Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Pinterest Food Find-Creamy Chicken Quinoa and Brocolli Casserole

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I made this for dinner on Monday night and 3 out of 4 of us REALLY liked this-I TOTALLY recommend adding the optional bacon! ;)
  • photo and recipe credit a Pinch of Yum
  • 2 cups reduced sodium chicken broth
  • 1 cup milk (I used 2%)
  • 1 teaspoon poultry seasoning
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 2 cups water, divided
  • 1 cup uncooked quinoa, rinsed
  • 1/4 cup cooked, crumbled bacon (optional… sort of)
  • 1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 2 teaspoons seasoning (like Emeril’s Essence or any basic blend you like)
  • 1/4 cup shredded Gruyere cheese (any kind will work)
  • 3 cups fresh broccoli florets


  1. Sauce: Preheat the oven to 400 degrees and generously grease a 9×13 baking dish (seriously, be generous because it really really sticks to the sides). Bring the chicken broth and 1/2 cup milk to a low boil in a saucepan. Whisk the other 1/2 cup milk with the poultry seasoning and flour; add the mixture to the boiling liquid and whisk until a smooth creamy sauce forms.
  2. Assembly: In a large bowl, mix the sauce from step one, one cup water, quinoa, and bacon and stir to combine. Pour the mixture into the prepared baking dish. Slice the chicken breasts into thin strips and lay the chicken breasts strips over the top of the quinoa mixture. Sprinkle with the seasoning. Bake uncovered for 30 minutes.
  3. Broccoli: While the casserole is in the oven, place the broccoli in boiling water for 1 minute until it turns bright green and then run under cold water. Set aside.
  4. Bake: Remove the casserole from the oven, check the mixture by stirring it around in the pan, and if needed, bake for an additional 10-15 minutes to get the right consistency. When the quinoa and chicken are cooked and the sauce is thickened, add the broccoli and a little bit of water (up to one cup) until the consistency is creamy and smooth and you can stir it up easily in the pan. Top with the cheese and bake for 5 minutes, or just long enough to melt the cheese.

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Happy birthday with Jillibean Soup

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I created a birthday card the other day using the Bohemian Brew Collection by Jillibean Soup!  I even created my own little flower with paper, a sequin and a pop dot-I'm pretty happy with how it turned out:

I have plan for this card already-for someone who loves this sort of design and who's birthday is in June- ;)
Thanks for popping in!  Today is a busy one, class, dentist and a track meet to officiate at! 

Friday, March 16, 2018

Project Life!

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So I am officially caught up with the last 6 months of 2017!!!  yes, my project life is a work in progress, what you are seeing now is the beginning of this year.  
 I have to tell you most of my pictures are taken with my iphone and I am using different editing software to write right on the pictures.  My favorites right now are WordSwag and Project Life which helps me to format my pictures to 3 x 4 size on a 4x6-then I can send them out and get them printed.  I've also noticed that I really LOVE to have my own journaling cards.  My FAVORITE artist/designer;  right now is Geralyn and can be found at In a Creative Bubble.  I follow her on Instagram on her personal and business accounts found HERE and HERE.  She is guest designing this month for The Digital Press and her designs are 30% off THIS weekend!  I've already purchased my favorites an thought I would share them with you.  I LOVE digital stamps because you can use them on your pictures or create your own journalling and embellishment cards! 

This is a real QUICK post as I have the house to myself and I want to enjoy some uninterrupted crafting time! ;) . Happy Friday to ya!!

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Well, HELLO March!

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Life is FLYING by at a rapid pace and I'm trying to live life with my kiddos and enjoy the ride!

I wanted to share with you that Scrapbook Circle now has a class and kit which can be found HERE.  When I say class I mean several design team members have taken the kit and created different items and there are instructional videos to go with them!  Such an INCREDIBLE idea and deal for $35!!  I have a tutorial there as well!  We would LOVE to have you join us with the Only You class + kit!

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Happy Valentine's day!

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I still LOVE to give my teenage boys Valentine's and THEY still love it!  I quickly snapped these yesterday between the morning activities and track practice! ;)
I started their Valentine's with these-these cute little inspiring books came from Marshall's one says-make today amazing!  The other says if you change nothing, nothing will change.  The iTunes cards I already had on hand...
Next I measured the little books and cut out envelopes using my Silhouette and pattern paper from Jillibean Soup:
I wrapped a heart paper doilie around the edge and tied it with baker's twine.
I sealed the envelope with washi tape so that it wouldn't tear...
I added a few embellishments and tied the envelopes on top of 98 cent packs of candy for each of my boys-easy peasy!

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

February Kudos-LOVE it!

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Okay-so my new job as a track coach started Monday!  It's been exciting and fun-and I am super proud of the kids that have come out and worked hard-SO fulfilling to be able to work with such FANTASTIC kids-seriously!
I wanted to quickly share with you today my February special-it is A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!!  This will most likely sell out because EVERYONE has loved it that much!!
first of all let me tell you what is included:
*crease brush
*exclusive quad palette (these shadows are HIGHLY pigmented-a little goes a LONG way!)
*lip Bonbon (your choice)

This is a savings of 24%!!  Okay now look at this:
And the colors blend together to create even MORE beautiful colors:
So I had about 5 minutes to play with mine and I came up with this:
 This is PERFECT for Valentine's Day-and it's backed by a $$ back guarantee-LOVE that peace of mind!  If you are interested in purchasing you can check it out HERE-thanks for tuning in and letting me share with you some things I'm excited about! ;)

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

What we ate; pinterest inspired: Cauliflower Crusted Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

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photo and recipe credit found HERE.
These were YUMMY-and no it didn't taste like Cauliflower.  I had these for lunch one day.  If you want picture for picture tutorial-click on the link above.  The only thing that I changed was to add a sprinkle of garlic because I love it!


  • 1 medium head of cauliflower (raw), cut into small florets and stem removed
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 1 tsp Italian herb seasoning
  • *I added a sprinkle of garlic
  • 2 thick slices of white cheddar cheese (you can also use shredded cheddar cheese)

    1. Preheat oven to 450F. Place cauliflower into food processor and pulse until crumbs about half the size of a grain of rice.
    2. Place cauliflower into large microwave safe bowl and microwave for 2 minutes. Your cauliflower should be soft and tender (and hot!). (If you don't want to use the microwave to dry out the cauliflower and prefer to steam and wring with a cloth to dry, check out my wringing instructions here.)
    3. Stir cauliflower to mix up the bottom and top cauliflower. Place back into the microwave and cook for another 3 minutes. Remove and stir again so that all the cauliflower cooks evenly. Place back into microwave and cook for 5 minutes. At this point, you should see the cauliflower is starting to become more dry. Microwave for another 5 minutes. Cauliflower should still be slightly moist to the touch, but should look dry and clumped up (like photo above; similar to as if someone had chewed it up and spit it back out.) If you've made cauliflower pizza or breadsticks with the cloth wringing dry method, it should look the same.
    4. Allow cauliflower to cool for a few minutes. Then add in egg and cheese. Stir to combine until smooth paste forms. Stir in seasoning. Divide dough into 4 equal parts. Place onto large baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Using your knuckles and fingers, shape into square bread slices about 1/3 inch thick. Bake cauliflower bread for about 15-18 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from oven and let cool a few minutes.
    5. Using a good spatula, carefully slide cauliflower bread off of parchment paper. Now you are ready to assemble your sandwiches. You can do this a few different ways. You can either cook on the stove top as you would normally cook a grilled cheese. You can also place sandwiches into toaster oven and broil for several minutes (5-10) until cheese is completely melted and bread is toasty. If you don't own a toaster oven, you can also do this in the oven.

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

2018-Project Life, my way

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I am finally ready to share the first page of my 2018 of Project Life:
I created this myself in Photoshop Elements:

     I purchased this cactus digital stamp from Creative Bubble, you can see it HERE.  And yes, further on I use more of these stamps in a week layout.  I decided to minc foil this cactus in green.

     I want to keep things simple and clean.  For the the pictures-I took these on Christmas day but they are the most recent pictures I have each of my family.  I ALWAYS love to include pictures of my family on the first page of the year.
     For my album I decided to go with the 9" x 12"-I REALLY like this size-not so much real-estate to cover.  I chose the color Mint Hint, last year I used Purple Rain- you can see the albums HERE, I was able to purchase my albums with a coupon.
     For the rest of my spread I used my stash-yeah!  Stay tuned in the next few weeks I'll be sharing more-now I can "catch up" on last years PL, and December Daily!
     Thanks for stopping in today-hope you are having a FANTASTIC day!

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Creativation-aka CHA

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okay, so I'm old school and Creativation is a mouth FULL... ;) In my heart it will always be CHA!  So I get to go on Saturday as a spectator, I'm pretty excited to see the new stuff and be inspired by crafty people and see some friends that are AMAZING creators.  I will do my best to keep my Instagram HERE feed current and add to my stories (now that I know how!) of all the interesting things I see so STAY TUNED!  And if there is ANYTHING that you want to see-let me know!

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Project Life my way...

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I shared the other day that I was cleaning out my stash-this is what it looked like when I was done:
this picture doesn't show the magnitude of what is in the boxes but they have a home!  I'm really excited that what is in these bags and boxes will be going to a special needs adult art program.  I asked my friend for pictures of the creations that they make and when I get them I'll be sure to share them here.  Such a wonderful relief to have my front room back, know what I have!  I don't think I've done a de stashing like this for years...

Okay, onto the Project life my way.  I figure if I can do it MY way or what works for me then it will get done.  I think one thing to remember is to be patient with yourself and the time that you have.  In my case it's working on things a little at a time.  For instance this morning before I go to the gym and while waiting for my son to be ready for school I foiled these cards:
I love how they turned out!  I grabbed these from Etsy-you can find the link HERE.  I added the year in Photoshop Elements using the font Arsenal White-you can find that HERE.  I decided to go a bit digital and work on the journaling in Photoshop-it will most likely be more legible and I can fit more writing on it.  I'm not 100% sure how I am going to print my images but for right now I edited them in Photoshop (sometimes with digital stamps) and then print them on my photo printer.  I may go back to printing from Costco or Snapfish I know there are other places to print but that is what I have used in the past depending on sales, and speed.  I use Photoshop because I can create 3x4 images of those pictures that don't have a lot of detail but I want to help tell my story.

One other thing that I have finally discovered is that this Project Life things is the story of my family told in MY voice.  Not someone elses-now that may sound simple but I had a light bulb moment.  I wasn't enjoying it because I was trying to use a system and story that wasn't mine.  That isn't real-yes, it was pretty but not MY story.  That being said I have thought about color schemes-do I got with one?  I think it all depends on the week-I really want to keep it simple and uncluttered-I think that is why the planner craze hasn't really appealed to me much.  I have a planner-I have actually ALWAYS had a planner-I just don't want it cluttered with other things like stickers.  It's my list of to do's, meal planning and other items.

So, I may be rambling but I want to continue to share with you how my project is coming together.  I may or may not have time to work on it today.  I have some test taking to do for my coaching and laundry to do but at least I have my weekly cards READY!

Thanks SO much for popping in today-make your day AMAZING!