Monday, December 22, 2014

captured moments.

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yesterday I featured this layout on the Scrapbook Circle blog:
if you have been following my blog at all you would notice that the people in this picture are a "few" years older! ;)

When looking through my holiday pictures I was trying to find something..and these gems just popped into my hands.  Sometimes I am thinking to hard about whether or not a picture REALLY matches the paper or my "idea".  I just need to get over myself and CAPTURE the MEMORY fresh straight out of my mind!  If an idea doesn't popped right into your mind HOW to scrap them at least write down the memory (that's really half the battle right there!)

I'm off to spend some time with the family--I appreciate your visit and hope you are having a fantastic day!

Sunday, December 21, 2014

pinterest food find. black bean soup.

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looking for something FAST, EASY, and DELICIOUS?  We love black beans at my house so I thought I would try a black bean soup--I was a little afraid never having made it before--I have NO idea why I was afraid...this was SERIOUSLY delicious and EASY!  There are only 5 ingredients in this recipe!
credit goes to: gimme some oven


This 5-Ingredient Black Bean Soup is full of great flavor, and ready to go in just 20 minutes!


  • 3 (15 oz) cans black beans, with liquid
  • 1 lb. (about 2.5 cups) good-quality salsa, homemade or store-bought (I love the brand Herdez)
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro, loosely packed (plus extra for garnish)
  • 2 tsp. ground cumin
  • 1 clove garlic, minced


Stir all ingredients together in a medium saucepan. Heat over medium-high heat until simmering. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover and simmer for at least 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Serve soup warm topped with additional fresh cilantro as garnish.
I wanted my soup to be a little thicker and the tomatoes to be LESS noticeable so I ran it through my Blender.  
Thanks for the visit today--make your day a GREAT one!

Saturday, December 20, 2014

cheer peace merry bright & joy.

Wishing you a happy day!  This is a fun little creation I made for my guest design spot for Jillibean Soup:
I just love how this little beauty turned out--simple fast and fun thanks to my silhouette!  I don't have to much time today as it's my Anniversary--18 years today!  Can't believe how fast time has flown--thanks for the visit today!!

Friday, December 19, 2014

school day.

So in honor of the last day of School for this semester I wanted to share a layout I made for the guest spot for Jillibean Soup:

I sure had a lot of fun working with this GORGEOUS product--LOVE how the paper spoke to me and I could let the quilty side of me just come out!
Thanks for the quick visit today!!

Thursday, December 18, 2014

rock on.

I wanted to quickly share a card I made for the Jillibean Soup guest spot:
LOVE how this came together--fun mix of papers and designs and directions.  Have you been running like crazy like I have?

The other day I was counting things up and making sure everyone was "even" when I realized I "needed" one more item.  For several years now I have followed some advise that my friend gave me:
we do add something from Santa.  This little guideline helps me to keep things simple, focused and ON BUDGET!
I sure hope that you are truly enjoying this season of giving--Christmas time is my favorite!  We are running wild this week with finals, soccer games, and parties but I can truly say I am GRATEFUL to be able to do it!
Thanks for the visit!

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Jillibean Soup Guest designer!

This month is my month to be the Guest designer over at Jillibean Soup!  Wanted to share a couple of the fun creations I made using their AWESOME product:

Thanks for the visit--I'm off and running!

Monday, December 1, 2014


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Wanted to share this sweet message to start off your December!

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Pinterest food finds, southwest pasta salad.

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(credit goes to Harris Sisters GirlTalk)

Southwest Pasta Salad
16 oz. rotini pasta
2/3 cups Ranch dressing
2 15 oz. can black beans, drained and rinsed
1 15 oz. can whole kernel corn, drained and rinsed
2 large tomatoes, chopped
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1 1/2 Tbsp ground cumin
1/2 Tbsp chili powder
1 tsp onion powder
1/4 tsp dried red pepper flakes
salt and pepper to taste
  1. Cook pasta according to package directions until al dente. Drain and rinse in cold water.
  2. Place in a large mixing bowl. Mix with Ranch dressing, beans, corn, tomatoes, cheese, and spices.
  3. Chill salad in refrigerator until ready to serve.
I tweeted it a bit to our taste...

Monday, November 17, 2014

day one x 2.

I had the challenge from Scrapbook Circle this month to be inspired by a page I previously made!  This is the page that I chose to work with:
I LOVED this layout--it literally came together in 15 minutes--the 15 minutes RIGHT before dinner.... my photos were already matted on the white paper (I usually do this with my pictures when they come in, so when I go to scrap them they are READY to go!)  If you notice there was NO sewing on this page-I REALLY wanted to but had no time...

okay now my second take on this page:DianaWdayone  Yep, the same kid first day of school pictures one serious one silly.... this time I had time to do the sewing and even add a bit of drops of mist.  This layout took about double the time but I LOVE each layout for what they turned out to be.
(for my second layout I used the Little Moments kit)

Thanks SO MUCH for your visit--I REALLY appreciate it!

Sunday, November 16, 2014

pinterest food find. mexican rice

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So my daughter LOVES spanish/mexican rice.  Basically the stuff they serve with your latin style food.  I went on Pinterest and found this beauty--to say it's a HIT is an understatement:
(credits go to Angie's Simple cooking)
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 1/2 cups long grain rice
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 can Rotel diced tomatoes with lime and cilantro
  • about 2 1/4 cups water or low sodium chicken broth
Add the olive oil to a medium sauce pan and heat. When the oil is hot, add the rice and cook stirring constantly until rice starts to brown. Add the salt, garlic powder, cumin, and chili powder and mix well. Add the rotel tomatoes with enough water or broth (about 2 1/4 cups) to make 3 cups of liquid. Add the liquid and stir. Cover and let it come to a boil. Turn heat to low and cook for 20 minutes.