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Saturday, September 13, 2014

Seattle Seahawk Earrings for We Do Art


It's just about game time around here.  Since the hawks took the Super Bowl last year it's been Seahawk every thing around this place.  It's always been a football area, but nothing like now.  It's crazy!

SO!  Beth, at We Do Art, has been bugging me to make her something.  ANYTHING!!!  She's funny that way... :)

Well, I made her 4 pairs of Seahawk earrings.  SEE:






Just for fun!!!  Everyone needs a pair of football earrings.  LOL!  The keys are not as heavy as they look.  We checked them out to make sure!  Grab them while you can.  THANKS!!! 

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Peaches, Bacon & Puff Pastry OH MY!

Hi guys!

So???  Are ya hungry yet???  I sure hope so.  Diana,,, you still got some of that puff pastry hangin' around???  I sure hope so!

First let me say,,, I am a baker who loves to hang out in my kitchen and put together foods that I think will work together.... NOW!  You might not think this works,,, but remember the golden rule about any food.... BACON!  It's what's for dinner, lunch, breakfast, dessert and snacks!!!  ENOUGH SAID?

Puff Pastry - I used 4 - 4" squares
Bacon, cooked almost crispy
Peaches - one will work for this size recipe
Cinnamon 1/4 to 1/2 tsp.
Cloves 1/8 to 1/4 tsp.
Vanilla 1/2 tsp.
Tapioca (if you want, not necessary) 1 to 2 tsp.

Powdered Sugar 1/2 cup
Butter, soft, 1 to 2 TBSP.
Vanilla 1/2 tsp.
Milk (I used canned milk, you can also use water)


Start with a peach or 2.

In a mixing bowl peel & dice your peach(es), add cinnamon, cloves, vanilla and tapioca.   
NO!  I didn't measure, but that might be close!  :)

Frozen puff pastry I put under the kitchen faucet
and got wet.  Let thaw a little.  It won't take long!

I used a paper towel to get excess water off
the cookie sheet.  Fold corners over.

Pinch corners to the sides and you get
a box or shallow dish.

Sloppy and messy is fine. 
They will puff up as they cook.

I cut my bacon into 1/2" pieces before I cook it. 
Easier!  Cook until they are done.  They will
continue to cook in the oven.

Sorry, I should have taken a picture before they hit
the oven.  Fill your "dishes" with your
peach mixture, top with bacon.  BAKE!

375* for 20 minutes looks like this. 
Not quite done yet.  Try 5 more minutes.

AHHHHH!  Just right.  Your oven might
take longer or you might want to turn
up the temperature to 400*.

I had about 1 1/2 Tablespoons of apricot jam left in
the fridge.  YEP!  I heated it in the microwave

and spooned about a teaspoon over each pie?
tart? before I put them in the oven.

Mix your soft butter with the powdered sugar
and vanilla.  I know, it's hard to do this... add
a tiny bit of milk at a time and it will come
out very smooth without using a mixer. 

I made my frosting almost runny.  Using a small
spoon full at a time, drizzle it over your pies. 
Mainly that crust!

Puff pastry is usually salty in flavor.  I put a small
amount of "icing" over each pie (mainly the crust) 
to cut that salty flavor.

I tried it while it was hot,,, yum!
I tried it (SHUT UP!), yes, a 2nd one!
cold and it was FANTASTIC!!!

Now,,, give this a try and remember.  I'm just a lady who likes to try things.  This isn't a well written recipe, but you don't need it.  If you like cinnamon,,,, throw a bunch in there.  If you like vanilla,,, use a little more.  I LOVE canned milk in my frosting.  To me, you get a better flavor.  BUTTER!  I mean come on!!!  The more the merrier in frosting!!!  Cloves you ask???  Think Easter ham.  We put cloves in it.  Bacon?  Ham?  Oh yeah,, pork!  So try it.  This is excellent. 

By the way, if you can only find full sheets of puff pastry, it's okay.  Just cut them into squares.  Baking a full sheet and using this recipe will not work well.  You need more filler.  You can double or triple the filler recipe here, but the pastry bottom, in the middle, will not be nearly as nice as a small square will be.

I'm thinking of trying it again with scrambled eggs on it.  AM TOO!!!  I mean,, hello!  Can you say custard???  YUM! 

Add a couple nuts!  Add some raisins or cranberries.  YUM!  Let this be your guide and GO FOR IT!!!!

Let me know if you tried this.  I'd love to hear what you think!


Tuesday, September 2, 2014

The V Dub and the Model T


What's new???  Come on????  Tell me!!!  I won't tell anyone!  :) ROFLMAO!!!

SO!  I found some amazing goodies lately... here's some more!!!!

Isn't she sweet!  I WISH I could have gotten the whole
bug.  BUT!  She was in really bad shape.  This is the
baby I got the seat out of a while back. 

I love car parts!

A few new license plates.  Think Navy Seals. OKAY! 
Only I would!!!  I think my helper just got
3 new Florida plates for his bird houses.

I was told this was from a model T.  SWEET! 
Well model T - you about to become a table!

Oh how I love car parts.  They make the best garden art.  Interior decorations too!  All of these will be used in art work.  More to come soon!  It's been a good past few weeks!  YAY!

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Car Grill - YUM!

hahahaha!  NO!  It's not a BBQ!  I wish it was. 

How are ya???  All is well around here.  YAY!!! 

I found this little goody a while back and I thought I'd already shown it to you,,, but I don't see it.  SO!  Here it is again just in case!  It's a winner!!!

Isn't she just about the sweetest thing you've ever seen???
She wants to be a garden bench next year.  She said it's
time the truck tail gates were replaced with some
thing a little more "stylish".  LOL!

Won't this make an amazing garden bench???  I can see it now,,, the seat will be deep on the sides,,, room for pillows.... HEY BETH!  I need pillows!  tee hee hee!!!!  How about paisley pillows.  A print from the 40's or 50's???  Big Bohemian flowers and lace???  FUN!  Don't forget the fuzzy dice.

This will be at Sorticulture next year.  I just heard some good news about the show.  First the dates:  June 12, 13 & 14, 2015.  For those of you who enjoy strolling through the park and it's gorgeous trees.  The trees will still be there next year.  YEP!  The city was going to dig up the trees thanks to arsenic contamination.  It's not going to happen like they thought.  They are rethinking the work and it will not start until the second half of 2015.  YAY!!!

Thanks guys!  Shell   

Thursday, August 28, 2014

What Was I Going To Do With This???

Hi guys!

How's it going???  Are you ready for school???  HA!  NOPE?  Thank goodness my kids are grown up. 

I have been finding a few goodies lately,,, here's one,,, and???  I can't remember why it looked so good when I found it.  LOL!!!

I found this lately.  Yep, it's a candle holder.

Love the middle.  FUN!
This is why my back yard looks like hell!  It's horrible.  I saw this and I knew exactly what it wanted to be... well!  I FORGOT.  LOL!  It must not be as good as I first thought.  Hopefully by next June it will talk to me again.  hahaha!!!
This happens to me all the time.  BUT!  Most of the time I can find some thing to do with it.  I do know the top was the only part I considered cutting off.  Hummmm ......  
Good night!  Shell

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

A New Birdhouse From My Helper & a Little Rugby

Hi guys!

What's up???  Around here,,, WOW!  It's been a busy last 2 weeks.  Sorry!  BUT!  Rugby and rodeo had to come before building or finding anything.  LOL!

YEP!  I found rugby 7's National Championships right here in my neighborhood ,,, of course I went! 

Then I hit the rodeo up in Lynden .... it was a hoot!  I haven't been to that fair in years.  It was wonderful and much larger than I thought it would be.  FANTASTIC!!!

First,,, check out my birdhouse helper... yep!  We made another and it's a winner! 

A Coke and a smile!  Yep it's a 2 holer,,, NO!  Not that
kind of 2 holer,,, it's a birdhouse!  :)

And a tail light!  There's more goodies on each side...

JJ came over to help my helper.  FUN! 
Rodeos are for "kids" of all ages.

What seems like a million years ago I played slow pitch softball, women's and co-ed, at a field called Fort Dent in Tukwila.  We are talking back around 1978 to 1985 ish.   Well, imagine my surprise when I went there a couple weeks ago to watch a rugby 7's national championship and there wasn't a single diamond around!  NO!  Not one!  :(   SAD!

There sure was a lot of soccer and rugby fields though.  WOW!  They fixed that whole area up so nicely.  It used to be you pulled into a parking lot, walked into a large complex of diamonds of dirt and wire ... wire fencing everywhere.  Not pretty, but WONDERFUL if you were the ball player.  NOW!  Oh my!  Someone put some SERIOUS money into this place.  It's a jocks dream.  Grass, turf, trees, a wonderful tree lined drive up into a well designed parking lot and then ,,,, there it - they were ,,, the Sounders practicing in a fenced in area at the far end of the park.  WOW!   For lunch I picked up a great BBQ lunch and took it out to my truck.  I put the tailgate down and watched a kids rugby match.  Then I went over to the Sounders practice, watched and took pictures ... sorry Clint!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

The following pictures were taken for 2 reasons ... 1:  I wanted to remember what I saw here and there.  2: a friend is writing a book with a rugby player as a character.  OH!  I did too!  I found her the rugby players for her book.  One male ,,, so male.  And one female ,,, very female and one Hell of a player!!!  Let's go look... OH!  And I found the cheerleaders.  LOL!  I LOVE THESE 2 MEN!!!  I found her a lot of things. 

Let's start with the view from the stands:

2 practice fields directly behind the seats
in the main stadium and Starfire Sports Complex.

The beer gardens ,,, of course ,,, they say rugby players
are big drinkers and brawlers. WELL, maybe, but
every team there was extremely well behaved and
professional (all amateur athletes).

View from the stands.  Behind those trees
the Sounders practiced.

View towards another field and the parking lots.

The first thing I saw was a women's team on the field. 
YEP!  The early games. Some things never change. 

My favorite rugby play.  The line out.  It's tough. 
Takes strength, balance and timing!  Nicely done guys!

Now ,,, let's see what I found for my buds book ... my favorite part!  We'll leave the best for last!  :-)

Hawaii wore wonderful t-shirts and sarongs between games.

The pony tail.

The entertainment.  OH!  Lou Stanfill you are the best! 
This wonderful pro rugger spent his day with the kids and
making some bucks for the boys & girls club.  The
patience he showed.  The kids would miss over and
over and he'd slide off his seat, jump out of the cage
 and tutor them on how to knock him off his seat. 
The kids had a BLAST!!! 

YEP!  Best body there in grey.  Men stopped and watched
this guy go by.  Confident, quiet and a pretty good player.   SWEET! HEY!  I might be old, but I'm not dead!!!

Then there were those Sounders.  Yes, that's Clint Dempsey
with his back to you.  Sorry, there really is a reason for
this. Just smile and pretend I'm really old and senile. 
It's the only excuse I have! 
Sorry Clint!!!! He knows why!  :) 

I LOVE THESE 2!!!  They were SO MUCH FUN! 
They helped one of the girls teams carry equipment. 
They were the best cheerleaders any team could
have asked for.  They were darling!!!

Big, bearded, built, beautiful. The 4 B's. What more can
I say... OH!  WAIT!  This young man was laughing
and smiling nearly every time I saw him.  No, I didn't
see him a lot, but when I did .... he was happy and the
team was having fun with him.  He looks like a
rugby MAN!  Enough said.  He's my pick for 
the leading man in a book!  Maybe?  PLEASE???

Oh... by the way,,, our Seattle-OPSB took the tournament in the last few seconds of the game!!!  It was a fantastic finish to a wonderful weekend.  Way to go guys!  

Sorry, I was so excited I didn't look to see that this
picture was crooked.  They always took the score off
the board so fast I didn't want to miss it.



Lately I've found some REALLY good pieces.  I'll show them to you very, very soon!  I promise!  Thanks for stopping by!