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.

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Hearty Turkey Quinoa Soup

1 Pot Hearty Turkey And Quinoa Soup

1 lb. ground Turkey
1 sweet onion, diced
7 garlic cloves, minced
1 can died tomatoes with juice
32 oz Chicken broth
1/4 of a cabbage chopped in 1/2" pieces
1/3 of a bunch of fresh cilantro, minced
1 c. uncooked quinoa
1/2 tsp of each dry spice celery seed, parsley, garlic, rosemary, onion and oregano
salt and pepper to taste

1. In a Medium Soup pot (spray bottom if not non stick) brown ground turkey with fresh onion and garlic.

2. Add can of tomatoes with juice, chicken broth and dry spices. Bring to a boil.

3. Add Quinoa and cabbage, stir and cover. Turn heat to low and cook 15 mins.

4. Add cilantro and the salt and pepper to taste.

*If you want it more soup like add more broth as desired.
** Also good served with shredded cheese.

Makes 8 servings

Saturday, November 9, 2013

How to make a simple light box

Here's a picture of my finished light box. It took me all of 30 minutes to make, very simple. You would actually hang the light above the box. I also put lights on each side to make it brighter and get less shadows. Bellow are a couple images I got of objects in my light box. 

 I plan to make a larger light box for photographing my scrapbook pages and larger items. I'm now a seller on Amazon under The Green Cottage. We opened our doors 2 days ago, so I will be adding products as we go! Would love some positive seller feedback!

For full instructions on this light box, go here.

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Project Life

     When I do Project Life I like to just get my pictures in the pages, then later go back and embellish.
    This big space became a fun opportunity to use one of those giant chip bord stickers I never use by      just simply cutting it to fit in the pockets. I love the quickness of Project Life!
              I love that you can make it plain and simple or dress it up and it looks great either way!
              I love using washi tape or ribbon to add just a little splash of something extra to a page!
     If I have extra space in a pocket I just use pretty paper to fill the space or use the space to journal.
    I love the simplicity and speed of Project Life! It helps me have time for scrapbooking and actually     get those pictures into albums!! I love documenting my kids life's and they love looking at the             albums and reminiscing about fun times and good memories!

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Thanksgiving Album

 5 years ago I started a tradition for Thanksgiving. I started this album as a place to record photos and thoughts on what we are thankful for that year. I bring it to our Thanksgiving get together every year. It's been really fun being able to look back through the years and read what everyone was thankful for that year and watch the family grow. I only wish I had thought of it sooner!

Linking up here:

Healthy Tuna Melts

Healthy Tuna Melts

1 can tuna
4-5 TBLS mayo of choice
3-4 TBLS shredded cheddar
1 roma tomato
1/2 avocado

Slice tomato and place slices on small baking sheet. Mix tuna and mayo thoroughly. Place a heaping TBLS of tuna mix on each tomato slice. Sprinkle desired amount of cheese over tuna and top with a bite size piece of avocado. Set toaster oven to toast setting, it will warm up the tuna and melt the cheese. Remaining avocado can be used as garnish on the side.  

I'm currently not eating carbs, so this was what I came up with to have a tuna melt for lunch. I hope you enjoy it!

Easy and Healthy Cashew Chicken

Easy and Healthy Cashew Chicken

15 chicken tenders (fresh or right from freezer)
1 whole stalk of celery sliced bite size
1/2 head of sliced and separated cabbage
1/2 onion
1 cup cashews
1/2 c. Braggs Aminos or soy sauce
1 tsp dry ginger
1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
3/4 TBLS dry garlic
2 TBLS coconut oil
4 TBLS peanut butter

Simply line the bottom of your baking dish with fresh or frozen chicken and pour Aminos or soy sauce over chicken. Let sit to marinate 30 mins. Preheat oven to 350 and chop celery, onion and cabbage. Dump cut veggies over chicken. Sprinkle ginger, red pepper flakes and garlic over veggies. Drop coconut oil and peanut butter over veggies (no need to mix anything around). Cover with foil and bake 30 mins or till chicken and veggies are done. Cut chicken into bite size pieces, add cashews and mix till everything is coated with sauce. Enjoy!

Serves 6

You can of course add more veggies this is just what I had on hand. Would also be good with green onions instead of regular onion. I am not a real cooking fan, so have come up with ways of doing things in the oven for less mess and less work at the stove. Plus it's in a dish that can then be put in the fridge if there's leftovers! Love this way of cooking, makes my life easier!

Saturday, October 19, 2013

The Yonanas Sorbet maker has changed our life!

 I just realized I spelled dessert wrong, I'm always getting that one mixed up! Funny thing is I asked one of my 12 year olds how to spell it to make sure, oops! Good news is I think I'll remember now!
The Yonanas is pretty much the most awesome invention in culinary history! This year I've lost 92 lbs. so far and sweets are not something we have around anymore. This great invention has brought dessert back into our lives and we LOVE our healthy frozen dessert! You are supposed to put in frozen bananas, hence the name yonanas, but we never have. It's to add sweetness and texture. We just set our our fruit in bowls before dinner and it's ready to go when we're done, or we set the timer for 15 minutes so it's the right softness to push through the machine. It is amazing who knew just fruit could taste like a yummy desert and make you feel like your having ice cream! You can have it every night and not gain a lb, it's awesome!! It's good all by itself, although I do like to add some orange flavored liquid stevia for sweetner as I run it through and sometimes I add a little lemon or lime juice too! It's really fun because we get out the bags or frozen fruit and everyone picks what they want in their bowl! Great for parties too! As a matter of fact several times this year when I had ice cream sundae parties I also put this option out and then I was able to be included in the fun! Everyone who's tried it has been impressed at how easy and how good it is! Here's the official website Yonanas or the Amazon website

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Project Life Pages

 I was experimenting with different light at my house today and took some pictures of some of my Project Life spreads. They were all taken in natural light and unedited. I plan to make a light box for better lighting and better photos.
 I take a ton of pictures, so I tend to scrap in a hurry. Project Life is so perfect for me because it takes way less time and thinking! I can still be creative and I can still do full spread LO's if I want to. It's so versatile, I love it!!
 I love that the small pockets work perfectly for memorabilia or Instax mini pictures! I love that you can embellish allot or not at all and it still looks great!
 Since I love photography as much as scrapbooking, I love that you really see the pictures by scrapbooking this way. But if I feel like doing a more artsy page, I can and just slide it in a 12x12 sleeve and add it to the album, it's great!
 Project Life has changed the way I scrap, I'm getting a ton more pictures in albums this way!
 The way I do Project Life is to get all the pictures and journal cards in the sleeves. Then I go back and embelish and journal.
Another thing I love about Project Life is that it's very portable! I bring it with me to our homeschool group and work on it while my kids are in their classes. I just pack a bag with my album, journal cards, a pen, and some jars of embellishments. I leave it packed so I can just grab it and bring it along with me each week! It's awesome, I've gotten 2 albums done in 1 year that way!! Before I wasn't getting much of anything done because I had to bring a ton of paper, adhesives, a cutter, ect... I can't say enough about it, if you haven't tried it check it out here: Becky's Project Life Blog and here: Project Life on Amazon

Friday, October 11, 2013

My Organized Scraproom

After 2 years of procrastination and slowly picking at it. I finally finished going through ALL my scrap stuff and purging and organizing it!! Now, I can't wait to put it to use!! Come take a tour!
My closest turned scrap nook, with all my pictures of the Eiffle Tower in my window frame.
The other end of my scrap room where I have all my many jars and more.
This is all Ikea shelving that we just weren't putting to good use, so we moved it into my scraproom.
I have been scrapooking for 18 years, so I've collected quite a bit of supplies over the years!
I enjoy putting fun things to look at on my shelf in front of my work space!
Organization close ups.
I store my ribbons, flowers, buttons and other small embellies in jars by color.
I filled a basket on my shelf with extra jars that I couldn't' fit on my hanging shelves.
I used a plastic storage basket with hols for my ribbons.        
I have an Ikea wall mount spice rack that I use to store my paints, glitters and sprays.
  My washi tape I store in jars in a drawer.              
Another drawer is all my new unopened packages. I'm trying to use what I have, so if I want to "go shopping" I can look through all the fun new goodies in my drawer!
My vinyl sayings. "scrapily ever after"
This one is SO true of me! "If it's not in the scrapbook it didn't happen".