Saturday, March 29, 2008

We thought it would never happen again


I know that history repeats itself, but we didn't know that it applied to bad fashion. Please, don't try this at home.

My new favorite shirt


Ok, I'm not much for pink, but I think that I might even consider wearing this. Thats just funny. In case you can't read it, its a breast cancer awareness fundraiser shirt that says "Save the Ta-Tas."

Friday, March 28, 2008

Successful Pampered Chef Party

I had a Pampered Chef Party tonight.  I had a pretty good turnout.. party is open for about three more days if you want to order something.  Just go to: www.pamperedchef.biz/julielillycrop and click on "our products" 

I made this dip, and it was a huge hit!!
Chicken Enchilada dip
3 lg boneless skinless chicken breasts, shredded  ( I used chicken tenderloins, I roasted them in the oven, then shredded, about 1 pound)
1/4 t. chili powder    ( I think I used more like 1whole teaspoon, I like to taste teh chili powder)
2 c. shredded cheddar cheese
4 oz can green chilies, drained
1 can Rotel tomatoes w/green chilies, drained
1 t. garlic powder  ( I used garlic salt, cuz that is all I had.. If I could have a do over, I think I would have opted for the minced garlic and left the salt out)
[2] 8oz packages cream cheese, softened
1 t. paprika
4 green onions, chopped
Forkful of chopped jalapeno  ( I did not use jalapeno)

Broil chicken in oven until done (about 20 minutes).

In a large bowl, combine cream cheese, 1 c. of the shredded cheddar cheese, green
chilies, and tomatoes. Add garlic powder, chili powder, paprika, green onions, and jalapeno and mix well. Add the chicken to mixture & mix well.

Pour into pan (9x13 or close to it) ( I used a fiesta ware medium bowl instead)
Bake at 350° for 20 to 30 minutes or until dip is lightly browned & heated through.
Remove from oven and sprinkle remaining shredded cheddar cheese on top.

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Queen Jolene's Quilt





I had lots of fun working on Jolene and my quilt. She cut out the triangles probably a decade ago and when we were out visiting I offered to bring them home and finish her quilt. To quilt it I used all kinds of fun techniques. Some free hand embroidery and just stipple quilting. I pieced the back as well as the front, which gives her two quilts in one.

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Stop The Phone Book!!

I have lived at my address for less than 4 years.  But oddly enough I have received about 12 new phonebooks in that time.  Today, I received 3!  Do you believe it?? THREE!    I have not used a phone book in years!!! 

I received a lovely two inch book from Yellow Book serving Westminster/Carroll County for 2008-2009. 

Ooh.. lookie here, I have a totally bodacious 2.5 incher  serving Greater Baltimore from Verizon!!!

Oh..  and I can't say enough about the honking THREE inch book serving the entire 410/443 area code from... ooh...  Verizon again! 

I can't take it anymore!! This is the single most ridiculous thing in my opinion...  I wonder if I can find Greater Baltimore numbers in my 410/443 book?  What do you think?  I also can't help but wonder if Westminster is in the Greater Baltimore area..

Hold on.. I'm checking...

Nope...  it ends at the reservoir. 

So, I have decided that I need to figure out how to stop the phone books from coming.  First place to look is, on the book itself... no number, no email... but there is a website on verizon books www.directorystore.com let's go there real quick.  Hm.... I'm not seeing the "take me off the mailing list" link. 

So, I googled the phrase "how to stop phone books" and it got 70,700,000 hits in .26 seconds.  Gee, if I was marketing a product and got hits like that, then I'd be a millionaire.  So, I'm cruising the hits... most are blogs..

I did find this:  http://www.paperlesspetition.org/  so, I signed the petition   Click keys, save trees. .

I also came across some phone numbers to try to call:
Yellow Book: 1-800-929-3556 or 1-888-400-5914
Verizon: 1-800-555-4833...  

Another blogger suggested to call this number :Call 1-(877)-243-8339... I'm not sure who this is, but hey... it might be worth it.

Well, at least I can donate these books to the arts center, we use the paper in my pottery class :")

Friday, March 14, 2008

Tea parties and American idol tryouts



We had the Curry's over for pizza last night and Cloey loved playing tea party and then we had to do karoake. Jerrin thought he was trying out for American Idol. All in all a fun evening. I need to get way more karoke tapes to make this even more fun. Notice big girl camo pants. I think we all need a pair of pink camo pants to set us off from the rest of the crowd.

Cauliflower Soup

Ok.. This story is a few weeks old, but better late than never, right?!?!?!

So, a dude on food network was cooking up some cauliflower soup and charlie and I both thought.. "Well, that looks good!"  So, next trip to the store I picked up a head of cauliflower.

I get home, get to cooking... Oh yeah, it is going well...  the directions said to let it simmer for 20 minutes, but I'm impatient so I just boiled it for 10.  I kept an eye on it, P9111750stirred it often.  Lookin' good!  Then I need to transfer it to the blender... well, you should let it cool, but no, not me.  I'll get it over there, no problemo!  So, I transfer half the batch, blend, transfer to a bowl.  Going good!!  Then I transfer the second half.. well, this half is a little larger than half. Oh hell, I'll just filler up!   I press the button on the blender and whamo!  The lid comes up and steaming P9111751hot cauliflower soup sprays all over me! ha ha.. too funny.  So, there I am, covered w/ soup and my hand is scalded!   I did wipe most of it off of me prior to getting the camera out...

This time I'm gonna show the blender who is boss.  So, I applied the appropriate amount of pressure onto the lid of the blender and finished my blending.  I transferred  it all back to pot, I ate and all is well! 

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

HAPPY BIRTHDAY CRISSY

Happy Birthday to the baby of the blog. Hope you have a great day, sing on sister

Saturday, March 8, 2008

Pottery, so far...

IMG_3670Well, I've been in my class for several weeks now and I finally got some pieces back.

This casserole was my first piece.  We rolled out slabs of clay then draped it over a mold.  I liked this one a lot.  Then I painted on a green slip, which is tinted clay.  I don't like the green so much.  then I put an active glaze in the bottom, then an inactive clear glaze over the whole thing.  I don't think the two glazes reacted well together because the blue looks all funky.  The clear is very nice.  I love this red clay, I love the specks that showed up through the green slip and clear glaze.  IMG_3672

The second one I did, rolled slab that "slumped" into a mold.  In this case I used a glass pie plate.  It was a MESS!  I did not roll out a big enough slab to fill in the whole plate so I compensated by making weird handle.  Then I tried out a relief, by making a swirl pattern in the bottom of the plate. Then used an Active glaze.  I really love this blue.  You can see how active it is cuz it ran off the edges and shows the red clay nicely.  I had to much on the piece cuz you can see the dark areas where it pooled then got funky.  I do like this glaze a lot and plan to use it for my next group.  I don't like the pattern, but thought it was neat to see how the relief worked.

IMG_3674 This is another slab, draped over a Styrofoam meat tray.  you can see the distinct lines along the edges where the tray ended.  Jane, our teacher wanted us to try out some "scratch" techniques, and I wanted to keep it simple, so I drew these hills and the moon.  I put some white glaze in the moon, then blue glaze over it all, then green on top of the blue for the hills.  Well, live and learn... I should not have put the green over the blue, cuz now it is just black..  but everyone in the class said it is good, cuz it is a night scene.  I'll go w/that one.  The I painted on the clear glaze over the whole piece.  Oh.. I accidentally jammed the side w/the back of my paintbrush when painting on the white glaze, so Jane said.. Just leave it and add a few more.  So, now I have these cute little dots on each side.

IMG_3676 During the first slab class I made a long rectangular tray, but it mysteriously went missing.  I have no idea what happened to it.

Next class we continued w/slab, but we rolled a slab around a mold to make a cylinder, then cut a base and attached the upright cylender to the base.  This was hard... I kept jacking mine up.  So IMG_3678I decided that would "artfully" make dents all round the sides.  Then double dipped into first an antique blue opaque glace, then into a black glaze.  It is of interest  to note how the black glaze reacted differently depending on what glaze it went over.  If it went over an active shiny glaze, then it stayed shiny... over an inactive opaque glaze, it remained opaque.  Kind of neat.   I might try black over that blue (from the pie plate on one of my bowls).

I learned the wheel last week, got four pieces made, this week I trimmed the bottoms and set them aside to dry.  I got three more pieces thrown on the wheel as well.. Way Cool!!!  What fun.. now I want my own studio.

I'm back....

I'm fresh off the boat from my week-long retail management seminar (optomistically named SureStart) and I sure have learned a few things that I'd like to share:

1. I don't ever want to live in Chicago.
2. Customer service sucks (except at Champaign's Best Buy).
3. Nobody has $ so it's a deathmatch for every $ (but see #2).
4. There's no place like home for a good poop.



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Friday, March 7, 2008

Bread in Five Minutes

Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day: The Discovery That Revolutionizes Home BakingI'm thinking about ordering this book....

What do ya'll think?

I'm so sore.

At work, we save all the boxes for the computers systems we buy, so we have them when we want to ship the system out.  Well, we had the boxes stuffed into two tractor trailer in our parking lot.  Yes, high tech storage solution, eh!!  Me, Chuck, Betsy and two other guys completely emptied them and restacked all the boxes according to product type.  It took 2.5 hours.  We busted out butts!!! 

Today, I am sooo sore.  My ankles, wrist, neck, shoulders, biceps, butt, calves, stomach and back all hurt!!! 

But that won't stop me from heading out to my pottery class this morning...  so, I'm sure my back will be really hurting this afternoon.

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

playing with the pictures




I know,I know, I know, I have to much time on my hands, but isnt that cool.

spring fever



Yes all it takes is more than two pretty days for us all to get spring fever. Remember that time changes this weekend. Brandi hung clothes on her new retractable clothes line yesterday. I love it.

Sunday, March 2, 2008

I love March!!!

Today was a great start to the Spring season. We got outside for a bit to play w/Sammy and Henry. I also did a three mile walk w/ Julie. Charlie helped some of the other Dad's prep the baseball fields for this season.

I've got burgers ready for the grill and am boiling some Farfalle for pasta salad w/ beer in hand. Life is good. All I need now is a fire in the pit and some company.

The Knox B&B

This weekend Kathy got to try out her new car and paid us a visit in southern illinois. We tried out the new karaoke machine, Crissy learned to crochet, we took a walk at the river and of course we ate RedDog's delicious food.




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