Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Die Cuttin Divas Recipe Challenge: Fabric, Feathers, and/or Flowers

I am highlighting this layout to enter the Die Cuttin Divas: Challenge #54.
Prom 2011 - I made the flowers on the layout myself... :) I used the Sweet and Spicy papers from Lifestyle Crafts. I cut out the letters from sparkly cardstock with my Revolution using Nutmeg dies. I cut out the petals and branch on my Revolution, too. I used a punch from EK Success for the scalloped circles on the top half. I used Icicle Stickles on the flowers and scallops. Thanks for looking!

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Purple Challenge

I got to make a layout when I got home from shopping today. I created an Easter layout for DL.ART Thankful Thursday Challenge.: purple and only one other color. The color I chose was yellow. Here's the layout.

I used purple paper form DaisyD's, yellow and lavender from my stash. The jewels are from Jewelry Essentials, ribbon from Offray Ribbon and the flower is from Flora Doodles by Petaloo. I cut the chick & egg on my Cricut using the Create A Critter cartridge. The cut-outs in the corners were made on my Revolution using Sweet and Spicy from Lifestyle Crafts. The words were cut out using the Banana Split letters. Adhesives used were Precision Point from Creative Memories and Zip Dry Paper Glue. I also got to use my new Martha Stewart cutter I purchased today at 40% off at Michaels! It's nice! Just one hint for you all - don't wait until the last day to use the coupons. There was nothing left of the stickers, embellishments and paper. I mean nada, zippo, cleared out. But I still managed to spend some money.   Hope ya like the layout...

Shopping anyone?

So, before I head off to Michael's to use my coupons before they expire, I thought I'd add some layouts I've done earlier.
Our family gets together and makes cookies every Christmas. I love the bottom paper cuz it looks like linoleum!

And then I made this layout for the first page of my family album. It says "Shniker-Shrads", a combination of my mother's last name, Schnekenburger, and my step-father's last name, Schroeder. She had 5 kids, he had 3.  What a crew! I really should try to focus on getting a whole album done. I get side-tracked with other photos when I think of something cool to do for them. It took me FOREVER to get Son #1's basketball album done (wait, I think I still have to add his Senior year!).  Ha! 
Can't wait to see what I can find at the craft store!!

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Mexican Chicken On Rice

Made a yummy supper tonight. I saw a recipe on Pinterest and played around with it. I call it Mexican Chicken On Rice because I didn't use a crockpot like the original recipe. I'm not a morning person. It's enough that I can be sure the kids are up and ready for school and then get myself ready for work. I used 6 large chicken breasts so I would have leftovers for burritos. I put them in my Pampered Chef baker and sprinkled them with my Tastefully Simple Southwest Seasoning. (I have friends that sell things...)
I smeared an 8 oz. cream cheese on each piece of chicken. I added drained corn, drained and rinsed black beans and a can of Rotel tomatoes. 
 I covered the dish and put it in a 375 degree preheated oven. It took about 1-1/2 hours to bake. I then shredded 3 of the breasts and added the meat back into the bowl. Here's what it looked like:
I boiled up some rice and then served a bowl of rice topped with the chicken. We like cheese around here so I put some taco cheese on top. It was good. Son #2 and DH gave it a 7. Son #1 wasn't hungry (which is his way of saying not hungry enough to try this.) I give it an 8-1/2. What do you think?

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

My Favorite Drummer


So, Son #2 likes playing in the band. He's pretty darn good, too! He has taken guitar lessons since he was about 7 years old. I'll never forget the time his teacher held a recital at the local nursing home. One of the songs he played was Amazing Grace and the residents there started singing along. It brought tears to my eyes! When he got in high school he joined the band and plays the drums. He does a great job on Wipeout for the Pep Band at the basketball games. Unfortunately, kids don't seem to be too interested in music where he goes to school. There's only about 8 kids in the band now. So sad. Here's a photo of the band last year marching in a parade:
You can see his head, near the lamp post in the back. He has the mirror sunglasses on. The band was a lot bigger last year. ;)
Here's a layout I did of some shots our favorite local photographer took. 
Check out her website: Photography by Jayme
He's my favorite drummer!

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Favorite Pet

I've joined my first Challenge: Die Cuttin Divas Challenge #53: Favorite Pet. You can see the challenge HERE .

I thought I'd enter my Homer layout.  It's been almost a year since we rescued this cute 10-year-old Bichon Frise and we all love him. He just has a little problem with missing us when we're gone. We may be getting new flooring soon...
 I thought the bone paper was really cute. I used my Revolution to cut out his name.
I used my Cricut to cut out these cuties. I love the Create A Critter cart!  We've had a bird and gerbils as pets, but this is our first dog. He's so happy to see me after work!

Monday, February 20, 2012

Weekend Birthday Cards and Pepper Ring Cheese Bars

We had our family's February birthday party Saturday. This includes my twin nephews, a nephew-in-law and brother-in-law (all on the 1st), my oldest brother and my mother.  It was a nice, sunny day. I whipped together 4 birthday cards (I wasn't sure who all was coming to the party until the last minute.) I had made my mother's at the retreat. Here's the boys cards.


I guess I forgot to take a photo of one of the twins cards. It had a space ship on it and said You're Out Of This World. Cute. ;) The top 2 were cut on my Cricut from the Father's Day cartridge and the mushroom was from Create A Critter. Nothing too fancy.

As my part of the meal, I took Pepper Ring Cheese Bars. Here's what they look like:
Ingredients are:
1 lb. Monterey Jack Cheese, shredded (I had Mozzarella so I used that)
1 lb. Cheddar cheese, shredded
8 oz. jar of hot or mild pepper rings, drained
2/3 c. evaporated milk
1 Tbsp. flour
Dash of garlic
5 eggs, whisked lightly

I put foil on my jelly roll pan then greased it with Pam. Layer ingredients: 1/2 of the Cheddar, all of the peppers, all of the Monterey Jack, and then the rest of the Cheddar. Mix all the rest of the ingredients and pour evenly over top. Sprinkle with paprika. Bake at 350 degree oven for about 45 minutes, or until sides are browned. It's very yummy!

Friday, February 17, 2012

Spring?

Sitting here with a sinus headache thinking "is it spring?" It was warm and sunny today - February!?! Puts you in the mood for nice days on the front porch watching the birds feed (when the neighbor's cat isn't around! lol!)
 Love my glow-in-the-dark wind-chime.
DH & Son #1 were going to go on a long weekend snowmobiling at the end of the month. They may not be able to find any snow! What a crazy winter. It should look like this:
 (Taken 2-2-11)
Well, there's always next year...(I am a Cubs fan, after all.)

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Homer

I created these pages at the retreat last week. Don't ya just love the doggie, bowl and bone? I cut it on my Cricut using the Creat a Critter cartridge. I really like that cartridge!
Here's what Homer did almost the whole first day we had got him from the humane society. He had to be touching somebody, it seemed. He was lonely!
 Here's how Homer usually looks in the evenings...laying on the guy who didn't want a dog! lol 


Isn't he cute?!

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

A Giveaway! Candy!!

Just started following this great blog Scrappin' 2 Little Princesses. She's celebrating her 1 year blogaversary and has blog candy to win! Check it out HERE!

Kielbasa Potato Skillet Dinner


So, I tried a new recipe tonight. I adapted it from one I found on Pinterest (of course!): 

Potato Kielbasa Skillet Dinner
1 # red potatoes or about 3 medium Idaho's, cubed
3 tbsp water
3/4 # smoked kielbasa or Polish Sausage, cut into 1/4" slices
1/2 c chopped onion
1 tbsp olive oil
2 tbsp brown sugar
2 tbsp cider vinegar
1 tbsp Dijon mustard 
1/2 tsp dried thyme
1/4 tsp pepper
4 c. green veggies (original recipe was for spinach - I used 2 cans green beans, drained)
5 bacon strips, cooked and crumbled

First, I cooked the cubed potatoes and water in a covered glass bowl in the microwave until they were for fork tender. I have a slow microwave so it took about 7 minutes.
 

In a large skillet (make sure it's large - I ran out of room in mine - but then again, I doubled the recipe) on medium-high heat, saute sausage and onion in oil until onion is tender, about 5 minutes. Add the potatoes and saute about another 5 minutes until the sausage and potatoes are lightly browned.

While that's browning, mix together the brown sugar, mustard, thyme and pepper. Stir this into the skillet mixture and simmer for about 3 minutes. Stir in the green veggies and bacon bits and simmer until veggies are warm. Yields 4 servings.



DH gave this about a 6. He liked the taste of the sausage and the sauce but thought the potatoes and green beans were bland. I have to agree with him. My 2 sons haven't been home to eat yet. Son #1 has a 6:00 pm class on Wednesdays (yuck!) and Son #2 is playing in the pep band tonight for an Ancilla College basketball game. He should be done soon. We'll see what they think.

This recipe originally came from Recipe Shoebox blog. Check it out! Besides great recipes, one of the authors of the blog is sharing her adventure with her son who has leukemia. Reminds me of our schools journey with Christina.


Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Happy Valentines Day!

Here's Kelly's Rockies Win! double layout. How many different ways are there to layout sports? She's probably as tired of football layouts as I am of basketball! LOL! But these look great.


 
And here are Stacy's Valentines to those she loves. She did some great things with the Cricut, don't ya think?

My DH was very good to me this year. I woke up to chocolates, received roses at work and am now headed at out for supper. What a guy, eh?! Happy Valentines Day!

Monday, February 13, 2012

More Retreat Layouts

Our next croppin' girl is Ginger. Don't you just love this layout? What a cutie pie her boy is! And you can use a few flowers on a boy layout, don't you think? Her sister gave her the owl to use. I don't think she was too keen on the flowers. LOL!

Barb has been working on her Disney album for the last 3 crops I've been to with her...lol. She does awesome pages with really neat die-cuts. Love the train with the smoke. She was stumped at first on what to use for the smoke. We had several ideas for her (some I couldn't repeat on here - LOL!) The Q-tip did just fine. (Sorry about getting my sweater into the photo.)


I'll finish up with the other two ladies tomorrow. One made Valentine cards for here family.
Oh, and I bought Tim Holtz's book A Compendium of Curiosities.  I love his ideas! They are very inspirational to me. It shows some really neat techniques that I'm going to have to try soon.

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Retreat Group

Here's our group scrappin' away. The lighting wasn't that great after sunset, but we made do. There was actually a pool to the left. Thank goodness no one fell in. I was amazed by how many pages some of the ladies completed. 
Me, I'm slow. I only got 6 plus a birthday card. One lady usually has all her pages in organizers ready to assemble when she gets there. I just take everything I have and start from scratch with each layout. Before I left, I asked those who were there if they wanted to pick out their favorite layout of the retreat and I'd post it on my blog.
I'll start with the lady who organizes our retreats, Rhonda.

This is her son on his first bicycle. We all joked that he's on the ground crying and she's snapping away with the camera. Don't you just love that face? Her challenge was using 11 photos of the sequence. She did cut it down to 9. I think it works great.

Friday, February 10, 2012

Retreat Feb 2012

So, here's what I've made in the last few days at my scrapbook retreat.

Homecoming 2010 - The photo on the right is my niece, Kayla, and my oldest son.

Prom 2011 - I made the flowers on the layout myself... :) I used the Sweet and Spicy papers, again. I cut out the letters with my Revolution using Nutmeg dies. I cut out the petals and branch on my Revolution, too. I used a punch from EK Success for the scalloped circles on the top half. I used Icicle Stickles on the flowers and scallops.


I made this birthday card for my Mom. Shhh.,.don't tell her. Her birthday's not until the 19th. This is the outside cover. I used Botanicabella Graphic 45 papers and Creative Memories paper ribbon. You can get Creative Memories products from Rhonda here.

And this is the inside - her photo from 1952 is on the left half of the card. I used Cricut cartridge Reminisce Accents for the phrase.  I'll hand write something else on the right:

And here's my layout of "Aunt Mom". She is my mom's sister (see above.) Do they look alike? She had a pet rooster...lol.  The background purple paper is from DCWV The Four Seasons Cardstock Stack. The flowered paper was loose in my stash and I don't know who it's from. Her name is made with Sticko stickers from EK Success. The flowers are from Creative Memories with jewels from EK Success, as well. Aunt Myrn's favorite color is purple. :)

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Mac-n-cheese

Thought I'd post my favorite Macaroni-n-Cheese recipe. Love it! Served it tonight with leftover ham that I cooked in my pressure cooker yesterday. The ham is still moist. Love my pressure cooker!

I use the Homestyle Kraft Macaroni & Cheese kit. It has noodles, cheese sauce, seasoning mix and bread crumbs. For my family I double the recipe. After four of us eat supper, there's usually enough left for my lunch the next day.
 
Here's the ingredients:
2 pkgs. Kraft Homestyle Mac-n-cheese kit
2 c. shredded cheddar cheese
1 c. sour cream
1/2 tsp. pepper (red or black)

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
First you make the mac-n-cheese according to package directions which involve boiling the noodles and draining, melting butter on medium heat, adding seasoning mix, adding cheese sauce.

At this point, add 1 c. of the cheddar cheese, the sour cream and pepper. Stir until sauce is smooth. Add in the drained noodles and stir together. Put all into a greased baking dish. I use Pampered Chef stoneware bowl and you don't need to grease it. Sprinkle the other cup of cheddar cheese on top then sprinkle the bread crumbs that come with the kit on top of that. Bake in the oven for about 20 minutes.

I didn't get a picture of the finished product before the kids dug into it!  LOL!

So, now I have to fold some clothes and get ready for ANOTHER SCRAPBOOK RETREAT!!! YEAH! I'll post some of the cool stuff we make.

Monday, February 6, 2012

Lovely Lace

I love lacy, frilly scrapbook pages. With two sons, I don't have many opportunities to use those things, so, I look for opportunities to use them. My Dad passed away when I was six and my mother remarried a few days before my eighth birthday. Harold was a wonderful man and much loved. He really didn't like to get his picture taken and was always self conscious taking one. Thus, there were some really goofy pictures taken of him. I've taken the best of him and my mother and made some frilly pages. They are some of my favorites.

For this layout, I used Sweet and Spicy paper from Lifestyle Crafts. With my Cricut, I cut out the shape of the printed paper and mounted it on a dark greenish blue cardstock page. I glued down a ribbon across the middle and glued tiny pearls across it.  I added two flower embellishments and set the pearls around those as well. I then put on the Mother, Father and Laughter stickers. I really like the Sweet and Spicy paper. You can see the shiny flower circles that stand out when the light hits just right.


I used beautiful floral paper to enhance this layout. I added bits of lace, strings of pearls, memories quotes and stuck on a big ol' flower.  I love this picture of my folks!

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Carl

My nephew, Carl, turned 15 this week. He is a 7th generation Carl/Charles Schnekenburger. His dad's name is Charles Robert, grandpa was Charles Franklin, great-grandpa Carl Henry, great-great-grandpa Charles Earl, great-great-great-grandpa Charles David. His 4th-great grandfather was John Martin Schnekenburger. I'm not sure where the Charles even came from. John's wife was Catherine Diehl and I don't know who her father was. Maybe it was Carl...
Anyway - Happy Birthday Carl Joseph Schnekenburger!

Friday, February 3, 2012

A fitting tribute for Aunt Linda from my oh so very eloquent nephew:  

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Basketball

So, I won't be posting for the next few days. We'll be in Kouts saying goodbye to Aunt Linda and hello to relatives rarely seen. 

I thought I'd post some more scrapbook pages I've made for my son's basketball scrapbook. I've had someone tell me I shouldn't use actual newspaper clippings cuz they'll ruin the page eventually. I think the next layout I do I'll copy the articles onto tan archival paper. This was also one of the first layouts I made. I look now and see so many things I'd change! lol. Oh, well. Live and learn...

I loved the specialty papers I found at my friend, Rhonda's, store.
And the fans...
2007 was a great year for basketball...