Monday, October 5, 2009


It must just be the time of year but everyone seems to have their 'craft' on! I am probably the least crafty person I know. I have no patience. I want to do it quickly and finish quickly! But somehow I managed to get these done and I think they turned out pretty okay. The pics are mostly for my girls who are always asking to see what I've done!
This is a recipe card holder. I just modgepodged the paper on - embellished it with paper flowers and made the magnets with irregularly shaped glass stones. You glue the paper onto the back of them and then stick a magnet on the back. Nothing special for sure.

These came in a set from the Wood Connection in SLC. We have nothing of the sort here in Southern Oregon. Anyone want to start a business? The set cost about 22 bucks which I thought was a really great price. They stand about 16 inches high or so. Modgepodged paper on them, painted them black and put some glittery sutff on those.

I actually came up with this one. Paul got us a new chop saw and belt sander. He 'chopped' up some 4X4 wood post and a base on it. I painted everything black and then cut christmas paper squares just with about 1/4" of black showing. Modge podge them. Then I cut out some trees, a star, etc. to put on one side of each of the three blocks. More modge podge. Then I stacked them and put a ribbon around them. I really like these.

This was a plate from Walmart. About 4 bucks. I created this tree pattern. Modgepodged it right onto the white plate. I cut out the circles from some scrapbook paper and modgepodged those on as well. It was fun to do and I like the finished project.

I think I've done something else but I can't see it out right now in the mess of all this crafting! Please share your ideas with me! Love to steal away those cute ideas!

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Gourmet Lobster Macaroni and Cheese

This is what I had for dinner tonight. It was truly the most creamy, delicious, yummy thing that may have ever gone into my mouth. I topped it off with some fresh ground cornmeal (thanks to my grinder and a bag of unpopped popcorn!) and honey butter. Here is the recipe for the mac and cheese. I post this only because one of you will undoubtedly ask for it.

12 oz. macaroni
14 oz. lobster tails uncooked(Fred Meyer sells 4 oz. and 8 oz. frozen lobster tails so I actually used 12 oz.)
5 T. Butter
1 1/4 c. heavy whipping cream
1 1/4 c. half and half or whole milk
1 T. flour
3 oz. sharp cheddar
3 oz. fontina cheese
3 oz. gruyere cheese

Melt 4 T. of the butter slowly in pan. Take cut up lobster pieces and sautee for apx. 5 minutes over med low heat. Set aside.
Melt 1 T. butter in pan.
Add 1 T. flour and stir and stir until it turns light brown and gets a bit of a nutty smell to it.
Stir in the heavy cream. Bring to a boil.
Stir in the half and half. Bring to a boil.
Turn down and simmer for 3 minutes.
Add shredded cheese one handful at a time and stir and stir. This is just yummy goodness even reading this isn't it?
Your pasta should be finished cooking about the same time the sauce is finished.
Fold in the sauce to the noodles.
Fold in lobster to the mixture. I actually added mine to the top of the mac and cheese instead of stirring it in. Did I mention yummy goodness? The cheese sauce just compliments the lobster. The gruyere and fontina cheese are very mild and creamy cheeses. They are just unbelievable. The sharp cheddar added just enough cheesy flavor.

This was a bit expensive to make but for a special night like tonight (it's Thursday right?) it was just perfect. It makes plenty - I would say enough for four people. You may want to add a bit more lobster or cut the pieces into smaller bites. It is just so rich. A one cup serving is just about right. I think we may have downed about 1 1/2 cups and we are paying the price. I can't even look at the kitchen to clean up.