About spiderware2015

Wife, Mother, Grandmother, photographer, digital layout artist, and traveler.

Fruitcake!

In my last post, I posted a photo of a bowl of fruit soaking in whiskey. Today, I baked a fruitcake with that same bowl of fruit. It turned out really well! The cake is moist and yummy. I decided not to age the cakes because I wanted to be able to enjoy them now. I did brush the outside of them with Grape Juice and Jack Daniels and they are resting in the fridge for now.

November 2022

Good Morning! I hope everyone is having a good week so far. If not, tomorrow is Friday and you have the weekend to iron things out or just chill and relax a bit. My week has been full. I baked Cranberry Oatmeal Cookies yesterday for my husband. He has been after me to bake them for a few weeks. They turned out really well! He does not like raisins at all so cranberry it is!

Today is Fruitcake Day! I know a lot of people do not like fruitcakes but I think it is all in how the fruitcake is made. I don’t know. This is the first time that I have ever attempted to make one so we will see how it turns out. Right now, my fruits are soaking in a mixture of Three Roses Whiskey and Jack Daniels! I’ll be sure to let you guys know how they turn out!

Here are some of my newest layouts using Miss Fish Templates. All of the Templates are available at Gingerscraps and Scrapgirls.

That’s all for now, enjoy the rest of the week and be thankful for everything that you have. Happy Thanksgiving!

Monday, Monday!

Happy Monday! I hope that it has not been your typical beginning of the week Monday. Hopefully, everyone has had a good day, and if you feel that you have not, sit down in a quiet place for just a few moments and reflect back on the day. I am sure that you will find something good in there somewhere.

My typical Monday is Laundry day. Come to think of it, if there is laundry that needs to be washed, every day could be laundry day. However, I like to start the laundry on Monday. Two loads completed and now I just have to fold and put things away. Somehow, that seems to always be the hardest part for me and takes the longest to get around to doing!

First thing this morning I had to drive up to the clinic to have blood work done. I have my yearly checkup tomorrow so this blood work will be a comprehensive panel, aka the works. I hate going anywhere to get blood work done because they can never find the veins in my arm and end up sticking me in the back of my hand. It doesn’t hurt any more or less while the blood is being taken but my hand always looks bruised afterward. Oh well, only for a short time.

So, at the beginning of October, I started creating layouts for Ms. Juli Fish of Miss Fish Templates. She has been selling at Gingerscraps for as long as I can remember but now she has a second store at Scrapgirls. This store opened on October 7th. If you are into digital scrapbooking and love templates, check out her store at Gingerscraps or stop by her store at Scrapgirls to see how it is progressing along.

I was only to be a Guest on her team for October and November but since she opened the new store, she took me on full-time to create layouts primarily for the store at Scrapgirls. I am so excited to be a part of her team. This is something that I have hoped to get for quite some time!

Here are some of the layouts that I have completed for her and they are posted at various places on Facebook. If you click on the link below the layout, you will be taken to the template that is available in her Scrapgirls.

Framed Templates
Fall Fantastic Templates
Masked Memories 3 Templates
Golden Days Templates
Ready, Set, Blend 1 – 4 Templates
Big & Little 8 Templates

All of the kits used in the making of these layouts are kits created by some of the designers at Scrapgirls and are available for purchase in the store.

That’s all of the news for now. Have a fantastic week and be safe in whatever you do.

Happy Fall Ya’ll

Well, I have finally made it back to the blog after a beautiful and hot summer here in South Mississippi. Unfortunately, we started the summer out with a broken pool. The whole side of our pool caved in and a wall of water went gushing out through the yard. Thankfully, no one was in it trying to swim!

This happened at the end of June. Since then, My husband took me to Cozumel, Mexico for my birthday, and we have had a new pool put in and were able to enjoy the rest of the hottest weather.

In September, we drove to New Orleans for the day in order to get my Grandson his passport. It was a beautiful day and we were able to walk to the Riverwalk Stores and eat lunch while we waited.

Shake Shack! Best little burgers in New Orleans!

Two days later we were on our way to Niagara Falls. We drove up and spent the week, Three days in Canada and three days in New York. We had the best time and it was so good to just get away.

It was my first time seeing the falls and they are gorgeous. I am not sure how many times I told my husband to just leave me there so I could listen to the water and feel the mist. He wouldn’t do it so I had to make sure I took plenty of photos!

I took many more photos, far too many to post here! We had a fantastic time and it was a sad morning when we had to load up the car and head home.

Now the weather is a bit cooler and fall has made it to South Mississippi. I am hoping that the cooler weather will stick around and, at best, keep the hurricanes away. My heart goes out to everyone in Florida after feeling the wrath of Hurricane Ian. My Aunt in Englewood ended up with ankle-deep water in her house and a destroyed Lanai. She was so very lucky. Prayers to all of you.

Cruisin’ Ducks!

My husband and I just got back from vacation. We were on the Carnival Mardi Gras cruising to Puerto Rico, Amber Cove, and Grand Turk. We had a FUN-tastic time! The strangest thing happened… and I had never heard of this but apparently, it is a BIG thing right now…we found a duck hidden by the stairwell on the 9th floor of the ship. My husband picked it up and thought someone had lost it until he read the tag!

But the date on the tag is from last year! How odd!

What a cute little guy! Since it was the first one we had ever found, we decided to keep him and we took him into port with us and took photos!

At the gate to Old San Juan in Puerto Rico!
Looking at the shopping area in Amber Cove, Dominican Republic from our balcony on the ship.
Drinking Margaritas in Margaritaville in Grand Turk.

While we were sitting at the table eating fries and having a drink, the people seated next to us say our duck and gave us one that they had been going to hide when they got back on the ship!

Sharing a drink with his new friend in Grand Turk!

So Agitated!

So I just have to vent here for a few minutes because sometimes ya just have to do that to keep your sanity. I have a beautiful group of friends that all derive from my husband having worked with their husbands in the shipbuilding industry. We all get together one weekend every month or two and have dinner either out to eat or at one of our houses. Keep in mind that there is always that one person in the group that tries to outdo and outshine everyone else.

In the middle of March, I tried a new recipe that I got online for “Pineapple Upside-down Cupcakes”. I intend to make these for our get-together and I wanted to test the recipe and make sure that I was doing it correctly, that it came out right, etc, etc….you ladies know what I mean. So I posted a photo of them in the chat stating that I would be making them for dessert for our next dinner. One of the ladies commented on how wonderful they looked and said she needed to make the cake version.

My husband and I are having everyone over in May and the theme is “Luau” so I just know that these cupcakes will be the perfect dessert. So I posted the menu in the chat today so that all of the ladies could be planning what dish they might want to bring that would complement what I am serving. The cupcakes are on that menu. So now the person that commented on them in March is telling me that I do not need to make the cupcakes because SHE is planning on making the cake version and bringing it for dessert.

Now, normally, I would say “hell yeah” because that would be one less thing for me to cook but this time I am like, “NO WAY, I have been planning on making these for over a month!” I hate it when people do me that way knowing damn good and well that I have been planning on making them all along.

End of rant. I hope I have entertained you!