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Craft Weekend with My Mother and Sister

Posted by: Frances

March 21st, 2011 >> Crafts, Educational

This was such a great weekend of fun times as well as learning a few new crafts.  My mother and sister came to visit this weekend and we had a non-stop full weekend that just ended a few hours ago.  It began on Friday when we went down to Piecemakers Country Store in Costa Mesa, CA.  (  This is a small country style restaurant with arts and crafts for sale.  They also have a variety of classes anyone can take to learn a new craft.  They had some really neat things people made and I ended up getting a few things as well.  After our adventure at Piecemakers, we made our way up to Valencia, CA for a Scrapbooking class.  My sisters good friend was teaching the class.  We spent the entire rest of the evening their and into the night.


On Saturday, we were up to an early start so we could make it down to the Glitterfest in Santa Ana, CA. (  Glitterfest is a festival where a people set up a booth to sell their crafts and homemade items.  That was a very fun show.  I got a really neat terrarium along with some other neat plants.  After Glitterfest, we made our way to downtown Los Angeles to an area that sells tons of fabric and trim and much more.  It is streets of stores that sell everything a sewer could dream of.  The best place we found was Textile Collections.  They offer unbeatable deals on fabric and are on S. Wall St.  Then, we made our way to to the French General for a beading class on making Posies.  (


The two beaded posies and leaves that I made at the class.

Sunday, we woke up late and took it easy.  We all had a nice relaxing brunch at the Cheesecake Factory.  Then, off to the airport we went.

We had some really good laughs and made some fun memories this weekend.  It was really great to see my mom and my sister!  Thank you for coming out and visiting me!!!!!!!!!!!!!  Missing you guys already.


My Lampshade Hat


My Mom and Me!


My Sister and Mom and I

Juggling: The Passing Zone Gravity Attacks

Posted by: Frances

March 13th, 2011 >> Concerts, Educational, Hang Gliding

Tonight I went to see The Passing Zone Gravity Attacks with Owen Morse and Jon Wee.  I met Owen a few weeks ago out at Crestline Hang Gliding.  He mentioned he is a Juggler and had a show in town coming up.  I went to see it and it was amazing.  Both of them are very talented and very entertaining.  If you get a chance to see them, I promise it is worth it.  I enjoyed the entire show and time just flew by.  The rubber band trick Owen does is pretty fascinating.  Their website is:


This is just a clip of “Their Story” I thought I would share:
The Passing Zone has been awarded five Guinness World Records and 18 Gold Medals from the International Juggler’s Association.

If you have a chance you should read their whole story, it is quite impressive.

MaryJane’s Stitching Room by MaryJane Butters

Posted by: Frances

March 5th, 2011 >> Crafts, Educational


I finished reading this book and I learned a bunch of things about sewing I did not know.  This book is great for everyday sewing or just to learn how to stitch up a hole.  It also includes information on Tatting with a needle.  I am much more interested in Tatting will shuttles, but I finally got the basics down reading her tutorials in the book.  If you like to sew or want to learn to sew, this is a really good book to help you learn.

The Art of Simple Food: Alice Waters

Posted by: Frances

March 3rd, 2011 >> Cooking, Educational

I finished reading The Art of Simple Food by Alice Waters today.  It is a really good book about cooking and has lots of great recipes.  I would definitely suggest this for anyone who is learning to cook or just want some good tips for making food taste great without a lot of work.  I have made some really tasty dishes out of this book already.  Hope you enjoy it as much as I am.


MaryJane’s Ideabook.Cookbook.Lifebook

Posted by: Frances

February 12th, 2011 >> Educational

I finished ready MaryJane’s Ideabook.Cookbook.Lifebook.  I have to say it is not at all what I was expecting it to be.  I was looking for a how to book with inside tips you can’t find other places about random things you do when you are independent from society.  I.e. canning, growing your own fruits and vegetables, etc.  Even though, I was slightly disappointed I found a lot of things in this book very useful.  It is definitely a book about different parts of her life incorporated with some how to’s and recipes.

She has great recipes for some delicious food, cleaning supplies that are chemical free, tips for removing stains like red wine, and so on.


Mom’s Granola from The Kind Diet by Alicia Silverstone

Posted by: Frances

February 9th, 2011 >> Cooking, Educational

First of all, I just loved The Kind Diet book!  I truly enjoyed reading it and now I am experimenting with Alicia’s recipes.  I am very excited about trying them out a few at a time.  So this weekend, I baked her Mom’s Granola recipe with some additional ingredients of my own:

The recipe is on page 201 of The Kind Diet book or here is my revised version:

6 cups quick-cooking oats

1/2 cup brown sugar

3/4 cup wheat germ

1/2 cup sesame seeds

1/2 cup sunflower seeds unsalted

1/2 cup safflower oil

3/4 cup brown rice syrup

1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract

2 small bags of grain-sweetened, nondairy chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

Spread oats on a rimmed baking pan (12 x 15) and bake for 10 minutes.  Transfer oats to a large mixing bowl and add all the remaining ingredients together.  Stir thoroughly.

Place some Parchment paper down in your 12 x 15 baking pan.  Spread the mixture evenly in the pan.  Slightly press to level the top of the mixture.  (This will help you create rectangle bars)

Bake for 12 minutes.

Remove from the oven and let cool in the pan, then cut into bars.

Store in airtight container or food saver bags.


Book update

Posted by: Frances

January 25th, 2011 >> Educational

1.  I finally finished The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown!  I really enjoyed the book, although I am not a fan of his writing style.  This book was interesting and kept me wanting to read more.  If you want to read something with some history in it and suspense with a twist… this is the book for you.

2.  I also finished reading The Kind Diet by Alicia Silverstone.  I absolutely loved her book!!! I am going to test out some of her recipes too.  Her book was exciting and liberating at times.  As I was reading it felt like I was sitting right next to her as she told me her story.  She was very enthusiastic throughout the entire book and made me think about some things.  I have to say, one part in the book really made me question if I wanted to eat red meat again!

“Our intestines tell a story, too.  A carnivore’s intestines are only about 6 feet long, because meat isn’t meant to hang out in the gut forever.  Our intestines are 20 feet long; when we eat meat, it teks a full 72 hours to pass through us.  That’s 3 days, and your body, my friend, is 98.6 degrees inside!  It’s like having a steak sit out in the hot sun for 3 days straight.  Eventually it will start to rot and putrefy.  And that’s what’s happening inside of you.”The Kind Diet by Alicia Silverstone Pg. 33

I have really enjoyed reading her blog as well.  It is and has a lot of information available to you.  If you are looking for something different to cook and an adventure in challenging your diet, I suggest you read her book.  Half of her book are recipes just for you to try and hopefully love.  I liked her style of writing because it felt like we were talking.

Making my 1st Terrarium

Posted by: Frances

January 20th, 2011 >> Crafts, Educational, Outdoor Activities

Matt and I were watching CBS Sunday morning the other day.  They had a special on Terrariums and I was inspired to make one of my own.  So… I ended up making four and Matt made one.  So, come to find out they are quite easy, but require some patience.

Supplies: Gravel or Rocks, Horticulture Charcoal, soil, weed stopper mesh, plants and a container (i.e. fish bowl, or something enclosed)

Step 1: Buy a jar or glass bowl of your choice

Step 2: place about and 1 inch to 2 inches of rocks on the bottom

Step3: cut a piece of the mesh to lay on top of the rock to act as a barrier for the soil to stay above the rocks

Step 4: mix about a cup of charcoal with the soil.  You only want enough so that if you take a handful you can see some of the charcoal mixed in the soil

Step 5: add water to the charcoal/soil mix until it is moist.  You have put too much water if there is water pooling in the bottom of the bowl you are mixing it in.

Step 6: put a very small scarce layer of the charcoal on top of the mesh

Step 7: add the soil on top of the scarce layer of charcoal (about 2 to 3 inches deep)

Step 8: plant your plants into the soil in the order you like

Step 9: Slightly water when completed

Step 10: put on display

These are the ones I have made:





Books and Magazines

Posted by: Frances

January 8th, 2011 >> Cooking, Crafts, Educational

So for Christmas I asked for a bunch of different books and a magazine subscription.  I am really excited about all of them and can’t wait to read them.

Currently I am reading  The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown Absolutely intriguing so far.


I am also reading  MaryJane’s Ideabook Cookbook Lifebook by MaryJane Butters and  MaryJane’s Stitching Room I also have a subscription to her magazine Mary Janes Farm.  I just love these:



I have The Kind Diet By Alicia Silverstone that I have already began reading.  It is interesting and there have been a few things in the book that have really put a spin on my head.  She also has a website blog called


Lastly, I received two of Alice Waters Cookbooks.  One is Chez Panisse Cafe Cookbook and the other is The Art of Simple Food.



In the Meantime & HURT LOCKER

Posted by: Frances

July 31st, 2010 >> Educational, Movie Mania

Since my last post I have been really busy with a number of things.  I have been working more hours at work to earn some extra money to play and trying to keep afloat with my school work.  I am making an A in both of my classes and I am very excited I only have two more weeks left in the summer session.  Then, one more class to take in the Fall and I will have earned a Bachelor’s in Allied Health from Widener University.

I have been playing catch up with the chores around the house, brushing and bathing my three dogs, and buying a few new pieces of clothing and jewelry to add to my collection.   I needed some fashion updating, but just a hint of it.

In addition, I have been trying to narrow down the junk accumulating in my house and get rid of a bunch of unnecessary things.  So far I have a pretty big stack of belongings to hopefully sell in a future garage sale.

I have also watched a few movies, one in particular is Hurt Locker.  I really enjoyed this movie.  It was very predictable in my opinion, but it was incredibly well done.  It makes you feel like you are actually there and I love movies that suck you in like that.