Thursday, May 19, 2011

One Hour Layout!

Pin It So my daughter is now 15 months old, and I'm already about 10 months behind with her scrapbook!   And this is my first kid!  Eek!  So I decided I definitely needed to do something to solve this problem.  My first step was to buy some of these album pages so that I wouldn't have to scrapbook every single picture.

But my next step was to do some layouts that weren't quite as involved.  I'm sure that many of you scrapbookers out there can also spend hours and hours on a single layout.  My solution was to limit my time to one hour.  A one hour layout?  I didn't think I could do it, but I did.  Here it is!

I used a cute scrapbook kit I had gotten for my birthday for the paper and embellishments.  This helped a lot of course, because I can spend hours just picking out paper and embellishments as well.  I still have a ton of the kit left- plus tons of pictures of baby to still scrapbook, so expect to see a couple more of these one-hour layouts in the future. 

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Parmesan-Crusted Chicken with Fresh Mozzarella Pasta

Pin It Everyone in my family LOVES cheese and pasta.  We have this great food place near us called Noodles & Company that has really tasty parmesan-crusted chicken that I've been dying to replicate.  This recipe didn't exactly do it, but it was still pretty tasty!  I adapted this recipe from Taste of Home.  I added some extra spices like basil and oregano to the parmesan cheese.  To make the pasta I just cooked gemelli pasta in one pot and in another mixed some fresh minced garlic, oregano, and salt with olive oil and cooked the garlic a bit.  When the pasta was cooked, I strained the pasta, then mixed it with the olive oil mixture and some basil in a tube.  (Weird stuff, have you seen this?)  Then I threw in some fresh mozzarella and topped with salt & pepper.  The chicken went really great with the pasta.  I'm sure it would have been better with fresh herbs and maybe some tomatoes mixed in with the pasta, but I didn't have these on hand.  Now I know, this is a white meal and not the rainbow the experts recommend, but I'm sure you could add more veggies to the pasta too if you wanted it to be a bit healthier.  Anyway, hope you enjoy!

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Saturday, May 7, 2011

Colorful Shade Garden - Without Flowers!

Pin It When we moved into our house last summer, we had problems with the sod growing up against the back of our house.  We had it replaced once, but the new stuff died as well, leaving ugly dead patches of sod across the back of the house.  With my dad in town, I finally had some extra hands to help me tackle this project.  Back in a former life, I used to work at a greenhouse in the summer and used to spend a lot of time helping others design shade gardens.  However, I had one little problem....

My husband is allergic to bees. 

So I promised him that I wouldn't plant anything flowering.  This made for an interesting challenge- a colorful shade garden without flowers.  Now I know, two of the plants I used actually flower a little, but I planned on cutting off the hosta flowers anyway since I don't like them.  So here is my colorful foliage garden.  Enjoy!

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Mother's Day Monogram Frame Tutorial

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Need a quick Mother's Day project?  I whipped up this baby in an hour and a half and it is SO cute!  I actually made this a while ago, but I decided to save it for Mother's Day since it's MY Mother's Day gift for my mom.   So want to learn how?  Here we go!

Here's what you need:
A cutting mat
A cutting blade
Acrylic paint
A paper plate (cheap-o artist pallette)
Foam brush(es)
Mod Podge Decoupage Glue
Patterned cardstock (mine are from the Pocketful of Posies paper stack)
Scrap paper to protect your surface
A sander or sand paper
Wooden frame ($1 from Michaels)
Monogram chipboard book ($1 from AC Moore)

Let's get started!  First lay down your scrap paper to protect your surface, then paint the back and sides of your wooden frame using acrylic paint. 

Detach the front monogrammed piece of chipboard and add Mod Podge to the front of the chipboard.  Lay flat on the wrong side of the paper you chose to cover the chipboard.  Smooth out to make sure the paper glues well to the chipboard.  Let dry.

Put down your cutting mat to protect your surface. Using your cutting blade, cut around the edges of the chipboard, then use your sander to smooth out the edges.  This makes it look much smoother, plus gives it a subtle worn look which really worked with this cardstock. 

Glue your patterned cardstock to the frame as above.

Sand, sand, sand!  This really makes it look awesome and so professional.

Last step, glue on your chipboard.  I offset mine, so I didn't glue the entire back, just the part that would touch the frame.

Ta da!  Gorgeous picture frame and a nice handmade gift for Mom or Grandma!

Let me know if you make one too!  I'd love to link to your blog.  :)  Happy Mother's Day!


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