Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Manners Matter!

  Remember your mother nagging teaching you table manners? A few months ago I came across several word art table manners boards that other people had made and I really liked. I thought about it for awhile and came up with my own version. It looks great hanging on the wall in the dining nook and will hopefully help my family remember those good table manners without my (not so) subtle reminders. It's 20"x24" and has 18 of my mom's most frequent nags reminders printed out on an assortment of papers and mounted on a piece of plywood and framed. I won't lie, it was time consuming, but it looks great, so it was worth it!

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Easter GreetingsTag Freebie

  Here's a tag I put together. It's free to print and use. Just left click on the image to enlarge it, then right click to save as a JPEG file. The image is a vintage postcard (copyright free) that I made into a tag and aged. I like to add a little texture with heat embossing and glitter or flocking, but it's cute as is, too.  It looks great on a basket or loaf of carrot cake, so use it as you want and enjoy!

Tuesday, April 3, 2012


     We love all things yummy at our house. This is one of our family favorites, Spanish Tortilla. Not only is it delicious, but it is meatless and inexpensive. Win-win in my book! It's so simple:


6 medium potatoes, peeled and diced into 3/4-1" cubes
6 eggs, whisked with:
   1 tsp. garlic granules (or 1 clove crushed fresh garlic)
   2 tsp. dried parsley (or 1 Tblsp. fresh parsley, minced)
1 tsp. salt

 Heat about 1/4" of oil over medium heat in a non-stick skillet. Add potato cubes and cook, turning frequently, until crisp and brown on all sides. When potatoes are done, drain oil and sprinkle with salt. Pour beaten egg mixture over potatoes and swirl pan to make sure the egg covers the bottom of the pan. When the egg has puffed up around the potato pieces and is done on the bottom, cover the pan with a large plate (or I use a pizza pan) and invert the mixture onto the plate. Slip the tortilla off of the plate, back into the skillet, keeping the browned side up. Cook for a few more minutes, until egg has cooked all the way through. Slide tortilla onto a serving plate and cut into wedges or squares. Serve with steamed veggies and salad. My family likes to top it with salsa, but I was instructed by the Spanish friend who taught me to make this that is is to be served plain. I won't tell if you don't....