Why should you read my blog?

Why should you read my blog???

Because I said so! No not really...But reading my blog will hopefully be more entertaining than just sitting at your computer with nothing to do. I like to write about a variety of topics depending on my mood. So be sure to check in since you'll never know what kind of mood I'll be in!

Friday, May 20, 2011

Beefy Cheesy Things...Say what?!?

Hey everybody! It's been a bit since I have posted. But end of the school year gets pretty crazy! Counting down the days until summer begins for us. (June 14th!) I am sooo ready!

So today I thought I would share one of my favorite recipes! I call them Beefy Cheesy Things only because I could not remember what they were called in the magazine I saw it in. And I changed it slightly from the magazine recipe anyway. These are an absolute favorite of my brother and my boyfriend. (both are big football players who love to eat!)

Beefy Cheesy Things are exactly what they sound like. Sorry about the pic. I just took it really quickly with my cell phone before my brother and boyfriend attacked them.

You will need:
  • Ground Beef
  • Bar-B-Que Sauce (I like the hickory kind.)
  • Shredded Cheddar Cheese
  • 2 Cans of Biscuits (generally they come 10 in a can)
  • Cupcake Pan (12 cups) 
1) First you want to brown 1 lb of ground beef and drain very well!
2) While the ground beef is browning, spray the cupcake pan with Pam or some other cooking spray. Take the cans of biscuits and place one biscuit in each of the cupcake holes in your pan. I have only ever been able to find cans of 10 biscuits so to get the 12 I use two cans and then bake the extra biscuits the next day. You could also just use 10 holes.
3) Press the biscuits in the middle and up the sides to form a small bowl in the cupcake pan. They will not go very far up the sides though. Maybe a 1/4 of the way up depending on the size of your biscuits.
4) Mix your drained, cooked ground beef with a cup of Bar B Que sauce. You could use more or less sauce depending on how "saucey" you like it. I have also added a little brown sugar at this step to make it a little sweeter, but this is optional.
5) Spoon the ground beef mixture over the biscuits. You want to almost fill your cupcake pan but leave a little room for the last step.
6) Top with CHEESE! As much or as little as you like.
7) Bake in a pre-heated oven at 350 for 10-12 minutes. You want the cheese on top melted and slightly brown. The bottom and sides of the biscuit should be golden brown.

These are so yummy. Very much a comfort food! And they best part is you really don't have to measure ANYTHING! You can just eyeball it depending on how saucey or cheesy you like it!

Please let me know if you try this recipe! (or have tried something similar!) I would love to hear from you!!

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

New Item in the Shop...

Hey everyone! Well I am really trying to get my shop up and running. It really isn't easy, especially while I am teaching. Hopefully this summer will go better!

Here is a link to my shop. I would love any advice from you guys. Are my items worth selling? Are the prices reasonable? What do you think?

Here is an item I just listed!!

It is a hand crocheted bun cover made from a very soft blue yarn. There is a white tie on it right now but it is designed so that you cna change out the tie for any ribbon or yarn you wish! It's gonna have to be a short blog today but here is something I am planning to write about soon.
Coming Soon:
"Beefy Cheesy Things" - recipe
"Crockpot Lasagna" - recipe

Monday, May 9, 2011

What a concept!!

So if you don't remember, or haven't read that post. I am a high school math teacher. I love my job. Really I do. But sometimes my students are just plain frustrating!

It is getting close to the end of the year and so all my students are suddenly turning in late work because they are trying to save their failing grade. One student in particular turned in several missing worksheets and came in today to check on what her current grade was. Since she had turned in some missing work obviously her grade was higher than before. She was very pleased with herself and as she was walking back to her desk she said "Wow I think I am going to keep turning in work. That made my grade higher!" -_- I wanted  to hit my head on my desk. Really?? She was all shocked like this was some new concept. Wow....

But still I love what I do and even the quirks that come with most of my students. They will learn eventually I guess...

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Project Evolution - Making Stained Glass Quilts

Have you ever noticed that you may start with one idea about a project but then end up with a totally different result? Not necessarily better or worse, just different. That happens with projects of mine ALL the time!! My church just moved into a new building that used to be a headquarters for a construction company. So since we didn't have stained glass windows or really anything up on the walls yet, I came up with an idea for a wall-hanging quilt that I wanted to make for the church.

My original idea involved hills of grass with three cross on top. Then it would be surrounded by a curved gold border and stained glass around that. I was aiming for the quilt to look like stained glass windows. Well I finally finished the quilt last week! And while it did not turn out exactly like my original sketch, it is still beautiful and will look lovely on our wall at church!
So it is not the tall window shape I originally planned. And there is not as much of the stained glass that I originally planned. But I think this is what will work better with where I am going to hang it in the church. Making the stained glass was the best part though, so I wish I had used more of it.

1) I took 8 different color fabrics and cut them into squares about 8 X 10 inches. It could be whatever size you want though. Then I stacked the 8 squares (one of each color) very neatly so all the edges line up.
2) Using a straight edge and a rotary cutter, cut slices through all 8 pieces to make shapes. The key is making sure all the squares are cut identical. These pieces will be your separate stained glass "chunks." I made an image with Paint to show what I mean by slices and shapes. Obviously, you want to have straighter lines than what I managed using Paint! lol

3) Now you should have 8 squares cut into identical stained glass shapes. Since I had 8 different color fabrics, I cut each square into 8 different shapes. Then I mixed and matched all the shapes so that I still had 8 squares but each square was made up of 8 different fabrics.

4) Then you just have to sew all the pieces together. For this example I would sew the purple and pink piece together first because they shared a full side. Then I would sew the green piece on to that. Then the yellow and so on. It all depends on the order in which you made your slices.
The great part about the stained glass is that you can cut the slices at any angles you want! But it is good to stick to straight line cuts. I liked that I could do each set of 8 squares differently. Then when I put it all together it had that nice random effect. When you have all the squares you can cut them into smaller strips/sqaures like I did or you can sew them together as is. This idea can be used in many different ways! Whatever works fo you project!

Sometimes it is best to let the project take the lead and decide where it wants to go.

Saturday, May 7, 2011

The Battle of Wills!

Q: Who is more stubborn, the cat or her owner?

A: *sigh* The cat...

Algebra the Stubborn!

I have a cat. Her name is Algebra. We call her Ally for short. She refuses to let me trim her nails. I just gave up on doing it myself. So every month I take her to the vet for a quick nail trim. She is actually well behaved at the vet and they only charge me $14 so it saves me the aggrevation. However, getting her to the vet can still be a bit of a fight. Yesterday I call the vet at 9am and made a 10:30am appointment. Then I go out the the shed to get her pet carrier. I bring the pet carrier inside the house and just set it on the floor. I hadn't even done anything yet! And my cat darts under the couch the instant she sees the carrier. I leave the room for a bit hoping she would come out. That didn't work. I got her favorite treats to lure her out. That didn't work. I even got her, her own can of tuna. She just would not budge. I called the vet and told them we would have to reschedule. Ally did not come out from under the couch for 3 hrs!!!

Today I finally managed to get her in to the vet... But yesterday, the cat won that battle...

In other news, I am still working on getting more items into my Etsy shop. It is really hard to find the time to get all the crafting done that I want to do. And I have so many ideas about what I want to do I have trouble knowing where to start... I guess I just need to pick something and go with it! I got some pretty green beads in the mail today that I ordered from http://www.designsbymisschris.etsy.com/ . Maybe I will be inspired by those!

Friday, May 6, 2011

The Very First Post!

I wonder if it is true? Is the first post the hardest to write? Just like the first paragraph of a term paper or the first chapter of a book, I am guessing it probably is. But I will let you know after I write a few more of these!

The difficulty that I will probably have in writing a blog will be keeping it focused. I have so many things that I love to do and talk about. I'm afraid my blog will be rather all over the place like everything else in my world. But I guess if that is me and thats how its been working so far in my life, why should my first ever blog be any different! Well I guess instead of rambling on about writing a blog I should just go ahead and actually write it!

First of all, a bit about me. I am a high schol math teacher in my early twenties. I love my job and working with my students. I am sure stories about them will slip into my blogs from time to time. In my free time (what little there is) I love to work on many different crafts. My grandmother has taught me everything I know in that area of my life and I love her for it! I do everything from crochet to knitting to drawing to beading to sewing and quilting. Also in my free time I love to cook, making meals for my family, boyfriend, etc. Of course they love that I love to cook too!

So what will you see if you return to my blog? (And you MUST should return!) I will be posting blogs about my latest craft ideas, cooking ideas, recipes, teaching ideas, interesting finding from all over the web and just about anything else I think someone else might want to read. So give it shot and please come check back in and see what is happening in Rosie's World