. They suffocate to death. When it's clear the wasps are down and dying and nobody is coming back out to rally the troops, knock down the nest and dump more soap water into it.
Step 4
Turn on the hose and wash the soap water off whatever you sprayed it on.

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Viva Vintage!!







I am just loving vintage shopping with my daughter. We have found some of the most awesome things!
I found a great picture frame for $2.99, spray painted some screening green and stapled it to the back and hung all of earrings on it on a wall in my bathroom!
My daughter found this amazing dresser for only $1.00 and created a beautiful tableau potting station in her back yard. Love it!!

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Creat a beautiful Child's name plate

My 'dupes!'


Monica's Ghetto Mist( my version of Glimmer Mist)
Fill spray bottle 3/4 full of water.
Add re-inker color of your choice
add 1/4-1/2 tsp. mica powder
Add 1/4 tsp. hair spray


Monica's Shimmer Paint Recipe
Fill a small container with any Metallic Pearl White Paint ( I used Folk Art brand availble at Walmart)
Add a few drops of re-inker until you achieve the color desired.
Stir well with a stir stick.

Both of these are very economical and work great!!

Life Q's- Week # 19 What is your pet peeve?

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Finally finished knitting this shawl....




I really wanted a shawl with buttons so I didn't have to constantly re adjust on my shoulders and I love how this turned out. I used some leftover yarn to cover 2 vintage buttons and it worked out so well.It seemed like this project took me so long but I wasn't in any rush as it was a TV watching project!

Fango Mud kinda day....




There's nothing like some Borghese Fango Active Mud to make a girl feel better!
For as long as I can remember in my adult life, whenever I feel like crap I always feel refreshed after a facial of Fango mud. It's so tingly and just makes you feel awesome.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

May 4, 4 2010




Just another May day in Alberta!!!
Watch the video below to check out what we woke up to this morning!!!

Look what we woke up to today!

Monday, May 3, 2010

Living vicariously through my sister!....


My sister has just started a new blog documenting her new life as a newly single dating female at age 55. If you want a good laugh or want to follow her adventures click on 55 and Single! and follow her journey!

Life Q's- Week # 17 What's on your to do list?

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