June 15, 2013

What I've been up to lately...


Just chick'n  From Millan.Net  in to see if anybody's out there.... hello hello hello hello.  (think echo-sound).  My little blog is woefully neglected but every now and then I like to pop-in with some blews (blews=blog news, I just made that up).  LOL, still crackin myself up.  What I've been up to lately?  That is the question.  Awhile ago, I took a class at my mostest favorite stamp store ever!!! ---> Papertales (hi Michelle) with my mostest favorite teacher/designer ever, ---> Debby Schuh.  I'm taking this ---> class in July!!  Can't wait.  Anyway, the journal was called 'Recipe of Me' and could be used to hold stories of people, places and events that made up 'me'.   However, I decided to modify and use it for a recipe holder all of my favorite, well-worn, family heirloom recipes.  I think its perfect for it!  

I've been meaning to transfer all of the recipes I love to recipe cards (either 4 x 6 or 5 x 8, whichever fits better) and include in my journal.  Some I will print out and some I am going to handwrite.  My personal recipes and family heirloom recipes will be handwritten.  I've assembled a stack of all of my favorite recipes.  Some are my favorites, some have been printed off the internet, some from family/friends.  

Front cover.  Tablescape w/candles, hen, handwriting samples

Dessert Section

Breakfast Section

This is kind of a four part entry.  A tag card slides into this page for the Soup & Stew Section:


Pull the card out from the page.  See my section tag?


I will keep all of my Soup & Stew recipes here.  I made a flap on the bottom inch of the tag card by folding it up approx an inch.  That way when I pull the tag out of the envelope the recipes come up with it.   I wanted to store several recipes in this envelope so the flap contains them easier.


I made blank recipe card templates (of course I did) digitally (in MSWord) using (download font here --->) 'Old Typewriter' font style.  It's one of my favorite fonts to use for papercrafting and adds to the vintage feel I'm going for.  What I love about my recipe card templates is I made them in several sizes, 3x5, 4x6 and 5x8.  I can use whichever size works best for the page I'm using in my journal.  They are fully editable and can be modified as needed.  I also made them double-wide (or long ,,)) with a dotted line for the fold.  So would that make them 6x5, 8x6 and 10x8??? OMG nevermind.  I can either type in the recipe and printout or print blank recipe cards and handwrite.  I can also add clipart or borders if I like.  So far, I've kept mine plain with just the classic blue lines and red borderline.  I plan on customizing sometime.  Aren't they cute?  I printed them out on cardstock to make them sturdier.


I think this journal lends itself very well for 'favorite recipes'.  I made category tabs as needed.  I printed them out using the first couple of rows from my recipe card template.  I added clipart to the category headings as you can see.

 I hope you enjoyed your visit!!  Leave a comment (with email address) and I will email a digital copy of my recipe card templates for you.


February 10, 2013

The 3 Rs

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Repurpose, Reuse, Recycle.  I love finding old items and turning them into new functional items.    I've done it before and I'll do it again.  A couple of years ago I picked up a really cool solid oak Antique/Vintage full-size bedframe (complete with headboard, footboard, slats).  I was told by the owners it was at least 100 years old and had been in their parents home.  I picked it up for $25 and I knew it was a diamond in the rough.   I was super excited and brought it home to show the hus my great find (and his new project).

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Now, I didn't need a bedframe nor did I have any space for it (other than to store it in the garage) but I have always wanted/needed a bench at the end of my bed.  I research DIY projects on the web and found a lot of ideas.  The first words out of his mouth of course were, I'm not doing it, don't expect me to do it, I will never make a bench out of that bedframe and stop bringing home projects for 'me' to do.  That went over well, tell me how you really feel?  Me: "How long do you think it will take?"  LOL.  That went over really well.  Fast forward a couple of years.  Hope springs eternal.  Of course, I'm like a dog with a bone.  I suggested what a great Christmas present my finished bench would be.  When that didn't happen, I suggested what a great birthday present a finished bench would be!?!  There's always Valentines Day and/or our Anniversary?!?  Anything?  Crickets.

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AND NOW?  Walla...


Footboard (With the cut-to-size side slats already prepped).  Usually the headboard is used for the bench back and the footboard is used for the bench front.  I liked the straight lines of the footboard so I decided to use the footboard for the back of the bench because the headboard was too tall for my purposes, I wanted to preserve the wood carving/scroll work it was too pretty to cut to pieces.  The left over piece of wood of the headboard I plan on making into a shelf with pegs for hanging.  (Honey?).  Plus the footboard was the perfect size with no cutting required  From Millan.Net:

 The front toe kick part/the two front legs are cut from the bottom piece of the headboard:

The almost finished product (with no flash) but you get the gist, the project was from a full-sized bedframe and it fit perfectly at the end of my queen-sized bed:

The almost finished product (with flash).  I know it looks a little rough, well a lot rough.  It will still need to be sanded and stained (espresso stain or maybe painted) to match the bedroom furniture.  I was just so excited to get it finished.  I didn't want to hold up production.  I can always sand/stain it later.  Doesn't it have great character and age?!?!?!   I'll take more pictures and update this post later when I've been able to apply the finishing touches.  Sometimes you just have to believe it to see it (me) and sometimes you just have to see it to believe it (the hus).  When all was said and done my husband says, "good idea".  Really?  Preaching to the choir.  I love it and now I have a place to set extra bedding or  clothes.  Its really special because my husband made it for me.  He did ask, "Can this be for both your Christmas and Birthday present?" and I said, "YES, of course.  I'm a cheap date."  What's a little sweat equity... come on.... pweeze.

M!ss Pr!ssy
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Chiming in

One of these days... I'll have a kick@$$ blog.  I'll have a million+ followers.  I'll be linked to twitter, facebook, google, Martha as in Stewart, Pdub and Bill Gates.  My metadata and keywords will harvest only the number one spot in search engines.  They will KNOW WHERE I AM and that I exist.

Until then, its little ole me.  M!ssPr!ssy.  Paper, ribbon, ink, stampin, scrapping and yatayatayata with a capital "Y".  The capital "Y" because I do more yack'n than priss'n lately.   In the meantime. I have yet another 'Chef Tip of the Century'.  You will love the genius.  When I bake bread I like to cover it until the last ten minutes or so to avoid burning.  Except you have to leave a 'dome' to allow for expansion.  Over the years, I fold the aluminum foil in thirds leaving a little accordion fold along the center approximately one inch, like a tent.  Then once I wrap the bread pans I pull up on this little center fold.  Hoping it will expand enough to leave room for the loaf to rise while cooking and the top of the bread doesn't stick to the foil. I also always spray the foil tent with a cooking spray to avoid sticking as well.  I never 100% liked this technique because it wasn't exactly shaped round like a dome it was more shaped like an "A" tent.  Enter brainchild.

Notice the shape of the top arm of a common mixer?


Example of foil tent (1 inch fold in center) and also the old loaf pan cover method

 Example of foil tent2 (1 inch fold in center)  old loaf pan cover method

  Bread pans that need cover before baking.  RECIPE

Using the top/shape of my common mixer I press foil over the mixer.  Make sure its long enough to cover the ends of average loaf pan.  It forms a perfectly shaped/size loaf pan cover.

Perfectly sized/shape loaf pan cover.  Still has the tent fold for expansion but is dome shaped neatly and correctly.


Until next time.  Enjoy.  Wish you had smellavision because the loafs smell wonderful.

M!ss Pr!ssY

October 21, 2012

Shepard's Pie

There's nothing like comfort food on a rainy, fall Sunday afternoon.  I've had requests for my recipe for Shepard's Pie, so I thought I'd do a quick blog post to share.  It's so quick and easy and yummy and good and... well you get the picture.  Typically, only ground beef and peas are used in most Shepard's Pie recipes that I've seen.  I like more veggies than that so in my rendition I add one can each of corn, substituting green beans (instead of peas) and thinly sliced carrots (fresh not canned).  I think its a healthier version adding more veggies and its more colorful.  Typically I think that a cream soup is used instead of brown gravy also.  I prefer brown gravy.

Cook's Tip:  I forgot to line my cookie sheet with aluminum foil first, now I'll have a mess to clean up!

2 lbs of ground beef 
(I used organic and I'm sure you could use ground turkey)
2 large jars of brown gravy or
4 packets of brown gravy mix
1 chopped onion
1 tsp chopped garlic
1 can of corn
1 can of green beans or peas
(Typically peas are used.  I like green beans better)
4-6 carrots sliced thinly
8-10 servings of instant mashed potatoes
4-6 cups of shredded cheddar cheese (to taste)

Brown the ground beef in a fry pan.  Add the chopped onion/garlic and simmer until ground beef is fully cooked,  drain off excess grease. Add the brown gravy to the beef/onion mixture, simmer for 5 minutes. While this is cooking make the instant mashed potatoes (7-10 servings) according to package directions.  (I like a good one inch layer to my Shepard's Pie).  Layer the ground beef mixture into a 9x11 casserole dish.  Add the corn, beans and carrots, mix all together. Spread mashed potatoes over the top covering all.  Sprinkle with cheddar cheese over the mashed potatoes to taste.  Place the casserole dish onto an aluminum foil lined cookie sheet (to catch spills).  Cover with aluminum foil (spray mine with Pam on the inside so it doesn't stick to the cheese).  Bake in a 375 degree oven for 30-40 minutes or until bubbling.  Take the aluminum foil off for the last 10 minutes to brown the cheese.


A couple of in-process pics

All the ingredients mixed together before mashed potato topping.  Make sure you get the carrots mixed into the gravy good because they still need to cook.

Mashed potato and cheddar cheese topping added just before the oven.  My shredded cheddar was frozen from the freezer.

Smiley from millan.net

July 13, 2012

Fanny's Chewy Oatmeal Cookie Recipe


Wow I've not been blogging much.  Working full-time puts a major crimp in my playtime.  OBVIOUSLY.  How appropriate to start a post after having been gone so long, whining with the "y" part of PRISSy aka yatayatayata.

and now for the point to my story....

Recently, I LOST a favorite recipe of mine.  It was on a 3x5 recipe card.  It was ancient and I mean ancient.  Distressed and antiqued to perfection including watermarks and stains from being out on the counter next the bowl while cooking.  This recipe card is so old the ink (not pencil, INK) on the card is fading.  This also makes it one-of-a-kind.  Imagine my distress when I realized I had misplaced it?  It also just happened to be MY favorite Oatmeal Cookie recipe EVER.  I really have never found a recipe to match this one.  I was so excited when I found the card today whilst cleaning a cupboard.  Go figure?  I decided to make a post about it to share with you all my devoted blog followers and also for selfish reasons.  If I ever lose the card again I an refer back to this post.

I thought I'd share this favorite recipe as a hello back and thanks for sticking with me.   Leave a comment to let me know you and I are alive? 

This is my (maternal)  grandmother, Fanny's recipes.  I loved her so much.  Maybe I'll do a post about her one day.  Her life is so fascinating I couldn't do it justice with just a mention today.  So more on her later.


Fanny's Chewy Oatmeal Cookies
Seriously, I'm not lying these are the best Oatmeal Cookies EVER

Preheat oven 350

1 cup sifted flour
3/4 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. nutmeg
3/4 shortening (Crisco)
1 1/3 Cups firmly packed brown sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp. vanilla
2 cups of uncooked oats
1 cup raisins 

Sift dry ingredients
Add shortening, sugar, eggs and vanilla
Beat until smooth (approx 2 min)
Stir in oats and raisins
Drop on greased cookie sheets
12-15 min
Makes about 3.5 dozen (and I'm not kidding)

Cooks Tip No. 1: Optional, add 1 cup of butterscotch chips for 'oatmeal scotchy' version.  
Cooks Tip No. 2: Add a crust of bread to the cookie jar your cookies will keep their just baked texture (soft/moist/chewy) for entire shelf life.  I've done this for years and I don't know why this works but it does.  Funny, my husband uses this tip now too.  It made me chuckle to go to the cookie jar and see a crust of bread in the jar that he put there.  

If you do try this recipe come on back and leave a comment and let me know how you liked them!!!

Show me some love

M!ss Pr!ssy

May 19, 2012

Off & On... ON AGAIN

 BUMP... revisiting my todo list.

EDITED TO ADD (30 Aug 2010).  bump.  Time to resume on my running TODO list... woohoo. 

...that might be an appropriate summation for how things have gone for me this last year.  I feel so on again/off again....AND its so unpredictable when this will happen.  Don't know about you but I love this time of year.  I know we can get a fresh start each and every day but there is just something about the New Year that says DO-OVER.  I love do-overs.  Also, it puts me in a cleaning mood.  Actually I like to clean, I find it very Zenlike.  Not only that, it somehow "orders" my mind.  I like that.  I am also a list person, list making somehow orders my mind too.  (...as in organize).  I don't have any pix to coordinate with this post but I thought I'd just pop in and say HI and post the Short List of projects I'd like to work on, finish etc... in no particular order or urgency.   This is the list I came up with while taking inventory as I was dusting my artist studio.  I am also going to have a couple of items For Sale.  I will create a separate post for these things.


  1. Inchie binder
  2. Journal (Rhonna Farrer inspired)
  3. Artist canvas family collage.  Mixed media project
  4. Illustrated Discovery Journal
  5. Finish Just Be Journal (Edited to add:  completed, in the mail, gift to sister. Amazing what a little space clearing and lists can do)
  6. Brush up on my Spanish
  7. Use Allie stamps
  8. Make shortlist reminder cards
  9. Use sheet music with a project
  10. Use magic mesh with a project
  11. Pine cone elves.  (There's always next year)
  12. Chipboard village
  13. Time permitting...change my blog
  14. Hold monthly stamp camps =D
  15. Make 10 Christmas cards a month
  16. School days pages.
  17. EDITED TO ADD (13 Feb 2010) Recipe cards I'm so glad I remembered this one.
  18. Play w/Cosmo "You Know You're an Artist IF YOU CAN FINISH THIS KIT" 2-album scrapbooks (QVC score).
  19. Use my Gwen Frostic stamps (Anthropological Holiday Catalog, I KNOW) & <<<---happy symbol alert<<< 21 Feb 2010 AND stamps from ALASKA.  While I'm at it...
  20. Use every color of fun fluff that I own.
  21. Make Card Assortment Gift Sets Xs4
  22. Crafty Secret ANYTHING help me
  23. (ETA:  20 Feb 2010) Mesh soap dish ...you will love these
  24. 30 AUG 2010 Card Assortment Packs

 Like I said... its a short list.  Maybe I'll have some pix later.  Oh and postscript... you can't have a glitter station when there are cats around.  ;)


Just Be Journal.... 1 for me, 1 for my sister...

My laptop (Mac) is docked to a larger monitor, keyboard and wireless mouse.  I have it propped on a upside down wire basket to keep the air flow.  Notice... NO dust.

Left wing of craft space  (AKA SHE-CAVE), mainly, notice clear spot on table.   This is the main center.   The big Kahuna where all the magic happens ;)

 Moving to the right....mainly, notice clearing on table.  This is my cutting and ribbon center

Moving to the right....mainly, notice clearing on table.  This is the idea center.  I store all of my idea books and catalogs here.


November 20, 2011

Cranberry Bars Recipe

I used to live in Cranberry Country I think its only appropriate that I have at least one recipe that contains cranberries.  Don't you?  Me too!  This one's a keeper so I thought I'd share tis' the season!

2 eggs, well beaten
1 1/2 cup sugar
2 cups whole cranberries
(you could use cran-raisins re-constituted)
1 tsp vanilla
1 1/2 cups flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup chopped nuts
(I save the nuts to sprinkle on top of the frosting.  
I don't add these to the cake batter, but you can if you want to)  
(I think pecans are better with cranberries but you can use walnuts)

Mix together and bake in greased 9x13 pan @ 350 degrees for 40-45 min

1 pkg cream cheese (8 oz)
1 tsp milk
2 cups powdered sugar
3/4 cup butter
1 tsp vanilla
Top w/chopped nuts (see comment above)

Here is what the bars look like before being frosted

Frosting and chopped nuts (I use Sahale Nut Blends) ready to go...



September 25, 2011

Good Works...

...are links that form a chain of love.  ~Mother Teresa

Wow several posts two days in a row and a couple in one day!  I must be on a roll.  I'm happy I'm back blogging and crafting again but can you say RUSTY.  I felt like a chicken with my head cut off.  Smiley from millan.net For the record, at least for me it's really REALLY hard to get your mojo back.  I just can't seem to find my flow anymore?  I do more thinking about than actually making cards.

Its the stop-start-stop-starting thats getting to me.  Working full-time really puts a crimp in my social aka creative life.  Boo.  Ok enough yatayata.    I am so so rusty.  I can't hardly find anything anymore.  Or I have so many ideas I want to try out I don't know where to start.

Plus, I am all dropsy and clumsy today.  Every time I turned around I was knocking something over.  Not just one little item nooooooooooo that would have been too simple.  No I was knocking trays of items over.

Then I really really wanted to do sewing on a card.  So I thought I'd try my new fancy schmancy tool called Sew- Easy <---- click there instead of pulling out the alternative, the larger, sewing machine.  I thought it would be so much quicker.  Ok short version??? NOOOOO....Not so easy.  Nope not at all.  It wasn't piercing all the way through the card stock.  I did not like it at all.  However, I have noticed some tutorials online on YouTube so I might watch those and try again later when I have time.  The jury is still out until then.

So the heck with it, I pull the sewing machine out, it's called Sew-Mini <---- click there (not the exact model that I have).  It's specially for crafting and its just what it says... its a mini version of a sewing machine. WELLLLLLLLLL do you think I could get it to sew more than three stitches.?  I persisted and spent way more time on it than I wanted to but after at least an hour, give or take, I finally got it to SEWWWWWWW.  Really?  Ya kiddin me right?  Turns out I didn't have the thread threaded properly.  But before that I tried everything.  Check and recheck the bobbin thread, adjust the stitch, adjust the tension, DUST it.  I mean everything.  I even had the directions manual out from the beginning.  So I went back through the manual and looked at each tutorial very closely.  I retraced my steps.  Yep, I found the cuprit.... threaded wrong.  But do you see my point? Holy mother of pearl.  Pain in the butt.  This was my sample piece.  I thought I better try it on a scrap before I wrecked my card.  This is but a small sampling of the thread I went through to figure this out.  Doesn't that look like fun?!?!>!>!

Whew, I started out so holy and serene and it all went downhill from there. LOL.  So onto the point to my story....  there is a point to my story and I do have one.

I been noticing a trend of mono-tone, color-on-color designs and I really like the simplicity of it and the muted colors and feel.  I've had this SU set "Inspired by Nature<---- click there  for a while now.  I bought it for the sentiments alone, but I like the other stamps also.  I'm crazy for sentiments I can't get enough of them.  AND I copied the sketch straight from the SU 2011 catty, p. 113.  It helps me with the rust (see above).  It was quick (after I got started) and easy and I will probably mass-produce this one for my card assortment sets that I give as gifts.

Here is a pic of all of the elements I used.  The evil sew-mini in the background.  Why I even gave it blink (blog-ink) at all DON'T KNOW.  All products are SU.  I used More Mustard card stock and ink.  I like that it used fall colors too.  That's a bonus since I'm in such a fall mood.  I used my boho flower punch to make the blush blossom flower.  I added a little angel embellishment which I thought went good with the sentiment.  I also used a brad in the center to hold the 3-piece flower together.  Aint it purty.

See the little angel ornament?  I also used my Cuttlebug <---- click there (not the exact model that I have) to punch out the tag for the sentiment.  That didn't go smoothly either.  I had to press it out a couple of time because I kept tearing the little handles off.  Not to mention that I couldn't stamp the image straight onto the label either.  I had to do that a couple of times also.  RUST I tell you RUST.

Enjoy!  Now off to make some more cards.... lets just hope some of the rust is gone and the next ones go a little smoother.  FUN.

Coffee Cake with a Twist!

Well, hello there!  First a backstory... Smiley from millan.net  I had written an entire post last night with this recipe including pics and saved it to my drafts to publish later.  When I went back to get the post and publish it... it was GONE.  Boo what a waste of time.  Anywho, here's what it said:

I love fall baking and so I thought I'd share one of my favorite recipes.  It has nutmeg and cinnamon in it so it makes the house smell divine and fallish.  Just what I wanted.  Now for the *twist* part... the crust is on the bottom ~and oh so good~  I only took a couple of pics of the process and not the play by play that I sometimes share.  Its a simple yet elegant recipe.  Try it, its good.

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Crust Bottom Coffee Cake
Rub together:
1 stick of butter ~room temperature~
2 cups of flour
2 cus of brown sugar

Divide mixture into 2 parts 
~I did the math, that would be 2 cups and 4 tblspns~
Press part 1 into an 8x8 cake pan
~I used my 9 in round clay baker and it was a perfect fit also~

To the other part add:
1 beaten egg
1 cup sour cream
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp nutmeg ~maybe a smidge more~
Mix well and spread carefully over the crust bottome
Sprinkle the top with cinnamon and chopped nuts
I like to make sure my cinnamon covers the entire top.

I use a liberal amount so that no cake area is showing and then also sprinkle nuts over it. Use lots of cinnamon

Below on the left is the 1 part pressed into the bottom and on the right is the other part.  The cake part that is spread onto the crust bottom

In this next picture is the finished product

This next picture is with no flash and shows the layers with the crust bottom

Here's the same shot with a flash.  I wanted you to see the lovely and yummo crust bottom.  This is a very elegant coffe cake and is great to bring to a potluck or Sunday event. 


and Happy Fall Ya'll
 Smiley from millan.net


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