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Thursday, February 20, 2014

Healthy Cookies for that Craving

I found this healthy recipe floating around. I'm not sure what the source is, but sounds awesome and wanted to share.

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Our Valentine's Day In Pictures

  I made the kiddos a healthy breakfast. Strawberry banana protein shake with honey nut bars.
                                                 The family got love notes with breakfast.
    
 My tea this morning said "Sing from the heart"
  In process of making a lunch packed with love.
  Grilled cheese with pepperoni (except the 1 request for a not grilled sandwich).
   The sandwiches were served with minestrone soup and red grapes.
  They also had fizzy red drink with their pink and red striped straws.
 A small sweet Valentine gift of Sweethearts and Tic Tacs.
  Hubby brought home these pink strawberry pretzels and I dipped the white ones in almond bark.
   I forgot to take a picture of dinner b/c hubby and kiddos were in a hurry to get out the door.
Here's a pic of the left over spaghetti. We also had broccoli and home made bread.
 While the family was gone my youngest and I read some books. In the back of a book there was a  recipe for healthy cookies, so we tried it. They were yummo!
 Then we played several games of memory. She beat me pretty bad, every time!!
      Lastly, my oldest daughter bought me this shirt for Valentine's Day. It really made my day!

      Hope you had a fun and memorable Valentine's Day with someone you love!

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Boy File Folder Album

This is the inside of the album. I cut some photo sleeves to size and sewed them in. The back page is to be a scrap page layout front and back side. This is a gift so I didn't add pictures, except in the photo pockets to show what it looks like with pictures. I also added the little accordion mini album to the inside for more pictures.
                                                                       
Front
Back

                               
 I sewed in a scrap from the photo pocket I trimmed cut in a heart shape and filled with sequins (photo at bottom). This is the back side of the stitching done on a sewing machine.
 I used my sewing machine to attach these sequins and hole punches to this page. I didn't use any glue or adhesive. I just laid them out and ran over them with my sewing machine. Go slowly, so they don't fall down inside your sewing machine!


A close up of the front of the file folder. I also sewed these sequins and whole punches on.

 This is a close up of the plastic heart cut from extra pocket page. I filled it with hole punched circles, sequins and mini heart confetti.
 I keep a jar of these paper punch circles, sequins, buttons and confetti, ect.. I love them!! It's a great way to use up scraps of paper!



Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Gold and red mini





  
 

 This album is re-purposed from an over-sized sticky notes cover and old game card for the pages. I covered it all in paper and voila punch some holes add rings or ribbon and you've got a cute album.
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Saturday, January 4, 2014

A Photo Review on my Weight loss of 92 lbs. Last Year!

Before: Size 26              Goal: Size 8
http://goal121.blogspot.com/2014/01/reflect-and-refocus-home-stretch.html This is the link to my weight loss blog with my current post reviewing my pictures before, during and after! Check it out!

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Honey Sweetened Coconut Cashews


These nuts are amazing and addicting! Good thing they're healthy!
My daughter made up this oh so yummy recipe! Our family can't stay out of them! She made them for teacher gifts too. It's quick, simple, healthy and delicious for a quick snack or to top on hot cereal, salad or yogurt!

Honey Sweetened Coconut Cashews 
2 c. Cashew pieces
1 1/2 c. Coconut (we used sweetened)
1/8 c. plus 1 Tbls. Honey
4-5 Tbls Coconut Oil

1. Melt 1/2 of the coconut oil in a medium fry pan.
2. Add cashews, turn heat to low (but not the lowest setting).
3. Stir almost constantly, until browned (about 10 mins). Be carefull not to over brown, b/c they continue to brown after you take them off the heat from the hot oil.
4. Turn burner off and stir in honey.
5. Pour cashews onto a baking tray to cool.
6. Rinse out pan. Melt remaining coconut oil in pan.
7. turn to low heat, stir in coconut. Watch carefully and continue to stir coconut, until lightly brown. (about 10 mins). Continues to brown and crisp after removed from pan.
8. Mix coconut with cashews. Let sit 15-20 mins or until cool and become crunchy. Enjoy!

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Chalkboard sign for less then $1

To make this chalkboard sign. I used a white poster board from the $1 store (2 for $1). I painted it with a dark grey paint (almost black). Then I cut out this saying on my Cricut and glued it to the poster board. Then I took white chalk and colored all over the poster board with the side of the chalk. then I rubbed the chalk with my hand, to give it that smeary chalk board appearance. Cheap, simple, cute.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

A Few PL Layouts

 I like to add a little something to these simple layouts like the tabs at the top of this page. I tend to take a ton of pictures and do more pictures then tittle and journal boxes. I love how everyone can have their own style and keep it simple or embellish allot. Project life has become my go to scrapbooking style. I don't use it in a weekly format, I put more pictures and  use 2 books for each year to record our families memories each year.

I like to have tabs sticking up on some of my albums to add interest to the album itself as well as the pages. I don't do it on every page, just here and there to spice it up and add a little color. 


Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Easy Cheesy Salsa Chicken


Easy Cheesy Salsa Chicken

12  chicken tenderloins (I used frozen)
12 oz. salsa (mine has corn and beans in it)
6 big slices of cheddar cheese

Preheat oven to 350. Place chicken in large baking pan and pour salsa over the chicken. Cook 30 mins or until cooked through. Break the 6 slices of cheese in 1/2 and place a 1/2 slice over each tenderloin. Let cheese melt 5 mins. Serve over quinoa or rice.

Monday, November 18, 2013

Thankful Layout

This is the most recent addition to my thankful album. I add a layout to it each year from that Thanksgiving. I bring the album to our Thanksgiving celebration each year to reflect and for everyone to write what they are thankful for that year. You can see the rest of the album here.