Molcajete – Authentic Mexican Mortar and Pestle

With my molcajete, I made a great sauce for grilled steaks.



One of  my prized possessions, is my molcajete! I bought it when I was on a  mission trip to Mexico.


In molcajete; crush 3 cloves garlic, 1tbs. jalapenos, 1 teas. salt, 1/4 cup of cilantro or parsley, and the juice of a lime.

After all ingredients are crushed well; put in a bowl and  add 2 tbs. olive oil (optional), then stir.



Put on grilled meat :)  This will spark and tingle the tongue!  So full of flavor!

Molcajete – defined!

Wedding Party Earrings and Updos


Made these blue and silver earrings for a wedding party. I used the same beads in different patterns.


Brides maid updo with earrings


Here is the other updo I did. Before and after pic.



Here is the wedding party! Great Fun!!


more of my updos

Kids Party Cupcakes


Make cupcakes as directed on package. Pillsbury is the best! Put cup cake wrappers in muffin pan. Fill batter 3/4 full.

It will make about 15 to 17 cupcakes. Bake 350 for about 23 to 25 minute.

Let cool completely.  Ice cupcakes and put on some sprinkles.

Place a gummy saver in center; then place candle in middle of gummy saver.

My grandson loved them!!


Great Funfetti Cupcakes

Formal Updos

When I first started doing updos, I had no training.  

Now with 30 years of experience and practice I have confidence to create updos that are beautiful. As a professional now, my clients leave happy! This makes me happy!

I really enjoyed doing this sweet young lady’s hair for her 2014 prom!


My practice updos, on some manikins :)


Picture I took, of a flawless updo!


So beautiful!

Barbara’s Spaghetti Sauce

Growing up my mom made the best spaghetti sauce!  I went on a trip on Mothers Day to visit her.  Together we made  my childhood recipe.  So yummy!  Thanks Mom :)


 In two tbsp. of olive oil,  brown one lb. of lean hamburger and  two Italian sausage links. (take of casing)

To brown meat, add half of a diced green bell pepper, half of a diced onion,  two cloves of chopped garlic, four oz. of chopped fresh mushrooms, and one celery stalked diced.  Saute a few minutes.

Then add half teas. of dried oregano, one fourth tsp. thyme, and one tsp of parsley and basil.  Stir

Then add one small can tomato paste and fill six oz. can full of water and red wine.

Add fourteen oz. can crushed tomatoes, small can black olives (drained), half cup sliced green olives, one bay leaf, half teas. of salt and one-fourth tsp. black pepper.

Simmer for one to three hours.


Put over your favorite pasta! Enjoy :)

Beth’s Bean Layerd Dip


Bottom layer: 2 cans of non-fat re-fried beans.  Stir in 2 tbs. of taco seasoning, 2 tbs. mayo (or miracle  whip), 2 tbs. salsa, and 1/4 cup sour cream.

Second layer: light sour cream

Third layer: salsa

Fourth layer: grated cheese (any you want)

Top with, diced tomatoes, sliced black olives, and chopped green onion.

Chill for about an hour; then devour with tortilla chips!!

Sweet and Sour Pork with Roasted Vegetables


1 lb. teriyaki flavored pork loin

1/2 chopped head of cauliflower

4 chopped broccoli crowns

1/2 head of chopped cabbage

7 button mushrooms cut in half

1 med. chopped onion

1 1/2 cups of steamed white long grain rice

1 bottle of sweet and sour sauce

season salt, pepper, garlic, and onion powder








Pre heat oven at 400 degrees.

In a large bowl, put in all vegetables; add 2 tbs. of oil and a dash of season salt, pepper, garlic and onion powder. Toss well. Spray a cookie sheet with non stick spray and put vegetables on cookie sheet. 

Bake for 20 to 25 minutes. Then set aside. 




Rinse pork, then cut into bite size pieces. Add to pork 1 tbs. soy sauce and 1 tbs. of oil; and a dash of pepper, garlic, and onion powder.

In a cast iron skillet add 1 tbs. oil. Cook meat on med. heat, until moisture is gone and browns. Add sweet and sour sauce to meat. In the sweet and sour bottle, fill 1/2 full with water; shake then add to pork. Let pork simmer for 10 minutes.


Mix together well all cooked ingredients. Eat and enjoy! So yummy!!



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