Friday, March 18, 2005

Spicy Muffins....Diet Friendly

I made some muffins last week that turned out okay - they were an experiment. I am going to try them again but not sure what to change to make them not so firm. They were not dry, but they were so heavy. I want to make them lighter tasting.

Here is what I did...

1/4 cup light margarine
3/4 cup low fat sour cream
3/4 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 cup of oat flour
1/4 cup splenda
1/4 cup brown sugar substitute
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 egg beaten
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 teaspoon nutmeg

Preheated the oven to 350 degrees. Cream margarine, add sour cream, mix well. Sift dry ingredients. Add alternately with egg to creamed mixture. Spoon into greased muffin tins. Bake 12 to 15 minutes. Immediately roll in a mixture of cinnamon-splenda.

Saturday, March 12, 2005

Catching everyone up


I know Darby has already posted three times, so she thought I should get my act in gear and start adding stuff on here. As most everyone knows we've been passing our germs back and forth for at least the last month (and it feels longer than that..) so we've been weathering through that. Work has been stressful as of late, but hopefully things will start clearing up before a rather large case coming up later this spring.

Speaking of spring -- we are enjoying some incredibly fab-ola weather!! We ventured over to Aspen today and had lunch while we walked around a bit downtown. It was wonderful up there! We managed to stay in the 60's for better part of the week and that trend looks to be continuing at least until the middle part of the week.

The biggest news that is coming up soon is the fact that I'm applying for a business license through the State -- doing videography/editing work. The venture initially started last year when I agreed to assist a co-worker on a project that she was working on. The rants and raves of my amateur video was a hit with a lot of people. So much so that I've done a series of videos for my sister and a co-worker that I'm particularly proud of. I have our trip to Minnesota to put into a video composition as well as my folk's road trips to the northwest and beyond to put together. Busy, busy, busy!

The name of the business will be Reflecting Time (which you may recognize as being home to our photo gallery currently.) I hope to finalize the process within the next couple of weeks once I get a couple of fundamental questions answered by some employment counselors that I've been seeing -- then I can begin to implement things in stages at a comfortable, absorptive pace... *fingers crossed*

It's a nerve-wracking process to even think about it -- yet it's a passion, and with what I've learned about my inner-passion, when it feels right, it's almost always right. :) Darby has been incredibly supportive and helpful as it really will end up being an endeavor we can both do together. I'm looking forward to the challenge, all of the hardwork, and learning something that deeply touches the passion within. A well of emotions, on a really nice slow simmer right now.

Anyhow - that's the latest...

While on the road between here and Vernal, Utah -- some of the scenics along the way:

(a look from the top of Douglas Pass)

(what used to be a motel or a small band of shops at one point - near the Colo/UT border)

(having fun with barbed wire)

(cautiously looking after their pal -- image taken about 150 yards from the road)

(the pal)

Tuesday, March 08, 2005

New Hair Color

Well last week I decided to dye my hair a BRIGHT color.

So, I got manic panic hot pink hair dye knowing that over my dark hair it would come out not as bright. I wanted kind of a magenta color - deeper pink not so bright. It was kind of brillant that first day. But now it goes between being purplish and burgundy.

So here are some pictures....

taken by me so not such a good picture....

...and again look kind of dark

And here where it look a little brighter....

Sunday, March 06, 2005

Valentine's Book

For Valentine's Day I made Michael a mix CD with some songs and then did a book with collages that goes with each song.

The cover...

Feels like Home

These layouts are photographed before I bound it together -- except for the next one. I used lots of different things for the collages -- acrylic paint, watercolors, colored pencils, markers, rubber stamp, different papers, beads, charms, cutouts and so on.

Shades of Honey

Someone Like You

A few a picture book.