Saturday, June 30, 2012

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter - movie review

First off, this is not my usual genre of movies. 
I just might go see it again. 

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter is exactly what you would expect from the title.   A  fun action-horror flick.  I hadn't read the book so did not really know what to expect.   The action scenes just blew me away.  Yes, they were bloody, but also well done.   If you don't mind seeing vampires getting hacked, slashed, and bashed to death in a wide variety of ways, you'll enjoy this movie.

I promise, I haven't gone over to the dark side.  Just to prove it, I'm going to go see "People Like Us" today.  Why the sudden movie bonanza?  Well, my house doesn't have air conditioning and the movie theater does!


Tuesday, June 26, 2012

WOYWW - 160 - Hello MoJo - Are You Out There?!?

Hello Wednesday!!  This is the best day to blog hop.   If you don't know what I'm referring to go check out Julia's blog at  Stamping Ground.  You'll get to see all sorts of crafty goodness from around the world.  No, really.   

I'm in a funk because I've used up all my allotted mojo for the month.  In preparation that it comes back soon this is what I've done.
Some supplies and some ATCs and a card that I got in the mail
(thanks Carol, Di and Theresa)
This will be my color inspiration.
I've decided to make some cards.  Yes, get a little inky.  I thought that I wouldn't make any more cards  - but I must say, visiting blogs on Wednesdays has gotten me in the card making mood again.  That, and the fact that the local Hallmark store closed and you can only buy cards at the grocery store now.

Let's see, which stamp sets will I use first?

As always, I will visit those that end in the same number as me.  I will also try to visit everyone that visits me - be sure to leave your number with your comment.  

Lavinia - I sent you an email to verify your mailing address - has my ATC arrived yet?  If not I'll be happy to try again.


New Things In The Shop

Woo hoo.  I have finally added some new items to my Etsy shop.  

Who doesn't need a nice summer scarf!

I have several bracelets made with different yarns.
Go USA - red coasters for either July 4 or the Summer Olympics
Spa Cloths (fancy name for dish or face cloths)
I also have several of my She Art pieces in the shop.

Yes, I know, this is blatant advertising!
The i cord bracelets are something I found on pinterest.  I just love making them!
I have several other things in the works - stay tuned.


Saturday, June 23, 2012

Chicken Salad - Project Pinterest

Last Sunday was Father's Day.  To celebrate I had my dear dad up for lunch.  I gave him the option of home made burgers (love) and chicken salad sandwiches.  He chose chicken salad sandwiches and I had found the perfect recipe on pinterest.

Cranberry Pecan Chicken Salad
Image from pinterest - original source here
I'm the type of cook that really doesn't measure a whole lot - even when making a recipe for the first time.  I made some modifications to the recipe and it came out pretty darn good!  I didn't have pecans so I used walnuts instead.  I also added some celery - cut very fine.  I probably added more cranberries than the recipe called for.  I think the more texture the better.  Dad enjoyed it (sent him home with a Daddy bag).  
Yummy for the tummy
Cranberry Pecan Chicken Salad
2 chicken breasts (bone-in, skin-on)  -- I USED BONELESS/SKINLESS
1/4 cup pecans, toasted and roughly chopped -- USED WALNUTS INSTEAD
1/3 cup granny apple, diced into small chunks (1/4-1/2 inch)
1/2 cup dried cranberries, roughly chopped
1.5 tablespoons shallot, minced
1/3 cup Greek yogurt
2 tablespoons light mayo
2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar (or champagne vinegar)
1 tablespoon rosemary, minced
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Rub chicken breasts with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Roast for 35 minutes until chicken is cooked through. Set aside to cool.
Once chicken is cool enough to handle, remove skin and cut chicken breast off the bone. Shred chicken breasts using your fingers or two forks or dice with a knife to about 1/2 inch cubes.
Mix together greek yogurt, mayo, apple cider vinegar, and rosemary.
In a large bowl, combine, shredded chicken (about 2 cups), pecans, shallots, green apple, and cranberries. Toss with dressing until well combined.
Season to taste with salt and pepper. Chill for at least an hour until ready to serve.

Love my dad
Linking up with Project Pinterest over at Sandee's blog In The Hills of North Carolina.

Here are the guidelines for Project Pinterest:
1. Decide which pin on Pinterest you’d like to recreate.
2. Create it!
3. Flop or success, create a blog post about your re-do and include the original pin’s url.
4. Add the Project Pinterest button to your post so others can join in too!
* From now on to be considered a "Featured Pinner" you need to add the Project Pinterest button to your blog please.
5. Link up and check out other bloggers’ posts!


Monday, June 18, 2012

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel - movie review

First off - I loved this movie!  I was so excited to see it playing at my local theater.  "The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel" is a retirement destination in India for "the elderly and beautiful."  So far, so good -- the brochure is a delight on the eyes.  The price makes retirement possible for seven Brits making the move -- all for different reasons.

The cast is amazing -- Judi Dench, Maggie Smith, Bill Nighy and Tom Wilkinson.  Wow - I love all these actors.  Celia Imrie plays a woman after my own heart - she's a feisty thing.  And Ronald Pickup is a total delight.   Dev Patel (you may remember him from Slumdog Millionaire) plays the enthusiastic and optimistic owner of the Hotel.  I think we need more of his kind in the world! 
This movie is charming, funny and heartwarming.  I didn't know it until I watched the credits -- this movie is based on the novel 'These Foolish Things' by Deborah Moggach.   Now I can't wait to read the book.

I didn't want to give too much away in case you go see the movie -- if you do, tell me what you think!!


Wednesday, June 13, 2012

WOYWW Show and Tell

Happy Wednesday!   This is WOYWW day.  It all starts at Julia's blog over at Stamping Ground.   Take a look at all the creative desks from all over the Globe!  Some are neat, some not so neat (usually mine) -- each and every one full of inspiration! 

If you were expecting an ATC from me and haven't gotten one yet please email me at  I put one (Anne) in the mail on Monday and will put two in the mail on Friday (Julia and Trace).

Thanks to all of you that sent me an ATC.  I just love every single one of them.  So, instead of showing my workdesk today I'm showing off what the mailman brought me.  Check it out.
As always, I will visit the people that end in the same number as me and also anyone that visits me and leaves a comment.  Please leave your number so I'll be able to find you.

I can't tell you how much I enjoy participating in WOYWW.  I've met so many wonderful people - and yes, I feel the love!  When I started my blog I never imagined just how much fun it would be, and how many wonderful people I'd meet.  Thank you all for this great experience.


Sunday, June 10, 2012

Things of the Past

I've passed this place and finally  pulled over.  
Every time I drive up to Colorado I just whiz on by - but not this time.

This place might be a museum of sorts -- next time I might knock on the door!


Wednesday, June 6, 2012

WOYWW - Hail to the Queen

Hail to the Queen!  Last night I watched the Diamond Jubliee concert.   I've been using my Union Jack tote this week to help celebrate.
Thanks to pinterest for the images!

On to business - er, I mean, crafty business.  I have almost all my ATCs out in the mail (have just a few stragglers) and am starting to receive some.  I'll post photos next week.  I'm linking up with Julia over at Stamping Ground.  This is the greatest of all blog hops.  You'll get to peek in on creative desks all over the world.

Here's what's on my desk
Knitted bracelets on my angels wings
Knitted scarf in the background - more yarn, my colored pencils
Fabric that I recently bought
Love this fabric - but don't know what I'm going to do with it.  Any ideas?
I have an idea for this fabric..... don't you love these monkeys!
A close up on the scarf
I have a dilema.  I'll be in a Crafts Fair in November and I've been making things to sell.  I'm all over the place with what I've been doing.  If a craft booth has lots of different types of things would you be more inclined to stop and browse?  I really enjoy doing all kinds of crafting - but don't want one craft to be a distraction to another.  What do you think?

Thanks for visiting my desk!  As always, I will visit those that end in the same number as me and also those that visit me.  Please add your number to your comment so I can easily find you.


Tuesday, June 5, 2012

A Perspective in Black and White

This horse is a beautiful black and white paint.  He's huge!

Look what I found hiding in the weeds!
This is a miniature baby horse
Mini mama

Baby saying hi to another mini

Friday, June 1, 2012

Georgia O'Keefe's house

I took a drive to Abiquiu, New Mexico.  I risked life and limb (o.k. not really) to take some photos of Georgia O'Keefe's house.  I have toured the house and it's amazing - very simplistic.  The view from her bedroom is breathtaking! For information about the tour go to the Georgia O'Keefe house tour. 
A view from the road - the white curtain is her bedroom window

The view from her bedroom (taken from the road that parallels her home.
Looking into the garden
When I toured the house I ate some fruit from one of her trees!
Sorry for the glare - there was glass over the poster
Lunch at Bode's - a little country store in Abiquiu
Yes, that's a green chili cheeseburger!!
I hope you enjoyed your little tour.  
Abiquiu is a great little piece of heaven.