Archives for February, 2015

Recipes

Twice Baked Potatoes with Bacon and Cheddar

Ingredients 2 cups Vanilla Chex® cereal 2 cups Chocolate Chex® cereal 2 cups Cinnamon Chex® cereal 1/4 cup butter or margarine 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips 1/4 cup sweetened condensed milk 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1 cup flaked coconut 1 1/2 cups mini marshmallows Instructions In large microwaveable bowl, measure cereal. Set aside. In 2-cup microwavable measuring cup, heat butter and chocolate chips on High 1 minute or until almost melted; stir and microwave another 30 seconds or until mixture can be stirred smooth; stir in condensed milk, heat 30 seconds or until boiling; stir in cinnamon. Pour over cereal…
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Recipes

Chocolate Chex Mix

Ingredients 2 cups Vanilla Chex® cereal 2 cups Chocolate Chex® cereal 2 cups Cinnamon Chex® cereal 1/4 cup butter or margarine 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips 1/4 cup sweetened condensed milk 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1 cup flaked coconut 1 1/2 cups mini marshmallows Instructions In large microwaveable bowl, measure cereal. Set aside. In 2-cup microwavable measuring cup, heat butter and chocolate chips on High 1 minute or until almost melted; stir and microwave another 30 seconds or until mixture can be stirred smooth; stir in condensed milk, heat 30 seconds or until boiling; stir in cinnamon. Pour over cereal…
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Appetizers

Buffalo Chicken Dip

Ingredients 2 (10 ounce) cans chunk chicken, drained 2 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese, softened 1 cup Ranch dressing 3/4 cup pepper sauce (such as Frank's Red Hot®) 1 1/2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese 1 bunch celery, cleaned and cut into 4 inch pieces 1 (8 ounce) box chicken-flavored crackers Instructions Heat chicken and hot sauce in a skillet over medium heat, until heated through. Stir in cream cheese and ranch dressing. Cook, stirring until well blended and warm. Mix in half of the shredded cheese, and transfer the mixture to a slow cooker. Sprinkle the remaining cheese over the…
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Mixed Media Art and Journaling

Inexpensive Art Supplies

While many art supplies are found to be quite costly, there are a few ways to cut back on costs and save money for the more important supplies on your list, such as your favorite Copic Markers or Golden Brand Fluid Acrylic paints.  When browsing the dollar store the other day I was quite amazed at some of the basic things I could buy for mixed media art. Here is a list of items that you can pick up at your local Dollar Tree store: Gel pens. Mechanical pencils. Rulers. Hole punch (standard). Erasers  - all sizes and assortments.  Some…
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Artwork by Elizabeth Duke

Kids – Mixed Media Collage

I absolutely love to do collage!  The collage you see below is one of the first that I made when taking up Art Journaling in 2011.  I simply used craft materials that I already had on hand. To make this collage, I printed a picture of the kids riding my son's four-wheeler. To make the background, I took strips of excess (I rarely throw anything away) blue scrapbooking paper and tore them into small pieces and then glued them onto the page.  I then covered these pieces of paper with torn pieces of white tissue paper and lightly gessoed (white)…
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Artwork by Elizabeth Duke

Journal Prompt – Creating a Memory

JOURNAL PROMPT:  Create something in memory of someone that you love. My grandmother passed away when I was 10-years-old.  I still have many fond memories of her even though we only had a very short time together.  One of my grandmother's passions in life was birds. She taught me everything she knew about them, would often times read books to me about them, and when we would see a bird that we did not recognize, she would take out her bird-watching guide and we would look and see if we could then identify it together.  My grandmother had a collection…
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Mixed Media Art and Journaling

Life Journaling

Over the past few years I have been working exclusively on Art Journaling and it wasn't until recently (within the past year) that I really discovered the therapy in writing (journaling) as well.  I found myself doing quite a bit of thinking about the type of books that I would like to create with my work, and what I came up with was very therapeutic for me.  I had decided that I wanted to put all of my work into one book rather than having a collection of 20 different books for 20 different subjects. In the end, what I've…
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Memorials- Those We Have Loved and Lost

In Memory of Chris Nevener 1968 – 2015

Obituary for Wendell Christopher Nevener Wendell Christopher Nevener, 46, of Little Rock, died Saturday, January 10, 2015. He was born January 13, 1968 in Pine Bluff, son of John Nevener and Cynthia Yeager McVay. Chris was reared and received his early education in Pine Bluff, graduating early from Pine Bluff High School before entering the United States Army. He loved music. After his military service, Chris was CEO of Networking Partners and consulted in information technology for Novell in Germany. He recently moved back to the United States. Survivors include his mother and step-father, Cynthia and Kipper McVay of Jonesboro,…
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Memorials- Those We Have Loved and Lost

In Memory of Jason Seamans 1973 – 2015

Obituary for Mr. Jason Seamans Kenneth Jason Seamans, age 42, of Pine Bluff, died Tuesday, February 10, 2015, at Jefferson Regional Medical Center from complications of a stroke suffered in 2013. Mr. Seamans was born January 4, 1973, in Pine Bluff, a son of Jack and Annette Bell Seamans. Jason was reared and educated in Pine Bluff, where he attended the Pine Bluff schools. He was a lifelong member of Green Meadows Baptist Church and was disabled. Jason was preceded in death by his wife, Kendyl Rector Seamans, whom he married May 4, 2002, in McGehee; two brothers, Randy Keith…
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Mixed Media Art and Journaling

Altered Book Journals

As many of you are aware, art supplies can sometimes be very pricey, and oftentimes we discover that the product we are purchasing is not quite what we would like it to be.  I purchased five different types of journals before I realized that I was just not getting what I wanted. I had inherited some outdated medical textbooks from the hospital where I work.  They were just sitting on the shelf collecting dust, so one day  I took a good look at them trying to decide whether or not they were even worth keeping.  It was at this time…
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