Monday, December 19, 2011

Christmas Baking

I have been baking up a storm in my kitchen as of late and none of it makes it to the blog because my kitchen is a disaster. lol

I decided to make some Christmas goodie bag/box things. In them I decided to put m&m pretzel things.

I am making other things too, but this are so good and easy!

No...really,  it is as easy as pretzels on the cookie sheet, kiss on top.. heat and add M&M.

I didn't know what heat temp and how long.. I found this blog post over at Bonnie Bella

She said 275 for 3 minutes. Mine needed 4. sounds like it isnt much... but that extra minute was the difference of a good smoosh or a half smoosh.

How did I find her blog?.... from Pinterest of course! (follow me)



Do you bake for Christmas?

What have you made this year?

Friday, December 16, 2011

Things Change

I know that sounds daunting. But that isnt what this is about.

Winter is here. It has been here a while but Texas is odd and kept throwing in a warm day here and there and my trees were so confused.

It was like magic when I woke up the other morning and my trees had changed colors.



 Have you noticed that nature is noticing the changes around you?

I love that berry bush. I only noticed today that the berries seem brighter than normal. Maybe they arent red all year. I dont even know for sure but I thought they were.

Happy Friday.

Friday, December 9, 2011

When not blogging

So what does a person do when they are not blogging?

Well I have done the following::
  • Learned to crochet and started a scarf.
  • Got a speeding ticket.
  • Went to traffic court.
  • Eaten ramen noodles like I am in college again.
  • Help my bff brainstorm for my godson's first birthday.
  • Given my number to a guy and been turned down.
  • Updated my facebook to say I was engaged... when I am not. that made for a good laugh
  • Mailed out all my christmas cards and have even gotten a few from people

What kind of stuff has been keeping you busy?

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Blog Neglect or Reflection

I have been an inconsistent blogger as of late. I do not consider a lack of posting being a "bad" blogger.

It is actually a blogging myth that you need to post every single day. Someone wrote a great post about it but at the moment I cannot find the post to link to it. If you know what post I am talking about please comment me the link so I can edit and add it in.

The post talked about how everyday isn't the important thing. Consistency in whether you post once a week or twice a month is important. But even more so than that quality is important.

I think that is what I am having a hard time with. I have a whole list of things I want to blog about. Many of them projects. But this time of the year the projects I am working on are all Christmas gifts and if I blog about them then the magic of getting a gift can be lost.

How do you manage your blog and your projects? Do you always post projects a year behind? That just seems like so much work, but it might be the best idea to not ruin the surprise.

I have been working on cleaning my house so I can have people over and so I can decorate for Christmas. Seems like everyone beat me to the punch. But I already got out my Christmas cards so I am okay with it.

Happy Tuesday.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Table for the Missing Solider


Happy Thanksgiving. This year I decided to make sure that we had a special table. If you have ever been to a post or a military event you might have seen a table similar to this. 
I will talk a little more about it tomorrow. But today I give you the details of the table.

Monday, November 21, 2011

I put that s@*t on everything

You might have read before about my love of Franks RedHot Sauce.

I am not someone who is usually brand loyal. I am movey saving loyal. So if that means buying with a coupon or buying teh store brand or making a substitue I will. There are exceptions.

I will only buy Bounty paper towels, Scott Toliet paper and Franks Red Hot. No Substitutions allowed.

Odd I know. But today is actually about my favorite dip. I will bringing this with me to Thanskgiving.

You can see the original here.

I double it, and usually still need more.

Franks Buffalo Chicken Dip::
350*
Bake uncovered 40 minutes.

Ingredients::

  • 2 pkg. (8oz) cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cp Ranch 
  • 1 cp FRANK'S® REDHOT® 
  • 1 cp shredded cheese does anyone really measure this? I just use a handful or more
  •  4 cans (12.5 oz. each) Chunk Chicken Breast in Water, drained
  1.  Mix ingrediants in 8x8 dish or an oven safe bowl.
  2. Bake for 40 minutes until hot and bubbly
 I serve it with crackers or sliced french bread.

When my sister Brooke was here we had a bit of a taste challenge. She also loves Buffalo dip but she would actually cook the chicken and shed it by hand and go through the mess and the trouble. I told her bah, and opened a can up.

She would rarely make the dip because it took so long to make. My prep time is 5-7 minutes and the bake time I can do other things in my kitchen. Time she would have spent wrist deep in chicken.

She tasted it and confirmed there is no difference in taste and as come to the quicker world of canned chicken! 

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Candy Bar Pie | You pick the Candy

I am guilty of always picking up recipes from the grocery store and never using them. They always have those little free recipe ideas and the pictures always look amazing!


This recipe came from one of those cards. It was for a Keebler Ready Crust and they list many recipes here.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Sausage Stuffing | No Bread here!


This recipe is a hit and is now made annually at Thanksgiving in my family.

Friday, November 18, 2011

When Pigs Fly and things to come

Did you see my Wordless Wed Whirl picture this week?

I got that little guy at the company health fair. The desks around my office are littered with little pigs. My little pig needed an extra boost.

So taking the floss I also got at the fair I cut a pair of wings for him and tied them onto his cute little body.

Thanksgiving is right around the corner... So things to watch for in the next few posts include RECIPES!

-Sausage Stuffing, which is low carb as it has no bread in it
-Candy Bar Pie
-Franks Buffalo dip
-Marshmallow salad

Do you have a favorite recipe that you serve on Thanksgiving? I always make a key lime pie and deliver them to an aunt's house. My mom also really likes pecan pie. Like I mentioned in an earlier post... Betty Crocker and I bake together each year for thanksgiving.

Cant wait until the new recipes come out? Check out past recipe posts.


On another topic... I need your help! Do you know or have an 11 yr old boy in your house? I might be helping with a party for an 11 yr old boy and I dont know any to ask what kind of music do they listen to and what kind of party games would be good? it is going to be a mixed party because the mom says most of his friends already have girl friends gasp
Any help you could lend would be great!

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Egg Bake Recipe

Yesterday I mentioned I made breakfast for Aunt B and Uncle Bill. I thought I would share with you what I made.

It is not original, It is from Betty. You know Betty... Betty Crocker. Yeah, we are good friends. We even made thanksgiving together last year. I took what she had and I adjusted it a bit to fit my needs.

Feeds 4. Uses a Square baking pan. 400*

Ingredients::

  • 2 Eggs
  • 1/2 Cup Bisquick mix
  • 1 pack sausage
  • Bell pepper ~ 1/2 cup
  • Onion ~1/4 cup
  • 1 1/2 cup frozen hash browns
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup cheese, shredded
  1. Cook the sausage, bell peppers and onion. Drain fat off.
  2. Mix sausage combo, hash browns and 3/4 cup of cheese into baking dish. Stir to mix.
  3. In separate bowl:: mix Milk, Eggs and Bisquick. Pour into Baking dish.
  4. Bake uncovered at 400* for 40-45 min. 
  5. Top with remaining cheese, cook 1-2 more minutes until melted.
Let cool for 5 min or so and serve warm! It is so good and it has only a few eggs and it filling. I used low fat sausage so there was no fat to drain off. I don't measure the peppers or onions or the cheese I wing it. I also put pepper into the egg mixture. I used red and a green pepper and it was pretty.

This could easily be doubled like Betty makes. Betty claims it feeds more than I really think it can, I guess people didn't get seconds before. 


I love breakfast foods! And I love using my oven!

Check out the other recipes I have posted here.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Crossing things off my 2011 Bucket List

I created a bucket list for 2011. I wrote about it here. I challenged my readers to create their own 2011 bucket list.

A list of things you want to accomplish before the year finishes. I am not a big resolution person because I believe in starting something because you are motivated to, not because it is a certain day of the year.

Apryl took me up on my challenge and created her own bucket list for 2011. Go check it out here.
At the Veterans Parade waving the flag

This weekend has been BUSY... I am happy to say that I get to check things off my bucket list...

Friday, November 11, 2011

Finish it Friday | Wintry Weather

Did you catch my wintry Wordless Wednesday Whirl picture this week?

No? Well go see WWW Twenty-one

Those pictures where taken in Texas! Last February I spent my birthday and the whole week of my birthday stuck in my house alone because of that beautiful cold stuff. The roads outside my house were horrible and I couldn't even walk to my mail box without falling.

I think as a general rule if I cannot manage less than 200 pounds without crashing I do not want to manage a car.

In college snow days were the best, because I would go home and we would sit and play cards and classes would get canceled and it was so much fun. Now... work doesn't get canceled. I just didn't get paid. And I couldn't go to my mom's so I sat at home... alone. It was lame.

Have you ever been stuck somewhere because of the weather? What did you do to keep occupied?

oh and by the way... here in Texas we are expecting weather in the high 70s- 80s this weekend! Outdoor projects to be completed!


Thursday, November 10, 2011

Thankful Thursday | Excess

Thanksgiving is right around the corner. I am so excited that my sister will be coming home. I am going to make her candy bar pie and I am going to make the sausage stuffing that I made last year.
 
Today I am thankful for excess. What does that mean? Well I was going through my closet last night to go through things I have not worn in forever. I was able to pull out 30 pairs of shoes and 3 pairs of boots that I will be listing on EBAY.  You can see my currently listed items if you go check me out here:: TLCat21 on Ebay
 
I have so many shoes that it reminded me that while I might stress on different things in actuality there is a lot of excess in my life. And thinking about that makes me glad that I am not going without. 

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Byrd is Overweight! YAY!

Say what? Well two weeks ago I posted about how I had a realization that jolted me to start eating better and try going back to the gym. The post can be found here:: That's Obese | Wii Says it Best

Don't think that just because I haven't continually been posting about this I have fallen off the fitness wagon. Okay, it might have been dragging me alone for the last few days ::cough:: week but the resolve is still there!

I have still been trying to eat healthier and eat smaller portions. This is much easier to do during the week when my day is full of time constraints and schedules. The weekend is much more difficult.

So if I am still doing this, why not talk about it all the time? Because that leads to blog and fitness burn out. I figured two weeks is a good time frame to check into my progress and share it with you. I think I need to personally do it once a week to keep my motivation up, but the blog only needs it every other.

So as in my title... I am now overweight! YAY! Yay? YES! two weeks ago... Wii said I was Obese! So to be overweight and to have met and past my two week goal I was happy.

The goal I set was 2lbs in two weeks.


I lost about 1 % in my BMI and 5.7 lbs! yay!

Things I have tried to do differently include::

  • Drinking a lot of water, half a liter with every meal and snack.
  • Appropriate portions
  • Eating regularly though-out the day
Things that I have done that I shouldn't have include::
  • Having two sonic hot dogs, tater tots and soda for dinner last night
  • Not working out since before Halloween
For the next two weeks I resolve to make it to the gym 6 times in that two week period.

Saturday, November 5, 2011

2011 Bucket List

I mentioned yesterday about Making a Bucket List. Not a regular bucket list for my life, but more about what I want to accomplish before the end of the year.
I am a list maker. So it is not uncommon that I create lists like this. Usually though, I write them on a sticky note and then they get lost and I lose my focus and get discouraged.

Example:: When I moved into my house in 2008 I wrote a short term and long term list of goals I wanted to accomplish that were home related. For the first few months I kept it on the fridge and would mark stuff off and date it as I finished. It then got moved to my front door on a magnet. Then It was gone. I dont even know what was on the list and I obviously cant mark stuff off on it any more. Part of me is sadden by that because I know I have gotten a lot of those things accomplished and yet there is so much more to do!

So instead of using just my sticky note... I am going to make my list digital by sharing it with all my great readers. And just so you know the list I am making digital is being copied from a bright yellow sticky note.

2011 Bucket List

  • Finish the Guest Room Mural
  • Organize the Shed
  • Create a Wood pile
  • Fix the back screen door
  • Install the front screen door

That is all that is on the bucket list. I know it doesnt seem like much... but there is less than 2 months left and the doors are things I have to recruit help with. In addition to those things I have Christmas crafts and baking to do! So I am trying to be realistic and challenge myself all at once. And I cant put my Christmas project list here because that would give away what my gifts will be!

Are you taking my challenge? Are you creating a 2011 Bucket list also? I would love a link to it so I can see your goals!

Friday, November 4, 2011

Making a Bucket List

Did you see my Wordless Wed Whirl Picture? Well go look at here!

I did not make this amazing cheese cake but I think the idea is overly clever and fun. I do plan on asking the creator for the recipe to see if she will share it... and if she does... and she allows... I will share it with you!

The weekend is almost here and it will be a busy one here in TX for me.

I created a 2011 Bucket list this week. Things I want to accomplish or finish before 2011 kicks the bucket. I think I am going to create a bucket list for 2012 before it gets here to keep me focused in my goals. I will share both lists with you in due time. I challenge you to create a list to complete between now and the end of 2011!

I even saw this awesome project on Pinterest::






I am always able to find something on Pinterest that is awesome and worthy of making. I am planning on using it for my christmas crafting inspiration. I also recently curb shopped some chicken wire... so it will be an almost free project. I actually plan on using scrap wood to make a rustic looking frame.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Thankful Thursday | Being an Aunt

One of the biggest gifts a person has ever given me was the following three people.

ER as a Butterfly

Tristen on his 3rd Birthday

Huey the Pirate
ER is my niece and she is an amazing little girl. You might argue she wasnt really given to me and that is true. You dont get to pick your family but you do get to pick your friends. And your friends get to pick who is in their child's life. I have been awarded the honor of being asked to be a God-mom to both Huey and Tristen. I have been friends with Sabrina (Huey's mom) for oh goodness 20 years! I have known Brittany (Tristen's mom) since high school, so more than 10 years but only in the last few years have we started talking more and hanging out a lot.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Wordless Wed Whirl Twenty




Cant wait to see your Wordless Wednesday... what would you say about my picture?

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Did you get Treats, Tricks or Tickles?

Tickles? Well I met Elmo! Be jealous. Now where did I meet Elmo? At a bar. Don't tell your toddler, I would hate to ruin their opinion of the red guy. I put my drink behind his back, but now as I write this post I see a single bottle of beer snuck into the picture. Bad beer Bad.

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Using the Cricut for Halloween | T Byrd Style

Hey Daddy-O!

My Cricut Expression Personal Electronic Cutter and I got kookie and cut some fabric for my 50s costume. Thought I would share with you how I did it and how it turned out!

My Pink Lady Jacket

I couldnt find a real pink lady jacket and I was not about to spend $20 or more on a  Women's Pink Ladies Jacket . So I had to figure out how to make my own. So I went to Goodwill! I found a few interesting things and then I found this perfect satin half shrug.

But how to add the letters without making the jacket unwearable the rest of the year. I want to make sure to get the most out of $4. ::grin::

Friday, October 28, 2011

Sharing Grandma's Recipes

Did you come by on Wednesday and see my pictures from WWWNineteen? Everyone that commented said the pictures were making them hungry. Both these are not from Grandma... but they are both good enough to be!

Well, as promised, Finish it Friday is filled with recipes for::




Thursday, October 27, 2011

Thankful Thursday | Halloween:: You can be anyone!


I am thankful for Halloweens past and those to come!

I love Halloween and it is so fun. It is the one day of the year where everyone seems to embrace being anyone you want without limits. People that are passed and people you wish to be like or even just something fun!
2003

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Wordless Wednesday Whirl Nineteen


It is Wednesday! Today is the day after the first day at the gym so it only seems fitting to share with you the following::




Finish it Friday will be featuring these recipes this week!


Cant wait to see your Wordless Wednesday... what would you say about my pictures?


Tuesday, October 25, 2011

That's Obese | The Wii Says it best

I bought a Wii Fit more than three years ago. The Wii gladly told me this morning it was my 1209th day. As though I have been a diligent Wii Fitter the whole time.

I haven't. It was 180 days since my last "weigh" in.

I am a firm believer in not believing in resolutions. If I really want to do something why wait until a day in the future or new years or Monday or next week.

So when I realized it had been about a year since I had taken my health and wight seriously and I have gained fat, not weight but fat since then I have had it.

I went to the store last night and bought everything needed to change my diet and eat better. I told a few people ::cough:: and now all of you:: cough:: about my plans so I can stay accountable.

Apryl encouraged me to select a motivation picture. I had one last year.  I can't find it. No surprise there.

Last night I made myself a mixed dinner of fresh and canned vegetables over brown rice. All portioned correctly and I made enough for two so I immediately split it and half went into the fridge for tonight.

I will share with you later more about my meal plan. It isnt a diet, but a meal plan to help me be more conscience about what I am eating.

If you have ever played Wii or Wii Fit you know about Miis



Here is my Mii, and I'm obese

weight:: 178

So now that I have shared that with you. Here is my motivation picture::

Byrd circa 2001

That is currently on my fridge. It is from high school. No I do not plan on being that small so I can wear booty shorts and crop tops, but the confidence to do so would be nice. That is what I would wear on a regular basis and it was no big thing to anyone. Crazy to think about. 

So according to Wii Fit BOB is obese and I am set to change that!

Monday, October 24, 2011

Going to the Sock Hop | Made a Poodle Skirt

I have massive amounts of felt at the moment so I decided to make a poodle skirt. I already own saddle shoes and I found the perfect black shrug too that I am going to embellish with my Cricut. look for that post later this week.


This skirt was the easiest skirt to ever make!

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Spooky Tables and Mantles

Halloween is right around the corner. I love decorating for holidays and seasons but I haven't done it in the past because I didnt have a great table to showcase stuff.

Now that I do I change out my decorating with the seasons by changing my placemats and centerpieces.

Friday, October 21, 2011

Motivation is lacking but Friday is here!

Friday is here!

Seems like it took forever to get here. Would you believe that I actually went to bed at 7:30 last night. That was after falling asleep on the sofa.

I went to bed, flipped though a catalog and turned the light off before 8:30 and only woke up once before my alarm went off. Guess I needed some sleep.

I feel like I have been a little out of the blogging groove lately.

The seasons are changing and it is getting dark earlier and my house is dirty and it ruins any motivation I might have. Does that ever happen to you? How do you get past it?

I am going to get past it by cleaning my house this weekend and starting back at the gym. It was about this time last year when I joined the gym. I went 6 days a week and worked out with a personal trainer. I lost 12 lbs the first month and then lost motivation to go.

It is hard to be self motivated to do something you don't enjoy.

I woke up to a text that let me know the Rangers won last night. So that is always good.

My Wednesday picture was a play on that. The picture was last years World Series Banner with a few edits :-)

You can see the picture here:: Wordless Wednesday Whirl Eighteen

Enjoy your Friday!

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Bounce Houses are a Simple Joy

As an adult I love a bounce house! My senior year of high school, after prom a friend had a bounce house and we all stayed there and swam and slept in the bounce house.

Take that excitement and joy and multiple it by a million. That is how much kids love a bounce house.

I whine from time to time that since I am not a mom blogger I am not in a few different circles. I whine for being excluded but, honestly the things a person has to endure to be in that club... I am good being on the outs looking in.

When standing outside looking in that also means I get to be the most awesome aunt there ever was!

Today I introduce you to one of my favorite people, my niece. I am her AunTee and she is my ER.

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Baby Shower Invites with Cricut

DIY weekend presents:::


It's a Girl!

No, I am not expecting. I am not even the one throwing the baby shower. But since my Cricut helped in the making of these ultra cute invitations my friend Amber is letting me post her creativity.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Thankful Thursday | Zombies and Ghosts


Hungry for Brains
Okay, so maybe my title is a little misleading. I am not really thankful for zombies. But I am thankful for the photo editing website that has allowed me to be zombie like during the Halloween season!

I use Picnik for all my blog and personal photo editing needs. I do have the premium version. 

A lot of the tools are part of the basic program but since I use it so much I like not being limited. 

Seems the ones I like the very most are always the premium features.

So what do I really use Picnik for? I used it to create my buttons. I use it to watermark and resize all my pictures. I even used it to create my new banner logo for my blog.

I have used it to create some of the collages I have put in blogs and I also used it when photo editing pictures I took at a wedding.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

A new Look

A new look just because I wanted to...

What do you think?

Wordless Wednesday #17


This is a sneak peak WW...




Cant wait to see your Wordless Wednesday... what would you say about my picture?