Wednesday, April 26, 2017

April Crafty Ideas

Created some bookmarks using Stampin' Up So Detailed Thinlets Dies. You can buy these on sale in a bundle for a limited time. 

This was not my own idea. I found this idea on Pinterest it was shared by stampwithaltitude.com

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Safe Shoes

  Last week was a very sad time for me. I finally did it, I said goodbye to my shoes with heels. Someone is going to be happy shopping at Goodwill in the near future.

I decided to do away with any future risk factors after slipping on linoleum flooring and breaking my kneecap. After fracturing my kneecap, I had to wear a splint and keep my knee immobilized for six weeks. It definetly had changed my way of life.

I don’t want to ever go through something like that again. The recovery from a knee fracture seemed to take forever, getting through the stiffness and learning to walk again. Putting up with a limp and walking slow and using a wheelchair at the very beginning then crutches and now a cane. The aches were horrible especially at night and they would wake me up. My plan is to avoid anything that might make me potentially slip or fall in the future.

I thought I was invincible and solid and had 100 years before I would ever fall and break any bones. I don’t even consider myself old. I haven’t even hit 40 yet!

So, anyway…. From now on I plan on wearing super comfortable no slip shoes for the rest of my life. Breaking my kneecap was a horrible experience for me. I hate being dependent on other people. I like being able to do things for myself. I'm just glad that I'm almost back to my normal self again.

I know those comfortable shoes aren’t always very fashionable or stylish, but I did find some Vionic shoes that I thought were cute and the Adidas Vigor 6  are super comfy


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Thursday, April 20, 2017

Home Office Makeover


My office / craftroom is full of clutter. I finally decided to re-organize it and paint it. I wasn't sure where to start so I looked through pintrest for ideas and found tons of inspiration.

I just never have been the best at interior designing. I tend to lean more towards practicality then cutsie artsy.

Here are my before pictures:




My new pictures are coming soon! Follow my blog to watch the progress :)

I created a Pinterest board titled "Future Office" that I plan to draw ideas from. I already purchased gray paint to repaint the walls, but I'm afraid the color may be to dark.

https://www.pinterest.com/germangirlygirl/future-office/






Sunday, April 16, 2017

Schwebische Maultaschen a Family Favorite


 

  Every year for Good Friday I cook a special Swabian-German dish it is called; Maultaschen! 
Maul = Mouth, Tasche = Pocket, Mouth Pockets.


  Maultaschen are a Swabian specialty from southwestern Germany. They are akin to Italian ravioli, Chinese wontons and Jewish kreplach. A simply pasta pocket filled with a variety of ingredients. They are popular during the week of Easter. Maultaschen were apparently invented as a conniving way of having meat during Lent, by grinding up the meat with spinach and concealing it in pasta to hide it from God.

Maultaschen Made Easy

(German meat-filled pasta)


6 to 8 servings
Ingredients:

•             Spinach, fresh or frozen (I use Stouffers Spinach Soufflé)
•             Onion, minced -- ½                                                    1 lbs. Ground beef & bratwurst
•             Bread, soaked in milk – 2-3 slices                               3 bouillon cubes
•             Eggs, beaten – 2-3                                                     Nutmeg -- 1/4 teaspoon
•             Salt and pepper -- to taste                                           Wonton wrappers, 2 package
•             Egg, beaten with a little water – 1                                2 carrots
•             ¼ cup bacon                                                              Maggi to add flavor (optional)



Method:
1.            Cook the bacon first. Remove bacon from pan when done, let it cool and then chop it up. Keep the bacon grease / fat in the pan.
   

2.            Sauté the onions, carrots over medium heat until translucent. Add the ground beef and sauté until just cooked through, breaking it up as it cooks. Drain any excess oil and allow to cool.

3.            Mix the spinach and bratwurst mixture together in a large bowl. Drain the bread and squeeze it dry. Crumble the bread into the bowl and add the eggs, nutmeg, salt and pepper. Mix or knead the filling to form a paste, then add the ground beef meat mixture.


 

4.            Place 1-2 teaspoons of the filling in the middle of a wonton wrapper, moisten the edges with a little of the egg-water mixture. Place the wonton squares on a flat surface. I like to do about 12 at a time. After adding the filling place the second wonton square on top then press down on the edges to seal. Repeat with the remaining filling and wrappers, laying them on a flat surface as they are finished.



5.            Bring a large pot of water to a boil with bouillon cubes added. Let it dissolve, add flavor as needed (salt & pepper). Add the Maultaschen and cook for 5-8 minutes. Serve right away as soup or remove Maultaschen for later to fry.



 


Serving Suggestions:

There are so many ways to enjoy Maultaschen. The simplest way is to serve it in a chicken or beef broth, perhaps two or three large Maultaschen in a bowl of broth with onions (If you like onions).
Another idea is to fry some onions in butter, then add to hot Maultaschen on the plate. You can eat your Maultaschen boiled or fried. Maultaschen goes well with green salad.

" Guten Appetit!" from Stefanie



Do you have leftover wonton wrappers? Then I have the perfect snack recipe for you. 


CINNAMON SUGAR WONTON CRISPS
makes about 8 cups

1 12 oz. package wonton wrappers, cut into 1/2-inch-wide strips
vegetable oil, for frying
1 cup sugar
3 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoons sea salt
Heat oil in a large pot until temperature reaches 350F. Cook wonton strips in batches in the hot oil and fry until all sides are golden brown, about 1 minute per batch. Remove crisps from oil and place on paper towels to drain.

In a small bowl, combine sugar, cinnamon and salt. Transfer fried wonton crisps into a large bowl and toss with sugar mixture until crisps are thoroughly coated. Crisps are best eaten the day they’re made, but can last if sealed in an air tight container for up to 3 days.

I found this wonderful recipe on Pinterest shared by Tracey Benjamin. This yummie delicious snack was a total hit at my house so now I added it to my Tried & True Recipe Board. Feel free to check it out. If you would like to see more awesome recipes in the future make sure to follow me by clicking the "Follow Me" button. 





Friday, April 14, 2017

New baby Scrapbook page


I am so exited about completing a new scrapbook page. I can't wait to share it with everyone!
My aunt gave me Stampin’ Up material to play with and it made my creative engines go to work.



Materials that I used were; Sunshine Wishes Dies by Stampin’ Up, So Detailed Thinlits Dies by Stampin’ Up, Sunshine Saying Stamps by Stampin’ Up, Baby Bear Stamps by Stampin’ Up, Stampin’ Up colorful paper and Classic Stamping Pads. Of course, I also used my handy dandy scissors and glue. 


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Tuesday, April 11, 2017

8 Steps to making Perfect Bell Peppers.

Stuffed Bell Peppers

 (We had a lazy dinner night and used paper plates)


Ingredients:
1 chicken or beef bouillon cube (optional)
4 bell peppers
½ onion
2tsp. olive oil
1 link Italian sausage
½ lbs. ground beef
1 tsp. oregano
¼ cup shredded Mexican cheese
¼ cup mozzarella cheese

Directions:
1.       Cook rice according to directions on package, I like to add a bouillon cube for extra flavor.


2.       Preheat the oven to 375 F.
3.       Trim the bottom off the bottom of the bell peppers so that they can stand up nice and straight.
4.       Cut off the stem and remove the seeds. Place in baking dish and set aside.



5.       Do not throw away top part of the pepper, instead cut up into little pieces and add to meat mixture with union after sauteing then add to meat mixture for extra flavor. 


                                                     Cook until meat mixture is browned.
6.       Add dried spices and Mexican cheese to the meat mixture. Then add the rice. 
 (this was some extra filling, put it in a container to save for later for another meal Italian Sausage Stuffed Zucchini)


7.       Stuff the filling mixture into the bell peppers, using a spoon to press the mixture down.
8.       Bake the bell peppers for 30 minutes, remove from oven add mozzarella cheese to top and return to oven for 5 more minutes.


Notes: You can freeze leftover stuffed peppers for up to two months. The leftover rice also makes a good side to go with the bell peppers. 

Check out my other recipes by clicking (here).

Here are two more meal ideas that you can do with the extras and leftovers from the Bell Pepper Recipe.

1. Quesadilla -  if you cook a little extra of the sausage mixture before adding the rice it makes a good quesadilla filling. An easy meal for the next day or the day after and a time saver! Fast and Easy!


2. Italian Sausage Stuffed Zucchine - A neat recipe shared by Beth. Thank you Beth!  Her recipe inspired my recipe. I followed hers but cut a few more corners, because my meat was already cooked and refridgerated. All I had to do is warm it up and mix it with the sauteed garlic and zucchini insides after scooping it out of the zucchini.  My 17 year old daughter who said ewww! ended up liking it and even asked for seconds. Wow! Something my picky eater liked. 



Ingredients:
2 medium Zucchini
1 tsp. olive oil
1/2 lbs. left over sausage mix with rice
2 cloves garlic
1/2 cup shredded cheese
12 oz. jar pasta (I used left over sauce I had in the fridge)
salt & pepper to taste


See Beth's Page for the directions, edit or change where needed. I left out the bread crumbs due to having rice in the mixture. I orginally found this recipe on Pintrest and pinned it to my "Food to Try Board" , now that I tried it and it turned out great It's getting moved to my "Tried & True Recipes Board". I loved this recipe and definetly will use it again in the future. Thanks again Beth!


Friday, April 7, 2017

New Dining Experience in Lampasas


  It was a nice sunny day at the Lampasas square, and what did I see? I grand opening sign! I being me, had to of course go check it out. Boy, was I glad because this place was fantastic! I didn’t see the name of the place right away, but it’s called Cork & Press.

  When I entered, a nice lady asked me if I needed any help and gave me two samples of the delicious silky smooth chocolate that they sell. They were yummy! This nice little establishment has a bookstore with A&M University Press books, Tex-i-talian deli, and Texas-dipped chocolate truffles. They also have Texas wine and olive oils. They store was so welcoming and aesthetic that I decided to stay for lunch and ordered a turkey sandwich with a drink.


  While I was waiting for my order I looked around and found three books that I wanted. I thought they would be pricey, but when I turned one of the book around to see the price tag it was only five dollars. I can see myself returning here again. I think next time I might bring along one of my book loving kids with me. I can imagine us sitting one of the sofa chairs or the table looking through books and enjoying a sandwich together. This establishment is a welcoming place, that offers cozy places to sit and read, while also to enjoy a deli sandwiches or two. I would recommend visiting if you are in Lampasas, Texas. 

 chocolate

 books

Thursday, April 6, 2017

A Philatelist’s Story


  I started my philatelical hobby when I was nine years old after a near death bicycle accident. The accident left me hospitalized in a hospital bed for six very long months. Friends and family tried keeping me entertained by giving me coloring books, Barbie’s, tapes, stickers and stamps. It was nice when company came to visit me and I received gifts almost every time. When I left the hospital, I had a nice collection of stamps started. I ended up with stamps from over 300 countries! At that time, I didn’t even realize that that many countries even existed.

  As The years continued I have added to my collection by visiting antique stores, exchanging stamps through pen pals and sometimes ordering some through the Mystic Stamp Catalog. Occasionally, when something caught my eye -  I would buy a whole sheet from the post office. Philately became a hobby for me. There are many reasons why I collect stamps. I enjoy it and it is fun for me. The pure fact of collecting is exhilarating especially when you get a whole set together. Stamp collecting is full of history

  I never stopped collecting stamps, always making sure to tear them off envelopes before throwing them away. I however did stop purchasing and slowed down after having kids. I also didn’t want my little ones to get into my collection after I had sorted them and organized them into twenty something different binders. Now those stamps I so treasured many years ago are mostly tucked away safely in a box, nestled in the corner of my closet.


    I have occasionally pulled them out and showed them to a loved one or a friend, but most people don’t have the love for philately like I do. I still treasure my collection and it would be difficult to ever let it go. Unfortunately, philately is no longer what it was when I was growing up and I have not met many people who share my passion. I was disappointed when the postal office switched to the sticker stamps, they just didn’t look the same and I didn’t like the idea of them being stickers. I am not a sticker collector, except when it comes to scrap booking. 

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Journal Fun

  My journal isn't an ordinary everyday journal, it's mostly used for stress relief or when I just need to relax. 

I covered an old ledger book with some lattice pattern fabric from Wal-Mart.


I like to keep an envelope on the inside front cover of my journals. It's the perfect place to hold small items like stickers. 

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Saturday, April 1, 2017

Attended my first Stampin' up party

  My super awesome aunt Dagmar invited me along to a stampin' up party today. It was nice to get out of the house and hangout with some other lady adults. Who by the way were all very friendly. Everyone brought a small dish/snack today, I introduced them to my famous cherry delight cobbler. 

  The hostess April Lopez modeled how to make cards and a adorable little box.  Then she had us make our own cards. They were easy to create, except I had some trouble with the bow. If you want more information about stampin' up I'm sure she would love to help you out. Her email is StampinApril.com.

  I enjoyed the company and learning something new and look forward to the next meeting.

 crafting
 Stampin April

Happy Mail from Kyra

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