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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.

Thursday, June 30, 2011

Happy Anniversary to us!


It seems like yesterday that we were getting ready for the wedding. I was at my parents home getting dressed. The house smelled of roses as a friend of my parents had roses flown in for the wedding. There must've been 50 dozen roses everywhere. Our wedding was so nice and I was so-o-o scared. The reception was at the Saxony Hotel which was really nice back in the day and we dined on Filet Mignon. Our first dance song was the Theme from Romeo and Juliet the movie.
We changed into our funky outfits and bid farewell as couples used to do back in the day and I remember as we sat in the car to leave my pants split open!!! Ha ha ha ...fun times. We took a road trip honeymoon to Vancouver stopping in cabins at Jasper. Wow...39 years, 3 children and 5 grandsons later...wow!
It takes a lot of hard work and there are MANY hills and valleys to get this far in a marriage and we plan on celebrating in true style with annivesary games...stay tuned!!

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Easy Microwave Cake!!


I found this recipe on a friend's Facebook page and it looks yummy!!! I HAVE to make this with my grandsons!!!
This was made from a boxed Cake Mix. No real measurements. I dumped about 1/3 of box of cake mix in a bowl. Poured in about 1/2 cup of Boxed Egg Beaters (you can use 1 whole egg), and poured just enough milk to make a thick batter. Fold in Chocolate Chips or any mix in that you like :)
Spray inside of mug with Pam/Non Stick Cooking Spray.
Pour in Microwave Safe Mugs half way , and nuke about 1 minute at a time since all microwaves are different. I took about 2 1/2 to 3 minute intervals til the center was pretty much not wet anymore. Microwave cakes will be more dense and spongy, and DON'T Overcook!
Cool for about 5-7 minutes (it will still be warm) top with Cool Whip, Whipped Cream or Ice Cream, and drizzle with fave topping!
Great way to 'portion control' without making a whole cake! Use any flavor cake mix and come up with your own combo!!
Makes for a VERY quick and yummy dessert!
For Single Serving:
*3-4 Heaping TBS of Cake Mix
*1 TBS of Egg Substitute (you don't need to add eggs if you don't have it, it will still rise a little)
*Just enough water to make a thick batter
*any mix-ins to fold like Chocolate Chips.
Microwave til center is done, and add fave topping and enjoy :)

Sunday, June 12, 2011

My purple creations! A Facinator, card and mini scrapbook page!

Super cute and sassy birthday gift!




After a visit to Michaels Craft Store and their bargain bin I was inspired to make the cutest birthday gift for my daughter in law. First I purchased a Paula Dean recipe card box and the matching cards and some really super cute coordinating muffin liners. I then embellished the box with her name in glittered Thickers and some flowers after watching roxyfur's how to video. I then went on to make yoliebeans apron design for her out of a waffled green tea towel I picked up at JYSK. I added a fabric flower I made using my Tim Holtz tattered flower die cut and placed a pink button in the center. It turned so so cute and sassy and she loved it! Nothing like homemade gifts!

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Italian Pancake Lasagna Casserole






What do pancakes and Lasagna have in common? Just a whole lot of yumminess, that's all. I made this delicious recipe (see below) from yoyomax12 on Youtube.( I would reccomend watching her video on how to make this as the recipe seems complicated but it is so super easy!) You have to check her out. Every single recipe that I've made from her has been so good and so easy. If you want a really yummy easy supper recipe give this a try. I made three of them as I made one for a new mommy and one for my friend recovering from surgery. The top one in the second picture,is made with ground turkey,whole wheat pancakes and partly skimmed mozza cheese, making it low G.I. and just a good!
***The only change I made in the recipe is that I replaced the tomato sauce and spices with prepared pasta sauce which I embellished with fresh herbs from my potager.***Give it a try and you won't be disappointed and it freezes well too!
Perfect with garlic bread and a salad.
Italian Pancake Lasagna Casserole
2 eggs
2/3 cup milk
1/2 cup all−purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 pound lean ground beef**
1 (6 ounce) can tomato paste**
2 tablespoons instant minced onion **
1 teaspoon basil**
3/4 teaspoon garlic salt**
1/2 teaspoon oregano**
1/2 teaspoon salt**
1/4 teaspoon pepper**
1 cup creamed cottage cheese
2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
Combine eggs and milk in medium mixing bowl with rotary beater. Add flour and salt; beat until
smooth. Heat a 9−inch skillet over medium high heat. Grease lightly before baking each pancake. Pour
batter, 1/3 cup at a time, into skillet tilting pan to spread evenly over bottom. When pancake is light
brown and set, turn to brown other side. Prepare 4 pancakes.
Brown ground beef in medium skillet; add tomato paste, onion, basil, garlic salt, oregano, salt and
pepper. Place one pancake on bottom of 10−inch pie pan, 9−inch round cake pan or 9−inch skillet.
Spread with 1/4 cup cottage cheese, 1/4 meat mixture, 1/2 cup shredded Mozzarella cheese and 1
tablespoon grated Parmesan cheese. Repeat with remaining pancakes ending with cheese. Bake at 375
degrees F for 30 to 35 minutes.
To serve, cut into wedges.
Yield: 5 to 6 servings
Tip: Refrigerate up to 24 hours. Bake for 35 to 40 minutes.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Vintage Window turned chalkboard!





I am so blessed to have a dear friend and neighbor who LOVES finding great thrift and vintage finds and LOVES to share them with me!! This great antique window was found by my neighbor in an abandoned farmhouse and with a little spit and polish and application of some chalk paint (she had some leftover that she gave to me)it is now a great new chalkboard that I will hang in my back porch!
Total cost for me:FREE!!! Thanks Laura!

Monday, June 6, 2011

Little Buggers!



I thought these little garden gloves were so darn cute! I picked them up at the Enjoy Center for my grandsons as they love to garden with their Nana and Papa! They were so inexpensive ($3.00 each)that I bought 2 pairs!

A Walk in my Yard






Sometimes you just have to step outside and right before your eyes is a wonderful retreat of just plain prettiness. I wanted to catch the Forget-Me-Nots before they were gone and forgotten and I managed to snap a picture of a poppy seconds before it bloomed!
For the past few years I've planted a jardin potager(A potager is a French term for an ornamental vegetable or kitchen garden) right outside of my backdoor which opens right from my kitchen and I have fresh herbs right at my fingertips in nano seconds. The aroma of the herbs wafting through the window is an awesome side effect too!
We have what I like to call tomato alley which is a series of ceramic pots filled with different tomatoes and all I have left to do is plant some lettuce and spinach and my salad garden is done!

Saturday, June 4, 2011

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