Monthly Archives: February 2010

It's been a CRAZY couple of weeks….

After going to the zoo a few weeks ago, the next day, I was covered in HIVES!!! Maybe I am allergic to Giraffe tongues. HA!

Berlyn turned 4!!! Why? He is so funny about being a “big boy” now. I just wish that Larry’s family would have acknowledged it.  Seems that Valentine’s Day was more important to them. 🙁 And he was sad that no one from Lar’s side of the family called him.

School has been a KILLER this semester!!! I am really starting to enjoy my balck and white photography class. Here are a few of the shots from my first portfolio. I got a 96% on it!!

(However Lar bought me a new Nikon Digital DSLR Camera – SO I am thinking that I am going to stick with digital after this class. 🙂 )

Kiddletts My Girls

Griffen at the Zoo

I am finished with Elsie’s Style school. Haven’t quite finished all of the projects, but plan on using in to decorate my NEW HOUSE!!!

My dad won an auction for Lar and I on a 4 bedroom house right next door to him and the paperwork finally got here!! WOOHOOOO!!! So, it looks like in about 6 weeks or so, we are moving.

Our New House

So, because I have been missing in action – Here is a coupon for FREE digi items on my shopping cart.

Code is : FREEinFEB10 (It is for $3 off)

Chef Chuck

Lar came home from work today to share with me that a friend of his from work is a Chef Celeb!! I checked out his site… and WOWWIE, I can not wait to use some of his recipes!!  The best part is that I KNOW Chuck!! His has worked at Chino Valley Schools for YEARS!

Here is a video of Chef Chuck Aflitto on TV!! Check out his Blog and follow him on Twitter!

The good and the bad weekend

Lar and I escaped town on Friday with the kiddos. We took them to the Wildlife World Zoo in Phoenix. I also managed to buy a netbook for Grif’s school work – so I feel like I accomplished SOMETHING! Found those $228 emachines at Walmart!!) We had a FANTASTIC time at the zoo. The highlight was the feeding of the lorries. They were INCREDIBLE little parrots that landed right on you to eat. Berlyn LOVED petting the sting Rays. The baby giraffe had to have been my favorite.

By the end of the evening, Rowan was plumb tuckered out. It took about 5 minutes after strapping her in her carseat for her to fall asleep.

On the way home, Lar and I stopped by Best Buy and I FINALLY bought a new camera. YEAH!! A Nikon D5000, 12.3 megapixel DSLR. I am SO EXCITED and have missed my last camera so badly.

On the way home, I started getting itchy. I don’t know what I was allergic to, but by the next morning, I had hives on 70% of my body. Today is the first day that I have been feeling better… Although, this morning, I woke up with swollen lips – Move over Angelina Jolie! 😉

Happy Friday!

One of the sites that I follow often has a giveaway today… Check it out (click the graphic).

I am taking the kids to Phoenix today… Off to the World Wildlife Zoo. I haven’t been there in 7 or 8 years… I can’t wait to share photos with you. (Think that I need to start creating a Zoo themed kit too!!!)

Don’t forget to download my digital freebie:

Here is a FULL Alphabet Freebie!!! (all you have to do is register on my personal shopping cart. (There are a few different freebies on the cart.)
Download from Here:

ScrapWarrior Red Glitter Alphabet

Have a FANTASTIC Friday!!

Kris Mazy

Take time for little things

This last week, our whole family has either had the tummy flu or sore throats. … or BOTH. It has made me come to realize that every day is a new day and that we need to take each day one at a time. As I am typing this, my youngest daughter is sound asleep on the floor, older kids are sitting outside, basking in the sun that we finally have after 2 weeks of on and off snow and Berlyn is sitting quietly(yes, Berlyn is being quiet for once) playing with Griffen’s Legos.

On Tuesday, the kids (all of them) were not feeling well… so we didn’t do too much school work. That is one of the best parts about truly homeschooling because you can move your schedule around to fit “you”.

I collect egg cartons to use for craft projects like for painting. This keeps things so much less messy, especially with a 2 and 3 year old in the house. I tear off the lid and add the different colors of paints to each “egg” slot.

I have been asked MANY TIMES how I manage to organize 5 children and work and homeschool and go to school myself. Where do I start? We found a FANTASTIC homeschooling computer (not internet) based program that Shelby is using. It is called Switched on Schoolhouse by Alpha Omega. Griffen just started on the Spanish class for them as well. My kids WANT to do their schoolwork!! It is AMAZING!

The Switched on Schoolhouse starts at 3rd grade… I am getting ready to order Griffen’s 3rd grade curriculum as well and get him started early on it.  For the little ones right now, we create lapbooks (2 weekly) and do math and English worksheets daily, read books everyday, do science experiments, kitchen activities and art every week.

I just picked up a book by Dinah Zike called Big Books of Books. Here is a link to it: The Big Book of Books and Activities: An Illustrated Guide for Teacher, Parents, and Anyone Who Works With Kids!. This book has some GREAT samples and ways to fold paper to help with our lapbooks.

On Tuesday and Thursday Nights, I am taking a black and white beginner 35mm photography class. I have a whole new respect and admiration for print photography. I LOVE digital… but, winding my own film on a reel in total darkness and then adding my chemicals one by one for set amounts of time has let me know that photography is an “ART”all in itself. If you have never learned the process of creating your own photos from film, I suggest that you take a class on photography 101. I can’t wait to start sharing some of the photos that I take and then develop.

Last night, I rolled my first roll of film in the dark and processed the negatives.On Thursday, I am going to be creating a photogram. I am thinking sea glass in the form of a word.I have bought a few SLR print cameras in the last few weeks.

I will have a Digi FREEBIE for you tomorrow… so make sure that you stop back by!!

Happy Wednesday to everyone!

Kris Mazy

Make your own Cheese Crackers by Eating Cleveland

I found this AWESOME Recipe online at Eating Cleveland.

Cheddar Cheese Cracker Recipe
1 Stick of Butter – at room temperature
2 Cups Sharp Cheddar Cheese
1 1/2 Cups All Purpose Flour
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper

1. Preheat your oven to 325° and get out your food processor.
2. Throw all of those ingredients into the food processor and pulse until well mixed, about 10 times.
3. Dump the mixture out onto a lightly floured surface and use your hands to bring it together forming a ball of dough.
4. If the consistency allows, roll the dough out into a very thin layer.  Maybe 1/8 inch.  If the dough is too loose to roll, toss it into the fridge for 15 minutes.
5. Once rolled out, cut the crackers.  You can use cookie cutters here if you would like fancy shapes, but I just used a pizza cutter for basic crackers. It’s your call.
6. Place the crackers onto a cookie sheet covered with foil or even better, a Silpat baking mat. (I am using my Silicone baking sheets that I got as a gift… my dad is a QVC shopper and I found them online there. )
7. Bake for 11 minutes or until the crackers start to get just golden on the edges.
8. Place on a cooling rack until the crackers are no longer warm.
9. Agree to never buy cheese crackers at the store again.

These crackers are so light and airy, you’ll wonder why you never made them before.  Check out the way these look on the inside:

On that site, I also found “extras” too. REVISITED Cheese Crackers on EatingCleveland

Since I originally posted my Cheddar Cheese Crackers recipe last year, a number of readers have made the recipe as have I.  While it seemed pretty straightforward at the time, I do think there are a couple of things I should mention about the basic recipe (included at the bottom of this post).

1. You might need to add a little water – I made this recipe during June and in case you’ve never been to Cleveland in June, it is usually pretty humid.  And that’s why I believe I didn’t have to add any water to the mixture.  Having made it numerous times though, if your dough doesn’t come together, add some cool water a tablespoon at a time.

2. Thin is in – Make sure you roll the dough super thin or instead of crisp crackers you’ll have soft and doughy cheese tabs.

3. Ace of Base – God those people made some incredibly crappy music.  Anyway, this recipe is just a base.  Once you’ve got it down you can add all kinds of tasty.  In that picture above I’ve suped up my crackers with Grains of Paradise and roasted garlic.

I am off to make Cheese Crackers!!! Enjoy your Monday!

Kris Mazy