Tuesday, July 26, 2016

honest Abe.

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my focus today was on the "wood" included in the Today is the Day kit by Scrapbook Circle.  This layout was featured on the blog yesterday.
here are some closeups:

These pictures were taken last fall.  My family and I went on a trip of a life time, I NEVER thought I would be able to go back east to see such historical places.  I LOVED it, we went several places in 10 days.  This was our first stop after a red eye and no sleep; Gettysburg.

For this layout I printed both of my pictures on the same 4 x 6 sheet, I made each picture a 3 x 4 in photo shop elements.  THIS youtube video gives you a step by step on how to do it, it's really handy and super easy!

After I printed my pictures I then matted them with white then I wanted some pop of color against the wood grain so I added the blue.  To add a bit more blue to the layout I used the tiny letters as part of the title..

I got a little hybrid and printed off my journaling with Traveling Typewriter, a free font I downloaded from DaFont from HERE.  Don't ya just LOVE typewriter fonts?  When I printed and cut my strips I didn't worry to much about being even, I just trimmed them as close to the words as I could get and still be able to read the journaling...

Monday, July 25, 2016

mother's day.

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I created this page for my June idea gallery at Scrapbook Circle, I used the Now or Never kit.  (there are still a few left, click on the link to pick yourself up one!)
This page was a fun one for me as I was try to "embrace" the white space.  Honestly this was difficult to leave all that unused space at the bottom.  But after I finished the page I was completely happy with the result, even though the creative process made me STRETCH! ;)

I really love that I took my camera that day, I was not only able to capture my cute mommy and me, my kids and I but also my brothers with my mom.  Pictures are AWESOME, don't shy away from taking them (even if you are using your cellphone)--I look at these and am reminded of a wonderful day spent with my family.

Sunday, July 24, 2016

pinterest food find. baked ravioli

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who knew you could do this?!  My daughter and I went to a graduation party a couple of months ago and someone was serving these--I couldn't get enough!  They are crunchy and delicious, it's more of an appetizer but we seem to do things a bit differently in my house because we made this a meal, with a salad and veggies--it was a hit!
photo and recipe credits: My Sequined Life
  • 1 12-oz package refrigerated ravioli
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tbsp water
  • 1/2 cup panko breadcrumbs
  • 1 1/2 tbsp dried chopped onion
  • 1 tsp dried basil
  • 1/2 tsp dried parsley
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
  • Olive oil spray, or cooking spray
  • Marinara sauce, or desired dipping sauce
  1. Heat oven to 400 degrees F and place an oven-safe wire rack on a baking sheet. Spray rack with cooking spray and set aside.
  2. In a bowl, add egg and water and whisk until egg yolk, egg white, and water are evenly combined and mixture is light.
  3. In a separate bowl, add breadcrumbs, onion, basil, parsley, garlic powder, and red pepper flakes and stir or whisk until combined.
  4. Dip each ravioli in the bowl with the egg mixture, and then coat ravioli with breadcrumb mixture, pressing breadcrumbs onto the ravioli to help them adhere. Place ravioli on the rack. Repeat for all ravioli. Once all on the tray, spray ravioli with olive oil or cooking spray.
  5. Bake for 15-20 minutes, or until ravioli are golden brown and crisp. Remove and let ravioli cool for a minute or two before serving with warm marinara sauce (or your desired sauce).

Saturday, July 23, 2016

cultural celebration.

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up close:
 LOVE this picture of my boy and his friends:
I used the exclusive cut from Scrapbook Circle to create the background of this layout-then backed it with one of the pattern papers included in the kit.

The assembly was fairly simple, as after I backed the paper I sewed around the edges then added the picture title, journaling and a few embellishments.

Love candid pictures, I just turned around with my camera and this is how these silly boys posed! ;)

Friday, July 22, 2016

Thursday, July 21, 2016

my move/tv show currents.

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In the past month I have enjoyed A LOT of indoor entertainment as it has been so STUPID hot, like 110 and above.  Here's my list:
The Secret Life of Pets.  This was a CUTE movie!  My youngest and I went to go and see this while the other three in our family went to see The Shallows.  The Shallows wasn't something I even had a desire to see, HATED Jaws-knew I wouldn't like any of that...I have an active imagination...I don't need help with scary....
Doc Martin.  This is one of my favorite TV shows!  It's on Netflix right now, it's rated TV-MA, but I'm not sure why.  He is a doctor and sometimes there are some scenes of him sewing people up.  But not anything vulgar, suggestive, or bad language.  His character is awkward, dry, and hilarious.  They just added new seasons so I was excited for it to come up, we rented the 7th season and are eagerly awaiting the 8th and final season to come out!
KC Undercover.  Classic Disney cheesiness, but it makes me laugh!  Actually our whole family sits down and watches this one, it's about a family of spies.  It's on Disney Channel.
Girl meets World.  Another classic Disney, light, silly show based on Boy meets world, he is all grown up with family of his own.  I think I'm the only one in my house that really enjoys this one.  What can I say?  I remember back when Sundays was the day we got to watch the Disney movie....my whole family would sit down and watch it together.  You can see this on Netflix and on the Disney channel.
Race. I LOVED this movie!  It was based on the real life of Jesse Owens--the acting was great, even though I knew what was going to happen I truly enjoyed it.  My whole family + my parents watch this one for family night and everyone enjoyed it!
and finally:
Concussion.  WOW, this was a POWERFUL movie based on a true story.  Will Smith was AMAZING (he is one of my FAVORITES).  This one was WOW powerful!  My kids really enjoyed this one too, I was surprised that my  youngest liked it because of all talking, but it helped the viewer understand what was truly going on.  I also remember some of the men being in the news--definitely worth the watch!

Wednesday, July 20, 2016


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my second son has some of the coolest friends around, in fact he has a TON of really cool friends.  This bunch of kiddos decided to celebrate a beloved friend who moved away to Wyoming a year ago-they took pictures and made him a little book with notes in it, very thoughtful and sweet.  They asked me to take their picture:
 closer up:
for this fun bright page I used the Now or Never kit by Scrapbook Circle, there are a few left in stock, run over and pick yourself up some. (click the link to go directly there!)

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

meal planning.

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So hopefully I didn't lose you on that title.  With my life being a bit chaotic the past few months I wanted something to being constant, something that would help me feel grounded and a bit more organized.  Truth be told I wasn't really finding the joy or excitement of making dinner (yes, most of the time I enjoy cooking.)  But it was stressing me out and I was just TOO tired to be creative so it was the same old thing, made at the last minute so we were eating later and later.  I kept thinking on it, and yes praying about it.

And then one day, this little idea came into my mind.  I expressed what I wanted to do with my husband, which helped me to solidify what I was thinking.  I was describing what I was wanting to do, he came up with a few ideas which led me to google meal planning.  (the key to google is getting the RIGHT word connection)

Here are a few things I learned along the way:

1. People are generous, there are FREE templates on google that people just put out there!  There are several different templates that would do the job but I picked a couple-(I'll show you below)

2. Google Drive is AWESOME, my husband tried to sell me on it a few years ago.  I wasn't interested... You have 15 GB of FREE storage!  You can store documents, spreadsheets, slides, and more.  My kids all have used it for school projects.  You can create folders to organize these things, AND you can share them with other people who have the option to edit, or read only.  I know that gmail is connected to it--and it's SMART.  It saves ANY edits you have done without having to hit SAVE.  

3.  Not only can I access my documents on my computer but also on my cellphone!

So I began to see the benefits of this meal planning for my daughter who is off to college this Fall.  She is not only going to be a full time student living HOURS from home, but also an athlete.  Her life is going to be BUSY and she isn't going to have a lot of time.  

These are the two templates I decided to use, both by Vertex42:

If you click on the link to their website they have GREAT tutorials on how to use ANY of their templates.  I liked each of these because of their clean lines, and option to customize EXACTLY how I wanted.  I picked the monthly planner for the entire family, and the weekly planner for my daughter. 

The weekly planner includes, breakfast, lunch and snacks...  Having my menu planner done for a month has helped me only buy the things I need but ALSO remember to use things that I have always forgotten about in the fridge.  So say you have something that requires an unusual ingredient, you can remember to find something else that uses it and have a plan for it!

The best way to get to know these templates is to play around with them--that's how I learned!  I have even had a friend over and showed her how to use it.  It took maybe 30 minutes (she didn't have a gmail, and wasn't familiar with google) I promise it's easy, I am not the most knowledgeable about technology, but I can get by.  And YouTube helped me out BUNCHES!  

I plan on having another post about this soon, my daughter and I created a personalized grocery list (we couldn't find one we liked), I'm not sure how to share it but I'm willing to try if anyone is interested... I also created a budget for school clothes, food/fun.  BTW, the word budget is not my favorite word. ;)

If you have ANY questions please feel free to ask, I'm excited to share what I know!  

Monday, July 18, 2016

musical play.

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 this layout brings back memories, memories of 6th grade...
these pictures were taken in circa 1985, back in the era of fluorescent colors, ray bans and BIG hair.  I remember that my mom made my groovy blue shorts--they were quite comfortable.  I also remembering feeling very cool that my mom let me use her head phones for my "part" in the play.  (I walked across the stage like I was listening to music...) And my brother letting me use his sunglasses.  Yes, I was something-- ;)

For this layout I had to cut my pictures down to trim down the heads and excess black..I think my mom did pretty good at capturing this moment with her film camera and flash!

Another fun tip, I started with a white piece of cardstock, I topped it on the top with strips of paper.  I initially just used my water colors to paint--but it was too bright.  I decided to add my piece of transparency to mute the colors a bit--it turned out perfect; the words on it adding to the interest of the page.

Thank you for taking your time to visit!

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Pinterest Food Finds--homemade Bagels!

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I have to admit-I LOVE Bagels!  Bummer is recently I had to change my diet to not include Soy, talk about DIFFICULT!  Don't believe me--pick up the package of whatever you are eating and look at the ingredients!  Seriously--it's in almost EVERYTHING!  ANYWAY, on my search for the best Bagel recipe I was a little worried it was going to be a difficult process--umm...NOPE!  Super easy and SUPER tasty!  I tried two different recipes and this is the one that is my favorite:

recipe from: baking bites
For step by step pictures please visit Baking Bites
Homemade Bagels
1 tbsp active dry yeast
1 tbsp sugar
1 3/4 cups water, warm (100-110F)
4 cups bread flour (not all purpose)
1 tbsp salt
1 egg, for egg wash

In a large bowl (or the bowl of a stand mixer) combine yeast, sugar and water. Let stand for 5 minutes, then stir in flour and salt. Mix dough thoroughly until it comes together in a large ball, pulling away from the sides of the bowl. Add an additional tablespoon of flour or water, if needed.
If kneading by hand, turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead until very smooth and elastic, about 10 minutes. If using a stand mixer, knead dough with the dough hook until elastic, about 8 minutes on a low speed. Place dough in a lightly greased bowl, cover with plastic wrap and let rise for 1 hour, or until doubled in size.
Bring a large pot of water to a gentle boil and preheat the oven to 400F.

When dough has risen, turn the dough out onto a very lightly floured surface and divide into 12 equal pieces (first quarters, then thirds). Shape each piece into a tight ball as illustrated below, pinching the corners together at the bottom of the piece of dough. When all the balls are shaped, let the dough rest for 30 minutes covered with a clean dish towel.
Once dough balls have rested, the bagel shape can be formed. Using your fingers, poke a hole through the center of each dough ball. Stretch out the dough into a ring with your fingers and be sure to make the hole a little larger than you want the finished bagel to have, as it will shrink slightly while the bagel is expanding during the baking process. Let bagels rest for about 10 minutes.

Working four at a time, drop the bagels carefully into the boiling water. Boil for 2 minutes on the first side, then flip and boil for an additional minute. Using a slotted spoon or strainer, transfer bagels to a clean towel to drain for a moment, then place on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Repeat process with remaining bagels.

Brush boiled bagels with lightly beaten egg (a pastry or bbq brush is a good tool for this) and bake for 20-24 minutes, until golden brown.
Cool completely on a wire rack.
Slice and toast to serve.

Optional toppings include:
1 cup Asiago Cheese
poppy seeds
sesame seeds

For Everything Bagels:

  • 2 Tablespoons poppy seeds3
  • 2 Tablespoons sesame seeds3
  • 1 Tablespoon dried minced onion3
  • 1 Tablespoon dried garlic flakes3
  • 3/4 teaspoon coarse salt
  • egg wash: 1 egg white beaten with 1 Tablespoon water