Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Scrapsketch layouts and news...

You know, I really enjoy being on the scrapsketch CT. Steph puts together awesome sketches that really help me to stay inspired. It's easy to get stuck in a rut with scrappin' (suddenly, every layout looks the same!) and having awesome sketches like Steph's to work with can be so helpful! Once again, I'm telling you to check out scrapsketch.

Rumor has it in August there will be an awesome contest!

Also, the July contest is still going...2 more days to submit your layouts! Remember, for the July contest you can use any of the posted sketches on scrapsketch.

Here is my latest submission, I'll post the second one tomorrow after the scrapsketch blog is updated.

Sketch 125

I used Cosmo Cricket Girl Friday PP and CB Shapes, K & Co Glitter Alphas, Making Memories Tiny Alphas, and Bazzil Edge Strips. I'm so obsessed with Cosmo lately, I love it all!

Wednesday, July 22, 2009


I made these on Monday, after having the flu I was famished! Like all recipes I use, it was a starting point - but I made a few adjustments based on what I had available in the house.

Mini Turkey Meatballs

Mini Turkey Meatballs
Recipe courtesy Giada De Laurentiis
Prep Time:
25 min
Inactive Prep Time:
hr min
Cook Time:
25 min
42 mini meatballs

1 small onion, grated **grating an onion, never done it before...but so many less tears**
3 garlic cloves, minced **3 heavy tablespoons of jarred minced garlic**
1 large egg
1/4 cup dried bread crumbs
3 tablespoons ketchup
1/4 cup chopped fresh Italian parsley leaves **I used dried here, a little less than a 1/4 cup**
1/4 cup grated Parmesan
1/4 cup grated Pecorino Romano
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper **to taste, we like a kick in everything so I used extra and some red pepper flakes**
1 pound ground dark turkey meat
3 tablespoons olive oil
26 ounces Simple Tomato Sauce, recipe follows, or store-bought marinara sauce **I used a jar of Berillo**
Add the onion, garlic, egg, bread crumbs, ketchup, parsley, Parmesan, Pecorino, salt and pepper to a large bowl and blend. Mix in the turkey. Shape the turkey mixture into 1 1/4-inch-diameter meatballs. Place on a large plate or baking sheet.
Heat the oil in a heavy large frying pan over medium-high heat. Add the meatballs and saute until browned on all sides, about 5 minutes. Turn off heat. Transfer the meatballs to a plate. Pour off any excess oil. Add the marinara sauce, about 3 cups. Return all the meatballs to the pan. Turn the heat to medium-low and simmer until the sauce thickens slightly and the flavors blend, 15 to 20 minutes. Season the sauce, to taste, with salt and pepper.
Transfer the meatball mixture to a serving bowl. Serve with toothpicks.

I didn't want mini-meatballs, I wanted bigger ones. I made them too big for sure, but they did stay nice and moist! I don't think I'd personally be able to get 42 balls out of big ones made up 12! I think next time I'll simmer them in the crock-pot after browning them in the pan...any excuse to use the crock pot!

Hey Ya!

A musical interlude from the greatest rock n' roll band on earth...the Supersuckers! Rock, punk, country, alternative all mixed together for a whole lot of awesomeness! (Did I just make that word up?)

If you haven't heard of them, you should learn all you can. These guys have been rocking the world for many years now and don't show any signs of stopping! You can check out their site at: - they'll have current tour dates listed there!

Supersuckers do quite a few different covers also. But the one that always gets the crowd dancing is their version of Hey Ya by Outkast. If you can watch this and sit still, I'm shocked!

Friday, July 10, 2009

Win $1,000 at!

The Cuttlebug Spot is having a contest - "The Journey to 1,000"!

They are trying to reach 1,000 followers by the end of July and need your help. To enter all you have to do is go to their site, sign up as follower and complete a few easy steps and you could win a $1,000 gift certificate to Custom Crops (! GO NOW and check it out at

Oh the damage I could do with $1000 at Custom Crops...***insert evil laugh here***

(Thanks to Steph for posting the contest on her blog)