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!

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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".