How to Create a Watermark Brush in PSE

It’s always great to learn new things, right?  I mean I know we aren’t all in school anymore but still, it’s always good to learn a new thing once a day!  That’s what I’ve always been told anyway.  So today I’ll show you how to make a Watermark brush in PSE.  Super simple and super easy!

btw, I use PSE 8 but I’ve played around on 10 and I know it isn’t a whole lot different, obviously 10 has more features but anyway, you get the picture 🙂

Ok first off you’ll start by opening PSE up and going to New–> Blank File

It’s always better to have a huge canvas then to have too small of a canvas to work with, so I opened a 2000×2000 pixel canvas.  Make sure you select Transparent at the bottom too.


Tomato, Basil, Cheddar Soup

Oh Yum.  That’s what we sad Saturday night.


So we started going through the list of ingredients to see what we had…
everything but Greek Yogurt.

No problem… we decided to substitute in Cream Cheese… So here’s the recipe I used.  And holy cow was this awesome!

Tomato, Basil, and Cheddar Soup

Makes 6 servings
  • 2 28-oz. cans of diced tomatoes
  • 1 yellow onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves of garlic, chopped
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 2 cups of vegetable broth
  • 4 oz Cream Cheese
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese, grated
  • 1/2 cup basil, chopped, loosely packed
  • 2 tsp of oregano
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • salt and pepper to taste
Directions:  Over medium heat, add the olive oil to a large pot. Add the chopped onion and allow to cook until tender, about three to four minutes. Add in chopped garlic and cook for an additional two minutes. Pour in the two cans of tomatoes (juice and all) and the vegetable stock. Stir in the basil, oregano, sugar, and salt and pepper. Place the lid back onto the pot and allow to simmer ten minutes. At the end, stir in the Greek yogurt and cheddar cheese until well blended. Use either an immersion blender or food processor to puree the soup if you prefer a smooth texture. Garnish with chopped basil and grated cheddar cheese if desired.

Shared here: Food Friday

Springfield Brewing Company – Springfield, MO

**Pulled off my Recipe Blog**

Saturday we headed to Springfield to go see the PBR, Live!  You want to talk about AWESOME!  I’ve watched local rodeo’s and of course on tv, but never seen the PBR Live.  It makes all the difference in the world!

My mom suggested we go eat somewhere close to the MSU campus and hubby asked me of somewhere close since that’s where I went to school.  I suggested a few places, then finally said, what about Springfield Brewing Company?  I’d eaten there one time before, back when I was in college, and have been telling my hubby about it since.  I really was looking for a reason to go eat there and finally was presented one.

Even more exciting, my parents had never eaten there either.

Located in Downtown just off the square.  Very easy to find really.  Especially when your phone isn’t acting up and will actually give you directions 🙂
The bar area was cool.  I’m not sure I’d want to have to restock all those glasses!
The Vats where they made the beer are behind glass windows and some tables are right there to enjoy the view
The decor though was awesome
and Just so you know I really was there 😉


Jim Bob’s Steak & Ribs – Joplin, MO

**Pulled off my Recipe Blog**

Last Wednesday was my Mother-in-laws birthday.  Since we only have my {step}daughter every other weekend, the Saturday before seemed like a great time to celebrates so Tbug could be included in Memaw’s (my MIL’s nickname via Tbug) Birthday celebration.

When hubby asked her what she’d like, she said a steak sounded really good so we started listing all kinds of steak places, when my dad brought up the point that Jim Bob’s was re-opened.  (It blew away in the Tornado.)

My MIL, hubby, Tbug, my parents and I decided to meet at Jim Bob’s for dinner.  If you read my lifestyle blog, you’ll remember that was the same day that Tbug attended her first show, you may also recall it rained the whole day.  I’m not complaining, especially when that evening we got the sight of a double rainbow.  The second one was too faint and I couldn’t capture it.

Now you’ll notice this photo looks later at night, and that’s because, it was.  I took it as we were exiting the building.