Tuesday, January 23, 2007


These hand buttons are really silly, simple little things, but I thought they would be terrific for those kids layouts, where they are finger painting etc!


Thanks for sharing Sue – what a pretty layout.

I would love to feature some pictures of where you live here on my blog too?

Thanks to these designers, Pimjv, Barb derksen, Gina Cabrera, Kessy, S Whetsel, MS, AC. Font Film Cryptic and Scriptina

“Reach high for stars lie hidden in your soul, dream deep for every dream precedes the goal.” Pamela Vaull Starr.

My son and his partner, Christmas day 2006.


Thanks Astrid – Very Nice! Did you vacation here, or do you live here?

If you have good eyes you can see Saas Fee (Switzerland) in the little picture.
The big picture is me and my hubby at the top of one the cablecarstations

Icicles by Barbara Derksen
snow flakes by Robin Ackler
sandra covert sweet pea

My SMARTER Spanakopita

Miles gave me the hugest compliment yesterday – at school, he called me his personal “Jenny Craig” - now I don't know her – never been on her program, and neither has he, I can assure you, but he was actually bragging that I meet all his nutritional needs and provide gourmet, low-fat meals for him. In fact, this was before he came home to find that I had prepared my own version of Spanikopita – a much, much lighter version than the usual one. I love working with phyllo pastry. Its delicate but forgiving. It looks fancy. Sprayed with no-fat cooking spray it makes a nice crunch surrounding some healthy filling. Let me know if you would like my recipe!

For dessert, I tried the Pumpkin Spice Cake which was submitted to my blog a few weeks ago by Kerie. I turned out totally yum and Miles was allowed to have a nice small slice of it, garnished with a tablespoon of low fat cool whip and a drizzle of chocolate sauce. He weighed in at the gym yesterday and has found he has lost another pound, so he's a happy man.

Today, because I will be short on time during the supper hour, I will prepare dinner ahead, which we can eat hot or cold. We will have a grilled chicken and snowpea toss with oriental noodles. Will serve that up to you on my blog tomorrow!

Many of you requested my recipe for healty wraps - so here you are. Even though they do contain tomato and cucumber, I still freeze them - they seem to be really nice. I pop them in the microwave before I serve them so they make a satisfying lunch even on a cold day!


I package Dempsters white made with whole grain tortillas

3 cups cooked brown rice

2 cups canned black beans (rinsed)

1 cup chopped green pepper

1 cup chopped mushrooms

½ cup chopped cilantro

½ cup chopped tomato

½ cup chopped cucumber

1 cup low fat cheese or a good sprinkle of parmesan

½ tsp cumin

5 tablespoons prepared salsa

squeeze fresh lime juice

lotsa pepper ( I'm addicted )

fresh ground sea salt, to taste

Mix all ingredients together in a large bowl. Fill each wrap and roll up. This should use up at least 9 of the rolls if you put about 2/3 to ¾ cup in each.

Makes 10 or more.

I spent an enjoyable morning with my friend Rose, and Theresa in Rose's Painting Studio. While they had the luxury of 'inspired' painting – I attempted to layout a family tree on a huge slice of paper. This was a project given to me by a friend who asked me to pull it together off of an old one that had many names added to it over the years. Yesterday convinced me that its an impossible task to try and do something by hand. I also attempted to build it in Photdoshop, but after entering several hundred names in I had to come to the conclusion that would not work either. Soooooo.... anyone know any really nice, easy to use genealogy software? I would love some help on this one!

Most smiles are started by another smile.

"A glad heart makes a cheerful countenance"

Proverbs 15:13

See? Its not so hard!

Ok – I am going to go ahead with JAMMIES DAY on January 31 – thats next Wednesday. So, won't you please start sending me your jammies pics? Like I said, I don't need your faces even. Your jammies can be doing their own thing. You can send your pics to me at lalalime@hotmail.com I think it will just be fun to make a slideshow of what type of jammies are happening out there! I will prepare some nice little gift to say thanks...

Best Excuses If You Get Caught Sleeping In Your Cubicle

* It's okay... I'm still billing the client.

* They told me at the blood bank this might happen.

* This is just a 15-minute power-nap like they raved about in the last time management course you sent me to.

* I was working smarter, not harder.

* Whew! Guess I left the top off the liquid paper.

* I wasn't sleeping! I was meditating on the mission statement and envisioning a new paradigm!

* This is one of the seven habits of highly effective people!

* I was testing the keyboard for drool resistance.

* I'm in the management-training program.

* This is in exchange for the six hours last night when I dreamed about work!

* Why did you interrupt me? I had almost figured out a solution to our biggest problem.

* The coffee machine is broken....

* Someone must've put decaf in the wrong pot.

* Boy, that cold medicine I took last night just won't wear off!

* I was cross-training for telecommuting.

* Ah, the unique and unpredictable circadian rhythms of the workaholic!

* I wasn't sleeping. I was trying to pick up my contact lens without hands.


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  1. Thank you for these awesome buttons!

  2. Thank you soo much for these wonderful hand buttons..how cute!!!
    Thank you also for visiting me this morning and for leaving such nice comments.:) Hope your sister likes the page:)
    My dh is redoing our pantry.. enlarging it..and all my food is on the dining room table.I thought this was suppose to be our vacation.LOL
    We are planning a trip to the Aquatarium tomorrow:) Yea!!

    Have a fantastic day today!!


  3. Barb;
    I'd like a copy of your Spanikopitos Recipe please.
    I am in a hurry today but wanted to mention I saw a dietician yesterday & she shocked me by telling me that oriental noodles are fried & full of salt, that baked ones are better but cost more. For oriental noodle soups she recommended Chef Woo. They are baked & fat free. She said to check the labels on noodles. Thought I'd pass it on & thank you for your tips, recipes & downloads.

  4. CUTE Jammie picture - love it. Will try & take one to send even though I won't get to spend the day in my jammies with you.

    I like the hand buttons. I had some hand eyelets & hand brads to use with my scrapbooking stuff too.

    Your healthy meal photos make me hungry & its still 45 mins till my lunch break!

    Are we walkin tomorrow?

  5. Being Greek I love Spanakopita
    and would love your recipie for a lighter version. Thank you so very much for all you have given to us, not only as a scrapper, but as a sister in Christ. You and Miles are an inspiration to us all. God Bless you both.


  6. Thanks for showing my Lo, I only go there for holiday's. It is about 10 hour drive to get there. Where I live we don't have any mountains

  7. Love the hand buttons; what a neat idea; thanks!

  8. Adorable! Thank you! :-)

  9. yum, i love your site, not only for the recipes, but for the fun stuff you put on here. i love your shares and things you make. Thanks for putting my LO up, that is fun, my son, Scott, will freak when i show him!! i will have a look at what LOs i have done that you might like to look at regarding where i live and get back to you. I am just about to do some LOs of my town and so i will use some of your stuff in them and get back to you when i have done it.
    in the mean time you might like to look at the website a friend and i put together for our tourist centre where i work one day a weekend. i did a booklet some years ago and converted it to a website, updated photos etc. some great photos there if you have time to look through. i guess you will be able to take some off there. the shearing photos are mostly my son and his shearing mate, Darren. my hubbie Kevin, is rouseabout, with the broom in one photo. we live one street back from the jetty on the home page, but while we can see the sea, our view of the jetty itself is just blocked out. we also have a farm, but i try to spend more time in my ceduna house, as thirty odd yrs on the farm is enough for me!!!
    have fun looking and catch up with some more stuff soon.
    smiles and thanks for your fun blog.
    and i have a daughter 28, called Melanie!!

  10. First .. your picture is gorgeous ! You are very pretty (love the pink on you)! Second ... The spanakopitas look soooo delicious .. i am drooling! Can you see me .. my tongue is touching the floor ... Third, I'll ask my Dadster for the genealogy program ... He is a master in this area. XOXO Valerie

  11. Thank you so much for the adorable hand buttons. They are so cute!

  12. Thank you for the adorable hand buttons. They are so cute! BettyJoR

  13. http://www.scrapartist.com/gallery/showphoto.php?photo=32073&cat=585

    from sue using your heart buttons and charm ribbon in which i put a photo of my mum and dad.



  14. Thanks so much for these cute buttons!!

  15. Thanks for the wrap recipe! That looks so great!

  16. love the buttons. todays are so cute.

    In tomorrow's post would you tell us:

    do you eat your wrap cold or heat it up?


    how long does it keep in the fridgerator well?

    thinking this would be a good lunhc but would take me all week to eat it!


  17. love the buttons ..where do you get all your ideas...girl you are so talented....can wait to try the wraps

  18. So many buttons! I´ll gonna crazy... Thanks and hugs.

  19. I am grateful for the updated link! LOL Thought I was nutz, which actually for me, isn't odd.
    The Gospel choir is excellent! Thanks for the link! Love hearing new music. Good for the soul!
    Hope you get over your cold real soon!
    Take care and thank you for your goodies!


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