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Jello Shots…. Yum. January 22, 2010

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These are pretty simple to make and ooooooohhhhhhhhs so good .   I had them at a baby shower (granted the mother couldn’t partake) but they are cool and refreshing, and yes I know its January but sometimes you need a little taste of summer.

Ingredients:

  • 1 package ( 5 Oz. Box) Cheesecake Flavored Pudding (large Size)
  • 1-½ cup Milk
  • ½ cups Liqueur (you Can Use Almost Any Flavor)
  • ¾ cups Vodka
  • 16 ounces, weight Cool Whip

1) Mix together the milk and pudding.
2) Add alcohol, mix.
3) Fold in the Cool Whip.
4) Divide into 1/2 oz. sample disposable plastic cups and cover with lids (I get mine at the restaurant supply store, Gordon Food Service, but I’m sure Sam’s or Costco carries them as well).

Once they are all packed up, I just throw them in a plastic shopping bag and toss into the freezer for a few hours.

This recipe is really easy to make different variations of—my favorite to use is raspberry-flavored alcohol. Others include:

Chocolate pudding with Irish cream liqueur (i.e. Bailey’s)
Chocolate pudding with banana-flavored liqueur
Cheesecake pudding with Kahlua (this one is really good and to me tastes like vanilla ice cream)

Play around with the flavors of both the pudding and the liqueurs for some fun. The vodka always goes in, but you can certainly use different flavors of that as well.

 

Adventures in Photoshop August 20, 2009

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Original

Original

For my birthday last month my dad bought me photoshop.  Since my birthday I have been up north a number of times to visit a camp I used to work at as well as some friends from college and have been snapping photos the whole way… Anyways, heres one of the shots from Mackinaw Island with various actions applied to it….

bikes 70s

Seventies

bikes edited copy

Probably my favorite one

Sepia

Sepia

Heartland

Heartland

Vintage

Vintage

Black and White

Black and White

BW Beauty

BW Beauty

Boost

Boost

 

I think I found a sign…. July 11, 2009

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(I know I’ve been gone for a long while, lots of things going on, the quilt is finished though and I’ll post pictures soon (hopefully).)

So for the past couple of years I’ve talked to my friends and family about wanting to run in a marthon.  I know a few people who have done this and I’ve always looked on them with envy that they were able to do something that pushes them to the limits like that.  I did buy a book on running just because I haven’t done much of it since middle school or high school thanks to my asthma.  Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE to run, its just that my lungs don’t, and that makes it a little problematic.  I DO know, however, that when I run I want to run to raise money and support a cause.  In my mind it would be either cancer, heart disease, or diabetes because my grandfather had all three.

Yesterday when I checked my mail, there was a letter from the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and it was about informational meetings for their  Team in Training program which is their marathon fundraisers.  I haven’t signed up for any mailings from this organization and have never attended any of their functions, but I feel as if I am supposed to do this.  Someone from my workplace has a family member battling leukemia and my heart goes  out to them on a daily basis.  I have already signed up for the kick off meeting in East Lansing and am so excited to be a part of this.  There are a few events I could choose from, the two it came down to though because of timing were the Walt Disney World Marathon – which would be great but I go to Florida a lot, and the one that I am hoping to do which is the P.F. Chang’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Arizona Marathon

There are a few reasons why I want to do this,

  1. I want to help a cause thats important to me and that I feel needs and deserves support.  Like many people today, I have seen way too many people die from cancer and have seen many of my friends and family have to say goodbye to loved ones too early.
  2. I REALLY want to get back into shape.  By joining the running club, I am not going to have any excuses to not get out there and move.  I’ll also have a coach and team members who will be going through the whole process with me which is great because I know this will probably be one of the hardest things I will ever put my body through.
  3. Because someone who has an impact on my life is going through this right now, this run has a personal feel as well.

I will be sure to be using this to keep my friends and family posted on my progress as well as fundraising efforts *wink wink*  But thats still a ways off…

Wish me luck!

 

May 11, 2009

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This quilt back will be the death of me. Details to come.

 

These are not my best work, but I love my niece!! March 4, 2009

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So these photos are by no means my favorite pictures I’ve ever taken.  The photos with that title still belong to the pictures from when I studied abroad in 2005.  However, I am such a baby (no pun intended) when it comes to my niece/god-daughter (!) but she melts my heart whenever I see her – which is not nearly enough!
My niece at 2 1/2 months... look at those lashes!!

My niece at 2 1/2 months... look at those lashes!!

Nap time for dad and Dalilah

Nap time for dad and Dalilah

My sister and her bundle of joy

My sister and her bundle of joy