Sunday, July 24, 2011

Strawberry Swirl Cream Cheese Pound Cake



While hanging at the hospital waiting for my dad to get out of surgery, I rummaged through the magazines and found some pound cake recipes that looked amazing. So I decided to make one of them this weekend. It is an amazing cake and taste like a piece of Heaven!!! Give it a try!!
Strawberry Swirl Cream Cheese Pound Cake

1 1/2 cups butter, softened
3 cups of sugar
1 8oz. package of cream cheese
6 large eggs
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp. almond extract
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
2/3 cup of strawberry glaze

Directions
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Beat butter at medium speed with a heavy duty electric stand mixer until creamy. Gradually add sugar, beating at medium speed until light and fluffy. Add cream cheese, beating until creamy. Add eggs, 1 at a time beating just until blended after each addition. Gradually add flour to butter mixture. Beat at low speed just until blended after each addition, stopping to scrape bowl as needed. Stir in almond and vanilla extracts. Pour one third of batter into a greased and floured bundt pan. Dollop strawberry glaze over batter and then swirl with a butter knife. Repeat procedure once more and then top with remaining batter. Bake at 350 for 1 hour and 10 minutes or until a cake tester comes out clean. Cool completely about 1 hour and then turn over to release onto cake pan.

Cream Cheese Drizzle

2 cups of powdered sugar
1/4 stick of melted butter
4 oz. cream cheese (softened)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
about 2 to 4 tablespoons of milk. Just add till you get to drizzle consistency.

Mix with a blender and then pour into a small pan and cook for just a few minutes till cream cheese blends well. Let sit for about 10 minutes and then drizzle all over top of cake.

Slice and serve with fresh strawberry and whip topping.

A little poem to make you giggle. Its by a Cowboy Poet name Joe Kreger.

One of life’s more awesome chores
is follerin’ women around in stores.
It takes good wind and a right strong heart
to accompany your lady through Wal Mart.

You thought us males were meant to lead,
but for shoppin’ trips, we lack the speed.
She’ll bid you “Come” with a little smile,
then she disappears on down the aisle.

She charges ahead—she won’t look back.
She’s in pursuit of the bargain rack.
You foller as meek as an orphan pup,
but she sets a pace that you can’t keep up.

You’re tryin’ to keep her in your sight,
but when you blink, she makes a right.
You make a left, then turn right twice.
You track through miles of merchandise.

You’re makin’ steps that stretch a yard.
You’re sweatin’ now and breathin’ hard.
You shoulda stayed home when she went shoppin’
Your feet hurt bad and your knees are poppin’.

At “Costume Jewelry,” you pause for breath.
What a terrible place to meet your death!
But, there might just be a greater cost.
What if all these folks can tell you’re lost?

It’s time to bow out of this situation,
You’ve had your share of humiliation.
You’ll just wait in the truck ’til she gets through.
She’s bound to be done in a hour or two.

A perfect solution, but dang the luck.
You’ve done forgot where you parked the truck.

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Girls Night

Had a wonderful time tonight with my friends Debbie and Shelley. Its been a while since the 3 of us have had a chance to get together. I have missed hanging out with them. We decided to make some cards.
Shelley's card
Jeanie's card
Debbie's card
My dad is home from surgery. He had cancer removed from his face and then had to have reconstructive surgery to repair the place. Its a horrible surgery and he looks awful, but doctor promises it will look better in a few weeks. Praying everything is ok with him. Such a rough time he is having.

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Summer Fun!!!



Wowsa, I cannot believe its been over a month since my last post. I really stink at blogging. I guess I am just busy living life. I will give you a quick update of whats going on in my life since I posted last.

1. My daughter fell off of a trampoline and fractured her skull and received a pretty good concussion. We spent 2 days in hospital and a week home recovering. All seems good now. She is on low activity for the summer though. No more falling on her head any time soon.

2. I started and finished "Prayers for Agnes Sparrow". Was a great book with a very surprising twist towards the end of book. Did not see it coming. It is the 1st book of a short series and so I look forward to reading the other books. Right now I have put it on hold to read "The Help" before the movie comes out next month.

3. Awesome 4th of July. One of my favorite holidays. The firework show in our town was amazing this year.


4. Swimming pool up and going and we are really enjoying it a lot this year.

5. Working on Raggedies for the summer. Already finished one I started a few years back, completed one for my friends niece, and starting another. I am also going to be making one to donate to the Quilt Guild Fund Raiser in the fall.

6. My friend Shelley is here visiting from California and was thrilled to find out she is planning to move back to Texas. That makes me very, very happy. I will miss her when she leaves but will anticipate her returning very soon.

7. Still working out every day. Curves, Mon, Wed, Fri. Walking at Civic Center Tue, Thurs. No weight loss, but also no weight gain. So all is good for now. One day maybe my body will let me loose more weight, but for now, I will just be happy where I am.

8. Had our 30 year class reunion from Highschool. It was so wonderful to see all my classmates. Everyone looked amazing. I cannot wait till we all hook up again at the end of July. From this, I got hooked back up with one of my B.F.F.'s and we are just having a great time chatting on the phone and visiting with one another.

9. Kadie's Hamster had babies!!! 4 of them. So adorable!!!

10. Our town now has a train that will take us just about anywhere we want to go in the metroplex. We rode it this month and I loved it. Rode it to a nearby downtown square where I did some major fabric shopping. So much fun.
11. I love my husband and daughter. We are having a wonderful summer so far and hope to have many more fun filled days and memories of our family and friends and time together.

Well I guess that is about it for now. I know the summer will be busy so I want promise to post on regular basis. I do promise to post a update though again soon. Until then, May your summer days be long and fun and most of all STAY COOL!!!!

Monday, June 06, 2011

Rock Harbor Series




Awwww, I just finished the last book of The Rock Harbor Series by Coleen Coble. I am so happy I could just cry...It was wonderful. One of those bittersweet happy endings. The entire series is really, really good. I only struggled with one book, but even it had a great ending. I totally recommend this series if you love reading Christian Fiction with a twist of Romance and Mystery!! ROCK HARBOR SERIES Start with book 1 and read straight threw. Your favorite will be Abomination. I can almost guarantee it!!! When you get to the last book, be sure to visit the website where she has a really great epilogue!!! Not sure what I will read now. I have a list of books I have picked out, but not sure where to go. I love Coleen's book and she has several other series. I might just have to start one of those.

I would like to introduce you to Penelope Ann!!! She is my newest creation. Yes I said "MY" newest creation. I created her without a pattern. The only problem is I did not make any pattern pieces of her and so she is a ONE OF A KIND Raggedy!!! I started her a while back and decided she needed to be finished. I am going to be starting one to donate to our local Quilt Guild Fall Fundraiser Auction next. So keep your eyes peeled for her debut in the next few weeks!!! She will be my best ever!!!

Sunday, June 05, 2011

My Very, very Best Friend


A picture of me and my best friend at the Drive-In movie in Ennis, Texas. I was so thrilled to run into her there. She was hanging out with her brother Andy at the miniature golf course!!! I just had to get a picture of her and I together and of course with Andy. We had such a great time at the Drive-In. I wanted to take my daughter and let her see just what my husband and I did for entertainment as a young couple. You could always find us at the drive-in. I was a very sad person when the decided to close the one in the town we both grew up in. This particular drive-in is very much thriving and I am very jealous its not closer so we can go more often. Ennis is about 1 hour and 1/2 from our town so its not a really long ways, but just long enough that we cannot go often. On this particular night we saw the new Pirates movie and Thor. I would not recommend 3-d at the drive-in, but it was still greatness.


A few more pictures of our fun night at the Drive-In.




Well I know I have not blogged in a while and I apologize for that. I have just been so busy with my life!!! My husband and I just celebrated our 28th anniversary. Its hard to believe its been 28 years. It feels like yesterday. The great news, we are still very much in love with one another and he is my very, very best friend. Yes Annie is my best friend, but he is my very, very best friend. He also is the best gift giver. Most girls want jewelry for their Anniversary, but not me. I already have tons of jewelry. So when he ask me what I wanted, I said a Nook Color. I have in the past year taken up reading and have fell in love with the hobby. Its just such a easy relaxing hobby that requires little effort, but comes with a whole lot of benefit. I started out reading real books and although I feel like there is nothing better than the book itself, I was starting to see that it could be a problem with storage. So my friend recommended me to download the Nook application on my Iphone and see what I thought of reading using a E Reader application. So I did and even though the words were tiny, I loved it. I could lay in bed at night which is my favorite time to read and I did not disturb my husband sleeping with a light and I did not have to fight keeping a book light on. So for the past 6 months I have been reading and I am realizing I read much faster also. I am about to finish the Rock Harbor Series by Coleen Coble. I have read about 5 books on my Iphone Nook Application. So I think that is plenty of time now to know that I would actually get use out of the Nook Color. I felt good about asking for it for my Anniversary Gift. He was thrilled to be able to buy it for me as he really never knows what to buy even though I tell him a million things. LOL!!! So anyway, that has been my newest fun thing and I am loving it and I love him. Happy Anniversary to the greatest husband EVER!!! At least in my corner of the world anyway!!!
I am still busy on my diet. I loss a little and gain a little. Its a never ending process. Not sure if I mentioned I was going to Curves now in my previous post, but if not, I am. I am loving it very much. So much so, that I dream about working there. LOL!!! I know that sounds silly, but I just want to be there all the time. Its just a lot of fun for me. I can really tell that its making me much stronger and I can also tell that I am getting more firm. Not sure when I will loose weight, but I am good for now until its time. I am done worrying about it so much. I just continue to eat as healthy as possible and exercise. I am sure with time I will get the results I need. The main thing is that I feel great.
I joined my area Quilt Guild. I have been struggling with my husbands quilt and its been a slow process for me. I thought if I joined the Quilt Guild it would help encourage me to work on it. I just joined last month so I have not had a lot of time to see any improvements in the area. With trying to finish up school and husband being on vacation, I have not done much. But I am planning a few summer projects. I have started a Raggedy doll which will be holding a small quilt. I plan to make and donate her to the Quilt Guild Fundraising Auction in the fall. So that is first on my list and then I will start working on the quilt that I have struggled with for a while. I do love quilting, its just hard to make time for it. So hoping the summer will give me some time to really get it going. I would like to finish it for his birthday by Nov. Fingers crossed!!!

Thursday, May 12, 2011

10 Day Challenge Journal

This past Sunday May 8th, I gave myself a 10 day challenge. So today actually starts day 3 of the challenge. So far so good. I am really sore though. I think I am using every muscle in my body right now. So the challenge is.... I am doing 1200 calories and Curves and My Leslie Sansome 3 mile walking tape every day for the next 10 days. It sounds crazy, but I know its what its going to take to move the weight in the positive direction. I gained 10 pounds back from the HCG which was not unusual especially since the doctor put me on HRT (Hormone Replacement Therepy), but I worked hard to get to where I was and moving up 10 pounds did not make me a happy camper. So I got on internet and started reading about HRT and realized that if I did not do something, I would only gain more weight. It talked about lots of exercise and low calories and so that is what I decided to do. I joined Curves and got out my walking tapes and gave myself a challenge to get rid of the extra 10 pounds. I have been using My Fitness Pal app. on my phone to track all of my calories. I love this little application. It has become my best diet friend!!! Visit their website at My Fitness Pal So there ya go!!! Thats my reason for the crazy challenge. I think I like doing these mini challenges. I see light at the end of the tunnel this way. I can already feel results just in the 3 days. I do not feel as swollen. I am very sore though.
Ok, so below I decided to do a journal of my 10 days. I thought it would help me see progress and mistakes that I might can change from day to day. Also if anyone is following my blog and wants to do a simular challenge, they are able to see my progress and foods I eat. I would like to think I could be helpful to others by doing this. Its hard to do these things by yourself, but sometimes yourself is all you got!!! So with that said, Here is the start of my journal...Wish my luck!!!




I decided to journal my 10 days in case

someone wanted to follow along with me. You will see that I tend to eat a lot of

the same things, prepared almost the same way. Mostly cause its filling and easy

to fix in my electric skillet. I love mushrooms and eat them in almost every

thing just about. They are full of vitamin D and are a very good filler. I love

all veggies, but my favorite is broccoli. I try and eat it at least 3 or 4 times

a week. I try to get a balance of fiber, veggies, protein, good fats in every

meal. I do not eat a lot of fruit because of sugar. Mostly if I eat fruit it is

a apple here and there. Its really hard for me to get exact 1200 calories. I am

either under or over. I figure with all the exercise, a little over is better

than under. I am trying really hard this week to keep it as close to 1200 as

possible. So come back through out the week if you would like to follow along.





My 10 Day Challenge Journal



May 9, Day 1--




Breakfast...1/2 cup F Factor Skinnys-n-Fruit

cereal, 1/2 cup Private Select Organic 2 % Milk....Calories=130




Lunch.... 1 tortilla folded in half with

Spinach/Mushrooms sautéed in 1 tablespoon butter,1/8 Monterey Jack

Cheese...Calories=225



Snack...1 serving Rice Chips...138




Dinner...Grilled Chicken Breast covered with

sautéed mushrooms, mozzarella cheese,1/2 tablespoon butter,dinner salad with

feta and light ranch....Calories 520




Snack...1/2 piece Kadie's birthday

cake..Calories 180



Total Calories for the day...1193



Exercise



Curves..Approx. calorie burn...261




3 mile Walking Workout..Approx. calorie

burn...427







May 10, Day 2--




Breakfast...1/2 cup F Factor Skinnys-n-Fruit

cereal, 1/2 cup Private Select Organic 2% milk, 2 boiled

eggs...Calories=270




Lunch...2 Cups of Broccoli, 2 Cups of Mushrooms

both sautéed in 1 tablespoon of Light Smart Balance Butter, 1/2 cup of Part Skim

Mozzarella cheese...Calories =290




Snack...1 1/2 serving of Rice

Chips..Calories=165




Dinner...1 cup Mushrooms, 2 cups Broccoli, 6 oz.

Grilled Chicken, stir fried in 2 tsp. sesame oil, 1 tbsp. smart balance light

butter...Calories...479







Total Calories for the day...1204



Exercise



Curves...Approx. calorie burn...239




3 Mile Walking Workout...Approx. calorie

burn...427



May 11, Day 3-


Breakfast...1/2 cup F Factor Skinnys-n-Fruit

cereal, 1/2 cup Private Select Organic 2% milk

Lunch...1/2 of Southwest Chicken Fiesta Salad, 2 tb. Avocado Ranch Dressing...Calories.. 328

Snack...1/2 pancake, sugar-free syrup...Calories 164

Dinner...1/2 of Southwest Chicken Fiesta Salad, 2 tb. Avocado Ranch Dressing...Calories.. 328

Snack...Kudos bar...Calories..100

Snack...Rice Chips...Calories..165

Total Calories for the day...1215

Exercise



Curves...Approx. calorie burn...254



3 Mile Walking Workout...Approx. calorie

burn...427

Notes: Today I struggled. Maybe cause it was middle of week, but I wanted to eat bad, and I did not want to do the 3 mile walking. Doing the same tape day after day is very hard. I really wish Leslie had a TV show that I could watch daily. Anyways, I managed to hang in there. I turned her volume down and put in my own music and it was much better. I love her, but I have to admit it gets crazy to hear the same giggles and words every day. As for eating, I was craving something sweet all day. I ended up buying the Kudo's bars which was as close to a candy bar as I could get without all the calories. It was hard to just eat one though. They are really good. But I managed to hang in there. It was tough!!! Today marks 4 days of major exercise and 3 days of approx. 1200 calories. 7 days to go to complete my challenge!!! I can already see some results which is a very good thing!!! Thank you God for showing me positive results. With you by my side, I can do anything!!!



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Monday, April 25, 2011

Time to get serious

Last week I got started!!! Lots of random thoughts running through my head, so this might sound a little mixed up and it could change daily, but for now I am thinking that This week I am getting serious!!! I have 4 weeks to drop 10 pounds. Ok, so there is no reason, I just gave myself that goal because this is the amount of weight I gained in the last 2 months. Also I am a short term goal setter, as I like to see the end of the tunnel. Another reason is that Curves is month to month and so I might as well set myself a goal each month. This month hoping for 10 pounds. So with that said, I am going to go ahead and make the commitment to join Curves today. I want all the benefits you get as a member and I want to wrap my head around the idea that this is my new way of living for at least the next year if not the rest of my life and I need to go ahead and get started today!! Put the plan into motion!!! I already know I like it, I already know its going to be good for me, I already know I need it, so why wait any longer!!! I know that 10 pounds is a lot to expect, but if I expect big, maybe I will loose big. I figure I will loose a little water weight, and hopefully about 5 pounds of fat weight!!! I want to try and at least loose 2 pounds a week, which I think for me is a healthy weight loss. Of course I will take whatever my body is willing to let go of. Next month I will reset my goals. Ok, so all this said, it could change once I get to Curves. They may have a different idea of what is expected or excepted!!! This is just my own personal goals. No matter what they set my goals at, I will strive to beat them!!! I do love a good challenge!!!

Thought I would share my favorite breakfast. You could actually have this for a lunch meal also!!! You can prepare it ahead of time and put in frig and then just microwave. I like to start the day with something yummy and hardy that will get my metabolism kicking in the right direction and keep me satisfied longer. I am only doing 1200 calories right now, so there is not a lot of room for snacking. So I need to get the most out of my meals!!!

1 cup of pre steamed broccoli=15 calories (best buy is Sam's)

1/2 link of Gourmet Sausage = 50 calories Beeman Old World Gourmet Sausage Smoked Mozzarella W/artichoke & Garlic (only place I found it was Kroger)

1 slice of Vermont Chedder=55 calories (Kroger Deli)

1 egg=70 calories

1 La Tortilla Factory tortilla=50 calories (Kroger deli)

Put all food in a organic sprayed or pam sprayed skillet ( I use a little electric skillet)

Cook till everything is sauteed!!! Heat tortilla on both sides. I like mine a little crispy so I put it in the skillet also!! Put tortilla in a bowl and put mixture on top and eatum up!!! It really is yummy and very filling!!!

Total Calories=240

Total Fat=14 grams

Total Net Carbs=6 grams

Total Fiber=8 grams

I will share some more things I eat as I go!!!

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

I love Confirmation from God!!

Ok, so I decided since this was going to be so long, that I would just write it in a note. So most of you who have followed my post in the past 8 months know that I have been trying to loose weight. It has been a struggle. I lost 20 pounds on the first round of HCG and then during the maintenance period lost another 7 pounds. Then I did HCG a second round during the Christmas holiday and lost only 5 pounds. So all together I lost 32 pounds. Well then my doctor put me on some hormone drops and I quickly gained 10 pounds back. I was not a happy camper, as I worked hard to get the 32 pounds off. So I tried to do the HCG a third time and had no luck at all. Of course after 3 times it just became way to hard and I could not maintain my energy at 500 calories. If you know anything about HCG, you know its hard to only eat 500 calories. I have way to many things to do and have to have my energy. I was good that first time, but it became much harder on the 2nd and 3rd try. I finally decided to give it up and try something different. Something I could live with. So I read and prayed, and read and prayed and decided to go back to Fiber 35 and do interval walking. I figured I could do 20 minutes of interval walking rather than 45 minutes of just walking. Over the last few weeks I have slowly started getting some energy back. The HCG had totally drained me of most of my energy. The walking has really helped with feeling in better shape, but still no weight loss. I needed to really get in control of all areas if I was going to see some weight loss. I am fighting so many obstacles with the hormone stuff. I had to kick it up!!! So Monday I woke up with a renewed spirit. I need more exercise. So I thought and thought and decided to see how much Curves would cost me. I figured it was a great place to start. After talking to the girl on the phone, I went up and joined their free week. Funny thing when I got home, I opened my email and there was a advertisement of Curves free week. Confirmation #1 Today I have already lost 1.5 pounds which is not surprising as I fluctuate 2 to 3 pounds day to day. So I am not real excited about the loss just yet. The excitement will come when I loose about 5 pounds without fluctuating!!! But where I am going with all this is the journey itself and the Confirmation that God has given me. 2 years ago my Doctor put me on a yeast diet. If you have ever been on a yeast diet, you know there is very little you can eat. So although I was not on low calories, I was restricted on the foods I could eat. I had great success on getting rid of the yeast, but lost no weight as fat was one of the few things I could have and so I ate plenty of it. So when I started HCG, it was very easy for me, as I already knew the restriction part and so I thought wow, the yeast diet was just part of the plan to prepare me for HCG. Well then after doing HCG, I realize it was part of the plan to prepare me for this next stage. Through my journey I have learned to restrict certain foods and to stay within a certain calorie range. Yes there are days I eat things I should not and go over my calories, but I also learn that those days I cannot expect any change in my weight. I still have about 50 pounds I want to loose, so I know I got to get busy. Confirmation #2, When I joined Curves this week, I found out that you have to sign a year contract. I do not like signing contracts. So I have been thinking a lot since just yesterday on should I or should I not. I mean really my health is worth 42.00 a month, but I tend to slack off and would hate to waste the money. So Last night I went over to my nieces house and we were playing around on our phones and she showed me a really cool app called "My Fitness Pal". So I downloaded it and waited till I got home to check it out. Well funny thing is when I signed on, it said welcome back JeanieBeanieBaby!!! I was like how did it know my name/nickname. What I come to realize is that I had signed up to this place on my computer a while back. I guess I did very little with it, cause I do not remember it at all. So I played around with it and thought what the heck, I might as well give it a try. It keeps up with all of your calories/exercise/water. Everything really. Pretty cool app. Then I thought to myself, I know pretty much how many calories I can add for walking, but how will I know how many calories to add for Curves. Hmmmm, not sure at all. Looking under the strength training section it had all the machines. I thought my goodness, am I going to have to go through each machine each time and add them separate. So today while at Curves I was thinking I would write down the name of each machine. I really was willing to do each one separate. Well guess what, today while scrolling through the app under Cardiovascular, there it was "Curves Circut Training". All you do is add the minutes performed which I just added 30 and it =227 calories burned. I actually did it longer as I followed my friend Allisons advice and did 3 reps on each machine, but I did not keep up with my time it took me to do that. So I just put in the 227 calories burned. So there you are....Confirmation!!! I totally feel like for the first time in a long time, that I am doing the right thing at the right time. I have this cool little app to help me keep up with calories, water, and exercise thanks to my niece, and I have my walking in place, and my cardio/strength training. For the first time in a very long time, I will be doing everything the way I am suppose too. No fad diets, just following a good sensible diet that will allow me some flexibility on occasion and a good exercise plan. All I need is this hormone stuff to even out and I will be good to go. Whats really cool about the My Fitness Pal is that it tells you what you can expect in 5 weeks. At this rate I can expect to loose about 20 pounds. Now not sure they are counting the hormone issue, but hey, I will be happy with 10 or 15. Just think how much better I will feel!!! That right there is the best part of all!!! Ok, so we can now establish from all of this, that I am not a great writer and my spelling is the pits, but hey, I have lots of determination!!! I think most people would have given up, but I just keep pushing forward. Non of this would be possible without God. He gives me my strength, my determination, and hope, and great family/friends to support me!!! Be still and Listen and Know that he is God!!!

Monday, April 18, 2011

Curves to help the Curves!!!

Well I decided today to up my game!!! I have been walking every day for the last 2 weeks and woke up today thinking I needed more. So I went up to our local Curves and signed up. I did this about 5 years back and I really enjoyed it, but just like everything else, I got bored. Well after talking to the girl today, she said there are so many challenges now, that they do not let you get bored. Plus they have a Zumba class, and I have been wanting to do that class. So we shall see. I got a week free and then I am going to do the 30 days for 30.00. Then I will decide if I want to commit to the 42.00 a month. I am going to give it my all for the next 30 days. I would like to loose about 10 pounds just so that my pants are not so tight. Then I can reset my goals with the help of the Curves staff. Hoping that doing this and sticking close to my Fiber 35/low carbs/low fats/low sugars will give me the results I need!!! Something is got to work right!!!

Sunday, April 17, 2011

I am famous!!!

Ok, so maybe that is over doing it a little. One of my scrapbook layouts has been published on one of my favorite Digital sites. I sent her a picture because I thought she would appreciate seeing her cute little doodles being used on a layout different than her own. I was so surprised when she wrote back and ask if she could put the layout in her Gallery!!! She also sent me a free farm doodles kit. I thought that was the sweetest thing ever. I was so surprised!!! She seems like an amazing lady. Her art talent is awesome. I will for sure be purchasing more of her doodles in the future!! So anyway, just wanted to share that really quick. You can see my layout which I posted in a previous post on her page Digi Doodle Gallery
I really do love these doodles. They make scrapbooking so much fun. I look forward to making my next layout using her farm kit that she sent me.


Friday, April 08, 2011

Beans, Beans!!!

Beans, Beans the magical Fruit
the more you eat, the more you toot.
The more you toot, the better you feel,
so eat your beans at every meal...

Since I have been following Fiber 35, I am singing this little tune almost daily. The reason for this is I have been eating lots of beans. All kinds of beans, but mostly Black beans. They are my favorite and I eat them on everything. I eat them plain, I eat them mixed in my favorite salsa, I eat them in soup, I eat them in salad, I eat them in roll ups, I eat them for breakfast. They contain lots and lots of fiber. And after reading this article on Black Beans, I am discovering they contain a lot of other good for you stuff. I am so happy I love Black Beans!!! They are now part of my every day eating!!!

Just thought I would share!!!

Here is a little soup recipe that is amazing. Its quick and easy!!!




black bean soup.



Ingredients
1/2 cup fresh tomato salsa (plus extra for garnish)
1 (15.5-ounce) cans black beans, drained and rinsed (I try to always cook my beans fresh so that I do not get as much salt in my diet)
1/2 can fat-free chicken broth
2 tablespoons fat-free sour cream (optional)
2 teaspoons fresh cilantro

Instructions:
Heat the salsa in a large saucepan over medium heat, stirring frequently, for about 5 minutes. Stir in the beans and broth, then heat to boiling. Reduce heat to low. Cover and simmer 15 minutes. Cool slightly, then spoon half the soup into a food processor or blender and puree. Be very careful pureeing hot liquids. Return the pureed soup to the saucepan and heat through. Serve with 1 tablespoon of sour cream per person, cilantro, and additional salsa.

Sunday, April 03, 2011

Camping Album

As promised in previous post I am finally adding the layouts I have been working on for my camping album. I am coming along pretty good. I have finished 2 camping trips and now working on another. These layouts were really a lot of fun. I used lots of things I already had and created things I did not have. I used several different page sketches and then actually created a few on my own.


This layout is the start of our camping trip we took in Turner Falls way back when Kody was only about 11. Kadie was not even born yet. In this layout I used stickers. It was great to use some of the many stickers I have collected over the years. Always makes for a cute layout and I wonder why I do not use them more often.

This layout below was fun!!! It was a little out of my camping theme colors, but I had to do it this way cause the pictures were about how my p.j.'s matched my sheets that I was using in the camper. Not even planned. The Moon and journaling were all done on my PSE 7. The moon was actually a digital embellishment that I printed and cut out. I am learning to do so much with my PSE 7 when it comes to my scrapbooking. Its a never ending process!!!

This layout below was the funnest layout I have done in a long time. I found the cutest little digital kit online at Digi Doodle Doo that allowed me to color the camper to match our real camper. I did all the sizing and journaling on my PSE 7 and then cut out the pieces. Just turned out to be so adorable. Digital embellishments ROCK!!!
Nothing real special done to this layout. I just used stickles and punched some flowers. I did change the color of the camper to match mine. It started out orange, but with some prisma pencils and stickles I managed to change the colors.

This layout below was another fun layout using digital embellishments. I found the pieces online and cut them out and popped them up and then put some Diamond Glaze on them. It is very hard to find game pieces in the store. So glad to find them online!!!

The layout below is using stickers. I just popped them to make them more fun. I used my Cricut to cut the neat piece out for my background and the tag!!!
Used more stuff from my stash to create the layout below. Made the cute little journaling box on my cricut!!!

More goodies from my stash and more Cricut cuts!!! I love my Cricut especially since I discovered the program "Make The Cut" Of course I will not even discuss how I feel about Provo craft sueing "Make The Cut" and now we cannot upgrade. That stinks...want go there on how I feel!!!


Crcut letters and fun stickers make the layout adorable below!!! Easy Peasy!!!

More Cricut cuts and brads!!! Fun stuff!!! My brothers x-wife Chera would probably kill me if she saw this picture of her. I had to use it cause it was so much fun!!! This was a really fun camping trip!!!
Loved the background piece I cut from my Cricut and "Make the Cut" Too much fun!!!
My Kadie girl was so little in these pictures!!! Where does time go!!! So glad to have so many great pictures of our camping trips. Cannot wait to finish the book!!!

Thats it for now. Happy Scrapbooking!!!