Tuesday, November 21, 2006

My Happy Thought

Just finished this LO of Bianca following the Scrapbytes sketch for the November Challenge. But I am voluntarily inhibiting myself from the contest being part of the Scrapbytes Team:)

I used the new Cosmo Cricket Storytime papers, cardstock stickers and die-cuts. Other materials used: MM cheeky flat clip, acrylic paint, Heidi Swapp flower, LD Glitter Glaze, Technique Tuesday Stamps, Tim Holtz Distress ink and powder, DCWV chipboard monogram, bazzill cs, Sizzix bread tag and Heart Tabs dies, UTEE, versamark, Sakura Aqualip, doodlebug eyeelts, crop-a-dile.

Sketch: Becky Fleck

Pikachu Cake

Did this 9" round cake last Saturday for Nicolas Lozano. Whis is Pokemon becoming popular again? Even Luis chose this design for his birthday last month.

Our 2006 Thanksgiving Menu

I finally finished making our menu for Thursday evening. Due to Bud's American upbringing, we've adopted this US tradition in the last few years (this is my 4th bird, I think) since it's the perfect excuse to have turkey (and I love turkey)!


Hot Chili-Cheese Dip with Nachos

Main Course
Easy Herb Roasted Turkey
Bread and Celery Stuffing
Chestnut Stuffing
And Gravy

Roast Pork with Gravy c/o Mom

Pasta c/o Dinah

Side Dishes
Hash Brown Casserole II
Awesome and Easy Creamy Corn Casserole
Squash and Apple Bake
Cranberry Jelly c/o Ocean Spray

Chocolate Pecan Pie
Apple Pecan Cobbler
Fudge Brownies c/o Mom
Vanilla Ice Cream

The menu combines a few tried-and-tested recipes (Bread and Celery Stuffing, Hash Brown Casserole, Apple Pecan Cobbler) as well as new ones I want to try (Chestnut Stuffing, Awesome and Creamy Corn Casserole, Chocolate Pecan Pie). I hope I can find all the ingredients I need (yellow cornmeal is always a problem), but my turkey has been thawing in the fridge since Monday.

I also decided to delegate some of the tasks this year by assigning my mom to make Roast Pork and Dinah, my SIL, to make the pasta -- this ensures that there will be left-over turkey for me on Friday (unlike last year where there was none). Haha!

This year, I am planning to inject my bird the night before with seasoned chicken stock to ensure moistness. I would also like to try roasting with the breast-side down first but I don't think I have enough strength to turn-over my 8kg turkey after an hour of baking, so I'll have to leave this for when I have a smaller bird.

I can't wait to have my turkey!

Thursday, November 16, 2006

My Garden

Finished this LO the other day following the BG Sketch for November. I couldn't resist doing it even if I had to put aside Luis' Pilipino Exam reviewer for a while(I spent 3 days scanning his activity sheets and workbooks).
I just got my new BG Romani/Gypsy papers last week and had to use them. Cutting up the flowers and adhering them with foam squares is an idea I picked up from Joanne after viewing Jorel's album.
The poem I got from 2peas and adapted to fit my 3 kids. I love it cos I barely have a garden and definitely have no flowers cos I'm no green thumb! Also used my new Sizzlits Azure font, chipboard tags from K&Co, metal letters from Joann.com.

The flowers in my garden, may not win a prize,
But there’s no doubt about it, they’re blue ribbons in my eyes.

Their roots are made of little feet, and their blooms reach for the sun
As they spread their leaves in wonder, and ‘round my garden run.

Two little girls, a little boy; laughing, so carefree,
Playing in my garden, it's happiness times three!

Black hair whipping wildly, as they chase each other ‘round
All squealing with delight, I love to hear their sound.

Someday I will plant flowers, where my children now all play.
But right now I'm growing children, flowers can wait another day.

Update: This LO just got accepted in the BG Gallery! Yipee!

Sunday, November 12, 2006

Happy Birthday Jorel!

Attended Jorel's 1st Birthday Party yesterday held in the very beautiful but oh so far Ayala Westgrove in Sta. Rosa, Laguna. Didn't do the cake and cookies for this one (sorry, Joanne) but did the give-aways -- oatmeal cookies in a cute gift box (sticker label c/o Joanne). Photo by Jeff Lopez.

Saturday, November 11, 2006

Christmas Cakes

Here are the available designs for Christmas cakes, cookies and cupcakes. Please give me 1 week notice to prepare for your order. Available cake flavors are chocolate, butter and mocha. All iced with buttercream frosting. If you have a particular design in mind, let me know in case we can work it out.

Thursday, November 9, 2006

Happy Birthday Raya!

Just finished this cake a few minutes ago for Raya's 3rd birthday party (actual bday is Nov 6). She originally wanted a Strawberry Shortcake design but changed her mind at the last minute accdg to Mama Mia. Doing nice lips without the Botox-look is still something that needs more practice -- haha! I hope Princess Raya likes it, anyway!

Wednesday, November 8, 2006

Marry Me?

I finished this LO yesterday following BG's October Sketch and was lucky enough to have it accepted at the BG Gallery http://www.basicgrey.com/catalog/idea_gallery_info.php?idea_gallery_id=15245.
I haven't done a page of just Bud & I in a long time. The last time was our Guam Trip in 2003 and only because the kids didn't come with us then.
Journaling: It's hard to believe we're celebrating our 7th Anniversary next month. Ever since we got married, you never let a week pass without asking "Marry me?" My standard answer would be "No, I'd rather live in sin". But, the truth is, I would marry you over and over again...anytime, anywhere. Happy Anniversary Baby!
I am the luckiest girl in the world to have such a sweet, loving, supportive and (feeling) guapo hubby!


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