Thursday, January 29, 2009

White Chicken Chili...

Another snow day...Uggghhh...and I have a sore throat and runny nose...LUCKY me!!

Although I am sick, my wifely/motherly duties still have to be performed...DINNER!! Since I feel like death warmed over...I need to make something that is good, quick, hearty, Quick, hot, QUICK, and kid/husband friendly. So...White Chicken Chili it is.

I would LOVE to take credit for this recipe, but I can't. You can get the original recipe from the Bush website. To save you time, I have copied the recipe below and have "Quita-ed" it up with a few additions:

White Chicken Chili
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 medium onion, finely chopped
1 (4 ounce) can chopped green chiles, drained
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons ground cumin
2 (16 ounce) cans BUSH'S® BEST Great Northern Beans
*1 (14.5 ounce) can chicken broth
1 1/2 cups finely chopped cooked chicken breast
1 (14.5 ounce)can of petite diced tomatoes--any seasoning combo that you like(see picture)
1 teaspoon of Southwest Chipolte Seasoning mix(see picture)
Shredded Monterey Jack, Colby or Cheddar cheese (optional)
Sour cream (optional)
Salsa (optional)

In large skillet, cook onion in oil for 4 minutes or until transparent. Add chilies (I do not drain, I add the whole can as is), flour, cumin and SW Chipolte seasoning; cook and stir for 2 minutes. Add beans, diced tomatoes and chicken broth (I like my chili thick, so I only add 1/2 can at first and then more if needed); bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer for 10 minutes or until thickened. Add chicken; cook until hot. Garnish with cheese, sour cream and salsa, if desired.
*note: if you like your chili thick and do not have a can of chicken broth, use 1 bullion cube dissolved in 1 cup of hot water.
You can use turkey in place of chicken. To stretch this recipe, I use 3 cans of beans and increase cumin to 2 and a half teaspoons. In a hurry?? Use frozen chopped onions instead of will save you time and tears!!

I normally serve this with Jiffy cornbread muffins, Hawaiian Bread rolls or tortilla chips. If the chili is thick enough, it can be spooned into flour tortillas and rolled into burritos.
I buy my diced chilies from Walmart for $.68 per can. The beans also come from Wally World and they are usually $.79 per can. Red Gold diced tomatoes happened to be on sale for $1.16 per can, I am not brand loyal and will buy whatever is cheapest.

The Zesty Blend SW Chipolte seasoning can from Kroger and it was $2.99. The chicken came from my parents, it is precooked frozen breast strips. I have also used diced whole rotisserie chicken meat from Sam's Club.

Here is what it looks like in the pot cooking. You see more beans than anything else because I used 3 cans...I like my chili bean-ey!
I also used a LOT more onion...I also like my chili onion-ey

And here is the bowled up finished product...with LOTS of cheese and a dollop of sour cream.

From can to table, this takes about 20 minutes to whip up...So next time you are in a hurry and want something good to eat that is good for you...make a pot of White Chicken Chili and then come back and post your comments...


Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Things that make you go "Uhhhhmmmmm..."

Once again my mostly cyber friend Carla has given me something to blog about...She sent me an email full of questions, below you will see one of the questions and my thoughts about it.

Why do croutons come in airtight packages? Aren't they just stale bread to begin with?
<>They are airtight because...if air got back into them, they would would swell back up and become...well...maybe...dumplings...??? If they became dumplings...the bags and boxes would eventually explode and make a HUGE mess in the grocery store isles. Not to mention the mess in our kitchen cabinets. And, don't forget the lawsuits that would soon follow...'cause I already HATE to clean...can you imagine how mad I would be if I had to:
1. get dressed and find my car keys,
2. go to the store (and Lord FORBID I have to take any of my kids with me),
3. resist the temptation of all the stuff I would have to pass just to get to the croutons,
4. get the croutons,
5. go to the register,
6. get in line behind 27 people,
7. wait for 30 minutes while the person in front of me tells the cashier "I only have $23.98, so when you get close to that let me know...I might have to put something back...,"
8. finally get face to face with the cashier who now has a MAJOR attitude,
9. put the croutons on the belt along with a Snickers bar wrapper, an empty Mountain Dew bottle and an opened pack of Big Red,
10. realize that I forgot my wallet in the car,
11. go back to the car,
12. say a quick prayer: Dear Lord PLEASE let my wallet be in the car,
13. realize that my wallet and purse are at home,
14. count out all of my change in the little blue cup in the car and realize that I still don't have enough money,
15. look under every seat and in the glove compartment for more money,
16. walk back into the store while looking at the ground hoping that I can find a dime...or 10 while saying a quick prayer: Dear Lord please let me see someone in here that I know who can loan me $.50,
17. getting back in the line...all the while praying that I overlooked a pocket on my coat that contains $.50,
18. getting face to face with the now...even GRUMPIER cashier...and trying to explain how I am $.50 short,
19. enduring the sighs of torment from the people behind me and the steam now rising from the cashier's head,
20. put on my best "puppy dog face" and proceed to beg anyone who will listen for $.50,
21. swallow my pride and take it from the 4th person behind me who practically throws the money at me because he/she is sooo outraged...
Now after ALL of that CRAP...if they exploded in my would be on and popping!!! I would resurrect Johnny Cochran from the dead to litigate this one!!
So, boys and girls...that is why croutons come in an airtight bag...because of people like me!!! Because the good Lord knows that I am fragile...and it would not take much to push me over the edge...(quick prayer: Dear Lord, thank You for knowing my limitations and keeping me sane by putting croutons in airtight packages. ~amen)

Monday, January 26, 2009

Drum Roll Please...

I started this post on Jan 17. I just found all of the pictures and am posting it on Jan 26.


Here it first craft post!! I am trying to ease my way into this so this is a REALLY, REALLY, REALLY simple and fun project that you can do with a child, or in my case three children (quick prayer: Lord, you know that I am entering into this endeavor with the best intentions, please Lord give me the patience to endure whatever may happen during this process. Lord give me the wisdom that I may need to remove fabric glue from hair, hands faces and furniture. Please Lord don't let anyone glue their hats to the heads, hands or any other place that would cause pain when the hat has to be removed. Lord yesterday was a snow day and my nerves are fragile! This has now become a four day weekend and I only have 20 minutes worth of patience left. HELP...Me...PLEASE?? ~amen).

I don't know what the weather is like where you are...but it is COLD here in Indy. I mean REALLY cold! So what better way to spend the day than inside crafting with the small people
in your life? (Stop laughing and asking yourself "Is she crazy? I can think of 12 better ways to spend a cold day than crafting with the kids.")

Today we are going to make super warm fleece hats using very few supplies. Now as much
as I would LOVE to take credit for this idea...I can't. This idea was inspired by something
that I saw while watching Nick Jr. with Naomi (my five year old). These hats are cute...but yours will be cute times 1,458.

Have fun and ENJOY!! PLEASE send comments, questions and pictures...

1. The supplies
You will need basic items: scissors, fleece, measuring tape and fabric glue. Optional items are: fabric paint, acrylic rhinestones, iron on patches, flower petals and bells.
The most important item needed is the glue. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND Fabri-Tac. I have been using it for years and have NEVER been disappointed. Fabri-Tac is not cheap. I got this bottle at Michael's for $6.99 but...a little does go a looong way.

2. Measure around the kiddo's noggin
Use your tape measure and measure around the child's head. Whatever number you get, add 1 inch to it. For example, if you get 22 inches add one inch and cut 23 inches. This extra inch if for the seam allowance when we glue the hat closed.

3. Time to cut

For this hat (pic. on left). I came up with a measurement of 22 inches. I added 1 inch for the seam allowance and now I need to cut a piece of fabric that is 23 inches wide. To do this, I am cutting on the fold. So I took 23 and divided it by 2 and came up with 11.5. So I measured from the fold 11.5 inches and then I cut. For the length (pic. on right), I used 19 inches, which turned out to be WAY long so you may want to use 15 inches instead. We put a small cuff on our hats and I still had to cut about 2 inches off the top. PLEASE do not stress out about cutting straight lines...this is a VERY forgiving craft...reasonably straight will be just fine!!

4. Gluing

I used a piece of paper under the fabric (left) where I was applying glue. Apply a large thread of glue down the majority of the fabric. Leave about 5 inches from the top without glue (I will explain why later). When applying glue, DO NOT put the glue on the edge of the fabric. Go over about 1/8th of an inch and apply glue (this allows room for the glue to spread out when you overlap the fabric and apply pressure (center). For the cuff (right), I simply folded the fabric up twice and applied glue to the final fold. Again, DO NOT apply glue to the edge, leave room for it to expand when you press it down.

5. Drying and Decorating

Keep a piece of paper or cardboard inside the hats and allow them to dry for about an hour. After an hour, they are ready to decorate. On the left is a picture of Naomi using fabric glue to decorate her hat. On the right, Nichole is showing you what her finished product looks like. Let the fabric paint dry overnight, to be safe. After it has dried, you are ready to close the top of your hat. I used some scrap pieces of fleece. Each of these pieces (see below) allowed me to finish 2 hats. So I was able to finish all 4 hats with these two scraps.

Although I have no pictures...the tying off part is simple. Cinch the hat at the top and then use a 6-8 inch piece of scrap fleece to tie a TIGHT knot around the top of the hat. Once the knot has been tied, you are ready to begin cutting the top fabric to make the pom-pom. Cut the fabric above the knot into 1/4 to 1/2 inch strips all the way down to the knot. Continue cutting until the top of the hat looks like a pom-pom. The reason that you did not glue the hat completely closed in step 4 is because it is VERY difficult to cut the glued seam into strips. If you left 5 inched open at the top and still encounter the glued seam when you cut the top, simply cut on both sides of the seam and then go down to the knot and cut that stiff flap off. If this does not make me and I will explain again.

6. The finished products...

I further embelished Naomi's (right) hat by adding bells to some of the flaps and she added acrylic rhinestones. Alexander's hat is plain and ANTM's (Americas Next Top Model) hat has acrylic rhinestones too.

Not done yet...Now, for those of you who know know I ain't (yes I said "ain't") 'bout to let something this cute go on and not be a part of it...So I made myself a hat too...and, OF COURSE, mine had to be the CUTEST....

My Hat...

You like?? I decided to let America's Next Top Model, Nicole, model my hat...

We had a TON of this camo fleece leftover and I decided to make myself a hat too...but it had to be "girled up" a bit, so I added the flower. You can't see it here, but there is a crystal in the center of the flower and a leaf on each side.

I will not bore you with the details on how I added the flower...unless you want me to. If you do, I can email it or post a blog about it...Let me know...

I hope that you have enjoyed my first "Crafting with Quita" project...There will be more to follow...


PS. I am not sure how many of you are familiar with blogging...but...I am new to this and have had/am having MANY problems with formatting this (pictures will shift, text color/size will change). What I see and like, is not always what winds up being posted in the blogosphere. So I apologize in advance for how this might look once it gets to you. 'Cause right now it looks PERFECT, but who knows what will happen once I hit "send..." (quick prayer: Dear Lord...It took me longer to format this than it did to make the hats...Why Lord, WHY...PLEASE let all of my HARD work not be lost once I hit send...PLEASE...~amen)

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Response to a Comment...

I got this from a comment made on my post titled: I finally did it... on 1/12/09. Read below as I respond:

Vivian Smith said...
You are a very smart young lady.

All thanks be to God...

I love your blog.
Thanks...I hope to get a loyal following and one day take over the world!! (quick prayer: Dear world domination wrong?? PLEASE advise I have already implemented phase one of my plan! ~amen)

Where do you get such great ideas? Is it in the genes?
I get my inspiration form being CHEAP!!! And yes, CHEAP is in my genes...You should meet my mom and ESPECIALLY my brother (who has yet to make a comment on my blog) (quick prayer: Dear Lord when I do take over the world...if, and only if You let me, of course...would it be wrong to torture my brother?? I have the perfect plan...I would give him
$4,306,498, 973.45 and make him spend it in 5 hours. If he did not spend it all in the allotted time...He would then be forced to go on the road and live with Carnies (carnival workers) traveling from small town to small town, living on fried food and sleeping in a trailer. Lord considering all of the things I could do to him...I feel like this is fair punishment. Lord help him see the light...all he has to do to escape my wrath is to make a comment or that too much to ask of my only brother?? ~amen)

Your children sound like fun and no dull moments.
Now that's the understatement of the CENTURY...They are always into something!!

I bet you have some very proud parents.
I suspect they are pretty proud of me...although I am pretty sure that they think my biggest accomplishment was giving them grandchildren but they seem to be proud of my other accomplishments too (quick prayer: Dear Lord, thank You for my Momma and Daddy. ~amen).

I subscribed to your blog and am looking forward to getting the updates.
Well...PLEASE tell all of your friends about it and have them to subscribe too. I need as many subscribers as possible for world domination...

Have you ever made blue jean purses?
Funny you should ask...

Let me know how that went.
It went...and now it is GONE...perhaps to return one day!!

God really is very good to us.
Yes, He is...

Pray without ceasing!!!! Vivian S. -- Nash.,Tenn
Rejoice evermore...


Tuesday, January 20, 2009

I am sooooooo SORRY...

To say that I have been busy...would be the UNDERSTATEMENT of the year...

Friday was SUPPOSED to be a two hour delay turned into a snow day...UGGGHHH!!! By the GRACE of God...we survived it...barely!! We left the house at about 11:00am and did not get home until 6:30pm. Now, for most normal children that would have been enough excitement for one day! But noooo...not for my kids...on the way home they wanted to know:

A. "What's for dinner??..." and before I could answer that question..."Yeah Mommy...what is for dinner?? Can we have, how about chips and dip?? Nooo...I got it, how 'bout we go out to eat?'' To this the other two replied, "Yeah Mommy...let's just go out to eat!!" I let them ramble for about 15 minutes and then I replied: "Yeah...let's go out to dinner...I want Olive Garden...." (at this point they were confused by the fact that I was agreeing with them, and then I went in for the KILL...)"So...since all of you got money for Christmas...Who's paying??" Miraculously...EVERYONE was convinced that we had plenty to eat at home. (note to parents: with a little thought...we REALLY can outsmart them)

B. "What are we gonna do when we get home?" I almost fainted...I was EXHAUSTED and they had the nerve to ask me that?? I let them talk for about 15 minutes (15 minutes seems to be a crucial amount of time in the life of a child). Of course each of them had the "best idea ever." I overheard one suggest that we go to Blockbuster. One wanted to play Dance, Dance Revolution and the little one wanted to build a tent in the loft. I wanted to go to SLEEP. Well, after 15 minutes, I suggested that we do one of two things..."1. Have a hot shower/bath, eat a hot meal and watch TV or 2. GO TO BED." Well....mama didn't raise no fools...Almost in unison they said..."Let's go home take a shower, put on some warm pj's, eat dinner and watch TV." God, I LOVE it when a plan comes together...don't you?? (quick prayer: Lord, this actually worked!! Please Lord, PLEASE let it work again...thank You in advance, 'cause I know that with You, all things are possible...Is it possible that this can happen again?? ~amen)

Friday ended on a lovely note...Now Saturday was a horse of a different color...

Saturday, EVERYONE was included and we had nothing to do except...HOUSE WORK!! That worked out well. Four of my five bathrooms got cleaned and the twins vacuumed all of upstairs. (quick prayer: Lord, please don't let CPS (child protective service) find out that I make my kids work, in my house...where they live for FREE, eat up ALL of my food and where I do their laundry for FREE... Dear Lord somewhere along the way things got twisted and children now have rights...well most children have rights, mine waived their rights when the were born. ~amen) (note to parents: if your children have might want to revoke them before they learn about CPS.)

Well, after we finished cleaning...we started a craft. We made winter hats out of fleece, fabric paint and fabric glue. (I started that post on Saturday and have not added the pictures to it yet. So I have not posted it. When I post it remember that I wrote it before this post, otherwise you might get a little confused by my references to events and times.)

The craft went will have to wait for the post to get the details...

Sunday morning at about 1:30am I was lying in bed sound asleep with visions of sugar plums dancing in my pretty little head when I felt a presence...I felt it long before I opened my eyes, I was trying to wish it away, no such luck...I felt it LONG before I heard what had to be a sound VERY similar to that of the gates of Hell opening... This most horrific sound was coming from my dear sweet 11 year old daughter, Nicole. She was standing beside my bed, in the dark, carrying a trash can and tossing her cookies!! EEEWWWW!!! YUCK!!!!! This child was making sounds that only Satan himself could replicate. She was SICK!! I mean REALLY sick...not Nicole sick (she has been known to exaggerate illness for personal gain/sympathy).

She was up about every 30-45 minutes vomiting. She came and slept on the couch in the loft so that I could hear her every wretched heave. Lucky me! (this may or may not have been payback for me out smarting her in the car on Friday (see above for details)). Well, needless to say...neither she nor I got much sleep. Alexander, her twin brother, woke up at 9:00am on Saturday and began his reign of terror! He started out with a stomach ache which soon became "cookie tossing extraordinaire." He felt the need to get up and come find me, no matter where I was in the house, to tell me that his stomach was hurting and that he was about to throw up. Just what I needed...a play, by play...Lucky me! EEEWWWW!!!

He was sick until about 8:00pm, at which time he began to feel better. Nicole was still in agony and by now she also had gastrointestinal issues as well. When it rains, it runs and pours! Welcome to my world!!

Is anyone wondering where my other two children were while all of this was going on?? Well Naomi (Age 5), was helping me take care of everyone. Noel (age 6), who very well might be the smartest person in our house, went into the guest room, stood in the doorway, waved goodbye, closed the door and cut on the TV. She only came out when it was time for her to eat.

Note: While all of this was happening, I was busy trying to figure out the best way to keep everyone else from getting sick. This is when I had the BEST idea of my life...Lysol. I had them cover up their faces and hold their breath while I sprayed Lysol on them in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost. To say that I was desperate to keep everyone else from getting sick, is an UNDERSTATEMENT. (quick prayer: Dear Lord, thank you for protecting my children...especially from me. I ALWAYS mean well, but sometimes I get a little desperate and...well...I...uhmmm...spray Lysol on them...Is that a sin?? ~amen)

I will not bore you with the details of the rest of our weekend, nor will I tell you about what happened on Monday when I went into OCD (obsessive compulsive disorder) mode and did 5 heads of hair and cleaned all 4,000+ square feet of my house... 'cause that would be overkill.

So...I said all of the above to say...I was a little bit busy this weekend and PROMISE to post something in the next 2 days...


Friday, January 16, 2009

Q & A with Ms. Stewart...

Whoda' thunk it...Here is a whole NEW use for my blog...I can take reader questions and provide answers...(quick prayer: Dear Lord, PLEASE help me give out good, quality and useful information, PLEASE let me not lead anyone astray. The road to craft utopia is narrow and few there be who find it...amen). Anonymous (see comments) emailed me with the following question:

Greetings to you, Ms. Stewart.
I am far from crafty.
HELP me with this one idea.
My daughters girl scout troop is studying India.
The girls will dress up in attire (homemade saris),
experience the cuisine (fix a homemade dish),
and use body art (bindis).
We are planning to watch the Cheetah Girls movie, too.
Do you have any ideas or know websites I can to visit?
Also, could I have asked this on your blog? Yep!!

Is there a place for questions/ crafty help ideas? Not Yet...But one day!!(quick prayer: Please Lord, help me find a way to add a Q & A section...It took me almost a week to add email subscriptions am I up for the challenge??)

I will interject here that Anonymous and I are home girls from WAY back when...and, although she does not think she is "crafty," she came up with the following (read below) without my help...You go gurrrrllll:

Thinking Day Preparations:

-Make a flag for the flag ceremony (2' x 3') We need to have a 6' pole for the ceremony. I was thinking since our girls are still very small we could make the flag out of paper and put it on some lightweight dowel rod (would need to be thick enough not to wobble). It needs to be as light as possible for our girl to carry.
When planning a craft/activity ALWAYS, ALWAYS, ALWAYS take into account the age/size/abilities of those participating. Here is a picture of the Flag of India.

-Do a name drawing for the girl to be in the flag ceremony. I think it's really the fairest way to do it.
SMART, SMART, SMART. This is the fairest way possible. This way will eliminate all of the Mama and Lil' Girl drama that these events breed. My only suggestion would be that you remove your child's name from the drawing and that someone NOT related and/or not a friend of you or your child do the drawing. It may seem unfair to the divine Miss don't tell her!!

-Prepare our costumes. (bright fabrics needed)
Keep it CRAFTY by also looking for some cheap ribbon and trims (applied with fabric glue) to allow the kiddo's to personalize them. Depending on how much time you have, you might also want to provide some gold and/or silver fabric paint and let them embellish their saris. Some glue on rhinestones might be in order here. There are seven steps to tying a sari and saris come in many styles and colors. Check out this link for pictures of many beautiful saris. Roll your mouse over the picture and a larger view will appear on the right.

-Prepare a posterboard for the display of information from India (general info, role of females, music, dance) Good idea! Keep it CRAFTY and academic!! Perhaps when they first arrive/have finished dressing (in their saris), you can get a digital pic of them. Then while they are working on another project, you can print them off and add them to the display board. Or better yet, make completing the board a group project and have each child bring in one type written fact about India that can be added to the board. For those who WILL forget, already have several facts ready to go should you need them. You might also want to include some fun facts. For example, did you know that Parcheesi is the national game of India? Whoda' thunk it??

-Plan the table decorations/decorations for our India Theme (home decorations you may have might be helpful)
Don't be afraid to ask for help...Ask for table decorations, ask for fabric, ask for food, ask for volunteers, ask for a mortgage payment...DO NOT be afraid to ask for help!! And, ask EARLY and be VERY specific about what you need/want. If you know that you want red material from the Walmart on 123 East Parkway Blvd. North West (if you have ever lived in Memphis, you know where this is) next door to Chicken on a Stick...tell them exactly where to go and what to get. See if Walmart will hold your color choices so that the mamas can come in and ask for them specifically. You will not know until you ask...So ASK!!

-Decide on a recipe for the tasting event.
The KISS principle applies here...Keep It Super Simple...these are kids. Here is a recipe for Easy Tandoori Chicken which you could server with Basmati Rice. You could make a Mango Lassie (you could also use raspberries, strawberries or blueberries) to drink. For dessert, how about super quick and easy Indian Pudding. For a quicker and easier alternative, make Hummus and serve it with toasted pita chips. To save even more time, you can buy Hummus in almost any grocery store.

The girls need to be involved in the planning of Thinking Day as much as possible. I agree 1,000,000,000% this is for them to learn more about India. Make those lil' mamas work too.

If anyone has any items/supplies for any of the things we need that you can donate or let the girls borrow let me know. If you have not heard from anyone 3 days before the event...Call Them!!

And last, but not least...

1. The dining customs of India should also be taken into account. Traditional dining involves sitting on the floor or very low stools or cushions. Unlike western countries, no cutlery is used for eating food and the fingers of the right hand are used for eating. Also, in many South Indian families and in some restaurants food is served in banana leaves or lotus leaves (See Below).

2. Your greatest and most accurate resource for ALL things India is going to be your yellow pages. Look in the phone book and find a listing for an Indian (India) Market/Grocery, call them for directions and then GO and see them. DO NOT attempt to have this conversation over the phone!! YOU WILL REGRET IT IF YOU DO!! They will also have food already prepared for you to purchase as well as insight into table directions.

THANKS in advance

Hope this helped...If not, you know how to get in touch with me...


Almost ready...

I am almost ready to list my first craft project...

This blog is like crack...HIGHLY addictive...I have been deliberating over what to post since my last entry. Funny ain't it...I went from "fear of nothing to post" to "tooooo many ideas and not sure what to post first." So, while I ponder this quandary in which I find myself...I thought I would share with you this email from my mostly cyber friend Carla (we have only met in person one time about 2 years ago). It is one of those "How have I have lived ___ years without knowing this?" emails...

I had to go into the kitchen and check this out for myself. Whoever looks at the end of your aluminum foil/saran wrap box? You know when you try to pull some foil out and the roll comes out of the box. Then you have to put the roll back in the box and start over. The darn roll always comes out at the wrong time. Well, I would like to share this with you. Yesterday I went to throw out an empty Reynolds foil box and for some reason I turned it and looked at the end of the box. And written on the end was, "Press here to lock end." Right there on the end of the box is a tab to lock the roll in place. How long has this little locking tab been there? I then looked at a generic brand of aluminum foil and it had one, too. I then looked at a box of Saran wrap and it had one too! I can't count the number of times the Saran wrap roll has jumped out when I was trying to cover something up. I'm sharing this with my friends. I hope I'm not the only person that didn't know about this. many of you went to look in your pantries after reading this to check your boxes??? How many of you found out that this was true??? How many of you said to yourself or a loved one..."How have I lived ___ years without knowing this?" PLEASE post a comment and let me know...I have made it almost 39 years without this knowledge and my husband...a few months over 50 years...There is a lesson to be learned here...Stop and smell the roses, but only after you have read the box. (quick prayer: Dear Lord, let them all heed my sage advice: "Smell the roses after you read the box." ~amen)

Ms. Stewart if you're Crafty

Wednesday, January 14, 2009


It is 6:48am and I am on the verge of a full fledged panic attack...I just hat the scariest thought ever..."Have I lost my mind?? I don't craft enough to do a blog!! Lord help me...PLEASE!!...Deep breath in, slow breath out...Deep breath in sloooooowwww breeeeeath out..."

It is 6:49 now and I have just started a load of my husbands laundry, using the liquid laundry detergent that I made...

It is 6:51 now and I am on my way downstairs to refrigerate the half gallon of banilla (vanilla & banana) yogurt that I made last night...

It is 6:55 now and I am about to pack my daughter's lunch in the duct tape lunch bag that I made for her...

It is 7:10 now and I am about to get dressed and put on the sterling silver and crystal earrings that I made...

"Breathe in...breathe out...breathe in...breathe"

OK...I have calmed down now and I have realized three things:

1. I do more stuff before 8:00am than most people do in a day,
2. I have interrupted the well-oiled machine that is my morning routine to blog this, and...
3. I have PLENTY of stuff to blog about...

Gotta Jet...


PS: My dilemma now..."What should I write about first?" Stay tuned to find out...

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Oops...I'm Doin it Again...

Day 2...Post 2

First...a little house keeping...
After EXTENSIVE and EXHAUSTIVE research, trial and MUCH can now subscribe to my blog via email!!! (quick prayer: Thank you Jesus!!) Look to the left and then SUBSCRIBE...please, pretty please with sugar on top??

Ok, the house is back to blogging

Where did I leave off yesterday??? I can barley remember what I was doing 10 seconds ago... Oh yeah...I was telling you about me. Well...actually...I already told you all of the stuff that you need to let's move on to something else, shall we?

Being the craft addict that I am, you will find a lot of different types of crafts here, including, but not limited to, home improvement/furniture restoration/painting, paper crafts, recycling projects, sewing and, yes, even hair care related posts. As a woman of color, with three daughters, I am ALWAYS in pursuit of a new do' for my girls. So I will also use this blog to highlight my hair crafting skills too...

I guess that now would be the time for a TRUE CONFESSION...Unfortunately...I have VERY FEW original ideas. I am almost ashamed to admit it, but it's true. My main claim to fame is that I am CHEAP and being cheap is what keeps me crafting. Anything that I see that I want, if it costs more than $3.68...I, usually, will NOT buy it. But I will spend $30.00 on supplies so that I can make 200 of them, even though I might only want/need three of them...that would be another symptom of ADHACD (quick prayer: Dear Lord, please deliver me from this obsessive/compulsive behavior...not any time soon...but one day...maybe?).

Whew!!! A HUGE burden has been lifted...You now know my crafty little secret...I fell soooo FREE!!! (quick prayer: Please Lord let them not think less of me...I promise to give credit where credit is due and to provide links to EVERY idea that I copy, I really do...).

Ok...I think I have said enough...Until I post again...


PS: Count ALL mistakes as LOVE...I had some formatting errors and perhaps a few syntax errors on my first post...but....Like a fine wine...I promise to get better with time!!

PPS: Is anyone, besides me, wondering when I am going to post an actual craft/project? Hopefully this weekend...I have a few cards that I have made for my kid's birthday parties. I might start with those and then work my way up to bigger and better things...

Monday, January 12, 2009

I finally did it...

Hi All and Welcome to my little corner of the information super highway...

I finally did it...I have decided to start my very own blog!! (quick prayer: Please Lord let this NOT be a mistake) My hope is that you will find it most enjoyable and helpful.

Before I tell you more about the blog, let me tell you a little bit about me!!
I have been married for 14 years and I have 4 children (I would use the word "wonderful" to describe them...but I'm not...some days "yes" today..."not so much")-3 girls(11, 6 & 5) and one son(11, poor boy). I have been crafting the majority of my life but have just recently (last 7 years) become ADDICTED...I guess that you could say I have a sock monkey on my back...Unfortunately, I am a compulsive crafter...I have the world's first documented case of ADHACD (Attention Deficit Hyper Active Crafting Disorder). Regretfully, to date there is no medication available and since I don't drink or use illicit street drugs....I can't even self medicate!! What to do...What to do?

The symptoms of ADHACD varies among individuals but the most common and wide spread symptoms are:

1.) EXCESSIVE amounts of craft supplies located in MANY different areas of your house (see pictures). Currently, with the exception of my bathrooms (which is where I like to keep my crafting reading materials), EVERY room/closet in my house contains some item that I have either crafted with, am currently crafting with or am making plans to craft with in the VERY near future.

Exhibit 1-Junk/Supplies in Hubby's office

Exhibit 2-Junk/Supplies in Library. This is one of MANY baskets.

Exhibit 3--Junk/Supplies in Guest Room closet. I dare not show you what's in the chest of drawers or what's under the bed.

2.)You stay up ALL night long crafting. This one is self explanatory...if you don't get it...this is NOT the blog for you. ADHACD sufferers know exactly what I am talking about.

3.) You spend countless hours online looking for new craft's/craft supplies/crafting instructions. Thanks be to God for high speed Internet!!

4.) You are greeted by name by EVERY employee at Michael's, Hobby Lobby, Jo Ann's and in the craft/sewing department at EVERY Walmart within 30 miles of your house, no matter what time of day/night you go. I am ashamed to say how far I have driven for 45mm squiggly eyes. And if I ever find Diamond Glaze within a 100 mile radius...I am planning a road trip! Lord forbid I spend $12 bucks plus $6.95 for shipping and handling to order it online, when I can spent $30 worth of gas and 4 hours worth of time to go and buy it...and possibly...maybe...pick up some other supplies that I don't really need but can talk myself into them because one day I MIGHT need them.

Just in case you were unsure or trying to give me the benefit of the doubt...Yes, I have a problem...A VERY SERIOUS problem...A problem that I would not trade for all of the chocolate in Hershey, PA and Switzerland combined!!

Well...I think I have bored you enough for the day...Good Night...I will continue this real soon...

~Marquita Stewart

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