Friday, September 23, 2016

Jillibean Soup! Happy.

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I'm so excited to share that I have been invited to be a guest designer for Jillibean Soup!  There are some INCREDIBLY talented ladies on their new team, and I feel so honored!  I wanted to quickly share with you one of the pages that I made for my design team entry:
These are just some of the pictures I took for my daughter's senior photo shoot--love that we have a Riparian Preserve just down the street, made for some pretty backgrounds without having to drive to far away!

For this layout I used the Healthy Hello Soup collection, Adhesive sequins, cardstock tags, and Foil Tags-Hello.  
My favorites about his layout:
*I love the foiled Happy Tag--pop of gold!
*I love that I got to use an unusual colored cardstock as the background--this happens to be my girl's favorite color!
*the off set paper on the background.
*sequins
*and FOUR pictures!

Thanks for the visit today and letting me share my happy news!

Monday, September 12, 2016

thanks.

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Hey thanks for the visit to my blog!  I loved creating this fun card using some FANTASTIC Jillibean Soup.
I used the Healthy Hello Soup collection, mini cardstock letters and foil tags my mini attacher and pop dots to create this card.  it sure was fun creating a card, it's been a while...

Sunday, September 11, 2016

pinterest food find. buttermilk waffles

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WOWZERS--this was delicious!!  **Just a note I used powdered buttermilk, I always have some on hand and store it in my fridge in an air tight container.**
recipe and photo credit: Sprinkle Some Sugar

Buttery Golden Buttermilk Waffles
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
20 minutes
Yield: 5 Large waffles
Ingredients:
2 cups all-purpose flour
3 tbs granulated sugar
4 tsp baking powder
pinch salt
1 3/4 cup buttermilk (REAL buttermilk produces the best results)
2 eggs
1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
3 tsp vanilla extract
Instructions:
Begin by heating up your waffle iron and greasing it if you need to.
In a large bowl, whisk flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. Make a well in the center, and pour in buttermilk, eggs, melted butter and vanilla. Mix until everything is fully combined without over-mixing. Let the batter rest for two minutes. Every waffle iron is different size wise so this may be different for everyone - but with my waffle iron, I use about 1/2-3/4 cup of batter per waffle to get a perfect, full waffle. Place waffles on a wire rack in a single layer and repeat this process with the remaining batter.*
Buttery Golden Buttermilk Waffles are best served immediately and eaten the same day.

Friday, September 9, 2016

the robot.

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My kids crack me up!  I happened to have my camera out when they were having a competition.  How would be the best way to jump in to the pool?  Well, of course--the Robot!
I used the Shine Bright kit from Scrapbook Circle, loved the beautiful colors in this kit-worked perfectly for this layout!

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Cruisin a lifted page.

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I love scraplifting myself, it let's me be creative with the product right in front of me, AND add things that I wanted to add the first time!  For one of my challenges over at Scrapbook Circle I lifted myself:
I LOVED how this turned out-I remember this was the last page that I had created with my kit and I only had scraps left--I wanted to highlight what was in the kit, use my punches and HAVE fun!  This layout is one of my favorites..
So here is my lift:
I decided to go with one picture, change where the title was, and add some mist.  Other than that I tried to stay true to the my original page.  I found this fun picture of my son (who will be 16 soon!) from preschool, the teacher took it and I'm so grateful because I never would've had one had she not.  My kids have had FANTASTIC teachers that document...

For my lifted layout I used the Scrapbook Circle kit, Snapshot.  Love that I could highlight so much of this fun kit!  Thanks for the visit today!



Tuesday, August 16, 2016

currents, books.

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I set a goal for myself to read 35 books this year.  I am currently reading my 13--some of the books I read (like the current one) I've had or am having a hard time getting into.  I'm not sure if it's because there are other things going on or it's just not grabbing my attention...ANYWAY, in this past few weeks we have had 4 more books find a home here and I need to get reading!  I am trying to diversify my reading.

I do have set PERSONAL standards for the books I read.  I don't like books that are terrifying--I hate to be scared!  I don't like books that use a lot of profanity--ESPECIALLY the "F" word.  I don't like erotic, steamy books--NOPE.  That being said there are A LOT of GREAT books out there to read.  I have a friend who is an avid reader.  We have sort of a running gag.  She will tell me about a book and I ask her, "Am I old enough to read it?"  Most of the time she says, "yep!" but sometimes she says no--she knows and respects my personal standards for books.

I'm not going to list all of the books I've read this year.  I will list a few:

Inspiring:


Each of these books I enjoyed.  They were all pretty quick reads, but each in their own way inspired me.  Inspired me to be more, inspired me to reach out to my family, inspired me to trust in God more.  I can honestly say these were different kinds of reads than I'm used to.  I'm trying to stretch my reading this year.  So I included this:
I really liked this--I really did!  Love good clean mysteries that make you think--and a classic?  Even better!
Series:
My son got me into this series and I really have enjoyed it not only because there is a consistent story line but ALSO I can have a clue what he is talking about.  We are excited for the next installment!
I honestly don't remember how I got connected to this murder mystery series but I REALLY like it.  It's sort of a period piece but the story line makes you want to keep reading more.
One of the authors I keep going back to:
 This particular author has written several different books, they are set in the west and also a different sort of period piece--yes, these are romances, but Christian romances.

I am on Goodreads, I really enjoy their site.  You can follow what others are reading, read reviews,  keep track of your pages read, challenge yourself, and see what people have rated books.


Sunday, August 14, 2016

Pinterest Food Find. Cheesy Quinoa Cakes With a Roasted Garlic and Lemon Aioli

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okay--my husband and I REALLY loved this, my kids thought it was ok.  We will definitely be having this again!
I doubled this recipe, when making the aioli I did NOT double the cayenne pepper...I also did not have green onions on hand so I just subbed regular sliced onions--DELICIOUS!


INGREDIENTS

DIRECTIONS

  1. For the cakes: Place all ingredients, except for the oil, into a mixing bowl and stir together until well combined. Season with salt and allow the mixture to sit for 5 minutes.
  2. Pour oil into a large sauté pan and place over medium heat.
  3. Form ¼ cup patties with the quinoa mixture and place in the heated sauté pan. (this will have to be done in batches).
  4. Cook quinoa cakes for about 5 minutes on each side. Repeat with the remaining patties until all of the cakes have been cooked. Set aside.
  5. For the aioli: Place all ingredients into a food processor, season with salt and pepper and blend until smooth. Pour into a small bowl and serve alongside the warm quinoa cakes.

Saturday, August 13, 2016

grandma.

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For Mother's day this year we got to see both mom's in our family.  I took advantage of the family get together's to get some fun shots, this one is of the grandkids that were there at the party:

closeup:
 I had so much fun adding touches here and there to this layout.  I think my favorite parts are the machine stitching and the embossing.  I honestly do NOT do enough of it--I still think it's like magic!  The stencil I used is exclusive to the Snapshot Scrapbook Circle kit this month.
Thanks for the visit today--Happy Saturday!

Friday, August 12, 2016

Friday Funny from the 2016 Olympics

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I love the Olympics.  I love the competition.  I love the fact I can watch a bunch of sports I've never heard of.  I LOVE the back stories.  And I really am enjoying how they are showing more of the behind the scenes like this: 
This is by far the funniest thing I've seen at the Olympics--EVER!  After the prelim race they interviewed Michael Phelps, he said he wasn't even paying attention to Chad Le Clos...ummm..okay!
Enjoy!

Thursday, August 11, 2016

#play.

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as I write this post it is rainy and overcast and COOLER than it's been in days.  Beautiful day to just snuggle up in the PJ's and watch the Olympics...but of course that's not going to happen-I've got things to do!  ;)
So today I wanted to share with you a layout I made using a hash tag in the title--have you ever done that?  We use it in our social media A LOT--so I figured--why not?

For this layout I used the August Scrapbook Circle kit titled; Snapshot.  As you can see with the pages that I will share this month--it has a lot of WONDERFUL papers and embellishments.  They mainly focus on summer travel, but I chose to use them for my every day layouts.  And I will use it in my Project Life.
thanks SO much for the visit today!