Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Create My Keepsake Blog Reveal

This has been one of my favorite kits put together by Lisa. It is FULL of gorgeous Jenni Bowlin that was just released from CHA. I don't expect these kits to last very long in the store!! Make sure to visit the CMK Blog and join the "hop" to see what all the other design team members have made with this kit!!!

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

American Idol!

I will admit that I'm a huge American Idol fan. I always pick my favorites at the very beginning. Here is who I've chosen this season:

This is Adam. Not only is he easy on the eyes but the boy can sing.

Alexis. I love her voice.

Danny. He has a huge heart. He will definately go far in this competition.

I pulled all pictures from the official American Idol website.

It was also my turn to make a post on the Pink Paislee blog. My assignment was to make a layout centered around "food." I chose these pictures of Chloe playing, wearing, and eventually eating the strawberries LOL.

I made a really good recipe tonight from my Pampered Chef Seasons Best Book. It is this:

Prep time: 15 Min. Cook time: 20 Min. Serves: 24


1 cup finely chopped)

¼ cup finely chopped fresh parsley

1½ lb 90% lean ground beef

2 garlic cloves, pressed

1 tsp salt

6 slices American cheese

8 hot dog buns

24 hamburger dill pickle slices

1. Preheat oven to 450°F. Finely chop onion and parsley using Food Chopper. Combine beef, onion, parsley, garlic pressed with Garlic Press and salt in Classic Batter Bowl; mix well using Small Mix ‘N Scraper®. Press beef mixture evenly over bottom of Large Bar Pan. Bake 10-12 minutes or until beef is no longer pink.

2. Meanwhile, on Cutting Board, cut cheese into quarters; set aside. Slice buns apart neatly at seams using Utility Knife (do not separate tops from bottoms). Trim about ¼ in. from each bun end to square off (discard trimmings). Cut buns into thirds for a total of 24 square mini buns; set aside.

3. Remove bar pan from oven. Pour off juices, if necessary, and place on Stackable Cooling Rack. Cut beef mixture into 24 squares using Pizza Cutter. Top each burger with one pickle and one piece of cheese. Place one bun top onto each burger; top with one bun bottom. Cover bar pan with aluminum foil and bake 3-5 minutes or until cheese is melted and buns are warm.

4. To serve, place one burger with bun top onto one bun bottom using Mini-Serving Spatula. Repeat with remaining burgers and bun bottoms. Serve immediately.

Instead of hamburger buns I used deli buns and cut them in half. We also used pepperjack and provolone cheeses on the burgers. They turned out great, everyone loved them, they are sure to make it to our regular meal list :)

Hope you have a great week!

Saturday, February 07, 2009

Spring, Where Are You???

This winter weather has me feeling so blah....but spring is around the corner and I need to remind myself of that ;) Next week it is supposed to get up to 50 degrees, which is a heat wave compared to what it has been lol.

I went to Old Navy yesterday. They were having a 40% off sale for baby and kids so of course the charge card and I had a date, haha. There were just too many deals and it was a bit overwhelming. I even managed to score a really cute sweater for myself, for a mere $12.00.

Are these colors not amazing??!

I got some other cute things there too. Mainly for Chloe since she is the one in need of clothes the most.

Taylor and Hanna just got their report cards and I am so very proud of the both of them. Hanna (being in 1st grade) got all +s and is ahead of where she needs to be. Taylor got (3) As and (2) A+s. She is in 3rd grade and reading at a high school level. Like I said, I'm so proud :)

Chad is still laid off but we have high hopes that he will be returning to the railroad in March. It is tough times for so many people we know. I am just thankful that he has a job to return to. "This too shall pass" is what always comes to mind. We signed Taylor and Hanna up for camp this summer. It makes such wonderful memories for them. The local youth center sponsors half of their tuition so it is a great opportunity.

We are hoping to have our house on the market soon. The house appraised for about $15,000 more than what I was hoping for...I couldn't be more thrilled!!!

I also wanted to share some work I did for the Pink Paislee booth at CHA in Anaheim. Some of my other projects are on a different computer so I will have to share that work soon ;) They released four new lines; Captivating, Enchanting, Fetching, and Fascinating and all are fabulous in their own way. Holly and Rebecca are genius I tell ya!!

I did this mini album with the Enchanting line...it is all so beautiful.

I also wanted to share some work I did for CMK, it is using their January kit.

There are a few kits left if you're interested in purchasing one. February's kit was just released and it is gorgeous!!!

Have a wonderful week!

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