Wednesday, December 31, 2014

2014 year in review

So as I was looking through my folders "trying" to pick a favorite layout for each month, I had a difficult time!  I ended up with 19.  2014 was a super creative year for me and I really had fun looking through what I created, remembering why I loved each creation (For American Crafts, Scrapbook Circle, and Jillibean Soup), so in no particular order:

thanks for the visit AND for hanging out with me in 2014!  Happy New year!

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

pinterest food find. corn chips.

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a couple of weeks ago I was out of corn chips and REALLY didn't want to go to the store but wanted tortilla chips!  What to do?  I hit up Pinterest and found these beauties (hint you need corn tortillas!):
credit: Cindy Riddle
really just follow the pictures it's that EASY!  And these were a TOTAL hit--I had no left overs the two times I have made them since.  If you want them a little more crunchy just cook them a little longer!

Monday, December 29, 2014


today I wanted to share my last layout I made for my Jillibean Soup guest spot:
love how the title cut and the sewing on this one....
I have to tell you on this day this boy was SO excited about his glasses!  He was FINALLY getting some like EVERYONE else in the family--funny thing--he STILL loves them even when he has to get his head and glasses into a lacrosse helmet!

I LOVED that I could also incorporate the color orange as it is his FAVORITE color!  Thanks SO much for letting me share this page with you this morning!  Off to watch  tournament game for high school where our lady tigers play SOCCER!  Have a FANTASTIC day!!

Sunday, December 28, 2014

pinterest food find. corn fritters.

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last week I made black bean soup, I wanted to have something corn like to go with it.  I have tried to make corn bread but my family doesn't like it as much as I do so I wanted to try and make corn fritters--truth be told I have NEVER made them before.  So I plugged in corn fritters and came up with this recipe:
credit goes to: KitchMe
3 cup oil, for frying
1 cup all-purpose flour, sifted
1 tsp baking powder
12 tsp salt
14 tsp white sugar
1 egg, lightly beaten
12 cup milk
1 tbsp shortening, melted
1 can (12 ounce) whole kernel corn, drained


  1. Heat oil in a heavy pot or deep fryer to 365 degrees F (185 degrees C).
  2. In a medium bowl, combine flour, baking powder, salt and sugar. Beat together egg, milk, and melted shortening; stir into flour mixture. Mix in corn kernels.
  3. Drop fritter batter by spoonfuls into the hot oil and fry until golden. Drain on paper towels.

*I decided I want to have my fritters taste a little more corn like so I subbed in 1/4 cup of corn meal and lowered my cup of all purpose flour to 3/4 cup--it was yummy!  I might even make it half and half next time!*

Saturday, December 27, 2014

this is us.

this layout makes my mouth water.  Makes me want to run to Dairy Queen and get a candy cane crush blizzard, like RIGHT now!  They only have them in December time and they are DELICIOUS!  On this layout I wanted to share the wonderful papers in the We Are Made of Stories kit by Scrapbook Circle.  I decided to cut them in strips and matte and just have fun with them!  I also did something different with the journaling, I used my sewing machine to make lines as guides--SERIOUSLY so fun and easy!
Hey thanks for the visit today--I'm off playing with the kids as they are on holiday break!

Friday, December 26, 2014

holiday 2011.

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well...did you survive?  Was everyone pretty much happy?  The BIGGEST excitement I get is giving...I seriously get so nervous/excited about how people are going to react to the gift given.  I just LOVE it!
Today I wanted to share a layout that I made with the We are Made of Memories kit by Scrapbook Circle.  I REALLY like the non traditional fun colors of this kit--makes it just pop and it's FUN!  Because I only had one picture of this building of the house I wanted it to really shine and not be overwhelmed with the size of the page--I cut it down to 8 1/2 x 11.
Thanks for taking the time for the visit today!

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Merry Christmas.

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Merry Christmas!
To see more of this beautiful artwork please go HERE to the free online exhibit.

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Glad Tidings of Great Joy: the Birth of Jesus Christ

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I wanted to share with you something very special that I shared with my Sunday School class this past Sunday:
Merry Christmas to you.

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

holly jolly christmas.

t-minus 2 days!
wanted to share this fun little card I made for my guest spot over at Jillibean Soup.  I just love this card-there I said it out loud! ;)
This is more like a drive by post as holiday activities are in full swing--THANKS for the visit!!

Monday, December 22, 2014

captured moments.

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!