Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Speaking of Things & A Recipe You'll Love!

This past Saturday Jamie sent me pictures via cell text of some balloon animals that she made while sitting at a yard sale they were having down in her part of Florida and she suggested I use them in a blog post so I thought I'd do so. After all, this post is about nothing in particular so maybe some balloon animals will liven it up! This first picture shows Jamie with her first-ever balloon animal that she made which she said was a puppy. I guess I can see that!

Speaking of yard sales, I guess there will be none around here for awhile as it's back to rain here in Connecticut for the next couple of days. I'm not really surprised by that as we seem to only have a couple of good days followed by more rain. I guess it's great weather for frogs, though - which is the look Jamie was going for when she stuck green balloons on the ends of her fingers!

Speaking of things on one's fingers, I managed to get some poison ivy between the fingers of my left hand last week while doing some yard work and pulling up saplings at my mom's - not hanging out in railroad tunnels with hobos as some have suggested on Facebook!

I then managed to transfer that poison ivy to the right side of my face which warranted a trip to the doctor's office before work yesterday as my right eye was starting to swell shut and that didn't seem like a good thing. I'm on a 6-day treatment of oral steroids which the doc said should clear me up and I'm also armed with Calamine lotion and Benadryl to stop the itching. I haven't had poison ivy in years and I've got to say - I haven't missed it!

Speaking of missing things, I was supposed to go in for a dental cleaning today but rescheduled it as I didn't think the dental hygienist would want to be exposed to the poison ivy all over my face. Apparently it's not something a person can get via contact with the rash but I still thought it better to cancel for today and go another day "just in case". Besides, going out with Calamine lotion all over one's face is just not a good look!

Speaking of looking, I hope you liked the way those last two balloon animals looked! Jamie said that the green one was a deer and the purple one was a rabbit. She had a good time making the balloon animals but the yard sale itself wasn't much of a success as they only made about $10. I guess it just goes to show how badly our economy is doing when you can't even clear $20 at a yard sale. It hardly makes it worth the effort.

Finally, speaking of making efforts - we are having a potluck at work tomorrow to celebrate my supervisor's birthday and I have to make potato salad and cornbread to bring in as my contributions. I've got this great recipe for cornbread that you all might want to make an effort to try as, trust me, it's delicious!

3 eggs, slightly beaten
1/2 c corn oil
1 t salt
1 14 3/4 oz. can creamed corn
2 8.5 oz. boxes Jiffy Corn Muffin mix
1 c sour cream

Mix together in order. Pour into greased 9x13 pan. Bake @ 375 degrees for 40 min.
Now if you'll excuse me, I'll be in the kitchen for awhile trying to remember how to cook! Hope everyone has a great Tuesday, let me know if you try the cornbread!


  1. I love Jiffy corn muffins! We have them at least once a week here! I'm somewhat of a purist though... nothing added to my corn muffins except butter after they're baked!

  2. Your kids are so talented!! :)

    As for the poison ivy, I feel your pain...well, not presently but I have before. Anytime hubby goes to the woods, he'll get it on his clothes and then when I am putting them in the washer I'll get it. I'm that allergic. It is NO FUN. It seems to take forever to get rid of too.

    I use that recipe a lot (well, I did before low carb). My kids LOVE it. It is a slightly different variation, and it's "corn casserole" with sour cream, butter, creamed corn and whole kernel corn. It's quick and easy. You can put it on while you cook the rest of the meal. Mmmmmmmmm...now I'm hungry. Guess I'll go eat a hot dog. *LOL*

    Have a great day, Linda!

  3. ha ha ha, LOVE the green fingers! too funny!

    and let me ask you something. if you can transfer poison ivy from your hand to your face then why couldn't it transfer to someone else touching it?

    sarge is so allergic he'll probably get it from reading this post!

    smiles, bee

  4. The baloons are very cute. Jamie looks so bundled up though - isn't it supposed to be warm in Florida?

  5. Your girls are so talented! They may be balloons but there is NO way I'd be able to make a long thin one into anything let alone a deer and a bunny!

    The corn bread with sour cream sounds great!

  6. I once tried to make a balloon animal and it ended up looking like a....blob....so that was my one and only try! lol Jamie is quite good at making them!!

    Oh dear, poison ivy between your fingers and on your face...no fun at all for sure!! Hopefully it will all clear up sooner than later!

    Cornbread is not something we usually see around here and the only time I've ever tasted it is when we crossed the border into Buffalo, NY and ate at a Cracker Barrel there. I think you have to acquire a taste for it! lol xoxo

  7. Sorry to hear about your tangle with the poison ivy and hope it heals up quickly for you. That recipe for the cornbread sounds really, really good. If Mandy hasn't used up all the eggs this morning, I may have to give that a go-round to accompany our supper tonight. I think it would pair well with Chicken Divan, don't you?

  8. Knocking on wood... I've never had Poison Ivy. I guess it's a lot like chicken pox??
    Hope you are all clear soon!! Our weekend forecast includes sun and 80's, hope its something I can say I am sending your way very soon.

  9. What a shame more people at the yard sale didn't appreciate Jamie's talent at making balloon animals!

    Hope the ivy stings heal soon. x

  10. Jamie did very well. You have some talented girls you know.

    I hope your poison ivy goes away soon. How awful.

    Have a terrific day Linda. Big hug. :)

  11. Love the balloons... sorry about the poison ivy. Hope all is well soon.

  12. I love balloon animals...and it is a really great talent to have around kids...tell Jamie to go for it!

    I use to get poison oak from just being around it when the oil was in the air....my body chemistry changed after being pregnant...but I use to get it every year....YUCK. Although to this day the smell of calamine is comforting...smile.

  13. Jamie has balloon animal-making talent! I couldn't make one of those if my life depended on it.

    The recipe sounds delicious. Allegra loves cornbread. I should make it for her when she comes home.

    Sorry you are itchin', Duchess! I hope it goes away soon.

  14. she always has a talent to fall back on.

  15. Jamie has an artistic talent as well.

  16. Love the balloons. What's a receipe?

  17. Love good cornbread! I usually use Marie Calendar's mix, Krusteze, too. We fix it when I fix beans or chili.
    I've written your recipe down and will use it next time. Sounds so good!
    My fave is the green fingers. So cute. Is Amanda coming for summer?

  18. oh contrair mofrair. you most certainly can get poison ivy from another's rash. the oozy part of the rash is contagious. stay home!

  19. Looks like Jamie got the cold weather we did too. I won't even bother doing a yard sale here because people want things for nothing. It's not worth all that work.


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