Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Meatball Failure

Most of you who know me don't know what an absolute failure I am when it comes to meatballs and meatloaf. I know, those are like the easiest thing ever and you're wondering how the hell can a person mess that up. I don't know how, but I know that I somehow manage to ruin them every time. I have literally tried every meatball and meatloaf recipe I could find to no avail. Here are only SOME of the results I've had:

  • using a cookie sheet to cook the meatloaf, it turned into a burnt hamburger cookie. Black as night. I still can't figure out how it went from the loaf shape into a flat cookie shape.

  • using an actual loaf pan- it burned the entire outside (I had to use an electric knife to get through the outer layer) and the inside was totally raw.

  • trying to pan fry meatballs they started out golf ball size and ended up to be marbles. Don't know what happened there.

I could go on but really- these are painful memories. And god love Matt- he has been my tester but finally he told me to give it up. I suck at meatloaf and meatballs. He cracks jokes that when meatloaf goes on special at a restaurant that we should go so he can get his fix. Well this weekend I was absolutely determined to make some damn meatballs. (Oh- here's my confession folks- the fabulous meatballs you've had for my meatball subs aren't mine. My mom made them for me to pass off as my own. Thanks, mom!) So I cracked out my Betty Crocker Bridal Edition cookbook and found a recipe that seemed fool proof. I know I've tried this one before because it had something on the page that resembled smeared ketchup. Here are my results:

Were they good? Matt said they were "ok" which means he didn't like them. I tasted egg in them, so I couldn't eat more than one bite. Dammit. I guess I can be proud of the fact that they retained a meatball shape and were cooked all the way through. What the hell am I doing wrong?? Why can't I make a basic dish? I am a good cook- I can follow recipes, make my own versions, I just don't know what the hell I'm doing wrong. I need some private lessons or something. Is there a meatball/meatloaf expert out there??

New Cards..

So I made a few more cards tonight using scraps only! :)

These were fun- I used my new cricut machine to make the lady bug tag and the flower. I'm still getting the hang of the machine, but so far I love it.

This card doesn't open up- it looks like this. You can pull the tag out to write on it or write on the back of the card too. I've never done a card like this and for some reason it was harder to do than a regular one. Weird!

Friday, February 20, 2009

Party Till The Cows Come Home

OK- so I SWEAR this is my last post. I forgot I had this one in my "to be posted" folder- so here it is:

This is the invitation to my scrapbook/card/craft party on March 15. The front anyways! It's kind of a birthday party for me, but more of a kid-free day to do whatever. Isn't this cute? I love this stamp, it's part of a birthday set from Stampin! Up and I just love it. One of my friends quickly called and asked if I'm referring to myself as a flowered cow. Well no, not today any ways! :) But the other stamp that goes with this says, "We all know how women you age love a floral moo-moo". HA! (This is not an invitation to get me floral mumu's)

Good night!!

Card Crazy

Well I don't know about you- but I got a lot of fun stuff done tonight! I'm about to call it a night, read my magazine and hit the sack but before I do I wanted to share some fun cards I got done. I basically only did cards tonight, so here are a few:

*Friendship: (features Prima Calypso flowers. Love these!)

*Wish: (sorry for the fuzzy picture)

*Hoppy For You

*Happy Mother's Day

*Sweet Stuff (used Diamond Glaze to make the lollipop)

The Pink Elephant Challenge #2- All That Glitters

Hey yall! Here's my super quick card for the Pink Elephant Challenge this week. You were supposed to use anything with bling/sparkle/etc. SO, I used glitter paper, bling on my flowers AND used my Diamond Glaze over the word "happy" and put some pretty purple glitter on it. Super easy card- under a minute! Enjoy

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Pink Elephant Challenge 1

The Challenge for this week on Pink Elephant is a color challenge using only pink, black, and white. Here is my creation:

How adorable is this? I really like layering flowers of different colors/sizes/textures. I'm also trying to get used to mix & matching letter stickers to use up the gazillion that I have!

Supplies used: Cardstock-the Glitter Stack/DCWV, Flowers- Queen & Co, other- letter stickers, ribbon, eyelet

Valentine's Day Sketch Challenge

So I decided I'm actually going to try my hand at sketch challenges. Here's the sketch for this week from I Heart 2 Stamp (you can link to the blog by finding it in my blog list)

Here's my version of this sketch: (anyone doing the drum roll for me??):

I used the same supplies for both cards, but each is a little bit different. One card has 2 rounded corners, the other only has 1. One card has sanded edges, the other doesn't. They don't follow the sketch perfectly, BUT, this was a stretch for me because I used two pattern papers on a card and I generally don't do that. They are pretty cute though!

Supplies used:
Paper: Basic Grey Gypsy collection, Flowers: Imaginisce "Bitty Blossoms" Paper Mix, other: ribbon, brads, vellum