Sunday, December 20, 2015


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I really like fish!  My recommendation would be to use FRESH tilapia.  I used my frozen thawed in the fridge but it had that fishy taste.  FRESH is the WAY to go!
food/photo credit: host the toast
For the Blackened Fish:
  • 1.5 lbs tilapia fillets
  • 1 ½ teaspoons smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • ½ teaspoon cumin
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon brown sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 12 corn tortillas
For the Slaw:
  • ½ red cabbage, sliced thin
  • ¼ green cabbage, sliced thin
  • ½ medium-sized onion, diced
  • ½ cup cilantro
  • Juice of 1 lime
For the Avocado-Cilantro Sauce:
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • 1 ripe avocado, pitted and skinned
  • ¼ cup cilantro, chopped
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • 1 jalapeno, chopped and seeded
  • Salt, to taste

  1. In a small bowl, combine the smoked paprika, garlic powder, dried oregano, onion powder, cumin, salt, brown sugar, and cayenne pepper. Sprinkle the mixture over both sides of your tilapia fillets, and then rub the seasonings in.
  2. Combine all of the Avocado-Cilantro Sauce ingredients in a food processor or blender. Pulse until well-combined.
  3. Combine all of the Slaw ingredients in a large bowl and mix well.
  4. Heat the oil in a heavy-bottomed pan over medium-high heat. Once heated, add in the tilapia (a few at a time if you can't fit them all at once). Cook for 4-5 minutes on each side, or until the outside is blackened and the fish flakes apart easily.
  5. Remove the fish from the heat, and if desired, warm the corn tortillas in the same skillet over medium heat, cooking for about 30 seconds on each side.
  6. Break up the tilapia into 2-3" pieces. Stack the tortillas in twos. Distribute the fish evenly between the 6 sets of tortillas, and top with Slaw and Avocado-Cilantro Sauce. Serve.

Friday, December 18, 2015

friday elf on the shelf.

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I have to be honest, these Elf on a shelf things CREEP me out just a bit.  As a child this TOTALLy would've been me!

Thursday, December 17, 2015


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So this year my son decided to try swim.  he knew HOW to swim but had never done it competitively--super proud that he stuck through the whole season.  Swimming is HARD, and he improved A LOT and I think he surprised himself.  He kept moving up and even lettered this year as a Freshman!
Side note the day this picture was taken was MISERABLE, I wished I was sitting in the water, I literally thought my face was going to melt off.

 closer look at the title:
I wanted to replicate the banners over the lanes and this is what I came up with,
 closer look at the banner:
Thanks SO much for the visit today--hope your day is FANTASTIC!

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

live your dreams.

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such fun memories made here this past October.  My daughter had a soccer tournament in Virginia after looking at the calendar and realizing that it fell on Fall Break we decided to just take a week and tour some of the places we only dreamed of going to.  This was one of my bucket list places--I seriously did NOT want to leave!
Sweet memory of this shot, we were trying to get a selfie (yes all five us in one frame...) this man rolled up in his wheel chair and offered to take our picture.  He did a FANTASTIC job, I was sort of overwhelmed that he would take the time to notice us and offer--LOVE it!
I know there isn't a lot of journaling on the page, it was just a special moment for each of us.  Thanks SO much for the visit today, I sure hope your day is FANTASTIC!  For my layout I used the December kit from Scrapbook Circle, you can see it HERE.

Sunday, December 13, 2015

pinterest food find. copycat Nesquik chocolate powder

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food/photo credit: passion for savings

This is actually good--the cocoa doesn't like to mix as well as the stuff at the store so you might have to stir longer.  But I like the fact that it has like 3 ingredients compared to a WHOLE lot of preservatives!

2/3 cup Sugar
1/3 cup Cocoa
Pinch of salt
Combine ingredients and store in air tight container.
To make Chocolate Milk, add 2 Tablespoons of Nesquik Powder to 1 Cup Milk – Stir and Enjoy!

Saturday, December 12, 2015


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oh how I love the cuts from JustNick Studios!  The new Reindeer Head cut made me think of nature, and I had this amazing mixed media from Jillibean soup to work with.  So I thought--why not?

as you can see I adjust the cut to fit on my wood piece making it wider and taller--seriously LOVE this!
I seriously love the sparkly red against the wood--this paper I purchased at Hobby Lobby and is quite thick.  I had to run it through my silhouette on double cut twice--and YES, I had it on the correct setting for thick glitter paper--it's THAT thick!  I decided I wanted it to pop so I added pop dots all along the back of it.
I wanted to share with you that JustNick studios is running a campaign until the 18th--check out the BLOG for more information and your free cut of the day!

Friday, December 11, 2015

happy week.

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there are so many things I LOVE about this page:
1. the number one thing of course is the boy in the picture--he turned 13!  CRAZY TOWN, I remember when he was born, he is my baby.
2. I just love how the title work turned out--I really like gold glitter:
3. layering--super simple but just enough.

The Scrapbook Circle kit for December is AMAZING, just love it go check it out HERE.  thanks for the visit--have a FANTASTIC day!

Sunday, December 6, 2015

pinterest food find. Pumpkin Cinnamon Sugar Donuts

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I got more compliments on these:
photo and food credit: Baker by Nature
  • Traditional version:
  • 1 cup + 1/4 cups all-purpose flour 
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 cup *pumpkin pie puree
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup milk (I used whole, but any type will do)
  • For the Cinnamon sugar coating:
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons cinnamon
  • Vegan version:
  • 1 cup + 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 cup *pumpkin pie puree--
  • Notes
    Pumpkin pie puree can be found in most stores. If you can only find pumpkin puree, be sure to add 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon, 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger, 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg, and a pinch of cloves to the dry ingredients.
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons coconut oil, melted
  • 1/2 cup almond milk
  • For the Cinnamon sugar coating:
  • 3 tablespoons coconut oil, melted
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons cinnamon
  1. Traditional version:
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees (F).
  3. Generously grease a doughnut pan; set aside.
  4. In a large bowl whisk together the dry ingredients. In a separate bowl whisk together the pumpkin puree, melted butter, and milk. Gently fold the wet mixture into the dry mixture - don't over mix!
  5. Spoon mixture into prepared doughnut pan, and bake for 10-11 minutes, or until the doughnuts spring back when lightly pressed. Allow doughnuts to cool a few minutes in the pan before transferring to a wire wrack to cool for a few more minutes.
  6. In the meantime, melt the butter for the cinnamon sugar coating; set aside. Mix the sugar and cinnamon together in a medium-sized bowl; set aside.
  7. Once the donuts are cool enough to handle, dip them in the melted butter, then roll them in the cinnamon sugar mixture; repeat until all donuts have been covered.
  8. These donuts are best eaten the day they are made.
  9. Vegan version:
  10. Preheat oven to 350 degrees (F).
  11. Generously grease a doughnut pan; set aside.
  12. In a large bowl whisk together the dry ingredients. In a separate bowl whisk together the pumpkin puree, coconut oil, and almond milk.
  13. Gently fold the wet mixture into the dry mixture - don't over mix!
  14. Spoon mixture into prepared doughnut pan, and bake for 10-11 minutes, or until the doughnuts spring back when lightly pressed. Allow doughnuts to cool a few minutes in the pan before transferring to a wire wrack to cool for a few more minutes.
  15. In the meantime, melt the coconut oil for the cinnamon sugar coating; set aside. Mix the sugar and cinnamon together in a medium-sized bowl; set aside.
  16. Once the donuts are cool enough to handle, dip them in the melted butter, then roll them in the cinnamon sugar mixture; repeat until all donuts have been covered.
  17. These are best eaten the day they are made. OR you can freeze them!

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

celebrate everyday.

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For my page today I wanted to focus on some candid pictures of my son getting kidnapped for his birthday back in September.  It was pretty cute!
I got a text from one of the kids asking if they could come and kidnap him and take him on an adventure.  Sure, it was funny they hid down the side of the house.  One person went to the door and grabbed him and then they all blind folded him.  Such a special memory for my son, and I wanted him to have it to look at and remember.  I think some times we get caught up in whether our page is "just right" more than telling a story.  To me scrapbooking is about telling the stories behind the pictures, the cuteness and design come second.

Some of the funny things to point out--Ella dog got SO excited she wasn't listening.  She wanted to know what was on his face!  Eventually my daughter had to come out and grab her.  And I think it's very sweet that his dad wanted to be involved (checking out) just what was happening as well.  Gotta LOVE candid photography!

 love this little closeup:
Thanks SO much for the visit today--hope your day is AWESOME!

Monday, November 30, 2015

joy sparkle and shine.

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my challenge for this layout was lifting a fellow design team member-Jaimie Leija.  I was so inspired by the colors and the three photos I decided to do the same.  To see her page check out the Scrapbook Circle blog HERE.
 closeup to the title:
thanks SO much for the visit today!  Happy December-eve!

Sunday, November 29, 2015

pinterest food finds. beef stew

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The weather has FINALLY cooled down--sweater weather for Arizonans is probably summer weather for most places but hey, it's where I live!  Anyway, I was wanting a good stew, I found this deliciousness:
food/recipe credit: Jenny Can Cook

  • 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 sauté 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.

Friday, November 27, 2015

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Happy Thanksgiving

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Hope you are enjoying the day with family and friends!

Sunday, November 22, 2015

pinterest food finds. quick and easy ground beef stroganauff

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photo/recipe credit: terrell family fun
I have to be truthful we haven't had ground beef in a while--I've switched to using ground turkey so that's what I used!  And instead of beef boullion I used chicken soup base from my FAVORITE spice place.  (I had a friend who went to culinary school turn me on to them, and I haven't looked back since!)  anyway, I normally use a different recipe but couldn't find it and was in a hurry.  I was happy to find this on Pinterest:

  • 1 lb. Ground Beef
  • 1 Can Cream of Mushroom Soup
  • 8oz Sour Cream
  • 1 tsp. Onion Powder
  • 1 tsp (or one cube) Beef Bouillon
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 Package of Egg Noodles
  1. Bring a large pan of water to a boil and cook the full package of egg noodles.
  2. While the pasta is cooking, brown the ground beef until fully cooked, Drain.
  3. Return the ground beef back to medium heat and add in the mushroom soup, sour cream, onion powder, beef bouillon and water. Mix together well and let simmer lightly, stirring occasionally.
  4. Optional - Add salt to desired taste
  5. I leave the sauce simmering lightly until the pasta is done cooking.
  6. Drain pasta and plate
  7. Pour sauce over pasta and serve!

Friday, November 20, 2015

friday funnies. diving finals.

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seriously these guys crack me up:

Thursday, November 19, 2015


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For my layout today I featured a picture I took this year of my dad on his birthday with two of my kiddos.  Even though my daughter was only there for 15 minutes we took the time to snap a picture.  Can you tell grandpa is pretty proud of his oldest grand daughter, and she thinks he is pretty okay too?  And then there is my goofball youngest...PHOTOBOMB! When I think of families I think of quilts.  Quilts are intricate and colorful and each one is different.  With that thought in mind I used the Zig Zag background.  For the hearts I used the Basic Hearts, and the title I used the Gratitude file cuts.
Here is a closer look at the title work:
I want to thank you for the visit today--I REALLY appreciate it!

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

ward merry party.

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I was struggling just a bit trying to find some holiday type pictures to scrap--then I came across this beauty of my cute parents back in the day:
1988, they were at a church Christmas party.  I remember that jacket and tie (my dad's favorites) and I remember that dress that my mom is wearing...good times!

closeup of the cute deer in the corner:
Thanks a ton for the visit, I know that with the business of life at this time of year it takes a lot to do one more thing! ;)

Sunday, November 15, 2015

pinterest food find. Asiago Cheese Rolls

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photo/recipe credit: the recipe critic

These are yummy!  My 13 year old likes them as they are--but when I make these again I will make the rise time more so that they will be lighter in weight and flavor.  He says they taste like Eistein cheesy bagels if you know what those are....

30 minute Asiago Cheese Rolls

  • Dough Ingredients:
  • 1½ cups warm water
  • 2 Tbsp. sugar
  • 1 Tbsp. yeast
  • 3½ cups flour
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • Egg Wash Ingredients:
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • 4 oz Asiago Cheese, shredded
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degree and line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  2. To make the dough: Mix warm water, sugar and yeast together. Let that sit for 5 minutes.
  3. Add flour and salt to the water, sugar, and yeast. Mix this until smooth and let it raise for 10 minutes. I used my kitchenaid mixer with the dough hook and it was so easy and worked great!
  4. Divide the dough into 12 sections. Roll each section into a ball and place on a parchment lined baking sheet. Let rest for 10 minutes.
  5. Whisk the egg and the milk in a small bowl. Brush on the top of each roll with the egg wash. Sprinkle generously with asiago cheese. Bake for 12-15 minutes or until golden brown.

Saturday, November 14, 2015


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Seems like I'm doing A LOT of remembering around here! ;)  For this fun layout my theme for JustNick Studio was REMEMBER.  So, I looked on my desk and found this picture that definitely REMINDS me it's time for a new family's like 5 years old or something...
 closeup of the 5 cuts I used on my page:
The five cuts which I used were  Remember, Sweater Weather, Basic HeartsDoilies and Simple Scallop files.  Phew!  I just LOVE how they all came together--don't you?!
thanks SO much for the visit today--I REALLY appreciate it!

Wednesday, November 11, 2015


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Once upon a time there was a little girl named Diana who loved to dress up, especially for Christmas time.  Mary was her favorite character to play-her dolly is named Nelly but works in a pinch as the baby Jesus.  A couple of years later this same little Diana was asked with her brothers to create a nativity for church during the Sunday meeting.  She was VERY excited, they assembled themselves behind the according doors.  As soon as the doors were opened and she looked up and saw all of the faces looking at her, she became a ROCK.  She literally curled up on the floor and would not look up for ANYTHING.  Not even the persistent proding by her loving mother.  She couldn't handle all the eyes!  (that really DID happen--as you can tell it's been like 30+ years and I can STILL remember!)  

Anyway, in this picture I am 3 years old, it's 1976....
 closeup of the painting and craftiness of the page:
1. for the background I used a stencil and painted over it with gesso.  
2. I felt like it needed something else so I took my glitter glue and "painted" the center of the circle.  
3. I still felt like it needed something, so I took my white mist and painted the background giving it a light color of white.  
4. I then sewed it down to the base and roughed up the edges to give it dimension.  LOVE it!
*this is the original picture with writing on the back.  Instead of adhering it down to the page I used photo corners so I can remove it if I would like...

I used the Good Cheer, and Wish List kits from Scrapbook Circle.

Thanks SO much for the visit today!!