Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Breast Cancer Awareness Month/ Fundraiser

Ok... I know this was meant for a scrapbooking/ creative blog, but I am using it as a "things that interest Bobbi" Blog.   I am sure you all know that October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  Well, I came upon a story today that really touched me.  .  It is about a lady named Jamie Pursley that lost her battle with breast cancer just this year.  Her last wish was for the Lawrence Memorial Hospital infusion rooms, where she spent a lot of time in her last year, to be renovated with new chairs, electronics, etc...  Jamie is a native of Topeka.  You can read the story at http://www.jamieswish.org/Index.php

I still have a lot of Creative Memories items that I am trying to get rid of since I am no longer a consultant.  I will be selling most of it at full price, but with no shipping or tax.  50% of everything I make on it will go to this cause.  Get with me if you want a first look at what I have left.  I will be adding a list to my blog by early next week.

I can find no better cause but to help fulfill the last wish of this woman by doing something that will help cancer patients for years to come.

Thanks for your time.

Monday, October 17, 2011

Paula Deen's Eclair Cake


Yes, Hollyce, besides your scrumptious Pumpkin Mini Muffins, there were several other desserts there.  This is the one that Mary made!!


Paula Deen's Eclair Cake

Yield 20-24 servings.


  • 1 (1-pound) box graham crackers
  • 2 (3 1/4-ounce) boxes instant French vanilla pudding
  • 3 1/2 cups milk
  • 1 (8-ounce) container frozen whipped topping, thawed
  • Frosting
  • 1 1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1/2 cup cocoa
  • 3 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 2 teaspoons light corn syrup
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

Butter the bottom of a 13 by 9 by 2-inch pan. Line with whole graham crackers. In bowl of an electric mixer, mix pudding with milk; beat at medium speed for 2 minutes. Fold in whipped topping. Pour half the pudding mixture over graham crackers. Place another layer of whole graham crackers on top of pudding layer. Pour over remaining half of pudding mixture and cover with another layer of graham crackers.
For frosting, blend together sugar and cocoa. Add butter and milk, mixing well. Add corn syrup and vanilla. Stir until creamy. Cover cake with frosting and refrigerate for 24 hours.

Total Prep Time- 10 minutes plus 24 hours to refrigerate.  Worth every minute of it!!!

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Not Always Scrapbooking

You know what I love about having my own blog?  It means that I can post whatever I want!!

Yesterday was our family reunion and my cousin Mary made an awesome dessert by Paula Deen.   It got me looking at MY Paula Deen Recipe Books.  Did I mention that I have a huge collection of cookbooks? My husband would like me to use them more, so I am trying :-) 

Anyhow, I was looking thru The Lady & Sons- Savannah Country Cookbook and came across a recipe that I had all of the ingredients for so I made it.  It was DELICIOUS and I just had to share.  My favorite recipes are simple, use everyday grocery items, and taste good (of course!!!).  Hope you enjoy it as much as Brad and I are.

The Lady's Cheesy Mac
(serves 6 to 8)

4 cups cooked elbow macaroni drained (approximately 2 cups uncooked)
     I uses small shell macaroni because I had it on hand.  Love that about macaroni.  It all works!!
2 cups grated cheddar cheese
3 eggs, beaten
1/2 cup sour cream
4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) butter, cut into pieces
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup milk, or equivalent in evaporated milk

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  After macaroni has been boiled and drained, add cheddar cheese while macaroni is still hot.  Combine remaining ingredients and add to macaroni mixture.  Pour into casserole dish and bake for 30 to 45 minutes.  Top with additional cheese, if desired.

I am awaiting the dessert recipe for from Mary and hope to make it and share the recipe soon.  In the meantime, ENJOY!!

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Nice Compliment

I just had to share this. 

Our annual family reunion was today, and my cousin's wife, Hollyce, paid me a dear compliment without even realizing it.  She asked if when I go to a crop what I do.  Specifically, she was curious if I do a scrapbook page or a card, or what.  Bless her heart, she said that when she makes a card it is not nearly as detailed as mine and couldn't imagine how long it would take to sit down and do a year's worth.   Thanks Hollyce.  Hard to explain a crop until you have been to one :-).  Made me feel really good about what I do for my relaxation and therapy, and not so bad about the fact that I HAVE attended an all day crop and only completed two pages!!!

On that note, I will not be posting for a week or so, but the next time you hear from me I will have been to a THREE day crop, Pajama Jam Fall 2011.   Can't wait to show you some things I finished there, including an four page kit that is going to be perfect for my sweet niece Katie!!

Until then, Happy Scrapping!!

Monday, October 10, 2011

Ready to Crop!!!

I have been back from vacation for a week now, have a family reunion on my mom's side this Saturday, then I start of series of crops!!!  I can't wait.  I have so much scrapbooking to catch up on.  While I am so ready to get started on our Myrtle Beach trip, I first have to do our Vail, Colorado trip from LAST September. 

First of all, I am looking forward to the Pajama Jam Crop at the Residence Inn in Kansas City, by the airport.  This awesome crop is small, but packed full of fun.  It is hosted by Melody, with Wishes of the Heart, a fun little Scrapbook Retreat House in Bonner Springs.  Check it out! http://www.wishesoftheheart.com/
My friend Christine and I are headed to KC on the 20th to do a little shopping :-)  The crop starts on the 21st at 11 a.m. and ends at 3 p.m. on Sunday.  And... I get to crop with some great gals... Tonya, Pam, and Kim.  It will be a weekend of laughs.

Are you still looking for something to do on October 22nd?   Obviously I won't be there, but the Diva Girls still have seats available at their crop.  For more information check out  http://divadesignscrops.com/

The next weekend I will take a little break, but back to cropping at The Shabbi Shack on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 4-5.  Kim promises a fun time, and I am looking forward to seeing the changes that have been made since I was part of it.  Sorry she has no website yet, but for details you can always check it out on FaceBook.  Once again, I look forward to cropping with some good friends and fellow croppers!!

November 12th I will be helping with the Sit! Stay! Scrap! event to benefit the Helping Hands Humane Society.  I am doing this with Tammy Call and Melinda Huball.  We still have room for you!  $20 fee that all goes to the Humane Society, with a $5 fee at the door for unlimited drinks and snacks.  Comment below, or email me at itsagalthing@yahoo.com if you are interested in attending.  We have a couple of vendor spots too!!!

November 19th and December 10th I will be cropping with Tammie Livingston at the Hoyt Community Center.  See my previous blogs for more detail. 

And if that isn't enough... I start back up again on January 6th-8th in 2012.  I will be spending the weekend at Wishes of the Heart and hoping to find a couple of gals to join me!!!

Last, but not least, I just found out that the April Pajama Jam is on April  20-22!!  This crop fills up fast.   If you are interested in more detail let me know.  I plan on making the two Pajama Jam crops a regular part of my cropping schedule each year!!! 

Have you had enough?  I told you I would keep you posted of upcoming crops that I hear about :-)

Happy Cropping.  Hope to share some COMPLETED PROJECTS with you soon.

Back from the Beach

Hi there!!

Brad and I got back from Myrtle Beach late on October 1st.  A little later than we had planned, as we had to wait over an hour to be picked up at the airport.  We had stayed at the Fairfield Inn and left our car there with Park 'N Fly.  LONG story, but the GREAT folks at the Courtyard ended up picking us up and taking us back to our car.  We finally got headed home around 10:30, afterhaving arrived in KC around 8:30.

The good news is, we had a FANTASTIC trip.  I fell in love with my husband all over again.  Check out some of our pictures.

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Helping Hands Humane Society Crop

To all of my scrapbooking friends and animal lovers...
My friends, Tammy McCall & Melinda Huball, have asked for my assistance in a local crop.  Yes, I know I wasn't going to get involved in running one for awhile, but how could I say no to such a GREAT cause.  The crop will be held at Gage Center Bowl on Saturday, November 12th.  There is a $20 fee, which will all go to the Humane Society.  Upon arrival you can pay $5 for bottomless snacks and beverages, which will help pay the room expense.  This is a smaller area so we can only allow 25 people. If you would like additional information please let me know by commenting below. 

Watch for my upcoming blogs on my great trip to Myrtle Beach this past week.  First, I have to get thru the pictures I took, which is well over 500.  I would like to share a few of my favorites with you.

I will also be sharing more upcoming crops, as well as a couple of new scrapbooking items I have found.  I am so excited about having some more cropping time coming up so that I can also share some fun new pages and kits. 

Until then, God bless each and every one of you, and Happy Scrappin'.