Monday, February 13, 2012

Valentines Dinner

Oh man has this past week/weekend been ever crazy busy. I put together a Valentines Dinner for about 40 people. Decorated, cooked and baked for it. Than within the same week I also helped my Aunt with hers which was for about a total of 250 people. Just when I thought things couldn't get any crazier I drove a friend to Kentucky and back (which is a 4 hour drive one way) on Sunday.

Now my goal and agenda for this week is to rest and catch up on sleep but before I do .....Here are some pics from the Valentines Dinner:

 xoxo, Norma

Sunday, February 05, 2012

I'm Baaaack !

I absolutely cannot believe that my last posting was at the end of September.... WOW!

Well I am back with a vengence and have so much to share. It's killing me to try to hold this post
back from posting and sharing everything I have done since September.

To start with I think I can adequately described "Pinterest" as my new obsession. One of the many
ideas I like to get from there is hairdo's for Isabella. Her hair has gotten so long and it is a ton of FUN trying new things with it.
Here is a simple braid twist and stuck paper flowers in it.

We also finally finished up her bedroom. I may have to take time later to get better pictures. These here just do not do it justice. She was so excited .... Damien created a dressing room for  her that is just her size. The bed we got from IKEA (yup a queen sz) and he also strung lights around it to create a very ethereal effect. The ceiling was painted a darker purple than the walls and the chandelier came from Overstock.

So let's talk New Years resolutions. How do you all feel about them? I normally don't like to make any but I did make an exception this year. I decided I was really going to try to learn to bake. Not that I don't know the basics but I guess I just have never really enjoyed it and I hate to make my kids & Damien feel like they are missing out on eating yummy things just because I refuse to do it. So in a way this New Years I decided I would stretch myself and make things with baking that I normally would never consider doing. I got started right away when I decided to have a New Years Day Party for my family. And a common baked good for a Puerto Rican family is an "Upside Down Pineapple Cake". Thanks to Pinterest I was able to create something for them but with a new twist. What I did were individual cakes for every one. I am so proud of my self! Here is what I did and how they turned out:
  • Jumbo Muffin Pan (Got mine at Walmart)
  • Duncan Hines Pineapple Supreme Mix (Sure could have made it myself but this mix is sooo YUMMY and works perfect)
  •   2 cans of Pineapples
  • A jar of Maraschino Cherries
  • 2/3 cups of packed Brown Sugar
  • 1/3 cup of melted Butter
  • 3 Eggs
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
Get your mix ready by following the box directions.

Drain the pineapples... I than cut a sliver out of my pineapples since they were just a nudge to big.
Cut your cherries in half.
 In a small bowl, combine the brown sugar and butter, mix well. Spoon in your butter mix into the Jumbo pan. Than layer your pineapple slices and cut cherries ontop of the brown sugar in the jumbo muffin pan.
 Than add your mix in. Make sure to not over fill the mix since it will rise. I only filled mine about 3/4 of the way up.
Bake at 350 degrees for about 20-25 minuted or until a toothpick comes out clean.
Wait about a minute before inverting but not too much longer as you want them to slide out smoothly.
Now since the bottom (which is your top) is rounded and to get them to lay flat the bottom has to be cut. So I waited till they were cooled (at least a good hour) and than used a serrated knife.
Not only do they make a GREAT presentation but taste DELICIOUS !!!!

Well that's all for today. If you get a chance to make these and if you post please link me up. I would luv to hear from you !
Warmly, Norma 

Thursday, September 29, 2011

A Crop with A Digital Hybrid Freebie...Mini Envelope Album

Super Excited about tomorrows "We Are Family Crop"
Here is the scoop:

You can also view the News Letter here for more specifics:

There will be all kinds of prizes and games but what I am excited about is the "Friends" Digital Hybrid Mini Envelope Kit I am giving away for free to all who participate in the crop/games at the Forum.
Check It Out:

It's a Great & Easy little Album I am sure you will love it! So Join Us... also don't forget to check out the fabulous SALE I am running in the Shop at For The Luv Of Art. Norma

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Portrait Packaging & Forum Challenges

Normally when I do photo shoots my price is based on where I am shooting & how many locations. Generally I do sell the photo rights which means you receive a CD with the images and my client can print at their expense and leisure. So this being said I normally don't do much printing. On occasion I have clients who would rather order through me or if it's for a friend than I may print and give as a gift. I have struggled for some time on how to make the packaging look attractive. Thanks to Pinterest I have been seeing a ton of really cool ways to package & wrap and thought I would put my nifty files to creative use.

So you remember that Maternity Shoot? Well here is what I came up with for packaging for it and may continue to pack all my photo orders this way:

It's super simple ! I took my Scallopped punches and created paper flowers that I hot glued to the ribbon. Again super simple but thought it had a nice effect.Link

This week has also been my turn at the "For The Luv Of Art" forum to head up the challenges.
Would luv it if you came over and joined us. We are a friendly group of gals who love new faces & it's never too late to jump in and do any of these challenges !
8/29 Rolled Pattern Paper

8/30 An Envelope in Your Design

8/31 Out Of Focus Photo

Hope that you will join in on the FUN !
Have a Blessed Day, Norma

Monday, August 29, 2011

Maternity Shoot and House Remodel Update

Yay the kids are back to school. I know I must sound like a horrible parent but Back to School is a good thing around here. My kids Love school... they are such social birds and they love learning. My oldest Cade loves school so much he insisted he wanted to go to summer school. Coming from a straight "A" student at first I thought that was weird but now I am glad that I gave in and let him attend. He loved it!

The one thing I am glad that is over is school shopping. I hate to do back to school shopping ! Forever grateful for Kohls cash !!!! I really cannot believe how much Cade grew over the summer. He is 11 going on 12 and just bought him 30/32 jeans. CRAZY !

I also can't believe how fast our summer went by. I had so many plans on getting things done around the house here. We accomplished alot but not as much as I wanted to. We are still working on Isabella's bedroom. Finally got her room painted and need to order furniture for it.
What we did accomplish was the boys room, guest room, living room. The kitchen and dinning room are done and just need a fresh coat of paint.
Here are some pics:

Hopefully I can get more pics this week of the living room and the boys room.
What I do have pics of is the Maternity pics I just shot.... what a Beautiful couple !

Thanks for letting me share !
Oh also don't forget to visit "For The Luv Of Art" for some GREAT deals on Teresa Collins Traveler, Christmas Home & Haunted Hallows as well as all the Blingage. We also have all of the new My Mind's Eye Lost & Found 2 such a a big selection at Great prices !!!!
Also join us in the Forum for daily challenges and some fantastic discussions...hope to see you there !
Warmly, Norma