Monday, April 8, 2013

Kameron's birthday dessert

Thursday was my baby boy's birthday.  He is no longer a teenager and I feel old.  We had the family over for dinner and dessert.  I found this awesome recipe on Pinterest.  It was so easy, but oh so yummy. 

The recipe calls for sugar but since parents are both diabetics I replaced it with Stevia.  It was wonderful!

Judy's Strawberry Pretzel Salad

1 1/2 cups crushed pretzels
4 1/2 tablespoons white sugar
3/4 cup butter, melted
1 cup white sugar
2 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese
1 (8 ounce) container frozen whipped
topping, thawed
1 (6 ounce) package strawberry flavored
2 cups boiling water
1 (16 ounce) package frozen
1.Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Mix together the pretzels, 4 1/2 tablespoons sugar and melted butter. Press into the bottom of a 9x13 inch pan. Bake for 10 minutes, or until lightly toasted. Set aside to cool completely.
2.In a medium bowl, beat the sugar and cream cheese until smooth. Fold in whipped topping. Spread evenly over the cooled crust. Refrigerate until set, about 30 minutes.
3.In a medium bowl, stir together the gelatin mix and boiling water. Mix in frozen strawberries, and stir until thawed. Pour over cream cheese mixture in pan. Refrigerate until completely chilled, at least 1 hour.

She calls this a salad but my family agreed this was dessert!  Happy birthday Kameron!

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Pallet Shelf

This is my latest pallet project. Once I figured out the secret to breaking it down (pry bar and hammer) it was so much easier. Just took the boards off one side and painted it. I love the rough look of it and I think the white paint is a good contrast against the tan wall.

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Sheri in the Skies

Today I thought of something I needed to tell Sheri.  I picked up my phone before I remembered she was gone.  Never to talk to again.  I've lost people before, but never like this.  Kim Ney, my ex pro-active partner died several years after we were partners, my grandfather "Papa" died but we only saw him once or twice a year, Steve Cox ten years after we dated.  But never like this.  Sheri and I talked every day.  She was the sister I never had.  We had twin dirt bikes, we had twin Impalas, our boys played baseball together, we vacationed together, we talked on the phone every day.  I'm finding it harder and harder to get up and act like it's a "normal" day.  This is the new normal and I'm not sure I'll ever get used it.  The depression is intense and sad.  The aloneness is overwhelming.  I'm trying hard not to find comfort in a bottle of wine.  That wonderful warmth after the first glass.  Staying strong but not liking it one bit.

Friday, July 27, 2012

Baby Max's Football Blanket

I've been off line for a couple weeks, due to pure laziness and just a touch of depression.  My very dear friend Sheri has been very sick with cancer since March and passed away on Tuesday.  I'm comforted in the fact that she's no longer suffering and I'll always cherish the memories we made together.

One of my best friends, who I went to high school with, her daughter is expecting her first baby.  Jaymi is a huge college football fan, specifically the Cal Bears.  I hunted high and low for Cal Bears fabric but couldn't find any, until after I already made this one.  I found this great football print fabric in Cal Bears colors though, so can I get props for that? 

It's okay to blog about it now since she received it in the mail today.  It was my first blanket and the first time I've done seam binding.  I thought it would be easy but not so much.  If you don't use a magnifying glass, it's pretty nice.

What do you think?  Will baby Max like it?

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Saturday, July 14, 2012

Sadness in the Nutshell house

I grew up in Seattle and lived there for 47 years.  About four years before I moved to Arizona I met Sheri through my son's sports.  We lived a block away from one another and became fast friends.  We spent a lot of time just hanging out, dirt bike riding, and having cocktails.  Once I moved to Arizona our visits became few and far between, but always at least twice a year, but we always talked at least three or four times a week.  She came down every fall and we went to Yuma and stayed at a casino and spent time at the pool, in the hot tub, going over the border to Algodones Mexico, and just relaxing.  Then of course any time I went home we got together.  She came down in March for a long weekend.  Because I don't have a pool we decided to get a hotel for the pool and the hot tub, and because it was within walking distance to all the restaurants just in case there was any alcohol involved.  Which, there's always alcohol involved with Sheri.  She's the queen of the B-52s.  She always had to give the bartender instructions on how to make the perfect B-52.  While Sheri was here she mentioned that she had a head ache but didn't say much more about it.  We had a great weekend and she went home.

Three weeks after Sheri was here she called me and said she was going in on Friday for an MRI because she'd been having head aches.  Head aches so bad they would keep her up at night and caused her to have to call in sick to work.  I tried to reassure her that everything would be fine.  Friday afternoon, Sheri called me from the imaging clinic and told me she had a brain tumor and was being sent directly to the hospital.  When she arrived at the hospital she was seen by many doctors who wanted to admit her and do immediate surgery.  Because her mom, Carol, lives in Oklahoma and her brother Rick spends winters in Yuma, she said she had to get her family home, get her husband and kids up to speed before she could have the surgery.  Carol went home, Rick went home, and ten days later they operated.  They took out a baseball sized malignant tumor of the worst kind of brain cancer there is.  Glioblastoma is what she had.  I've spoken to her exactly twice since her first surgery.  I don't know what happened.  I don't know if it's the surgery that did it, or the cancer got loose or what but she has been a mess ever since.  She's had to have two more surgeries to relieve swelling and fluids, she can't talk, she can't walk, and as of a few days ago she's no longer eating or drinking.  Her mom tells me it's near the end.  Poor Carol has been at her side 24 hours a day for four months.  Tim still has to work full time so it's been good for him to have Sheri's mom there.  Sheri has spent most of the last four months in the hospital and is now in a "rehab" facility.  Carol told me that I'll probably be getting "the call" soon.  I am so broken hearted.  Sheri has been the sweetest, dearest friend I've ever had.  She's always been there for me.  She has all my secrets.  All my stories.  She's the one I've called for the past nine years.  She's been my person.  I know this isn't about me, but not being able to be with her or see her, hug her, hold her hand, has been awful.  Most people would get on a plane and go visit but that's not in my budget and never will be.  Sheri, this is my goodbye to you.  I love you and appreciate you more than you will ever know.  I just wish I could tell you in person.

Friday, July 13, 2012

Need help with my $10 lamps

Okay my fine decorating friends.  I picked this set of lamps up at a yard sale for $10.

I have brown leather furniture (I know, gag, but I have three cats so fabric is just unrealistic), and brown wood tables.  The table they're sitting on is one of them.  I am slowly adding some shabby chic (ish) elements such as my pallet hall table .

Eventually I'll be building a white pallet coffee table and making pillows and painting those two wicker chairs white.  The chairs are in that top picture next to the lamps.  My question is:  What do you suggest I do with these lamps?  And the shades?  And the tables?  Any and all suggestions welcome.
This the shade.  Should I trash it or is there something I can do to reuse it?

And the base? It's a goldish silverish now.

And the lamp is this twisted blond wood.

Okay, ready, set go!  I want lots of sugggestions!

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Okay, I need your HONEST opinion

No one will get hurt for telling me what they really think.  I picked both of these items up a few months ago for $1 each at Goodwill.  I think it took me so long to do something with them because maybe deep down I didn't really like them?  So anyway, I finally got around to refashioning these.  The skirt was about four inches too long and the lace blouse was just way too big. 

Because I liked the embroidery on the bottom and didn't want to cut it off so I put a seam in the middle of the skirt.  I wanted to take off about four inches so I brought up the bottom 2" and brought down the top 2" and sewed along that line.  Then I cut off the extra.

As far as the blouse, I stitched along the seam where the sleeve and shoulder meet.  The arm hole.  That brought the shoulder up to my shoulder where it belongs.  Then I took in the sides quite a bit.  Then I decided I really didn't like the long sleeves so I cut them off and hemmed them.

Okay, my question is:  Does this outfit make me look like an old lady?  I mean I AM an old lady but I don't want to LOOK like an old lady.  I'm 54, seven months from being a "senior citizen" where I can get all those wonderful discounts at restaurants and stuff.  So this is where you have to be honest with me.  I NEED to know the truth.  This cost a total of $2 so if you tell me it's an old lady outfit, I won't get any heartburn if I have to get rid of it.  Anyone?

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