Alma 32:41

...Nourish the tree as it beginneth to grow, by your faith with great diligence, and with patience, looking forward to the fruit thereof, it shall take root; and behold it shall be a tree springing up unto everlasting life.

Monday, February 25, 2008

Scraplifted .... Myself!

Digidare's (see sidebar links) challenge for this week was to scraplift yourself! I decided to scraplift this LO but I turned it on it's side since the photo I wanted to use was vertical instead of horizontal.
credits: The word art, Papers, and elements are all by Mindy at Fresh Brewed Coffee(see side bar) Paper and elements are part of her moody blues kit.
There are some photos that just need to stand on their own. I thought this one that I just took of Kaden blowing bubbles was one of those so that's why I chose to scraplift the above LO for it.

I love the hand drawn bubbles from 2peas Rhonna Farrer's Splish Splash kit. Matt didn't get them. Let me know what you think. Other credits- quote word art is Katie Pertiet Quote challenge for Designer Digitals(they have the most amazing freebies for their challenges- I am always getting inspiration there), the Background paper is from Karla Marano's (Karla's stores are both in my side bar) Back to School kit, and the font is CK Artisan I think... It's CK something...

My little boy is growing up too fast! He just turned 2! He was so cute blowing out his candles. He was afraid to get close to them at first and kept saying, "Hot! Hot!" :) Look for those LOs later this week. :)

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

menu plan

Monday- we went to Yolanda's- a delicious mexican restaurant. Kaden was really well behaved and chowed down on the rice and beans.

Tuesday we had Chicken Crescent rolls - recipe courtesy of April-

Chicken Crescent Rolls

1 (8 oz) pkg cream cheese

1 Tbsp pimientos, chopped (optional)

2 Tbsp butter, melted

1 (8 oz) can refrigerated crescent rolls

2 cups chicken, cubed and cooked

1 Tbsp butter, melted

¼ tsp salt

¼ cup croutons, seasoned & crushed

1/8 tsp pepper

3 Tbsp milk

1 Tbsp chives, chopped

Blend cream cheese and melted butter. Add chicken, salt, pepper, milk, chives and pimientos; mix well. Separate crescent dough into 8 triangles, as marked. Spoon ¼ cup meat mixture near base of triangle and roll up, crescent style. Brush each roll with melted butter; dip in croutons or dressing crumbs. Place on ungreased baking sheet.

Bake at 350 for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown. Serve hot with any favorite cream sauce (or cream of chicken or mushroom soup, diluted with about ½ can of milk).

I added a little season salt to the chicken before adding it to the mix. I also used Montreal steak seasoning instead of salt and pepper.

Wednesday- Beef stroganoff- unless DH objects- then I'll switch it up with a different meal...

Thursday- sweet and sour meatballs

Friday- homemade pizza (Kaden's 2nd b-day!!!)

Saturday- enchiladas

Sunday- leftovers and Cake and Ice cream for Kaden's b-day!

new LO using Karla Marano's Cupid's crush, Heritage Harvest, and Heartfelts...

Monday, February 18, 2008

No Gestational diabetes and a few new LOs

So my results didn't have the little H next to them indicating gestational diabetes. And I didn't get a follow-up call from my doctor so I am assuming that my results came back within the normal range! Yay! I have been thoroughly enjoying Valentine's chocolate all week! My DH brought me home a Chocolate Sin Cheesecake that is divine! Perfect comfort food.

The Fresh and Easy market seems like a good place for me to go for produce. The prices were about on par but the produce seems better than our other grocery stores. All of their veggies come prepackaged (not sliced- just in bags) and they have best enjoyed by dates on them. I really like that aspect of them. I need to go back to the gleaners too- I think I will get my bread that way. Bread always seems to go bad before we eat it all anyway- so I my as well get it for free. And I could use some more fresh flowers. :) Though I do have some beautiful Easter lilies that my DH got me for Valentine's. I love that he is non-conventional and doesn't get the typical rose. Though I appreciate any flower- I like that he looks at them a little and chooses one that he thinks is pretty. The lilies make my whole house smell good too. :)

I had the privilege of using Karla Marano's Travelin' Track 29 kit this weekend. Here are the two LOS that I made with it...

Friday, February 15, 2008

Sale at Divine Digital!

Click on the image to go directly to Karla's store!

Monday, February 11, 2008

Menu plan Monday!

I am going to change it to Menu plan tuesday because that is when the ads come out. This way I can more easily coordinate sales and coupons . I will do my grocery shopping onWednesday after music class with Kaden armed with coupons and the current sales. I will do my shopping at Ralph's because it is on the way home and they are the only store in town that does double coupons.

That being said I will be making up my menu this week based on what we have in the fridge. I may go and get some produce. A new grocery store opened last week called Fresh and Easy. It is supposed to be good for cooking for small families. It's supposed to be kind of a Whole Foods but less expensive. I have not been impressed with the produce at our Vons and Albertsons. I like Costco produce and it is usually cheaper or the same price as our non bulk grocery stores but we just can't eat that much produce and I hate to waste it. So I want to check out Fresh and Easy and see how Fresh and expensive it is. :) I may have gestational diabetes so I need to get some more veggies for us to eat anyway.

I won't post a menu this week- I will kind of play it by ear but we have plenty of easy stuff to make so I should be able to stick to my plan of minimal shopping and not eating out. I finally am feeling better and have more energy again! Woohoo! Feels good!

If I need ideas I will go to this website for recipes based on the ingredients I already have:

Monday, February 4, 2008

Menu Plan Monday!

Last week was the strangest eating week because I could not smell and therefore I could not taste very well either. I'm glad that we did all the easy costco stuff. I was wiped out all week. I still am.
This week is another easy continuation of last week. On Sat. we did our grocery shopping- meaning we bought snack food for the superbowl. We spent our grocery bdget for the week on snack food! We did not eat it all or even cook it all so this week will consist of the leftovers. It will not be a totally healthy week but it will be fast and easy and not entirely lacking in nutrition.

So in no particular order we will have...

1. Sweet and sour meatballs/ salad/ chips

2. Sloppy Joes/ french fries

3. Beef Nachos/ beans/chips/salsa

4. Buffalo chicken nuggets/ salad/corn/fries or chips

5. Taquitos/ bean dip/ chips

6. Chicken alfredo/ broccoli/ rolls

7. cheap eat out- ie costco pizza or maybe we will use coupons at McDonald's again (yes, we ate at McD's with a coupon this weekend. Saved us three bucks. Though it would have probably cost us the same to eat off of the dollar menu- and just as good... Lessons learned...) or Pizza Pockets and bites we'll see....

Funny story- my son asked me to color the letters for him. I drew the Alphabet and for M, I said M for Mommy. He pointed to the M and said French Fries. It was one of his first words too. So sad. We only get them maybe twice a month I swear! :) He recognizes the sign though and has for months now!

Sunday, February 3, 2008

Saturday, February 2, 2008

Look for the Bridgestone commercial

My very talented hubby worked on the Bridgestone Tires Commercial for the Superbowl. Pay special attention to the brief shot with the insect because that is his handiwork. :) You can see his other work at his company's website-
and at
He is extremely talented if I do say so myself! :)
Enjoy! We will be indulging in lots of snacks and fattening foods in celebration of the superbowl. We aren't big football fans but we love the commercials :) and we love the food. We usually love the family socializing too but this year we are sick and far from home so we will enjoy it with just our immediate family. Hope you have a blast at your parties!