Tuesday, April 22, 2014

About Me Smash Book: Then & Now


Helllloooo Tuesday! I planned on typing up this post and scheduling it for today so you'd be able to read it this morning but I just couldn't keep my eyes open long enough for me to get anything down on paper….err…computer.  This post is picture heavy. :)



I tend to jump from project to project. It's how I keep myself sane. If I only had one hobby, I'm pretty sure I'd be bored to tears. Most of the time I'll start a project, do what I want to do, then put it aside and not look at it for months, then get the urge to work on it again. Same goes for my hobbies. I like so many things, but sometimes I'll stick with one for a period of time and totally forget about it until I get the urge to dive right again. Is anyone else like this? Or I'm I the only Wack-o? I can't be the only one….guys?right? 



I was laying in bed the other night and my smashbook was staring me right in the face. I hadn't opened it for a while and created a page so I decided that in the morning I was going to work on it. I don't go in any order. I looked over the pages I had done, then I looked through the blank pages to see if something would spark my creativity. 



I found it and created this two page spread. This layout is about I used to be so uncomfortable and insecure with myself in my younger days, but now, how I am completely comfortable with who I am whether anyone likes it or now.



One thing that drives me crazy about scrapbooking is I never seem to enough alphabet stickers. I always have to find ways to improvise with what I have to make a letter that I don't have. Like I've done here.



I love dimension and wanted the letters that were already printed on the page to pop so I outlined them with stickles.



A butterfly of course. And it fit perfectly in with the theme of my layout. I found these and many other great scrapbooking products at a hole in the wall dollar store at the local mall.



I was still feeling creative after that, so I turned a few pages and made another two page spread. That I'll save for another day though. :)




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Monday, April 21, 2014

Container Gardening Attempt


Good Monday Morning to you! I hope you all had a great weekend along with a great Easter celebration. Did you do anything? Or did you just have a laid back kind of day? I had to work on Easter for a few hours then I  headed over to my in-laws for Easter dinner.

April Vacation is in full swing here. Unfortunately  John and I still have to work so we have  few little things planned for Jacob for when we have a day off. One thing Jacob is excited about helping me with this vacation is container gardening. He said the other day that 'he's never been a gardener before and he can't wait to learn.'

Well, it's going to be a learning experience for me too since I seem to have a black thumb and tend to kill all my plants. It's a good sign that they've started sprouting though. 




I've got parsley, cilantro, basil, bib lettuce, spinach, beets, radishes, carrots, and tomatoes. So far so good. We'll see if I actually get any veggies in a few months.

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Friday, April 18, 2014

Coconut cupcakes


Good Friday morning to you! This year is flying by. Does anyone else think that? I was chit chatting with a few of the mothers in the pick up line at school and this was the topic of our conversation the other day. As the kids get older, the faster time seems to go. It's nuts really.  It's funny because when I was younger I couldn't wait to be an adult and have a family and kids (what was I thinking???!! Lol) and now, I just want time to slow down. Jacob is going to be  eight in June…EIGHT8…1,2,3,4,5,6,7,….
...8
How the heck did that happen? Seriously.  And Easter just crept up on me this year. Slow down. Seriously.

Speaking of Easter. Here's a last minute recipe for you to bring to your Easter get together. I actually made these cupcakes last year and totally forgot to blog about them.



Coconut cupcakes

1 1/2 cups butter, softened
2 1/3 cups sugar
6 eggs, separated
3 3/4 cups flour
1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp coconut extract
Cream cheese frosting, recipe found here
Coconut for garnish

Preheat oven to  350°. Line a pan with 24 cupcake liners.

In a separate bowl combine flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside

In a mixing bowl, combine butter and cups of sugar; beat until fluffy. Add egg yolks one at a time, beating after each. Add the flour mix to the butter mix. Beat alternately with the milk. Beat in extracts

In a separate bowl, beat egg whiles until soft peaks form.  Add remaining sugar a little at a time until stiff peaks form. Fold into cake mixture.

Spoon evenly into prepared cupcake liners. Bake for 15-20 or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool completely before frosting.

Frost cupcakes with cream cheese frosting or frosting of your choice. Instead of vanilla extract in the recipe I added coconut extract and topped each cupcake with  a sprinkle of coconut and pastel sprinkles.

Well now that you have your dessert, you're ready to go celebrate. I hope you all have a fantastic weekend and Easter celebration. See you Monday!


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Thursday, April 17, 2014

Color Dyed: An Easter Digital Layout



Just a quick post for you today.  Since I totally forgot that Easter was this coming Sunday I though I'd share with you an Easter layout I created using some of the elements from the Easter kit that I created. I knew Easter was late this year and it was in the back of my mind that things needed to get done but with everything going on at the moment, it totally slipped my mind until Tuesday of this week when I received a message from a coworker about what hours I wanted to work. (Thanks Diane!) I hadn't even gone shopping for Jacobs Easter basket. I'm a bad Easter bunny this year.


 I honestly never though that I'd get in to digital scrapbooking. I know I probably shouldn't admit that since I do create digital scrapbook stuff now. :) But I really am beginning to love it. I still love regular scrapbooking, but I will be adding more digital layouts to my albums from now on. The things I love about it are:

  • you can use your supplies as many times as you like
  • you can alter your supplies with the click of a mouse to match exactly to your design
  • it's more forgiving and if you make a mistake you can just 'ctrl+z'.
  • the possibilities are endless
 
I think the only con I have with digital scrapbooking is it doesn't have the same feel/texture as regular scrapbooking. That won't stop me though. I like the variety. Digital scrapbooking reminds me so much of my Advertising Design class I took when I was going to school, which actually was my favorite class. Scrapbooking as whole, not just digital scrapbooking reminds me a lot of the graphic design classes I took. That's probably why I love it so much.

How about you? If you scrapbook, do you like both or do you lean more towards traditional or digital?

ps. If you're interested in this kit you can find it in my store. You can go there by clicking the link above in the tool bar or click here


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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Two Bean Tacbrito


Happy Wednesday! The week is almost over. Thank goodness. Then April Vacation starts Friday. Jacob and I both are looking forward to sleeping in. Yay. Then Easter is on Sunday. With everything going on right now, I hate to admit it, but I totally forgot about it until someone mentioned it the other day. After that reminder, the Easter bunny had to go shopping….Whoops!

Okay, so here is the recipe I hinted at the other day when I posted the refried beans.  Since being on a very tight budget and not wanting to skimp on nutrition , I'm always trying to come up with  for meals that a cheap but nutritious and filling. This one you eat like a taco but the filling is similar to that of burrito. I wasn't sure what to call it so I came up with a 'Two Bean Tacbrito'. Feel free to call it whatever you'd like, it's still going to taste the same. 



1 onion, sliced
1 red pepper, thinly sliced
1 yellow pepper, thinly sliced
1/2 cup cooked rice
1 1/2 cup refriedbeans (or 1 can)
1/2 can green chilies
1 package of taco seasoning or make your own
1/2 cup water
Salt and pepper to taste
Olive oil
*optional* Sour cream, salsa, hot sauce, lettuce, diced tomatoes, olives, shredded cheese

Sautee onion and pepper in oil until tender.  Add refried beans, rice, water, fajita seasoning, chilies and black beans. Stir to combine. Simmer on low until water is dissolved, stirring occasionally.

Spoon into warm tortillas and serve with topping of your choice.

Makes 8-10 depending how much you fill your tortillas.



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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Dream Job Scrapbook Layout


Hey there! I hope you all made it through Monday. If you didn't…well…my sympathies to you. I hope you have much better days ahead of you.

:)

If you've been a follower of this blog for a while, you'll notice that my header has changed.  I didn't even intend on changing it, I just opened the file for the heck of it and started playing around until I came up with a simple design I liked. What do you think? Also, I'm working on a Facebook fan page. If you look slightly to the right, at the top, there is a link for you to click on an follow if you'd like.

Since work has been the theme of some of my previous posts I figured I'd share a layout with you that I made a while ago.. I don't think I've shared this layout with you guys yet. If I did, sorry! I've added something to it though. The inspiration for this came from a question I saw posted…probably on Pinterest….I feel like I live there some days. It's so addicting!



'What is your dream job?' was the question I wanted to document.  Hmmmm…Mine is certainly not what I'm doing now. If you scroll down a bit you can read what mine is.



 Here is a close up of the title. One of the things I find when I'm scrapbooking is I use a lot of colors and patterns. For some reason mixing patterns is easier for me than mixing plain cardstock. To make the pink foam letters pop, I used a fine tip marker to make a dotted border.



Of course I had to add a photo or two of work. Of course though, I had to do something to emphasize that they were not any indication of my dream job. I think I achieved it.



On the bottom I added a blurb about what my dream job would entail.

Do you have a dream job?


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Monday, April 14, 2014

Homemade Refried Beans


Happy Monday morning to you! I hope it's going well so far. I know how Monday's can be….I'm having one of them myself but I'm trying not to dwell. You know what takes my mind off the crazy stuff? Crafting and cooking! Today I'm sharing with you, an easy slow cooker refried bean recipe. Since I've been trying to stock up my freezer with staples, this is a simple effortless one to make. And for the price of a bag of dried pinto beans, you get about 6-8 cans worth of refried beans. Who doesn't love savings??



Here's how you make them.

1 lb bag of dried pinto beans, rinsed and sorted*
1 onion, peeled and quartered
4 cloves of garlic, minced.
5 tsp salt(to taste, add more or less according to your taste)
1 tsp pepper (to taste, add more or less according to your taste)
1 tsp. cumin
8 cups water

Place all ingredients, except water in a slow cooker. Stir to combine. Cover with 8 cups of water. Cook on high for 8 hours until soft.

When the beans are cooked, let cool for about an hour after turning off the heat. Drain but reserve the liquid. Mash beans with reserved water to attain desired consistency. Divide in 1 cup portions a place in a freezer baggie or container of your choice. Freeze until ready to use.


*you can soak your beans overnight before adding them to the crock. I do it sometimes, but I've never had a problem not soaking them either. Do what you feel is best*

See, wasn't that simple? Now you've got another staple to stock your fridge with. Notice a theme? Tortillas, refried beans? This may be leading up to a recipe….Hmmm, I guess you'll just have to stick around and see.

Before I go….



I added a new digital paper pack to my store. Here's a peek.  If you want to see what else I have in store, check out the link above in the heading of click here.  This set I just added is perfect for scrapping those beach memories.

I will be adding more things, so be sure to check back frequently. Thanks for the support!

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