May 31, 2011


Anyone else as irritated as me when it comes to blogger right now??? I just wanted to let everyone know, for those that I usually comment on, I am still unable to post comments.

Come on Blogger get your shit together, I am having serious commenting withdrawals!!

For those of you who have still been able to post comments on my blog, are you using blogger? Did you find a work around to this issue???


Fall Has Fallen?

Another Holiday Layout!!! I have just been on a roll with my scrapbooking lately and it feels AWESOME!! I am so happy with the way all of my layouts are turning out, part in thanks to Storytellers and part in thanks to my creative genes :-)

I finished up our Turkey Day from 2009 and it's ------------ yup you guessed it - it's so cute!! I didn't have a lot of pictures from this Turkey Day which is kind of nice cause it made it easier to get everything to fit on 2 pages :-)

I was so happy Mom posed for a picture for me cause normally she's too busy cooking or she prefers to not be photographed - crazy I know!! Who doesn't want their picture taken? Regardless she was a trooper and smiled pretty for me :-)

Of course Paps is just goofing off again - but now I know where I get my camera love and goofiness from :-) And of course my Seester Mandy Jo - who also prefers to not be photographed - but being the younger sister I am I take as many pictures of her as possible :) This is her "I'm pretending to be annoyed" or I think she's pretending :-)

Can you believe that I've got no more Turkey Day pictures to scrap?? I know I can't either, in fact I think I need to double check that fact before I can fully commit to it :-)

May 29, 2011

Shredded BBQ Beef

Another recipe out of my Guilt Free Cookbook!! Don't worry I haven't forgotten about my Hungry Girl recipes either but I have been wanting food with leftovers and Hungry Girl just doesn't seem to make those. And I am a LOVER of leftovers, don't get me wrong a good PB&J with some chips is always enjoyable but I like being able to just grab a tupperware container full of yummy goodness 3 days out of the week :-)

Back to the recipe - Super easy and if you own a crock pot you are set. Just gather up - Ketchup, Top Sirloin, Canola Oil, Worcestershire Sauce, Dijon (or Honey) Mustard, Cider Vinegar, Water, Garlic Powder, Onion Powder, Chili Pepper, Salta, Pepper, Lemon juice, and Brown Sugar.

First steps first - brown you sirloin on your stove top. Make sure to put some oil in the pan before you slap your meat in there.

Next combine ALL OF YOUR OTHER INGREDIENTS!! Gross looking!!

Take your browned sirloin and throw it in your crockpot.

Pour that gross looking mixture over the top!

Cover and set to low for 8-10 hours! After 8 hours take a fork and tear about that beef, unless it's already fallen a part on it's on

Carefully toast your rolls/buns in the oven, cause almost everything is better toasted :-) Give yourself a heaping of BBQ Beef and take a big ol' bite!

Then enjoy some of these for dessert :-)

Let's just say we were SO HAPPY to have those delish chocolate chip cookies because the shredded beef lacked major taste. It wasn't bad, but to make it better I would have dumped some BBQ sauce in the crock pot for about 4 hours but I was following the recipe! We probably won't be trying this recipe again because I love lots of flavor in my foods!! I guess you can't win them all!

May 28, 2011

Exceptionally Well Written - Kudo's to Jamie Ford!!

I will admit I did not start this month's book club meeting until the Sunday before our Thursday Meeting. I was quite nervous I wasn't going to be able to get into it, but boyw as I WRONG-O!! I was watching the clock tick by every day at work so I could get home and get absorbed back into this book!

We read "Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet" by Jamie Ford and this is one book I am so happy to have on my Kindle because I can promise I'll read it again!

The story revolves around Henry and flip flops from his life growing up in 1942 in Seattle and his life in 1986. The only genre this story fits into is Historical Romance. Seriously, this book offers you a look into what life was like back in 1942. In case you are a like me and when someone offers a date you can't remember the history of the year - 1942 is when Japanese "Camps" were created and the War was going on.

This story is so touching and so well written. My gosh I loved this author's writing. I'm not sure if it's because I'm coming off reading Mother of the Blah - oops I mean Bride. This book just flowed so well, there wasn't an overabundance of details bogging it down, but you could easily picture the "Scenes" and the characters. Without wanting to give away too much, because seriously everyone needs to read this book, I want to at least say that if you are a true romantic at heart you will LOVE this, if you like history you will enjoy this. And if you aren't a true romantic at heart or a history buff, don't worry you will LOVE this. How do I know? you may ask - I don't remember anything about history and typically Romance is not my thing :-)

Overall grade - A+, I loved this book and will definitely be rereading it down the road :-) Next up, I will be reading the Frugalista Files, which is a blog turned book. So far I'm to Chapter 2 and I am loving the blog style writing as well as the author :-)

May 27, 2011

Turkey Lovin'

I love scrapbooking Holiday layouts! There is just something about them that makes me feel all warm and cozy inside, they also make me want to eat!!

I got to spend some time in my scrapbook room over the weekend and I worked on 2 different Thanksgiving Layouts! This is Thanksgiving at my Parents home in 2010!!

It was such a nice and relaxing Turkey Day and we were all stuffed from the amazing feast my Mom prepared!

See I told you we were all stuffed!! Both Chuck and Steve could have taken naps and fallen asleep if we had let them!! And Paps - well he's just crazy sometimes :-)

One thing I LOVE LOVE LOVE about Holiday layouts - most of the time there isn't much journaling to do! And I love/hate journaling. I love having the journaling done and the page complete but sometimes I hate having to figure out what I want to write and how to write it! Anyone else have a Love/Hate relationship with journaling?

May 26, 2011

Ho Ho Ho!

I got to have a Christmas evening in my scrapbook room cause I scrapbooked our Christmas Eve 2009 pages!!!!

If you've read my blog during Christmas time then you know I love Christmas! You should also know that I listen to Christmas Music whenever I get the hankering, whether it be Christmas season or in the dead heat of June! While it wasn't Christmas season, nor was the heat unbearable I still was needing some Holly in my life, so I scrapbooked my way through Christmas!

This is another Storyteller's layout and I love it! I just couldn't be more pleased with all the layouts I've recieved and bought from them!

If you see anything from the picture below I really hope it's the HILARIOUS picture of my Paps, there at the top, in the middle. This picture wasn't of him, it was of the table setting but what do I find once they are developed??? My Paps being a total goofball, again :-)

This layout was so fun and I got my Christmas fix that I needed :-) I know I'm not the only crazy person out there who loves Christmas so much that I have to get my "fix" every couple of weeks.......right?!?!?!

May 25, 2011

Shots! Shots! Shots!

When Mom and I were at our crop last month I started working on this page but could not come up with a title. Turns out I had also forgotten one huge factoid about this night, it was the night of the infamous 11 Starburst Shots! Let me explain - We all wanted to go out, it was summertime, and I had nothing to do the next day, so we went out :-)

I ended up doing 11 Starburst along with some other drinks, needless to say I was toasted and ended up getting sick on the drive home, this night Chuck showed his true love for me and not only cleaned out his car but also made sure I got cleaned up and to bed :-) It was a fun night, but not one worth repeating!

Without further ado - here is my layout, titled Shots at the Bar!

I will say that we got some super cute pictures out of this night!

Good friends and family!

I will brag about this, whether people think different of me afterwards is fine, but I'm a damn good chugger :-) I was able to drop my shot in and suck those drinks down before anyone else! Yup it's something I am proud of :-)

Bottom's Up Friends!

It was a lot of fun to go out and hang out with Chucks' two sisters and his Brother In Law.

These pages were so much fun to do and I was even shocked that I decided to do 2 double page layouts but there were too many great "shots" to scrapbook :-)

May 24, 2011

Creamy Broccoli Goodness

Another new recipe - I think I'm back in the groove folks! I have been wanting to try some more recipes out of my Guilt Free Cookbook from Taste of Home and what better than a dish with broccoli?? You might say a lot of foods are better than broccoli but in our house we LOVE broccoli! We actually start to crave broccoli if we don't eat enough throughout the week, we also crave Pizza but hey you gotta balance the fatty foods out with the healthy ones right??

I digress.....

Grab these items next time you are at the grocery to make the Cheesy Broccoli Rigatoni casserole!
Broccoli (duh), milk, olive oil, mozzarella cheese, butter, flour, rigatoni noodles, garlic powder (or fresh garlic), and some salt.

Chop up your broccoli, not to teeny tiny pieces, but I cut the little "bushels" in half.

Melt your garlic and butter, than slowly add in your milk. Let it get thick before removing from heat. It won't get thick like gravy but you really don't want it to be runny either, just do your best :-)

Boil your Rigatoni noodles!

My first time successfully cooking broccoli YAY! Sad as it is I always screw up broccoli, so who might you ask cooks it in our house - Chuckles of course and if he's not home I eat these amazing Green Giant single servings (pick up the broccoli AND the cauliflower - YUMMY).

Can you see the thickness? Not really, that's okay you can get the idea it's supposed to be similar to alfredo sauce!

Then you begin the layering! Put some of your cream sauce on the bottom, cover the entire bottom of your 13 x 9 casserole dish. Top with noodles, then broccoli, then cheese and REPEAT!

Bake in your 350 degree oven for 25-30 minutes. And voila - you will reach perfection!

We actually cut this down so it'd be a side dish in which we stupidly chose to pair this with hamburger helper. Needless to say the hamburger helped got tossed and we DEVOURED this casserole, along with some warm cornbread muffins!

I'm not joking when I say that we devoured this. It was so yummy and the garlic ratio was PERFECT! We both love garlic so when you can really taste it - oh man we were in heaven! I was lucky enough to have 2 lunches with the leftovers and it was still super delish leftover. I gurantee if you heat this up at your office people will be looking and drooling. Everyone wanted to know what it was cause the delish garlic smell that wafted out of our office kitchen! Try IT!!

May 22, 2011

Taco's & Pizza = YUM!

Any one who knows me (or has read this entire blog - in which YOU KNOW ME) knows how much I LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE Mexican food!! Seriously I could eat it EVERY SINGLE DAY!! I claim that "I got it from my Mama" cause she loves it just as much if not more than me :-)

What else do I really enjoy, PIZZA, among many other things but let's stick to the recipe at hand! I combined those two loves and whipped up this awesome recipe from Taste of Home - TACO PIZZA!! Oh yes a scrumptious and spicy TACO PIZZA!!! I was super excited to try this recipe that I even swapped two recipes in my monthly menu planning so I could eat it sooner :-)

You only need the few essentials - a 12-inch pre-baked pizza crust (I chose the awesome Boboli), Cheddar Cheese, Tortilla Chips, Taco Seasoning, Water, Ground Beef, Refried Beans, and Salsa.

I actually cut this recipe in half cause the original calls for 2 12-inch pizza crusts but with just me eating I knew I'd only have 1, maybe two slices from one pizza.

Combine your refried beans (fat free) and salsa!! YUM!! You can always dip a chip to make sure the balance is right, or at least that was my excuse :-)

Brown your hamburger, drain, then toss back in the pan on heat with your water and taco seasoning, just like your whipping up some tacos.

While your meat is "marinating" in taco seasonings, pull out your pre-baked pizza crust. I had to use an upside down cookie sheet cause we don't have a pizza pan! (hello item for our registry)

Spread your bean and salsa mixture over the entire crust!

Top with your taco meat!

Crumble your tortilla chips over the top!

Load it up with some CHEESE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Then pop in a 350 degree oven for about 15 minutes, you just want your cheese to melt!

Then slice it up just like a pizza, top with some lettuce and a dallop of sour cream (I used Lite sour cream cause let's be honest this dish is not that great for you.) 

Hello Delish Slice of Taco Heaven!! This was AWESOME!! I highly recommend to anyone, especially those with kids! This is such a family friendly meal and it's so easy and quick to whip up!

Also a BONUS -  perfect leftover food. It heats up nicely and the crust is still just as good as the night you make! You must try this recipe.

May 21, 2011

WARNING - Picture Heavy - WARNING

Last year my wonderful best friend Jenny got married! And we all know with getting married you have a bunch of pre-wedding events! I was very excited to not only get to throw a bridal shower for my long-distance bestie (she lives in WA) but I was also thrilled to put together an entire scrapbook of all her pre-wedding events to give to her :-)

I had been working on this album for almost a year and I was able to finish it up a couple weeks back, just in time for me to give it to her on my trip to WA. I have been waiting to put up any pages, in fear she reads my blog, but now that I've given it to her (she loved it) I can (very excitedly) share it. This is the very first 12 x 12 album I've ever completed and to be honest it was hard to give it away cause I love how it turned out, but I knew she would love it!

So here we go folks - Enjoy!

These first pages are from the shower I threw her down in Cali with all her Cali friends and family.

This is her second shower thrown by her other bridesmaid Jill :-)

Bachelorette Party - Rowr!

Wedding Day - Her and Jamie right after the ceremony, and then both sets of parents at the wedding :-)

My personal favorite pages are the ones from her bachelorette party and the very last pages which are of her parents and his parents with their wedding dates :-) I should also mention I was not present for the 2nd bridal shower or bachelorette party but her other wonderful bridesmaid Jill was such a team player and saved everything for me to scrapbook it :-)

What do you all think?

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