Wednesday, May 24, 2017

What we ate Wednesday-Beef Stew

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This recipe is such a crowd pleaser-my boys LOVE this and get really excited.  I usually buy my meat already cut up for stew at the grocery store, Sam's Club or Costco.  This makes it easier to trim off any fat.  And being the frugal person I am I will buy it when it's marked down and if I don't use it right away throw it in the freezer! ;)
  • 3 teaspoons olive oil, divided
  • 1 pound beef stew meat, visible fat removed
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 2 1/2 cups homemade beef stock or canned unsalted chicken stock
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme leaves
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 4 medium red potatoes (about 1 pound) cut in 1-inch chunks
  • 2 large carrots, sliced 1/4-inch thick
  • 2 celery stalks, sliced
  • For thickening:
  • 2 1/2 Tablespoons flour
  • 1/4 cup stock
  1. Heat 2 teaspoons of oil in a large sautΓ© pan or Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Brown the meat on one side for 5 minutes without turning over. Sprinkle with salt & pepper.
  2. Turn meat, add 1 tsp. oil & brown another 2-3 minutes. Sprinkle with salt & pepper. Do not crowd the meat. Brown in two batches if necessary.
  3. With all the meat browned and in the pan, reduce heat to medium. Add onion & garlic. Cook and stir 2-3 minutes until onion is browned.
  4. Add stock (enough to cover the meat), salt, thyme & bay leaf and bring to a boil. Cover & simmer for 2 hours, checking occasionally.
  5. After 2 hours, stir in potatoes, carrots & celery and bring to a boil. Cover & simmer 10-15 minutes until vegetables are done.
  6. Combine flour with 1/4 cup stock or water, whisking until there are no lumps. Stir into stew and cook 5 more minutes until thickened.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Take Note

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I wanted to share with you a closeup look at the AMAZING Take Note kit from Scrapbook Circle:
 This kit is PACKED full of scrappy goodness and I honestly have LOVED working with this awesome kit!
Wanting more goodness there is also an add on kit called This is Magic.

Monday, May 22, 2017

Makeup Monday!

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This is my EXCITED face!!  You know that when you shop at certain stores you get "cash" to use later?  I do that, too? πŸ™‹πŸ» From NOW until the end of May, you get DOUBLE Points to earn rewards!! πŸŽ‰πŸ’ƒπŸ» Last time we did this, I was able to give away over πŸ’― πŸ’΅ worth of free makeup and MANY half-off coupons. Let me πŸ™‹πŸ» help you spruce up your makeup bag!  If you have ANY questions post below!  You can find me at 🌟 (REMEMBER all of makeup and skin care is covered by the LOVE it guarantee!)

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Mother's Day

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Yes, a week later and I'm still posting about Mother's Day, my day was wonderful last week being with my mom and my kids, very relaxed is exactly what I had on the menu which was perfect!
This was actually a fairly quick layout, I just kept layering up with the fun embellishments from the Take Note Scrapbook Circle kit:
Thanks SO much for the visit today-Happy Sunday!

Friday, May 19, 2017

Friday Funny

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Welcome to Friday!

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Things that make you go hmm...

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Have you been wondering what my business is all about or why I do what I do?! πŸ€”Check out my team's FaceBook "More Than Makeup" event where we share why we love Younique.πŸ’œ We are pretty entertaining πŸ˜‚ (yes, there are short little videos with interviews) It's a NO pressure 30 minutes all online. TONIGHT Thursday night May 18th at 8pm MST.  This is a public event so you can come and go as ya please-ALSO, if you can't make it at that time this event will stay open for viewing-please if you have any questions just ask! ;) . Click on the link here:
More Thank Makeup!

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

State Fair.

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Time sure flies-I honestly can't believe that this happened in October last year-my boy and his friends went to the State Fair to be part of the day time entertainment.
 I was challenged to use the bits and pieces by Elle's Studio in the Take Note kit-I had SO much fun seeing where I could attach more embellishments-here are some closeups:
 Don't know how it is where you are at but this is my kiddos last FULL week of school-where has time gone?  Thanks for the visit!

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Happy National Scrapbook Day!

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I hope that people are SUPER creative and have fun on this FANTASTICAL day! ;) Just wanted to let you know that Scrapbook Circle is doing a giveaway ON instagram!  Start with @scrapbook_circle.

You have until Sunday at 6 pm CST to leave a comment. We’ll announce the winners on Monday. Open worldwide. Good luck! Also use code “tellyourstory” for 25% off everything in the shop all weekend. (Coupon expires 5/8)

 little closeup:
I used the Take Note kit to finish this layout.  Thanks for the visit today!!

Friday, May 5, 2017

Mother's day-Mission Possible!

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So I actually made this to get the attention of men who would be shopping for their wives and moms but I thought I would share it here as well! ;)
🌸Adore Her Bundle~ 
Detoxifying Mask, Toning Rose Water Spray, Lip Exfoliator (🌹Until Sunday May 7th)

🌸Kudos~ Eyeshadow Palette, 3D Fiber Lashes, Eyeliner (May 1-31)

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Pinterest Food Find-Swedish Meatballs

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wow these were delish!  I subbed Ground Turkey meat and chicken broth, served over egg noodles.

photo and recipe credit: Damn Delicious


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 pound ground pork
  • 1/2 cup Panko*
  • 2 large egg yolks
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste


  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 4 cups beef broth
  • 3/4 cup sour cream
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley leaves


  1. Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add onion, and cook, stirring frequently, until onions have become translucent, about 2-3 minutes.
  2. In a large bowl, combine ground beef, ground pork, Panko, egg yolks, allspice, nutmeg and cooked onion; season with salt and pepper, to taste. Using a wooden spoon or clean hands, stir until well combined. Roll the mixture into 1 1/4-to-1 1/2-inch meatballs, forming about 24 meatballs.
  3. Add remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil to the skillet. Add meatballs, in batches, and cook until all sides are browned, about 4-5 minutes. Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate.
  4. To make the gravy, melt butter in the skillet. Whisk in flour until lightly browned, about 1 minute. Gradually whisk in beef broth and cook, whisking constantly, until slightly thickened, about 1-2 minutes. Stir in sour cream; season with salt and pepper, to taste.
  5. Stir in meatballs and cook, stirring occasionally, until heated through and thickened, about 8-10 minutes.
  6. Serve immediately, garnished with parsley, if desired.