Archive for March, 2009

Holy Hail Batman

Posted: March 31, 2009 in nature

My dad called and woke me up saying, “Hurry up and put your truck in the garage!”

“Why?”
“Because there’s golf/baseball size hail coming in about 10 minutes.”

We moved my truck in with about 5 seconds to spare.

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Funky Finds Spring Fling

Posted: March 30, 2009 in going coastal
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FEATURING ME… and others. 😉



 
Q: What is the Funky Finds Spring Fling?
A: The Funky Finds Spring Fling is an indie art & craft fair featuring the work of over 100 artisans. The public is invited to attend our event & enjoy a day of shopping!
Preview participating vendors beforehand.Q: Do vendors accept checks or credit cards?
A: Attendees are urged to bring plenty of cash. Some vendors may accept credit card payments via PayPal or ProPay and some may accept small personal checks (with ID). All accept cash & there are two ATMs on the Will Rogers property (
see detailed map).Q: What’s the deal with the charitable raffle?
A: Our generous vendors, sponsors & other business owners have donated thousands of dollars worth of items. Raffle tickets cost $1.00 each (cash only). All the money benefits
Aflac Cancer Center & Blood Disorders Service, Humane Society of North Texas, and the Tarrant Area Food Bank. The first fifty people to purchase a raffle ticket will receive a handmade swag bag full of goodies!Q: When does the event begin & end?
A: The doors will open at 10:00 am on Saturday, April 25, and close at 6:00 pm.
Q: What else is there to do in Fort Worth?
A: Make April 25 a fun-filled day by hitting up other local hot spots near the Will Rogers Memorial Center.
The National Cowgirl Hall of Fame, Fort Worth Museum of Science and History, Modern Art Museum, Amon Carter Museum, Kimbell Art Museum, Fort Worth Zoo, and Sundance Square are just a few of the exciting sights Fort Worth has to offer.Q: Where is the Will Rogers Memorial Center?
A: The Will Rogers Memorial Center is located at 3409 Burnett-Tandy Drive, Fort Worth 76107. The Spring Fling will be held in the Small Exhibits Building (also known as the Poulty Building) located between the Sheep and Cattle Barns.
View our maps for detailed directions.Q: Will food and drinks be available?
A: Concessions will be available for purchase. The menu includes classic chicken caesar salads, classic chef salads, small dinner salads, nachos, hot dogs, assorted potato chips & candy, Beverage items include water and assorted bottled 20oz sodas (Coca-cola, Diet Coke, Mr. Pibb, Sprite).
Q: Can I bring a camera?
A: You may bring a camera, but please ask vendors before taking photos of their merchandise and booths.

FOR A DETAILED MAP CLICK THE LINK BELOW, OR CLICK THE MAP ABOVE FOR DRIVING DIRECTIONS!
http://www.funkyfinds.us/springfling/docs/Funky-Finds-Spring-Fling-Map-Detail.pdf

Please come visit my Funky Finds Spring Fling Booth on Saturday April 25th, 2009 @ the Will Rogers Colosseum in Fort Worth. Amanda and I will be working my booth with a couple of extra chairs for any visitors that would like to stop by. I will be accepting CASH ONLY
(If your credit is good with me, ie: friends, family, SMS girls, I will accept a check or I can send you a paypal invoice.) The first 50 people to buy $1 raffle tickets get a free swag bag, and the whole event is FREE! Support local artists and spend a fun Saturday out in Funky Town!!!

Thanks to all of the support from my fam and friends… I wouldn’t have the guts to do any of this without you! Love y’all! ~Sara

Q: What is the admission price and cost of parking?
A: The event if FREE! Yes, you heard right. There is no fee for admission & no fee for parking.

Q: Who can attend the Funky Finds Spring Fling?
A: Everyone! We welcome families, children (supervised, of course) and pets. If you bring your pet, please have them on a leash & make sure they have up-to-date vaccines.

Pizza Face

Posted: March 25, 2009 in family and friends, food, nostalgia

We celebrated St Pattys two days late… with the boys. Riley had green day in class, complete with a green shirt, green hat, green watch, and a green bow for his baby named, “Baby.” And his favorite color is green, which he reminds us everytime we play I SPY. He will say, “I spy something green… the cup, or the grass, or whatever it is. He doesn’t really get the not telling what you spy part of the game yet. And then we made PIZZA!


Poor little narly Baby… that Riley drags through the filth on a daily basis…
and then puts in his mouth.

Even Baby had a green bow for St Pattys!

They LOVE cheese.

“Crazy pizza face guy!”

A watched pizza never cooks!

I’m having a last minute sale to help pay for my vendor booth for my upcoming craft show. This one is in Fort Worth (so excited!) so I hope to see you all there! Check out the great sale prices listed now at: http://www.goingcoastal.etsy.com/

And pass it on! I truly appreciate the networking! 🙂

SUPER SALE! PRICES REDUCED NOW UNTIL SUNDAY MARCH 22nd!
I AM GETTING READY FOR MY SPRING SHOW AND THESE ITEMS MUST GO!
LACEY BRACELETS – $10
WRAP BRACELETS – $30
WIRE WRAP EARRINGS – $14-$28


If you’re anything like me when you log on to your yahoo/msn/or other random home page you would be drawn to the enticing link promising quick and easy meal ideas at the click of your mouse. But so many times it all turns out to be a sad sad lie. For instance: breakfast pizza.

http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/follow-that-food/breakfast-pizza-recipe/index.html
Who wants to eat breakfast pizza anyway… unless it’s the straight from the fridge ice-cold piece of thin crust pepperoni from the night before??? This recipe is like so many other false promises I’ve clicked on, ie: not quick, not easy, not worth the forced feeding to my children. Not to harp on some one else’s ingenuity… I might be wrong, it might not take an hour of prep time to cook bacon, make dough, cut and roll said dough into tightly formed balls and then cook the dough and then fry an egg on it. OK, say for all of those normal people out there… this is how we do it in my house! (That was me presuming that I am normal.)

My quick and easy meals consist of a blend of home cooking AND cheating. I LOVE Birdseye Steamfresh frozen veggies! I buy them for lunches especially because it’s so easy to turn a turkey sandwich into a square meal at lunch time… and even though it’s less green than buying fresh produce for dinner, it IS a huge time saver. 4 and a half minutes and they’re done. Tonight, for instance, I cooked meatloaf, mashed potatoes, and microwavable steamed veggies in 45 minutes. Yes, 45 minutes may be a long time in today’s world of 5 minute meals… but that’s where the home cooking comes in. Meatloaf in tradition should take over an hour and a half. And Peter’s mom’s mash potatoes takes over an hour. So I’ll cut to the chase and let you in on a few of my little secrets.

Hunts makes the most delicious meatloaf sauce in a can. With a quick change of the label directions you have 45 minute meatloaf with time to prepare my grandmas own yummy mashed potatoes, and handy dandy steamed veggies from a bag. This is what you will need:

Meatloaf/Mashed Potatoes/Steamed Veggies

4 Yukon gold or white potatoes

4tbs margarine or butter
1 1/2 cups milk
salt and pepper to taste
1 can Hunt’s Meatloaf Sauce
1 egg
1 sleeve of Saltine Multi grain crackers
1 bag Birdseye Steamfresh veggies

First, to save time, skin your potatoes and then slice and quarter them. Put potatoes in a large pot and cover with water. They boil in half the time (30 minutes.) After you have started your potatoes take half a can of Hunt’s Meatloaf Sauce (reserve the last half) and mix with 1lb beef (I use 93/7 percent fat), one egg (beaten), and 3/4 sleeve Multi-Grain Saltines (crushed in the bag.) Then if you half the meat mixture into two thin loafs and cook in a pan or cookie sheet at 400 degrees it cooks in half the time! 35-40 minutes. Then cover loafs with remaining sauce and cook for 10-15 minutes and you have 45 minute meatloaf and potatoes ready to mash and serve. Meanwhile, you have already shoved your bag of veggies in the microwave for 4 minutes and voila! You’re done!

If you don’t know how to make mashed potatoes: boil until potatoes easily cut through with a fork, drain out all but a little water and then place in a bowl, mix butter and mash with a fork, then add milk and beat them to a pulp (or the consistency you like) and add salt and pepper to taste.

Also a fave:
Roasted Chicken/Pasta Salad/Spinach (FROM A CAN!)

1 roasted chicken (all grocery stores have them fresh already cooked and ready to reheat in the oven)

Suddenly Salad Pasta Mix
1/2 container grape tomatoes
zucchini (use 3/4 of a zucchini – sliced and quartered)
spinach (I use Popeye’s Chopped Spinach… I know it’s from a can but I love it anyway!)

Cook chicken according to the label… usually 25 minutes to reheat if thawed, maybe more if frozen. Prepare pasta according to box (12-15 minutes.) And then add sliced tomatoes and zucchini. Microwave spinach from the can 3 minutes at power level 7 (I always add 1-2 tbs Smart Balance Margarine.) And then it’s done! Total time: 25 minutes (if done right!)

My Little Songbirds

Posted: March 12, 2009 in nature

Look at this cute little pair of house finches that have been singing sweet songs to me everyday. I’m gonna have to buy them a little house or a feeder for the tree they’ve been visiting in our yard.

Mucha

Posted: March 9, 2009 in nostalgia, random

I wish I was a Mucha painting.