Sep 22 2009

Puppy Sitting

Grandma sent Esther some pictures of her puppy sitting adventures.
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My Secret Garden Collab Kit from Nona’s Creations Layout from Lavender Blue Designs Fonts from Kevin and Amanda

Sep 21 2009

Topsy Turvy

Esther loves being thrown in the air and caught, flipping upside down, and just having fun. This day, my mom caught her in action using me as a jungle gym.
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Title Font Mr and Mrs Popsicle from Kevin and Amanda Papers and elements from Soft Denim collab by AllieKat Creations Layout So many ways by Sine

Sep 20 2009

Sweet Samples

These are pictures from Esther’s Birthday in February 2009.
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Paper Backyard Cookin’ from Collie’s Corner

Sep 19 2009

Party Bears

Papers and Elements from the Twilight Set by NumbBumm
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Sep 17 2009

Birthday Present from Uncle David and Aunt JoAnn

Veggie Friends
Papers Backyard Cookin’ from Collie’s Corner

Layout based on Template #3 Lavendar Blue Designs

Sep 16 2009

Spinach Cheese Bacon Souffle

Tonight for dinner I had spinach to use up, so I made a souffle.  I saw this done on America’s Test Kitchen, and it looked pretty easy.  I just tweaked the ingredients, but the steps are the same.  Mix your flour, butter, milk mixture until it is a custard consistancy, then add the egg yolks and flavoring ingredients.  Beat the egg whites (use cream of tartar and sugar to stabilize the protein structure) until they form peaks.  If you whip them too much the whites will fall and get watery.

Here is the recipe I used from Big Oven

1 container Nonstick Cooking Spray Enough to line pan 1 cup Milk
1/4 cup Parmesan grated 1/2 cup Cheddar cheese grated
4 tablespoon Butter (or Margarine) melted 8 large Egg separated
1 small Onion diced 1/4 teaspoon Salt
4 tablespoon Flour 1/4 teaspoon Black pepper
1 package Frozen chopped Spinach thawed 1/4 teaspoon Baking Soda

Instructions A-1) Heat oven to 400 2) Spray inside surfaces of 8 inch x 8 cup souffl dish or other 8 inch by 4 inch or higher bake able pot/casserole, then “flour” with the grated parmesan or other finely grated cheese. (this will give souffl traction to rise. If needed sides can be extended by wrapping either bakers parchment or aluminum foil around pan to increase height. If using foil, treat as the pan sides. Souffl will double in volume! B) In saucepan, melt butter, add the diced onion, and cook until translucent. 2) Gradually stir in flour. 3) Allow butter-flour mixture to cook for a few minutes. 4) Add the chopped spinach, no need to drain, as water will be part of the liquid additions. 5) Slowly stir in milk and cook until thickened. 6) Reduce heat and stir in grated cheddar cheese. 7) When cheese is melted. Turn off heat and allow to start cooling 8) Add egg yolks one at a time stirring to keep thick, add salt, and pepper to taste. When all yolks are added, start whipping the egg whites, this will allow for more cooling time. C-1) Add the baking soda to the egg whites and whip until stiff, they should form and hold peaks. 2) Slowly fold stiff egg whites into cheese mixture. 3) Pour mixture into prepared souffl pan. D) Place on middle rack of oven and turn oven down to 350 1) Bake 30-40 minutes. DO NOT OPEN OVEN for first 25 minutes! 2) Souffl will hold in oven for about 5 minutes, but ideally should be served immediately.

And what you’ve all been waiting for:  The finished product!


Sep 16 2009

Hakuna Matata

Hakuna Matata

Title font: A Red Bucket from Kevin and Amanda

Photo Mask  Grunge Photo Mask 2

Papers:  Funky Mama collab kit from Nona’s Creations

Layout from Lavender Blue Designs

Sep 16 2009

Digital Scrapbooking

I started scrapbooking in high school, but stumbled upon digital scrapping while looking for an alternative to traditional scrapbooking.  I am so far behind in putting pages together from pictures, it isn’t funny.  Some of the pictures I have taken, I don’t even remember the names of the people in them.  So, I thought before I forget all the fun stories that go along with pictures of my kids, I need to get scrapping.

Traditional scrapping is such a long process:  choose pictures (while having a layout in mind), upload pictures, order pictures, wait for pictures to come in the mail, get pictures, take out scrapbooking materials, create a page (while keeping all of your pictures, croppers, stamps, and other supplies out of toddler’s hands), etc.

Digital scrapping has been so much easier for me because I can work on it while the kids sleep, and not have to access my crafts (which are in the sleeping child’s room).  I can fit as many pictures on a page as I desire.  I can play with perspective and proximity on my page without needing to make special prints to paste on a traditional page.

I will be posting pages from time to time and linking to my favorite freebie pages.  I hope you enjoy the pages and can get some ideas for your own books.

Sep 16 2009

A Blog is Born

Welcome to the first incarnation of my little blog world.  I started this because I am tired of the pains I go through to upload pictures of my scrapbook pages to Facebook.  I will also be using this blog to pass along little tid bits of information that I find interesting regarding cooking, digital scrapbooking, or other hobbies.