Sunday, July 29, 2012

This week's recipes

I may have mentioned my love of Pinterest before, but I must continue to wax poetic about how wonderful it is. I use it to plan our weekly meals. Here is the most recent round of recipes from Pinterest that I have made and we have loved.

Good both warm and cold, very pretty. This would make a great picnic or barbeque potluck dish. I was thinking that shrimp would be a good addition too, but this version was vegetarian.

These were delicious! We made these sliders and both pushed ourselves with 3 for dinner. I took Jacquelyn's advice and made double the batch of mayo. So glad I did, because I did use it on everything for the rest of the week,

These were no joke. I even withheld the pepper cause I am kind of a puss when it comes to heat in food and they were still a little on the hot side for me, but were so good that I insisted on eating some! The Hubs, who usually is wary of white sauce AND enchiladas, LOVED these. 

This was yummy. I did make a few changes, though I don't think it would be necessary. I had a Harvest Grains blends from Trader Joe's on hand and I used beef broth instead of chicken. I also substituted pepitas for the pine nuts, as I am not a fan of them. This turned out AWESOME! I ate it for lunch, used it as a side dish, and even went back and made a second batch just to have in the fridge for when I was hungry during the day.

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Ikea Experience

I will confess. I am an Ikea shopper. The Hubs and I liked to pretend that we weren't, but then we counted the pieces in the house with Ikea provenance and the number was kind of embarrassing. Let's face it, they offer aesthetically pleasing pieces for budget friendly prices. And when you need as many bookcases as this family needs, budget friendly is important.

It was obvious that our love of books had outgrown our current number of shelves, so I made a plan and headed to Ikea. By myself. I don't normally take the Hubs because, as he readily admits, Ikea is too much for him. It is easier if I go alone.

My first stop is always the stuffy aisle.

We have a love for the Ikea stuffies. Their faces are just too sweet and I can't get out of there without bringing one home.

Meet Bully. He was my shopping companion for the rest of the trip, my yellow bag First Mate.

Next, I head to the textiles. I am such a sucker for this area and Ikea knocked it out of the park. Seriously, look at these pillows!

It was almost too much temptation for me to resist taking one of each home with me and honestly, I am still haunted by the map pillow.

After textiles, it is an easy walk to the art section, another big weakness of mine. I really loved the bird print and at $10, it almost came home to replace an earlier Ikea owl picture, but I was good.

Then this set of Picasso prints caught my eye. I am not a Picasso fan, per se, but his animals are amazing to me. I especially love the flamingo, horse, and dog. I may go back to Ikea and see if they still have this one.

Finally, I meander to the warehouse, where on this trip, I loaded three bookcases onto my cart. By myself.

Yes, I am going to say it again: BY MYSELF. So when I was in line and the little twerp cashier asked me if I needed help out to my car and I replied, "no, thanks, I got it." and his response was an incredulous, "You sure?" I wanted to ask him, "How do you think the boxes arrived on my trolley? Magic? They jumped?"

And, you know what?

Like I said, I got this.
(And it only cost me one stubbed baby toe.)

Friday, July 27, 2012

The lucky number 3

I have almost used all of the June SC kit. The cohesive collection plus my new scrap space, (photos soon!), have made me feel very creative. 

I used an original wood printer's block for the ampersand and while it isn't as clear as I normally would like, it works for me on this layout.

The first round of hand tying baker's twine. This was more of a pain in the butt than I imagined.

There is that hand tying of twine again! One would think I would learn my lesson. Ha!

This is based on a sketch and color challenge provided by the lovely Kathi

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Studio Calico kits

Studio Calico's kits seem to have been the creative kick in the pants I needed. I must admit that July's Main, Elmwood Park, and the add-ons, Twisty Slide and Monkey Bars, are total favorites for me. I love the colors, the pops of bold.

For this first layout, I used a combination of pieces from all three kits. The only thing added that was not in the kits is the map tape and the tiny letter stickers are from last month's kit.

This is a way paired down layout for me, the lover of embellishment vomit. I immediately fell in love with the Basic Grey letter paper from the main kit and these two pictures were just begging for me to scrap them.

I added ink stitching to mimic the printed red stitches around the letters and as tempted as I was, I resisted the urge to add an Eiffel Tower or poodle anywhere on the page.

Next is a layout using pieces from last month's kits. I still have a lot of product left and tons more inspiration to come. I am still a little surprised at how much I am liking the muted tones.

And, yes, you do spy more stamping on there! Not as much as the record holding 11 stamp layout from earlier, but still using them. In fact, I have been busy organizing my clear and flat stamps into binders for easier usage, so hopefully the stamping will continue.

Last is a layout that started with the best of intentions and quickly went downhill. The background paper is from one of last month's kits and they advertised the reverse side, but I loved the little cartoonish caricatures. The clouds with skulls and crossbones and zigzagged arrows reminded me of the Philadelphia summer weather and I knew I had to scrap our trip to the Philadelphia Art Museum.

This is when it went downhill. As I laid out the photos, I managed to knock over my beer, spilling it all over the layout. Which I guess is fitting texture for a layout sort of featuring the crazy weather. :)

After much hemming and hawing, I finally put it together, adding some Smash journal tape, and stamping. It isn't my favorite layout ever, but secretly have to admit, the paper still makes me smile when I look at it.