Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Current Project

Can ya guess what I'm working on with a dried out okra and Sculpey clay? The shape of the okra makes a perfect santa. I haven't sculpted in years and have been itching to try my hand at this...still a work in progress...these are my guinea pig ornaments. I managed to get three sculpted. I am now in the process of painting them. Stay tuned for the finished picture...soon I hope!

Friday, February 17, 2012


When I stepped out onto my back deck this morning this is the word that would describe how I felt seeing the lake, the sky, the moon in their glory...loved the soft colors...just soothing. Every single day this angle of the lake looks different. I have to snap it so often and for that I apologize but I just can't help it! Just wanted to share a piece of what I call my little paradise.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Big Boy Pizza

Okay, the name comes from Frisch's Big Boy hamburgers and I must say that the taste was "similar" to the taste of a Big Boy...I was curious and that is why I tried this recipe. Plus you can't go wrong with hamburger and cheese and bread can ya? I used a roll of Pillsbury pizza dough but you can use Boboli or anything you desire. I also always make my own homemade tartar sauce and used it. Next time I'm going to pile on more tartar sauce as I wasn't sure how much to add to the pizza. The baked dill chips and lettuce made it very interesting and was quite tasty...Enjoy! My sister Donna's husband Matt would probably love this as I always call him "Wimpy" from Popeye...he could eat burgers all day long I do believe.

Big Boy Pizza
 1 prepared pizza crust (large)
 1 lb. ground beef browned and drained
 1 jar of Big Boy tarter sauce (or other brand if unavailable)
 Lettuce (Shredded)
 Dill Pickle Slices
 Shredded cheese (cheddar)
 On the prepared crust, spread a layer of tarter sauce. Then add your ground beef, lettuce pickles and cheese. You could add the lettuce after it is cooked if you choose. Place in 350 degree oven for 20 minutes, or until the cheese melts and everything is hot. Yield: serves 6 Note: On all my homemade pizzas I always put the dough onto a pizza stone, take a fork and prick the dough and then brush on some olive oil and pre-bake in the oven for 5-8 minutes then add all my ingredients. Makes for a crispier crust.

If you want to add lettuce after it is baked, spread some more tarter sauce on top and add lettuce. The tarter sauce is also good for dipping if you use a thin layer to start.

Busy Weekend Painting...FINALLY!

I only have about 8 different ornaments going at one time right now and I managed to get a few finished this past weekend. Such a joy to get that done. I always paint two of everything that is a new pattern so that I will have one for myself and I won't have to try and figure out in the future how I painted something, what colors I used, where did I shade. I wish I could do mass production but I'm just not born that way...I like to get one thing done and then move on to something else. I have soooo many ideas and never enough time. These ornaments are painted on spoons I found at the Goodwill. They are such fun to do and a very cheap surface. I have them listed in my Etsy shop.