Wednesday, September 28, 2011

My Hair Should Have Its Own Blog

Recently I was reading a thread on Facebook about how someone felt unattractive. I was surprised by how many people chimed in that they felt the same way. It completely bummed me out that so many wonderful women and men have body image issues. These are people, who on every other level, have their entire life together, but when it came to being comfortable in their skin-they couldn't do it.

I started thinking about my own body and how I perceive it. I know I have days when I feel less than stellar but for the most part, I'm okay in my skin. I have spectacular boobs (sorry to offend, but they are damn great) and I love the way my tattoos look on my skin, each one is a piece of my history. Don't even get me started on my fab hair-it should have its own blog.

Now, there are things that aren't so great with my body. I have a huge gap in my teeth that I would love to fix once I have insurance-but it doesn't keep me from laughing my loudest and flashing a big smile. My body is less limber than it use to be  but I can dance when a great song comes on the radio. I do have a bit of a belly, but even then-I love my body. It has carried me through life and so far has been a pretty amazing vessel.

I guess what I am wondering is, what makes you love your outer skin as much has your love your inner being? What would it take for you to look in the mirror and instead of saying, "I'm fat, ugly and gross" to "I am curvy, beautiful and fabulous!"

We should love ourselves as a complete person. When it comes to the end of the day, even the end of our lives-we are truly all we have. Sure, we have friends and loved ones to be with us but our best friend should be ourselves.

Think about this, when a friend starts bad mouthing herself, do you say,"Goodness, you are right, lose some weight fatty." Of course you don't, and if you do-you need serious help, like a good pop on the head. You tell them how beautiful they are, how amazing they are, how wonderful it is to have them in your life. Why is it so hard to do that for yourself?

I guess my bottom line is, no matter what size, what "flaw" you have, you are you. There is no one out there exactly like you. There is no one who can laugh like you, who can smile like you and love like you. To me, that is mind blowing.

Always act like you're wearing an invisible crown.
~Author Unknown

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Tie One On Tuesday

My friends Casey and Rey are getting married this week. Although they are stressing out, I am super excited to visit with old friends and partake in a beverage or two. So, to honor happy stressing couples everywhere, here are a few cocktails to request at your next wedding (be it your 5th marriage or your first).

I'm all about tradition and the bride definitely needs something blue. I think this cocktail should cover it.

Something Blue
2 oz Hpnotiq (this is a liqueur that is made of fruit juices and vodka)
2 oz white wine
1 oz Ginger ale
Mix all ingredients into a champagne flute and serve

Let's say you are craving a little cake but want it in liquid form. The Wedding Cake cocktail is right up your ally. I have seen several versions of the recipe, I am going to use the one with cream.

Wedding Cake
3/4 oz gin
3/4 oz Amaretto
1/4 oz orange juice
1/4 oz pineapple juice
1/4 oz cream
Pour the gin, Amaretto, orange juice, pineapple juice and cream in a blender with ice. Blend well.
Pour into a hurricane glass.

The last is a perfect cocktail to toast the lucky couple and their fine romance.

Fine Romance
1 1/2 oz Gin
1/2 oz Grand Marnier
2 dashes Grenadine
1 oz Passion Fruit Syrup
Mix together with crushed ice in a glass and garnish with mint leaves.

Big congrads to Casey for making an honest man out of Rey. You both are such wonderful, beautiful friends and I wish you years and years of happiness and yummy cocktails!

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Scrappy Dog Sunday!

The one thing I really hate about pets is that you will outlive them. It's inevitable. They come into our hearts, wrap us around their little paws, make us smile and when they know that we are in a good place and they have done their job on this earth, they are called away. This morning a dear, sweet friend of mine lost his wonderful terrier, Teddy.

I know that Teddy is in that big terrier playground in the sky, doing what most terriers do, digging, begging for treats, barking and destroying your favorite pair of shoes.

Teddy was a silly little man who made his friend very happy. Sadness fills my heart and today is a gentle reminder for me to give my pups extra love.

I think dogs are the most amazing creatures; they give unconditional love. For me they are the role model for being alive.

Gilda Radner

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Salivating Saturday

Man! Have I been slack lately! Boo on me! If I bake you a quiche, will you forgive me? I know it's not cake but I've been craving a quiche, so there ya go.

Little bit of a back story...this week has been crazy busy for us and that means we haven't been able to get to the grocery store. Anyhoo, for a few weeks I've been craving quiche and I finally broke down and baked one. The only problem is, you guessed it, I haven't been to the store and I didn't have all the ingredients for the quiche I wanted. So, instead, I made a whatchagot quiche. It includes any ingredients you have on hand.

Really, whatever you have on hand, but the essentials and a few of my favorites are...
ready to serve deep dish pie crust
4 eggs, slightly beaten
1 cup half and half cream
5 pieces of extra crispy bacon, crumbled
3/4 cup of swiss cheese
French's onion rings sprinkled

Preheat oven to 400 degrees
In a medium bowl, mix the bacon, onions, and cheese. Place this mixture in the unthawed pie crust.
Mix the eggs and half and half in a bowl. Pour the egg mixture over the cheese mixture.
Bake in preheated oven for 15 minutes. Reduce heat to 350 degrees F and bake for an additional 35 minutes, until top of quiche begins to turn brown.
Don't overbake or your quiche will be rubbery.

Awwww yeah! My whatchagot quiche is so yummy and it saves me another day of going to the grocery store. I cut the quiche into individual slices and froze half so next time I have a craving, I can just warm it up.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Sneak Peak Part Two, The Return of the Sneak Peak

Scary stuff coming at ya! Look what else is in store for you!

Scary, Scary dip..coming up from the depths of hell...AH HA AH!!!!

Cupcakes that will give you a cavity...horrible!

The scariest, most gross thing you will ever see, I'm saving for the video. I don't want to give you all the spoilers!

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Tie One On Tuesday

Why hello fall, you are looking mighty apple-y. Fall is just a few days away and that means lots of apples!

 The easiest and probably one of the yummiest apple drinks is a Autumn Delight

Autumn Delight
2oz scotch
6oz apple cider
Fresh cinnamon 
Pour scotch and cider into a shaker with ice, pour into an old fashion glass and dust with fresh ground cinnamon. Easy peasy!

Next on the list is a yummy twist and will give you something to do with all the basil left over from the summer

Basil North

4oz apple juice
2oz vodka
2 basil leaves
juice from 1 lemon
dash of sugar
Pour all ingredients into a shaker with ice, pour into a martini glass.

Let's see what I can find to keep you warm on the chilly nights and help you fall into a deep slumber.

Hot Apple Toddy
2oz apple brandy

1 tsp sugar
hot apple cider
Mix brandy, hot cider and sugar together in a mug, garnish with cinnamon. If you need extra smoothness, coat the bottom of the mug with honey.

Yahoo! It's fall! Time to pull out the sweaters, have a nice fire and pour yourself a yummy apple drink.  Your tummy and mood will thank you!

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Super Sneak Peak Sunday!

I just wrapped up the latest Craftster video and wanted to give you a sneak peak. It's so devilish!

It's ripe for the picking...

It's a ghoulish delight...

EEEP!!!! You are gonna love it! In the meantime, check out for more videos, crafts and fun!

Scrappy Dog Sunday!

Who's the most handsome boy in the whole world?

Who barks, "MOM!" then runs and hides under the couch? Such a teenager!

Who gives me the look to stop taking pictures or she was going to bite my face off, but in a loving, leave me alone kind of way?

And last, who likes to remind their puppies that it's tough love?

Thursday, September 15, 2011

WIP 4 Seasons

Well, we had our two weeks of summer and now fall is upon us. Know that that means? Scary movies, fires, lots and lots of stitching. There is something about fall and winter that just make me want to curl up with a good black and white film and stitch until sunrise. Add some apple cider and I'm in heaven.

My dear friend Becky knows I am a sucker for a vintage pattern and when she stumbled across this at a thrift store, she thought of me and knew I would be more than willing to stitch it up. It is the four seasons with a sun dial in the middle. I'm not really what color to do the middle yet.

Here is the entire piece. It is about a foot in length and maybe 10 inches wide. I have no idea what I am going to do with it once I'm finished. Any suggestions?



My little space heater and critic

What are you working on for fall?

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

4am Thoughts

UGH! It's 4am and I can't sleep. I normally don't get up at 4am. I get up at 5 and that seems okay to me. Ya know, have some time to check email, have some breakfast, not rush before work but for some reason, I'm up at 4am and it just seems like a weird time to me. It's like the hour before everything starts to happen. It's just not right.

Anyhoo,  I began to write this prolific post about loving yourself, being good to yourself and acceptance, but when I went back and reread what I wrote, it just sounded ridiculous (how's that for acceptance?) So instead, here are top 10 things that you should love.

1. Yourself
2. Yourself
3. Yourself
4. Yourself
5. Yourself
6. Yourself
7. Others
8. Life
9. puppies
10. kittens

Pretty mind blowing, huh? C'mon, what do you expect? It's 4am in the morning! Fine, I'm just gonna fix a bowl of Capt. Crunch and watch cartoons.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Scrappy Dog Sunday!

Today is 9/11, a dark day in United States history. As we remember today, and still try to heal from such a horrible event. I am here to celebrate the animals that helped that day. Without canine rescue dogs, the toll would have been higher.

Not only did the rescue dogs help first responders, but they also lifted their spirits. They were there for the responders to pet, hug and just hold when they needed someone. They gave a gentle smile, a warm heart and an unconditional love that only a dog can give. It's as if they said, "we will get through this together."

Bretagne is one such dog. This 13 year old golden retriever is trained to find people in disasters such a this. She has somce been to other natural disasters such as Hurricane Katrina and Rita. She has retired but she refuses to believe that. She was just one of the 100 FEMA dogs at the site.

 I think we all can learn a lot from these dogs, they are strong, loving and never asked for anything in return. They faced devastation with love in their heart and never once judged the outcome or a person. In the days after 9/11, they showed determination, a shoulder to cry on and support when needed.  A special thank you to those dogs and their trainers who came from all over the United States to offer their support.

Friday, September 9, 2011

Feel Good Friday!

AWWWWW YEAH! Friday is here! Tune up your air guitars and rock out! YAHOO!

LimeRiot is so amazing! Not only does she have the second cutest batch of dogs in the world but she is also so talented in the stitching department. She pretty much rocks my socks.

I'm pretty sure I need this wallpaper. It's fuzzy! Madison Humphrey has amazing wall paper and fabric.

Speaking of awesome, my sister from another mister, Becky made this for me in a movie swap. I seriously about died when I got it. Thin Man! EEEPPPPP!

And that's what I'm gonna do! Pam "Kittykill" is out of here! Peace!

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Yarn Wreaths Are So Thursday Sept. 8, 2011!

I am such a sucker for a cool wreath and when I was asked to do yarn and felt flower wreaths for, I couldn't resist.

Here is the finished wreath

And because I think you need to make one too, here's the video.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Tie One On Tuesday

You guys I normally bring my A game to the plate, but babies, momma is tired! So tired that she can barely lift the cocktail shaker. I promise I will be back next week with delightful cocktails and wonderful booze ridden stories, but for tonight you get a shot of whiskey and a bag of Doritos. Don't judge!

Monday, September 5, 2011

Happy Sit On the Couch Day!

Normally I would write a post about Labor Day movies, since today is Labor Day in the US and I'm a full supporter of the labor movement and jobs in general, but since I am still on the mend and thinking makes me cranky when I'm not feeling good, so I decided to go with a few movies I watched yesterday while sitting on the couch.

I knew I needed something to cheer me up so I went with Godzilla-The Final Wars. I was all happy and excited until OMP walked by and said, "I think Godzilla dies in this movie." WHAT? I'm sorry, but I refuse to believe that and I can say, with a big smile of my face that Godzilla does die...but it was that horrible American version and not the cutey Japanese, original guy. So, I just gave you a spoiler....Anyhoo, the special effects are hysterical, the dubbing is horrible but this movie rocked my socks! All of the Godzilla monsters are in it and you get to see an intro clip of 50 years of Godzilla. I know this movie will be on heavy rotation at Casa de Pedersen. 

Next on my Sunday movie couch day wasn't actually a movie, but a serial put out in 1939. OMP and I watched several episodes of the Green Hornet serial. It was awesome! I love how just a mask could fool everyone and how racketeers were always trying some way to commit a crime . A little known fact, but Jujube's dad, Kato was named after Kato from the Green Hornet. Okay, back to the serial. These little 30 minute shows were played before the movie back in 30's and you went every week to see them. While this may seem kind of crazy to us, I think it was a wonderful way to escape from everything, including your house and enjoy a good story. 

Last on my Pam Better Snap Out of It Sunday Couch-a-thon was a movie that I have talked about before but it's one of my favorites. Sunset Blvd is brilliant. Everything about this movie is amazing. I would say that this is probably the best picture made (and you know the way I feel about The Big Lebowski and The Thin Man). The mood of the film is as heavy as those velvet drapes of Nora Desmond's and you feel the sadness and weight of life on the lead characters. 

Well, there ya go! A day in the life of Pam sitting on the couch. I am happy to report that I am back to my old self and ready to kick butt and take names or at least move to the other side of the couch.

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Scrappy Dog Sunday

AGH! Let me explain the reason I've been MIA. It all started with my wrist bothering me and I decided to take a little break to have it heal up. Well, I got a wrist guard and was fine on Wednesday and then, well, Thursday rolled around and I think I went to bed at 6 that night cause Lola got me up at 3, Refreshed and ready for Friday, I get a paper cut on my eyeball. You heard me right-a paper cut on my flippin' eyeball! Let the crinching begin. So, I've had a patch on it and tried to not be on the computer or do anything else while it healed. Which brings me to Sunday-WHEW!

Speaking of waking me up, I must say that the pups are wonderful alarm clocks. They get me up at 5 every morning, only to go back to sleep after they go outside and get a treat.  They look like this by 5:15am

I look like this...

Cute fuzzy puppy....
What is up with her feet?

Monster mom...

 Simply adorable...

You get the picture...