Hi, I'm Torrey. Welcome to Left Field, where creativity runs amok and imagination is ALWAYS more important than knowledge. Shoes are not allowed but ties are optional. This is a repository of snippets from my life out here in Left Field. One never knows what shiny bits of creativity will be found here... cards, scrapbook layouts, photography, poetry, recipes, ponderings, rantings and musings. It could be anything! Life in Left Field is always changing, always real, always ...interesting.

February 25, 2017

Bircher Muesli

Hidy ho, crafty peeps!

I bet y'all thought I had fallen off the face of the earth.

I did.

I'm fighting a serious case of the "uncreative blahs". A veritable Sahara desert, without a drop of creativity in sight.


I basically have stepped away from creating. I stepped down from all my design teams, and have pretty much turned my beautiful studio into a storage room. I'm trying to get my mojo back. Actually, I'm going to go visit my mojo in a couple of weeks...perhaps Jodi will be able to recharge my creative batteries. She always does.

My in-laws are visiting this week. They eat SO MUCH more healthfully than my husband and I do...so I'm striving to fix healthier things (though what I REALLY want is chocolate and junk food).

For breakfast today I fixed Bircher Muesli.

What is Bircher Muesli, you ask?

Well...let me put on my Alton Brown hat and tell ya.

Bircher Muesli (aka the original "Overnight Oats") was developed around 1900 by a Swiss physician named...you guessed it...Dr. Bircher-Brenner. He developed it for his patients. It's still very popular in Europe especially Germany and Switzerland...but is found all over Europe really.

My mom and I had some on our trip last summer down the Rhine River in Europe. I ate it every morning on the boat...not because I had to...but because it was so darn yummy.

So I thought I might try my hand at it since it's A) delicious, and B) good for you...like insanely good for you. It's low-cal, low-glycemic, low-fat, gluten-free, high-protein, high-fiber, lots of antioxidants, loaded with heart healthy omega fats, the list goes on and on.

Here is the recipe I came up with. The measurements are mostly suggestions, as y'all know I don't measure stuff. The important thing is that you completely cover your oats with whatever liquid you choose. I use a mix of rolled oats and steel cut--because the steel cut oats are nice and chewy. The rest is to taste. So have at it!

Torrey's Bircher Muesli
Yield: 5-6 servings

• 2 cups dry Old Fashioned Rolled Oats
• 1 cup dry steel cut oats (can omit these and just use regular rolled oats)
• ~3-5 cups milk (or almond/rice/soy milk)…enough to cover oats in bowl. If you want it more liquidy...add more milk.
• 1 TBS cinnamon
• ½ tsp salt
• 1 apple (whatever type you like)
• 1 cup Greek yogurt (I use vanilla, but plain would be ok)
• 2 TBS honey or agave nectar

MIX-INS/TOPPINGS: All are OPTIONAL...do whatever sounds good to you.
• Berries (raspberries, blueberries, strawberries, blackberries…whatever you like)
• Fresh fruit (bananas, peaches, grapes, kiwi, plums, figs…whatever you like)
• Dried fruit- cut into small pieces (apricots, peaches, cherries, raisins, pineapple, figs, dates…whatever you like)
• ½ cup nut pieces (almonds, pecans, cashews, walnuts, hazelnuts)- TOASTED
• ½ cup unsweetened coconut flakes - TOASTED
• ¼ cup seeds (flax, chia, pumpkin, sunflower, sesame…whatever you like) – TOASTED
• Additional cinnamon, lecithin, wheat germ, oat bran
• 1 TBS nut butter (peanut, almond, cashew, sunflower…whatever you like)

1. In large bowl, combine oats, cinnamon, salt and mix well.
2. Pour milk over oat mixture to cover. Stir once to combine. The more milk you add, the more liquidy it will be.
3. Cover bowl and place in refrigerator overnight (at least 8 hours).
4. In morning, grate/chop up 1 apple and stir into oat mixture
5. Stir in yogurt and honey.
6. TO TOAST NUTS/COCONUT/SEEDS: place in single layer on a cookie sheet under broiler until toasted. NOTE: they toast FAST and can burn even FASTER. So watch them like a hawk.
7. Serve buffet style...put mix-ins/toppings in individual serving bowls on counter or table.
8. Serve muesli COLD in bowls and add whatever mix-ins/toppings you like.
9. Sprinkle with additional cinnamon, lecithin, wheat germ, oat bran…if desired
10. Muesli base will keep in refrigerator for several days. Store in covered container.
11. Can even make up individual portions in Mason jars and store them in your fridge for quick, grab-and-go breakfasts!

July 18, 2016

Have Your Cake...

Hidy Ho, crafty peeps!

I know I've been sort of MIA as of late. My summer (like so many of yours) has gotten crazy busy! And, for me, it's only getting BUSIER with no sign of slowing down until like October. So much to do...so little time. I feel like the White Rabbit from Alice in Wonderland.


I will post about what I'm up to toward the end of August. Or maybe the first part of September.
But now, it's time for a new challenge over at  

The current challenge theme is 
"Chocolate and Cream Colors"
I don't know about you...but that totally makes me hungry.
Remember...you can ALWAYS enter an "ANYTHING GOES" theme too...as long as you use a House Mouse, Happy Hoppers, or Gruffies stamp.

For my project, I used the super cute "Eat Your Cake and Nap Too" stamp. It's an old stamp, and I'm not sure if it's still available. I colored up the image with my Prismacolor pencils. And now I want to go make a cake.

And eat it.

We have 2 fabulous sponsors this time around.

We are thrilled to be welcoming back our AWESOME sponsor,
the Official Mousey Family, House-Mouse Designs(R)
HMD is offering a Lucky player a $20 Gift Certificate to go shopping at the official House-Mouse Designs(R) site!

Our Second Sponsor is


Winner will receive a Fabulous $20 Value Reward Card

So, hurry on over to House Mouse and Friends to enter for your chance at winning one of these FaBuLoUs prizes!!


June 29, 2016

Fond Farewell to Simon Says Stamps

Hidy ho, crafty peeps!
Well, today marks my last day as the Spotlight Designer for Simon Says Stamps.


I've really had a good time playing with the SSS DT! Thank you very much for such a wonderful opportunity! I hope to play with y'all again!

 It's Wednesday...and that means...
This week's theme is  
featuring products by Art Impressions
I, personally, love Art Impressions stamps. Their "Golden Oldies" and "Girlfriends" lines are HILARIOUS. They also have some seriously artistic stamps too! 

As always, enter the challenge for your chance to win a
 You can't beat that with a stick!!

I actually did 2 projects as my "Simon Says Swan Song". 

Yeah, 2!!! (One is really a "thank you" to SSS for having me).

My first project is a CAS card (well, for me it is). I don't usually do CAS (clean and simple). So, it was a challenge...believe it or not.
It's pretty straight-forward...stamped image, colored with Prismacolor pencils, Copic-dotted background, stamped foreground, bow, sentiment and 9 sequins. You can't tell, but their bathing suits and hats are coated in Glossy Accents to give it that embossed effect. Ok, so maybe it wasn't so CAS.

My final card is also a CASish card.

This card is my little way of saying "THANK YOU" to Heidi, Lols, and all the lovely and talented ladies on the SSS design teams.

It's a "Dutch Door" style card...where the card front is actually only half a card front. I just made up the name of the card style. It sounds good though. 

Here is the outside 

and, the fence "Dutch door" swings open to reveal the inside
I used one of Art Impressions super-ingenious "Front 'n' Backs" stamp sets--Becky. For those of you not familiar with the "Front 'n' Backs" and "Spinners" stamps, they're 2-piece sets of stamps designed to have their images glued back to back...to produce a perfectly matched 2-sided image.  I colored her with my Prismacolor pencils.

I created the fence using the same stamp I used on the other card...I just cut apart the image and rearranged it a bit to look like a fence. Although the wood stamp I used is not a SSS stamp, they do carry one that is virtually identical...like REALLY REALLY CLOSE (Wood Plank stamp by My Favorite Things). It's so close to the stamp I used, you probably wouldn't have known if I had said that this wood stamp was that wood stamp (did that make sense???)  I really love this card. It's just too stinkin' cute!

Simon Says Stamp
SSS products used:

June 27, 2016

Mice by the Sea

Hidy ho, crafty peeps!

Texas...in late June...is hot, no matter how you slice it.

I wish I lived near a beach. To me, there is nothing more relaxing than wandering down a beach, on an overcast day, hunting shells and sea glass--delighting in the cold shock of the effervescent surf breaking over the tops of my feet.

What I wish more, is that I could be the type of person who was able to lay out on a beach towel, roasting in the summer sun--a fruity drink with a paper umbrella in my hand...and a cabana boy at my beck and call.

But alas...I am a redhead with redhead skin. The sun and I aren't on speaking terms and haven't been for...ever.


It's mid-way through our current challenge over at  
Our current theme, "A Day Spent with Friends", made me wistful for a day at the beach, spent with friends.

Thankfully, I had this cute stamp on hand...and it satisfied my longing for more...melanin.
I used 2 copies of the image, so that I could paper tole (decoupage) various elements. The mice, shells, and umbrella are all fussy-cut out and mounted with foam tape over the background. I really had fun coloring this. I used my trusty Prismacolor pencils. I tried to make the umbrella appear as 3-D as possible...using dark grey for the innermost struts. Don't they look like they're having a blast?


You still have a few days to get your "A Day Spent with Friends" project entered at House Mouse and Friends for a chance to win one of our fabulous prizes!
And remember, you always have the "Anything Goes" option--as long as you use a House Mouse, Gruffies, or Happy Hoppers image.

We are thrilled to be welcoming back our AWESOME sponsor,
the Official Mousey Family, House-Mouse Designs(R)

who is offering a lucky player a $20 gift certificate to go shopping at the House-Mouse-Designs site!
Our second, generous sponsor is: 

Winner will receive a Fabulous $20 Value Reward Card

June 22, 2016

Shimmery, Sparkly Goodness

Hidy Ho, crafty peeps!

It's time for round 4 of my month as the Spotlight Designer for Simon Says Stamps! June has really flown by. This has been a SUPER busy month for me, and I can't say I'm entirely sad to see June go bye-bye. But, today is Wednesday...and that means...
This week's theme is  
"Add some SHIMMER"
featuring products by Lindy's Stamp Gang
So, break out all your glittery, shimmery goodies and enter a project for your chance to win a...
Sadly, I don't own any Lindy's products...but I do have a clear Wink of Stella, so that is gonna have to suffice! I broke out a fun old die from Tim Holtz (I guess I'm still in a Tim Holtz frame of mind from a couple of weeks ago). And crafted up this fluttering beauty of a card!
I started out by die-cutting out butterflies (with the Butterfly Frenzy Die) out of the cardstock background panel and adhering the panel to the card front with foam tape to pop it off the base a bit. I scribbled some Distress Markers (more Tim Holtz product) onto a separate piece of watercolor paper, then did a water wash over my scribbles to blend the colors. After it was all dry, I die cut out my flutter of butterflies...arranged them in sort of rainbow order and adhered them to the background. Next, I brushed Wink of Stella over each butterfly and on the face of the card in the negative spaces that remained after I removed all the butterfly die cut pieces.
To finish it off, I added a scattering of iridescent sequins and a die-cut sentiment from Avery Elle.
If you hold the open card up to a light source, the cut-out butterflies on the background become illuminated. It's quite lovely. I tried to take a photo of that effect...but it didn't turn out that hot...but you get the gist!
OH - EM - GEE.....I just realized, I didn't use any colored pencils on this. SHUT THE FRONT DOOR. Man, I hope they don't get mad at me like they did the last time I used another coloring medium. They got so torqued, they went on vacation for 2 weeks...and didn't send me a postcard (they claimed they had nothing to write with).

Here are the SSS products I used. Each icon below is a link to the corresponding product page on the SSS site!

Thanks for dropping by! Be sure to visit Simon Says Stamps and check out the fabulous projects the other design team members created!
Simon Says Stamp