Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Simple. Perfect.

The word simple is not an adjective people use when they describe me. However, I embrace my complexities. It has been a nuisance to some. I like to think of it as entertaining, unique maybe. And I try and surround myself with people who feel the same way :) I am not simple in anything I do in my life. My thought processes, ways of doing things, and certainly not my crafts. I’m one of those “fill-every-blank-part-of-the-canvas-with-something” kind of creators. I’m not one to go simple, especially with mod podge. Random is another word often used synonymous with my name. Which explains the next subject change (there is a point, just wait).

The twin and I went to California a couple of weeks ago for our annual twin trip. It was glorious (see picture) and if I could move my family and friends, I would take us all to California. :) …

DSCN0596  (“June gloom” skies, but still my favorite state besides Texas. )

Well, we love Laguna Beach and I can easily say it’s one of my favorite places ever. There’s an art store that I’m kind of obsessed with as well. In fact, there are a lot of little art galleries all over the place. I can’t handle it. And all I am is inspired. Here’s just a taste of what is Laguna Beach art….

DSCN0566  I could do this all day.

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As you can see, it’s easy to want to be VanGough after soaking it in. Well, in one store, my sister and I were looking at these simple quote cards. You have to go to their website, Quotable Cards. It’s pretty much one of my new favorite companies. I have three of their magnets on my fridge from the last two years. Here are the ones I have, Peace, If I know what love is..., and Be the change.… One of the great quotes that we kind of fell in love with was….simple, perfect. It said- “ I will love you with my whole heart, for my whole life.” I realize this isn’t ground breaking or terribly creative. But Lisa and I just loved it. It hit me hard with a mushy gushy feeling for whoever I marry one day. (I’m every Valentine’s Day company’s dream marketing target audience, btw) ha. :) So she painted it for her apartment. I soon followed.

Like I stated, I do nothing simple. But I wanted to go simple with this quote because it’s got enough weight on it’s own without flashy paint and mod podge to muddy the meaning. I just wanted the meaning to come through. That’s it. So, for once, I left it simple. Real simple.

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Simple. Perfect.


Tuesday, June 15, 2010


One of my favorite meals as a carnivore was my mom's meatloaf. Mmmm, it was so good. So my mom and I were at the store when I was trying to think of something to make for the bf and this family favorite came to mind. She suggested meatloaf and wa la', that is what I decided to make. So she helped me gather all the goods and we went home for my first meatloaf tutorial.

-McCormick's meatloaf seasoning
-1-1 1/2 lbs ground beef
-1 egg
-1/2 c. of milk
-1/2 cup bread crumbs



Preheat oven to 350.

Take one pack of McCormick's Meatloaf in a bag. 


Add the seasoning to 1-1/2 lbs ground beef.  Add one egg and 1/2 c milk. 




Add about 1/4 cup bread crumbs and about 1 oz of tomato sauce.   



Mix very well. And this part was a little slimy to me. But cooking = sacrafice. ha. :)




Add bread crumbs as needed so that it's not too wet (you want it to stick together but not be too wet or too dry). 

Shape into a loaf and put into the plastic bag on a cookie sheet.


And then you want to poor some tomato sauce on top (not alot) and spread it all over your loaf).



Tie the bag closed.


Close with the tie and poke a few small holes in the top of the bag.   


Cook meatloaf on lower rack (2nd from bottom) for about 50-55 minutes.
Remove from oven.  Let meat sit about 10 minutes so juices can retract and bag can cool off.  Open bag, slice, and enjoy!!!

I’m sad there is no finished meatloaf picture. But I was assured it was good. :) Also, I would like to make a shout-out to mom who helped me by 1. giving me the recipe 2. helping with the blog pictures – taking and re enacting 3. and being a ridiculous cool mom. :) Love you!