Friday, April 30, 2010

{it's friday!!}


Tomorrow I'll be having another card class at my house, and this is one of the cards we'll be making. This stamp set is one from the new Summer Mini Catalog -- which is available to order from tomorrow! It's called Elements of Style. I used Barely Banana cardstock, which is retiring too at the end of June. I also used the scallop punch and some grey taffeta ribbon.

Thanks for looking :)

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

{this week's menu}

Here's this week's menu:
  • Saturday:  Taco salad and jalapeno poppers. I usually have mine with a lot of lettuce and a little bit of Fritos on top. However, Adam acts as if he is allergic to lettuce, so his is strictly Fritos and no lettuce.
  • Sunday: We went out and had a big lunch at TGIFridays, so for supper I just made some ham and pickle rollups.
  • Monday: Grilled chicken with this marinade, grilled asparagus and sliced tomatoes with cottage cheese. Oh God, that chicken was so good! That marinade is to die for -- I let it sit in the fridge for about 24 hours before I grilled the chicken.

  • Tuesday: Chili mac casserole and salad
  • Wednesday: Hamburgers on the grill and pasta salad
  • Thursday: Grilled steak and green beans on the grill - I've never tried this recipe before but it looks pretty good!

Saturday, April 24, 2010

{easter sunday}

This scrapbook page was a race against time! A race against Keira who was napping that is....I just love these photos from Easter Sunday, so I couldn't wait to scrap them. I actually did this page in response to the Blade Masters challenge at Challengemasters. The challenge was to use the negative space of a die cut. I did this by cutting the butterfly out with the Serenade Cricut cartridge, then matting it on a piece of pink cardstock that I ran through the Big Shot with the Swiss Dots cuttlebug folder. I matted it on a yellow scalloped circle, also cut from the Serenade Cartridge.
Here's a closeup of the butterfly embellishment. As you can see, I also did some stamping and inking to give it some dimension.
For the title, I printed 'Our Blessing' from the computer, then used some AC Thickers for the rest of the title. I also used a Prima Rose dipped in glitter to cover up an ink smudge. Oops. :)

Here is a close up of the journaling. I just love making pages for Keira's albums. My goal is to have her look back and know how much she was loved. :) Wouldn't you love to have scrapbooks from your childhood too?

Friday, April 23, 2010

{class 5/1}


I'm planning on having my next stamping class on May 1st. This is one of the cards we'll make. I really love this butterfly stamp set -- Great Friend -- and use it a lot on spring cards and scrapbook pages. The pink butterfly is cut out with the Butterflies Bigz die and Big Shot. I also used the scalloped edge punch and black gingham ribbon. The base of the card is Kraft cardstock, layered with Almost Amethyst and Whisper White.

Hopefully I can get another card planned out and the supplies cut tonight! Keira's been sick with the stomach flu (which apparently is going around) but I think she's starting to feel a little better. Hopefully our sleep schedules will be back to normal. Mommy is not happy when she doesn't get a lot of sleep! :)

Here are some pictures to share from Easter.
My favorite :) I can't believe how big she's getting! Already in 2T clothes and almost walking....time flies but I am ready to trade in the baby stage!

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

{menu planning}

Here's the menu for this week:
  • Sunday: We had friends over for dinner, so I made chicken tacos, rice, homeade salsa and guacamole. To make the chicken tacos, I roasted 4 on-the-bone chicken breasts in a 400 degree oven for 40 minutes. Let cool, then mix with 2 packets of taco seasoning and recommended amount of water in the crock-pot. I simmered it for about 2 hours before we ate. Also, must try this recipe for salsa. It is to die for!!

  • Monday: BLT's with potato salad and angelfood cake with strawberry sauce. Strawberries were on sale at the grocery store, so I just trim them up and throw them in a saucepan with some sugar and water and cook them down into a syrup. Then I top the angelfood cake with that and whipped cream.
  • Tuesday: Buffalo chicken pizza and salad. I take the premade pizza crusts, and top them with pizza sauce and a little Frank's Red Hot (aka the only hot sauce you'll ever need). In a saucepan, I melt some butter and add more Frank's to that to make a buffalo sauce, then add some cooked chicken breast to that. Top the pizzas with mozarella cheese and the chicken. When they come out of the oven top with sliced green onion. Adam LOVES this dinner.
  • Wednesday: Oriental chicken rice and egg rolls. Purely from the freezer. Normally I would make chicken fried rice, but on a weeknight after work with a one year old, sometimes I just don't have time!! This is really good though. If I put it on a plate Adam may never even know it's frozen. =)
  • Thursday: Tater tot casserole. Straight up old school style, lol. I take one pound ground beef, brown it up with a little diced onion and drain. Mix with frozen mixed veggies, 1 can cream of chicken soup and some milk and cook until smooth. Spread into a square baking dish and top with Kraft singles, then tater tots. Bake as directed on tater tot package.

{awash with flowers}

I attended a crop this last weekend to do some demonstrating, and here is one of the cards that was available for the scrappers to make. This is the new Awash with Flowers set that is only available during the month of April as a new catalog preview. After that, it won't be available until the new catalog comes out in July.

I used Almost Amethyst cardstock as a base, along with some striped paper from the Teaparty pack. I also used Pretty in Pink, Amethyst, and So Saffron ink. This set is great because you don't have to color!

Have a good night!

Sunday, April 11, 2010

{hey there...}

I wanted to try my hand at making some fabric flowers, so the April Technique challenge at Challenge Masters was the perfect excuse to do it! To create this flower, I used some yellow fabric, with a running stitch around the edge, layered with tuille, patterned paper and more tuille. Topped it off with a button.
I also used some of my vintage trim, which you can find in my Etsy shop. I'll be adding more this week.
After I made the card, it really reminded me of my grandma, so I decided that I'll give this to her for Mother's Day this year.

Adam and I are off to the cities for a 'date afternoon' today, so I'm excited about that! Have a great day.

Saturday, April 10, 2010

{this just in}

I am in LOVE with this new vintage trim trend.....I have been seeing it all over! Anyway I just dyed some today and listed in my Etsy shop. Stop on by!

Stay tuned this weekend for a project using this lovely trim....and a Mother's day card.

Friday, April 9, 2010

{menu planning}

I have my mother and grandmother to thank for my love of cooking. I have a lot of fond memories in the kitchen with my grandma, making sugar cookies, homemade noodles, and picnic food to take to the park.

At home, we always ate dinner as a family, and my mom is a fantastic cook. She taught me a lot about cooking, but when I moved out and went to college, my obsession with Rachael Ray and the Food Network taught me a lot too! I think the first few years were hit and miss with my cooking every once in a while, but Adam stuck through it and was my primary taste tester.....and he doesn't hold back when it comes to telling me if he likes something or not. :)

As a type A person, I am a little obsessed with lists and checklists....including my menu planning and grocery shopping. As I was perusing Nichol's blog the other day, I saw that she has started posting her weekly menu plans (along with recipes), so I decided I'm going to do the same. Typically I look at our local grocery ad, which comes out Wednesday, along with the coupons I have and plan our menus from there. I use these menu planner inserts that fit in my planner, on one side there is space to write out your meals for the week, and on the other you write your grocery list. If I have a coupon for something, I indicate that on the list so I don't forget to give the coupon to the cashier at the checkout.

Since I work full time and have an hour commute each way, I try to get as much prep work done during the weekends that I can. It saves a lot of time (and my sanity) when I get home at 5pm. It's very important to me that our family eats together each evening, and since I really emjoy cooking, it's a win-win. My plan is to share my menus with you each week, because I think it's interesting to see what others fix for dinner, and to share some great recipes with you!

Menu for 4/9-4/15
  • Friday: Grilled steak, baked potato and mixed veggies
  • Saturday: I always make breakfast on the weekends, so we'll be having biscuits and gravy and fruit salad. Adam and I are planning on going out for a late lunch so no more cooking the rest of the day.
  • Sunday: For lunch, ham and scalloped potatoes (I have some leftover ham in the freezer, along with some Betty Crocker sour cream and onion scalloped potatoes. Yes. From a box. lol). For dinner, Italian meatball soup (I haven't made this yet but of course if it's on Ree's blog it has to be good!!) and garlic bread.
  • Monday: Buffalo Chicken Casserole (I will let you know how this turns out but it can't be bad, can it?)
  • Tuesday: Marinated grilled chicken and pasta salad. I like to use the Weber packet marinades (you mix these with oil and water), and let the chicken marinate while I'm at work. The best marinade I have ever found. For the pasta salad, I use Suddenly Salad. Shhhh! But it's good! I add cubes of cheddar and sliced olives to make it mine.
  • Wednesday: Beef enchiladas and spanish rice. All I do is mix cooked ground beef with red enchilada sauce and some shredded cheddar. Roll up in tortillas (flour or corn), pour some more sauce over the top, more shredded cheese and bake.
  • Thursday: Pepperoni pizza and salad. I get the prebaked thin crust pizza crusts and top with pizza sauce, shredded mozzarella, and turkey pepperoni. My half gets black olives and Adam's half gets sliced mushrooms. I also love to make my own ranch dressing for our salads. Here's the recipe for that.
  • Friday: I usually pick something up, either subs or tacos, or whatever we're in the mood for.
Homemade Ranch
  • 1 cup mayo (not Miracle Whip!)
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1 t Hidden Valley dry ranch mix
  • 1/4 t ground black pepper
  • 1/8 t paprika
  • 1/8 t dill
  • 1/8 t garlic powder
Whisk together and chill before serving. I keep mine in a squeeze bottle in the fridge. You can also add more dill to your taste.

I hope you're inspired and can get some good ideas! Cooking is the only hobby I love almost as much as scrapping and stamping........ :)

Saturday, April 3, 2010

{just listed}

Even though I have been a member of Etsy for a few years now, I decided to take the plunge and list some kits. I really think they are very cool and had a lot of fun putting them together.
If you're interested in checking out my shop, you can click HERE, or use the link on the right hand side of my blog.

Tomorrow is Easter so I'm looking forward to getting Keira all dressed up and to church, and of course to give her her Easter basket. :)

Thursday, April 1, 2010

{masking}

I'm actually posting a card tonight that I did for last month's stamping challenge over at Challenge Masters. Such a great site if you need cardmaking or scrapping inspiration.....check it out!

Anyway, for this card, I used some Almost Amethyst cardstock from SU, along with the butterfly stamp from Great Friend. It's one of my favorites!!  Here is my short tutorial:



I also showed how to mask with a punched shape:
Here is the finished card:
Hope you have a good evening! We are having great weather here so we have all the windows open enjoying the breeze.