Thursday, February 13, 2014

Happy Valentine's Day!

I know, it's tomorrow.  But I couldn't wait to share these cute cards I made for my kiddos and hubby. 

I have been trying to use up some older goodies that I have been holding on to...more room for new stuff then, right??? :) 

I pulled out this older collection from Fancy Pants called "Love Story." I made four cards and pretty much used up most of the scraps I had left from the collection.

I even have a super fun tip that I shared on the Inspired to Scrap blog today.  Make sure to check it out...lots of fun!
Have you made your V-day cards yet? :)

Link up to your cards so I can check them out!!! :)
Lots of LOVE!!!

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Cooking, eating, and recipes!

A friend of mine recently asked if I am still posting recipes...I haven't been obviously...but I need to!  I have tried so many fabulous new recipes the last year or so. Like these paleo blueberry scones (I used the new cashew meal from Trader Joes instead of grinding my own)-

And one that we have repeated over and over is a fabulous recipe from my friend Deborah-
Buffalo Turkey Sloppy Joes (which we eat in lettuce wraps instead of bread-scroll down for the recipe). We had them with some roasted brussels sprouts and blue cheese crumbles in this photo (the kids love this meal, too!):

I love cooking but I find that the recipes I make need to be quicker and easier these days! I am also trying really hard to feed us healthy, clean, fresh foods.  We try to avoid any convenience foods.  We use lots and lots of fresh veggies (I really don't like frozen or canned! Well, except Trader Joe's frozen green beans...the skinny ones...they are awesome and convenient!)  I have also been eating gluten free for about a year and a half and have a tendency toward "paleo" meals.  I'm not strict with the paleo thing...I just more use it as a guide to remember to eat lots of fruits, veggies and lean proteins.  We eat some grains but try to limit them. 

So anyway...I rambled on about that long enough!  I will try to start sharing more of the yummy meals we make.  unfortunately, they tend to be less like "recipes" in the traditional sense and more like methods of preparation for the fresh foods we eat. Does that make any sense?  When I do look for recipes, I love to try new ones from some of these sites- (LOVE my spiralizer!)

And here's a new recipe for you to try.  This is great as leftovers.  We have also had it on top of cauliflower "rice" and it's delicious. Hubs and I always add extra hot sauce to our servings.  
Buffalo Turkey "Sloppy Joe" Lettuce Wraps:
(Serve on buns as Sloppy Joes if you prefer)
1-2 lbs. extra-lean ground turkey
4 celery ribs, chopped
1 medium onion, chopped
2 medium carrots, chopped
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 can (8 oz.) tomato sauce
1/2 cup reduced-sodium chicken broth
1/4 cup hot sauce (we like the Frank's buffalo wing sauce)
2 tablespoons brown sugar
2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1 cup (4 oz.) crumbled blue cheese, optional
Lots of lettuce to scoop up the meat to eat! The kids totally dig loading up their own leaves.

Cook the first five ingredients in a Dutch oven over medium heat until chicken is no longer pink. Stir in the tomato sauce, chicken broth, hot sauce, brown sugar, vinegar, Worcestershire sauce and pepper; heat through. Serve on buns; sprinkle with cheese if desired.

Well, my friends, I hope you give one of these recipes a try.  I promise to share more soon.  I feel like besides scrapping and running the kids around, all I do is go to the gym and cook (and EAT!).  So I have loads to share with you all.

Chat soon!

PS Leave me some comments about what you would love to see or read about!! I would be so grateful!

Friday, February 7, 2014

Card sketch-Inspired to Scrap

Happy Friday my crafty friends!!  Are you planning on scrapping this weekend? J
I have a card sketch to share with you from a previous Inspired to Scrap card class.  It’s a super simple design that you can throw together quickly with scraps.
And here’s my card that I created using this sketch:

ALSO, have you ever used a card sketch to create a layout??  Or a layout sketch to create a card?  Fun stuff I tell ya!  I will share some of those ideas for you soon.  Right now, I need to head back over to our Weekend Warrior sketch class at Inspired to Scrap and see how all the ladies are doing on their challenges!  (You can still register and join us!  It’s not too late!!)

Have a crafty weekend!!!

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Layout of LOVE!

Hello my friends!  It's been a while since I shared some scrappy goodness with you.  I have been so caught up with Inspired to Scrap, the kids, and life that I forgot to get some posts written here.

(By the way, you should join me and hang out at Inspired to Scrap!  We have a fun forum with chatting, scrapping, recipe sharing and more!!  If you are waiting approval on your registration, send me a message or leave me a comment and I will get that approved for you!)

Anywho...I've done lots and lots of scrapping since I have updated! And lots and lots of tutorials and tips for Inspired to Scrap.  In honor of the month of LOVE, here are a couple of "lovely" layouts to inspire you (all based on sketches by me from the sketch classes!):
And some sweet and lovely embellishments I used on a new class layout (can't share that one yet!!):
Watch for more sharing, recipes and tips soon!!  Leave me a comment about what you would love to see posted here. :)  I have missed you all!!

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