Friday, February 13, 2009

Digital Scrapbooking and other Muse!!!

Ok, the blog police are out and have told me that I have been a bad blogger this week, so I thought I better post something before I get a blog ticket!!!

I have so much to talk about that I do not know where to start. Hmmmm............


Ok, I guess what I will talk about first is what has been taking up so much of my time this week, and why I have not blogged. I have been playing around with Digital Scrapbooking. In a conversation with a friend last weekend, we talked about digital scrapbooking and hybrid scrapbooking. How easy it would be to go to a crop with just our laptops. The conversation really did get us so excited. So much so, that when we came home, we both started the wheel, yes one wheel cause in this day in age, we barely can get one wheel rolling. My friend who was thinking of buying the program Adobe Photoshop Elements 7, committed to the purchase. For me, I started reading about digital scrapbooking, differences in hybrid, and decided what the heck, it really did sound fun. So I spent all week downloading freebies from the Internet. What a blast that was. I downloaded so much that I had to go and buy a external hard drive before I crashed my laptop. It worked out great since it was my birthday "Oh yea, Happy Birthday to me and Abraham Lincoln. Yep we both turned another year older. Of course I really do not think he minds getting older. Me on the other hand, uggggg!!!" Ok, so back to digital scrapbooking, straying from conversation is something you do more when you get older. You loose your thought process. Oh yea, digital scrapbooking... where was I...ok, so I got me a new external hard drive and I went to town. I found so many wonderful sites with some awesome papers and embellies. After I gathered up some digi goodies, I decided to make a few pages. I first downloaded this free program from http://www.scrapbookflair.com/ It really is a great program for the beginner.
Here are a few simple 8x8 layouts that I made playing around with the program. I liked these so much, that I decided to order them from the www.scrapbookpictures.com It really was very inexpensive to order the pages. I think like 2.00 a page is what it averaged out to be when including the shipping. I am now waiting to get them in the mail to see how I like them printed. I really do think I am going to love them. Anyway, last night I downloaded the trial version of the Adobe Photo Shop Elements 7. I wanted to see if it was as good as everyone had been saying on all the digi blogs. Well I am here to join them in giving this program 2 thumbs up. Heck I would say if I had 10 thumbs, I would give it 10 thumbs up. It made digital scrapbooking so much fun. I was doing all sorts of things on my page. This is what I ended up with after all my playing around This little Digi paper and embellies I used on this little page was free from Mel's Lightbulb Moments and A Work in Progress Both blogs worked together to create this wonderful little set and then offered it totally free. I spent hours on these sites downloading some really awesome sets. Love it!!! Tonight I plan to make a second page to go with this page. I really am trying not to get too excited about this, but I think its too late!!! I really do not ever plan to sell all my tools and go all the way to digital scrapbooking, cause you know I love to cut and glue and I totally love my Cricut, but I do see lots of digital and hybrid scrapbooking in my future. LOTS!!!

Ok, how has everyone been doing on their Fiber 35. I am feeling soooooo much better since I started eating more of my fiber again. What I would like to spotlight this week is

Some people describe eating this, like eating sandpaper, but really its not all that bad. Especially the Bran Buds. They taste very yummy. Kind of nutty I guess. You only have to eat a 1/3 cup in order to reap the benefits. I just add it to my favorite cereal and I cannot even tell its there really. Its so worth it, because as you can see below, you get 13 grams of fiber and 3 of that is soluble. Totally awesome!!!! I say if you are trying to reach your 35 grams of fiber a day, you should definitely eat this cereal.

I told you I would explain soluble and insoluble fiber to you, so here it is in my terms


Soluble sticks to you and insoluble doesn't. Meaning that Soluble is absorbed into the body and goes to work on cholesterol, sugar metabolism, high blood pressure issues ect... the list goes on....

Insoluble goes into the intestine and scraps it clean and guarantees the best bowl movement ever. I really did clean that up a lot.... So you can see how important it is to get both soluble and insoluble fiber into your eating plan.



Now to share a wonderful meal that my family enjoys. In our house we call this

Frito Salad
Ingredients are

Extra lean ground beef or turkey (cooked, drained, and cooled)
Spring mix salad
1 can of black beans drained and rinsed
Frito's
tomato's
purple onion
avocado
Monterrey Jack cheese or any favorite cheese. Sometimes I even do Feta!!
Catalina Light Dressing
Toss together the salad, tomato's, onion and cheese. Serve into individual bowls and add 1/2 cup of drained/rinsed black beans and 1/2 avocado sliced into cubes. Then toss with rest of ingredients. Add in Frito's and Catalina and toss again. Enjoy!!!

This meal has approx 13 fibers. You get about 7 from the beans, 2 from the veggies, 3 from 1/2 avocado and 1 from the Frito's. I buy the Kroger brand Black beans cause they have the most fibers I have found. Search the shelf and get the one with the most fiber.

Next.....

Last weekend I went to the "Affairs of the Heart" craft show in OKC. It was so much fun. I have never seen so many crafts in one place. Everything you can think of. I went with one of my B.F.F's and her Mother. We had such a awesome time. We walked our legs off I tell you. I was sore for 3 days. I did not make any big purchases, but I did find a few treasures. These are a couple of my favorites The best part about our trip together, was spending time with my friends mother and all the food we ate. Yes we decided to put our Fiber diets to the side for the weekend and relax and enjoy ourselves. Her mother made us the best strawberry cake this side OKC and maybe even on the other side as well. I just cannot imagine anyone making one better. It just so happen to be the weekend before my birthday and when I was a kid, my favorite birthday cake was strawberry. So I declared this, my Birthday Cake!!! Defiantly a Blue Ribbon winner!!!She also made us yummy muffins for breakfast shaped in hearts, eggs, bacon and then pancakes, sausage for breakfast the second morning.We stopped at the new cupcake place in town and bought ourselves some yummy cupcakes, we had chicken fried steak, mashed potato's and green beans for dinner from the local diner. We had the best glass of lemonade that I have tasted in a long time. And if that was not enough, we stopped at a German bakery on the way home and bought ourselves some yummy Colaches. My friend and I would both agree that we really do know how to blow a diet, and if we did very much traveling together, we would have to get Wide Load Flags on either side of the truck and escorts. LOL!!! What a fun time we had. Worth every calorie!!!

Now last, but not least, I want to give you a update on Raggedy Annie. She is coming right along. My husband has replaced the rotted wood in the front and put in new paneling and put the skin back in place. He has built new cabinet doors for the kitchen section. He has ordered new glass for the window and purchased putty tape to seal all the seams. He will begin construction to the back next. Here are some pictures of what he has done so far
Look at that new paneling. No more rot!!! YIPPY!!!!
And the skin is back on and window glass is on order. Next!!!! I am so excited!!!
Thats all for now!!!

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