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Thursday, August 27, 2015

Zucchini my new favorite way

Hello blog friends!
Today, I'm getting away from crafting a bit.
I'm going to tell you about one of my favorite vegetables.
Zucchini.
When I was a kid, my Dad used to plant some every year
and it was kind of a contest with himself to see how big 
he could grow it.
When it was nice a big, and I do mean big, a foot long at least,
he'd pick it and we'd have fried zucchini for dinner.
Dredge it in egg and flour and fry it up in a pan. 
That was the whole meal and I loved it.
Haven't had it that way for years, but it is one of my favorites.
This year while watching 
"The Next Food Network Star"
I saw one of the contestants (Eddie) make 
"zucchini spaghetti"
I tried it and it is now my favorite way to
prepare this wonderful squash.
Here's what I started with.
Now just ignore the sorry state of my pan!
I use just a small amount of butter, about a tablespoon.
Tonight I cut up some onion, nice and thin.
I started them cooking, while I went to the squash.
With a peeler, I started to peel.
And I just kept peeling until ti couldn't peel anymore.
This is what I ended up with. 
A huge pile of shredded zucchini.
I added it to the pan with the partially cooked onion.
Sometimes, I used yellow squash with it, or mushrooms,
whatever you like would work.
I added some salt, pepper and garlic powder.
Sometimes I use real garlic, but tonight I added powder.
While that was cooking up, I got out my trusty old 
cheese grater and grated a bit of Parmesan.
I love it and there was a LOT of squash, 
so I was sure to grate enough.
And yes, that is a slice to munch on at the side there.
Told you I love Parmesan.
Not sure if you can see the difference, but that 
squash does cook down a bit and it doesn't take very long.
5-10 minutes at the most and like I said, this was a lot of
squash.
When the squash is finished cooking I sprinkle on the cheese.
YUM!
It doesn't take long to melt, I just toss it into the 
zucchini mixture before I serve it.
And tonight, I had it with a nice steak and baked potato.
It was excellent.
There were 3 of us tonight and yes, we did eat it all.
It was so darn tasty!
I hope you'll try making some zucchini this way,
it's really easy and a little different than the usual,
at least it is for me.

Thanks for stopping by today,
come again soon.  
You never know what you might see
here on 
Kristie Kreates!

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Altering with tissue paper. Fix #2

Hello.  Hope you're having a great day!
If you're following my blog you have seen that I 
altered some frames for my son.
Here is the next frame in my "altered frames" series.
As you can see, I got this frame cheap.
I picked this one up at one of my favorite thrift shops
Check their site to see if there is a Savers near you.
Ours benefits the Epilepsy Foundation.
I believe the different Savers stores support different
charitable foundations.
Now I'm ready to work on the frame.
Notice I took that "insert" out of the frame.
It's made of metal, keep your eyes open for a future post 
concerning that mat.
I started by brushing on a coat of  Gel Medium 
(Mod Podge can also be used, but I happened to have this
handy.  Mod Podge is much cheaper.)
After I got some Gel Medium on the frame, I started
ripping pieces of tissue paper and laying them on the frame
randomly.
I covered the tissue paper with more Gel Medium, 
being sure to stick it down.  
The Gel Medium acts as a glue, be sure it is both under
and over each piece of paper.
I continued this process of adding "glue"
and pieces of tissue until the entire frame was covered.
It isn't necessary, but my perfectionist side came out
and I covered the back and that inside of the window area.
I put a picture of Jaryd's best buddy and his girlfriend 
in this frame.  Had to have some pictures of him for the wall,
he's my "number 2" son.
The funny thing about this one is that after I got the 
picture in the frame, I realized that Brian's shirt matches the frame.
Same colors and same plaid.
Click on the picture and it will enlarge, 
this is true for all the pictures on my blog.

Jaryd's girlfriend, Sara, loved this so much that she made 
a frame using the technique.
Here are some pictures of her frame.
She used the same technique with 2 colors of blue
tissue and one with flowers.
Some white string was stapled to the inside of the frame
for pictures to hang on.
Here is a close up of the frame.  It's so pretty!
Here is Sara with her beautiful frame.

Thanks for stopping by again today.
Keep coming back if you want to see more.
Hope to 'see' you again soon!


Saturday, August 22, 2015

Mom

Hello Blog readers!
Today I'm posting something a little different.
I want to tell y'all a little bit about my Mom.
She is the strongest, sweetest, most amazing person 
that I know.
No matter what life throws at her, she deals with it
with grace and acceptance and fights her way through it.
Two years ago this past May, Mom fell and 
broke her hip.  The orthopaedic surgeon
put a rod in her right leg from the very top to 
the very bottom of her femur.
He told her that if she could transfer to a wheelchair
from her bed and not have much pain, he would consider
the repair a success.
He didn't have hopes of her walking again.
Dr. K. didn't know who he was dealing with and 
when I took her for a check up at the 3 month mark,
his jaw dropped when he saw her walking down the hall
using a walker to the examination room.
Mom moved into assisted living 2 yrs ago and it has become her
home.  The staff there are phenomenal.
I think these last 5 months or so have been her toughest time
though.  She had pneumonia and recovered from that.
Then she fell 3 days in a row and I requested that she go to
rehab to regain her strength.  
This is after some of the bruising from the last fall
had healed.
She was there for about 2 weeks and came 
back much stronger and doing great.
On June 22nd, she was sent to the hospital with some
pretty serious problems. She was having some bleeding problems
it turns out she had cdif, which is a pretty serious intestinal 
infection.  She did well though and was sent home after a few days.
She wasn't even home 24 hours before she was sent again to the ER.
This time she couldn't stay awake more than about 10 seconds.
She was totally lucid, but couldn't stay awake.
They feel this was all due to dehydration.
After another 5 days or so, she was moved to rehab
again.  She was there for about 5 weeks
then was sent back home to the assisted living home.
She was so happy to be home again.
Then I got a call that she had fallen and was going to the ER
again.  It turned out that she was fine, they did x-rays and
a CATT scan and everything checked out okay,
so we took her home.  By the time we got her home
it was 4 a.m.
There was a family party the next day.
Great grandchild #10 was being baptized and she was
adamant that she would go to that party.
This would be the first time she was to meet this little
guy and she wasn't going to miss it.
So I picked her up and we went to the party,
where she did great.  You'd never know she had taken
a trip to the ER the night before and had been up most of
the night.
These pictures are ones that I took of her that day.
This is my husband with my Mom in these pictures.

She asked for a straw to be able to drink her can of pop easier,
so I asked my nephew for one.
All he had was this mustache straw, 
but she was game and thought it was pretty funny.
She is such a hoot!
She is an amazing woman and I love her so much.
The best Mom anyone could ask for.
AND do you know she is almost 91 yrs old?
I don't think she looks it, do you?

Here are a few pictures of my Mom when she was younger.
I'm not sure of her age in this picture, 
but I'm guessing she was about 10 yrs old. 
This was Mom's senior picture from high school.
I'm not sure when this one was taken, but I'm guessing
she was in her early 20s.

Thanks for stopping by today and
reading my story and tribute to my Mom.
She is one amazing woman!

Thursday, August 20, 2015

"fixing" some frames

Hello crafty friends!
My son's birthday was on the 15th and for part of his
gift I wanted to give him some family pictures.
He and his girlfriend have a cute little apartment
and the one livingroom wall is dedicated to pictures 
of family and friends.
Jaryd wanted pictures for his wall and I decided that I needed
to alter some frames and put pictures in them for him.
The first one I worked on was a plain wood frame that I found
at a thrift shop.
Unfortunately I forgot to take a picture of it before,
but it was just a plain old wood frame.
First I sanded it down to take off the finish.
You can see there were a couple little flaws in the frame, 
but that doesn't matter, it will all be covered in the end.
I then painted it with Gold Acrylic Craft Paint
using a foam brush.
After a couple coats were applied and dried,
I switched to Teal Acrylic Paint.
I painted a solid coat on the flat surface of the frame.
Then used a dry bristled brush to add the teal paint
to the sides, giving it a worn feel.
Here is the frame all painted and I love how it turned out.
I put a picture of Jaryd's Godparents in this frame.

Thanks for stopping by today.
Come again soon, I'll be showing you some of the other
frames that I altered for Jaryd's gallery of pictures.




Monday, August 17, 2015

Scrapbooking beginner, or is she?

My son's girlfriend asked me to help her make a scrapbook for my son's
birthday.  She has never done scrapbooking before.
Or has she?
Really, she hasn't, but she did such a great job and
has such wonderful ideas, it makes you wonder.
She started out with this beautiful album and
added the picture to the space on the front.
This is one of her favorite pictures of 
her and Jaryd.
She had a plan in mind for the book.
It would tell a story that started with them meeting at 
work where Jaryd was in a management position
and she worked in the carry out department of 
our local Tops Supermarket.
With each layout she learned something new.
On this one she learned how to mat pictures as well as 
create the little road on the page.
Sara had seen this idea on Pinterest and we set about
creating it puting her flair on it.
I'm so glad I saved all the odd ball left over letters,
they sure came in handy for this layout and 
I love how it turned out.
On this next layout I taught her how to use rub-ons
and how to stamp with acrylic stamps and ink.
These 2 pages were lessons in "fussy cutting" and 
strategic cropping.  
Some strategic cropping was needed on the left page. 
The picture was cut down and matted to the right size
to only cover specific words on the page.  Perfect fit!
The Bandits logo was fussy cut on the right page.
Sometimes it takes a little fiddling around to get things
just right and I think she got it just right here.
That dragon is a rub on that was then fussy cut.
The left page of this layout couldn't be finished as she 
needed to get a couple things together for it.
On these 2  pages  I showed her how to adhere ribbon to
a layout,  rub-ons and matting were used.
A few epoxy embellishments were used on these pages,
but the biggest thing was that I taught Sara how to use
the Cuttlebug to cut letters.
And she fell in love with it.
A mirrored embellishment on one page and 
using brads for the first time on the other.
She also asked me to make her an apple, which I 
drew and cut out for her,
The 3 pictures on the right were all from weddings
they attended together.
Fussy cutting the pumpkins and eggs, then
adding the stickers to the page finished up 
this holiday page.
Sara discovered these punched out corners
and learned about sticking down little intricate pieces.
She learned way back near the beginning 
about how to use a 
Xyron to make letters etc. into stickers.
Stamping directly onto the page was nerve wracking,
but she did it and did it well.
Sara learned that there are also lots of shapes that can
be die cut with the Cuttlebug. This heart for instance.
She did a great job with some Scotch Quick Dry Adhesive
and the baker's twine on the "heart beat" page.
She also did a great job with the stamping on the other page.
For the last page she added a handwritten note.
Personal handwriting is so important in scrapbooking!
She also added a couple stick pins.

This girl is just flying with the scrapbooking!
She has already learned quite a few techniques,
learned how to use several different tools, 
came up with some wonderful ideas,
and did a beautiful job on this book.
And as it says in the book
"it's only just begun"
I had so much fun working with Sara
and we're blessed to have her in our lives.
I see many scrapbooks in her future.

Thanks for stopping by today to see what's been up 
with me.  I'm looking forward to getting back into the 
swing of things after being "gone" for so long.
Come again soon and see what I was working on 
while helping Sara with the scrapbook.

Until next time, Happy Crafting!