Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Dad's Veggie Soup

2 - 16 oz bags of Mixed Frozen Veggies ( peas, corn, green beans, carrots)
14 oz can of Swanson Vegetable Broth
4 Beef Bullion Cubes
1 Cup Quick Barley
1 lb of diced potatoes (I buy the 2lb diced frozen and use 1/2)
28 oz can of Petite Diced Tomatoes
28 oz can of Crushed Tomatoes
Italian Seasoning (I hear he uses Basil now)

Put all of the veggies in a stock pot and add enough water to cover.
Boil those with Swanson Veggie Broth and Bullion Cubes
Cook Barley according to instructions on box.
Boil potatoes in another pot.

Once veggies seem cooked, add cans of tomatoes, potatoes, barley, Italian Seasoning & Pepper to taste. Bring to a boil.

Fill canning jars while hot and seal. Makes 24-8oz jars or 12-16oz jars but you need to evenly disburse the veggies and broth throughout. Refrigerate after it cools and seals.

Add S&P to taste after you reheat.
I also add Olive Oil and Cheese YUM!

My dad has been making it for YEARS and I've only finally tried it recently and now can't get enough.

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Summer Reading

On my way out of the library last time, a book on the display caught my eye. I happen to be someone who picks a book by it's cover. It looked interesting so of course I found the author on the shelf and found the first book she had written. It is called Five Days in Summer by Kate Pepper.

It was a slow start but that could be because I wasn't in the mood to read? Either way, it was so worth finishing! It got to the point where it was hard to put down and last night, I read for 2 hours and finished it! I give this one 5 Stars because it was clean in general. IF they used any foul language it was very minimal and there was no sex! Can you believe it?!

Unfortunately, it is now Sunday and I forgot to go to the library to get the next book. I have another one that Rebecca recommended so I'll give that one a try. I'm excited to read Kate Pepper's next book though. I'm glad she wrote a few because I keep picking authors that have either only written one book or the library doesn't have or carry the others. Ugh.

Thursday, June 10, 2010


I have had these frames for a while now and they were in the way so it was time to finish some projects. Yay for having all day every day to myself (unemployed)!!! It is so nice to be able to catch up on some long forgotten projects.

This first frame (above) I got out of the neighbor's trash. It had a pretty painting in it but it had gotten wet so yes, it was trash, but not the frame! There is one edge that is a little buggered up but that gives it character of course. The mirror was in the garage and has been around probably since I was born or before? Who knows but all I had to do was get it cut to 4 ft and it fit perfect in this frame! The cut was only $6 at a local glass store. It is quite a large mirror. Very nice. I'm not sure where to hang it yet.

This next frame (above) I had found at DI years ago. It had so much white paint on it and it looked horrible. I have had intentions for years to strip the paint and put a mirror in it. Well guess what! The mirror was too narrow for this frame and fit perfect in the other frame.

How did I get it to look so old? Dad attempted to remove the paint and didn't finish the job. I also started to remove the paint and realized he had already started. I could see that it was looking very old and weathered so we stopped right there. The old layers of paint were showing through. I basically just got lucky. The back of the frame looks like brand new wood!

I got the idea from pg 98 of Stampin' Up!'s 2010-2011 Idea Book and Catalog. They had taken a frame, added wire and hung projects on it for display. So while helping my friend Anna find good frames I realized that I had the perfect frame for this project! Since I no longer had a plan for this frame, here it is.This is essentially what it will look like but with stamped projects clipped to the wire.

Both of these projects were completed with stuff I already had. YAY!

Monday, June 7, 2010

Do Julie Do: My Fives

I should really copyright this concept or something. It has officially been a year since I started this notebook. I try to do this every day but it doesn't always happen. I write down 5 things to do, get them done and then write down 5 more. Little things like vacuum kitchen, vacuum living room, collect recycles, put out trash, etc. Breaking it down makes it easier to get things done and makes lists less overwhelming but you still get to make lists! :) When this notebook runs out, I'll be switching to the kind with the spirals on the side so it will be easier to turn the pages. Keeping the pages shows what you've accomplished but I eventually recycle them.