Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Another Classic!!


Hello

Today I have another homey recipe. I learned this one while I was in Honduras (though it might be a Columbian recipe). I was invited to go as a medical missionary and translator about 10 years ago, yikes!! After being there for some time I fell in love with the people and their food. Needless to say this one in particular became a family favorite.


Arepas with Tomato & Onion spread


Ingredients:

*aprox. measurment

Masa (Dough) Serves 4 (2 arepas each)

1 cups Maseca flour (you can find this in the Latin food section or next to the cornmeal)

2/3 cups water

1/8 teaspoon salt


Onion Tomato Spread

1-2 small chopped onions (depends how much you like onions)

1/2 cup water

3 roma tomatoes

1 Tablespoons of Chick N style seasoning or to taste (I use Mckays)

1 Tablespoon butter

1/2 teaspoon fresh cilantro (optional)

1/4 teaspoon fresh oregano (optional)


Procedure:

Prepare Masa (follow package instructions for a specific serving chart). Add salt to Maseca stir in then add the water need the dough till soft (it should not be sticky) If it’s dry add more water a little at a time. Kneed dough and roll cut into 8 equal pieces. Form the piece into little balls. To flatten you can can use a tortilla press (go gentle though you want them to be thicker than a corn tortilla about a 1/4 of an inch or more) or you can use plate (make sure you cover plate with seran wrap and place parchment paper on counter so the tortilla doesn’t stick to either side. Have a well heated skillet on med. high and place your formed arepas. Cook for about 30 seconds to a minute on both sides (depending thickness of arepa).


Tomato Spread

Bring to a boil the 1/2 cup of water place onions in it. Let them cook on medium till they become transparent (add more water if needed). Once they become transparent keep an eye because you want then to dry out watch not to burn them. When they’ve dried out a bit add tomatoes (this will add the juice and flavor) Cook again over medium heat allow the tomatoes and onion to blend well. Once the tomatoes begin to look a bit wilted add the Chik N style seasoning and butter (you might want to add a little more or less depends on portion). Stir well and allow to cook for a minute or so.

To serve place 2 arepas in a plate add the onion tomato spread top with guacamole and a leaf of cilantro for garnish. Enjoy!!


Best wishes

From my kitchen to yours

Monday, February 23, 2009

CPS Challenge


Hope you enjoy this card!!! This was part of The CPS challenge sketch of the week. If you have time go check out what the other girls did. There’s a lot of creativity out there!!


Happy day!!

Simple!!


Today I simply want to say Thank You from the bottom of my heart!!! To all you nice people (friends) who have emailed or left a comment. Thank you so much for motivating me to continue this adventure (and believe me when I say adventure, I mean it). I’m still working on my photography skills, Eeee!!! It’s been the hardest task I’ve taken so far. When taking pics you depend on “Mother Nature” a lot. Which means you’ll also need lots of patience. (uhh). I have a confession to make: I lack PATIENCE!! Which means I’m pursuing the right thing. Right?!? After all it’ll help me grow out my weakness *wink*


Have a cheerful day :0)

Jessica

Friday, February 20, 2009

Kwerner Color Inspiration #42


Here it is the great day!! I always look forward to these challenges. They keep stretching our minds and allow us to explore the many color possibilities.


I love the sentiment on this card because it’s “truth”. The BIGNESS of our lives depend mostly on the little, insignificant everyday things. Often times these are the ones that bring the most joy!! Like the gentle holding of your husbands (wife’s) hand or the tenderest words uttered by you little ones; like I you. Maybe it’s as simple as taking a deep breath and saying Thank You Lord for another day. These and many more of the so called “little things” are the ones that build a foundation called security and a banner called love that allows us to live life to its fullest because we know who holds our heart. And when that {the heart} is safe we thrive, we succeed we are indeed joyfully fulfilled individuals. That’s BIG! That’s AMAZING! That’s the reason I love the sentiment on my card.

**a little better image :0)

Thursday, February 19, 2009

The Day


I remember the day I got married... I was not (for sure) your typical bride!!! I had been lecturing for 20+ days with one culminating lecture (the night before my wedding). For these series I had to prepare at least 3 to 4 months in advance which leaves me with no time to prepare anything for my wedding. You might be thinking; what a crazy girl? I agree!! However if I were to do it again I don’t think I’d change anything (okay, maybe one or two things :) You know, what’s funny is that my husband made all the wedding preparations. I love to see peoples expressions when I tell them this. Especially the ladies. Thankfully my husband has good taste.


When I made this card before I stamped the sentiment I was trying to think what theme would fit best and the first thing that popped to my mind was “wedding”. Why? Because it reflects purity with the white cardstock and nurturing (because of the little plant).Two good elements for a happy marriage.


To create this card I dry embossed, placed a little MM paper flower with a chrome brad and stamped the sentiment in black then I scraped (literally) the borders with a pair of scissors. Simple, right?!?


Hope you have a great day.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Just a Second!


What’s your take on time? Do you live life by months, by week, by day, by minutes or by seconds? Hopefully today you’ll slow down and notice God’s little tokens of His love. May you live a second at a time.

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Gold By The Shore


A week or so ago my husband, daughter and I went to the beach. It was a beautiful sunny day. My daughter had a blast and she even had a little splash. Any how I was on a mission. I wanted to find sand dollars. You see I’m from NYC and beaches there aren’t necessarily the best (though I was grateful to have them while growing up). Well I got to the beach and besides seeing seals nearly on shore (I mean literally touching distance) I found Sand Dollars. I felt such an accomplishment!!! But the lessons I learned from this process is what I consider “gold”. You see for me searching for these sand dollars was pretty much likened to God looking for me. First of all there was a determination on my end to find these beautiful little sea treasures (just like God sent His Son to seek us and how earnestly did He seek). Second each one of them (sand dollars) were esteemed as priceless (isn’t that exactly how God sees us). Thirdly some were broken and fragile in much need of cleansing and care (the pain and devastation in this world goes beyond description and God in His infinite mercy takes us where we’re at and mends us very carefully for fear of more damage). Isn’t that beautiful. I tell you those sand dollars dirty though they were became precious in my eyes. After finding 5 or 6 whole ones (with the help of some friends) I carried them home. There the process of cleansing began . First I laid them gently in a deep bowl of warm water (for all the sand in them to wash out). Then I rinsed them and placed them in a solution of 1/2 part each of bleach and water. Oh the process was tedious and I was so impatient. Finally, after an hour or more the sand dollars were ready to be rinsed and dried for the last time (this time I had to wait till next day). The cleansing part reminded me of how God sent His Son to die on the cross for our sins to be washed and this was and is a gift to all who believe. The process may be long but the outcome is so worth it- to live a pure , peaceful & happy life. To enjoy freedom from my sins, those that kept me depressed for so long. This was all to wonderful!! That night I went to bed and thought to myself, I went in search of sand dollars and came home with gold!! I pray these lessons would stay with me for ever. The gift of a compassionate Saviour to take the time to pick some filth like me and care with such tender hands can only bring to words -AMAZING LOVE!!

Some day I’ll go again to that shore in search of more “gold”. For now I’ll enjoy the ones I have home :O)


Happy day!!

Friday, February 13, 2009

Kwerner Color Inspiration


I’m so excited todays post is my very first color inspiration submission. I made a simple card using a foliage background stamped in palette noir then traced the borders using versamark (cement color) I embellished it with flower punch outs in silver grey card stock and velvet red to which I added crystal faux diamonds and red stickle. I pierced a little hand drawn swirl and my sentiment was from an oldy but goody stampin up set (happy harmony). Anyhow enjoy the card and have a wonderful weekend.

**sorry for the quality of the image I’m truly a newbee!!!

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Only Stamps!


I love this card. It’s simple and clean. I got this stamp set from Target. I believe Inkadinkado puts it out (except the branch with berries this is PTI’s Out on a Limb Set + the white cardstock). When I started making cards I went through stages (I don’t know if any of you can relate) first it was only stickers needless to say I dropped that quickly (only because my cards looked so tacky). I must say I’ve seen some beautiful cards made with stickers. But believe me mine looked nothing like that. Then it was only embellishments I made everything by hand; a little truck with cardstock and buttons, berries using fabric, strollers (I’d draw my own template) and so on. This I did for a while. Until my friends introduced me to stamping and I must say at first it seemed so boring and boy was I wrong. I was motivated and was determined I’d try the “stamping techniques”. My first impressions were horrible. I thought this stamping stuff was easy but believe me it takes skill (not this card I made) I’m talking of those cards that involve layers(overlapping stamped images) and mixing colors. It’s truly art at its finest. I stamps and ink, and paper, and... you get the point. Enjoy!!!

Monday, February 9, 2009

My Sister Jenn


Today I’m dedicating this card to my best friend and sister (though not biological) Jennifer. We met at church and stayed together through college, on missionary trips and hundreds of other adventures (people who know us truly believe we should write a book a funny one too). We have so many memories. I love her simply because I can be myself and not feel judged. And I wanted to dedicate this verse to you “Fi” Proverbs 17:17 “A friend loves at ALL times”. Thanks for sticking with me through thick and thin, wealth and not so wealthy, and... I’ll stop at that! LOL

U & Miss U Girl!!

*Thanks Nichole for this opportunity.

Sunday, February 8, 2009

Brunch Anyone?!?


Good morning!! Besides having a passion for papercrafting I enjoy cooking. There’s nothing better than having a homemade meal. I personally am a vegetarian. I’ve been one for 10 or so years. And I feel better than ever. Anyhow on Sundays my husband and I (plus my little girl) love having brunch. For us that consists of a nice refreshing fruit salad, scramble tofu, simple potato hash with herbs, a serving of guacamole and some good salsa with toast. Is your mouth feeling watery yet!!! In honor of our little tradition I decided to share the tofu recipe for a simple yet tasty and hardy breakfast.

Ingredients:

*aprox. measurment


14oz. pack med-firm tofu

2 Tbs. Tamari sauce

3 Tbs. Nutritional yeast

1 Tbs. Chick N style seasoning ( I use the vegan version)

2 Tbs. Annatto oil ( for color)

2 cups chopped spinach

1/2 cup chopped tomatoes


Procedure:

Crumble tofu & stir fry it

add tamari sauce, nutritional yeast, and chick n style seasoning mix all in pan (at this time I normally taste it, if it’s bland add a little more) everything here is according to your taste. Have fun explore herb combinations allow the tofu to dry up a bit. Then add the annatto oil (I simply buy Extra Virgin Olive oil add annatto seed and cook on low till color is released) the color should look like a regular egg scramble. Lastly I add the chopped spinach and tomatoes stir fry some more to allow spinach to wilt a bit and there you have it!! **The trick is to allow the tofu to dry out. Because if not you’ll have a wet mushy blob. Hope you enjoy it.


Best wishes

From my kitchen to yours

PTI Challenge 2


That was a fun sketch!! As a little girl one of my favorite activities was connecting the dots (followed by jacks of course) Here’s my version of this sketch. Thanks for the inspiring me :0)


Saturday, February 7, 2009

Resolutions


“Shoot for the stars for if we miss we may land on the moon”, goes the saying. “If we aim at nothing we’ll hit nothing”. Today I want to encourage you to dream. And point you back to your new years resolution list. It’s ok if you’ve fallen off track already even if you completely forgot (or haven’t even started) your list or if you haven’t made one. The important thing is that you go where you left off and strive to reach that goal. Paul said, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me”. (Phil. 4:13) That doesn’t mean you won’t fall or never be discourage (as far as fulfilling your goal(s) go). That means that God will grant you sufficient strength to muster up the courage and will to proceed to that mark or finish line. It took me a month (the whole month of January to focus and decide to start going through my resolutions list. The important thing is I started. And wanted to encourage you to do the same. If you’ve been faithful and have kept up your new years resolutions in check then I wanted to cheer you and tell you to press on (way to go)!!!! If you haven’t written one then I wanted to inspire you to get started.

Best wishes

A good life is made up of time -a good use of time


Friday, February 6, 2009

PTI Color Challenge


I’m so happy to post this card. Hope you enjoy it!! The Color scheme chosen by Nichole is amazing. It’s one I’ve been playing with for a little while. Can’t get enough color in Life, can we**smile**. I used PTI white cardstock. It’s my favorite. Can’t wait to get a hold of all the other colors. Have a very happy Friday “_”
Please excuse the quality of the image I’m just a beginner (learning to many things at once and loving it).

For this card I used my Scor- Pal and made a grid block then I dabbed each color in circular motion I stamped the heart using the coordinating colors I used the Martha Stewarts color combo packs (from Wal-mart) I cut out a scalloped strip of Kraft card stock and stamped the sentiment with a handwritten set (got this one a long time ago and have no clue who designed it :(

Thursday, February 5, 2009

1st Steps


I’m so excited today was my very 1st time uploading an image to splitcoaststamper (if you are a stamper I highly encourage you to visit this site). A group of extremely persuasive girls from Papertrey Ink have a challenge and I wanted to participate so badly. I had been procrastinating in getting acquainted with Splitcoaststamper for a while I thought you had to be a computer guru in order to join. Good news is you don’t. I can testify to that. As a matter of fact it was quite simple. Any how with out further do here’s my first UPLOADED image. (I know that’s a very simple project I was concerned I wasn’t going to have time :0)

Enjoy anyways!!

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Excitement


I’m so excited to finally have my blog up and running. I thought so much about it the pains of getting acquainted with all this but now I’m so relaxed things are running smooth. I just need to sharpen my photo skill (among many other things). Any how here’s another creation. This is a pretty basic card. I like the the look of Kraft card stock with blk, red & white.


Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Grateful Heart


I began making cards about 5 years ago. That’s a lot of cards!! It all began with an invitation from my friend. At the time I was feeling quite despondent and to brighten me up she suggested I’d try making some cards (maybe by sharing and giving to others I might forget about my depression). I took her offer (though I didn’t give away my creation till a while later, I know selfish me). Needless to say I wasn’t feeling any better the trick was in creating something with someone in mind. And that’s exactly what I did. From that day forward I began to feel better. I can’t say I don’t have relapses. One thing I can say- I know where to go... Just grab some stamps, paper, and ink and begin to think of that special someone in need that’s all it takes to brighten someone's (especially my) day. Cause after all it’s better to give than to receive.