Sunday, May 31, 2009
Thursday, May 28, 2009
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
Thursday, May 21, 2009
Check back later for the 5th layout that I have not completed yet. Hopefully I will get around to it this weekend. I also hope to do a few cards using the Mojo Monday. I have gotten a few weeks behind on them. TTFN
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
They are such a cute couple!! They so complement each other!!!
This weekend coming up is our Sistah Chicks Retreat. I am sooooo looking forward to this time with my girlfriends. It seems we do not see each other near as much these days. Life just seems to keep us all very busy. It will be nice to be together for the weekend. My plans are to scrapbook. We all really just do our thing when we go. Some sew, some scrapbook, some work on cards. Its really all about spending time together and having fun doing whatever. So I am actually scrapbooking this time. I have already planned out 9, 2 page layouts to work on. That's what I have spent this week working on. I went from planning my pages to organizing paper and embellishments. I learned you can not do preplanned pages unless you are better organized. I seperated my paper by designer and then put into catagories like Baby Boy, Baby Girl, Big Boy, Big Girl, Christmas, Thanksgiving ect....the rest of the paper that was basically "No Name" I put into a container for mostly my DD to use. I then did the same thing with stickers ect.... Now when decided to plan a page, all I have to do is pull only the catagory out that I am working on. It will be much easier. I am really happy with how my scrapbook room is coming together. Well, that's it for now. I am off to church and then when I get home I will be packing up my stuff. Lets hope I will have lots to post when I get back home from retreat. TTFN
Thursday, May 07, 2009
This is my son when he was 1 year and 4 months. He is 21 now. I am so excited to be getting some of his pictures on pages. I may have said that already, but its worth saying again, cause I am so excited to be scrapbooking right now.
This weekend, I will finish my MoJo Monday sketch, and I plan to do some planning of pages for upcoming retreat using some of the past sketches on 52sketches52weeks More to come......
Monday, May 04, 2009
Then after dinner, we had homemade hybrid chocolate cake with strawberry icing. Yes you heard me right!! That's what the girl wanted for her cake. I thought it was a strange combination, but believe it or not, it tasted really good. Kind of like chocolate dipped strawberry's. The recipe I used I found on one of my favorite blogs Carries Sweet Life. The only change I made was the icing and omitted the almonds. I call this homemade hybrid, cause its part box cake for base and then you add other ingredients to make it more homemade. I am not thrilled with box cakes at all, but this one just sounded really good and seemed quick and easy to make. This cake is also very, very moist cake. Its definitely a keeper!!!
1 pkg. (8 squares) BAKER’S Semi-Sweet Chocolate, divided
1 pkg. (2-layer size) chocolate cake mix
1 pkg. (4-serving size) JELL-O Chocolate Instant Pudding
1 cup BREAKSTONE’S or KNUDSEN Sour Cream
1/2 cup oil
1/2 cup water
1 tub (8 oz.) frozen COOL WHIP Whipped Topping
2 Tbsp. PLANTERS Sliced Almonds
Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease two 9-inch round baking pans. Chop 2 of the chocolate squares; set aside. Beat cake mix, dry pudding mix, eggs, sour cream, oil and water in large bowl with electric mixer on low speed just until moistened. Beat on medium speed 2 min. Stir in chopped chocolate. Spoon into prepared pans.
Bake 30 to 35 min. or until wooden toothpick inserted in centers comes out clean. Cool in pans on wire racks 10 min. Loosen cakes from sides of pans. Invert onto racks; gently remove pans. Cool cakes completely.
Place frozen whipped topping and remaining 6 chocolate squares in microwaveable bowl. Microwave on HIGH 1-1/2 min. or until chocolate is completely melted and mixture is smooth, stirring after 1 min. Let stand 15 min. to thicken. Place one cake layer on serving plate; top with one-fourth of the chocolate mixture and second cake layer. Spread top and side with remaining chocolate mixture. Garnish with almonds. Store leftovers in refrigerator.
Ok, so the decorating is not my best. I really did not graduate from cake decorating and its amazing at how quickly you can forget how to do it. I was in a big hurry and really did not have the right icing to decorate with. She wanted her name in chocolate and that was not easy to work with. So its not the most beautiful cake, but where it lacks beauty, it made up in taste.
After cake, the girls played a few games that DD had gotten for her birthday. They had great fun, but then decided it was time to jump on the trampoline that she also got for her birthday. So that is what they are doing now. Her little friend from down the street is spending the night with her. So she is a very happy birthday girl right now. I have the feeling that this will be her favorite birthday ever. Of course she says that every year. LOL!!! Sweet girl!! Then they seattled in for Barbie time and TV. I am thinking its going to be a late night. Lucky I am a night owl!!
This is my son whom is now 21. So you can see just how far behind I am on my scrapbooking. Most of the layouts I have planned for the next few weeks will be of him. My DD is going to have to wait a while before I can get back to her. I must get some of his pictures on pages. I used my Cricut Home Accents Cartridge and Plantin Schoolhouse. The paper is Cloud9Design by Fiskers. The striped is Travel Stripe and the little frog and flower in the corners are from the Baby Boy Collection. You will be able to see more of it once I get the second page done. Its adorable paper and I wish I had more!!
This week I will be home most of the week. The Health Dept. shut down our pool here in town because of Swine Flu. I am very grateful they are looking out for our best interest, but I am very sad to not be able to go swimming for a entire week or maybe even more if they do not get this stuff under control. I was just getting in the groove of going and my DD and I have actually made some great progress. So I will be home all week(sniffle, sniffle). I plan to disinfect my entire house this week. I figure if I can get things around here super clean and germ free and keep it that way, hopefully we want get sick. I know DD and I plan to do our part by staying at home as much as we can. We just have to hope my husband and Son do not catch it. They work for the City Water and Sewer dept. and deal with the public every day and work amongst a large amount of employees. I will be worried about them bringing it home!! I must remember that God is in control!!! Anyways, I hope to get lots of scrapbooking pages preplanned for my upcoming retreat in 2 weeks. Maybe its good I have to stay home this week. Stay tune for more scrapbooking, cards and maybe some sweet recipes!!!