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Interests: Hello! My name is just Helen and I love to share my thoughts and make "things"...easy recipes, handmade cards, scrapbooks, sewing projects...anything that requires me to take basic "ingredients" and make them into "things" for others to enjoy! Most of all, I love to share ideas and I hope you will find projects here that you will enjoy creating too!
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This is so timely! I just got out my OA Christmas papers from past years to start making projects. I love the new Silent Night! It would be very nice if I didn't have to wait for it to show up at Paper Tales in San Diego/Point Loma.
Toggle Commented Aug 6, 2013 on Sneak Peek - Silent Night at October Afternoon
I've got a great cookbook giveaway...check in to see how you can win! Continue reading
Posted Apr 19, 2012 at just helen
I brought home some of My Mind's Eye Miss Caroline, the Howdy Doody collection, from CHA a couple of months ago. I have been dying to play with the line, but have been distracted by other projects that, once completed, served another the Technicolor Deviled Eggs (for the boy's Risk party), Jello Cookies (for a fireside) and the Cake Batter Krispie Treats (for a school bake sale). I can always use cards, but I've gotten quite a stash right now, so I was putting it off. Cards are about the only thing that I have room to make right... Continue reading
Posted Apr 11, 2012 at just helen
A major sprinkles update! Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2012 at just helen
Great idea! Very green egg appropriate!
Toggle Commented Mar 30, 2012 on Technicolor Deviled Eggs at just helen
My mom always said to eat colorful you think this counts:)
Toggle Commented Mar 30, 2012 on Technicolor Deviled Eggs at just helen
You could do different shades of green! Good idea!
Toggle Commented Mar 30, 2012 on Technicolor Deviled Eggs at just helen
I did notice a slight difference in the taste, but my boys and their friends had no complaints...they gobbled them right up. One of the friends said that they were "so delicious". I have never eaten a pickled egg, so I'm not sure what they taste like. It would probably partially depend on how long you left them in the dye as well. Next time I make these, and that will be soon, I'll leave some undyed and do a taste comparison test and post my results.
Toggle Commented Mar 30, 2012 on Technicolor Deviled Eggs at just helen
At CHA this January, I wandered into the Little Yellow Bicycle booth and caught a glimpse of their new line, Paradise...loved it! Then I got my hands on it even more! Love the colors, love the texture and I really love the flower. It is always fun to have new product to play with, and I love the embellishments that are part of the Paradise line-up. I know how to make a pleated flower from scratch, but it is so easy to make one using LYB Paper Flower Kit, like the one on the above card. I also really... Continue reading
Posted Mar 29, 2012 at just helen
Jell-O Cookies...I haven't made these for years, but they are certainly yummy and I'm glad I did! Continue reading
Posted Mar 18, 2012 at just helen
Here's are some deviled eggs and egg salad that my Mom never DYE for! Continue reading
Posted Mar 16, 2012 at just helen
I'm not usually about stirring up any controversy, but I would like to get your opinion: Is the new Minnie Mouse anorexic? Continue reading
Posted Mar 10, 2012 at just helen
Previously posted at to keep the Typepad going for now! A repost:) Continue reading
Posted Mar 9, 2012 at just helen
Check out my new website! Continue reading
Posted Mar 2, 2012 at just helen
Annnnnnnnnnnnnnnnd.....we're off! There are special things going on at Disneyland today, the 29th of February, 2012. While we won't be able to stay the entire 24, that's right twenty four hours that they will be open today, we thought we'd go check out the madness! Will report back tomorrow on what you...or maybe WE, missed! (Last time we were at Disneyland!) TTFN! Continue reading
Posted Feb 29, 2012 at just helen
Announcing the winners to the two giveaways! Continue reading
Posted Feb 26, 2012 at just helen
Ah ha! You thought you could hide from me by showing up as a Facebook User! I recognize you, Alicia! Try them and let me know your twist on these "take-em-anywhere" rolls!
I have made "pigs in a blanket"...maybe ours should be considered "turkeys in a blanket because of the content of our hot dogs...they are quite tasty. Just roll out the room temp rolls (it might take 1 1/2 or 2 rolls, depending on the size of the hot dog) wrap and bake...not sure about the time, but probably not more than 20 minutes. Just keep your eye on them. If you want to do the little smokies will definitely take less than a whole roll. Sounds delish!
I think Megan has a great idea with the breakfast stuff. I would scramble the eggs first and then you can include other omelette favorites, like cheese, grilled veggies, sausage or bacon. Just keep in mind that you only use a small amount of the filling. Another idea is taco meat with a little salsa and cheese. Let me know what you try and how it turns out!
I think the breakfast one sounds great. The peanut butter and jelly one sounds messy to execute, but heck...go for it and let me know how it turns out!
Absolutely easy! And so yummy, too. The longest part is getting the rolls thawed. It can be tricky depending on how warm your kitchen is and how long it takes for your dough to rise, but the rest is a piece of cake...maybe bread would be more accurate!
Posted Feb 22, 2012 at just helen
I can't wait for it to warm up a little more so I can get the push pop containers out again...won't have to wait long in San Diego! Oh, and it works for pudding, too!
I was trying to remember back if I took the photos before or after the movie "Cars" from Disney/Pixar Studios; can't remember for sure, so it could have been a little influence there...or did they get their ideas from me? Heck, at this point I'm just going to say that great eyes see alike:)
Toggle Commented Feb 23, 2012 on Shiny Faces in the Hood at just helen
That banner idea is a great one! They really are cute! Just think of all those great papers you have stashed away that would look sweet with this artwork...thinking, thinking, thinking!
Toggle Commented Feb 22, 2012 on 200 Years of Coats and Clark at just helen