Monday, April 20, 2009

hi, how are ya?

has it really been so long since i posted? sorry about that. hope you had a wonderful Easter holiday-we sure did! i don't even know how to start to catch up on everything that's been going on! i made some super cute Easter pillow boxes for the girls at my local scrapbook store- they were pdf templates i downloaded from house of 3- i embellished them with some flowers & rhinestone brads, and filled them with cadbury mini eggs. i love how they turned out. i've been making inchies for a SIStv swap- they are fun to make, but so tiny that they're quite a challenge! i have lots to get done before i leave for the big ScrapETC event- i am getting super excited to see my friends and make cute stuff with them in Atlanta ^o^. this past weekend, ScrappyTimes had their first online cyber crop. it was tons of fun & there were some great challenges posted- head on over there & be sure to sign up if you're not a member- they're a great bunch!
this morning, Sophia taught me how to make delicious, authentic Mexican guacamole!
it is so good that i'd thought i'd share the recipe:

Flippin Good Guacamole
6-8 tomatillos
3-4 serrano peppers (more if you like hot, i'm a 6 pepper girl & it's burn your mouth off hot)
1/2" thick slice of yellow onion
1 clove of garlic
1-2 tsp salt (may need more to taste)
2 ripe avocados
handful of fresh cilantro
fresh lemon juice (not quite all the juice of 1/2 lemon)
1/2 cup water

Prep: soften the tomatillos & serranos in boiling water:
peel & rinse tomatilos, add to saucepan with serranos, add 2-3" water, bring to boil
allow to boil a few minutes (3-5) till peppers swell & tomatillo skin softens a little- don't overdo it. this helps make the gorgeous bright green color.

Add prepared tomatillos & serranos to a blender along with all the other ingredients & go dude!
i used ice crush/pulses on mine until it was a creamy thick yummy consistency!
crack open the chips & enjoy!!
Sophia says it's delicious on a tortilla filled with scrambled eggs! YUMMMM

ok so i've been eating so much great food between Sophia's Mexican cooking lessons & Easter weekend meals & Cadbury Mini Eggs (2 BAGS dude-'nuff said!) that i have gained back some lbs. and i just feel horrible about it. so this week, i placed an order for NutriSystem. i did some research, talked with the hubs (who said: "look- try it. if you hate it, don't order anymore"-oh how i love his zen approach to life- he's my hero!) and decided to try- it certainly can't hurt. i just really need to jump start the weight loss & then stay OP on my WW online for maintenance. i LOVE the WW online plan- it works when you stick with it. but my problem is, i stop writing down every single bite of food, or have an extra bite here or there-or sometimes the portion size is big, or i go out to eat with friends & go nuts! i think i need the strict portion control, at least for a little while. then i can switch back & be OK. i'll keep you updated how it's going & most importantly- how things taste ;) prepare for funky food pics LOL!
oh & i'm thinking of dying my hair blue- it is an event color afterall- whatcha think?

pillow boxes: Easter Pillow Boxes hybrid printable,, heidi swapp & prima flowers,rhinestone brads, plastic sparkle flower- unknown.

for the ScrappyTimes After Easter Cyber Crop based on a sketch by Jacqueline at ST. Cosmo Cricket papers, cardstock, vintage butterflies ordered from Jenni Bowlin store, scallop punch, buttons, puffy fabric hearts, lots of pop dots


Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

Ohhhhhhhhh sounds like U have been busy!!!!! LOVEEEEEEEEEEEEE that LO and the pillow boxes...tooooooooooooo CUTE!!! And that recipe!!! YUMMMMMMMM!!!!! Ohhhhhhhhh and STAY with the PINK hair....of is my FAVE I might be prejudiced!!!! LOL! :):):):):) OHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH and check out the COOL TWILIGHT blinkie I added to the side bar on my BLOG!!!! :):):):):):):):):):)

Jacqueline said...

HI Gabbe!!

I just love your page you've made for the sketch challenge!!!
Thank you sooo much for joining us at the crop, I've had the best of time with all of you!!!

And I adore your pillow boxes, they are fabulous!!!