Sunday, February 28, 2010

Menu Planning Monday

Ok, it's been a little while since I posted our menu.  I always plan...I have just been bad about sharing. Plus, I don't have photos of all of the recipes and I really like to share when I do.  Anyhow...let me know what sounds good to you and I will try to get photos and share the recipes soon. :)

Tuesday- Black bean soup
Wednesday- Southwest chicken and sweet potatoes (new recipe)
Thursday- Split pea soup with homemade bread
Friday-Saturday Not sure yet...looks like we might have company so I am not sure if we will be cooking or bringing food home. :)
Sunday- Red bean, rice and sausage soup (new recipe)

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Friday, February 26, 2010


I want to thank those of you who left me such nice comments and also those who completed one (or both!) of my new sketches!!  You guys are wonderful!!  I typed up all the entries this morning and had Abby choose a winner...
Here's all the entries....

And here's the name she drew!!!!
Samantha, please send me your address so I can mail your goodies off to you! (You can pm me on TSR.)

And because Joshua was so sad that he didn't get to pick the winner, we'll have TWO WINNERS today! :)

This one is a little hard to read...but it says "The Bell Family" (Amy B.)! Amy, please pm your address to me via one of the MB's as well.

Thanks again ladies for playing along!!  I have more sketches coming next week as well as some beautiful samples from some of you! (I just need to get my own act together and create some layouts for the sketches!! LOL)

Happy Scrapping!!!

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Another new sketch, layouts (plus a reader layout!) and contest

I have another new sketch for you today! This time, I have not only my sample layout using the sketch but Suzanne got to preview it and create a sample for you as well.  I hope you can use it!! 

*Make sure to scroll down to the previous post to check out the contest!!  I have a scrappy prize to give away to one person who completes one of my new sketches.  You may use either of the new sketches I have shared!! Deadline is this Friday.

Here's your new sketch:

Here's a layout sample by me:

Here's a layout Suzanne created with this sketch:

Happy Scrapping!!!!

Friday, February 19, 2010

New Sketch, New Layout and a Giveaway!!

Alrighty!!  It's here!  The long awaited first sketch of many more to come. I'll get to it in just a minute...but first, I want to thank those of you who are willing to help out and create layouts to go with the guys ROCK!!!! I emailed out a few of the sketches to some of you who commented.  But if I didn't have your contact information, I couldn't send you one.  Please leave your email (disguised from bad guys like this- "yourname at emailserver dot com") if you want to get in on the sketchy action and I will send you a sketch as I have some available. 

Enough's enough.  Onto the first sketch. I hope you like it and can use it!!!

Since it was such short notice, I just have my own sample for this one.  But I can't wait to see what you all come up with using it!!!  While mine is sort of girly, you can easily use this for a boy layout with stars, or you could even change the circles to squares or another shape!! I hope you can see the little details and stitching on here...why do layouts always look better in person?? LOL (And ignore my grossly misshaped tiny stitched circle at the bottom.  Make a note to draw a circle in pencil before attemping to poke holes in the shape of one. ;)  )

Layout by me: (click to view larger)

Onto something even MORE fun....a GIVEAWAY! While I haven't had a chance to put together goodies yet and take a photo, I want to give away a little scrappy prize to one of you who uses this sketch for a NEW layout.  Please upload your layout to your blog or gallery and post a link to it in the comment section of THIS THREAD. Then I will have the kids pick a winner next Friday morning. 
Want a second entry? Choose to "Follow Me" on the side of the blog page. I lost all my "followers" when I redid the blog and I am lonely. :)
Want a third entry? Share this contest with a link on your own blog.
*Let me know in the comments where you post the info please and if you are a follower. 
**Last rule-You must create a layout to be eligible for the drawing.  Sure, you can still share about the contest and choose to follow me...but I want to see layouts people!!!! No layout, no entries.  (Said in my nicest, sweetest voice.)

Have a fabulous Friday!!!!

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Sketches ready!

I've finally taken a little time to finish a few sketches and am ready to share them.  I would love to create samples for you first though. What do you think?  Do you like samples with sketches or just the sketch? 

Here's a fun idea (well, at least I think it's fun!! LOL) Anyone interested in helping me create layout samples?  Leave me a comment and your email and I will send you a sketch to preview and create a layout!  Then I will post your layout along with mine and the sketch!

Here's a little peek at my work station and one of the sketches...

And here's what the munchkins insisted on doing while I was sketching...too cute! (They are trying to make their own sketches in case you can't tell. :) )

I just realized my signature is gone...will work on that during another naptime!

Friday, February 12, 2010

Blog changes

 From now on, I will be focusing on scrappy, crafty and cooking stuff on this blog.

My fingers got a little delete button happy on this site...bear with me as I add some things back on here and create some updated slides shows with favorite layouts in the side bar. I have lots of new scrapbook sketches in the works and have decided to share them here instead of my sketch blog (which I deleted).

I had to start fresh on here as well so please add yourself to my "followers" again so I know who you are! :)

Thanks for understanding!!!

Oven Fries-recipe

I accidentally deleted some recipe posts so I wilL try to repost when I can.  Let me know if there is a recipe I have posted but is gone now! LOL Sorry!!

Lately, we have had oven baked French fries a couple of times a week...usually to go with a veggie burger, hot dog (have you tried these?? We get the first kind listed. They are delicious and only ONE WW point each!), wrap (the Cheeseburger Chomp is yummy!!) or sandwich. The last time I made the fries (using a slightly different technique than usual), Jeremy said they were as good as fast food fries! Maybe I have deprived him of deep fried foods for too long (LOL) or maybe it was the cool fast food looking baskets I served them in. Whatever the case, there's a new little trick I learned to make them crispy on the outside. I hope you try them out for a healthier fry alternative!

Oven French Fries
Potatoes (4-5)
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp sugar
cold water
4 tsp oil (I use olive oil)
1 tsp paprika
extra salt

1. Peel and cut potatoes into 1/2 inch thick strips.
2. Soak in a mixture of 1/4 tsp salt, 1/2 tsp sugar and cold water for 15 minutes.
3. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
4. Drain potatoes and toss with oil and paprika.
5. Spread potatoes on a baking sheet in a single layer. Bake for about 35-45 minutes or until crunchy on the outside and soft inside. Sprinkle with a little extra salt and enjoy! (Cute baskets optional. LOL)

Happy Eating!!!

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